Charles Whisnat February 13, 2010




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Charles E. Whisnant, GROW BY LEARNING BLOGGER BLOGS,
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2008 IN REVIEW A LOOK BACK                  10
ITS OKAY, A NEW YEAR 2009                   12
IS THE KJV THE ONLY...
THE VOICE OF JOY AND PRAISE                    40
    INTRODUCTION: SECOND COMING IS COMING          41
    JOHN PIPER ON ...
FRAMING A SERMON BY JAY ADAMS                     56
40 YEARS OF ENDURING PASTORAL MINISTRY            58
MINISTERING GOD'...
WHY MEMBERS ARE MEMBER LOCAL CHURCHES             82
    THE QUESTIONS I TRY TO FOLLOW                     83
    THE RIGH...
COLLECTION OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS 1                                        98
SUNDAY MARCH 08 2009 REFLECTION TIME         ...
Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Wednesday                      118
    Charity and Charles Whisnant Kids 2009                ...
Saturday, April 11, 2009                                136
WHY IS TEACHING THE BIBLE IMPORTANT?                    136
TH...
2008 IN REVIEW A LOOK BACK
     Thursday, January 01, 2009
                                  PART ONE: A LOOK BACK TO A FE...
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ENJOY THE DAY




     Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:34AM (-06:00)


     ITS OKAY, A NEW YEAR 2009
     Thursday, J...
IS THE KJV THE ONLY BIBLE?
Friday, January 02, 2009




Have you done research on the KJV/other version controversies your...
translation, (its only a personal preferrence). Because most people are easily confused.
     And when you ask the people ...
Like my sermons, I stop in the middle of some messages. I will pick up another time.
   • Conclusion: No English translati...
• A friend of mind who works for the County Court system, shook hands with a
          woman today, who shot and killed th...
Last year, at 60 years old, (believing I am
                                             only in my forty's) I took on the...
Only One To Call Me Chuck
     Monday, January 05, 2009
                                                THE NUNNENKAMP FAM...
FORD, GENERAL MOTORS AND THE
CHURCH
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
                                             Mistakes The Ch...
One of the mistakes we can make as a church is to begin to trust in tradition and think
     because we had a strong and s...
preach. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had nothing
     else to say. The text was, ‘Lo...
and studied the sermon. So I thought I would preaching his sermon. I got the introduction
     down good. I was at least 1...
"Fly!" But whither? Then must you preach Christ, and His wounds; yea, and the clear
doctrine of atonement by sacrifice.
"R...
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BIBLICAL SEPARATION IS RATHER CLEAR
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
It is better to stay at home and read God's Word
(Arthur P...
I LOVE TRAINS AND BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
     Thursday, January 08, 2009
                                                   Sur...
Beyond The Gates of Splendor -
Thursday, January 08, 2009
53 years ago today (Jan. 8), Jim Elliot and four other missionar...
10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
     His praise from the end of the earth,
     you who go down to the sea, and all that f...
24 Who gave up Jacob to the looter,
and Israel to the plunderers?
Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned,
in who...
equipping of the saints for the work of the
                                                      ministry for the buildin...
From this we see God expects His pastors to -
seek Him
inquire of Him
require Him - which is to petition Him in prayer.

W...
be without a firm persuasion of the promises of God. Writing on predestination, Calvin
     quipped that if someone were t...
based upon the finished work of Christ at the Cross. My salvation, my confidence of my
salvation is not based upon the ide...
Luther in setting the precedent. Never before, and not for many years after, was the
     scholarship of this body equaled...
As might be expected, the German Bible's impact reached well beyond the borders of the
empire. It was the direct source fo...
ELLEN WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
     Thursday, January 15, 2009
                                                    Okay Ell...
later today part two...... with pictures.... and a example of faith........

Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:51AM (-06...
In light of viewing Oprah yesterday, she interviewed a spiritualist teacher. She, along with
     a number of other spirit...
UNION MILLS IN THE WINTER SNOW
Saturday, January 17, 2009
                                              “Legalistic remors...
fellowship is joyfulness at its best. You find yourself glad you are their, before you even
     pull up on the parking lo...
THE JOY OF THE LORD

   • Psalms 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all
     ye that...
MACARTHUR ON THE WORD OF GOD
     Monday, January 19, 2009
     John MacArthur has being my role model for thirty years.

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  1. 1. Charles Whisnat February 13, 2010 GROW BY LEARNING
  2. 2. To Bloggers Everywhere Charles E. Whisnant, GROW BY LEARNING BLOGGER BLOGS, POST, ARTICLES AND PHOTOS FROM JANUARY THRU APRIL 2009. There are 170 post from this series. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have. 1
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  4. 4. Contents 2008 IN REVIEW A LOOK BACK 10 ITS OKAY, A NEW YEAR 2009 12 IS THE KJV THE ONLY BIBLE? 13 TO SPEAK BOLDLY: THE LOVE CHRIST 15 2009 IS GOING TO BE GOOD 16 Only One To Call Me Chuck 17 FORD, GENERAL MOTORS AND THE CHURCH 18 CHARLES SPURGEON WAS SAVED TODAY 1850 20 TO WIN A SOUL TO CHRIST? 22 UNION MILLS CONFECTIONERY WEST PORTSMOUTH OHIO 23 BIBLICAL SEPARATION IS RATHER CLEAR 25 I LOVE TRAINS AND BIBLICAL THEOLOGY 26 GOOD SERMONS ARE HARD TO FIND 26 Beyond The Gates of Splendor - 26 GOD DELIGHTS IN HIS SON CHRIST 27 PASTOR'S OFFICE, AND STUDY AND LIBRARY 29 MY CONFIDIENCE OF MY SALVATION IS 31 A SNOWY HILL WITH A TRAIN 33 JOHN PIPER MAKING A SNOW ANGEL 35 ELLEN WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? 36 YOUR FAITH VIRAL OR PEDAGOGICAL? PT 1 36 YOUR FAITH VIRAL OR PEDAGOGICAL? PT 2 37 UNION MILLS IN THE WINTER SNOW 38 GREETINGS TO THE PEOPLE AT ROJBC 39 3
  5. 5. THE VOICE OF JOY AND PRAISE 40 INTRODUCTION: SECOND COMING IS COMING 41 JOHN PIPER ON THE ECONOMY ISSUE 41 MACARTHUR ON THE WORD OF GOD 41 ARE WE MISSIONARIES OR MISSION FIELDS 42 PRESIDENT NUMBER 44 AND 56TH TIME 43 OABAMA SWORN IN AS 44TH PRESIDENT 44 GEORGE BUSH IS STILL MY MAN 44 HOW TO PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT 44 SO I LIKE GEORGE W. BUSH 45 YOUR FAITH VIRAL OR PEDAGOGICAL PT 3 45 REDISCOVERING HOLINESS AS BELIEVERS SHOULD 45 EXPOSITIONAL PREACHERS ARE MODERN DAY PROPHETS 46 ABORTION HAS ALWAYS BEING AN ISSUE 47 JOHNNY EDWARDS SINGING SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC 48 A MINISTRY SUCCESSFUL SEEN OVER TIME 48 HAPPY THIRD ANNIVERSARY ERIC AND LESLIE 49 SNOWY IN PORTSMOUTH OHIO JANUARY 27 50 ONLY HERE TO HEAR A SERMON 50 CARING! LOVING! FRIENDLY STARTS WITH US 50 RESULT OF SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT BRINGS CONTENTMENT 51 SNOW FLAKES IN PORTSMOUTH OHIO 2009 51 IS STUDY FROM COMMENTARIES OKAY 52 FAITHFUL PASTORAL MINISTRY OF JOHN MACARTHUR 53 TEN QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PREACHING/TEACHING 54 4
  6. 6. FRAMING A SERMON BY JAY ADAMS 56 40 YEARS OF ENDURING PASTORAL MINISTRY 58 MINISTERING GOD'S TRUTH IN A BROKEN WORLD 60 KIRK WARNER AND XL111 SUPER BOWL 61 WHAT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE UH! 61 CHILDEN AS CAREGIVERS OF THEIR PARENTS 63 THE MODEL OF HOLINESS AND REVERENCE 65 EVANGELISM SHOULD NOT BE ANNOYING 66 FACEBOOK A FORM OF SMALL TALK 67 The Autobiography of Charles H. Spurgeon 68 SANCTIFICATION MEANS CONCENTRATION ON GOD 68 A HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC AND BECKY 69 ACTIONS THAT I SHOULD HAVE LEARNED 70 SOCIAL NETWORKING OR BIBLICAL EVANGELISM BETTER 71 KEEPING UP WITH THE NEW GENERATION 72 THE DARK SIDE OF LIFE SHOWN 73 OUR GANG HEART THUMPS IN 1937 73 MY MOM, WHO LOVES TO EAT 73 DIVINE SIDE AND THE HUMAN SIDE OF SALVATION 74 FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST 75 THE DUTY OF EVERY PASTOR/TEACHER 76 NETWORKING WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY, FOLLOWERS, FOLKS. 77 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH MINFORD OHIO 79 DALE EARNHARDT SR DIED IN 2001 80 Dale Earnhardt Tribute Video 82 5
  7. 7. WHY MEMBERS ARE MEMBER LOCAL CHURCHES 82 THE QUESTIONS I TRY TO FOLLOW 83 THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST IN YOU 84 Monday, February 23, 2009 84 CHARLES AND CHARITY SITTING IN A TREE 86 ACCOUNTABLITY TO THE TASK OF PASTOR 86 The Hawk On Charles Walk 87 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH MINFORD OhioINSIDE 87 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH SERMON BY PASTOR CHARLES E. WHISNANT 88 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH INSIDE VIEW 88 SOME WISE COUNSEL GIVING FOR LIVING 88 QUESTIONS I ASK MY SELF PART FOUR 89 AMERICA IS THE PLACE WE LIVE 90 THE CHALLENGE OF LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH 91 SATAN IS OUT TO WIN CONTROL 92 QUESTION I ASK MYSELF PART FIVE 94 WHAT SHOULD THE CHURCH CONSCIOUSLY BE 95 Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Pastor Office 96 UNION MILLS BAKERY CHRISTMAS DINNER 2009 96 Friday, March 06, 2009 96 Union Mills Dinner 2009 97 Union Mills Bakery May 2009 97 Shepherd's Conference 2009 The best ever/ 97 Saturday, March 07, 2009 98 PHOTO OF THE SHEPHERD'S CONFERENCE 2009 98 6
