Catechism


Today we are starting the Orthodox Catechism by Hercules Collins who modified the Heidelberg Catechism for baptist use.

Question 1.

What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer.

That I with body and soul, both in life and death, (a)

am not my own, (b)

but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; (c)

who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, (d)

and delivered me from all the power of the devil; (e)

and so preserves me (f)

that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; (g)

yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, (h)

and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, (i)

and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him. (j)

(a) Rom.14:7,8. (b) 1 Cor.6:19. (c) 1 Cor.3:23; Tit.2:14. (d) 1

Pet.1:18,19; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 2:2,12. (e) Heb.2:14; 1 John 3:8; John

8:34-36. (f) John 6:39; John 10:28; 2 Thess.3:3; 1 Pet.1:5. (g)

Matt.10:29-31; Luke 21:18. (h) Rom.8:28. (i) 2 Cor.1:20-22; 2 Cor.5:5;

Eph.1:13,14; Rom.8:16. (j) Rom.8:14; 1 John 3:3.

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Thanksgiving


Psa 95:2-3
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.

Thanksgiving


The blog will be shut down during this week I will be too busy to post as I along with my family are readying for the holiday.  There might be a post by Robin but he will be busy too I am sure. 
And join with me and don’t shop on Thursday let’s everyone who can be home for Thanksgiving.

Catechism


We have reached the last question in Keach’s Catechism.  I am deciding on whether to go with another Baptist Catechism such as Spurgeon’s Catechism or Hercule Collin’s Catechism.  I welcome your input in regard to this.

Frenetic Friday


The cold November wind blows around your house as you huddle under your comforter and curse the cold, a knock sounds at your door like a rap on the door of a sepulcher as you crack open the door you realize its Frenetic Friday.

So what does a 1944 duet, this video (see below) and graphic instructions regarding anal sex for fourth graders have in common? Take a moment and read The Most Creepiest Time of the Year over at Chantrynotes.

Speaking of marriage two ministers over at First Things, Christopher Seitz and Ephraim Radner have launched the marriage pledge  which states:

As Christian ministers we must bear clear witness. This is a perilous time. Divorce and co-­habitation have weakened marriage. We have been too complacent in our responses to these trends. Now marriage is being fundamentally redefined, and we are ­being tested yet again. If we fail to take clear action, we risk falsifying God’s Word.

The new definition of marriage no longer coincides with the Christian understanding of marriage between a man and woman. Our biblical faith is committed to upholding, celebrating, and furthering this understanding, which is stated many times within the Scriptures and has been repeatedly restated in our wedding ceremonies, church laws, and doctrinal standards for centuries. To continue with church practices that intertwine government marriage with Christian marriage will implicate the Church in a false definition of marriage.

Therefore, in our roles as Christian ministers, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to disengaging civil and Christian marriage in the performance of our pastoral duties. We will no longer serve as agents of the state in marriage. We will no longer sign government-provided marriage certificates. We will ask couples to seek civil marriage separately from their church-related vows and blessings. We will preside only at those weddings that seek to establish a Christian marriage in accord with the principles ­articulated and lived out from the beginning of the Church’s life.

Doug Wilson in his usual pithy way comments on the marriage pledge with In Which First Things Does Some Fourth Things

 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as most people know isn’t actually about human rights, it is about  “Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights” .   One of the most prominent members of HRC Terry Bean, has been indicted by a grand jury in a 2013 case regarding the alleged sex abuse of a fifteen year old boy.  What is interesting to note that this really hasn’t been in a lot of the popular media unlike say Bill Cosby and his accusers.  It’s almost as if there is a double standard.

And lastly some bright boy has decided to teach our Robotic Over Lords martial arts.

This is going to give MMA a whole different  look.

Thanks for coming by and thanks to all of the new readers.

 

 

Movie Review: The Princess and the Pilot



To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku , “Recollections for a Certain Pilot”
Director: Jun Shishido
Written by: Satoko Okudera
Cast
Charles Karino ( Karino Sharuru) voiced by Ryunosuke Kamiki
Juana del Moral (Fana deru Moraru) voiced by Seika Taketomi

Plot
The Levamme Empire is at war with the Amatsukami Imperium in the middle of it the princess (Juana del Moral) has been betrothed to a prince of the Levamme Empire and for her to be married she must travel to the main land. To prevent this the Amatsukami Imperium has been trying to assassinate her.
Enter Charles Karino an illegitimate half Levammian half Amatsukamian mercenary pilot. Despised since his youth because of his half Amatsukamian heritage he has been insulted and kicked around by the other pilots who are full Levammian. But he despite his birth is the best pilot of them all. Because of this he has been chosen to fly the princess to her husband to be who awaits on the mainland.

So in a twin seater reconnaissance seaplane Karino sets off for the mainland, but it becomes obvious that the enemy knows of his mission and is determined to kill both of them.

