October 31, 2008
The shard contains five lines of text divided by black lines
I thought this was interesting (from CNN):
An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago. Professor Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says the inscribed pottery shard — known as an ostracon — was found during excavations of a fortress from the 10th century BC. Carbon dating of the ostracon, along with pottery analysis, dates the inscription to time of King David, about a millennium earlier than the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the university said.
Sometimes these “finds” proove to be false, but it is interesting nontheless.
October 30, 2008
Download John MacArthur's Sermons Free
Just wanted to let you know the good news – you will soon be able to download all of John MacArthur’s sermons for free:
Next week, Grace to You will institute a new policy regarding the availability of John MacArthur’s sermons. On Wednesday, November 5th, we will release our entire inventory of MP3s for free download via our website (http://www.gty.org). Until now, GTY has sold these sermons at $3.00/sermon. Beginning next Wednesday, our entire library of John MacArthur’s sermons will be freely available to anyone with an Internet connection.
This policy is not a temporary promotion or sales gimmick. This is a new and permanent policy, and we’re encouraging our friends and supporters to get the word out. John has made this decision because he believes that in uncertain times—an historic presidential election, a struggling economy, and multiplying threats to peace and stability around the world—there’s no call to restrict the message of eternal certainty to those who can afford to pay for it. Although Grace to You is making the same hard financial decisions you and your families are making, we firmly believe God has shown us this path, and that He always honors faithfulness to His will.
Feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends and family, and keep an eye on our website (http://www.gty.org) as November 5th approaches. God bless.
October 29, 2008
Earlier this month, one of my good friends posted on his blog how he believes that the issue of abortion “needs to be even more central for Christians who believe the biblical Gospel.”
And this coming election as Christians we need to evaluate who God would have us vote for to be the next president – and I believe the abortion issue should be a huge factor in our decision.
One of my fellow students at seminary gave this link – and I want to give you a quote:
“Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.”
Can we in good conscience vote for such a man?
Read more for yourself: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com
October 28, 2008
A quote from TownHall.com
“…changing the definition of marriage implies that marriage is just a matter of cultural definition. If so, then “marriage” is nothing in particular and can be restructured at the whim of the people. It’s privileges, protections, responsibilities, and moral obligations are all up for grabs. Even as I write, there are cases wending their way through courts in Utah challenging prohibitions on polygamy. Why not, if “marriage” is just a social construction?”
Vote yes on Proposition 8, and halt the moral regress.
October 24, 2008
If Proposition 8 does not pass, your children will be forced to learn about gay marriage in school as young as kindergarten!
A quote from Protect Marriage FAQ:
In health education classes, state law requires teachers to instruct children as young as kindergarteners about marriage. (Education Code §51890.) If the same-sex marriage ruling is not overturned, teachers will be required to teach young children that there is no difference between gay marriage and traditional marriage.
This is a moral issue – vote yes on Proposition 8.
October 23, 2008
I don’t normally get involved all that much with issues on our ballot – but I believe this to be a moral issue, and so I am posting this video from the Family Research Council:
Click here for the video
October 23, 2008
There are many different answers I’ve heard over the years as to what it means to fear God. Some say it just means to revere God, or be in awe of Him. But I read one definition of what it means to fear God today that I believe really captured the biblical meaning quite well:
To fear God means to acknowledge His superiority over man, to recognize His deity and thus respond in awe, humility, worship, love, trust, and obedience. The Fear of God, “properly understood, was no mere ‘attitude,’ [it] involved the full range of humanity’s response to the deity.” Such response to God results in wisdom, in wise, skillful living.
Quote from: “A Theology of the Wisdom Books and the Song of Songs” by Roy B. Zuck in A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament, page 215