Archive for October, 2010

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Calvinism or Arminianism? Neither!

October 31, 2010

I think that it would be unbiblical to take a definite point in this argument to begin with. It would be trying to put God in a human-made box, whether I choose calvinism or arminianism. Many verses support this, others support that, and in the end – all we can do is to be confident that the Word is true, and leave the rest to God. He must be a paradox and impossible to understand. If I go all the way with calvinism I am basically saying that the sovereignity of God decides all, and no man is responsible for his own deeds – and that’s unbiblical. If I go all the way with arminianism I am basically saying that God sends salvation and then turns his back to the world and says “go figure that one out”. Which is also unbiblical. I think the full truth is impossible to understand with an earthly mind, and that it probably lies somewhere inbetween.

1 Samuel 15:11 – “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king”. Same chapter verse 29 – “And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” – What can we learn of this paradox? Do not try to fully understand the nature of God!

What do you think?

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It will cost you EVERYTHING!

October 20, 2010

Please listen to this! How we need this message in our day and age!

The cost of discipleship – it will cost you absolutely everything! You must transfer the ownership of all that you are and all that you have to all that He is! You must totally and completely surrender your life to the Messiah.

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Just another quick update…

October 19, 2010

Wife updates her blog 4 to 5 times a day. But she can write whatever she wants, because she deals with private stuff all day. I am an accountant. You can’t expect me to write detailed information about the financial situation of my work. You would be bored to death.

Right now I am stealing a blogging minute between the dishes and the studies. Time to continue advancing in the Business Ethics class. It’s new to me… I’ve never taken a class that’s so… philosophic before! What is ethics? Who has ethical responsibility? Etc, etc… it’s not the usual type of studies for a degree in Economy. So it’s a nice change.

Anyway, gotta go and continue the studies. Bye.

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Charicature idea

October 16, 2010

I can’t draw. I want someone to draw this charicature idea I have: Obama says to a person whose shirt says “Israel”: “Come, on, what are you afraid of, just put your head through that hole”, pointing to a guillotine that says “Land concessions”, and holding the rope of the guillotine is a guy whose shirt says “Independent militarized palestinian state”.

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Sermon Series – the Tabernacle

October 13, 2010

Tabernacle-view The past year I’ve been preaching a series of sermons on the items of the Tabernacle and what they represent. The first was preached in October 2009, and the 7th and last one is scheduled to be preached on November 6th. Since I preach around 6 times a year, these things go slowly…

In this post I will present the general background and a list of the sermons, and as I get the time I will slowly but surely upload a summary of each sermons. We don’t tape the sermons in our congregation, so I am basically just going to use my notes. I have created a new category called “Tabernacle Sermon Series”, so when more sermons have been uploaded you can easily just choose that category and get all the sermons at once.

 

The description of the items in the tabernacle can be found in Exodus 25-27, 30, 37-38, 39:32-40:38. The basic structure and the idea about what each item represent has been taken from the “Tabernacle Prayer” in Pastor David Yonggi Cho’s book “How to pray – patterns of prayer”. But a quick google search on “tabernacle prayer” shows that many others have the same idea. I want to emphasize that I am not a follower of Cho, nor do I accept or believe in all his ideas and doctrines.

 

Tabernacle_Schematic

 

The Outer Courtyard – our daily life

  • The altar – the cross of Yeshua. Our salvation through faith alone. Preached on October 27th 2009
  • The Lavar – our purity. Our godliness as a direct result of our salvation. Our works as an evidence of our salvation and regeneration. Preached on February 27th 2010

The Holy Place – our contact with God

  • The Menorah (Golden Candlestick) – the Holy Spirit as the only light in the tabernacle, and to have his fire in our life. Preached on April 19th 2010
  • The Table of Shewbread – the Word of God as our only reliable foundation of faith (not human emotions or visions or ideas), and the importance of spending time with the Word of God. Preached on June 19th 2010
  • The Altar of incense – our prayers and worship, and the importance of taking the time to communicate directly with the Lord, spending time with him in prayer. Preached on August 13th 2010

The Most Holy Place – God himself

  • The Ark of the covenant – The ark as a symbol of Yeshua, the son of God. His divinity, his humanity, his role as our only savior and redeemer and his role as the Word of God (or Logos, Davar, Mimra, Metathron…) as the only way to salvation. Preached on September 25th 2010
  • The Mercy Seat – The Mercy Seat as a symbol of the presence of God the Father himself. God as the creator and the sustainer of the universe, his wrath and his mercy, his hate for sin and his love for righteousness, his omnipresence and his omniscience. Monotheism and the nature of the trinity. Scheduled to be preached on November 6th 2010.

 

I find it amazing to find how incredible God built this tabernacle. How each and every item – if you go through it one by one – represents another aspect of our faith. God is amazing.

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Busy week ahead

October 9, 2010

Saturday evening. Shabbat is over. Been watching the two first episodes of “Once upon a time – Life” with wife. Got the DVD-box for our 6-year old son’s birthday, so we wanted to see some of it. Both of it remember it from school. The boy has a super-human thirst for knowledge.
Now it’s 2130 and I have some dishes to put in the dishwasher before I can start with my studies.
This week became busy. Some sort of commitment elmost every evening, so not much time for studies… Tomorrow, Sunday I need to buy more school equipment for our boy on the way home from work. Monday is the first day of my salary-accounting class 16:30-21:00. Tuesday I need to do the weekly shopping, which takes a few hours for a family our size. On Wednesday wife is going with our Swedish friends to a hike and I’ve taken the day off work to be home with the kids. Prepare lunch, pick up from school, etc. And then on Thursday I need to go and renew my yearly student bus ticket that expires on October 15th every year. And buy a rain cover for the stroller. Studies? On the bus between home and work I guess… not much more than that. But the actual semester doesn’t start till October 17th anyway.
Now this is only the commitments outside of work. I have a bunch of set work goals this week too that I intend to accomplish. Hmm… I need to go through that this evening too..
I do look forward to spending a full day with the kids. And to the precious (but far too few) coffee times with wife.
Since I will be away more than usual she will be forced to do more stuff at home than usual, which makes it even more important for me to make sure to do as much as possible on the few occasions I’m home and can.
But don’t expect many blog posts this week.
I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such a wonderful and beautiful and lovable wife. I love her more and more for every day. She’s the best! And I feel sorry for all the 5,999,999,999 people in the world that are not married to her.

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Computer-free Friday eve

October 9, 2010

Me and wife have decided on a pact – computers off on Friday evening. That’s our together time. It was wonderful. We poured up the wine and then did what came naturally – played scrabble! She won, as usual.

Now it’s late, time to go to bed. Looking forward to tomorrow, the highlight of the week and the gift from God – Shabbat! Ah, beautiful day of rest! No cleaning, no cooking, just going to congregation, eating, being together with family, read the Bible. It’s the one day in the week God has given us to focus on him.

Shabbat Shalom!

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