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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

What About Panic Attracts From the Secular Viewpoint

 

 

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When God captivates, He does something to make that person's pleasures despicable. He displays Christ's beauty & sin's ugliness. Jim Elliff

 

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Panic attacks are just an overreaction to stress.

Panic attacks and anxiety are the same thing.

Anxiety is more of an umbrella term, which can encompass panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and more.

"Anxiety is more worrying about something bad that could happen in the future, whether it's in the next five minutes or later in the week," he explained. "When [panic] starts affecting their life, when they start worrying about the next panic attack, when they start avoiding situations to prevent them, that's what we would call panic disorder."

You're stuck with the disorder for the rest of your life.
"It's a common misconception that [being diagnosed with panic disorder] means that you'll be on medication for the rest of your life," Warren said. There's a huge stigma when it comes to mental health, which can make sufferers prolong getting help. However, the sooner you do so, the sooner you can control your panic.

Research shows that medications are effective, but so is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy without medications or a combination of both, Warren added. "There's also a myth that there isn't any hope or any effective treatment, which isn't true," he said. Your doctor can help you determine which method works best for you.

It's hard to relate to someone who has panic attacks.

Remember that truck scenario from before? Chances are you can recall a time you've been in a similar situation where you needed to spring into action. Those are versions of panic attacks, . It's just not as easy for some people to write them off.

Warren suggests practicing compassion the next time a loved one goes through the experience. "Listen and let the person tell you about what it is they're experiencing," he said. "Empathize. Think of a time in your own life when you've been terrified of something. It might have been external, but you still remember how terrifying that is."

Panic is a gateway to a more serious mental illness.


Many people believe that being diagnosed with panic disorder or having a panic attack means they're going to develop another serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. "Panic disorder is something that's kind of in its own right," he said. If you're still worried, bring up your concerns with a mental health professional, he added.

Deep breaths will calm a panic attack.

 

"We hear all the time that if you're really anxious to take a deep breath -- but with people who have panic attacks ... you put yourself in a hyperventilation state," Warren said. By inhaling deeply, you're releasing extra carbon dioxide. This causes an increase symptoms like dizziness and and numbness, which can make you feel like you're suffocating and lead to more rapid, deep breaths. Focus on more shallow inhalations and exhalations instead.

Loved ones can't help when someone is having a panic attack.
Panic attacks are a personal experience, which means each person who sufferers from one reacts differently than another. Some people may want you to talk them through it, others may want you to distract them, Warren explained. "The point is to try to respond non-judgmentally and get it from their point of view,"

Looking for more ways to help? Check out these supportive phrases (and what phrases you should avoid).

You should avoid what causes the episodes.

It may be the first instinct to avoid whatever is causing you pain, but Warren advises to do quite the opposite. "Once you start avoiding places because you think you might have a panic attack, you start restricting your life," he explained.

Engaging in "safety behaviors," i.e. not going to places that will trigger the attack or even avoiding exciting movies that cause a rush of adrenaline, the sufferer may not learn that there's nothing to fear in the first place, Warren says. The best way to manage them is to employ the CBT techniques or other methods that have been discussed with a professional.

Have a story about mental illness that you'd like to share? Email strongertogether@huffingtonpost.com, or give us a call at (860) 348-3376, and you can record your story in your own words. Please be sure to include your name and phone number.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

We have to remember that the behavior of those who are not born again of the Spirit and have not received a new nature, will and do and can't help it, live according to the flesh, the devil and the world. Its possible at any moment of time that what has been restrained can suddenly exposed into a action. cew

There is a major difference in the worship service, experience watching Shadow Mountain Community Church, with David Jeremiah and watching Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California with John MacArthur. Two totally different styles of worship. One with the great hymns of the faith and one with praise song, One with topic teaching and one with exposition preaching, one with the idea of the TV audience and the other just as it is in the service.

This amazing, arresting, astonishing, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, Word of God that we have to preach each week, why would we want to preach from any other book? Today its Romans 12:16.

When was the last time you encouraged your preacher, who is committed to teaching the Word of God diligently each week?

If your pastor is hardworking to preach the whole counsel of God, to let the subject matter and purpose of the text control that of his sermon and to apply the Bible to your life so that you’re walking in the truth, you are blessed.

