A short course in Isaiah. Chapter 13 – The message about Babylon.

A voice in the wilderness

Now this is where it gets interesting.

Isaiah 13:1 NET. This is a message about Babylon that God revealed to Isaiah, son of Amoz:

My first question is, what do we know about Isaiah?

While this may not seem important to others, I believe that knowing something of Isaiah’s background might answer important questions and possibly give me an understanding about this religious garbage that was thrown at me, in an attempt to convince me that Isaiah quoted from some Babylonian mythology. I suppose then that we should not take the things Isaiah said so seriously. As a side note: If I can discredit Isaiah in one area, then perhaps he should be disregarded in all other aspects as well, such as chapter 53 where he describes the horrendous price the Messiah would pay.

Pastor John MacArthur tells us that, “Isaiah is quoted directly in the NT over…

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Dear Pastor

By the Blood of the Lamb

Dear Pastor,

I’m writing not to offend, but rather to respectfully inquire. Please don’t take offense to my questions, for I am a humble servant of God with no formal education in religion. You see sir, I have not been to seminary, nor have I been trained to read and love C.S. Lewis, as this seems to be a prerequisite for modern day preachers. I am a common man with a career and a family, reading my bible daily, and praying for the Holy Spirit to give me discernment and lead me in the paths of righteousness.

While I do find your personality to be charming and your sermons to be quite entertaining, I do have a few burning questions. I say burning because week after week these questions arise during the course of Sunday worship service and completely distract me from worshipping in your congregation. I’ve tried to relax…

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Signs That Follow Those Who Believe

Mark 16:15-18 “And he (Jesus) said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. AND ALL THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Those words weren’t just for the apostles. They were for all believers from Pentecost through the end of days. Jesus said it was for them that believe and he didn’t put a time limit on it as some would like to believe.

I was blessed to witness the Holy Spirit in action last weekend at the small church that my parents attend. People were saved, healed, and filled with the Holy Spirit. My own dad was filled with the Holy Ghost; and his left hand, which was riddled with arthritis causing him great pain, was healed.

I have only recently begun to grasp what being filled with the Holy Spirit means and how we are given the power and authority as believers in Jesus Christ to not only be a testimony, a witness to the lost, but to use the signs that follow us as evidence of that power and authority.  We must humble ourselves and be willing to let the Holy Spirit work through us.  That’s the key I’ve discovered.  Like dying to self, we must also humble ourselves, and let God use us as he sees fit.

We NEED the power and authority of the Holy Spirit in these last dark days.  We need it in order to be the light of the world, to defend ourselves against the attacks of the enemy, and to be strong, powerful witnesses of the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to win over the souls of those who are lost and hurting. We need to be like the disciples – those believers – who were  filled with the Holy Ghost in the first minutes of the creation of the church – the body of Christ.  They were bold, fearless, and they believed.  They believed in the power of God and they weren’t afraid to embrace the signs that followed them.  They allowed the Holy Spirit to work in them and through them to be a witness to the world around them.  Yes, the signs that followed them were indeed convicting to a lost world. They didn’t rely on doctrine to reach lost souls, they relied on the Holy Spirit to work through them – both in their words and in action.  We need to be like them.  We need to fully embrace the Holy Spirit believing in his power and authority to convict the hearts of men through our speech and actions.

Another great article written by Belle Ringer of Salvation and Survival addresses this much better than I can.  Click through on the link below.

The Person of Jesus over Doctrine

 

How This Conservative Evangelical Died…

brandon andress

This is the first of two posts that I have to preemptively tell you that my heart in this is motivated only in love and service to helping Christians (including me) more closely align in following the way of Jesus. I simply ask that if you are a Christian and one who struggles with anger when a person challenges your faith perspective, then maybe park this post until you can read it in a non-defensive, non-oppositional, and peaceful posture. These words are meant to begin a civil conversation and dialogue and then to guide us into deeper reflection and dependence on the Spirit of God in our lives.

Too many times, Christians read what I write (with the most recent example being about Christians and politics) and quickly retort, “Well, I disagree with your position,” or, “Well, that is just your opinion.” Others immediately dismiss what I have written and…

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