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May 26, 2012


With a little help from my friends

May 22, 2012

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

Some of you may remember a recent post entitled More Christian Than Christian?

In it I shared a video that Brother Mike made about the literal, dictionary meaning of the word Christian and who it applies to.  A friend asked me about the end of the video where Brother Mike talks about various kinds of wickedness that one might engage in on Shabbat. I gave an off the cuff reply to my friend which I posted as part of blog entry.  My friend Zac at New2Torah pointed out that my thought process didn’t quite stand up to the light of scripture by sharing a section of  Isaiah which I was previously unfamiliar with:

Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine ownwords: 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The first couple of times that I read it it was a little confusing so let’s take a look at it in plain english:

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Isaiah 58:13“If you hold back your foot on Shabbat from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call Shabbat a delight, Adonai’s holy day, worth honoring; then honor it by not doing your usual things or pursuing your interests or speaking about them. 14 If you do, you will find delight in Adonai — I will make you ride on the heights of the land and feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Ya‘akov, for the mouth of Adonai has spoken.”

Jewish Publication Society 1917:

13 If thou turn away thy foot because of the sabbath, from pursuing thy business on My holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, and the holy of the LORD honourable; and shalt honour it, not doing thy wonted ways, nor pursuing thy business, nor speaking thereof; 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD, and I will make thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and I will feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father; for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Clearly we can see that we should be turning away from our own pleasure on Shabbat and focusing solely on Him. If you are chosing a Shabbat activity that allows you to have fun while focusing on Him, that is what I think we are to strive to do. I don’t think that pleasure on Shabbat is wicked, but rather, not remaining focused on Him is where wickedness takes hold.  We should relax, we should rest, and we should place Him and His Word as a frontlet before our eyes.

They tell me that it’s evolution.

May 17, 2012

So I was reading National Geographic last month and I found an article about hands. Apparently most vertebrates have them. Of course they tried to claim that evolution was responsible for this. In my mind they lost all credibility when they said that dolphins descended from hoofed land mammals that returned to the sea and grew fins.

So I guess that means that, had humans not interfered with nature, this horse would have turned into some kind sea creature.

I want to know what I have to do to evolve a Pegasus.

Someone explain to me why people believe everything scientists say…

Shabbat Shalom!

May 11, 2012

Sorry I missed last week folks, I thought I had a post prescheduled. 😦

Shabbat Shalom

May 11, 2012

One of my favorite hyms is the Doxology. It’s very short – Just four lines. Oftentimes when I recieve a blessing from him I’ll sing this to praise his name.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise him ye creatures here below

Praise him above, ye heavenly host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Here’s a very simple instrumental version of it:

More Christian than Christian?

May 8, 2012

My friend Brother Mike with some thoughts on Christianity and those who belive in the God of the Bible by being obedient to his word:

A friend of mine pointed out that around 7 minutes, he states that indulging in your own pleasure on Shabbat is sin. I disagree with this, but I forgot to say anything about it when I posted.

Here is my reply to my friend:

Sorry, I meant to say something about the same thing because I don’t agree 100% with this point he makes. Unfortunately I couldn’t email it from my phone and I had forgotten that I meant to say something in the hours that passed before I got to a computer.
As I said, I disagree with the idea that having fun on Shabbat is sinful. The idea is that it is to be a day of rest. Not a day of penance or punishment or something.
As long as you aren’t “working” I don’t think there are any other restrictions on what constitutes rest.
And I think that work can have different definitions to different people. I enjoy shooting and that is one of the things I do to relax when I have time to rest, hence I would not think it wicked to shoot skeet on Shabbat. Unless you’re Tom Knapp or some other professional shooter type person.  Similarly I don’t think it wrong to ride a motorcycle or turn a wrench on a car, unless those things are work for you.
As an example –  I won’t mow my lawn on Shabbat, nor would I personally work on my car. I don’t like doing those things, they aren’t restful for me, rather they are a source of stress. YMMV
Remember that Shabbat was made for man, not man for Shabbat. To my understanding this means that man does not exist for the purpose of ritualistically suffering through Shabbat. Shabbat exists for men so that we can have rest and spend a day relaxing.
The reason that I don’t say relaxing and worshiping is that we should be worshiping every day, not just on Shabbat.  Worship certainly isn’t work, especially around Round Prairie.
Shabbat may be the day we come together for worship, but it isn’t the only day we worship.
I don’t want to distract from the main theme of the video, because I agree with the bulk of it.  Similarly I don’t agree 100% with everything taught at the different links that I  have posted.  I don’t even agree 100% with everything at my own assembly. I subscribe to the philosophy that anyone who agrees with you 80% is an ally and anyone who agrees with you 90% should be a friend.
I do, however, agree with the idea that if you are going to willfully break Shabbat then you may as well steal, murder, etc.
Please Read:
I’ve written an update to this post, please read it for my new thoughts and opinions.

Shabbat Shalom!

April 28, 2012