Coffee Review – Melitta Riviera Sunset Decaf

May 29, 2010 at 7:49 am | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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You know Kim and I like to try different coffees and that we like decaf in the afternoon. We look forward to the brewing, tasting and reviewing; so we were looking forward to trying this Riviera Sunset. It is part of Melitta’s Café Collection. It is described as a Swisss Water process decaf with a full body and a distinctly rich and smooth flavor. It also came in an extra fine grind so we would not be brewing in the French Press.

First up was the auto-drip and when I opened the bag there was not much aroma. I even stirred the grounds with the coffee scoop to try to get some aroma, no luck. I’ll make coffee some times without telling Kim what it is so she can think through and ask me questions about it. This helps both of us learn more about coffee tasting. There was hardly any conversation. We just drank the coffee. It does have a faint citrus taste and is very smooth. It is not bold at all. Two thumbs down and this is a first for us.

Next day I brewed the coffee in the Chemex. There still is not much aroma. I stirred the bag again and we both tried to smell the grounds, but no help. We noticed we really miss the aroma and it does help set up the brewing and tasting of the coffee. There was a better flavor with the Chemex and we thought there was a slight lemon taste. There definitely was a light citrus flavor. The coffee has a weak body and hardly any aftertaste. To us it isn’t like it was described. Two thumbs down, but better than the auto-drip.

Not being used to negative reviews I brewed it in the auto-drip a second time and we discussed the taste. As we talked with each other about the aroma, flavor, body and aftertaste it hit me. This Riviera Sunset is not memorable. There is nothing that stands out to me to make me dwell on it or want to go out and buy it or share it with friends. That being said we still enjoyed the coffee tasting experience and look forward to our next review.

 We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. In all fairness we are used to whole bean and grinding our coffee before brewing. We also like the French Press and the way it brings out flavors. It’s not like I wouldn’t drink it again and I am visiting my in-laws and I know they will drink decaf! Ah, the joys of coffee!

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

(Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10)

A Warrior’s Prayer

May 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Posted in prayer, Veterans, warriors | Leave a comment
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Pray for Veterans, part 5

I thought I would let two veterans, one alive and one deceased, speak to us today about veterans and Memorial Day. I found this information on www.jdwetterling.com and I retyped it to fit this format. Even though I have never met J.D.  I want to thank him for his site and work.

I hope you get to make it to a Memorial Day Parade to show respect to the veterans who march and to the veterans who died in service to their country.I also want to encourage you to thank a veteran this weekend for their service to our country. I also want to encourage you to pray for a veteran and their family also. You can read one of the past four Friday posts, “Pray for Veterans” to get an idea of what to pray.

Have a great weekend and stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 18:25-50

A Friend’s Testimony

Lacy Veach was my friend and roommate in a tiny trailer on skids parked among lots of trailers on the beach of the South China Sea at Tuy Hoa Airbase, South Vietnam, in 1968-69. He died October 3, 1995, when cancer attacked his brilliant mind. Lacy did it all in his short life. He was a USAF Academy graduate, F-100 pilot, Misty FAC (the bravest of the brave), F-105 Wild Weasel pilot (just brave), solo pilot with the USAF Thunderbirds, astronaut, husband, father and born again child of God. I flew top cover for his rescue when he was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos. On October 22, 1992 I watched him blast into space aboard the Columbia (STS 52) on a clear Florida day from my backyard in Tampa. His voice coming over my TV as he rode that rocket into the wild blue was a couple octaves lower than it was the day he hung from his parachute atop a tall tree in Laos, calling for help. If Lacy knew the Lord back then he kept it a secret from me (he probably thought the same about my faith), but his dying prayer below removes all doubt in my mind. Every fighter pilot considers himself the world’s greatest fighter pilot, but I’ll confess now, 35 years later, that Lacy was a better “stick” than I. A few weeks before he succumbed to cancer he wrote the following prayer with the help of Kathleen Golgin Ph.D. At his request, his space shuttle commander and good friend, Astronaut Mike Coats, read it at his funeral. His ashes were dropped from a plane over home state of Hawaii.

