By Elizabeth Prata
School year 2019 was hard, and 2020 was as well. But this year is harder, we all think so, and we can’t figure out why. We’re stressed, sometimes feel defeated, we crawl toward Friday. God is graceful in allowing me to go to #G32021. I need Christ so badly, hearing about him for 3 days straight, ahh. I plan to blog Thursday and Friday, but my plans may go awry if the internet service at the place we’re staying is too slow, or I’m too tired. Well see. 😉
Here are some links you may be interested in:
Let’s take a look at how words have changed since the KJV was published, The King James Version and the Changing Use of Words. I always got a kick out of incontinent in 2 Timothy 3:3 KJV.
As for the issue of direct revelation, I liked this article: God gave this to me. I do caution us as to the use of the word “inspiration”. It was thrown around a bit casually in the article. There is inspiration and then there is Inspiration.
The author uses inspired by our circumstances or our own brain interchangeably with divine inspiration. Personal inspiration is something that makes someone want to do something or gives someone an idea about what to create. Theological inspiration is: “a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul” (Dictionary.com) and the latter is by God. We are not inspired by God any more in the sense that He is speaking to us directly by His Spirit to inspire us to write scripture. Otherwise, I liked the article’s three things to consider.
I love Phil Johnson’s writing (and preaching). Here are timely thoughts on COVID Masks and Congregational Worship by Phil Johnson, well written and well thought out. Especially the scriptures behind this concept, “The importance of face-to-face koinonia is stressed repeatedly.”
DB Harrison writes about the difference between Equity or Equality? He writes, “The Old Testament provides an excellent, though rather disturbing, example of the distinction between equity and equality. It is found in 1 Kings 3:16-28, which records the account of two mothers, both of whom are prostitutes (v. 16), who petitioned King Solomon to settle a dispute between the two of them that involved two babies: one dead and one living.” Oh man, read to see how brilliantly he unpacks this.
Dallas Holm has some encouraging thoughts, asking, “So can we experience “the abundant life” in the midst of difficulty and tribulation? Scripture says, “His mercies are new every morning”, “His grace is sufficient for every need” and “His love endures forever.” Are these promises only good for the easy days or are they wholly applicable in the difficult days? For the child of God, scripture is clear throughout that all His promises are yes and amen!” Further encouragement is in his essay Lyrics for Life, which as you ight guess from this music man, include some wonderful songs.
You hade me at “creativity”. Sustained Creativity by the Power of the Spirit
World Magazine reviews the Kendrick Brothers’ new documentary (not fictional film, it’s their 1st documentary), Show Me the Father: here. I wrote about my cautions for their fictional movies, such as Courageous, Fireproof, War Room, Facing the Giants, etc, here. Justin Peters reviewed the film War Room, here (look for the .doc link on the page, to download). The World review mentions Tony Evans, pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, is prominently in the documentary. He is the father of Priscilla Shirer, one of the main actresses in a Kendrick Brothers previous film, War Room. World mentions in their review that Evans “provides theological commentary” throughout. That is a concern because Evans is not recommended, for these reasons outlined at Michelle Lesley’s site. In any case, please keep these cautions in mind if you decide to check out the movie. The review did say there was a constant and unapologetic focus on Jesus.