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Make the Word a Growing Part of Your Life

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Make the Word a Growing Part of Your Life

What’s growing in you? Is clear thinking, spiritual passion, a sense of focus and purpose growing in your heart? Or is confusion, dissatisfaction, despair, hopelessness and anger growing in your heart?

As we work God’s Word into the soil of our heart our life will be growing in the right direction.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 says, “Live in order to please God. We ask you and urge you to do this more and more.” (NIV)

How to make the Word a growing part of your life:

  1. Get a translation you like. The Bible was written originally in Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament). Unless you can read Greek and Hebrew you will not be reading it in the original language! The King James Version of the bible is written in 1607 Old English.
  2. Get a good study Bible. Many app’s on our smart phones and devices are free! I like PocketSword but it only works on Apple devices. Another one that is very popular is You-Version.
  3. Get in a small group. When you study the Word with other believers, it will inspire you to go DEEPER. Acts 2 tells us they met daily; they prayed together. They studied the Word together; they fellowship regularly, and they had a vibrant faith that saw unbelievers come to Christ on a regular basis.

Perhaps one reason we are not influencing the culture around us is because we are not being influenced by the Word of God and strengthened by the fellowship of other believers.

If the Word is a growing part of your life, it will be what grows your life!

You can listen to the audio message here.

 

4 Ways to Hold On to God’s Word

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4 Ways to Hold On to God’s Word

The Apostle Paul warned Pastor Timothy that the day was coming when people in the church will reject the Word. They will attempt to make the Word line up with their life, rather than lining up their life with the Word. They will try to explain away the truth of the Word and reject any Word of rebuke. They’ll endeavor to twist the Word by making it say what they want it to say, not what it actually says.

So to Timothy Paul said, “My dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy” (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV).

While others may reject the Word, how do we make sure we are holding on to it?

Over the next few blogs, I’ll answer that question in more detail, but for now, here’s the points we’ll be covering.

Four Ways to hold on to God’s Word:

  1. Make it the foundation of your life.
  2. Make it the first part of your life.
  3. Make it a growing part of your life.
  4. Make it the weapon of your life.

I hope this blog series will help you grow in your faith and hold fast to God’s Word.

You can listen to the audio message here. 

 

Only the Bible Has the Power to Transform My Life

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Only the Bible Has the Power to Transform My Life

This is the last of our blog series – “Why You Can Trust the Bible.” I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve shared and grown in faith as you’ve read the blogs.

At the end of the day, all of us have to answer this one question:

What will be the final authority in my life?

Will you choose the truth of the Word of God or the opinion of the world?

I chose a long time ago to build my life on the truth of God’s Word. And here’s one more reason why I trust in the Word of God:

Only the Bible has the power to transform my life.

There’s a reason the Bible is the most despised, derided, denied, disputed, dissected, debated, outlawed and destroyed book ever!

IT HAS POWER! Romans 1:16 says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it IS THE POWER OF GOD…”

One woman shared her story with us:

Lakeview is literally the only family I have. My dad was a drug dealer and my mother died of an overdose. The devil is real and is working hard to destroy people. Yesterday, a guy at work overdosed on heroin and I could barely keep him awake and alive until the ambulance got there. He had that same “death color” my mom had when I found her.

On a positive note – I literally get so excited thinking about coming to church on Sundays that I can’t sleep some Saturdays nights. I wish I could go to church all week and feel the way the I feel while in worship service.

Thanks for everything Pastor Ron. Lakeview has been amazing to me and my family. You have literally saved my life and we haven’t even met.  

With Love and Sincerity,

How many of you know, we didn’t change her. God’s Word did!

Jesus said in John 8:31, “If you hold on to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will SET YOU FREE!” (NIV).

 

The Bible Has Survived All Attacks of Man

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The Bible Has Survived All Attacks of Man

Mythical books like Homer’s Odyssey are never banded and burned. Why is that? Because they’re never seen as a threat.

And yet over the millenniums man has systematically tried to destroy the Bible. It’s exactly why we found the Dead Sea scrolls. They were hidden away in sealed jars, preserved from those who sought to destroy it forever.

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away,” (Matthew 24:35 NIV).

When the communist took over China the first thing they did was to try and destroy the Bible. They burned them in city squares. Many of the Chinese believers took their Bibles and carefully buried them in their back yards.

You can trust the Bible because it has survived all attacks of man.

When Castro took over Cuba, the first thing he did was to confiscate the Bibles, shut down the churches, and imprisoned all the pastors. I spoke with a Cuban pastor when I visited Cuba. He told me that the day he was arrested, as he was being brought into the prison with a large group of pastors, it came to him to hide his New Testament Bible under a tree. Every so often he’d go out and dig it up. He had to read it to stay sane! So do we!

