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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who were the sons of Heman?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth

Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth.” (1 Chronicles 25:4)

Jehiel, and Shimei

and from the sons of Heman, Jehiel and Shimei; and from the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.” (2 Chronicles 29:14)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Note: This is the sixth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader motivate others

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Establish the need: Do you motivate others to do what needs to be done?

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would be intentionally decisive as a Christian and foundation to be a godly leader.

  • The importance of motivating others
  • The examples of motivating others
  • How to cultivate the skill in motivating others

Quick Comments about meaning of motivation:

  • The dictionary’s first definition: “enthusiasm for doing something:”[1]
  • The dictionary’s other definition: “the need or reason for doing something.”[2]
  • From the dictionary of motivation my definition of “motivate others” is the ability to encourage others to do what needs to be done, with the emphasis of the word “encourage” as opposed to force, threats, etc.

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This is part 1 of our new series on Biblical Economics and we begin with “Goodness of Material World.”  Besides economics this topic as a study is relevant for other areas such as a positive Christian view of our body, health and finance, or negatively against Gnostics worldview, cults, or a wrong kind of escapism, irresponsibility of Christian stewardship, etc.

Goodness of Material World

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Establish the need: Have you yourself said or ever heard anyone say: “The World is evil and bad, so we shouldn’t care about it and why care about learning how the world works? (Economics, History, Politics, Science, etc)”

 

Purpose: Today we will see that the Bible does not see the physical world is all bad and that it can be good so that we would desire to study and be good steward of what we are given and the responsibility we have in our own lives.

  • When God Created the Physical World it was good
  • Worship of God acknowledges the physical is good
  • Jesus is Physical

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H.B. Charles Jr. The Difference Jesus Makes: Trusting Him in Every Situation.  Chicago, IL: Moody Publishing, September 1st 2014. 144 pp.

5 out of 5

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Are you looking for a book that makes you love Jesus more and trust in Him in your life? You will be edified and love Jesus more as a result of reading this book.  The author H.B. Charles is a preacher that I have enjoyed hearing him before in the past during the Shepherd’s Conference.  It turns out I enjoy his book also!

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long did Jotham reign?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

At least 20 years.

And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck him and put him to death and became king in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.” (2 Kings 15:30)

16 years.

In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel, Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah became king. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok.” (2 Kings15:32-33)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Note: This is the fifth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader Is Decisive

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Establish the need: Are you a person that is known by others for being decisive?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would be intentionally decisive as a Christian and foundation to be a godly leader.

  • The importance of being decisive
  • The example of beings decisive
  • How to cultivate decisiveness

 

Quick Comments about meaning of decisive:

  • The dictionary’s first definition: “able to make decisions quickly and confidently, or showing this quality.”[1]
  • The dictionary’s other definition: “making choices quickly and surely, without having any doubts.”[2]
  • From the dictionary my definition of decisive is the ability to execute actions when the time of action is required and the action is pursued with determination despite any possible obstacles such as fears, doubts, concerns and other difficulties.

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Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer. Engaging Critical Theory and the Social Justice Movement. Ratio Christi, 2019.  240 pp.

4 out of 5

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As a Christian are you looking for a summary of Critical Race Theory and a brief response from a biblical perspective?  Two Christian apologists, Dr. Neil Shenvi and Dr. Pat Sawyer, have written this booklet explaining what is Critical Theory and also offer an evaluation of it.  This was a lot more balanced than I thought and include nuances.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  Last week for this series I posted “.”  It has generated a lot of discussion.  This springs from last week’s post I thought it would be right for this week to do the following to balance last week’s post: Pray for the Health and Salvation of the Presidential Candidate.

 

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long was the Babylonian Captivity?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

70 years

For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.” (Jeremiah 29:10)

Seven generations

And when you are come into Babylon, you shall be there many years, and for a long time, even to seven generations: and after that I will bring you away from thence with peace.” (Baruch 6:2; quoted from Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Note: This is the fourth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader Plans Wisely

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Establish the need: Are you a person that plan wisely?

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would desire to plan things well as a Christian and foundation to be a godly leader.

  • The importance of planning wisely
  • The example of planning
  • How to cultivate good planning

 

Quick Comments about meaning of planning:

  • The dictionary’s first definition: “the process of planning activities or events in an organized way so that they are successful or happen on time.”[1]
  • I think it is funny the dictionary’s definition of planning mentioned planning so my modified definition from the dictionary is as follows: ““the process of arranging activities or events in an organized way before it takes place so that they are successful or happen on time.”

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Ronald Nash. Social Justice and the Christian Church.  Lima, OH: Academic Renewal Press, January 10th 2002. 180 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want to read a book to understand a biblical worldview concerning the issues and topics brought up in the name of social justice?  This book looks at contemporary beliefs under the web of “social justice” and explains to readers why some the agendas are problematic logically in terms of internally within the advocates’ own beliefs, factually with economics and historical considerations and also biblically.  The work is academic without being dry and I appreciate that the author was nuanced in his writing such as pointing out one as a Christian should have concern for the poor but we must also equally as well be concern about the means to help the poor.  I appreciated that the content in this book did not have a single attack on a person’s character which is so different than today’s politics; instead the content but focused on the issues.  The book was written by the late Ronald Nash which sadly I wished more Christians today would know more about.  Nash is a capable Christian theologian, philosopher, apologist and political and economic thinker who was a two term advisor to the United States’ Civil Rights Commission.  This book certainly didn’t disappoint and was very helpful.

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Tim Keeter. Help! My Child Is Being Bullied. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, September 30, 2019. 64 pp.

4 out of 5

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What do you as a parent when you learn that your child is bullied?  Does God’s Word has anything to help in such a situation?  This counseling “mini-books” is definitely one of the first place you want to begin with reading about this issue.  I have previously read five other booklets from this series and they have convinced me this is probably the best biblical counseling booklet series out there.  So seeing this title as part of the series I was led to read the booklet.  While this wasn’t the best installment in this series still it is helpful and worth reading.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for the President’s Health and Salvation

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many Philistine foreskins did David buy his first wife with?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

100

So David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, to whom I was betrothed for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.” (2 Samuel 3:14)

 

200

David rose up and went, he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. So Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.” (1 Samuel 18:27)

 

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Note: This is the third installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader Takes Initiative

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Establish the need: Are you a person that takes initiative?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that we would desire to take initiative as a Christian and foundation to be a godly leader.

  • The importance of taking initiative
  • The example of taking initiative
  • How to cultivate taking initiative

 

Quick Comments about meaning of taking initiative:

  • The dictionary’s first definition: “the ability to use your judgment to make decisions and do things without needing to be told what to do.”[1]
  • The dictionary’s second definition: “the ability to judge what needs to be done and take action, esp. without suggestion from other people.”[2]

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