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An Important Goal to Consider for the New Year

Each December many people contemplate setting goals for the next year. Some consider physical, economical or spiritual goals. I would venture to say for the believer reading through the Bible is a goal that affects all three areas. It is interesting to note that there are approximately 6900 languages in the world today and only about 2479 have some or part of the Bible translated in their own language. There are only around 450 that have a complete Bible in their own language. If you are reading this blog, then you have the Bible available in your language.

The Bible is unique among the ancient documents. It is the revelation of God redeeming man. God used people such as Moses and the prophets with sources such as stone, leather and clay to pass down the words of God from about 2000 BC. About 450 BC Ezra the priest is noted for compiling the Old Testament Books. Around 250-100 BC the Jewish scholars translated the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) into the Greek language and it is what is called the Septuagint. “The Old Testament canon was meticulously cared for by a cadre of copyists commissioned to solemn task of preserving the text. The Dead Sea Scrolls remain an enduring testimony to the reverential awe with which they engaged their sacred task.” By the time of Christ the teaching of the Hebrew Bible was endorsed by Christ. Jesus said, “do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” Jesus’ disciples continued the message of God by writing the teachings of Christ down on papyrus scrolls and the New Testament was completed by the end of the first century. In the 4th century the books were confirmed as the 27 books in the New Testament.

Although the Bible was preserved over the years it was often preached in Latin instead of the common language of the people. John Wycliffe spent his life conveying the message that the Word of God should be in the hands of the people. It was William Tyndale who worked off of Wycliffe’s efforts at translating the Bible into English in 1526 and was later burned at the stake in 1536 because of these endeavors. The challenges of getting the Bible in the hands of the people did not stop there, but the printing press and the Reformation further opened the doors of the common people being able to read the Word of God.

So, should it be a New Year’s goal to read it because people gave their resources and sometimes their life to get the Bible into the hands of the people? No, but there should be a deep appreciation for those that were handing down the truth of God’s Word. So what should be the reason to learn and share the Bible? First, it is God’s revelation of His redeeming love for His people. Second, it enlightens our eyes and gives us everything for life and godliness. Third, if we are disciples of Christ, we are commanded to teach all that He commanded. How can one teach what they do not know? Lastly, we should read it because Jesus gave His life so that we might know Him and left this revelation for those who believe.

For Further Reading
Statistics from Wycliffe International
Has God Spoken by Hank Hanegraaff
The Story of Christianity Justo L. Gonzalez
Why Trust the Bible? Rose Bible Basics
 

Does God Love Everyone? Pt. 3

 What does it mean to say, God loves everyone? Does it place the gospel in universalism. If so, should one say that God only loves the elect? One can gain the right perspective from the words of Scripture. Listen to Pastor Mark D. DeMoss and Deanna Huff discuss the last part in this discussion on Talking Truth.

For Further Reading

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D. A. Carson

Does God So Love the World ? by John MacArthur – http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/grace-to-you/read/articles/does-god-so-love-the-world-9312.html

Does God Love Everyone? Pt. 1

The statement, God loves everyone is often used, so is it true? Is there biblical support to stand behind that statement? What if someone said to you, God only loves those who come to Him in Christ Jesus? How would you respond? Pastor Mark D. DeMoss and Deanna Huff, deal with these questions and more over the next couple of podcasts. Listen to your Talking Truth today and think through the Scriptures to be equipped with ready truth.

Jesus is Distinct

Repost

During this time of the year, it is not unusual to see many manger scenes portraying the arrival of Christ. But who is this man named Jesus? Why is it that many people still follow this man even after two thousand years? Is He really any different than Buddha, Mohammad or Krishna? What is so distinctly different about this man named Jesus?

