Sky Daddy Radio – Episode 9: Moon Landing

Show Notes:

9 Things You Should Know About the Communion Service on the Moon: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/9-things-you-should-know-about-the-communion-service-on-the-moon/

Apollo 11: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11

Apollo 8 Genesis Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_8_Genesis_reading#

VP Pence Unveils the Spacecraft that will Take Astronauts Back to the Moon in 2024! : https://www.universetoday.com/142922/vp-pence-unveils-the-spacecraft-that-will-take-astronauts-back-to-the-moon-in-2024/

Andrew’s Blog: http://www.andrewterry.org/

Jon’s Blog: https://jon-terry.org/

Music:

You Are Joy by Risen: https://www.reverbnation.com/artist/downloads/1037442

Change by (TSA) The Savior’s Army: https://www.reverbnation.com/tsathesaviorsarmy

Teach Me To Pray – CPM

I had the privilege of being published in the current issue of Church Planter Magazine. Here is a snippet to wet your whistle…

I have a confession: I find it hard to pray. I’ve struggled with my prayer life for a long time. Growing up in the church I knew I needed to pray. The first prayer I remember praying was when I was just five years old. I told my mother I wanted to have Jesus come live inside my heart. Kneeling at my bed I prayed the “sinner’s prayer” repeating each word my mother spoke to me. To this day I don’t remember what was said. After I said amen, my mother continued to pray out loud… and pray… and pray… and pray some more. At this age I was just going with the flow wondering when she’d stop so I could go to sleep. It was then my struggle began. Prayer has been a constant struggle my whole Christian life. When I got older, I started to work in ministry, my struggle with prayer became an embarrassment.

Click here to check out the magazine. Available on in the Apple Store and Google Play.

Notable Links Aug 15

Review Of John MacArthur’s Book, Strange Fire.

I once had respect for John MacArthur until I listened to him speak at his Strange Fire Conference. He was uncharitable toward Charismatics and Pentecostals, a tradition that I grew up in. Here is a critique of his book Strand Fire from someone within MacArthur’s own Reformed tradition. Part 2 is here.

Bonhoeffer Convinced Me to Abandon My Dream

Abandon the dream of your perfect church and minister in the church that the Lord gives you.

The Posture of Prayer: A Look at How Buddhists Pray

Take a look at what a Buddhist means, and believes, as they pray. Also, learn how you can pray for your Buddhist neighbor. Also, see Islam and Hindu practices.

True Religion

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

James 1:27

You can find many blogs and books written against religion from Christians and skeptics alike. What I find strange is the self-professed Christians who rail against religion and even claim Jesus came to do away with religion. I understand their sentiment in some respects. Many have used religion in order to divide people instead of bringing people together. Jesus came against such religionists in his own time in the sect of the Pharisees.

No matter their sentiment I am frustrated they have thrown out the word “religion” along with the traditions of those who would abuse it. They’ve thrown out the proverbial baby with the bathwater.

The reason it frustrates me is the Bible itself uses the word religion, and even gives us what the Lord calls true religion.

James gives us two marks that we can use to determine if our religion is true religion and not a tradition made up by humans. First, we are to visit orphans and widows. Second, we are to keep one’s self unstained from the world.

The second mark, keeping one’s self unstained from the world, is the one many anti-religionists would rail against. It smells too much like what the religionist was preaching. Jesus was consistently preaching against the “holier-than-thou” mentality of the Pharisees. They were more concerned about their holiness, and their traditions than they were about the poor and needy.

That is Jesus’ point in his preaching against the Pharisees. It wasn’t they were too religious; it was that their religion was too one-sided. Jesus said to them, “You… neglect the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These [religious things] you ought to have done, without neglecting the [weightier matters],” (Mt. 23:23).

This is why James, who famously said “Faith without works is dead,” brings together both holiness and charity. What we would consider “religious” (doing holy things) should be coupled with loving our neighbors.

Religion is not bad, in fact, it is encouraged in our Scriptures as defined by our Scriptures.

