One of my fellow Twitters ask the question “Is there such thing as too much bible study? If so, what are the signs?” My short answer: No

My full response (more than 140 Character) would be this:

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom 10:17

Our faith comes from hearing the word of God, and studying is the same thing as hearing, it is the main thing that builds up our faith. Instructs us in God, who He is, His will, His mind, His plans, His promises to us, and so much more. The more one studies and knows the word of God, the deeper they know God, and even know their self. I have always seen a direct correlation between how much time someone spends in the word of God, to the level of faith they have.

Great amounts of study, resulting in great knowledge of Gods word, always equaled great faith, lives of great faith.

The greatest men of God in history, where always lovers of God’s word, and diligently studied and lived by His word. Men like D Moody, George Muller, Wesley, Knox, Tyndale, Wigglesworth, Ravenhill & Spurgeon and many, many more.

To say one can have too much bible study, is to say one can have too much faith according to the verse above, they are linked together. And is that possible, to have too much faith? I think not.

And because as someone once said “we are leaky vessels” the word must be constantly replenished in us. Other wise it will slowly leak out of us, and it will be replaced with the philosophies, beliefs and ways of the world. The spirit of the antichrist is constantly after us with so many bad theologies, filling our ears daily. And as the word leaks out, they rush in to fill the void. Not to mention we are at war with our own flesh and thoughts, and they are ether being influenced with a constant flow of the word of God, or the beliefs of the world. We will lose faith, become week. This too I have seen, witnessed in the lives of others and myself. We must maintain a constant replenishing of the word of God in us.

Also consider this verse:

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Ps 119:105

So can we have too much light of God on our paths then? I say no.

As for me I love the word of God and can not get to much of it, love to study it night and day.

internetchurch2 I read an article yesterday on internet church that was encouraging the use of internet church over attending a real body of believers. That pastors should build a following of Christian who make the online church their church.

This I must say I am greatly opposed to this, not a church putting their church services online, making the sermon mp3’s available for free. But encouraging people to just go to online church instead of being part of a body, telling pastors to encourage the use of the on line church over being part of the body of Christ, that I am very much against, and so is the word of God.

This is what the scriptures say about being part of a body or not:
Heb 10:25  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Being in community is central to Christian identity and the purpose and function of the church, the body of Christ. And Community is central to the mission of the church. with out it the church ceases to exist as it was intended to be.

Online church can be useful to Christians for when they are home sick, or with a sick child. Great to let Christians experience another gathering of the body in other cities and countries. For those uses it is Good. But unfortunately the side effect is we have people getting lazy, and disconnected from the body, by slowly getting addicted to the online church, and just skipping the body altogether and just using the internet church. And that is very Bad.

It can be used as a tool to allow non-followers of Christ to view church, witness the Holy Spirit at work, hear the word of God preached. That is Good! If it is done as a outreach, that is to reach the lost, to draw them to Christ, the gospel, then get them into the body of Christ. That is very Good. But to leave them there, say let this be your church. But to promote it to be someone’s church, for it to replace being physically part of a church body as a way of life. That is very Bad!

My suggestion is STOP promoting internet church as church, promote it only as a tool of evangelism, it should lead, funnel people to become part of the body, to actual GO to the church gathering, not stay on the internet as “your Church”, but to become part of a live fellowship.

Detour Coffee Detours Coffee Shop one of Denver’s newest coffee shops is hoping to change their community by the way they do business. How, by giving away their coffee for Free. That’s right a coffee shop with FREE COFFEE. Once their sandwich and other goods became profitable enough to support the business they began to give away the coffee.

“At Detours It is our number one goal to create community and be active in the community we are apart of. We decided that when we began making a profit we would give something back by giving all our coffee away for free. There is a catch however. We ask that in return for never paying for coffee at Detours you would take the resources and do something for someone else. The average American spends over a thousand dollars on coffee a year. What would happen if we all took that money and spent it on others. Come by for a free cup of coffee today, and pay it forward to someone else.”
 