  8. 8. COLLECTION OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS 1 98 SUNDAY MARCH 08 2009 REFLECTION TIME 98 THE TRAIN KEEPS ON COMING ON 23 99 FINANCIAL BONDAGE IS BONDAGE OF MIND AND FREEDOM 99 Biblical Christianity: Baptist Pastor in Illinois shot and killed d... 100 JOHN 3 16 Part two: GOD 'SO LOVED.' 100 Every self respecting Calvinist is a 6 Day Creationist 100 TEN WAYS PAUL DID NOT MINISTER 102 MUSIC AMAZING GRACE BY II DIVO 102 CHARLES E. WHISNANT PASTORAL STUDY OFFICE 102 SO WHY PRAY IF GOD IS GOD 103 STEM CELL RESEARCH AND SCIENCE THOUGHT 103 Sunday March 15 Church News 104 JOHN CALVIN PREACHING EXPOSITIONAL WAS NORMAL 109 A DAY WITH THE WHISNANT'S 109 GOD IN THIS MANNER SET FORTH HIS LOVE 110 PAUL'S DAY CARE CENTER - THE MOTHER'S CARE 112 Todd Johnson Bass Guitar & Kristin Korb: Going Home 112 SO WHAT IS GOOD PREACHING ANYWAY 112 Tuesday, March 17, 2009 113 Paul's Day Care Center, The Mother Part two 113 OKAY WHERE ARE OUR SONS 113 Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Study of Orgins 114 CHARLES E. WHISNANT 116 SO SHOULD WE TEACH THE BIBLE 117 7
  9. 9. Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Wednesday 118 Charity and Charles Whisnant Kids 2009 119 Eric and Leslie's Baby Shower by Charity, Becky, Brittney 119 TO BELIEVE TRUTH IS TO APLPLY TRUTH 119 Friends and Family over the Weekend 121 CREATION IN GOD'S VAST UNIVERSE SHOWN 122 A NICE WALK DOWN THE CORN FIELDS 123 A GREAT VIEW AROUND OUR HOUSE 123 Baby Shower of Eric and Leslie 124 Charles E. Whisnant, Sermon on Sunday 124 Train traveling over the tunnel 124 VISITING MY FAMILY IN TEXAS 124 THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST SHOWN CLEARLY 125 GOD'S GRACE SHOWN BY CHRIST DEATH 125 Vacation 2009 125 THE UNIVERSE AND BEYOND CREATED BY GOD 126 THE SOUL WINNER'S TOOLBOX EXPLAINED BIBLICALLY 126 Vacation 2009 127 Vacations 2009 part one, the silly stuff 127 Vacation 2009 Part Two 128 VACATION 2009 129 John 3:16 Notes and Video Coming 130 VACATION 2009 IN TEXAS & MISSISSIPPII & KY. 133 HIS ONLY BEGOTTON SON PART ONE 133 JESUS RODE INTO JERSUALEM WITH TEARS 1 & 2 133 THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS 134 8
  10. 10. Saturday, April 11, 2009 136 WHY IS TEACHING THE BIBLE IMPORTANT? 136 THEY DID NOT FIND JESUS AT THE TOMB 137 HIS ONLY BEGOTTON SON PART THREE 141 SOMEWHERE IN TIME VIDEO GREAT 141 Scottie Pippen Retired, & Michael Jordan Hall of Fame 141 WHAT THE WORLD TODAY NEEDS IS 142 Post Number #999 On Blogger 142 THE X'S AND Y'S OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP 144 THE REASON FOR THE LORD'S SUPPER 144 ELDERS NOTES AND CREATION NOTES POSTED 144 HAS YOU LIFE STYLE CHANGED 144 SOCIAL NETWORKING IS NOT REALLY BAD 145 A Train Engine or Trees of Beauty 146 John 3:16 "He Who Believes in Christ" Part two 146 HEAVEN AND HELL AND WITH & WITHOUT A MEDIATOR 146 STAY ON THE MEANING OF THE TEXT 147 BE OF GOOD COURAGE IN MINISTRY 148 So What About God's Universe 149 God Is The Creator of All Things 150 9
  11. 11. 2008 IN REVIEW A LOOK BACK Thursday, January 01, 2009 PART ONE: A LOOK BACK TO A FEW EVENTS IN 2008Our vacation took us this year to visit Susan in Mississippi in April Union Mills was rather busy at Easter, Mother's Day and Grad Day and a dozen other days THE SUMMER LIFE. THE 318 WAS THE UPGRADE OUR VACATION TOOK US TO SEE THE BOYS OUR VACATION TOOK US TO VISIT ELLEN AND HERSHEL CHARIY AND BECKY ON VACATION IN TEXAS OUR VACATION TOOK US TO VISIT MOM ON HER 85 BIRTHDAY ON OUR VACATION THIS WAS THE VERY FIRST PICTURE I TOOK THE FELLOWS AT LENORA FUNERAL A VIEW OF THE STAIR LANDING IN MY HOUSE CHARITY'S FAVIORITE PASS TIME READING A COLLECTION I DISPLAED OF NASCAR A VIEW OF THE NEW 19" SCREEN THE COOKIE LADY AT UNION MILLS 10
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  13. 13. ENJOY THE DAY Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:34AM (-06:00) ITS OKAY, A NEW YEAR 2009 Thursday, January 01, 2009 I love Jesus Christ.” And as I say it, I want to make clear what I mean: I am in awe of Jesus Christ more than any other human or angelic being. I take pleasure in his ways and his words more than I enjoy the ways and words of anyone else. I want his endorsement more than I want the approval of anyone else. I want to be with him more than I want to be with anyone else. I sense more grateful to him for what he has done for me than I do to anyone else. I trust his words more fully than I trust what anyone else says. I am gladder in his adoration than in the exaltation of anyone else, including me. Would you pray with me that in 2009 we would love Jesus Christ more than we ever have? And may our Lord Jesus grant that from time to time we would deliver quietly and naturally a thunderclap into the hearts of others with the simple words, “I love Jesus Christ.” “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8). Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 01:09PM (-06:00) 12
  14. 14. IS THE KJV THE ONLY BIBLE? Friday, January 02, 2009 Have you done research on the KJV/other version controversies yourself? • Yes I have. And I would add, probably more so than many KJV onlyists who tend to only read literature published from within their own circles, just as I did when I was a practicing KJVer. The question is meant to "expose" some alleged fatal flaw in the arguments of the non-KJV onlyist. It is suggested that a person reads and uses a modern Bible version (MBV) because he or she doesn't know any better and is blindly following a favored teacher or what was taught at the Bible college where the person attended. Many KJV onlyists believe this about the non-KJV onlyists. It is assumed they are ignorant, but this is merely a strawman objection. I would throw back a question to our KJV onlyist: • As a quick review, • KJV only advocates teach that the King James Bible, also known as the Authorized Version, is the only translation, English or otherwise, that accurately contains the Word of God as it was revealed by God through His prophets and Apostles. The KJV translation is considered to be perfect; with out any error either in the original language documents used in its translation or in the English translation itself. Additionally, the translators are said to be the greatest scholars the world has ever known, and it is argued God used these men to preserve once and for all His Word to humanity. Personally I hate lies, and when the falsehood are told in relationship to the Bible it is sad. And the above statement about the KJV is not true. • I have always being a Indpendent Baptist, Fundementalist. I have always read from the pulpit the KJV. But I have never believed that the KJV was the only translation that Christians should read. Well, maybe I believed that in the early 50's and 60s when I was a child, and thought as a child, but when I grew up and studied, I realized that the KJV was not the only version that Christians could read. I believe, in the early 80's I realized maybe the Bible was perfect in its orginial form, and from that point on there were errors made in the printing of the Bible. And the shock was to learn that the KJV was not perfect. The falsehood of material put out by the KJVonly people is really not biblically right. Even with the idea of a perfect bible, certainly those who taught from the bible had a lot of error on their interpretation of the scriptures. It seems those who hold this position, also believe they don't make any error in their interpretation of the Word of God. I believe in a sovereign God, who doesn't need perfect people or a perfect printed bible to accomplish His purposes and plan for mankind. I believe even with all the false teachings about God's plan and His means whereby He saves sinners, those whom God has chosen unto salvation will be saved. (Acts 13:48, Romans 11:7, Romans 8:30, John 10:27 and Philippianss 1:6) I really do not believe any of those whom God gave Jesus Christ to die for at the Cross will be lost because someone might use a NASV or RS or any other translation. (John 6:37, John 17:6). I do believe its better to have everyone in the church service to have the same bible 13
