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December 27, 2014

BOOKS I READ in 2014 …

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2014

BOOK READING LIST

  

1. How to Study the Bible – John MacArthur | I think you will enjoy this little book. It will be especially helpful for the young Christian to understand the importance of just how “vital [it is] to know how to study the Bible. … This book will help you do it” – (back cover). I like MacArthur’s books. He is an excellent teacher concerning biblical matters. I highly recommend his writings. I do not always agree with what he states, but I do respect his opinion for I know he is thorough in all that he studies. Enjoy! | 01/24/2014

2. One Bible, Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal? – Dave Brunn | Darrell L. Bock writes in his endorsement of this book, “If you want to understand translation work and appreciate what English translations do and how, then this book is for you.” That is a good description of this book. The author Dave Brunn was a missionary/translator in Papua New Guinea to the Lamogai (lah-moh-guy) people. His and his team’s responsibility was to develop a completed Lamogai New Testament. This book reflects those efforts and gleans those aspects to the reader as to what translators have to deal with when going from one language to another, such as, from Hebrew-Aramaic | Greek to English. The book is thorough and well laid out. If you enjoy getting technical – I recommend that you take the time to read it. If not – save your money. | 01/30/2014

3. The People Called Baptists – George W. McDaniel | While reading another book by McDaniel I came across the title of this little book. It was published in 1925 and is currently out of print. I finally found it among the used book dealers listed on Amazon.com. I have found in reading old biblically-based books that one can get a brief historical view of many subjects. This book is of no exception. In it the author deals briefly with Baptist history, the meaning of “local” church, ordinances, and their Baptistic distinguishing marks.  I enjoyed what the author had to say about the Baptists of his era. If you can find a copy I think you would too. | 05/13/2014

4. The End of America: The Role of Islam in the End Times and Biblical Warnings to Flee America – John Price | This book is like most End Times books in that it deals w/scripture references that the author believes are the proof texts that justify his/her subject matter – i.e., “The End of America” which the author demonstrates that he believes the term “Daughter of Babylon” found throughout the bible represents according to the eschatology he endorses. Two things: 1) the scenario he describes is possible (none of us know what the future holds) and most likely it is true that America is facing inevitable destruction due to its immorality and wickedness found in our culture, and 2) he follows his own advice to flee the coming destruction and has relocated to a Latin American country. However, he has failed to adhere to one of the three most important aspects of Scripture interpretations – i.e., context, context, context!! The author uses several OT references and he relates them to America – bad idea- his references appear to refer to Babylon as found in the OT not something of today. It is true that many OT prophecies have a double interpretation but I think he outstepped his bounds this time. The book is an interesting read. The author builds up the idea that is so popular today that Islam is the force that will be reckoned with in the future and that we – America – need to flee that wrath to come. If you are interested in end time scenarios then you may consider this one as good as any to read. As for me, I think reading the Bible will give you more insight in to how to live your life in these last days. | 06/04/2014

5. The Mystery of the Shemitah – Jonathan Cahn | “Within the Hebrew,… shemitah literally means, ‘the letting fall,’ ‘the letting collapse.” … The warning here us this: if America continues on its present course, its place as the head of nations will fall and the American age and global order will be allowed to collapse” [243]. This point is the summation of this book by Cahn, author of  the New York Times Best-Selling The Harbinger. [A book that I thought I had read, but C. had only borrowed it and apparently I did not.  This is despite that familiarity of some references made to The Harbinger. Go figure.] Anyway this book is a follow up to The Harbinger.. Like all book is this category – i.e., eschatological in nature, your end time doctrinal standings will help to determine if you think it is a good book to read. I enjoyed some aspects of it, but as many books along this line it is a “let’s wait and see what happens” before final judgment can be made. One thing I agree with the author about: If America does not get its act together soon morally, politically, economically, and socially – I do not know how long she can remain a strong vibrant leader of the world. Now that is sad and a little scary. | 10/10/2014      

 6. Basic Bible Doctrine – Don Fortner | I have been studying through this book for several months. It is not the most in-depth book concerning all biblical doctrine. However, in the doctrines that he does examine Fortner uses several scripture references in proof of his defense. Fortner has made the basis of this book to be solely found on our sovereign God and Savior Jesus Christ. To me that is a good place to start and end. I highly recommend this book to be a part of your “Reference” section of your Christian library. | 06/25/2014            

Bios

Anytime you get the opportunity to read about the saints of old – I highly recommend that – God’s people of the past are an inspiration to His people today.

