Friday, September 16, 2011

Twitteneutics - Day 1

Mahria and I use Professor Grant Horner's Bible Reading System. We have known Grant for many years. He is one of the most learned and interesting men I know. He loves God and loves His Word. I've tackled many Bible reading systems and programs over the last 20+ years. There is none better, in my estimation, than Professor Horner's.

This morning during a rare day off (which didn't turn out to be an entire day off--still hoping for one of those), I began tweeting some brief insights as I sat at the edge of the lake reading my Bible. As I tweeted away part of the morning, I came up with an idea to share tweets from my daily Bible reading in a new daily blog article titled "Twitteneutics." A "shout-out" to my good friend, Kevin Mollohan, for helping me come up with the name of the reoccurring segment.

Obviously "Twitteneutics" is a play on words. It is a combination of the words "Twitter" and "Hermeneutics." Hermeneutics is the scientific discipline representing the study and interpretation of Scripture. More specifically: it is the branch of theology that deals with biblical exegesis. The term "exegesis" is derived from a compound Greek word, which means "to guide." In other words, to exegete a verse or passage of Scripture is draw the true meaning from the text by applying (being guided by) sound hermeneutic principles.

"Twitteneutics" is not as sophisticated as hermeneutics or exegesis, and these reoccurring articles will have more of a devotional flare than in-depth study. "Twitteneutics" will simply refer to a daily collection of tweets, stemming from my daily reading of the Bible.

I hope you find them encouraging and challenging. And I also hope I can keep up these articles at a daily pace. So, here's Day 1.

No one who names Christ as Lord and Savior can come away from Joshua 24:2-13 and not clearly see that GOD is sovereign over all things!

Those who deny eternal punishment while affirming eternal life may be in step with culture, but they're out of step with Christ (Matt 25).

Performance-driven worship is utterly foreign to Scripture (Matt. 26:26-30). Oh, how the modern church needs to repent of musical shallowness!

Christian: Matt. 26:50-50 is not a pacifistic mandate. It's a mandate to submit to governing authorities and a mandate against vigilantism.

Meekness defined! Matt. 26:53-54 Power under control!

Christian: if you refuse to open your mouth and share the gospel with the lost, are you really any different than Peter (Matt. 26:69-75)?

Yes, I preach the gospel out of necessity (1 Cor. 9:16-18). Woe to you if open-air preaching has become a recreational hobby!

Do you seek to be culturally relevant for the sake of the gospel (1 Cor. 9:23) or for the sake of your own popularity and comfort?

1 Cor. 10:13 doesn't mean God won't give you more than you can handle. It means He will enable you to endure what you can't handle on your own.

Many Christians hide behind 1 Cor. 9:22 thinking they can somehow fool God into believing their life isn't really a reflection of James 4:4.

If you have no fear of the Lord, then you are not His friend (Psalm 25:14). Repent and believe the gospel.

Do you boast of loving the lost, but you don't share the gospel? Then you are like one who boasts of a gift they do not give (Prov. 25:14).

If you are preaching anything other than the true unadulterated gospel, then you actually hate your hearers (Prov. 26:28). Repent!