  15. 15. translation, (its only a personal preferrence). Because most people are easily confused. And when you ask the people to read together in the Psalms, it is rather hard when there are ten translation been read at one time. You know? I have over the years put into the minds of people the idea that the KJV is the best translation on the market of the day. But I have never taught that the KJV is perfect in its translation. And I have never believed you have error when you change the words of the KJV. When I teach from the KJV, I change the words. When the KJV uses "it" in refering to the Holy Spirit, its okay to change "it" to Holy Spirit. When the KJV uses Holy Ghost, it is okay to use Holy Spirit. It is okay in I Corinthians 1:11 to read "that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind." to read it "that you might be perfected together in the same mind." I use Ephesians 4:13 a lot to explain Christian growth. "unto a perfect man". Well we are not perfect in the human sense, but the word "perfect" is better translated "full grown" or" spiritual mature man." Explaining the text, using different words is not changing the Words of God. • It is obvious that believers, all of whom have unredeemed flesh (Rom. 7:14; 8:23), cannot in this life fully and perfectly attain the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ. But they must and can reach a degree of maturity that pleases and glorifies the Lord. The goal of Paul's ministry to believers was their maturity, as indicated by his labors to “present every man complete (teleios, mature) in Christ” (Col. 1:28–29; cf. Phil. 3:14–15). John MacArthur, Jr. King James Version 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: American Standard Version 4:13 till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Bible in Basic English 4:13 Till we all come to the harmony of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to full growth, to the full measure of Christ: Have we done harm to the Word of God by using a different translation from the KJV? Will we do harm to the Word of God when we do not teach the Word of God as God meant the Word to be taught. We are not to teach our ideas, or our personal application, we are to explain the Words of God in its context and allow the Word to speak for themselves. God expressed the Bible in language, and language has a way of changing. Therefore we are to teach the Bible in the language that people can understand. Can people in the English language be saved and learn the commands of God in other translations of the Bible? Do I need to be afraid someone might go to hell if they read another translation? You might say, "Why just not stick with the KJV?" Well personally, I am. I read from the KJV and then I study a lot to figure out what it says. I love study, I love research, I love to dig deep into the scriptures. 14
  16. 16. Like my sermons, I stop in the middle of some messages. I will pick up another time. • Conclusion: No English translation is without problems including the revered King James Version. People are unaware that the accusations the KJV only supporters are using against all modem versions holds true with the very translation they are defending. It is true not all modem versions are good and many should be avoided. But let us be careful to follow the truth when making statements of support or statements of avoidance over a particular English version of the Bible. • Conclusion two: "The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it" (Psalm 68:11). • Ruckmanism is the false teaching that the King James translation is absolutely inerrant, and is superior to any Hebrew or Greek text. It is the teaching that the King James Version is perfect and that there is no value in examining the Hebrew and Greek text from which it was translated. • In my opinion, the term "King James Only" is a misleading name for this movement. I myself am King Jame preacher. I preach from the KJV because it is the better translation, based on the better Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. As far as I can know. But it doesn't mean all the other translation are wrong. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:22AM (-06:00) TO SPEAK BOLDLY: THE LOVE CHRIST Friday, January 02, 2009 December 31, 2008. I read this post today: Generally he has a lot of great articles and I enjoy reading them. "I have a goal this year to evangelize one person every single day. I can pass out a gospel tract to get that done, but I prefer to talk to someone. The latter is what I want and the former what I'll settle with to reach the goal. To add some accountability, I will write about my evangelism experience every day. It will be found at a new blog called Open Boldy. You may ask: "Another blog? Come on!" Well, I won't be able to reach this goal in front of a computer. This is just very public accountability like Weight-watchers is for weight loss.My theme verses are Ephesians 6:19-20:" • And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. I have heard of evangelist and preachers strive for that goal. Its a goal that I am not sure is really biblical sound. I have been raised in this atmosphere most of my life. What I have seen is a lot of evangelist talk and a lot of results that last less than a week. And people in the pew will see this as a fruitless ministry. I trust all of us could speak of Jesus love to those we meet daily. 15
  17. 17. • A friend of mind who works for the County Court system, shook hands with a woman today, who shot and killed three people at point blank range a couple of months ago, and said, "Jesus loves you." That took courage. Amen for him. May we all do that when we have the chance. He almost always makes a point when possible to tell those who are criminals, Jesus love you, and you need Jesus. Amen. I have read and listen to a number of men, evangelist, pastor, who made it their goal to speak the gospel to someone each day of their lives. And I am not saying that is wrong. What I am saying I have seen where we force the committment, there is a lot of false salvation made. I have personally seen this with my self. While at Hyles College, we would go block by block, house by house and try to get someone saved. Time after time we would use the Roman Road and get people to say yes. Only the next week they would say it again to someone else. As a Pastor I have tried to impress a follow pastor with my approach to soul winning, and get someone to say yes, they will be saved. Only to have them not open the door the next week. I have taken a dozen soul winning courses, and they are all good to a point. While its true we should present Jesus Christ to the lost, in our zeal we sometimes sure push for decsions that are not made by the person we are talking to. Well you say, its better to get one in ten then none at all. I fully disgree with that point of view. As a pastor/teacher I do have the opportunity four times a week to share Christ with people. And to share the Word of God with people is the joy of my life. But the decision for people to be saved is Jesus Christ. I am thankful for my friend who has a passion for Jesus in the work place. And his boldness to speak of Jesus Christ love is the key to witnessing for God. (1971-1974 Madison Missionary Baptist Church, Minford Ohio) May we take a conscious effort to make Christ known daily to those who we come contact with. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:03PM (-06:00) 2009 IS GOING TO BE GOOD Saturday, January 03, 2009 As we go into another year, we sometimes think we will get a new start, and this time do it right. Well, I have had over fifty new starts, to do it right again. And you know, this is getting better with practice. (cookies at Union Mills) 16
  18. 18. Last year, at 60 years old, (believing I am only in my forty's) I took on the task of preaching, and teaching and working with a group of folks at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church. After a few years layoff from serving in a church, I find myself back in full swing doing what I love doing the most. Most amazing I am enjoying every minute of the experience. I have being getting ready for pastoral ministry and teaching again for about five years. I will share with you, the experience the last eight years has being mixed. I have not chosen to quit. Like Charity says "Charles will be fired before he quits"? Let me see, I have been let go, fired, what ever, three times, from ministry. Well. I am still standing. God must not be finished with me yet. (old churches on the flood wall in Portsmouth) I guess no experiences go void. The Lord is still bringing us to maturity. I am still preaching the same sermons, using the s a m e methodology, have the same wife, using the Word of God, still wear a suit and tie. So what is the difference? Still have the same belief that I have for the last thirty years. Still love Christ, Charity and Children, and the Church, and Christy (friend) and Calvin, and chocolate Ice Cream, coffee and cookies and cake. I thought about checking into a ministry rehab. Kidding, of course. I am thankful that the Lord and those in Rivers of Joy Baptist Church have been so good to us. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 01:18PM (-06:00) 17
  19. 19. Only One To Call Me Chuck Monday, January 05, 2009 THE NUNNENKAMP FAMILY Kurt and Michele Nunnenkamp Tom and Alana Ayers A few years ago these three young ladies were members of our church in Kansas.Kathy Songer, Alana Ayers and Christy Heaton THE JOHN AND CHRISTY HEATON FAMILY Pastor of a church is a real joy. Pastor of a church for sixteen years is greater. And the greatest is after you have left the church for twelve years you still have these friends. I love up dates from families who were in FBC. (Of course a photo sent to me, could get on this Blogger). Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:20PM (-06:00) 18
  20. 20. FORD, GENERAL MOTORS AND THE CHURCH Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Mistakes The Church Can Learn From The Auto Industry…Part One Vehicle sales in the United States were sharplylower for nearly all auto companies, and the two largest U.S. manufacturers reported the lowest number of sales in nearly five decades.General Motors reported Monday that its sales dropped 31 percent in December, and fell 23 percent for all of last year. It sold fewer vehicles in 2008 than any year since 1959. Ford says its U.S. sales plunged by almost one-third between November and December, and about 20 percent for all of 2008, the lowest number of sales in 47 years. Chrysler reported a 53 percent plunge in December. For the full year 2008, the company's sales slid 30 percent. 1. They Were Focused on the Wrong Message While the auto industry was spending time and millions of dollars telling people to buy American made cars what they should have been doing instead was spending that same amount of time and that same about of money actually making better cars that people across the world would actually want to purchase. The same thing can be said about the church. Many times we can get too focused on, “please bring people to church” “get people to church” “do whatever it takes to bring people to this place” rather than creating a worship experience that exalts the name of Jesus and promotes life change to such an extent that people actually want to bring friends to church. We should focus way more on what is happening in our services than advertising about them. AND…another danger as a church is getting focused on ANY other agenda other than Jesus and His Kingdom. More on that at another time! You focus on your worship and your singing, and your preaching and your fellowship and you focus on your teaching. If we love these things we will invite others to share with us our love for Christ and the church. 2. Trusting in Tradition One of the mistakes the auto industry made was thinking because of our strong and successful past we will always have a strong and successful future. People have always been loyal to us therefore people will always be loyal to us. While they were basking in the glory of their tradition, up-start car companies came along and surpassed their quality of excellence and relevance in the society in which we live. 19