My friend for eternity, Lacy Veach, speaks for me from heaven this Veterans Day, 2004.

May God continue to have mercy on America.

JD Wetterling

The Warrior’s Prayer

Lord, I am a warrior…

My education began early in life. I studied the ancient civilizations and learned of modern politics. Mankind’s history, I discovered, swelled and ebbed with the seemingly perpetual tides of war. Military campaigns and strategies, past and present, were made familiar to me, as were expert soldiers who fought for justice and those who did not.

From the passionately fierce and ruthless Attila, who assailed and subdued the Roman Empire, I remembered a shameless declaration which, nevertheless captured his fighting spirit’s uncompromising singularity of purpose:

“Nothing brings greater joy to my heart,” Attila cried, “than to murder my enemies and pillage his flocks and fields.”

Here for all time was the clear and unromanticized reality of war.

From Scottish warrior Robert Bruce, who freed Scotland from English rule, emerged, for me, one of the justifications for taking up arms. Declared Bruce:

“We fight not for honor, nor glory, nor for wealth. But only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life.”

To fight in the defense of freedom, in the defense of justice, in defense of eternal principals of morality transcendentally ordained. To fight against oppression and wickedness. To fight what Milton would call, “The Adversary of God and Man.” For these reasons I am a warrior, Lord.

It was to establish justice and forge freedom that I was once locked in a battle to survive, to survive in a sky thundering with gunfire and clouded by the smoke of exploding rockets. Lord, in those moments, I knew what it was to implore Your protection….to be shielded by Your mercy.

I am an old warrior now, Lord, and, as the saying goes, perhaps “a wiser one.” And, I now know of a war waged between Time and Eternity. A war, which if lost makes empty the victory of all others. A war which, if finally fought and won, would make all other wars unnecessary, indeed, impossible.

In this siege I need no spears or scimitars, no ballistics or gunners.

            I NEED ONLY THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

            I NEED ONLY THE SPLENDOR OF YOUR WISDOM

            IN NEED ONLY THE GUIDANCE OF YOUR WORD

In this war, the strategy is as simple as it is profound. For this is a Crusade of the Soul. And in this Crusade, the battle cry is clear:

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all Thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Upon these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Let my warrior’s life begin with end. Lord, I pray when You crack the sky, that You will find me….find me faithful.

            I AM A WARRIOR, LORD.

            NO….I AM YOUR WARRIOR, LORD.

Lacy Veach

Excerpted from MISTY, edited by Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd, USAF (Ret.)

I got this information from www.jdwetterling.com

Read his article: Still the Noblest Calling

Thursday’s Hymn – Holy, Holy, Holy

May 27, 2010 at 9:18 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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This is simply one of the best songs of all time. As you read it I hope your thoughts are turned to the greatness of God. Who is like Jehovah? May you understand the blessings you can have in Christ and may you be glad with the joy of His presence.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

By Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

1.      Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Holy, Holy, Holy, merciful and mighty!

God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2.      Holy, Holy, Holy! all the saints adore Thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,

Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3.      Holy, Holy, Holy! thought the darkness hide Thee,

Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,

Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee,

Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4.      Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!

All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth, and sky, and sea;

Holy, Holy, Holy, merciful and mighty!

God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

This is one of those songs where you want people to raise their voices and sing out to God. If possible you want to hear piano and organ playing together. You can through in some string, brass and woodwind instruments too. It just makes me want to praise God for who He is and that He alone is God and there is no other. Hallelujah!

Stay faithful and hopeful because our God reigns,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Revelation 4:1-11

Coffee Review – Mystic Monk Coffee Cowboy Blend

May 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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Kim and I were looking forward to trying this Cowboy Blend because we liked the other two Mystic Monk Coffees we tried. In fact we are out of the Hermit’s Blend because we shared it with friends and they liked it too. The Cowboy Blend is the Monk’s (www.mysticmoinkcoffee.com) third best selling coffee. It is described as a daring blend of a delicious dark South American roast with a lively citric light roast, resulting in one delicious complex blend that comes alive in the mouth.