Reading the LA Times headlines: "Will the Supreme Court recognize modern marriage, or stick with a version that's now obsolete?" "They will probably settle the issue once and for all by the end of June". Well, we as Christians live not of this world, we are strangers here. Its getting to be more strange every year. First Peter 2 still holds for us as Christians.


 



 

Charles e Whisnant January 18, and 21 2015

 

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BIBLICAL INSIGHTS:


An Exegetical and Expositional Commentary on First Peter

PREVIEW OF THE BOOK OF FIRST PETER

Getting to know Peter        1:1-2        Getting to Know Peter
Peter's prayer for his readers    1:3-12        Peter's Prayer for His Readers
Living in Holiness            1:13-16    Loving for Salvation 1:10-12
Living in Smart            1:17-21    Living Smart
Living in God's Truth        1:22-25    Living in God's Truth
Living like New Babies        2:1-8        same
Living with a New Identity        2:9-10        same
Living as Aliens and Foreigners    2:11-12    Living above to Flesh
Living obediently to human authorities    2:13-17 Civic Duties of Believers
Living as Christian slaves        2:18-25    Serving non-Christian Bosses
Living as Chrisitan wives         3:1-6        Winning a non-Christian husband
Living as Christian husbands     3:7        Husbands, live with your wife
Living Obediently             3:8-12        Live compassionately
Living with Abuse            3:13-22    Suffering unjustly   
Living in Paganism            4:1-6        Understanding suffering
Living in service to others        4:7-11        The end is near
Living in the fire            4:12-19    Understanding suffering
Living with one another, leaders, and members  5:1-5    Develop the Right atmosphere
Living    in victory over the devil    5:6-9        Standing up to opposition
Praising God                5:10-11    God's Promise
Saying Goodbuy            5:12-14    Saying Goodbye


http://cranfordville.com/IBC%20Cologne/BI_v21_1Peter_German.pdf
Context and Background: 


Serious study of the Bible requires careful analysis of the background and setting of the scripture passage. Failure to do this leads to interpretive garbage and possibly to heresy. Detailed study of the background doesn’t always answer all the questions, but it certainly gets us further along toward correct understanding of both the historical and contemporary meanings of a text. This serious examination of both the historical and literary background of every passage will be presented in summary form with each of the studies
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When the non believers in seeing the lives of godly believers, they want praise the believers, instead, they will have to acknowledge the activity of God in the lives of believers even though they refused to accept it at the time.  In the day of judgment this is how it will be.


Here is the way to spiritual awakening in our world.  This is the only way to spiritual renewal.  Such is the key strategy in evangelistic outreach to the pagan world. Until a significant percentage of Christianity realizes the biblical truth here in First Peter 2, spiritual decline and deterioration will continue to happen in country after contry.  Christianity will continue to shrink and impact ever smaller percentages of the population

Charles and Charity Whisnant 01 19 2015

 

How To Get The Most Out of Bible Study Notes

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HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM READING THE BIBLE

1. REMOVE THE HINDRANCES 

Matthew 13:22

2.  READ IT WITH REVERENCE

I Samuel 7:3

3  PREPARE YOUR HEART

4.  READ THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE IN ORDER

5.  GET A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE

Psalms 119:73

READ WITH SERIOUSNESS

Deuteronomy 32:47, Hebrews 4:1

PERSEVERE IN REMEMBERING WHAT YOU READ

Psalms 119:52 and  Matthew 13:4, 19

How did Moses who wrote the book of Genesis find out about Adam and Eve?

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How did Moses who wrote the book of Genesis find out about Adam and Eve?
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher/ Student of the Word

If Moses was rescued and raised by an Egyptian princess as a baby, how did he learn about the God of Abraham? Do you think he might have been raised to worship Egyptian Gods? Could the OT be a combination of the Hebrew's God and the Egyptian's Gods?

What was Moses' account of creation?
Exodus 24:18; 34:28;  24:26; and 25:40

What happened during Moses’ first 40 days atop Mt. Sinai?

Yahweh Elohiom invited Moses and his minster Joshua.  The 70 elders, Aaron, Nadad and Abihu went up to the plateau to the mount Exodus 24:1-2; 24:9-11

God appeared to these humans in a vision in the angelic or ghostly form of a man. Moses described His form as follows. "And they saw the Elohim (God) of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness (Ex. 24:10)."

