MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

What Value is Tradition in Reading the Bible?

April 26th, 2018 Viewed 23 times, 23 so far today

Typically, those that find themselves not in the Eastern Wing of Christendom (Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox) do not place a lot of emphasis on tradition. In fact, it’s one of the talking points about why those of the Protestant persuasion believe that they are closer to what the Bible actually teaches. And yet, in the article Why Protestants Need to Use Tradition When They Read Their Bibles I find myself agreeing with the overall point– that when we totally divest ourselves of the interpretations and understandings of the saints that have come before us, we may fall prey to errors in our understanding simply because we see the Bible through the culture that we now live in.

photo by: DrGBB

Discipleship Modeled

April 26th, 2018 Viewed 22 times, 22 so far today

What does Christian Discipleship look like?

The idea of having disciples or apprentices was not a new one to the time. In fact, our modern forms of education would look foreign and wrong to people who passed on their skills to primarily their children and a few other apprentices. It was very common for parents to teach their sons their trade, and then, if they wanted to learn another one, they would always have their primary trade to fall back upon.

If you were headed in a Spiritual direction, you would learn in Scriptures occurred at the feet of a rabbi. This is what Paul is referring to in Acts 22:3 that his heritage was who he grew up under. This is why it wasn’t unheard of to have Jesus choose disciples, for many learned Rabbis would have disciples that would learn what they knew to follow in their footsteps.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

The Ever Increasing Price of The Internet’s Attention

April 25th, 2018 Viewed 42 times, 18 so far today

From the time that we’re a child, we seek attention– attention of our parents, attention of our teachers, attention of the opposite sex– it keeps going on.  The Internet has made this attention seeking even worse, allowing for anyone with time, an internet connection and a camera to seek out and find attention.  The more you reveal, the better your photos, the more attention you can get.

One woman finally realized that the price wasn’t worth it.

EssenaOneillMeet Essena O’neill, an 18 year old from Australia who had quite the following on Instagram for her posting of photos that showed off her figure and gained the attention of the Internet.  Only she found that Internet fame– or the price of gaining internet fame– wasn’t worth it.

‘Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance. Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real,’ she wrote.

‘It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgement.’

Read more: Daily Mail

I can imagine that it was pretty exhausting to keep up the lifestyle– I’m sure that many of the stock photos that we see take a lot more work than what we figure– the interesting thing that I find is that she will probably gain more attention than ever by choosing to leave than she would have by staying in.  In a sense, this is just more self promotion– even if it’s now directed in a positive manner.

Unfortunately, she’s exactly the wrong spokesperson for the plea to consider people as more than what they choose to display, because she’s only getting this attention because of what she chose to display!

Discipleship Commanded

April 25th, 2018 Viewed 32 times, 13 so far today

The Great Commission

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Let me set the stage for you. Jesus has dramatically risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples. After a few days spent explaining the Old Testament Scriptures to Him and appearing in different places, He’s about to ascend into Heaven where He will go about building a place for us (John 14:2), and He has some final words for those who have gathered. Those words are listed above– go and preach the gospel to every creature.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Go and Make Disciples

April 24th, 2018 Viewed 56 times, 15 so far today

If I were to take you on a tour of our home, upon entering the kitchen you would be sure to notice a colorful wall. From the ceiling to the molding that cuts the room in half is a list of chores that each child is assigned based on their potential ability.

Now, the first time that a child attempts to do a new chore—whether it’s making breakfast, doing the laundry, or washing the dishes—the result of their first effort is usually less than your standards. I mean, I’m still working on cleaning dishes as well as my wife!

It’s tempting to jump in and do it yourself, because you can not only get it done faster, but do it better as well. However, there’s a lot of truth to this quote from D.L. Moody:

It is better to train ten people than to do the work of ten people. But it is harder. – Moody

There is strength in numbers—be it a family or a church—but that power will only come about if we invest the time to train one another. I believe that this is the foundation of New Testament living, and yet it has somehow fallen by the wayside in modern program mindset, and it deserves another look.

What About Holding a Missions Trip To Your Own City?

April 23rd, 2018 Viewed 51 times, 4 so far today

Every year students in high school and college feel the need to pack up their things and be part of missions activity in a different country or location.  Thousands of dollars will be raised for this endeavor, and an impact will be made on those kids seeing how others live and how to share the gospel.  This is not to knock these missions trips at all, for often times our young adults need to have their perspectives challenged, and for building projects and the like, sometimes you need the skilled labor.

But I’m beginning to wonder if the time, money and talents would be better off used to have a missions trip to your own neighborhoods, your own parks, etc.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

The Women of Proverbs – The Seductress, The Nag, and the Wife of His Youth

April 23rd, 2018 Viewed 100 times, 4 so far today

What are the characteristics of the Adulteress? (Proverbs 2:16-19; Proverbs 5:3-14; Proverbs 6:20-35; Proverbs 7:1-27; Proverbs 23:27-28; Proverbs 30:20)

She has forsaken her husband and her God. Her speech and ways are pleasing but she is really bitter and cutting. This adulteress leads men astray, to a place where he can never return. She is often beautiful and appealing to the eye. She is loud, and not where she is supposed to be (in her own house). She easily seduces a man. She approaches him with a kiss, and has prepared for their encounter. She is unfaithful to him. Following after her results in destruction of reputation, loss of wealth, and eventually to death. Solomon says that it would be better to get with a prostitute than to get with another man’s wife. The fact that there are six passages here again underscores the difference between adultery and other sexual sins.

Christ Has a Plan For the Future

April 20th, 2018 Viewed 47 times, 2 so far today

His Work Will Not End with Today

He is coming again! In the last post we talked about the fact that he left because it going to prepare a place for us so that we can go to be with Him. Therefore, He has to return to get us. This is the blessed hope of His return. This is the city that even Abraham looked for whose builder and maker is God. This is the fulfillment of the promise of eternal salvation with God and a home together with Him!

Because God is just, we also know that He is going to judge the world. Not only is He returning to receive us unto Himself, but He is going to judge the unrighteous. Those that refuse to accept as their Savior will face the consequences of their decision. He will also judge those that are His according to the works done in the flesh. The Bible talks about rewards that will be handed out for faithfully following God. There’s also the idea that some will hear from Him, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Some items done in the flesh will be considered wood, hay and stubble to be burnt, and some gold, silver and precious stones when done for Him. Lots to do!

photo by: dieg88

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.