Archive for October, 2010

27
Oct

10 Myths About Islam

   Posted by: jmueller    in Media, Miscellany

Here is a link to an online book that is very informative about Islam:  http://www.studytoanswer.net/islam_myths.html

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17
Oct

Pennies for Pencils 5k Results

   Posted by: jmueller    in Running

I ran in the Pennies for Pencils 5k race with my brother on Saturday, October 16, while my wife and two sons walked it.  It was a beautiful, sunny, brisk morning.  It was a pretty tough course with a lot of turns and several hills through the Eastern Michigan University campus.  When we showed up and met my brother at 8:30 am, we found out that the race start and finish were right outside the building that his department is temporarily using for offices.

I have uploaded the race results here: 2010 Pennies for Pencils 5k Results

I ended up with a 9th place finish overall.  My official time was 23:37.99.  This was the fastest pace that I have run yet.

Here is a link to my Personal Record on RunningAhead.com

Now it is time to practice for the Turkey Trot 10k in Downtown Detroit on Thanksgiving Day morning.

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12
Oct

Prayer Life Improvement

   Posted by: jmueller    in Prayer

I was going through my notebook that I use to keep notes in as I drive and listen to different things.  I think this list came from Todd Friel at WretchedRadio.com.

  • Start by asking God to help you.  Beg Him!  Ask Him for the desire to pray.
  • Preach the Gospel to yourself every day.  Listen to hard preaching, then you will want to talk to the kind, gracious God.
  • Make a plan.  Commit to it.  Pray until you feel like praying.
  • Consider your position – kneel, prostrate yourself, etc.
  • Read “Valley of Vision” – Puritan book on prayer and “Face To Face” by Ken Boa.
  • Do Evangelism – start witnessing.  It will horrify you and make you ask God for strength.
  • Don’t neglect prayer, but don’t pistol whip yourself over it, either.  Strive for concentration.
  • Read “A Call To Prayer” by JC Ryle.
  • If you are a Christian, you will pray.  If you don’t, you’re not a Christian.

The last statement may seem harsh and judgmental.  I don’t necessarily agree with the way it is worded, but I think I see what he means.  A Christian will gain and have a desire to communicate with our Lord.  It is a natural outpouring of Salvation.  I think some latitude is necessary here, though, especially for new believers, as they grow and learn about the Spiritual Disciplines.

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8
Oct

Suppose Your Child Was Dying

   Posted by: jmueller    in Dead Theologians, James Smith

(James Smith, “Our Father and Comforter”)

Surely, if parents realized the value of their children’s souls; if they had a vivid sight of the danger to which they are exposed; if they felt that they must be saved by the Lord Jesus–or perish for ever–then they would act very differently toward them!

Could a parent, if he believed the Scriptural representation of hell, as a place of torment; and saw that his child hung over that ever-burning lake as by a thread–and might, at any moment, by some accident, be plunged into the bottomless abyss; I say, if he saw and believed this–could he let his child go on, day after day, and month after month, without the tender expostulation, the affectionate appeal, and the heart-felt prayer with him? I think not!

Alas! alas! We do not half believe . . .
in the horrors of hell,
in the danger of our children, and
in the absolute necessity of faith in Christ, in order to for them to be saved–or we could never live as we do!

What anxiety is manifested about their health and their education; and what indifference about their never-dying souls! One feels at times ready to conclude that many professing Christian parents must be half infidels, or wholly insane–to act as they do!

Reader, suppose your child was dying. His pulses are faint and few. He breathes short and hard. You approach his bedside. You take his hand in yours. He asks, “Father, did you believe I was a sinner? Did you know that it was possible I might die young? Were you aware that, without faith in Christ–I must perish forever? Did you, father?”

“I did, my child.”

“Then how could you be so cruel, so hard-hearted, as to treat me in the way you have? You never took me aside to talk to me seriously. You never endeavored to impress upon my mind the importance of spiritual things. You never earnestly warned me to flee from the wrath to come. You never lovingly invited me to the Lord Jesus Christ. You never prayed with me as if you believed I was in danger of going to hell, and could only be saved by the grace of God. You were very earnest about temporal things–but indifferent about spiritual realities. You knew that I was going to hell–and you did not try to prevent it. Now I am lost! Lost for ever–and you are the cause of it! Or, at least, you are accessory to my everlasting damnation!”

Or, suppose you were before the Great White Throne, and the Judge seated thereon, and you meet your children there. One of them points to you, and says, “There is my mother! She showed great concern about my body–but she never showed anxiety about my soul. She never knelt by my side in prayer. I never heard her plead with God for my soul, nor did she ever, in downright earnest, plead with me. I charge her, before the Judge of all–with cruelty to my soul; and throughout eternity I shall curse the day that ever I had such a parent! No name will excite my enmity, or draw forth my bitter reproaches, like the name of my mother! I am lost, lost forever–and my mother never heartily tried to prevent it!”

Parents, how could you bear this? Parents, parents! By all the tender ties that unite you to your children, I beseech you to seek, first, principally, and most earnestly–the conversion of your children!

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2
Oct

Can Yoga be Christian?

   Posted by: jmueller    in Media, Miscellany

I recently had lunch with a friend that told me that a close relative of his is practicing Yoga.  This relative is a Christian, and feels that it is alright to practice Yoga, as well.

I thought I would compile some of the things that I know of that address this issue, as it seems to be so prevalent, today.  I have even seen churches advertise that they have Yoga courses.

I think that the main question here is this:  What is Yoga?  In answering this, I feel that we can then determine whether it is right to practice this as a Christian.

The Elder Council of my church addressed this very issue just a few years ago.  Here is an excerpt of that.  It is only an excerpt, as I do not want to expose the people that this was addressed to or about.

Here is the excerpt:

Second, and more importantly, the Elders have a biblical responsibility to watch over the flock, uphold the truth of scripture, and guard against anything which sets itself against the glory of God.  Several passages from the Bible are instructive here.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Isaiah 5:20-21 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

The Elders of Grosse Pointe Baptist Church want you to know that we have your best interests in mind and because of this we do NOT endorse Christian “Yoga”.  “Yoga”, by definition, is a “school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle” Dictionary.com. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “Yoga” as “a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of the activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation.”

To claim that “Yoga” is not linked to any particular religion is false.

Without question, we know that God teaches us that healthy minds and healthy bodies are a gift from Him to be used for His glory.  (See Rom. 12:2; I Cor. 6:19-20).  If you want to exercise, we encourage you to do so.  But why would Christians want to borrow an expression from a false religion, from pantheism (god is everything, your everything is god), when we believe there’s only one true God–the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ)!  Many promote Christian Yoga as a harmless exercise, but the word Yoga carries with it a very specific meaning.  We cannot endorse Christian Yoga any more than we can endorse Christian Astrology, Christian Goddess Worship, Christian Kabbalah, Christian New Age, Christian Shamanism, Christian Reincarnation, Christian Tai Chi, Christian Wicca, Christian Witchcraft, or Christian Zen Buddhism. 

I think this explains very well what the Christian position should be in regard to Yoga.  There have also been several items from prominent Evangelical Christian Theologians.  Here are the links to them.

The Subtle Body — Should Christians Practice Yoga? by Dr. Albert Mohler

Albert Mohler – ‘Thinking In Public – Yoga’


Feel free to watch the video on this page, but I would also encourage you to go this video on YouTube.

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