When did Moses see creation?

During this first 40 days and nights that Moses was in the mount (Ex. 24:18), He mentioned the first six days that the cloud covered the mountain

Can You Be A Christian and Not Be A Calvinists?

Someone that's not a Calvinists but a follower of Christ and will never be a Calvinist, do Calvinists see them as non elect, deceived, blind, foolish, unwise, what's the label?

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  1. Non Calvinists are simply put, Christians with a lesser Biblical understanding of soteriology (the study of salvation) and a lesser understanding of Theology, and as a result are less adapt to answering questions about the very God they worship, and in some cases are actually PROUD they don't "know a lot of Theology (the study of God)"
  2. Which, at the end of the day, makes them more likely to convey God incorrectly, as a needy, humanistic, lonely God who wrings his hands hoping SOMEONE will accept His poor Son. Thus, a low Theology is both dangerous, and irresponsible
  3. You can not be born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ without the principles of the doctrine of Grace or as some call Calvinism. But few fully understand the doctrine enough to understand it who are Christians
  4. When I became saved, at seven I had never heard of John Calvin.  I grew up as a teenager and never heard of John Calvin.  I was certainly born again.
  5. Just because you don’t understand theology doesn’t mean you can not be saved.
  6. The problem is when the Gospel is not presented in the right biblical light.

Mission-Minded Servants Do These 13 Kings

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http://cwhisna.blogspot.com/2011/08/loy-and-minnie-whisnant-everette.html

 

SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- Who are mission-minded people? How do they see the world? While they could be found in your church, place of work or coaching Little League, what do mission-minded people do differently?

International Mission Board missionaries from around the world helped compile a list of 13 things that make up a mission-minded person:

1. They want to meet someone who does not follow Jesus Christ. Mission-minded people follow Jesus' plan in Luke 10 to go work "His harvest." They actively seek out non-believers for conversations and friendship.

2. They continually look for creative ways to share the Gospel. Mission-minded people find intentional ways to share so that people understand. It is not a "canned presentation" but relative to that person/group. They do the abnormal, irrational, counter-intuitive, and take risks all in an effort to share Christ.

3. They have a different worldview. They think more about the world, culture and languages than they do about the tiny place where they live. They understand that the Gospel is not just for them but for all people. They are committed to getting it to the rest of the world.

4. They hear the voice of God and are obedient. Mission-minded people hear the voice of God and obey when He tells them to go across the street, to another town, state or country to share about His redeeming love.

5. They pray a lot! Praying is a direct link to God. They believe that God will do greater things than we can ever imagine; and they pray for it to happen.

6. They make disciples. They constantly ask themselves if what they are doing will result in disciples. If the strategy is only for people to hear, then the Gospel will not spread. Mission-minded people know the importance of discipleship.

7. They meet human needs while sharing the Gospel. Mission-minded people believe it doesn't matter how many wells a person digs or how many orphans they feed if they are not following Christ's mandate to take the Gospel to those who have not heard. They contend that if a person is not sharing Jesus, they are wasting time and money.

8. They believe that being mission-minded is not a "task." It's a lifestyle. They live out missions in their everyday life. From the moment they wake up until they go to bed, they impact the world around them.

9. They are relational. They are willing to leave their own "bubble" to make relationships with those considered the "least of these." They have an awareness of the people around them and look for ways to build a relationship that will lead to sharing Christ and discipleship.

10. They go! It doesn't matter where God tells them to go -- Timbuktu or Kalamazoo -- they grow where God plants them. And, they are willing to move on when He says, "Go!"

11. They see people with a future. When they look at an unreached people group, they see potential "brothers and sisters" in Christ. They see that eternity and joy are available for everyone and are excited to share it.

12. They send! They know that we are responsible for ALL people groups hearing the Gospel. They follow the example from the book of Acts to "send" out other mission-minded people. They support them in any way possible.

13. They understand "the task" is not done. Mission-minded people know that once they have reached their family and friends with Christ, they are not done. There are still billions in the world that have not proclaimed

Preaching

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Don’t preach yourself – Over the years our own flesh has this amazing ability to get used to being the centre of attention. If you are naive enough to believe the polite comments you receive after preaching are objective evaluations of your ministry significance, then you can easily start to buy into your own hype. Please don’t.