I like to open a bag and look at the beans and smell them. In the bag you can see a mixture of light and dark beans. There is a light aroma from the coffee. We brewed it in the auto-drip first and the aroma from the brewed coffee was light. We poured our first cups and tasted. Both of us thought it had a smooth taste and light body. We also tasted the citrus. We liked it but it seemed to have a lighter aroma and flavor than the Mexican Decaf.

The next day we tried it in the French Press. This was Kim’s favorite style of brewing and tasting. I think the French Press is becoming her favorite way to make coffee. We almost always drink our coffee black now, but I still miss my honey and cream. There was a slightly bolder flavor but still a smooth taste. It is a very mellow coffee. The citrus flavor was more pronounced here.

Lastly we brewed with the Chemex. To me this makes the cleanest tasting coffee. I think you really taste the flavor of the coffee here. To me this Cowboy Blend has a subtle or mild flavor and very little acidity. You can get the light citrus taste here. It is good, but I prefer a bolder taste of coffee. I like to smell the fresh brewed coffee before I swirl it around and pour it into my cup. When in the cup I like to slowly take that first taste and savor it. I’m trying to see which flavors I pick up and feel the body of the coffee.

We liked this coffee and Kim thought it would be a good afternoon coffee. Of the three Mystic Monk Coffees that we tried it was my least favorite. But that is not saying it is bad, it is just too mild for me. If you like a mild coffee this is one for you. You can purchase the coffee at www.mysticmonkcoffee.com. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Be sure to check out our other coffee or coffee shop reviews too.

Until next time we hope for much GRACE and peace for you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

Insight from Tozer – Why People Find the Bible Difficult

May 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Posted in A. W. Tozer | Leave a comment
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I am having a renewed interest in the writings of Tozer. While visiting my in-laws I came across some old paperbacks and asked if I could take some home to read. A few of them were by Tozer and Andrew Murray. I started skimming through the books and decided to slowly read through Man The Dwelling Place of God. I also thought that Wednesdays on the blog would become an insight from Tozer day. Maybe I can remind people of the great insight and practical knowledge that God gave this man. At the least I would be encouraged and challenged to know God better.

My plan is to give some excerpts from different chapters and let the reader think about what Tozer has written. I will give some of my thoughts as well. Today’s chapter is Why People Find the Bible Difficult, pages 26-29.

“………..Why is the Bible hard to understand? No snap answer can be given; the pert answer is sure to be the wrong one………..In spite of this I venture to give a short answer to the question….I believe that we find the Bible difficult because we try to read it as we would any other book, and it is not the same as any other book.

The Bible is not addressed to just anybody. Its message is directed to a chosen few. Whether these few are chosen by God in a sovereign act of election or are chosen because they meet certain qualifying conditions I leave to each one to decide as he may, knowing full well that his decision will be determined by his basic beliefs about such matters as predestination, free will, the eternal decrees and other related doctrines. But whatever may have taken place in eternity, it is obvious what happens in time: Some believe and some do not; some are morally receptive and some are not; some have spiritual capacity and some have not. It is to those who do and are and have that the Bible is addressed. Those who do not and are not and have not will read it in vain.

Right here I expect some readers to enter strenuous objections, and for reasons not hard to find. Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Savior of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable. This view of things is, of course, a kind of religious romanticism which, while it often uses flattering and sometimes embarrassing terms in praise of God, manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show.”