  21. 21. One of the mistakes we can make as a church is to begin to trust in tradition and think because we had a strong and successful past that we, our particular church, will always have a strong and successful future. The past is something that should always be celebrated. The past is something to be thankful to God for. But the past is not an indicator of our future. The past is merely and reflection of God’s faithfulness and God’s faithfulness will continue in the future not as we embrace tradition but as we embrace his leadership through his Holy Spirit. Another mistakes we can make is to think our tradition of the past even when the results have resulted in failure will in some way get us a better future. Our focus is to be on Christ and His faithfulness and not focus on the traditions of the church. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:47PM (-06:00) CHARLES SPURGEON WAS SAVED TODAY 1850 Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Today in 1850, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) heard the voice of God calling him in the words of Isaiah 45:22, through the sermon of a Primitive Methodist preacher: “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” Spurgeon looked and was saved at age 15, and went on to become one of the greatest preachers of modern times. He preached a vast number of sermons in his life, but he excelled in preaching a clear message of salvation in a way that could reach sinners. He knew from experience that they were eager for that clear, simple direction: Look to Jesus and be saved. By one count, he told the story of his conversion 280 times in his published sermons, so some minor variations have slipped into the accounts. Here is my favorite: • I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair now, had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm one Sunday morning, when I was going to a place of worship. When I could go no further, I turned down a court and came to a little Primitive Methodist Chapel. In that chapel there might be a dozen or fifteen people. The minister did not come that morning: snowed up, I suppose. A poor man, a shoemaker, a tailor, or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to 20
  22. 22. preach. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had nothing else to say. The text was, ‘Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.’ He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter. • There was, I thought, a glimpse of hope for me in the text. He began thus: ‘My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed. It says, “Look.” Now that does not take a deal of effort. It ain’t lifting your foot or your finger; it is just “look.” Well, a man need not go to college to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool, and yet you can look. A man need not be worth a thousand a year to look. Anyone can look; a child can look. But this is what the text says. Then it says, “Look unto Me.” ‘Ay,’ said he, in broad Essex, ‘many of ye are looking to yourselves. No use looking there. You’ll never find comfort in yourselves.’ Then the good man followed up his text in this way: ‘Look unto Me: I am sweating great drops of blood. Look unto Me; I am hanging on the Cross. Look: I am dead and buried. Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend; I am sitting at the Father’s right hand. O, look to Me! Look to Me!’ When he had got about that length, and managed to spin out ten minutes, he was at the length of his tether. • Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I daresay, with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger. He then said, ‘Young man, you look very miserable.’ Well, I did; but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made on my personal appearance from the pulpit before. However, it was a good blow struck. He continued: ‘And you will always be miserable — miserable in life and miserable in death — if you do not obey my text. But if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved.’ • Then he shouted, as only a Primitive Methodist can, ‘Young man, look to Jesus Christ.’ There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun; and I could have risen that moment and sung with the most enthusiastic of them of the Precious Blood of Christ.” Sunday, January 6, 1850, is the most widely-accepted date for Spurgeon’s conversion, but there is some scholarly disagreement abut it. The late Lewis Drummond’s book Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers makes a pretty good case that January 13 is more likely to be actual date. He compares various accounts, reports on the actual preachers’ log for the local Primitive Methodist church, and checks the best available meteorological reports for the winter of 1850. The last point is telling: In London, at least (no records exist for Spurgeon’s Colchester), January 6 was a clear day, but January 13 had heavy snow. (Most of the relevant argument about the dating can be seen in the preview of the book available at Google books) The fact is, Spurgeon and his earliest biographers were all a little sloppy about recording this event. I appreciate that. That little bit of reportorial sloppiness helps downplay the event itself, the event considered as a moment in the biography and the psychological history of the man Spurgeon. Instead, it keeps the message of salvation central: Look to me and be saved. Spurgeon certainly did that, sometime around January 6. And it made all the difference in the world, and he told the story 280 times in sermons. But Spurgeon draws our attention to his own experience of conversion for a much greater reason than to fill out the pages of his biography accurately. He draws our attention to his own conversion so that we too can look to Jesus, where salvation is. One of the first time I preached outside my Dad's church was in North Caroline, at Fate Spenser's church. I was asked to preached on Sunday Morning, and Donald was to speak on Sunday Night. Well, I had studied a sermon by Charles Spurgeon. And I read 21
  23. 23. and studied the sermon. So I thought I would preaching his sermon. I got the introduction down good. I was at least 16 or 17 years old. I do like Spurgeon. I don't think the people was impressed with Spurgeon's sermon, it was not emotional enough. If I remember, Donald message was rather emotional. They liked that. Over the years I have read a number of Spurgeon's Sermons. I must I have used several of the outlines. But generally I use Spuregon as a sound board, if Spurgeon believed it, I generally believed it myself. I have two orginal sermon books by Spuregon. And one of the first 20 volume's set I bought in Seminary was Spurgeon Sermons. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:38PM (-06:00) TO WIN A SOUL TO CHRIST? Wednesday, January 07, 2009 What is the real winning of a soul for God? So far as this is done by instrumentality, what are the processes by which a soul is led to God and to salvation? I take it that one of its main operations consists in instructing a man that he may know the truth of God. Instruction by the gospel is the commencement of all real work upon men's minds. • "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Teaching begins the work, and crowns it, too. The gospel, according to Isaiah, is, • "Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live." It is ours, then, to give men something worth their hearing; in fact, to instruct them. We are sent to evangelize, or to preach the gospel to every creature; and that is not done unless we teach them the great truths of revelation. The gospel is good news. To listen to some preachers, you would imagine that the gospel was a pinch of sacred snuff to make them wake up, or a bottle of ardent spirits to excite their brains. It is nothing of the kind; it is news, there is information in it, there is instruction in it concerning matters which men need to know, and statements in it calculated to bless those who hear it. It is not a magical incantation, or a charm, whose force consists in a collection of sounds; it is a revelation of facts and truths which require knowledge and belief. The gospel is a reasonable system, and it appeals to men's understanding; it is a matter for thought and consideration, and it appeals to the conscience and the reflecting powers. Hence, if we do not teach men something, we may shout, "Believe! Believe! Believe!" but what are they to believe? Each exhortation requires a corresponding instruction, or it will mean nothing. 22 "Escape!" From what? This requires for its answer the doctrine of the punishment of sin.