They say the average coffee drinker spends roughly $1,000 a year on their caffeine fix. If they can have that kind of impact, they believe it’ll make a positive impact. What there starving for is that the people will drink the free coffee and in turn use that money to help others, also do something charitable for others in return. Leading by example is what they are trying to do.

"Hopefully when you walk out the door, this sticks with you and you go above and beyond what you normally do for somebody else," she said. "With the economy, people losing their homes, we want to offer them one shot of energy during the day, one shot of hope."

With so many “churches” doing coffee shops, but charging like Starbuck for coffee, maybe they should take note of how to do it with a gospel intent, not a profit intent. Or what if 100% of the revenue when to something like ending world hunger, to support orphans, buy clothing for poor children in the community. Drink our coffee and save the life of a starving child could be the business model. So many more options to for profit, something to think about.

Visit Detours Coffee Shop if you are in Denver and read about them here.

Lunch time doodling:

Jesus the vine

What i am thinking..

That I must seek hour by hour to stay connected to the true vine, Jesus the one that gives me life. Other wise I not only do not bear God fruit, but wither and die spiritual. That all true life come from Christ alone and to have that life in me I must be in Him. And that if I have Jesus’ life in me, if I am in Him then I will bear fruit to the Fathers glory and proving myself to be a true disciple of Jesus.

Image by Liyin

I post on twitter the statement:

“Why do so many want 2 be like prophets of old, & like Tozer, Wesley & Spurgeon but no one wants 2 pay the price they paid?”

So someone asked me “What price did they pay” of course that can not be answered in the 140 characters limit on Twitter, it can not even be effectively answered in this post. But I will put a Cliff Note version on here.

The prophets of old as well as many of the great pastor and other great servants of God, those who spoke for God. The Tozer, Wesley Knox, Tyndale, Moody, Wigglesworth, Ravenhill & Spurgeon and many more.

  • To them ministry was not a paid 8 to 5 Monday – Friday job, a Sunday only job, it was a 24/7/365 job.
  • They labored hours a day in prayer, not unusual for them to spend a whole day or days on their face before God, for His people, the lost and the needy, for the Kingdom to be spread.
  • They labored night and day for the Kingdom of God preaching the word of God to the people anywhere they found man, street corners, bar rooms, anywhere, everywhere they went and they went everywhere.
  • They lived lives of great faith, displaying great faith in God to accomplish His work through them, they said no souls reachable for God, no task undoable.
  • Endured any hardship, made any sacrifice for the sake of the gospel, for Christ.
  • Spend hours a day in study of the word, the diligently committed themselves to the knowledge of the word.
  • They where obedient to the word of God, they lived according to the word of God at any cost.
  • They lived lives of complete dedication to the call of God, for Kingdom purpose, they forsake all things for the cause of Christ, for the gospel.
  • They put proclaiming the word of God, spreading the gospel, the Kingdom of God over possessing wealth, or anything of this world.
  • They left loved ones, wives, children for months even years at a time to do the work of the Lord

I will leave you with the words of John Knox: “Give Me Scotland, or I die!” that was the price they where willing to pay, and many did.

American Christians lack a realistic view, understanding of wealth, hopefully this will help some get a new perspective, look at just how blessed they really are.

  • If you live in America and you:

    Work at McDonald’s. You have a income higher than 80% of the world. Almost two in three people survive on less than $2 a day, with one in three living on less than $1 a day. 40 million people alone in Americans live in a state of poverty, hunger and hardship.

    Ate 3 meals today. Over half of the world eats only 1 meal or less a day, over 1 billion did not eat at all today.

By world standards if you earned a least as much as a McDonald’s employee, you are among the richest 20% of the people in the world. And if you ate 3 meals today, you are better off than half the world.

When one conceders these facts, you really gain a new perspective on life, perhaps a new understanding of just how thankful you should be about your living situation. And to reconsider God’s words when He said “For of those to whom much is given, much is required”. Luke 12:48. Maybe you have always said, He is talking to the top rich people, you know the well off ones, but if you are in the top 20% of the world richest, well, that would be you. Something for us to think about.

manor_043 This is a great story showing what happens when a church planter focuses on getting the gospel out instead of getting in a building. Here is a church planter who sole focus was getting the gospel out and God proved the free building.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Mat 6:33

Here is the email sent to me:

Dear fellow believer,

Many of you know when my wife and I came to New York five years ago to assume the responsibility of directing the New York Mission to the Jews. Having a facility in Manhattan has furthered our ability to share the gospel not only with New Yorkers but people from all over the world who visit here.

I am writing to you to share an incredible miracle from the Lord. Several months ago the Lord providentially brought me in contact with a corporation which owns one of the oldest, historic church buildings in Manhattan.  That corporation is the American Protestant Defense League, and the building they own is the Manor Community Church located at 350 West 26th street in Manhattan.  This church was started in 1852 and has had quite a history in the City.   Their location is incredible.  They are a few blocks down from Penn Station and Times Square, and 26th street has direct access to the West Side Highway.   A subway stop is just around the corner making travel around the city very convenient.

The leadership of the American Protestant Defense League visited our web site after our first meeting and observed our ministry.  Because of the gospel outreaches which we have had around the City, as well as our desire to share the work of Christ with the Jewish community, they approached us and offered to let us use their facility rent free forever just as long as we remain true to the gospel. They are right in the middle of a very large housing project called Penn South.  That project was built many years ago to aid the garment workers, and the population surrounding the church building was nearly 100% Jewish in the beginning.  Now the surrounding community is still 50% Jewish.  Once our building sells the headquarters for the New York Gospel Ministries and the Jewish Mission will be in Manor Community Church.  Tompkins Square Gospel Fellowship has been offered the use of the facility as well.  The current pastor of Manor is Chris Ascension.  He has been in discussions with me about the possibility of my assuming the Senior pastorate of Manor and perhaps merging our church with theirs.  We are seeking the Lord about these decisions.  I covet your prayers in all these endeavors.  We are in the midst of one of God’s miracle provisions in this great City, and we praise His glorious Name.  The church has a sign inside with God’s name, Jehovah Jireh.  Truly He is the one who provides.   It is our desire to honor the gospel of His dear Son as we take it to the Jewish community and nations of the world, and God’s grace is enabling us to remain in the City to do so. The church building is three times the size of the Angel Memorial House, and we will be able to establish an International Training Center for the gospel which will enable us to continue to bring teams to the City and equip them in Jewish and Ethnic evangelism. There is housing for my family in the residential and office area of the building.  We will have the responsibility to pay the insurance on the building as well as utilities and maintenance.  There is a lot of work that needs to be done, and we will need help.  I will share more with you in the future.

Glorify our God with us for His incredible gift, and share His goodness with the saints!  You have been a part of this miracle as you have prayerfully and financially helped us spread the gospel in this place for many years.  We thank God for you.

We have had many wonderful outreaches in the parks and street corners this summer.  Many churches have come to help us take the message of righteousness to the world.  Knowing that we will have permanent space as we move into the future will allow us to continue to schedule teams and expand the ministry.

For the Sake of His Name,

William R. Jones

fight-club-book I learned of a new booklet, men’s ministry called Fight Club this week. It is based on a Free Booklet by Jonathan Dodson, pastor of Austin City Life, called “Fight Club: Gospel-Centered Discipleship” which will be e-published for free first The Resurgence, with a print on demand option.  Dodson also mentioned that they are working on a website that will expand the booklet through interaction, blogs, and articles. and ultimately have it published as a hard copy.

He held a one-day conference this Sat Aug 1st to introduce men to it and I got to set in on via Twitter, good things where being said. I highly recommend that men download the pdf book and read it. Then start a Fight Club in their own church, of with some close friends. I really excited about it and am seeking to start one myself.

