Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Baptism With (of) The Holy Spirit and With (of) Fire

Baptism of fire

This is one of those expressions in the Scriptures which have been diversely interpreted and pressed into service, sometimes unwillingly. Some think of this passage as speaking "He shall baptize you with the fire of the Holy Spirit". I have heard many people praying again and again for the baptism of fire. How right are they? Was this what happened on the day of the Pentecost? Did the Apostles receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and of fire? I have heard somebody say, “Each individual must have his own Pentecost. If he does not, he is likely to miss heaven after all”. Some even distinguish between the baptism of the Holy Spirit and that of fire – and thus make a third blessing.

We wish to spend these brief minutes turning again to our Bibles and carefully examine all that is there recorded concerning the Spirit’s baptism, noticing too, some other operations of the same Spirit, which have been greatly misunderstood by many.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Joy of Motherhood

Young mother (Klashorst)
By Peter Klashorst [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Proverbs 31:10-31
“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.  She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household and a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, yes; she reaches out her hands to the needy.  She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.  She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honour are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.”  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.  Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates”.

Today is Mothers Day, a day devoted to honoring mothers and motherhood. 

This passage in Proverbs is a passage I suppose every woman should learn by heart and have it printed on cards and hang them in all conspicuous corners of her home. It is the job description for every mother. We will just highlight a few things in the passage about the virtuous woman.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Teleology and its impact on Christianity

evolution
Image Source: By Tkgd2007 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
In establishing the reliability of the Bible, we have implied that there is a God who knows all things and can do all things; this God inspired people to write the Bible and this is why it is so reliable and historically accurate. But how do we prove the existence of God?  Well, here is an interesting guest post from Richard Lowline on how Teleology points to the existence of a creator. 

It's sad that the vast majority of Atheists and supporters of the theory of evolution seem to think that an intelligent creator is impossible. According to them life just sprang up from one giant explosion, and as if by magic everything in existence slowly evolved to the level of complexity in nature that we see today. This sounds good in theory, but when you really take the time to sit back and think about life, one thing that usually comes to mind is the sheer complexity and organization of it all. Everything seems to have its own perfect place and function that serves a particular well-defined purpose.