  24. 24. "Fly!" But whither? Then must you preach Christ, and His wounds; yea, and the clear doctrine of atonement by sacrifice. "Repent!" Of what? Here you must answer such questions as, What is sin? What is the evil of sin? What are the consequences of sin ? "Be converted!" But what is it to be converted? By what power can we be converted? What from? What to? The field of instruction is wide if men are to be made to know the truth which saves. "That the soul be without knowledge, it is not good," and it is ours as the Lord's instruments to make men so to know the truth that they may believe it, and feel its power. We are not to try and save men in the dark, but in the power of the Holy Ghost we are to seek to turn them from darkness to light. Teach gospel doctrines clearly, affectionately, simply, and plainly, and especially those truths which have a present and practical bearing upon man's condition and God's grace. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:40AM (-06:00) UNION MILLS CONFECTIONERY WEST PORTSMOUTH OHIO Wednesday, January 07, 2009 UNION MILLS CONFECTIONERY BAKERY IN WEST PORTSMOUTH OHIO Debbie Blevins/ Charity Whisnant Co-Owners and Operators Sisters and daughters of Bob and Lenora Temple A SPECIALTY BAKERY (740) 858-4633 1120 Galena Pike, West Portsmouth, OH 45663 Charity and Debbie Union Mills is a“Made from Scratch” Bakery (call ahead of time to place your special order) 740 - 858 - 4633 A small town bakery, locally owned, and personally hands on operation. “Made from Scratch” Pies Bread Cookies Cream Horns Decorated sheet Cakes Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:05AM (-06:00) 23
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  26. 26. BIBLICAL SEPARATION IS RATHER CLEAR Wednesday, January 07, 2009 It is better to stay at home and read God's Word (Arthur Pink, "A Call to Separation") "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and the Devil? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?" 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 This command is so plain, that it requires no interpreter. Righteousness--and wickedness; light--and darkness; Christ--and the Devil; God's temple--and idols. What do they have in common? This is a call to godly separation. This passage gives utterance to a Divine exhortation for those belonging to Christ--to hold aloof from all intimate associations with the ungodly. It expressly forbids them entering into alliances with the unconverted. It definitely prohibits the children of God walking arm-in-arm with worldlings. It is an admonition applying to every phase and department of our lives--religious, domestic, social, commercial. And never, perhaps, was there a time when it more needed pressing on Christians, than now. The days in which we are living are marked by the spirit of compromise. On every side we behold unholy mixtures, ungodly alliances, and unequal yokes. Many professing Christians appear to be trying how near to the world they may walk--and yet go to Heaven! To Israel, God said, "So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. You must obey all My regulations and be careful to keep My laws, for I, the Lord, am your God!" (Leviticus 18:3-4) And again, "Do not live by the customs of the people whom I will expel before you. It is because they do these terrible things--that I detest them so much!" (Leviticus 20:23) It was for their disregard of these very prohibitions, that Israel brought down upon themselves such severe chastisements.God's call to His people in Babylon is, "Come out of her, My people! Do not take part in her sins!" (Revelation 18:4) No one can be a whole- hearted follower of the Lord Jesus who is, in any way, "yoked" to His enemies!"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." This applies first to our religious connections. How many Christians are members of so-called "churches," where much is going on which they know is at direct variance with the Word of God--either the teaching from the pulpit, the worldly attractions used to draw the ungodly, and the worldly methods employed to finance it, or the constant receiving into its membership of those who give no evidence of having been born again. Believers in Christ who remain in such "churches" are dishonoring their Lord. Should they answer: "Practically all the churches are the same, and were we to resign, what would we do? We must go somewhere on Sundays!" Such language would show they are putting their own interests, before the glory of Christ. It is better to stay at home and read God's Word--than fellowship with that which His Word condemns! ~~~~ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 10:39PM (-06:00) 25
  27. 27. I LOVE TRAINS AND BIBLICAL THEOLOGY Thursday, January 08, 2009 Surely God’s Word is plain enough in teaching that believing is not a meritorious act. It affirms that Christians are a people "who have believed through grace" (Acts 18:27). If then, they have believed "through grace," there is absolutely nothing meritorious about "believing," and if nothing meritorious, it could not be the ground or cause which moved God to choose them. No; God’s choice proceeds not from anything in us, or anything from us, but solely from His own sovereign pleasure. Once more, in Romans 11:5, we read of "a remnant according to the election of grace." There it is, plain enough; election itself is of grace, and grace is unmerited favour something for which we had no claim upon God whatsoever. Mr. Pink Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:36AM (-06:00) GOOD SERMONS ARE HARD TO FIND Thursday, January 08, 2009 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:20AM (-06:00) 26
  28. 28. Beyond The Gates of Splendor - Thursday, January 08, 2009 53 years ago today (Jan. 8), Jim Elliot and four other missionaries were killed in Ecuador seeking to meet and evangelize the Waodani people. Here is a video about their mission: Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:35PM (-06:00) GOD DELIGHTS IN HIS SON CHRIST Friday, January 09, 2009 I BELIEVE GOD IS GOD WHO IS THE GOD OF ALL THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING THAT IS IN IT. AND THE ENTIRE WORLD IS GOD'S.THE ENTIRE FUTURE OF THE WORLD IS GOD'S TO DOWHAT HE WILL.The Lord’s Chosen Servant Isaiah 42:1-25 42:1 Behold my Servant, (Christ) whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon Him; (Christ) He will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up His voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed He will not break, and a faintly burning wick He will not quench; He will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for His law. 5 Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens mand stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: 6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. 8 I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Sing to the Lord a New Song 27
  29. 29. 10 Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that fills it, coastlands and their inhabitants. 11 Let the desert and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the habitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the top of the mountains. 12 Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise in the coastlands. 13 The Lord goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war He stirs up His zeal; He cries out, He shouts aloud, He shows himself mighty against His foes. 14 For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor; I will gasp and pant. 15 I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn the rivers into islands, and dry up the pools. 16 And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. 17 They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, “You are our gods.” Israel’s Failure to Hear and See 18 Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see! 19 Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the Lord? 20 He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not her. 21 The Lord was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious. 22 But this is a people plundered and looted; they are all of them trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say, “Restore!” 23 Who among you will give ear to this, will attend and listen for the time to come? 28
  30. 30. 24 Who gave up Jacob to the looter, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned, in whose ways they would not walk, and whose law they would not obey? 25 So he poured on him the heat of his anger and the might of battle; it set him on fire all around, but he did not understand; it burned him up, but he did not take it to heart. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:58AM (-06:00) PASTOR'S OFFICE, AND STUDY AND LIBRARY Saturday, January 10, 2009 YES THIS IS PART OF MY OFFICES AT CHURCH. YEP, ISN'T GOD GOOD AND THE FOLKS AT RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH? VIEW OF MY STUDY BOOKS IN LIBRARY ROOM VIEW OF RESEARCH BINDERS IN LIBRARY ROOM DESK IN LIBRARY AND STUDY ROOMWITH VIEW OF BOTH BOOKS AND BINDERS. A LOOK THAT THE ROLL OF THE PASTOR'S OFFICE The Pastor's Office includes the church pastoral leadership, as well as the directors of our ministry divisions.The meaning of the Greek word we translate as pastor is shepherd. The job title pastor therefore refers to a spiritual shepherd. (See Ephesians 4:11) In this way, Jesus is referred to as the great Shepherd of the sheep. (Hebrews 13:20) He is the role model for all of God's pastors. Jesus is the great Shepherd and all of His pastors are the lesser shepherds. By looking at how Jesus shepherds the sheep we can see how a pastor should shepherd the flock of God - God's people. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians we learn that the office of pastor (spiritual shepherd) is one of the offices that contributes to the 29
