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November 1st, 1987

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD AND THE FREE WILL OF MAN

God Sovereign but Man has Free WillThat God is sovereign is a fact beyond dispute, for the scriptures declare it in hundreds of ways. Likewise, the free moral agency of man is also declared beyond question. Consequently, the differences of Calvinism and Arminianism are varied, and both have plenty of scripture to support their views. Hence, to avoid the problem many hold that these two positions are but two lines of teaching in scripture that run side by side but never meet. Many settle the matter by Abraham's statement: "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Gen. 18:25){C}

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December 24th, 2009

Colossians 2:8-10 -"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:"

THE GREATEST DISCOVERY that any human being can make is the discovery of the ALL-SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST, and the utter worthlessness of man without Him. Christ is all, and in Him we have all. Without Him we are nothing, absolutely nothing. It makes no difference how many times we multiply ciphers: they will be devoid of all magnitude or quality until we place some digit before them But once a digit is placed before them, they take on meaning, value, significance.

July 15th, 2002

The 2002 Northside Bible Church VBS Camp theme was “God’s Groceries”. The verse selected representing the theme was Philippians 1:11 (KJV) - “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

This theme allowed for bible lessons to be built around truths in scripture that could be identified with items found in a Grocery Store. For example, topics like milk, bread, fruit, and meat:

July 14th, 2003

One Way . This lesson on July 13, 2003 is a recap of the Vacation Bible School that was held at Northside Bible Church. The theme of “One Way” was based on John 14:6 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The analogy of road signs were used to identify certain truths in scripture so we could relate them to signs we would see while driving around town. A christian road map was used to take the kids on a journey to heaven and learn how to grow up as christins in the word of God along the way. A slide presentation was used along with the road map to relate road signs to scriptural truths. The journey is based on 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

May 26th, 2014

"Be a Spirtual Spud" Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head exclaimed!  They centered their message around the verse in Psalm 139:14 (KJV) “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”  They said we should honor God with our whole body. Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head want to share with you some scripture on praising God which they call “Spudly” Wisdom… using your body parts to praise God!  This material uses all the potato head body parts to highlight scripture as to how they may be used to glory God... and sometimes not.  It was a fun way to have children think of their Christian behavior.

February 22nd, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at a summary of the important issues of 1Corinthians as an Acts epistle. One issue is that those saved whether Jew or Greek were to remain in that state:

This has some important implications when one interprets many of the doctrines that are taught by  Paul in his Acts epistles. One very important issue relating to this is the economy that the world was under and the nearness of Christ's second coming. Paul applies this to the subject of marriage. He continues in verse 29:

October 5th, 2014

Introduction:

Last week we discussed the problem of divisions that developed in the Corinthian assembly under the context of a ministry began by the Lord and continued into the Acts period. How could "the Mystery" of Eph 3 or Col 1 have been revealed and expounded in Acts when the apostles were not to be interpreted as teaching different things? Surely the summary evidence of 1:10-13 is that the Corinthians were to be of one mind and Judgment because Christ's doctrine was also Peter's and  Paul's and that this originated in the gospels and continued into the time of the Acts. Christ could not be divided, Peter and Paul were cardinally in agreement. While Paul called them alongside himself -- it was done by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. When Paul said be ye followers of me he also added "even as I also am of Christ"  1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1Co 11:1 KJV)
It is within the context of begetting them through the gospel and his work "in Christ Jesus" Paul exhorts them: KJV  1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. (1Co 4:16 KJV)

June 21st, 2015

Introduction

Last lesson mainly concerned the meaning of the 27th verse:  "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1Co 12:27 KJV)" -- where it was discovered that the idea of the Corinthians being a body of christ was that they were made so by their "part" in the body -- they functioned particularly -- so would the body at Rome have a different combinatorial mix to satisfy the needs at that locality. 

We will continue to ask the same question (slide above) as we compare the Acts body  with  the body created by God at the end of the book of Acts.

December 29th, 2014

Introduction

The place and purpose of Israel is central to the correct understanding of the Bible. Philosophy is not a Biblical subject but the Bible contains a philosophy of life in the form of a "world view" that has different instantiations dependent on assumptions made. The particular world view adhered to and promoted by various expositors and "defenders of the faith" comes directly or indirectly through an understanding of Israel, its extent, demise or otherwise and future. These conclusions (posteriors) have developed throughout christendom in time and geography and have very informative "priors" which should be investigated carefully.

We seek to challenge many of these posterior conclusive world views by an appeal to the place and position of Israel as exhibited by the prophets in the old testament scriptures and the apostolic ministries presented in the new testament. Understanding Israel and how the present economy differes puts us in a place where we can learn from Israel's mistakes without taking what does not belong to us. The right division of scriptures "frees" us to see in Israel truths that are not unique to any particular age but which are universal in their scope.

It is with this premise that I would like to look at the time of "provocation" where Israel was tested in the wilderness. Lets look at some of her mistakes and find parallels in these three areas:

  1. This age where PAul the prisoner is the chosen vessel to bring us enlightenment.
  2. The Acts period when Paul was going to the Jew first with a Jewish hope.
  3. The National difference that comes to America through its founding generation.
    1. What makes America "different" and "exceptional"? 
    2. What is the federalist and anti federalist issue?
    3. Are states sovereign?
    4. Should we as christians be involved or is this another entanglement to avoid?
July 17th, 2014

We all need to ask questions as we ponder God's word. These are not to be construed as negative to your faith as are foolish and unlearned questions 2Tim. 2:23,  but on the contrary should simply be a part of the method of acquiring knowledge and understanding and therefore be faith building. The right questions should lead onto edification and strength and finally to perfection. It is with this spirit that I ask these questions and hope that the Father of lights will give a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (see Eph.1:17) to each and every one of us so that with enlightened eyes we may know!

April 26th, 2015

 Introduction

Last time we looked at the tension between what cannot be done in truth revealing communion (see vs 10:21) and what can be done under liberty (10:25,27,28). The truth is that we who are saved by Grace cannot partake in the altar of an idol -- we have nothing in common and we cannot in truth "partake". So it is with our communion with the doctrines and manner of life associated with other ages.

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