Friday, 19 October 2012

The Grant Horner Daily Bible Reading Plan.

A couple of days ago I discovered the Horner Bible Plan. Basically you take a chapter from ten sections of scripture, and what it basically does is speed up your bible devotions. You can literally do the bible once a year, but rather than methodically scan through it, you do some books up to and above 12 times in a year (such as acts, proverbs).

THE TEN LISTS:
List 1 (89 days)
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

List 2 (187 days)
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

List 3 (78 days)
Romans, I&II Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil, Col, Hebrews

List 4 (65 days)
I&II Thess, I&II Tim, Titus, Philemon, James, I&II Peter, I,II&III John, Jude, Revelation

List 5 (62 days)
Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

List 6 (150 days)
Psalms

List 7 (31 days)
Proverbs

List 8 (249 days)
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I&II Samuel, I&II Kings, I&II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

List 9 (250 days)
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah,
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

List 10 (28 days)
Acts


I need this! I probably read my bible daily, but its more of a glossing over whilst the TV is on, or looking at it whilst watching Founders Baptist Church on Sermonaudio.com, it simply isnt the same as devouring the word whilst sitting quietly on your own away from distraction. It's been two days and already I can sense the difference. It aids in retention of meaning [and often of verses themselves], you feel more "switched on", and add to that a good nights sleep [it helps to read before bed, and when you get up, so you can slash those numbers in half] and this can make a substantial difference in your life.

Horner has spent 25 years with the same bible, and can tell you exactly where in his bible a certain verse is, "(I Peter 3:15; right-hand page, right hand column, 1/3rd way down)". I don't exactly want to be that pious, but it shows how going over and over YOUR bible, making sure to use the same one, can really make a difference - I mean if he can remember location, maybe we can remember the verse itself? This is why I want to follow this plan, I had no structure in my reading, and as such I would likely never be able to retain it, at least not in a feasible amount of time. But to volunteer 60-80 minutes a day (morning and night together) to a bible plan that WILL make a difference is little, its like a seed on good soil that will in its time yield a hundredfold.

Anyway, its day two, I'm reading from my ESV legacy bible. Heres what it looks like





Its perfectly suited to reading. I have it in trutone, but if needs be I can always invest in leather. But the binding is sturdy, and it will last many years to come. The fonts are big, comfortable to read from the lap, and it holds the ten bookmarks I have in it. Its funny, I've just bought a NET bible (which I intend to review soon) but I still end up using my traditional ESV for something like this. I guess it speaks volumes of the quality of the ESV as a translation, and perhaps of me as a big ol' conservative.

The translation does suit reading, I doubt the reformers would have wanted to be seen lugging round an NLT or CEB in their day. Whilst those translations would suit those who don't have English as a first language. For us Brits I think a nice ESV or NKJV would do far more good, simply because you are reading a direct translation rather than a dynamic one. [often you see in the NET notes "heb:" "grk:" and what it says is often what is in the ESV such as in Joshua "their hearts melted away"].

So yes, I will update when I have been following this plan longer- as always I veered off the subject. But inevitably I will when I start talking bible translations - my pet subject.

God bless and I hope you have a great day.

Chris.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

CCM, Me Me Me [2]



LESS coverage of word counts this time. I simply want to give a few words of advice when it comes to Christian music. Listen to both, a good idea would be to get a mission praise [latest edition] it features older hymns, and newer CCM [up to about 2006/2007 I think], compare for yourself the difference. Hymns tend to be big on theology, there are hymns that cover everything from the crucifixion, the trinity, creation, faith to the resurrection. Theres hundreds of years of hymns that literally cover everything you can think of.

CCM is more devotional than theolological. Chuck Missler calls it 7-11 music. He is right, it IS. Its a modern version of devotional hymn music thats meant to make money. Whether it be the artist or the corporation behind them, there is something dodgy about that. But you are under no obligation to buy their music, listening is free, and you are free to perform their songs in church - after all - who is going to stop you from playing a guitar or a piano and singing?

So whatever the intention behind music, whatever the lyrics say [whether it is me me me, or you you you] whats the intention behind YOU? If you are singing "I am redeemed", or "How great thou art", do you mean it? Are you sure you are redeemed, is God really great to you?

I think that that is what matters. There are pastors who preach that CCM is Satanic, that drums are evil, that music is meant to be beautiful because God is beautiful and anything less is evil. But as someone who has attended churches where the singing is anything but beautiful, yet is traditional - compare it to Aaron Shust or Matt Redman and I truly think that beauty is in the ear of the listener.