  31. 31. equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry for the building up of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11) In the same letter, we learn some important aspects of how Jesus Christ carries out his role as the great Shepherd. Paul writes, "Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church." Ephesians 5:27-29 - NKJV This exhortation, although it is directly applied to husbands, also applies to pastors and exhorts them to follow the model Christ provides. Christ is the great Shepherd of the Church, the husband is the shepherd for his wife and, likewise, the pastor is the shepherd for his flock in the church. The pastor is to give his life for the flock in ministering the Holy Spirit and the Word to them. He is to nourish and cherish (that is, tenderly look after) his church. The role of pastor - it is important to recognise - is not peculiar to the New Testament church. We see it also in the Old Testament church of God. God had high expectations, even back then, of His pastors and He upbraided them when they did not fulfil those expectations. As the mouth piece of God Jeremiah declares, "For the shepherds [of the people] have become like brutes, irrational and stupid, and have not sought the Lord or inquired of Him or required Him [by necessity and by right of His word]. Therefore they have not dealt prudently and have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered." Jeremiah 10:21 - 30
  32. 32. From this we see God expects His pastors to - seek Him inquire of Him require Him - which is to petition Him in prayer. We also see that He expects, as a consequence of doing this, that they will - conduct themselves wisely ensure that the flock stays together in unity Ezekiel also provides us with a similar understanding of God's expectation for His pastors. He writes, "Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?'" Ezekiel 34:2 - NKJV What does God expect from His shepherds, His pastors? He expects them to spiritually feed (that is, nourish) God's people. Ezekiel continues, "The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them." Ezekiel 34:4 - NKJV Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 10:36AM (-06:00) MY CONFIDIENCE OF MY SALVATION IS Tuesday, January 13, 2009 "Faith cannot be without a settled peace of mind, from which proceeds the bold confidence of rejoicing," John Calvin wrote in his commentary on Hebrews in the mid-sixteenth century. This point is most striking, and mostly underplayed by many exegetes. How could Calvin write something so...insensitive? And again: "We hence conclude that those who assent to the gospel doubtfully and like those who vacillate, do not truly and really believe. "Just as faith is the assurance of things hoped for, so, too, is faith the constant and confident hope of the believer (Heb. 11:1; cf. 3:6). For Calvin, then, faith necessarily includes a firm confidence in that which has been believed: "Besides, what firmness of confidence can there be when men know not what they ought to believe?" But again we must ask, did not Calvin see how unsympathetic this doctrinal point would be to the one who has doubt in his or her interest in the heavenly Jerusalem? How might Calvin respond to such an inquiry? Whether he anticipated this question or not, the truth is that the reader will not be able to simply skim his writings for an answer. It is there, but it is not all laid out in plain view, so to speak. One lyrical gem comes to mind that falls in line with his understanding that faith cannot 31
  33. 33. be without a firm persuasion of the promises of God. Writing on predestination, Calvin quipped that if someone were to ask him how he is to know that he is elect, his answer would be "Christ is more than a thousand testimonies to me." That is, being persuaded of the veracity of the promises of God made certain in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus provide a more substantial ground of assurance than a thousand outward attestations of faith (both in personal good deeds and in verbal compliments paid by our peers). In other words, man's praise should be cast at the foot of the cross. What we see here is a bold affirmation of the supernatural gracious gift of faith over against a worked-for faith. But this confidence of which Calvin spoke is not brazen; it is Spirit-filled meekness, and "meekness" here does not mean "timid" but "unpretentious." As one version of the Bible translates it: "Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!" (Matt. 5:5, TEV). It is no coincidence that Saint Matthew's gospel and the letter to the Hebrews agree that receiving what God has promised comes as a result of being meek (or put differently, of having saving faith). Thus, the settled peace of mind attached to the faith of which Calvin spoke does not declare, "I'm so saved, I couldn't go to hell if I tried." Rather, it cries along with the tax collector: "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!" (cf. Luke 18:9-14; see also 15:1-7). To be sure, Calvin granted that absolute certainty in this life is unthinkable, given that one anxiety or another always assails assurance. But saving faith is not stagnant, nor does it endlessly embrace gross doctrinal errors (the two points against which Calvin's argument is directed). This, then, is the context within which we must view Calvin's statements about faith above. The Genevan reformer was a committed preacher and churchman, as the records of his persistent preaching and congregational and missional ministries show. He was not insensitive to his parishioner's needs. And the need that he was meeting was the dispensing of all false notions of security. His opponents had posited the idea that a person could fail to grasp the content of the gospel and yet have faith. This had the unfortunate effect of sending many people through life wrapped in a false blanket of assurance. But passages like Hebrews 3:6 remind us, according to Calvin, that "we are always to make progress even unto death; for our whole life is as it were a race." In like manner, we must be equally concerned today with, for example, such mistaken conceptions as "carnal Christianity." This is why we say that the believer's sanctification necessarily flows from his or her justification. That is, good works in Christ Jesus follow from being saved by grace alone through faith alone. Such works are done in gratitude for salvation -- not as prerequisites for salvation. Knowing this also helps us to understand what is happening when we see those who have but a transitory faith yield no lasting fruit. They are like the third seed in our Savior's parable, the one that was sown among the thorns and eventually strangled by the cares of this world (Matt. 13; Mark 4). The only certain ground of assurance, which the letter to the Hebrews makes clear time and time again, is the finished work of the risen Christ. A confidence based on anything less can only lead to a baseless faith. For this reason, let us "lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Heb. 12:1b-2). *****This article originally appeared in Tabletalk magazine (February 2004). I am ask, "Do you think someone was a Christian?" My confidence of my salvation is only 32
  34. 34. based upon the finished work of Christ at the Cross. My salvation, my confidence of my salvation is not based upon the idea that I am a preacher or teacher, or pastor of a church, or forty years of ministry. By confidence rest upon Christ, who has given me this inner peace of His work for me. Therefore for me to speak of others without knowing their mind, I can't really say. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:17AM (-06:00) A SNOWY HILL WITH A TRAIN Tuesday, January 13, 2009 The Bible Translation That Rocked the World Luther's Bible introduced mass media, unified a nation, and set the standard for future translations. Martin Luther was many things: preacher, teacher, orator, translator, theologian, composer, and family man. He came to symbolize everything the Protestant Reformation stood for. But perhaps Luther's greatest achievement was the German Bible. No other work has had as strong an impact on a nation's development and heritage as has this Book. In Luther's time, the German language consisted of several regional dialects (all similar to the tongue spoken in the courts of the Hapsburg and Luxemburg emperors). How were these scattered dialects united into one modern language? The rise of the middle class, the growth of trade, and the invention of the printing press all played a part. But the key factor was Luther's Bible. The Wartburg Wonder Following the Diet of Worms in 1521, Luther's territorial ruler, Frederick the Wise, had Luther hidden away for safekeeping in the castle at Wartburg. Luther settled down and translated Erasmus's Greek New Testament in only eleven weeks. This is a phenomenal feat under any circumstances, but Luther contended with darkened days, poor lighting, and his own generally poor health. Das Newe Testament Deutzsch was published in September 1522. A typographical masterpiece, containing woodcuts from Lucas Cranach's workshop and selections from Albrecht Durer's famous Apocalypse series, the September Bibel sold an estimated five thousand copies in the first two months alone. Luther then turned his attention to the Old Testament. Though well taught in both Greek and Hebrew, he would not attempt it alone. "Translators must never work by themselves," he wrote. "When one is alone, the best and most suitable words do not always occur to him." Luther thus formed a translation committee, which he dubbed his "Sanhedrin." If the notion of a translation committee seems obvious today, it is because such scholars as Philipp Melanchthon, Justus Jonas, John Bugenhagen, and Caspar Cruciger joined 33