These are powerful words from Tozer aren’t they? They still speak loudly to the times in which we live. Sometimes I think God was using this man to get people’s attention and to turn their hearts and minds back to Him. This chapter may have been written in the 1950’s and appeared as either an article or editorial in The Alliance Witness which was a monthly magazine of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

I think we should pay attention and think about what Tozer had to say. We should also ask ourselves if our church services are man-centered or God-centered and who really is the star of the show? Stay faithful and hopeful.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 138:1-3

Don’t Give the Devil a Foothold – William Gurnall

May 24, 2010 at 9:51 am | Posted in Devotional, Quotes, Spiritual Warfare | Leave a comment
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I came upon The Christian In Complete Armour by William Gurnall at the end of last year. The subtitle, Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare also caught my attention. Many years ago one of the first sermons I preached was from Ephesians 6:10-20 on the armor of God. Not counting individual sermons, I have also preached through the entire book of Ephesians as a series. I have a number of good commentaries on Ephesians and books on spiritual warfare. But I’m usually up to adding another one.

This book is meant to be read daily as part of a Christian’s devotional or quiet time. Or personal study time for those who prefer that time. That is how we are using it. I am one who believes that a growing Christian will make time daily to be get to know God better and to pray. To me it is not about being motivated by guilt but by love. It is not about how one feels but about one’s self-discipline.  Enough preaching from me; let me step aside and let William Gurnall speak.

DON’T GIVE THE DEVIL A FOOTHOLD

Satan is an encroaching enemy. Therefore, you must resist him constantly. “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath,” warns the apostle; “neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26-27). A soldier assigned to guard duty on the outskirts of a city must keep watch as faithfully as the king’s personal bodyguard, or the enemy will break through the outer limits and thereby gain access to the heart of the town.

If you yield to temptation along the perimeter of your heart, you give the devil a foothold from which to create havoc in your inner spirit. For example, you may become angry and thoughtlessly spew out some bitter words. At the very moment this unholy language spills from your mouth, the devil finds the floodgates open and enters. Then come gushing forth such things as you never dreamed of saying! He is a cunning opponent and will not easily relinquish any ground he gains. The safest strategy, the, is to give him no ground at all from which to work. If you so much as hesitate as you walk by the door where sin dwells, you give Satan more time to entice you to enter. Then you are on his territory.

Who will stop by a tavern to enjoy the company of drunkards, or frequent places of sin, and yet pretend he does not intend to partake? Who will prostitute his eyes to unchaste objects, and yet remain chaste? Who will lend his ears to any corrupt doctrine of the times, and yet be sound in the faith? Such a person is under a strong delusion. If a man is not strong enough to resist Satan in a lesser thing, how can he believe he will be able to repel a greater temptation? You say you cannot avoid being surrounded by deep waters of temptation, yet you think you have the strength to hold your head above water? The give careful thought to some practical advice: It is far easier, when in the ship, to keep from falling overboard than, when in the sea, to get safely into the ship again. (reading for May 22)

Those are still strong and good words for today. I don’t know when they were first written but I do know that Gurnall lived from 1616-1679. There was a strong Puritan influence in his life and he gave himself to pastoring. One has to wonder what he would think of the times and temptations we face today. Maybe he would have the same advice today as he did then. I recommend this book to purchase and use.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; JOHN 15:7

Coffee Review – Coffee Labs Roasters Columbian

May 22, 2010 at 10:13 am | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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Since going to New York and visiting Coffee Labs Roasters (www.coffeelabs.com) Kim and I have been looking forward to coming home and brewing their coffee. On this trip we did take our French Press with us to give us a break from the hotel auto-drip. We have decided to keep taking it with us and start our coffee reviewing right away. Because we had some other coffee to drink we saved these beans until we got home. We’re home and now the fun begins!

This coffee is a Columbian Mesa de Los Santo Don Telmo Reserva. It is a full city to full city plus roast. The whole beans in the bag smell wonderful. By the aroma alone you can hardly wait to grind it, brew it and drink it. (My mouth is beginning to water as I type this).

We did our brewing and tasting a little different this time. The first day we had the Columbian in the auto-drip. The aroma is nice. The coffee has very little acidity and a natural sweetness to it. Kim and I both drank it black and were surprised by just how good it tastes that way. I’m used to putting one teaspoon of honey and a little cream in my coffee, but I think adding anything to this brewed coffee would take away from its flavor. Two thumbs up with this style of brewing.

