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What’s the Big Deal About the KJV? {episode 4}: dumbed-down version.

Somewhere between episode 3 of “What’s The Big Deal About The KJV?” and this episode 4, I got caught up inthe busy-ness of my jam-packed life and didn’t realize the latest episode had come out! My apologies for not being more on the ball with this.

If you missed episode 1 of “What’s the Big Deal About the KJV?,” click HERE to watch it. If you missed episode 2, click HERE to watch it. If you missed episode 3, click HERE.

And, as always, I’ve got some more interesting resources for you to give a look-see at:

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Challenge 23: Romans 8 Essay Report.

What does Romans 8 mean to a new believer?

Many people, prior to salvation, believe that they must earn or work their way to Heaven. However, the Bible says: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:3-4a).

The law couldn’t save us; our works couldn’t save us; so God sent His only begotten Son to live a sinless life and die upon a cross in our place. Because of His sacrifice, we can be saved by trusting in Christ as our personal Savior. When we accept Christ as our Savior, the justice of our Holy God is satisfied and “the righteousness of the law… [is] fulfilled in us” (8:4a). We see later in the chapter that God “spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all” (8:32). Christ died and suffered separation from His Father that we might never have to spend eternity in Hell.

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Holidays: I don’t observe, so how do I deal?

Since there really aren’t any Scriptures that deal with this subject specifically, I’m going to share my opinions on it for the next few minutes.

Yesterday I posted a video about whether or not Christians should participate in Halloween.

My family never “celebrated” Halloween. We weren’t allowed to dress up as creepy goblins and witches. My brother and I weren’t allowed to go trick-or-treating with our friends. We never passed out candy either. When the kids started to walk around the neighborhood to collect their Halloween treasure, we shut all the drapes, closed the blinds, turned off all the lights in the house, and deactivated our motion-sensor porch light. In fact, I carved my first pumpkin when I was 23 (and it was the most awesome ninja turtle you’ve ever seen, I might add).

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Challenge 20: Romans 6 Essay Report.

What does Romans 6 mean to a new believer?

If we look at the ending of the previous chapter we read these words: “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” (Romans 5:20). Chapter 6 starts off with a question: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (6:1).

When we receive Christ as our personal Savior, our “old man” (who we were before we were saved) is dead – for Christ died for ALL the sins of man: PAST, present and future. Our sins died with Christ that day! Likewise, just like Christ rose from the dead 3 days later, we are also made alive in Christ and given the power to live the abundant Christian life.

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Tithing: is it still relevant today?

Back in November 2011 I posted “to tithe or not to tithe?” on the blog. It drummed up a pretty good discussion, and even caused a few people at the church I used to attend to get a little self-defensive over the issue.

Old Testament.

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” – Malachi 3:8-10

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God: boxes, boundaries, & rules.

I was reading a post over at Alise…Write! and found myself almost breaking out in hives over a couple of sentences in her post titled “It Is Good.(okay, maybe not “breaking out in hives”… but somewhat irritated.)

Overall, her post was actually pretty good. My beef was with the following bolded sentences:

“…these projects point to God. Not to a neat, tidy, polite God, but to a wildly creative being. A God that refuses boxes and boundaries and rules. A God that understands hurt and pain and hope and love; a God that understands what it is to be human.”

The idea that “God…refuses boxes and boundaries and rules” makes it sound like He embraces chaos, disorganization, haphazard efforts. The idea that God is not necessarily a “neat, tidy, polite God” makes it sound like He Who spoke the worlds into existence is a caveman of sorts and not a gentleman.

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Baptism: immersion, sprinkling, & infant baptism.

It has been argued for centuries, this matter of Baptism. Somewhere over the years the Biblical truth surrounding Baptism has been mixed up with church tradition and the teachings of men. What we have today is a mixture of denominations that believe a mixture of things about baptism.

  • Some denominations believe that baptism saves people.
  • Some denominations believe that baptism is required to complete salvation.
  • Some denominations believe it signifies identification with a certain “religious” group.
  • Some denominations believe that baptism is simply an act of obedience and testimony after salvation.

So let’s take a look at what the Bible says…

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What’s the Big Deal About the KJV? {episode 3}: it’s ridiculous!

If you missed episode 1 of “What’s the Big Deal About the KJV?,” click HERE to watch it. If you missed episode 2, click HERE to watch it.

Here’s a few more resources for you to check out:

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What’s the Big Deal About the KJV? {episode 1}: it’s just coffee.

Those of you who have followed me for any amount of time know by now that I am a KJV-Only IFB. I have written a few posts on the KJV in the past (see below for a list), and I’ve engaged in many debates in defense of the KJV as well (in person, email, comments on this blog, and on facebook). I also hosted Dr. Sam Gipp’s book titled “The Answer Book” on a weekly basis for a few months (although we did not get through the entire book).

Recently, Dr. Sam Gipp has produced a few short videos in defense of the KJV. I think they’re VERY well done videos in which he is very gracious in how he explains his beliefs to other people. I was so impressed with the videos, I’ve decided to host them here on the blog. *and the crowd cheers* (don’t even try to deny it.)  :]

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Question of the day: name callers.

Continuing on in the series of questions put forth by Dr. Sam Gipp in His book “The Answer Book.”* 

Several people have asked me why I continue to post questions from Dr. Gipp’s book when I myself claim to not agree with him completely. The short and sweet of it is this: I am grasping at every second I have these days. I work full time (plus some), go to school full time (plus some), work several church ministries, and have a bunch of other projects going on – in addition to this blog. Hence, by posting these questions/answers two days a week, it helps me free up a little bit of time… which, in the end, helps keep my sanity in tact.  :]  See… it’s a win/win situation.

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