Month: October 2011

BYUtv – Fires of Faith (episode 3)

Happy Reformation Day to you all!

Last night, I watched the final episode of the docu-drama of the making of the King James Bible.

Quick Observations:

1.  “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes”  – Last words of Tyndale before he was strangled and burned.  I consider William Tyndale and his theology as a part of my Christian heritage.  Do you believe in the theology that he taught?  What he shared from the Bible about God and the gospel?  Would you die for the gospel that he died for?

2.  I listened to Randall Balmer.  He said that he doesn’t like the cult of the new.    He likes to go back to the old.  But which “old” does he consider orthodox, especially with his recent article – “Fundamentalists, Mormons, and the ‘Christian Question’“.  As an Episcopalian, he wants to go back to the old.  As a fundamentalist, I want to go back to the old.  But we are on two completely separate paths.

3.  Brad Nassif – Eastern Orthodox Church, Sugar Grove, Illinois.  Good grief – fifteen years of theological education!  Three masters.  One Ph.D.  Interesting to see him on the show.

4.  Richard Land – notable quote in this episode . . . something like this:  “He who says he has outgrown the Bible?  He has a highly inflamed ego.”

5.  Lancelot Andrewes – The guy knew 15 modern languages and 6 ancient languages.  How many of our modern Bible translators have been under the rigors of such scholarship?

6.  Richard Mouw shared some sad contrast between the family culture of today and how he grew up.  Watch the episode and tell me what you think.

6.  After the blend of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Youtube sensation of the Hallelujah Chorus at the mall in Welland, Ontario, the documentary series closed with scenes again of Tyndale.

Berean Baptist in Idaho Falls (1)

Berean Baptist Church

[Jews at Berea] they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11)

Welcome to B.B.C.!  Through a careful study of God’s Word, we desire for this church to be place where people find Christ, learn Christ, love Christ, and live Christ.  May the Lord bless you today.

Sunday School – 9:30 am: Classes for (1) 4s & 5s; (2) 1st – 3rd, (3) 4th-6th; (4) junior high – high school; (5) adult class with Todd Wood – “Principles of Christian Growth”; (6) adult class with Mike Ghiglia – “Strategies in Evangelism”

Eight instrumentalists played “Holy, Holy, Holy” for a prelude.

Main Service – 10:45 am:  announcements, prayer, singing (“On Jordan’s Stormy Banks”, “Victory in Jesus”, “America the Beautiful”, “Rock of Ages”, “Amazing Grace”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Abba, Father”), scripture reading (Malachi 1), offering,  quartet – “Haven of Rest”

Message Text: I Corinthians 12:4-11

Four points to consider:  (1) diversity, (2) unity, (3) profit for all, (4) as He wills.  And it is all rooted in the Triune God.  Read the text for yourself.

This week’s memory verse

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise (Psalm 51:15)

This week’s Bible reading

  • (10/30) Lamentations 2:20-3:66, Hebrews 1:1-14, Psalm 102:1-28, Proverbs 26:21-22
  • (10/31) Lamentations 4:1-5:22, Hebrews 2:1-18, Psalm 103:1-22, Proverbs 26:23
  • (11/1) Ezekiel 1:1-3:15, Hebrews 3:1-19, Psalm 104:1-23, Proverbs 26:24-26
  • (11/2) Ezekiel 3:16-6:14, Hebrews 4:1-16, Psalm 104:24-35, Proverbs 26:27
  • (11/3) Ezekiel 7:1-9:11, Hebrews 5:1-14, Psalm 105:1-15, Proverbs 26:28
  • (11/4) Ezekiel 10:1-11:25, Hebrews 6:1-20, Psalm 105:16-36, Proverbs 27:1-2
  • (11/5) Ezekiel 12:1-14:11, Hebrews 7:1-17, Psalm 105:37-45, Proverbs 27:3

This week’s discipleship and outreach

  1. Sunday Bible teaching and outreach (5th Sunday of the month) at the Juvenile Correction Center in St. Anthony
  2. Monday, 7:00 am – men’s study in Zechariah at Bella Vita
  3. Monday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Ammon Antics (event)
  4. Tuesday evening boy cub scouts & scouts
  5. Wednesday, 1:00 pm – senior ladies’ study in Galatians
  6. Wednesday, 6:30 pm – inductive study in Malachi at the church building
  7. Wednesday, 6:30 pm – Patch the Pirate Club (kindergarten & elementary children)
  8. Thursday, 6:30 am – Prayer meeting
  9. Thursday, 6:30 pm – Rock youth group
  10. Saturday, 7:30 am – Men’s breakfast & fellowship at the church building
  11. Saturday, 11:00 am – Keepers at Home Christian girls’ ministry

“Always the Word” – The desire of the Bereans in Idaho: let the written word run and be glorified so that all might gaze upon the living Word and be healed.

Jesus in Idaho Falls (5)

Who is Jesus?  In all the portrayals that we hear of Jesus in America, consider the total, sufficient work and character of this Messiah as introduced in the book of Hebrews.  I am in awe this morning by all the truth propositions concerning this God-man.  With the angels, I bow and worship.

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” (Hebrews 1:1-4)

Prayer in Idaho Falls (7)

From today’s Bible reading . . .

Ever feel this way?

Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.” (Lam. 3:8)

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to You.  Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble; Incline Your ear to me: In the day that I call, answer me speedily” (Psalm 102:1-2)

Anchor your heart with this:

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”  The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.  It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth” (Lam. 3:22-27).