7. The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts – Douglas Bond | “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” – “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come” – “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” – all familiar hymns (along with other great hymns of Watts) are still sung throughout churches today. All written by the skillful hands of Isaac Watts (1674-1748), the “Father of English Hymnody”.  This little book (138 pp) is one of the “Long Line of Godly Men” series edited by Steven J. Lawson. Lawson’s series looks at giants of the faith to show how they used their particular spiritual gifts, personality traits, or ministry abilities in serving God. I thought that this book was a delight. I highly recommend it and the series as well. You can’t go wrong when you examine the saints of old. | 03/20/2014

8. The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther – Steven J. Lawson | This book is another of the “Long Line of Godly Men” series edited by Steven J. Lawson. The book is short (122 pp) and a quick read. Upon completion of this book I have now read four books of this series. As with the others that I have read (John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and Isaac Watts) this too has been an enjoyable book. It is informative pointing out many of the traits of Martin Luther especially concerning his regard that the Bible is God’s Word and his respect of it as he preached. The books of this series are designed to introduce giants of the Christian faith and show how God has used them, their talents, and personalities in the advancement of His kingdom from a reformed perspective. This book does not disappoint. I highly recommend that you get a copy and enjoy the read. | 06/20/2014

9. The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards – Steven J. Lawson | This book is another of the “Long Line of Godly Men” series edited by Steven J. Lawson. The book is a short 166 pages. Jonathan Edwards, the American Puritan developed 70 “Resolves” by which he would live his Christian life. This book examines many of them showing the character of this Pastor/Theologian/Teacher. Jonathan Edwards, Arthur W. Pink, and Charles Spurgeon are my three favorite Christian/Theologian writers. Anytime I can find biographies concerning one of them I will read it. I highly recommend that you do the same on this little book by Lawson. You will not be disappointed. | 07/19/2014  

10. The Evangelistic Zeal of: George Whitefield –  Steven J. Lawson | “On the morning of October 23, 1740, in a field of Kensington Parish, near what is today Berlin, Connecticut, a colonial farmer named Nathan Cole received the news that the great evangelist George Whitefield would be preaching in the nearby city of Middletown. Immediately, he dropped his tools and ran to his house, hastily grabbing his wife and saddling his horse, and rushed to the announced site of Whitefield’s meeting twelve miles away. Cole and his wife alternated between riding and running to Middletown, for he simply must be present to hear this celebrated preacher. … Eager to hear Whitefield preach … Cole stood amid the crowd [est. 4000 +] and watched the evangelist make his appearance. … He described Whitefield as ‘a young, slim, slender youth before thousands of people, and with bold undaunted countenance.’ The talk circulating among the great crowd was, ‘God was with him everywhere.'” [91-92] I highly recommend this book by Lawson in his “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile” series. George Whitefield | A man of God who was not ashamed of the Doctrines of Grace found within the pages of Holy Writ. | 09/29/2014

Bruce

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December 20, 2014

Attributes of God – The Omni’s of God: Omniscience | Omnipotence | Omnipresence

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The Omni’s of God – Omniscience, Omnipresence, Omnipotent

 

Jeremiah 32:17, 19 | Ah, LORD God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. …

 

You are great in counsel – Omniscience

You are ] mighty in work – Omnipotence

Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men – Omnipresence

 

 Omniscience

 

Wayne Grudem

Definition

Is the doctrine that God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act.[1]

A. W. Pink

God is omniscient. He knows everything: everything possible, everything actual; all events and all creatures, of the past, the present, and the future. He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the life of every being in heaven, in earth, and in hell. … His knowledge is perfect. He never errs, never changes, never overlooks anything.[2]

