Total Truth – Authority

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 “Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.” 1 Corinthians 15:28 In building our worldview, we need to ask the question. Where is the person’s authority to make such a claim? If we are building a Biblical Worldview, we must look to the Bible for our authority. This is the entire Bible, the Old and New Testament. Today it seems that people feel that the Old Testament is out of date. If we don’t read and study the Old Testament, we are missing the entire story of God and His dealing with mankind. This scripture tells us that God is the authority over everything. He is the authority because He made everything in the world. If we are building our world view on listening to a person and following his advice, we must be sure where his authority comes from. Just because a person has a PhD does not mean that he is the ultimate authority on a subject. Today there is so much information coming at us from all angles. We have TV, social media and the internet. We have one preacher telling us one thing and the preacher down the road is telling us another thing. It can be so confusing. This is why our foundation must be strong. This is why we need to have a Biblical Worldview that is built on God’s Word. In my years walking with God, I have read the Bible through many times. I have studied God’s Word. I have been to Bible College. I feel that at times that I know God’s Word and I feel that I have a Biblical Worldview. Then I read […]

Total Truth – Ask

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“But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction.” Jude 10 This scripture in Jude is talking about the false prophets in the church. They don’t think; they just act on their feelings. They do whatever feels good. They don’t have a firm foundation. Jesus tells us, “But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:26-27) If we don’t build our foundation on Jesus and the scripture, we will fall. This is the reason that we need a Biblical Worldview. This worldview does not come by feelings. It comes by study and prayer. It comes by asking questions. Paul tells us, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.” (Ephesians 5:15) We become wise by asking questions. ASK is an acronym to help us remember what questions we should ask. A – Authority: What is this person’s authority to make such a claim? S – Starting Point: From what starting point is this person looking at the world? K – Knowledge: How do they know what they claim to know? When we can ask these questions, we are on our way to building a Biblical Worldview. More to come on these questions.

Total Truth – Culture War

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“I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Jude 4 “There are, in the body politic, economic and social, many a grave evil, and there is urgent necessity for the sternest war upon them.” (Theodore Roosevelt) We are in a culture war and we have been in this war for years now. The problem is some of us have had our heads in the sand and we could not see what is happening in our nation. We have taken God out of our nation. We have told God that we don’t need Him to take care of us anymore; we know more than God. If you cannot see what is happening in our nation, Satan has blinded you to the truth. We have churches telling us that because of God’s grace we can live immoral lives and then we can go to heaven. Every day we see shootings and death in our cities. What can we do about what is happening? We can become involved in this war. At times we have to fight. No way around it. At some point, every one of us must confront this downward trend that is happening in our nation. You can face difficulties head-on, or you can run from them, or ignore them until they consume you. But no one escapes conflict. No one. One way that we can fight this culture is to develop a Biblical Worldview and share that worldview with others. This war is a life or death conflict. This war is a serious matter. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, […]

Total Truth – Defend the Faith

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“Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.” Jude 1:3 God has entrusted us with His wonderful Gospel. The last thing that Jesus told us was to go into all the world and make disciples. “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) This command tells us to teach these disciples to obey all God’s commandments. How are we going to teach these new disciples if we don’t know what we believe? If we don’t have a worldview. Working out our worldview will help us be able to defend our faith in God. Worldviews shape and inform our experiences of the world around us. Like spectacles with colored lenses, they affect what we see and how we see it. Depending on the “color” of the lenses, some things may be seen more easily, or conversely, they may be de-emphasized or distorted—indeed, some things may not be seen at all. Worldviews also largely determine people’s opinions on matters of ethics and politics. What a person thinks about abortion, euthanasia, same-sex relationships, environmental ethics, economic policy, public education, and so on will depend on his underlying worldview more than anything else. As such, worldviews play a central and defining role in our lives. They shape what we believe and what we’re willing to believe, how we interpret our experiences, how we behave in response to those experiences, and how we relate to others. Our thoughts and our actions are conditioned […]

Total Truth – World View Part 2

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  “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16 In this scripture Jesus is telling us that we have to be shrewd. Shrewd means that we need to be clever, discerning, have awareness. Unless we understand what we believe how in the world can we be shrewd? How can we win people to God unless we know how other people think? We need to have a Biblical Worldview, but we need to understand other worldviews. This is a list of some of the other worldviews. Naturalism: there is no God; humans are just highly evolved animals; the universe is a closed physical system. Postmodernism: there are no objective truths and moral standards; “reality” is ultimately a human social construction. Pantheism: God is the totality of reality; thus, we are all divine by nature. Pluralism: the different world religions represent equally valid perspectives on the ultimate reality; there are many valid paths to salvation. Islam: there is only one God, and He has no son; God has revealed His will for all people through His final prophet, Muhammad, and His eternal word, the Qur’an. Moralistic therapeutic deism: God just wants us to be happy and nice to other people; He intervenes in our affairs only when we call on Him to help us out. Each of these worldviews has profound implications for how people think about themselves, what behaviors they consider right or wrong, and how they orient their lives. It is therefore crucial that Christians be able to engage with unbelief at the worldview level. Christians need to understand not only what it means to have a biblical worldview, but also why they should hold fast to that worldview and apply it to all of life. […]