Anyway this is only a short one - felt that I hadn't really covered all the bases with my original post.

God bless you reader!

The Resurrection [Part 2]



PREVIOUSLY I wrote about the resurrection and its impact on the christian faith. It is an essential of the faith, for if Jesus was not resurrected -he wasn't the Son of God, and if we are not resurrected after death - then our faith is meaningless.

Put succinctly enough I hope. This is why those who are not Christians must deny Jesus' resurrection! I am going to basically go over some theories against the resurrection- I'm not going to debunk them, there's no need for that. But I will lay them out here as best as I can so that you can see for yourself what Christendom is up against. If in the future I do a part three, I intend to explain heaven, and where and what it is - I may possibly do that seperately, although it encroaches on resurrection territory.

Anyway:

1. A denial of Jesus' existence entirely. This is not a common argument amongst scholars, after all there is more evidence of Jesus than there is of Julius Caesar. You will likely find this argument from someone untrained in history or archaeology. After all it's hard to believe that a figment of the imagination was "crucified, and buried", and accounted of in various histories (that of Josephus, Herodotus and Tacitus). But there is an argument (which I used in my RE GCSE back in 2002 and got a B for actually!) that Rome invented Christ as a means to subvert the Jewish faith. Now, there are so many holes in this argument, as to why Rome would care about Jewish belief, why they would invent a false god who would eventually topple their own "civilized" beliefs, and also how they could come up with this - inevitably fulfilling prophecies that the Jews themselves had never thought of. The logistics of hanging a man on a cross, paying off the disciples, re-inventing an alien religion, and after all that, creating a PACIFIST religion which denies Caesar as god, yet the Jews acknowledged Caesar's divinity "We only have one King- Caesar". It makes no sense.

Josephus: Antiquities 18.3.3 Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct at this day.

2. The disciples stole the body. Yes, this old chestnut remains today, this makes little sense, the disciples steal the body and yet proclaim him alive - even going to their deaths? If Jesus was dead, his church died with him. Theres no getting out of that unless the disciples had a death wish, which I doubt considering the gospel stories which often show the disciples afraid of death!

3. The crucifixion didn't actually kill Jesus: Some people believe that "in those days" medicine just hadn't advanced enough to know when people were dead. They believe that Jesus had slipped into deep unconsciousness after being whipped by a cat and nine tails, forced into near exhaustion by carrying the cross, being kicked and beaten by guards, having nails driven through his hands and feet, being fed vinegar instead of water, spending hours in agonizing pain on the cross and then having his heart pierced by a spear (blood and water spurting out indicates his heart was pierced) just put him into a coma.

Now I can't really describe how awful crucifixion is, but it plays on exhaustion. You see they force you to carry your cross which weighs alot, then they put you on the cross in such a position as every breath you take causes you to have to lift yourself. The more tired you get, the more you suffocate. This is why they break your legs if you aren't dead. Your own body weight suffocates you.

So after having his heart pierced, Jesus then lay in a tomb, with no water or food, gigantic welts and exposed ribcage on his back, and a heart with a spear sized hole in it.

4. A Disciple died instead. Basically some muslims believe that Jesus - a prophet - allowed one of his disciples to take his place, then Jesus could claim to be resurrected. However, if this were remotely possible, this would mean Jesus would - drive a nail through each hand, each foot, and stab himself in his side - as well as convince all his disciples to go along with this even TO DEATH.

Put yourself in this position, a friend of yours has just died, and now this guy who claimed to be the son of God is asking you to die as well, yet you know hes a liar, and as every Jew knows - God doesnt lie!

5. A Spiritual resurrection: Held by New Agers, they believe Jesus became an Ascended Master who raised himself to a higher plane of existence. They believe that Christians have the wrong end of the stick and Jesus wasnt the son of God, but on a quest for godhood. Just like Buddha.

Now, these arguments dont exist in a vacuum, theres a good reason why they exist. With 2000 years between the cross and today, anyone can say anything and there is literally no proof either way. I could say that there are fairies living on Jupiter, but unless I and my opponent could go there we can't prove it right or wrong. This is what feeds the debate on this, Christians will vehemently defend the resurrection, Opponents will attack it. There is a real hatred of the faith these days, many see it as the cause of all the world's problems - along with other religions. Best to reply with love.