The next day we decided to brew two cups in the French Press followed by two cups in the Chemex. Kim thought about having this quick comparison so we could really taste the coffee because the brewing styles and results are so different. This coffee does have a natural sweetness to it and we enjoyed it without cream or sweetener both ways. It also has a subtle boldness that creeps up on you as you drink it. It has a nice feel in your mouth and a nice aftertaste with just a little fruitiness.

We weren’t quite ready for the caffeine buzz that followed, but it’s good that we both had a lot of work to do. It did seem to give us more than a normal jolt than our usual morning auto-drip style. We chalked it up to brewing quality coffee in the normal strength way for quality brewers. Later that afternoon we decided to make two more cups in the auto-drip for a third comparison. Did I mention that this coffee tastes good?!

We both decided to use a little honey and cream this time and we thought they actually took away from the taste of the coffee. This coffee has a good aroma and overall subtle boldness. I was telling Kim that I really enjoyed this Columbian coffee black, maybe even more than any other coffee we’ve reviewed up to now. Kim thought this would be a great desert coffee. Two thumbs up with all three brewing methods. We’re looking forward to sharing it with friends.

If you are looking for a great Columbian full city (medium) roast you cannot go wrong with this one. You can purchase it at Coffee Labs Roasters (www.coffeelabs.com). We received this coffee for free and have given objective feedback. Be sure to read some of our other coffee and coffee shop reviews too.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

(Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10)

Pray for Veterans, part 4

May 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Posted in pray, Veterans | Leave a comment
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I like to think that I am patriotic. I am glad that God has allowed me to be born and raised in the United States of America. I take part in the privilege of voting. I obey the laws of the land. I love to hear the National Anthem sung by large crowds before athletic events. As I sing the National Anthem I cover my heart with my right hand. I usually don’t eat hot dogs or apple pie any more, but I do enjoy them occasionally in moderation.

There is something about the singing of God Bless America too. I can remember a lady by the name of Kate Smith singing it. If I remember correctly she used to sing it before Philadelphia Flyers games and it brought them good luck. I like that song too. You can watch her sing it on YouTube if want to and it is quite moving.

The Vet’s are out at different locations at this time of year collecting funds to help other veterans. You can get a poppy to twist around your rearview mirror if you donate. Let me encourage you to donate to a legitimate veteran’s fund. Veterans deserve our support and help as they transition back into civilian life after serving. Some may need a little more support than others and that’s o.k. How are you willing to help a veteran or veterans?

Do you know a veteran you can pray for? Can you take some of your time to intercede for the vet and their family? They may never know you prayed but God will. Take a few minutes and pray for someone by name who is currently serving in the military. They need our intercessory prayers. Then take a few minutes to pray for someone who used to serve and is currently a discharged veteran. They need our prayers too. Let’s pray for:

1.      Their protection, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

2.      Their family’s protection and for God’s provision in their lives.

3.      Many to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

4.      The many godly chaplains to do their ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.

5.      The families that have had loved ones die to experience God’s comfort, mercy and presence as they grieve (2 Corinthians 1:3).

6.      The general public to appreciate what these men and women do to serve their country.

7.      The healing of broken bodies and emotions because of what they have gone through.

8.      That no matter what the circumstances they have experienced, they would turn to God and not away from Him.

9.      However else God may lead you to intercede for someone.

Thank you for praying. Your prayers make a difference and they are important. Someone may not know you are praying for them down here, but Almighty God knows you are praying. God responds to His people’s prayers. Stay faithful and hopeful!

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; John 15:7

A “veteran” – whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to the “United States of America,” for an amount “up to and including his/her life.”

–         Anonymous

–         Daily Strength for the Battle, p.12.

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“The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.”

–         Thucydides

If I Knew Then by Brian Willis, p. 59.