  35. 35. Luther in setting the precedent. Never before, and not for many years after, was the scholarship of this body equaled. Forcing Prophets to Speak German Luther remained the principal translator, however. His spirit motivated and guided the Sanhedrin in producing a translation that was not literal in the truest sense of the word. He wanted this Bible to be in spoken rather than bookish or written German. Before any word or phrase could be put on paper, it had to pass the test of Luther's ear, not his eye. It had to sound right. This was the German Bible's greatest asset, but it meant Luther had to straddle the fence between the free and the literal. "It is not possible to reproduce a foreign idiom in one's native tongue," he wrote. "The proper method of translation is to select the most fitting terms according to the usage of the language adopted. To translate properly is to render the spirit of a foreign language into our own idiom. I try to speak as men do in the market place. In rendering Moses, I make him so German that no one would suspect he was a Jew." The translators used the court tongue as their base language but flavored it with the best of all the dialects they could find in the empire. Luther, a relentless perfectionist who might spend a month searching out a single word, talked at length with old Germans in the different regions. To better understand the sacrificial rituals in the Mosaic law, he had the town butcher cut up sheep so he could study their entrails. When he ran into the precious stones in the "new Jerusalem" that were unfamiliar to him, he had similar gems from the elector's collection brought for him to study. Luther longed to express the original Hebrew in the best possible German, but the task was not without its difficulties. "We are now sweating over a German translation of the Prophets," he wrote. "O God, what a hard and difficult task it is to force these writers, quite against their wills, to speak German. They have no desire to give up their native Hebrew in order to imitate our barbaric German. It is as though one were to force a nightingale to imitate a cuckoo, to give up his own glorious melody for a monotonous song he must certainly hate. The translation of Job gives us immense trouble on account of its exalted language, which seems to suffer even more, under our attempts to translate it, than Job did under the consolation of his friends, and seems to prefer to lie among the ashes." In spite of this, the Sanhedrin worked rapidly but accurately, translating in a tone more apologetic than scientific. The result was a German Bible of such literary quality that those competent to say so consider it superior even to the King James Version that followed it. And because it sounded natural when spoken as well as read, its cadence and readability have made it a popular Bible in Germany to this day. The Book Must Be in German Homes Germans everywhere bought Luther's Bible, not only for the salvation of their souls (if such was their concern), but also for the new middleclass prestige it conferred. It was the must book to have in their homes, and many Germans had no choice but to read it: it was likely to be one of the few books they could afford to buy. It was the first time a mass medium had ever penetrated everyday life. Everyone read Luther's new Bible or listened to it being read. Its phrasing became the people's phrasing, its speech patterns their speech patterns. So universal was its appeal, and so thoroughly did it embrace the entire range of the German tongue, that it formed a linguistic rallying point for the formation of the modern German language. It helped formally restructure German literature and the German performing arts. Its impact, and Luther's in general, were so awesome that Frederick the Great later called Luther the personification of the German national spirit. Many scholars still consider him the most influential German who ever lived. Uncle of the English Bible 34
  36. 36. As might be expected, the German Bible's impact reached well beyond the borders of the empire. It was the direct source for Bibles in Holland, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark, and its influence was felt in many other countries as well. Most important, the Bible left a permanent impression on a great translator of the English Bible. William Tyndale, one of the Reformation's champions, had fled from England to the Continent about the time Luther was publishing his German New Testament. He, too, was translating from the original manuscripts, and possibly he and Luther met in Wittenberg. One strong point of Luther's work that impressed Tyndale was the order given to the books of the New Testament. In previous Bibles, there had been no uniform arrangement; translators placed them in whatever order suited them. Luther, however, ranked them by the yardstick of was treibt Christus—how Christ was taught: the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John); the Acts of the Apostles; the Epistles, in descending order of the Savior's prominence in each; and, finally, the Revelation of John. Tyndale followed Luther's lead, as have virtually all Bible translators since. Many phrases we know today came from Luther, through Tyndale. From the German's natürlich, Tyndale wrote natural, and the phrase natural man appeared in 1 Corinthians 2:14. Luther's auf dem gebirge became was a voice heard in Matthew 2:18. Tyndale translated from Luther the place of dead men's skulls in John 19:17, Ye vex yourselves off a true meaning in 2 Corinthians 6:12, Doctors in the Scripture in 1 Timothy 1:7, and hosianna in Matthew 21:15. Like Luther, Tyndale eschewed the Latinized ecclesiastical terms in favor of those applicable to his readers: repent instead of do penance; congregation rather than church; Savior or elder in the place of priest; and love over charity for the Greek agape. Both translations flowed freely in a rhythm and happy fluency of narration; and, wherever he could, Tyndale upheld Luther's doctrine of justification by faith. While in many instances the two translators must have reached the same conclusions independently, Luther's strong influence on the father of the English Bible is unmistakable. Since Tyndale's English translation makes up more than 90 percent of the King James New Testament and more than 75 percent of the Revised Standard Version, Luther's legacy is still plain to see. Luther was exceptionally gifted in many areas. But the aspect of his genius perhaps most responsible for his impact is the one least heralded: his skill and power as a translator and writer. Had it not been for that, the Protestant Reformation and the growth of a united German nation might have taken an entirely different course. Henry Zecher is a personnel specialist at the U. S. Department of Health & Human Resources. Formerly, he wrote for the Delaware State News. Copyright © 1992 by the author or Christianity Today International/Christian History magazine. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:21PM (-06:00) JOHN PIPER MAKING A SNOW ANGEL Wednesday, January 14, 2009 WHO SAID PREACHERS COULDN'T HAVE FUN IN THE SNOW! NOT ME! Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:46AM (-06:00) 35
  37. 37. ELLEN WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? Thursday, January 15, 2009 Okay Ellen what is this all about? Find out here A new Pilate Move? - At least its not a brick! Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:35AM (-06:00) YOUR FAITH VIRAL OR PEDAGOGICAL? PT 1 Friday, January 16, 2009 WHAT GUIDES YOUR FAITH? pt 1 Faith, of whatever variety, is increasingly viral rather than pedagogical. Viral: (an e-mail message, usually in the form of advertising, that contains elements that makes recipients want to forward it to others. It's contagious and spreads like a virus on the internet. Sometimes funny, shallow, awful or scary Among the first to write about viral marketing on the Internet was media critic Douglas Rushkoff in his 1994 book Media Virus. The assumption is that if such an advertisement reaches a "susceptible" user, that user will become "infected" (i.e., sign up for an account) and can then go on to infect other susceptible users. As long as each infected user sends mail to more than one susceptible user on average (i.e., the basic reproductive rate is greater than one), standard in epidemiology imply that the number of infected users will grow according to a logistic curve, whose initial segment appears exponential. Ped-a-gog-i-cal: teaching: the science or profession of teaching (educational, academic, instructive, tutorial, didactic. • With people spending less time reading the Bible, and becoming less engaged in activities that deepen their biblical literacy, faith views are more often adopted on the basis of dialogue, self-reflection, and observation than teaching. Feelings and emotions now play a significant role in the development of people’s faith views - in many cases, much more significant than information-based exercises such as listening to preaching and participating in Bible study. 36
  38. 38. later today part two...... with pictures.... and a example of faith........ Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:51AM (-06:00) YOUR FAITH VIRAL OR PEDAGOGICAL? PT 2 Saturday, January 17, 2009 WHAT GUIDES YOUR FAITH PART TWO MID-WEEK BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP. Several topics I would like to view tonight: 1A How does the preaching and teaching of the Word help you in your daily life? What is your life scriptural verse that you live by, and how? 2A Do you believe the Gospel that we preached a generation ago has the same affect on lost people today? 3A There is one gospel. Yes, the Roman Road was effective in my youth, but is that same form affective today as it was? 4A Why are we not seeing the unsaved coming to church as we used to? 5A Another topic: Does it seem in the culture that we live in today, seems fewer and fewer people being raised with a Judeo/Christian ethic. Increasing numbers are growing up without understanding of sin as being a violation of God's moral law, which will result in our approach to sin and forgiveness of sin. 6A Many Christians are finding resources for living other than the preaching and teaching of the Word of God in the Church. What most affects my opinion on my spiritual behavior? • Is it God’s Word, Preaching/Teaching, Dr. Phil, Oprah, or my own personal self- wisdom? You might say I don't listen to talk TV or radio, I do my on self wisdom thing? That is what I mean. "You have your own spiritual path you are taking, and it’s a little this and a little that." A spiritual teacher on Oprah, Elizabeth Lesser. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.(Ephesians 5:17 – ESV) 37
