Month: February 2012

“Does God’s will” – Bible reading 2012

“And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him,

Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.

But He answered them, saying,

Who is My mother, or My brothers?

And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said,

Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother (Mark 3:32-35).

– taken from The NKJV Daily Bible

Church News in Idaho Falls

  1. At Alliance Covenant Church – “Be Light” Missions Conference, March 2-4
  2. At Calvary Chapel – Women’s Conference, Feb. 24, Men’s Conference, Feb. 25
  3. At New Life Church – Men’s Retreat, Feb. 24-26
  4. At Calvary Baptist Church – Week of Prayer & North America Mission Offering, March 5-11, Ski & Share, March 16-18
  5. Indoor Bike-a-thon, sponsored by the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, Feb. 25, Rocky Mountain Middle School

Local library book sale!

The Idaho Falls local library is having another weekend book sale.

I bought the following books and music for $5 + tax:

  1. Family Devotions for Children (1999) by Kenneth Taylor
  2. Holy Bible (KJV) on Audio CD
  3. The One Year Book of Devotions for Kids #2 (1995)
  4. The One Year Book of Devotions for Kids #3 (1997)
  5. The Treasure Principle (2001) by Randy Alcorn
  6. God’s Road Map for Grads (2006) by Bordon and Winters
  7. Building Strong Families: How Can Your Family Withstand the Challenges of Today’s Culture (1997) by William Mitchell
  8. Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised)
  9. Jesus, Our Lord by Charles Swindoll
  10. Starting Over: Fresh Hope for the Road Ahead by Charles Swindoll
  11. Psalter Hymnal
  12. A CBD Exclusive!  The Sunday Morning Hymnal:  Majestic Hymns of Worship Praise and Adoration, 3 CDs (2003)

Lorie Swisher in Idaho Falls

We had a nice conversation at the beginning of this week in Lorie Swisher’s home in Idaho Falls, getting some earlier city history behind the Christian Center, the Family Bible Church, and the River of Life.  The pastor during those days was Rick Lunsford, who is currently connected with Gratefully Grafted Ministries International.   His son, Shane Lunsford, and I knew each other back in the day.

I learned about some of the city-wide events, the prayer meetings seeking the welfare of the city, and the Upper Room coffee shop.

I listened to two things connected with Lorie:

1.  She graciously gave to me a couple CDs of the music – Things Above.

2.  The Youtube video – Heaven, composed before Eric Swisher went to heaven.

Highlights of my reading in Idaho Falls

From the Idaho Falls Public Library

  • Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross (Crossway Books, 2009), edited by Nancy Guthrie (library # 232.96 GUTHRIE)
  • Future Men (Canon Press, 2001) by Douglas Wilson (library # 248.845 WIL) “Christians are a race of dragon-fighters.  Our sons are born to this.  Someone ought to tell them” (107).
  • Loved by God (W Publishing Group, 2001) by R.C. Sproul (library #231 SPR).  As our church family has been studying I Corinthians 13 on Sunday mornings, this book concludes with its last three chapters discussing this biblical text.
  • NIGTC: The First Epistle to the Corinthians (2000) by Anthony C. Thiselton (227.2 THISELTON)
  • Magazine – Christian Century (February 8, 2012) – Robert Millet is quoted – “It has become important for traditional Christians to maintain an unbridgeable creature-Creator chasm.  For Latter-day Saints, God and man are the same species.  God has substance — he is not just a force or power.  He is an exalted, glorified man, and one of the purposes of the Gospels is to help us become what he is.”  “We believe that Jesus and all humanity had a life before this life and in that world, Christ was the eldest — Jesus was our elder brother.”  The magazine author, Daniel Burke, then writes, “Thus, Jesus is a step below God on the stairway to heaven — and not an equal member of the Trinity” (p. 16).
  • Magazine – Christianity Today (February 2012) – Russell D. Moore –  “For too long, we’ve called unbelievers to ‘invite Jesus into your life.’  Jesus doesn’t want to be in your life.  Your life’s a wreck.  Jesus calls you into his life” (p. 32).  “If the kingdom is what Jesus says it is, then what matters isn’t just what we neatly classify as “spiritual” things.  The natural world around us isn’t just a temporary “environment,” but part of our future inheritance in Christ.  Our jobs–preaching the gospel, loading docks, picking avocados, writing legislation, or herding goats–aren’t accidental.  The things we do in church–passing offering plates, cuddling crack-addicted babies, or fixing the “pop” in the sound system–aren’t random.  God is teaching us, as he taught our Lord, to learn in little things how to be in charge of great things (Matt. 25:14-23)” (p. 33).

From Barnes & Noble in Idaho Falls

  • The Mormon People (2012) by Matthew Bowman. “Joseph Smith’s church is the last incarnation — or, to use Mormon parlance, the last dispensation–before Christ’s Second Coming.  Mormons believe that this time God has established his kingdom so firmly, and in such fertile ground, that it will not fall again.”
  • Magazine – Newsweek (Feb. 13, 2012) – Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about the rise of Christophobia.  “From blasphemy laws to brutal murders to bombings to mutilations and the burning of holy sites, Christians in so many nations live in fear” (p. 30).
  • Magazine – Biblical Archeaology Review (Jan/Feb. 2012) – “When Did Israel Begin?  New Hieroglyphic Inscription may date Israel’s Ethnogenesis 200 years earlier than you thought.”  It is “a gray slab 18 inches high and 15.5 inches wide.”  “The third (broken) name-ring may read “Israel,” according to three German scholars.”