Do preach Christ – The Gospel is not a self-starting life-change program, it is good news that involves us introducing listeners to God in Christ. Don’t preach self-help programs, or church programs, or Christian morality, or even Christianity . . . preach Christ. Make 2015 a year marked by a weekly introduction to a heart-capturing Saviour!
 

Rivers of Joy Baptist January 11 2015

 

What Is The Blessing of the Lord

 

So just what do we mean the Lord has richly blessed us?  Generally we tend to think that the blessings are material and physical.  (Which He does for sure)

But more than that, He has bless me with a beautiful wife, inside and outside, (Proverbs 18:22) Whoso hath found a wife hath found good, And bringeth out good-will from Jehovah.

He has bless me a salvation that keeps me safe  Psalms 68:19 :Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Habakkuk 3:19  Jehovah the Lord [is] my strength, And He doth make my feet like hinds, And on my high-places causeth me to tread. To the overseer with my stringed instruments!

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This cold morning here in McDermott Ohio on this January 09 2015

What about a good glass of green/fruit smoothie: Day 9 without sugar and bread and ice cream.  Coffee with out sugar! Yep.

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Yesterday, I rearranged my office a little. I do have a few three ring binders that have notes from sermons and lessons I have taught.

Well our business, Union Mills Bakery has had a good week.  Charity tells me they received an order from a business that is opening  up today. They are going to serve Union Mills cakes and brownies. 

SOME THOUGHT THIS MORNING:

Belief, Unbelief, and Faith
    21 Therefore the Lord heard and was full of wrath; And a fire was kindled against Jacob And anger also mounted against Israel, 22 Because they did not believe in God And did not trust in His salvation. (Psalms 78:21-22

Dealing with today Church programs and  pragmatists, and others who insist that they are Christians while what they say and do is marked as distinctly the fruit of unbelief, can be a very trying experience.

I suppose that is why our enemy will never stop his attacks on those who are called by the name of Christ to discourage and confuse them.

There are only two groups of people in the world. There are Christians, the elect, and everyone else, the non-elect. What separates them? What is the difference?

It is not that different streams of faith color people, which are all equal and going to the same place.

No, that is what the Emergents are selling, but that is most definitely not what God’s Word explicitly says.

No, the difference between those in Christ and everyone else is that the former are possessors of faith, which is the Greek word πιστις, which is transliterated as pistis It and it’s many grammatical forms are translated as “assurance,” “faith,” ”belief,” throughout the New Testament.

Before we define “unbelief,” let us define biblical faith, πιστις, so that we can see very clearly what marks the true believer from the false professor.

Carefully read the following passage my brethren.  Hebrews 3:7-19
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The Bible In Print For The First Time

John WycliffeThe first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380's AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian. Wycliffe, (also spelled “Wycliff” & “Wyclif”), was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. With the help of his followers, called the Lollards, and his assistant Purvey, and many other faithful scribes, Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures. They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate, which was the only source text available to Wycliffe. The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe had died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river!

What has my attention, would you not think that the first hand written bible would not have been the very bible that God would have ordained to be the only translation?

http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/

William TyndaleWilliam Tyndale was the Captain of the Army of Reformers, and was their spiritual leader. Tyndale holds the distinction of being the first man to ever print the New Testament in the English language. Tyndale was a true scholar and a genius, so fluent in eight languages that it was said one would think any one of them to be his native tongue. He is frequently referred to as the “Architect of the English Language”, (even more so than William Shakespeare) as so many of the phrases Tyndale coined are still in our language today.

Again William Tyndale was the first man to ever print the N.T. in the English language.

Would you not think that God would have had that N.T. to be the only correct bible? 

William Tyndale wanted to use the same 1516 Erasmus text as a source to translate and print the New Testament in English for the first time in history. Tyndale showed up on Luther's doorstep in Germany in 1525, and by year's end had translated the New Testament into English. Tyndale had been forced to flee England, because of the wide-spread rumor that his English New Testament project was underway, causing inquisitors and bounty hunters to be constantly on Tyndale's trail to arrest him and prevent his project. God foiled their plans, and in 1525-1526 the Tyndale New Testament became the first printed edition of the scripture in the English language. Subsequent printings of the Tyndale New Testament in the 1530's were often elaborately illustrated.