The Purpose of Fight Club 09 is to challenge men to fight for the radical transformation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their personal lives. This would include how Jesus expects men to take responsibility and lead in their homes, their families, their churches, and culture; to be responsible and honor Christ in their use of time and their finances, to be wise in career and life decisions

Chapter One lays out a biblical case for fighting the fight of faith, which I hope stirs you up to fight the fight of faith. Once the fighting begins, it is easy to slide into fighting people instead of sin. We start beating one another up with judgment, fighting the wrong things with the wrong motives. We fight against the church instead of with her.

Chapter Two explores where we go wrong in our fighting by uncovering legalistic and licentious patterns in discipleship.

Chapter Three calls us away from these extremes into a gospel-centered discipleship. With the gospel at the center of discipleship, we can live as Jesus intended—fighting the good fight of faith which leads to true change. However, if weren’t not careful we’ll start to fight on our own. Failure to grasp the community focus of the gospel can cut us off from the grace God gives through his people, the church.

Chapter Four reminds us that discipleship is a community project because the gospel is community focused. Jesus created and redeemed us as people in relationship, people who need one another in the fight of faith. Instead of fighting against the church, we can fight with her, to live a life that is motivated by all that God is for us in the Spirit and the Son.

Chapter Five offers a practical way to apply the gospel to everyday life. It is a call for Fight Clubs—small, simple, biblical, reproducible groups of people who meet together regularly help one another keep the gospel at the center of their discipleship.

Download the pdf book here.

man praying redChinese Christians spend two to four hours a day in prayer. While the average American Christian spends on average ten minutes a day in prayer.

WHY PRAY?

1. We pray because you love God. We spend time with God in prayer and communion because we love him. Just as a man and woman in love desire to be together and communicate, so we, if we love God, will desire to be with Him and to fellowship with Him in proportion to our love for Him. And being Jesus said “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me” (Mat 10:37) so shouldn’t we be spending more time with Him?

2. We should walk in the spirit of prayer, to pray without ceasing. Prayer is to be a way of life, when Paul said pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:17), he meant just that. A lot of what it means is as it says about Enoch “he walk with God” that is he was in constant communication with God, talking with God all day. If you have seen the Movie or play Fiddler on the Roof, you have seen a truth about Jews portrayed in the Jewish characters, they where constantly talking with God about everything they did all day. They had dialog with God both asking Him what to do, seeking His wisdom, and thanking Him for all things, as well as complaining, Oy Vey. The main character Tevye is always talking with God, about everything, even asking God to bless a new sowing machine.

3. If we are truly walking with Christ, seeking God’s will in everything. Then we should be talking with God about every aspect of our life, hour by hour. Seeking God will for every decision as we encounter then. Should I buy this? Do this? What is your will for me in this God? Our work decisions, personal decision. It’s not just starting our day with a quick prayer what is your will for me today? God can not give His will for you that day, every aspect of your day in a short prayer. It’s a play by play coaching, a as you go guidance. But in every action asking before we do it minute by minute. Praying instantly for others as we see their needs, with others at the moment of need.

That’s how we are to walk, live with God. In constant dialog, prayer. That is not done in ten min a day.

Girls dirty faces c avaag Yes! A Dollar a Week Will End World Hunger, that’s all it would take

Over one billion live with a daily existence of malnutrition, hunger and polluted drinking water, at the top of scale also has over one billion people in it, the top of the food chain as they say lives lived where hunger is never really an issue for them personally.

The number of well off and those living in extreme poverty on the planet is now 1 to 1.

If all of those who are at the top want to provide the the means to end hunger, how much would it cost them? Assume that all existing government and private aid programs continue.

The cost of providing one billion people with 250 kilograms of grain, enough to prevent starvation every year is approximately $50 billion dollars a year, that’s it. That would seem to be a lot of money, but with one billion people to pay, it is no big deal just $50 a year!

With $50 billion a year as an estimated cost of ending world hunger, the expense for each well-off person is one dollar a week, for about what the average customer spends a week for coffee they could end starvation. And if the world corporations where to kick in, it would be even less per person. It is the growth in the number of rich people on the planet, that results in this favorable situation that we now have, this is a open door to end hunger, if we choose to step though it.

For a list of ways to give visit my Site Isaiah Challenge click here.