I have reviewed both of these books and the reviews are on the Book Reviews page.

Thursday’s Hymn – Victory in Jesus

May 20, 2010 at 9:51 am | Posted in hymns, Praise | Leave a comment
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When I was younger and pastoring my first church which was also a church plant, God laid on my heart something that we should begin to do during the offering. We should begin to stand and sing upbeat songs and give praise as we gave our tithes and offerings. Now our people loved to clap their hands when they sang and back in the day we used an overhead projector to put the words of the songs on a screen. So we had a good time when we gave to the Lord.

Now our music team grew as our church did. We sang both hymns and choruses during the singing portion of our worship service. At one time we had guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard and ladies who played various percussion instruments such as tambourine, kabasa, and maracas. We had men and women in our music team. If I may say so, we got down as we worshiped God in song. We had some great people serving and coming to the church.

Imagine all of those instruments and about eight people leading the singing during the offering! It was wonderful. People were clapping and singing and giving with joy to the Lord. Our people literally looked forward to our offering time. I think it was because we first gave our hearts to the Lord. Then we could give everything else cheerfully too.

I hope you are blessed by the words of this hymn and that you can offer it up to the Most High God as gift of praise for saving you. Stay faithful and hopeful.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9

Victory in Jesus

(Eugene M. Bartlett, 1855-1941)

1.      I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory,

How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me.

I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood’s atoning.

Then I repented of my sin and won the victory.

(Refrain) Oh, victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever! He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him. He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

 2.      I heard about His healing, of His cleansing power revealing,

How He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see.

And then I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit”;

And somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory.

 (Refrain)

 3.      I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory,

And I heard about the streets of gold beyond the crystal sea,

About the angels singing, and the old redemption story;

And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory.

(Refrain)

Insight from A. W. Tozer

May 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Posted in A. W. Tozer | Leave a comment
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My wife and I recently visited my father in-law. I took my laptop and a phone line so I could get online. I thought I could just plug a phone line into my computer and get online. My wife explained to me that it doesn’t work that way. We didn’t take a router and my father in-law isn’t online. Funny how we get used to something and forget what we had to learn to get so used to it that we take it for granted. Do you think we Christians ever take sound doctrine for granted? Do you think we believers ever take the Holy Spirit for granted?

Years ago when I first went to seminary I had a theology professor who constantly reminded us, “If your theology is not practical it is not Biblical. Biblical theology is practical.” He told us he had a professor who taught that to his students also. As the years have gone by and fads come and go, I still believe that Biblical theology is practical theology.

In writing about the Holy Spirit, A.W. Tozer put it a different way in The Divine Conquest, on page 65. “Our formal creed is sound; the breakdown is in our working creed. This is not a trifling distinction. A doctrine has practical value only as far as it is prominent in our thoughts and makes a difference in our lives. By this test the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as held by evangelical Christianity today has almost no practical value at all. In most churches the Spirit is quite entirely overlooked. Whether He is present or absent makes no real difference to anyone. ….Our neglect of the doctrine of the blessed Third Person has had and is having serious consequences. For doctrine is dynamite.”

The copyright on that book is 1950. Do you agree with Tozer or not? Do we have a better appreciation and understanding of sound doctrine in our churches today? In our personal lives do we spend any time studying doctrine? Do you know what you believe and can you communicate with Scripture what you believe? Then does your behavior communicate in a positive way what you believe? Is it any wonder why Christians and churches are Biblically illiterate and unhealthy?

To borrow Tozer’s idea, if doctrine is dynamite do we have enough sound doctrine to blow our noses? What do you believe about the Bible? What about the Trinity? Do you know enough about salvation to stake your eternal life on it? Do you have a plan to continually study doctrine? Reading Tozer has encouraged me to study doctrine both for myself and my listeners. I want to know God and His Word better tomorrow than I do today. I want to live in obedience to Him and His Word too. How about you?

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 138:1-3

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