JOHN 3:16

  • 1st Ed. King James (1611): "For God so loued the world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne: that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life."
  • Rheims (1582): "For so God loued the vvorld, that he gaue his only-begotten sonne: that euery one that beleeueth in him, perish not, but may haue life euerlasting"
  • Geneva (1560): "For God so loueth the world, that he hath geuen his only begotten Sonne: that none that beleue in him, should peryshe, but haue euerlasting lyfe."
  • Great Bible (1539): "For God so loued the worlde, that he gaue his only begotten sonne, that whosoeuer beleueth in him, shulde not perisshe, but haue euerlasting lyfe."
  • Tyndale (1534): "For God so loveth the worlde, that he hath geven his only sonne, that none that beleve in him, shuld perisshe: but shuld have everlastinge lyfe."
  • Wycliff (1380): "for god loued so the world; that he gaf his oon bigetun sone, that eche man that bileueth in him perisch not: but haue euerlastynge liif,"
  • Anglo-Saxon Proto-English Manuscripts (995 AD): “God lufode middan-eard swa, dat he seade his an-cennedan sunu, dat nan ne forweorde de on hine gely ac habbe dat ece lif."

The King James Bible Good But Not Only Good Bible

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Over the last few weeks I have add a few good men who are KJV only preachers, and there have been some who are rather harsh in their belief. They have said they will not even read anything where there is another transition used. They said if they see a verse that is not KJV they will scroll down to the next person.

I would challenge any KJV only person to prove that I preach a false doctrine.  I would challenge them to prove that what I preach is wrong, even if I would use another translation. 

Now if they have the conviction that they are going to use the KJV I certainly have do problem with that conviction.  That had been mind for  many years.  But I have come to realize that there are come good translations that is as good as the kjv.

I do not believe that the kjv is the only world of God. I do not believe you are committing sin if you speak from the NASV.

 

Bible Study Material Charles Whisnant

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All these post is about my experiences in ministry. Most of us pastors and preachers are in a small church, in a small community or even in a small part of a town or county.

I certainly realize that the John MacArthur’s the Dave Jeremiah’s, the Charles Price, and Charles Stanley, and the other big time TV preachers are doing a great work.

But with that said, it does mean that we who are in the vast majority should just do nothing.

I highly suggest   that every one would follow these men mention.  I have, and have profit from them. 

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I am fully responsible for what I do and serve the Lord.  There are others that are better examples of the work of the ministry. But that does not negate the fact that each of us are responsible to do the work in which the Lord has called us.

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I have no problem for any Christian to follow the for mention men and ministry. I encourage them to do so.

But with all that said these are the things that I do to do the work of the ministry and preach and study the word of God.

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Beginners How To Start Studying The Bible

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HOW SHOULD I BEGIN STUDYING THE BIBLE

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How Can I Understand The Bible For All Its Worth?
how can i know what the preacher is teaching is what the bible really say what he says?

 

Very few Christians know how to even approach how  to read the Bible with real deep understanding. They may know what it says, but they may not know why its said it. They know John 3:16 but don't really know what it means?

"For God so loved the world" How does God love the world? "That He gave is only begotton Son?" What does that mean?    "For whosoever believes" Who are the whosoever?  What does it mean to "believe in Him."  "Should not perish"  Perish from what? "But have eternal life?" Eternal Life!

First qualification to understand the bible as it is meant to be understood is one needs to be a person who has become a believer in Jesus Christ by the means of salvation.
second: how to approach this matter of understanding the bible?

Second: Read it. Just read it. Start with the New Testament.  Mark and then John and then Matthew and Luke. Why?  “Martin Luther said that the Bible is the ‘cradle of Christ.’ All biblical history and prophecy ultimately point to Jesus. The book of Mark is quick and fast-paced, while John focuses on the things Jesus claimed about himself. Mark tells about what Jesus did, while John tells about what Jesus said. In John are some of the simplest and clearest passages, such as John 3:16, but also some of the deepest and most profound passages. It appeals to students and is worthy of study.”  Then read the rest of the N.T. Then you are ready for the O.T. 

Third, I think you need to understand that the Bible is "the word of God" written in human language by human men. That is amazing in the first place. The bible is not just men writting a book but was directed by God by His Sprit to write the books.  While they wrote in their language and style and form, they were directed and lived in a manner that God directed them to do, their lives was in direct direction of God.