  39. 39. In light of viewing Oprah yesterday, she interviewed a spiritualist teacher. She, along with a number of other spiritualist teachers, has offered their opinion and subjective feelings and impressions about how to achieve spirituality with the inner self. I want to address this issue of the godly spiritually. While you might say, I don’t listen to Oprah, or you don’t buy into her spirituality talk, many buy into a host of other spiritualist teaching from our culture. Secular spiritualists have been around since Solomon. Those who try to connect the body life with the spirit being of a person have driven the culture for ever. “The activating or essential principle influencing a person,” known as a spirit, one of many definitions of the term as noted below. • Footnote: You will find a somewhat good definition of the term spiritualist here http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirit which is another whole subject I would like to address later. All spiritualist teaching even in the secular culture are striving to help people have a productive life, the question being, productive for whom? We all desire an industrious life, that gives meaning to our living on planet earth. In the midst of our normal life, we constantly live surrounded by a number of factors that alter our thinking, behavior and affect our acts, and affect our temper or disposition of mind or outlook. Thus There are a number of cultural, secular spiritualists, who offer advice as to how to gain spiritual health. I personally like this one: • Rejuvenation of body, mind and soul along with spiritual expansion and exploration is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself! And, what better place to experience this than the beautiful paradise island of Kauai whose panoramic lush views and heart energy embrace you lovingly.· http://www.customizedspiritualjourneys.com/ The number of “Christians” who encounter major distractions in their life, death of a family member, financial difficultly, marriage-related stress, family members’ worries, fears of actual threats and danger, sickness in the family, the workplace environment. Then there is the related emotional state of anxiety which typically occurs without any external threat, those who just can’t handle living their life due to personal mental stress. Some have certain kinds of phobia (from Greek: "fear"), which is an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, or people which drive their emotion. And in many cases, leads the “Christian” to be distracted, unfocused, troubled, agitated and ready for the death bed of living life productive for Christ. Part three later today. hopefully Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:30AM (-06:00) 38
  40. 40. UNION MILLS IN THE WINTER SNOW Saturday, January 17, 2009 “Legalistic remorse says, ‘I broke God’s rules,’ while real repentance says, ‘I broke God’s heart.’ Legalistic repentance takes sin to Mt. Sinai, gospel repentance to Mt. Calvary. Legalistic repentance is convicted by punishment, gospel repentance becomes convicted by mercy.” - Timothy Keller, Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:09AM (-06:00) GREETINGS TO THE PEOPLE AT ROJBC Saturday, January 17, 2009 GREETINGS TO THE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH WHEN IS ATTENDING A LOCAL CHURCH GOOD? If you are a "Christian" a believer, and a Baptist, you know attending a local church is what Christians who love the Lord do. We all know that. On the positive side, many will go to church on Sunday, (some on Saturday) some will go Sunday Evening, and some on Wednesday. Many really love to attend their church services. Many enjoy singing in the choir, singing special, teaching a children's class, teach the teens, and adult classes. Some even like hearing the preaching/teaching from the Pastor/Teacher. - To really love getting up in the morning, and getting ready, and being ready for worship, fellowship and encouraging others, is really a joy. Many experience that each week. - To walk in to the church building and experience and know and believe there is going to be worship, and 39
  41. 41. fellowship is joyfulness at its best. You find yourself glad you are their, before you even pull up on the parking lot. You have your Bible, note book, and you are ready, and you are thirty minutes early. You sing in the choir, you sing with the other folks, you talk to others, you witness the joy of others that have joined you to worship, and have fellowship, read the scripture and pray, and listen to the preaching and teaching, and you are filled with the joy of the Lord. You are excited to teach your Bible class, you are excited to give an offering to the Lord, you are excited that you have Christians friends who join you in this wonderful joy of the Lord. NOW THAT IS WHAT CHURCH EXPERIENCE SHOULD BE LIKE. And for a lot of people that is what really happens. And you know how that happens? YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN. GROWBYLEARNING/CHURCH PAGE Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 11:18AM (-06:00) THE VOICE OF JOY AND PRAISE Sunday, January 18, 2009 What is interesting, about this Christian life, your prespectives can change. In the years 1947 thru 1996 going to church on Sunday and Wednesday was never a question with me. Going to church generally was the joy of my life. The reason I guess was that I was deeply involved in ministry of the local church. Being involved in a local ministry, keeps you enjoying going to the local church. In the years 1997 thru the middle of 2008, church ministry was not as a pastor/teacher, but as a staff member, or member of the church with little responsibility. There were times in the last four years, that my desire to even go to a local church was getting a test of my enjoyment. Just been honest. My love for the Lord has not decreased, but have learned more about the Word in these last four years than I have in the previous 10 years or twenty years. My element is preaching/teaching and pastoring a local church. Herein is the real joy of my life. 40
  42. 42. THE JOY OF THE LORD • Psalms 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. • Psalms 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. When I remember these things, these things that the Lord has allowed me to experience for these many years, I look back with a voice of joy and praise. When you filter out all the stuff that has distracted you in doing ministry, and focus on the ministry itself, and you focus on your great salvation, and you focus on our great God and Jesus Christ, your voice is of joy and praise. FOCUS ON CHRIST AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOCUS ON HIS GIFT OF SALVATION TO US. FOCUS ON THE COMING OF THE SECOND COMING. I AM LOOKING FOR JESUS. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:18PM (-06:00) INTRODUCTION: SECOND COMING IS COMING Monday, January 19, 2009 Sunday I recorded the message THE SECOND COMING IS COMING. The message was 45 minutes. But as I have learned, YouTube only takes ten minutes. I am learning this process slowly as you will see. I was using myKodak, which does great. I just need to get better. Which I will. I have been able to upload five minutes of the message. I was in the Fellowship Bible Study room on Sunday. Also I downloaded the message, and put the mesage on a DVD. This is my very first DVD. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 11:15AM (-06:00) JOHN PIPER ON THE ECONOMY ISSUE Monday, January 19, 2009 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:56PM (-06:00) 41
  43. 43. MACARTHUR ON THE WORD OF GOD Monday, January 19, 2009 John MacArthur has being my role model for thirty years. Preaching and teaching the Word My personal desire is to have a church where people love the Word of God. • I desire that the Lord would give us people who truly love to know HIM, and know His Will, and desire to SERVE Him, and to desire to hear the teaching and preaching of the Word of God. The center of our ministry at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, is going to be the teaching of the Word of God. My hope is this: Christians are going to be hunger to know the Word, and will desire to learn what God is saying to us about Him and Jesus Christ His Son. How He wants us to love Him, and praise Him and to give Him glory and worship. And that is why we have three times on Sunday and once on Wednesday to hear the teaching of the Word, and that is why I have a Blogger and a Website. THE CHURCH THAT WILL HONOR THE LORD IS A CHURCH THAT LOVES HIM, HIS WORK AND HIS WORK. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:59PM (-06:00) ARE WE MISSIONARIES OR MISSION FIELDS Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Christians or Pragmatists? WE ARE CONFUSED WHAT IT MEANS TO BE "BORN AGAIN" because Americal is a melting pot of belief and mostly pragmatists. H o w w e understand incidents and events in our lives depends on how we view the world we live in. It depends on whether we think God is sovereign over life or if we think nobody is home in heaven. Most of us are inconsistent about these things. Our viewpoint comes from the melting pot. We get mixed up. Our pot has a dash of faith and a dash of skepticism. We are at once Christian or religious and secular. We believe in God, He is in control, or He is sometimes. Our faith or belief has elements of superstition at some times and is tempered by sober science at other times. 42

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