This is no comprehensive guide to arguments against the resurrection, there are likely more. But I just hope that this gives you some common sense arguments, or a new perspective on and for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Next Part I will definitely cover the other resurrection - OURS.

That will be a few weeks away, other stuff to come in the meanwhile.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Jimmy Saville: A disgusting distraction from the coming war.





ITS not often that I feel disgusted, but over the last few days, hearing about how Saville has rather filthily abused and used hundreds of vulnerable children, I've felt rather uncomfortable and sick.

What is it about grown men and children? Little boys and girls having their innocence stolen to get kicks. Rape, molestation, a kind of primitive animalistic instinct to protect comes forth.

Then we have to ask, where were the mums and dads in these jobs who knew of this stuff, yet did nothing to protect children who could just as easily have been their own? Vile.

This proves something to me, those in power - whether it be media or government- are sick, sick in their heads and sick in their souls. They knew! Everyone knows it, you cannot keep something like this a secret, a man having a flat INSIDE a childrens hospital, volunteering as a porter, sneaking about late at night, dragging sick children back to his room and raping them!

So why has this been released now? Why is Britain up in arms about Saville today?

Because war is coming, and until it suits our governments, it has to be kept from our attentions:

Whether it be Syria, Iran, Pakistan, China, Russia - the West will have another enemy to fear (yes fear), no one is really scared of Terrorists anymore. We need a powerful nation that could conquer us, otherwise why fear? No one was scared of Iraq or Afghanistan, just terrorists, but that fear has run its course - it would only take another attack to terrify us again, but its not the same as a full on war, lots of death and carnage. It takes stories like Saville, and others I won't mention, to give us truth, but also a big distraction to keep us occupied from the manipulation and deviousness of our "betters".

This is why things cost so much, time was an Earl, or a Lord would be ordered by the King or Queen to increase taxes (thank you World without End) as a "war is coming", well thats what is happened, its being blamed on a recession, but I theorize that this money is being stock-piled in order to buy weapons, pay soldiers, and to buy food. It seems that out of times of economic downturn, a war happens. Just in recent history we had the Falklands after the big boom and bust. Now usually we say that the war is a distraction, but what if the boom and bust was the distraction to pay for the war.

War not only scares us but it excites us, and its perfect for distracting us from our freedoms being restricted, in fact it often helps to make us more willing.


I believe that this war will be a big one. Not only do we have Pakistan under attack today by a US drone, we have Turkey grounding a Syria passenger plane - much to Russia's chagrin. The US is claiming that the issue in Syria is making the region unstable [which inevitably means "leading to war" not an earthquake] We also have various clashes between Syria and Turkey throughout the year.

Yet none of this is really being reported, instead we have Saville and other very distressing news - I'm not criticizing the real impact these events have in peoples live, but the issue is that important VERY important events are happening which the John Doe on the street has no idea about, BBC News should be leading with Syria and potential WW3, not Jimmy Saville. It is disgusting what this man has done, but It should not be the first story we hear. If the Middle East erupts into war - the world will erupt into war! Whether planned by the elites or purely accidental is irrelevant, lives will be lost.

A Quick update: Where we go from here.

Well, Just a quick update as I haven't blogged in a while. I've decided that in the future I'm going to write out my blog entries in Word/Libre rather than into the blogger entry window. This will allow me to grammar and spellcheck before I post, and save you from my endless rants.

Yes I've had a new laptop, so no more phone blogging, I can't say how much of a relief this is! There is nothing more irritating than writing on a 2 inch keyboard! I have a few subjects that I want to cover over the next few weeks:

NET Bible First Edition
An overview of Calvinism
The importance of going to a good church
The NWO where it is today
Is the NWO the seat of antichrist, or is it the truth movement?

I can't promise when these will be written, because right now I'm kind of concentrating on learning survival techniques, as well as work and church. Its not that blogging is any less a priority than these, you who read my blog are extremely important, thats why I want to write better, and be able to give you more information than a rant. I want to educate, I want to invigorate! I mean, I look back a couple of years and I was writing some great stuff, and these days, I seem to use the blog to vent my anger.

Anyway, I should be receiving my NET Bible tomorrow, £55 off Ebay, it's in burgundy bonded leather (shame, although apparently its high quality stuff) and its as thick as the ESV study bible. So I'll spend a few days with it, and then I'll write a top notch review for you. I want to cover the leather, layout, and the footnotes, Then I have every intention of lauding the translation itself, its a very good translation! I do need to spend more time with it though.

Now, For my next trick, Turn the page for Jimmy Saville: