Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sye Ten Bruggencate preaches in Columbus OH

Sunday, June 2, 2013


"But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." (1 Corinthians 12:7)

"Some years ago I attended an Olympic decathlon, the grueling contest in which each athlete competes in ten different track and field events. I marveled at how a human body can function with such amazing coordination, endurance, and efficiency. Every muscle, every organ, every blood vessel, every nerve, every cell is harnessed in a completely unified effort to win. How wonderful it would be if we who comprise Christ’s body, the church, would function with such efficiency and harmony! How wonderful if every part of His body would work together in total unity and interdependence. What an impact the church would have on the world if every believer would be as wholly responsive to the mind of Jesus Christ as the bodies of dedicated athletes are responsive to the minds of their owners."

MacArthur, John. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians. MacArthur New Testament Commentary (294). Chicago: Moody Press.

Photo note: Arthur Wint recorded an Olympic record for the 400 metres in 1948 and was the first Jamaican to win an Olympic gold. Wint was known as "the Gentle Giant". In 1942 he joined the British Common Wealth Air Training Plan and was sent to Britain for active combat during World War II. He left the RAF in 1947 to attend St Bartholomew's Hospital as a medical student before returning to his homeland as a doctor.
Daily Herald Archive at the National Media Museum

Friday, May 24, 2013

Evangelism at Family De-Planning Center in Mission Hills

Some interesting things happened at the Abortion Center where I had brought my new cross, thanks to Vernon Costolo and Tony Miano. I decided to read the entire book of John and during my reading this man who came from the Family De-planning Center and he asked if he could read a paragraph from where I was reading. I let him and he encouraged me and then he was on his way. I think he broke the sound barrier for the first time.

I managed to read the entire book of John along with Psalm 22, 40, 41.

I was able to give out some "Miranda" gospel tracts. Get them here...

Also, a couple of ladies who are from Hospice said that I could go in with them any time they are there because they are official and it would be allowed. Maybe there could be a sister in Christ who would take them up on that offer. They encouraged me and I was so blessed to be there.

Someone may have wanted to hear or perhaps wanted others to hear me read the bible because the window was opened on the second floor above the garage. Normally they are closed. Especially on warm days.

I over heard a lady telling another person that she could hear me half a block away. I wasn't yelling. I was just reading aloud. There was some mocking but I just ignored it and kept reading.

Another girl that works in the Family De-Planning Center came out and took her break nearby and listened to me read the book of John.

It was a very humbling experience. I tried to be respectful of everyone coming in and going out. I'm grateful to God for the opportunity to make myself available for His purpose and Glory. Amen.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Silent in the Churches

"As in all the churches of the saints. Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just as the Law also says. And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church. Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only? If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment. But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized." (1 Corinthians 14:33b–38)

The second half of verse 33 seems to fit best with verse 34. The phrase as in all the churches of the saints is not logically related to God’s not being a God of confusion. The phrase does, however, make a logical introduction to Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak. Paul was emphasizing the fact that the principle of women’s not speaking in church services was not local, geographical, or cultural, but universal, in all the churches of the saints. Though it embraces tongues, the context here refers to prophecy. Women are not to exercise any such ministries.

The women who joined in the chaotic sell–expression which Paul has been condemning not only added to the confusion but should not have been speaking in the first place. In God’s order for the church, women should subject themselves, just as the Law also says. The principle was first taught in the Old Testament and is reaffirmed in the New In reflection of that principle, no women were permitted to speak at the Jewish synagogues.

One of the designs of creation, as well as one of the primary consequences of the Fall, was the submission of women (Gen. 3:16). Paul reflected that principle explicitly when he said, “Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet” (1 Tim. 2:11–12). Paul’s argument was not based on cultural standards but on two historic and foundational facts: (1) “Adam … was first created, and then Eve” and (2) “it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman” (vv. 13–14). Men are to lead in love; women are to submit in love. That is God’s design.

It is not coincidental that, like Corinth, many of the churches today that practice speaking in tongues and claim gifts of healing also permit women to engage in speaking ministry. Many charismatic groups, in fact, were begun by women, just as many of the cults that have sprung from Christianity were founded by women. When women usurp man’s God–ordained role, they inevitably fall into other unbiblical practices and delusions.

MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians. MacArthur New Testament Commentary (391–392). Chicago: Moody Press.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Diet of Worms

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Worms, Diet of (1521). The most celebrated of the long series of Imperial diets held at Worms, at which M. *Luther defended his doctrines before the Emp. *Charles V. It took place in the Bischofshof from 27 Jan. to 25 May. The Papal legate, *Aleander, who had arrived at Worms on 30 Nov. 1520, having put the case against Luther on 13 Feb. 1521, Luther was then summoned and arrived on 16 Apr. On 18 Apr. he made his final refusal to recant his doctrines, acc. to an early but unreliable tradition concluding his answer with the famous words ‘Hie stehe ich. Ich kan nicht anders. Gott helff mir. Amen.’ Charles V having announced on the following day his resolve to take firmer measures against his doctrines, Luther departed from Worms on 26 Apr. On 26 May his teachings were formally condemned in the Edict of Worms.

Many of the primary docs. are pr. in P. Balan (ed.), Monumenta Reformationis Lutherana ex Tabulariis S. Sedis Secretis, 1521–1525 (Ratisbon, 1883); extracts from these and other collections, with further refs., in Kidd, pp. 79–89 (nos. 39–46). P. Kalkoff, Der Wormser Reichstag von 1521 (1922), with full refs. F. Reuter (ed.), Der Reichstag zu Worms von 1521: Reichspolitik und Luthersache (Worms, 1971). R. Bäumer (ed.), Lutherprozess und Lutherbann (Katholisches Leben und Kirchenreform im Zeitalter der Glaubensspaltung, 32; 1972). [E.] G. Rupp, Luther’s Progress to the Diet of Worms, 1521 (1951). Detailed bibl. in Schottenloher, 3 (1938), pp. 12–14 (nos. 27923–50), with refs. to other lists of specialized items, and on the Edict of Worms, ibid. 4 (1938), pp. 753 f. (nos. 44534–42). See also works cited under aleander; LUTHER, M.; and REFORMATION.

Cross, F. L., & Livingstone, E. A. (2005). The Oxford dictionary of the Christian Church (3rd ed. rev.) (1778–1779). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The warning against wantoning

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you. Luke 10:20.

As Christian workers, worldliness is not our snare, sin is not our snare, but spiritual wantoning is, viz.: taking the pattern and print of the religious age we live in, making eyes at spiritual success. Never court anything other than the approval of God, go “without the camp, bearing His reproach.” Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have the commercial view—so many souls saved and sanctified, thank God, now it is all right. Our work begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and that will be God’s witness to us as workers. God brings us to a standard of life by His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that standard in others.

Unless the worker lives a life hidden with Christ in God, he is apt to become an irritating dictator instead of an indwelling disciple. Many of us are dictators, we dictate to people and to meetings. Jesus never dictates to us in that way. Whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He always prefaced it with an ‘IF,’ never with an emphatic assertion—‘You must.’ Discipleship carries an option with it.

Chambers, O. (1986). My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Benefit of Evangelistic Prayer

 MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1995). Excerpt from his book Alone with God.

 The benefit to praying for the lost is actually quite profound: “in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Tim. 2:2). Prayer for those in authority will create societal conditions favorable for the church’s evangelistic efforts. First of all, when believers are committed to praying for all their leaders, it removes any thought of rebellion or resistance against them. Instead, the people of Christ are turned into peacemakers, not reactionaries. As Paul wrote to Titus, 

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another (Titus 3:1–3). 

There Paul again calls the believers to tranquility and submissiveness to the pagan or apostate governments over them. We can do so because we understand that they are sinners like we used to be, incapable of righteousness. 

When believers begin to pray unceasingly for the lost, especially their troublesome leaders, unbelievers begin to see Christians as virtuous, peace loving, compassionate, and transcendent, seeking after their welfare. Once unsaved people realize we pose no threat to society, it is easier for us to be treated as welcome friends. And as more come to saving faith through the prayers of Christians, the favorable conditions for the church could increase. 

MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1995). Alone with God. MacArthur Study Series (137–138). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.