Theological Term of the Week: Christology

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This week’s term: Christology – The study of God the Son as Christ the anointed one in His incarnate life and subsequent offices and ministries. 

Last week’s term:

Theology (Proper) – The study of the person of God as to His attributes and activities.

Theology (General) – The study of all things pertaining to God and His dealings with His creation as is revealed throughout scripture.

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Theological Term of the Week: Theology

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This week’s term (is rather redundant!) :

Theology (Proper) – The study of the person of God as to His attributes and activities.

Theology (General) – The study of all things pertaining to God and His dealings with His creation as is revealed throughout scripture.

Last week’s term: Christophony – A bodily appearance of Christ in the Old Testament before He was actually incarnated, such as in the case of the Son of God with the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, or His appearance to Abraham on the plain of Mamre.

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A Lesson on Satan – By Forrest L. Keener

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It has been a pleasure getting to update the Basic Bible Characters series of Sunday school lessons written by the former pastor of our church, Bro. Forrest L. Keener. He was taken home to heaven before I could meet him. We had the privilege of having his wife, Mrs. Mary Keener, as a member for about two years, until she moved to be closer to her daughter.

I am currently working on the last book. I have been working on this project for several months now, and while typing up the lessons, I often grab quotes or snippets to share with friends on social media. I have, more than once, gone to work at church feeling weary and discouraged only to find myself being immediately encouraged by Bro. Keener’s “preaching” on the pages I type. I feel certain that our sovereign Lord had that plan in mind for me from the beginning.

I wanted to share the lesson on Satan by Bro. Keener that I found quite interesting. We have four volumes in this series. I hope to complete work on this one this week, and it should be ready for purchase in March. For more information on other books and tracts offered by our ministry, please go HERE.

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Matthew 4:1-11                                  Memory Verse: 1 Peter 5:8

The most infamous character in all the Bible is Satan. He is found doing his dirty work in the book of Genesis just as soon as God placed man in the Garden of Eden. You will remember how he used the serpent to beguile Eve and thus to bring the whole human race into the captivity of sin. Either his works or statements about him will be found in every single book of the Bible. He is a fallen angel and more is written about him than all the other millions of angels combined.

Satan is a created being. He was originally called Lucifer and held a position at least equal, if not superior, to that of angels Michael and Gabriel. He was lifted up with pride and desired to exalt himself above the throne of God. Therefore, God excluded him and all the angels who desired to follow him from their heavenly position and he has ever since been at war against God. Satan is not in hell, nor is he excluded from heaven. He is excluded from his heavenly position.

Satan’s basic purpose is to turn men in rebellion against God and to recruit them to follow Him. His methods are to slander God to men and accuse men to God. His most effective weapon is falsehood. Jesus says he is a liar and the father of lying. Remember when you lie, it is good evidence that you are a child of the devil. Satan’s lies are most effective when he is able to mix them with truth or scripture.

Serious mistakes are made about Satan because people think he is a hideous, ugly, sacrilegious creature that men would just naturally hate. This is not true, for although his nature is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, his appearance is as an angel of light. He is also very religious and because he wants God’s place, he encourages religion. His basic trick is to try to get men to come to God by works rather than Christ. By doing this, men, in fact, do not come to God at all, but to Satan.

Amen and amen. May God open the blinded eyes of the lost, so that they come to the true light, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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My Book Bag: A Royal Experiment

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About a year ago, my friend, Elna, wrote a book review that piqued my interest. Based on that review, I added A Royal Experiment (titled differently in the UK) by Janice Hadlow to my “to read” list this year and purchased it on Amazon with some Christmas money. It was indeed a great read, and I am happy to recommend it to you. Elna’s review is excellent. I encourage you to read it.

This book is about the private lives of King George III and his children. King George was the “tyrant” to which Jefferson referred in the Declaration of Independence, and my love of American history naturally traces back to English history. This book clocks in at 617 pages – not counting the notes, etc. It was lengthy, but Ms. Hadlow is an excellent storyteller and the book is enthralling. I read it in about five weeks – with a brief pause to read two other books.

King George’s father, King George II, was not a good husband or father, nor was his father before him. Their families would have made perfect guests on one of today’s talk shows. King George III learned from the mistakes of his parents and desperately wanted to have a happy, normal family of his own. Therefore, when he chose to marry Charlotte, he did so with the plan of remaining faithful to her, even though they had barely known each other before their arranged marriage took place. They made a good team, each striving to make their home a happy one. They worked together to give their thirteen children a proper education. King George did the unthinkable in his day – he would get on the floor and play with his children!

The thing that struck me most was the fact that even though King George did his best to behave himself, to live uprightly, it was not enough. His boys grew up to be serial philanderers and adulterers. King George IV made known to all that he had a mistress and would not part with her even after his marriage to his bride, Caroline. Naturally, they soon separated and remained so permanently, dragging their only daughter, King George’s granddaughter, through much sorrow in the process. Meanwhile, George’s daughters struggled in their roles, wanting to marry, but having difficulty finding the right man. Several of them led lonely, unhappy lives. Others found love late in life, but it was not the love that they had hoped for. Scandal plagued the family when Sophia, one of the younger daughters, bore a child out of wedlock. And ultimately, the insanity that claimed King George’s mind also revealed his own adulterous appetites.

The lives of King George and Charlotte reminded me of the passage in Matthew 12 and Luke 11, where Jesus says that the unclean spirit leaves a man, then returns later find the house swept and garnished, and brings seven other spirits with him. No matter how much “reform” we put upon ourselves, no matter how many rules we establish in our personal lives, only Christ can make a true difference. Do people benefit from moral living? Of course they do, King George and Charlotte did enjoy benefits from living according to biblical principles, but only the power of Gospel can change hearts. In our own power, we can only be good for so long before something slips. In King George’s case, it was his mind that left him, something he definitely had no control over.

If I had ever entertained any delusions of grandeur about the Royal family, I do no longer. This book shatters the image that royalty has it all. In fact, I pity them. I am very glad to be just an average American.

The secret to having a happy family is really no secret: it is by God’s grace alone.

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. ~ Psalm 127:1

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Theological Term of the Week: Christophony

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This week’s term: Christophony – A bodily appearance of Christ in the Old Testament before He was actually incarnated, such as in the case of the Son of God with the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, or His appearance to Abraham on the plain of Mamre. 

Last week’s term: Anthropomorphism – The Biblical use of some element of the human (antrhop) body, which is used to describe an act or continuing activity of God, such as in Romans 10:21. Whereas, God is exclusively spirit and does not possess human body parts, these parts are attributed to Him in order to describe, or explain divine action which we otherwise would be hard-put to understand.

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Do Schools Kill Creativity? {TED Talk}

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I recently listened to this TED talk while getting ready one morning. As a homeschooling mom, one of the many benefits of this type of education is being able to tailor lessons according to my children’s interests. My son loves playing the piano, and the hours he has spent doing so would not have been available to him if we did not homeschool. Likewise, we would not have been flexible to take trips to see relatives or visit historical sites together had it not been for homeschooling. There is certainly a place for traditional education – one must be able to read, write, and do math to survive in the world. But education is so much more than the three “r’s”.

Sir Ken Robinson presents these ideas in a concise and humorous way in this video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

*Note: The book he mentions, Epiphany, was published under the title The Element. I hope to read it in the near future.

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