 

James P. Boyce

All that we can say is that [God’s] knowledge is his essence or nature knowing. It is not something acquired, but something belonging to that nature itself and identical with it … it is something so inherent in his nature that it exists exclusively of any means of attaining or perceiving it, which we call action. … The knowledge of God, therefore, not being acquired, cannot be increased. Time does not add to it. Succession of events does not bring to before God. All objects of his knowledge are to eternally present and known. … He knows all the past, present, and future of all things, knowing the future with the same certainty and accuracy with which he knows the present and past; for that future is already as present to him as though actually existing with the creatures and time belonging to it, and is distinctly perceived as it shall be then.[3]  

 

Milburn Cockrell

Omniscience is that attribute whereby God knows Himself and all other things in one eternal and most simple act. It is God’s perfect and eternal knowledge of all things which are the objects of knowledge, whether they be actual or possible, past, present, or future.[4]

 

Don Fortner

God knows all things absolutely and at all times. God’s omniscience must not be confused with his foreknowledge. Omniscience is an attribute of God’s Being. Foreknowledge is an act of his grace.[5]

John Gill

The extent of the knowledge of God; it reaches to all things, and is therefore with great propriety called omniscience.[6]

T.P. Simmons

From all eternity God has possessed all knowledge and wisdom. … From eternity God has known all things that have come to pass and all things that shall come to pass.[7]

 

 

Proofs –

 

  • Job 37:14-16 | Listen to this, O Job … Do you know … those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?

 

  • Psalm 139:1-6 |  O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me, such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.

 

  • Isaiah 46:9-10 | Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand and I will do all My pleasure.

 

  • Romans 11:33-36 | Oh, the depths of the riches both of wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it should be repaid to him? For of him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
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  • 1 John 3:20 | … God is greater than our heart and knows all things.

 

 Omnipotence

 

Wayne Grudem

Definition

Is the doctrine that God is able to do all his holy will (from Latin omni, “all,” and potens, “powerful”).[8]

 

A. W. Pink

Power belongeth to God, and to Him alone. Not a creature in the entire universe has an atom of power save what God delegates. But God’s power is not acquired, nor does it depend upon any recognition by any other authority. It belongs to Him inherently.

God’s power is like Himself, self-existent, self-sustained. The mightiest of men cannot add so much as a shadow of increased power to the Omnipotent One. He sits on no buttressed throne or leans on no assisting arm. His court is not maintained by His courtiers, nor does it borrow its splendor from His creatures. He is Himself the great central source and Originator of all power (C. H. Spurgeon).[9]

 

James P. Boyce

Power in God … may be defined to be the effective energy inherent in his nature, by which he is able to do all things. The exercise of that power is dependent upon his will or purpose, and is limited not by what he can do, but by what he chooses to do.[10]

 

Milburn Cockrell

  1. H. Strong defines God’s omnipotence as “the power of God to do all things which are objects of power, whether with or without the use of means.” J. P. Boyce says it is “the effective energy inherent in His nature by which He is able to do all things.” L. Berkhof defines it as “the power to execute His will” and “the effective energy of His nature.” Lewis Chafer makes it “the infinite power of God” which “is employed in the realization of all that God wills.” Charles Hodge affirms it to be that “God can do whatever He wills.”… Omnipotence does not imply power to do that which is not an object of power or contradictory to God’s nature.[11]

Don Fortner

God is all-powerful, almighty. In the truest sense nothing is impossible with him. His will, his work, his purpose, is irresistible; because God is omnipotent.[12]

 

John Gill

The power of God reaches to all things, and therefore is, with propriety, called Omnipotence; all things are possible with God, and nothing impossible. … The omnipotence of God may be argued from his independency; all creatures depend on him, but he depends on none; there is no cause prior to him, nor any superior to him, or above him, that can control him; none, who, if his hand is stretched out, can turn it back, or stop it from proceeding to do what he will; none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou? He does what he pleases in heaven and earth.[13]

 

T. P. Simmons

God possesses all power.[14]

Proofs –

  • Genesis 17:1 | When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, I am Almighty God[15]; walk before Me and be blameless.