Many people will discuss and ask the question “who is Jesus?” In fact, Jesus himself asked this same question of His disciples. “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13) The disciples answered, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” The disciples responded this way because some people during that time thought John the Baptist, after his death was reincarnated in Jesus. Some believed Jesus was Elijah from Malachi 4. Others considered Him to be the return of Jeremiah, because it is stated in the Apocrypha that Jeremiah would return to the earth to restore the Ark and alter to the Temple. And some thought he was a prophet, because of His supernatural powers. But after these considerations, Jesus asked Peter pointedly, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Even today many will ask the question, who is Jesus? What makes Him distinct from others in the past that have claimed to know the truth? During this Christmas season contemplate His birth. “Here, then, is the man from Nazareth, who claimed that His origin was from heaven and that His Father is none other than God Himself. A Son not born out of physical consummation, not out of a need for communion but the consummate expression of God in the flesh, in eternal communion with the Father His birth was not by natural means. This cannot be said of Mohammed, Krishna, or Buddha.”  [1]

Another distinction lies in the message of Jesus. All the teachers in History point to a particular teaching or show some particular way, but there is a division between the teaching and the person. It was “Mohammed, to the Koran, Buddha, to the Noble Path and Krishna, to his philosophizing. It is not Buddha who delivers you; it is his Noble Truths that instruct you. It is not Mohammed who transforms you; it is the beauty of the Koran that woos you. By contrast, Jesus did not teach or expound His message. He was identical with His message. Jesus did not just proclaim the truth. He said, ‘I am the truth’. He did not just show a way, He said, ‘I am the Way.’ He did not just open up vistas, He said ‘I am the door’. He said, I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Resurrection and the life.”[2]

You see today even in our city people will try to define who Jesus is. C.S. Lewis, said one must recognize that Jesus was either a lunatic, a liar or He was telling the truth. It cannot be that there is another truth, if Jesus is the truth, there cannot be another way, if Jesus is the way. One cannot have life in another, if Jesus is the life. Returning to where we started, Jesus is distinct. So, who do you say He is?



[1] Zacharias, Ravi. Jesus Among Other Gods. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008.

[2] Ibid.

Women in the Church Pt. 3

Women in the Church has been a 3 part podcast and this being the final one. Although not every intricate detail is not discussed, there are good thoughts to be considered. It is best to listen to part 1 and 2 before listening to part 3 because it will give a better view to the whole of the conversation. The role of women in the church is valuable and beneficial to the body of believers. How does the role of women unfold in your church and is it consistent with Scripture. Listen to the discussion regarding women in the church on your Talking Truth with Pastor Mark D. DeMoss and Deanna Huff today.

 

 

 

http://www.chbchurch.org/page/talking_truth_women_in_the_church_pt_3

 

 

Women in the Church Pt. 2

What is the role of women in the church? Are they functioning in the role of complementarianism or in the role of egalitarianism? What do those roles mean? Which one is biblical? Think through these questions and more when you listen to your Talking Truth today with Pastor Mark D. DeMoss and Deanna Huff.

http://www.chbchurch.org/page/talking_truth_what_is_the_role_of_women_in_the_church_pt_2

Women in the Church

The role of women in the church seems to be a resurfacing topic. So, what does the Bible say about women in the church? Are they to keep silent in all matters or is there a proper perspective within the bounds of Scripture for  women? Can they serve, teach and preach? These questions and more will be discussed in the next few podcasts of Talking Truth with Pastor Mark D. DeMoss and Deanna Huff. Listen to Part 1 today.

 TT Women in the Church Pt 1 9 13 13

 

How do I have a quiet time?

 Do you have the desire to read your Bible? How does a person get started in reading the Bible? Listen to your Talking Truth today and hear the conversation between Pastor Mark D. DeMoss and Deanna Huff about how to read your Bible daily to learn the wisdom of God.

http://www.chbchurch.org/page/talking_truth__having_a_quiet_time_73

Are you doubting your salvation?

Have you been questioning whether or not you are saved? Do you wonder if you really know God and if you are going to heaven? People often find themselves trying to answer these questions. So, how does the Bible answer these questions? Listen to Talking Truth with Pastor Mark D. DeMoss and Deanna Huff, and discover if you can be certain of your salvation.

http://www.chbchurch.org/page/talking_truth_-_doubting_your_salvation

How were people in the Old Testament saved?

Many people believe Jesus to be Savior, but how were people saved in the Old Testament. Listen to Talking Truth with Pastor Mark D. DeMoss and Deanna Huff and unfold the answer found in the Bible.

TT How people were saved in the Old Testament Jul 31 13