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March 15, 2016, 10:16 AM

Is the Bible Progressive?

With the presidential debates I started wondered exactly what is progressive?  A quick web search provided:   "1) happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step, and 2) (of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas."  Now this isn't about politics....

One of the main attributes of a healthy business is that it constantly changes with the competition, technology, and society.  Imagine a company that manufactured 8-track tapes, and didn't change to cassettes, imagine if they didn't move from cassettes to CDs, or from CDs to MP3 players.  ....but this isn't about the health of a company or business.

It makes sense to reference the immutable Word of God.  Maybe Paul was progressive when he said "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some".  Jesus certainly brought change in ushering out the old, corrupt, hypocritical Jewish hierarchy of the time and bringing in the new covenant. 

Its much easier to identify scripture that anchors our salvation.  So much advertising focuses on "new", but Paul wasn't speaking well of the audience on Mars Hill in Acts 17:21 when he said “For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.”

Psalms 119:89 "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."  Heb 13:8: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."  Malachi 3:6 "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."  Jeremiah 6:16 "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."

We improve our technology and businesses, but the word of God and His Salvation is perfect.  Any effort to change it become a facsimile or copy.  No wonder our forefathers commonly prayed "Lord choose out our changes". 

Now on the politics, Benjamin Franklin said  "He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.”  Its a deeply meaningful statement.  Maybe he perceived some difference between primitive Christianity and progressive/modern some 200 years ago?

Bro. David Cosby




February 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Anti-Christ?

1 John 4 says,  "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

As younger person I always thought this referred to Jesus coming in the flesh as the Christ-child; perhaps almost by definition, all Christians agree that Jesus was born.  As the chapter continues "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God", I think it refers more to confessing that the Spirit of God can dwell in our hearts and lives, lead us, and keep us free from the beggarly elements of sin.  Perhaps it extends the definition of antichrist more than I'm initially comfortable, but it seems to follow that without that indwelling, this is the spirit of antichrist.  

Bro. David Cosby




February 15, 2016, 3:11 PM

Brighton the Corner Where You Are

We sometimes sing a song titled "Brighten the Corner Where You Are" written by Ina Ogdon.  The song is worth quoting almost entirely. 
 
“Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do, do not wait to shed your light afar; to the many duties ever near you now be true, brighten the corner where you are.  Here for all your talents you may surely find a need, here reflect the bright and morning star; even from your humble hand the bread of life may feed, brighten the corner where you are.  Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear, let not narrow self your way debar; though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer, brighten the corner where you are.”

It would be easy to wait until we can do something great, that might have a large impact on someone or that might bring us some individual satisfaction or glory....but most of the record we have of Jesus' ministry seems to be one-on-one, individual ministry.  If that was glorious enough for Jesus, how busy then we ought to be.  Col 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men".


Bro. David Cosby




February 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

According to the scripture, David was a man after God's own heart.  In his early life we understand David killing the lion and the bear while keeping his father's sheep.  He also killed Goliath to rescue the armies of the living God.  The common knowledge of the day was Saul had killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands.  Even while spending most of his early life fleeing Saul, David showed mercy to God's anointed multiple times.  In addition, David exacted righteous judgement on those that brought tidings and claimed to participated in Saul's death.....but then the story of David moves on to the sin with Bathsheba and a fairly awful life with this children that followed.  

Is there a bigger story here?  No one else in the scripture is called a man after God's own heart, what happened?  When we bring David's entire life into focus, maybe there is an allegory between his life that is explained in other scriptures.  It seems that when the Lord provided David's glory, he prospered, but once he became king it seems the glory of man became deceitful. 

Paul made some observations in II Corianthian 12:9, he said, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."  I Peter 1:24 says "all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and flower thereof falleth away".  Luke 6:26 says "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."  Matthew 6:33 states,  "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Bro. David Cosby




February 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Psalm 51:7 (KJV)

As we completely thaw out from our last bit of beautiful, white snow, I am reminded of the purity that comes when we turn our lives over to God.   When we ask for his divine forgiveness, God cleans out the old sins from our lives, preparing us for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 51:7 says, "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow”

I am so thankful that God can take a life full of dark, sinful impurities and make it clean and beautiful.

Bro. Scott Rogers


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