 

  • Psalm 139:13-14 | For you formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that every soul knows well.
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  • Isaiah 45:6-7| That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I the LORD, do all these things.
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  • Daniel 4:34b-35 | I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: for His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, What have you done?  
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  • Matthew 19:25b-26 | Who then can be saved? But Jesus looked at them and said to them, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

 

  • Revelation 19:6b | Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

 

 

III. Omnipresence

 

Wayne Grudem

Definition

Is the doctrine that God does not have size or spatial dimensions and is present at every point of space with his whole being, yet God acts differently in different places.[16]

 

James P. Boyce

His omnipotence. By this word we express the relation of God as present with creation. He is present everywhere. He is present at one and the same time everywhere. His presence is not merely contact, but energy and power. It is not merely through his knowledge of it, or the exertion of his power upon it, but he fills it with his essence. He fills it, not as part to part, but the whole infinite deity is entirely, undividedly present, at each point of creation, in each moment of tiem.[17]

 

Milburn Cockrell

By the omnipresence of God I simply mean that God is everywhere present at the same time.

A broader theological definition is that perfection of the Divine Being by which He transcends limitation of space and fills every part of the universe with His whole Being.[18]

Don Fortner

God is unlimited by space. He is everywhere present, in all the fullness of his being at all times. It means that he is immanent, that he fills all things with his Being and comprehends all things in his Being.[19]

John Gill

God is unlimited and unbounded, as to space, and so is omnipresent. … [He] is … unbounded with respect to space and place, then he must be everywhere; and this is to be proved by his power, which is everywhere … [and] … his providence [cf. Acts 17:24-27].[20]

T. P. Simmons

By the omnipresence of God is meant that God is present at the same moment throughout His creation.[21]

Proofs –

  • Jeremiah 23:23-24 | Am I a God near at hand, says the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him? says the LORD; do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD.
  • Isaiah 66:1a | Thus says the LORD: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool.
  • Proverbs 15:3 | The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
  • 1 Kings 8:27 | But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!
    • Psalm 139:7-10 | Where can I go from thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell behold You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
  • Acts 17:28 |  For in Him we live and move and have our being … 

Closing Thot

The Omni’s of God Attributes –

Omniscience – All Knowing

Omnipotence – All Power

Omnipresence – All Present

Teach us that our God and Savior is All Sufficient as our Creator, Sovereign King, and

Providential Lord.

[1] Grudem, 1249.

[2] Pink, Attributes, 17.

[3] Boyce, 87-88.

[4] Cockrell, 5.

[5] Fortner, 62.

[6] Gill, 42.

[7] Simmons, 69.

[8] Grudem, 1249.

[9] Pink, Attributes, 47.

[10] Boyce, 83.

[11] Cockrell, 20.

[12] Fortner, 62.

[13] Gill, 38-39.

[14] Simmons, 69.

[15] “Almighty God” – Hebrew is El Shaddai.” The translation speaks of the “almighty power of God.” Some translate it “God is sufficient. – Cockrell, 20.

[16] Grudem, 1249.

[17] Boyce, 72.

[18] Cockrell, 28.

[19] Fortner, 62.

[20] Gill, 30, 38.

[21] Simmons, 68.

December 6, 2014

YES! – Theology Matters …

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 "Doctrinal preaching is designed to enlighten the understanding, to instruct the mind, to inform the judgment. It is that which supplies motives to gratitude and furnishes incentives unto good works. There can be no soundness in the Faith if the fundamental articles of the Faith be not known and, in some measure at least, understood." ~ Arthur Pink, "Practical Christianity"


“Doctrinal preaching is designed to enlighten the understanding, to instruct the mind, to inform the judgment. It is that which supplies motives to gratitude and furnishes incentives unto good works. There can be no soundness in the Faith if the fundamental articles of the Faith be not known and, in some measure at least, understood.”
~ Arthur Pink, “Practical Christianity”

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