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Biblical Inerrancy February 2019

What we believe is really who we are. It’s like the phrase, “You are what you eat”, we are what we believe. If we believe one thing, we will act life out one way. If we believe things are another way, we act out differently. However, it’s important to remember that not all beliefs are truth. Beliefs are different from truth. Many people believe things that are not true, and they conduct their lives based on them. A lot of people, Christians, believe another way and act out on them. False doctrine is one way that people believe lies and not truth. For example, they may say that parts of the bible are not true. The parts vary, but they still believe, for what ever reasons, that the bible is in error. That, I feel, gives them a real dilemma. How do you determine what is biblical truth and what is not? We cannot make parts of the bible truth, and other parts a lie. Once we start picking what we want to believe we lose truth. What do we do to determine the truth of the Holy Bible?
The answer is simple. Call witnesses, show evidence, like in a court of law. We have forty authors and sixty six books in the bible. What do they say about the matter? King Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes testified this, “The end of the matter; all has been heard, fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man”(ESV). Why would he want us to keep God’s word if it wasn’t true? The bible showed truth again when Micah said; “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from old, from ancient days”(ESV). Next call Paul, “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit” Ephesians 1:13 (ESV)
Again I call Paul regarding his second letter to Timothy, “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV).
Lastly, I call our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He proclaimed the good news of the bible to the poor. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering the sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19(ESV)
These witnesses speak with truth. The Holy Bible is truth.

Pastor Will

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“The Beatitudes, a Different Look”

Most of the people that I’ve ever known have the desire to live an enjoyable life. (with only a few exceptions) A problem comes about when life is approached from the wrong point of view and life becomes a chore. The enjoyment is gone and we become bitter towards this wonderful gift of life that God has given us. This is not the life God wants for us.
The sermon on the mount is so much more than just some nice words to dazzle the crowds of people gather on a Judean hillside and give them hope. The Beatitudes were meant to be life changing! The word beatitude comes from the Latin word beatus, meaning both “happy” and “blessed.” The eight Beatitudes in Matthew 5: 2-10, are a series of blessings that, if lived by, can be life changing and give us enjoyable lives.
Since the words “blessed” or “happy” can be used to mean the Latin word beatus, let’s use be happy in the reading of the Beatitudes. It could be interpreted this way.
Happy are those that know they are morally bankrupt and are sorry over their sins. They will find happiness and comfort. (1&2)
Happy are those that humble themselves to the Lord and thirst for righteousness, they will inherit the earth and be satisfied by God. (3&4)
Happy are those that are merciful to others. God will show them mercy for their actions. (5)
Happy and pure in our hearts are we when we worship the one true God and when we seek peace with those around us. We will be known as the sons of God.(6&7)
Finally, it will be difficult, but be happy when persecuted for doing the right things. God has promised the kingdom of heaven for your actions. (8)
Jesus thinks of us as his children, he wants us happy and blessed. If we live by these precepts, we will have enjoyable lives and be blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine.
Pastor Will