Fourth: You need to keep in mind that the Bible is not just about literature book. There is no other book like the Bible that gives the direct blessings of God upon it.  Any other book you can read and lay down and never give it much thought. 

  • The Bible is not a book that you can read and put down and out of mind.
  • The Bible is not to be read to be entertained by the stories.
  • The Bible is not written to give you a history lesson on the nation of Israel and the Jews but is historically correct. 
  • The Bible is not written to made you feel better after you read the Psalms but reading the Psalms will give you comfort.. 
  • The Bible is not written so you can have knowledge.
  • The Bible is not written primary to answer all the questions about all things.
  • The Bible is not a science book but is a scientifically  correct.
  • The Bible is a book that gives us the message of Jesus Christ.
  • The Bible can not be read as a myth or as a fictitious story.
  • The Bible is a book that gives us the message of Jesus Christ.
  • The Bible is not to be read for merely information, but for salvation:  i.e. deliverances from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.  Synonyms: redemption, deliverance, reclamation.
  1. Definition of Science: (1) the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. (2) a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: (3 )knowledge, as of facts or principles; knowledge gained by systematic study. 


Fifth: When you pick up the book, the Bible:(Today we have other avenue in which we can read the Bible: like on our smart phones, the computer, the Verizon Tablet, the Kindle Fire, or even on a tape recorder

  • First you need to realize it's an amazing book.
  • Second, its a book that God of the universe and creation of all mankind has given to us.
  • Third, its God's account  or story or narrative, that is not fictitious but true  about mankind, and mankind's relationship with Himself.
  • Fourth, The Bible is the means whereby we find the truth about life presently and the future.
  • Fifth, The Bible is about redemption, salvation, Jesus Christ, Heaven and Hell.
  • Sixth, The Bible is to be believed, what you read is to be believed  as truth.
     
     

 


Charles e Whisnant

Preachers and Preaching

 

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There is an conspiracy out there that some have stated as truth. Yes, some say that all translations of the Bible are false and are perverted and of the devil.  That is other than the KJV! 

Some say you only need to read the KJV for your sermon preparation.

Even if you are a KJV only bible reading person, we need to understand the text ourselves, then give a right explanation or meaning of the text to our people, and apply the doctrine correctly as the writer had given it to the original people.  

I have found that you have the responsibility to read the text, understanding the text and explain the text. Don't read more than the text and don't teach less then the text is saying and don't skip the text, teaching as if you believe it.

Of course as a Pastor/Teacher, and Expositor of the Bible, we would hope that we are teaching the truth from the Bible and are rightly interpreting the passage of Scripture.

But with that said, there are many views of the interpretation to which we must allow for those views even if we do not agree with? Why? We are not perfect in our interpretation as much as we would like to be.

Years ago a man in the church said "Why are you not giving a good sermon, your preaching is off, you seem tried and unprepared?" I said "You are totally right!. I said "As a Bi-vocational worker and preacher, working 40 to 50 hours a week and four children I am tired."

Resources from moving from Exegesis to Exposition

1. Homiletic. 2. Exposition. 3. What the text means. 4. Art.

From 1. Personal preparation. 2. Analyze the Text's Content. 3. Expose the Text's Structure. 4. Apprehend the Text's Intent. 5. Identify the Timeless Truth.

Bible Versions Interlinear Bible Parallel Bible Commentaries Concordances Dictionaries Encyclopedias Lexicons History
Sermon Illustrations Sermon Helps

To arrive at a true interpretation of the text and do a right exegesis i.e. critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture requires careful study. This requires a word study, a doctrinal study, a historical study of the setting of the text. Far too many sermons never get to the real meaning of the meaning of the passages. You simply are perverting the Bible when you do not interpret the meaning of the text.

When doing exposition preaching you don't choose your sermon of the week. You take what is next in the text. Sometimes I don't like that method. You come to the text you are not very good at all doing. Romans 12:13 is coming up this Sunday.

Even if you are a KJV only bible reading preacher, we need to understand the text ourselves, then give a right explanation or meaning of the text to our people, and apply the doctrine correctly as the writer had given it to the original people.

And our sermon needs to be theological correct based on passages of scripture in its context. We are not to make the passage say what it does not say. And that happens a lot.