Month: March 2008

Oh my. Oh my.

It’s Monday.

I have been studying Isaiah 48 for Wednesday night’s inductive study.

Oh my.  Oh my.  My fingers trembled with excitement tracing the words of verse 16 – the beautiful and clear Triad in the work of salvation.

Come ye near unto me, hear ye this, I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I:  and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

I bow down in joy.

This Monday encounter with the Triune God (one eternal Light) of Isaiah breaking through the gross darkness makes me question Joseph’s visitation with his Gods (separate lights).

In Joseph’s visitation from his Gods, which one of them makes the Isaianic claim, “There is no God beside me”?  Does one of the gods point to the other as the more authoritative Light?

We must all give glory and worship and pray only to the One who points to Himself for the hope of mankind’s salvation and who proclaims emphatically, unequivocally, and universally to all, “There is none else.”

This God is my only hope as a sinner, as “a transgressor from the womb” (Isaiah 48:8).

Easter LDS Blogspotting

1.  Runto’s Ricon. What if it is biblical facts colliding with your faith?

2. Miguel’s Weblog.  First, Miguel, I have Portuguese friends in our church family in Ammon, Idaho.  They are dear to my heart.  Secondly, I think Jesus’ message in John’s Gospel is much more exclusive than your presentation.  My concern is when any religion, Baptist or Mormon, tweak the Lord’s words by being selective in what only benefits their particular religion.  None of us like to be confronted in our error.

3.  Mormon Metaphysics.  May Clark continue to sharpen me when I vaguely ramble. 

4.  Juvenile Instructor.  Jared posts a Robert Millet interview.  Bob mentions a presentation on Calvinism from a John in California that he listened to.  Would it be this?  The Doctrines of Grace (10 full-length lessons in MP3 & Grace to You TV program on DVD):  2008 Grace Community Church Shepherd’s Conference Edition. 

And my heart sank when reading this:

Q:  Is the Trinity really that big of an issue?

RM:  Not in everyday life.

I just simply can’t believe that.  I want to be a loving friend to others; and it is frivolous statements like this that cheapen what I should treasure most – with all my heart and soul and mind loving one God.

5.  Straight and Narrow Blog.  Jettboy writes a classic Southeast Idaho LDS conclusion:  “Christianity never had the respect and numbers until Constantine made it a National Faith backed by the military.”  And most LDS friends would think my Christian thought in 2008 is still corrupted by Constantine.  It is definitely a S.E. Idaho thing.

6.  LDS Doctrine.  BRoz writes a short book review of Claiming Christ:  A Mormon – Evangelical Debate.

The Christian’s Hope on Easter

Hebrews 7: 25

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

The ever living Savior ensures the Christian’s justification, the Christian’s sanctification, and the Christian’s glorification.

Death and devils can’t stop this, for Jesus destroyed their works.

Alleluia, the Lord is risen.

Because Christ lives, I shall live a justified, sanctified, and glorified life.

A new day has dawned.