I found this to be a nice light romance with enough action to keep it interesting. The best part of the movie, and my prejudices are showing here, is the aerial battles between the enemy pilots and Charles. And the animation is consistently beautiful through out the movie. The predictable romance between the princess and the pilot isn’t too cliched and the ending is typical of anime of this type very bittersweet.

If you like Studio Ghibli movies you will like this movie. But this isn’t a Disney Princess movie so there is no happily ever after. Rather this is more real life where people realize that they have responsibilities that are greater than just falling in love and running away.

I am going to give this movie three and half stars out of five. I saw this on Hulu Plus.

Catechism


Q. 118. What does the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?

A. The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen,” teaches us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, and in our prayers to praise Him, ascribing kingdom,  power, and glory to Him; and in testimony of our desire, and assurance to be heard, we say, AMEN.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:13 (KJV)

O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” Daniel 9:18-19

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. 1Chronicles 29:11-13

Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 1Corinthians 14:16

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! Revelatons 22:20

Saturday for the Defense


9  The Documentary Hypothesis

In the 19th century, scholars began to discover more inconsistencies and anomalies in the Bible, and its compositional history appeared more complex than anyone had previously thought. In 1886, the German historian Julius Wellhausen proposed that the Hexateuch (the Pentateuch plus Joshua) was a composite of four distinct documents by different authors. These documents were labeled J (Jahwist), E (Elohist), D (Deuteronomist), and P (Priestly), and each has its own theology and agenda.

This theory explains overlapping or repetitive stories (“doublets”) such as the two accounts of Creation and the two accounts of the Flood—Genesis 7:17 describes a 40-day flood, while Genesis 8:3 describes one lasting 150 days. It is believed that later editors stitched together the multiple sources into one narrative, sometimes intertwining two versions of a single story and neglecting to iron out the seams, as can be seen in the Flood narrative.

The J source calls God “Yahveh,” or “Jahveh” in German, hence the designation “J.” It pictures God in anthropomorphic terms, appearing to people like Abraham face-to-face. E calls the deity “Elohim,” who shows Himself indirectly, as in dreams. D is the source for Deuteronomy as well as the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. It defines God as having no form that anyone can see at all. P is cultic in its character and is obsessed with genealogies and lists.

More recently, the idea of four separate, complete, and coherent documents has come under question, but the composite character of the Pentateuch remains the commonly accepted view.

Continue reading “Saturday for the Defense”

Frenetic Friday


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Satire: —noun

1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.

3. a literary genre comprising such compositions.

What follows next is an example of satire.

The Case for Idolatry: Why Evangelical Christians Can Worship Idols

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to worship idols. It’s not that my parents raised me that way, because they didn’t; I was brought up in a loving, secure, Christian home. But from childhood until today, my heart has been drawn to idolatry. In fact, if I’m honest, one of the defining features of my identity has been my desire to put something else –popularity, money, influence, sex, success – in place of God.

That’s just who I am.

This was posted at Think Theology by Andrew Wilson and I really think you should read it. First because it is rare to see this quality of satire in this era of touchy feel emotionalism and because it points at the elephant in the room of such people as Matthew Vines and Rachel Held Evans.

It has been a while since we had a Religion of Peace update so here is a little piece from Maryland.

Seems the school districts in Maryland will no longer have any religious designations on their 2015-2016 calendars after a Moslem group asked that their holidays also be displayed alongside the Jewish and Christian ones. Rather than doing that the school official decided to remove any trace of “religion” from the calendar as they don’t want anything religious to be associated with the school.

Now it is being reported that Moslems made the school board remove the holidays from the calendar. That is incorrect and should be repudiated whenever you see it. Rather it is the school board that is so scared that “religion” might make its way into the public school system that they remove any trace of it. Source: A very Muslim Christmas.

Well it is getting close to that special time of year again. The Hallmark Channel is showing movies that have “mas” in the title. And some where some idiot has to write something to undermine Christianity. Case in point Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson have written a book called The Lost Gospel
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Thankfully Michael Kruger has taken the time to point out the falacies brought up by this book take a minute and read why Jesus never had a wife or children. Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again

Last from Japan: Zombies have infested the country! No this isn’t the latest episode of Walking Dead or Z Nation rather it is the cellphone addicted young people who are so absorbed with their phones that they are creating a hazard as shuffle along with their ears plugged and their eyes focused on the screen. The problem has become so severe that apps have been to flash warning signs or display the pavement on the screen.

A computer simulation was developed to see what would happen if 1500 people would all cross at the same time with their cell phone. There was 446 collisions, 103 knock downs, and 23 dropped phones. Only a third get to the other side with out incident. And of the 103 knock downs 82 were able to hold on to their phones.

The moral of this story is that zombies aren’t caused by a retro mutant virus or by some underground government program no cell phones cause zombies.
Source: smart phone zombies wreak havoc.

That is it for Frenetic Friday see you again next week.