Total Truth – World View

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“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 This scripture tells us to let God transform us into the person that God wants us to be. To be transformed we need to change our way of thinking. Changing our thinking comes from developing our world view. Most people don’t have a world view. A world view is the set of beliefs about fundamental aspects of Reality that ground and influence all one’s perceiving, thinking, knowing, and doing. One’s world view is also referred to as one’s philosophy, philosophy of life, mindset, and outlook on life, formula for life, ideology, faith, or even religion.  As the word itself suggests, a worldview is an overall view of the world. It’s not a physical view of the world, but rather a philosophical view, an all-encompassing perspective on everything that exists and matters to us. Our world view is so important to our life and how we live our life. It is not our pastor’s, our friend’s or even our spouse’s world view; it must be our world view. I believe that unless we have a world view, we are easily lead away by false doctrines.  I know in my life every time I start to write on a subject, God speaks to me and asked the question, what do you believe about this subject? It takes work and time in prayer to know your world view. In the world we live in, unless we have a world view, we will not be stable in our actions or our thinking. We will have no foundation.  

Total Truth – Gospel Reset

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“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8 “Billy Graham passed away February 21, 2018. Many news items reported on his death and paid tribute to this great evangelist. One headline really stood out to me: There will never be another Billy Graham, because the world that made him possible is gone. This was similar to what Fox News political commentator Tucker Carlson stated during his short tribute to Billy Graham. He basically just preached the Bible. In America at the time, that was enough. People stopped him on the street to shake his hand. We live in a different country now, but Billy Graham never changed.” (Ken Ham) Yes, our world has changed; the world that was part of Billy Graham is not the same. God has not changed and the Gospel message has not changed, but the way we reach people for Jesus Christ has changed. As this scripture says, don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense. This is what is being preached too many times from our pulpits. Our churches are preaching a gospel that is either not true or is filled with half -truth. I don’t have all the answers to how we reach this new generation. I do have a burden for learning and being open to God and what He is telling us. We do need a […]

Nahum – Punishment for Sin

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“There is no healing for your wound; your injury is fatal. All who hear of your destruction   will clap their hands for joy. Where can anyone be found who has not suffered from your continual cruelty?” Nahum 3:19 The Assyrian people had sinned and sinned and sinned. It was just a way of life for them. They were an evil people. When people want to point a finger and say that God is wrong, that God permits evil and does nothing about evil, God in Nahum is saying that I do something about evil. God is just and righteous. God is a loving God, but a loving God will not allow evil to go unpunished. He was a God of love when He destroyed Nineveh and wiped it like a clean dish. It disappeared off the face of the map and off the face of the earth and God took full responsibility. I know that this seems like a God that does not love, but God gave Nineveh more than one change to turn from their sins and repent. God wanted them to follow Him and live the life that He had in mind for them from the beginning. God wants all of us to turn from our sins and come to Him in repentance. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Nahum – Leadership

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“Your guards and officials are also like swarming locusts  that crowd together in the hedges on a cold day. But like locusts that fly away when the sun comes up, all of them will fly away and disappear.” Nahum 3:17 The leadership of Assyria disintegrated to the place where they no longer attempted to lead the nation. When things got bad, the leadership was nowhere to be found.  They had left the people to fair for themselves. Our nation has come to this point. There is no leadership in our nation, our state or our cities. It has come to the point that all our leadership wants to do is line their pockets with our money. The people elect leaders that represent our views. They only represent the ones that will pay them the most. It seems the rich man is the only ones that can get elected. Abraham Lincoln would never have had a change to be elected. What God is saying in this chapter concerning Assyria fits our nation like a glove. One glove fits Assyria and that glove has been fulfilled. The other glove fits America. Are we listening to God today in America? I don’t believe we are. I know that most of the leadership is not listening. I believe that God is speaking to our nation. He is telling us that unless we repent and turn to Him we will end up like Assyria. I know that at this time that most people don’t believe that God will destroy America. They are blinded by Satan and living in a world that is made by man and not by God. Please pray that we will seek God and repent of our sins. “Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined by these trials. But the wicked will […]

Nahum – Judgment

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“What sorrow awaits Nineveh, the city of murder and lies! She is crammed with wealth and is never without victims.” Nahum 3:1 We are given here a picture of the city of Nineveh. This was a city of crime, murder and lies. Every night on the nightly news I hear them say, “breaking news” there has been a shooting. This is not breaking news. It happens daily in our nation, at times more than once. I was raised that if you give someone your word, it was as good as a written contract. This is not true anymore. If you want to hold someone to their word, you better get it in writing. To me this is sad. We live in a nation that it wealthy beyond any nation in the world. My son spent time in Africa a few years ago. He came back telling me that we all need to go to Africa to realize how blessed we are in America. It seems that nobody is satisfied with the money they have. They want more and more. I worked for a company one time that we were doing good, but it was never enough. We were always told that we needed to do more. This was the main reason I quite. At some point we need to realize that money is not everything. Your wealth will not get you to heaven or give you peace. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” (Haggai 2:8) The book of Nahum can be a description of our nation. God judged Nineveh so why do you think that God will not judge America?