In 1750’s the French philosopher Voltaire declared, “Within 100 years the Bible will be forgotten.” When he died, Voltaire’s home was eventually bought and turned into the French Bible Society!

The most popular books in the world over the last 50 years are The Davinci Code (57 million sold), Lord of the Rings (103 millon sold), Harry Potter series (400 million), The Works of Mao Tse-tung (820 million).

Do you have any guess on how many Bibles have been printed and sold? Four billion! Yes, I said 4 billion!

“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24-25 NIV).

You can listen to this message here on Lakeview’s podcast.

 

The Bible Is Prophetically Precise

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The Bible Is Prophetically Precise

There are over 300 prophecies regarding Jesus written anywhere from 400 to 1500 years before His birth. They all came to pass:

  • The place of his birth was prophesied 750 years before it happened. Micah wrote; “Out of you Bethlehem will come the ruler of Israel, whose coming is from ancient days” (Micha 5:2)
  • His crucifixion was prophesied by His great, great … great grandfather, David in Psalm 22. The detail is staggering.

And the craziest thing is that David wrote this prophesy 300 years before crucifixions even existed!

The Bible is not only historically accurate, but it is also prophetically precise.

The 40 men who wrote the Bible lived in more than a dozen countries on three continents, covering a span of 1600 years. Think about this. Writing independently of each other without the benefit of Facebook, Twitter or emails, they each prophesied about the coming Messiah Jesus Christ – and every prophecy came to pass.

Josh McDowell, in his book, Evidence That Demands a Verdict says the probability of that happening randomly is like taking 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They’d cover the face of the state two feet deep. Then mark one (just one) of the silver dollars (with a sharpie or something) and stir the silver dollars all over the state. “Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would’ve had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom.”

In a previous blog in this series, you read Peter’s own claim of reliability based on his own eyewitness account. In that same chapter, he went on to say that the Old Testament carried the same reliability as Peter’s writings.

“So we regard the words of the prophets as confirmed beyond all doubt. You’re doing well by paying attention to their words. First, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God’s direction” (2 Peter 1:19-21).

More than 3/4 of biblical prophecy has already been fulfilled with absolute accuracy. That means 1/4 of the prophecies have not yet happened. I assure you, the prophecies which have not yet been fulfilled with most certainly be fulfilled in God’s time.

The Bible is prophetically precise.

You can listen to this message here on Lakeview’s podcast.

 

The Bible Is Historically Accurate

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The Bible Is Historically Accurate

In my previous blog, I began to share with you, sources (aside from the Bible) that help me to trust in the reliability of the Bible with you. (If you missed it, go back and read, How Can You Trust the Bible? here.

As I mentioned before, historians must use very exact standards in order to prove the authenticity of any historical document:

  • There must be other eyewitness accounts: (not hearsay)
  • Were there other writers of that era who can authentic this story?

There must be multiple copies of manuscripts.

The original works of antiquity from Greek/Roman philosophers have not survived. So how do we know if the writings we attribute to Homer, as an example, are actually Homer’s writings?  Well, manuscripts – copies of the originals that still exist.

The most trusted work from Greek antiquity is Homer’s Illiad. So how many copies of The Illiad are known to exist in museums today? 1,827. Does that mean when I go online and download a copy of The Illiad I can trust it is accurate? YES. Why? Because 1,827 manuscripts exist today.

How many manuscripts of the Bible are known to exist today? Drum roll please! 66,420!

In 1947, shepherd boys near the Dead Sea found hundreds of jars of scripture from Ezekiel and Jeremiah. When they unrolled them, they were accurate to the texts we have today!

When I go online and download a copy of the Bible, I trust that it is accurate because 66,420 manuscripts still exist!

You can listen to this message here on Lakeview’s podcast.

 

 

Learn to Feed Yourself the Word

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Learn to Feed Yourself the Word

If we are going to grow and become a strong, fruitful Christian we must learn to self-feed.

My son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first child. When they went to see the doctor, she said the little one was floating around like a little astronaut in outer space connected to mom by the umbilical cord. One day that child will be born and Mom and Dad will have to feed it every day for several years. Eventually, the child will feed itself. One day he will even buy his own groceries!

Hebrews 5 says, “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of Godʼs word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”[1]

The danger of never learning to self-feed is that carnality and immaturity will inevitably set in. We cannot stop it unless we accept our responsibility to learn to feed ourselves.

Remember, absolutely everything we need to live a godly life has already been provided for us through the Word of God. Build your Life on God’s Word each day so that you can grow to full maturity in your faith.

 

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[1] Hebrews 5:12-14 NIV

 

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