Notable Links Aug 8

Street preacher awarded £2,500 in damages after wrongful arrest

Some good news from across the pond. I’ve read about the ongoing dis-regard for Christians and their beliefs in Briton. There seems to be a pattern of discrimination against Christians in public.

Why Do People Say “Jesus H. Christ,” and Where Did the “H” Come From?

I never knew what the IHϹ monogram stood for. I for sure didn’t know Jesus once had a middle initial!

Bonhoeffer, writing to Rüdiger Schleicher

“Either I determine the place where I want to find God, or I let him determine the place where he wants to be found.” – Amen

Should the Rich Be Allowed to Buy the Best Genes?

Perhaps Aldous Huxley is more of a prophet than I give him credit for. Gene editing will become another way to divide humanity – especially between the haves and have nots. The article asks the hard question: Will gene editing really help the human race?

Mistreating The Poor

If you mistreat the poor, you insult your Creator; if you are kind to them, you show him respect.

Proverbs 14:31

Can God be insulted? How often do you think he is insulted? An insult is a cold deliberate act of mistreating someone in action or dead. How can mistreating the less fortunate in our society bring disrespect to the Creator?

God created all of humanity. He knit together each person inside their mother’s womb. Each of us is wonderfully made. The poor and the rich; the good and the bad. When you mistreat someone who God has handmade you’ve disrespected that Creator.

The poor have a special place in God’s heart. He is especially protective of the poor and needy. Usually, it is due to oppression from systems and governments that make people poor and keep them there by oppression. Often, there is no way out.

You’ll find verse after verse in the Bible, both Old, and New Testaments, encouraging the poor. They call out to God in their distress and he hears. He protects the poor and he lifts them up. He loves them with tender love.

If you have children, imagine someone mistreating your child. How would you feel? Do you feel insulted? Imagine if they were kind to your child, how would you feel? Would you feel respected? This is how our heavenly Father feels for his children.

Notable Links – Aug 1

They Tried to Start a Church Without God. For a While, It Worked.

I thought it curious that atheist and skeptics would even start their own “church”. It didn’t work for the reasons I first thought about when I heard about the concept.

VP Pence Unveils the Spacecraft that will Take Astronauts Back to the Moon in 2024!

We (as in all of humanity, mother) are going to the Moon!

Latino Immigrants Are Evangelizing America

The largest growing segment of Evangelicals in American today are Latinos. I’ve often thought about planting a church with intentions of it being bi-lingual. The Spanish speaking immigrants need Jesus too.

The Calendar of Saints: A Rookie Anglican Guide

As a Protestant coming from a “low-church” tradition, I’ve always been curious with the “high-church” traditions regarding saints. Here is a handy guide I’ve found from the Anglican tradition.

Sell Everything?

“There’s one thing you still need to do. Go sell everything you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come with me.”

Jesus in Mark 10:21

Mark tells the story about a rich young man who ran up to Jesus and asked what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus told the young man that he already knew the commandments of God. Yet the man said, “Teacher, I have obeyed all these commandments since I was a young man.”

Jesus looked closely at the man and said, “There’s one thing you still need to do. Go sell everything you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come with me.”

The question often asked is if Christians need to sell all their possessions in order to follow Jesus? Do Christians really need to sell everything, their houses, cars, clothes… and give all the money to the poor?

Western church folk would say, “Absolutely not!” Jesus never meant for anyone to sell all their possessions and give the money to the poor. Jesus was only speaking to the heart of this one young man and addressing his idolatry. This is not an absolute command for every Christian.

Sometimes I wonder, though, maybe Jesus really is talking to Christians today. Especially Christians in the Western world – this author and the reader.

The Western world is the top 1-percent of the wealthiest people in the world. We Christians are among them. But many of us Christians would be quick to protect our properties and strongly resist the teaching in this passage.

Perhaps Jesus is looking at us closely as we sit in our pews on Sunday morning calling upon God to give us eternal life. Perhaps Jesus is saying to us, “There’s one thing you still need to do…”

Jesus goes on to say later, “It’s hard for rich people to get into God’s kingdom!” Perhaps this is why we have seen a decline of people professing to be Christian in the West. Perhaps this is why many churches are in decline, many church buildings are empty. Long ago the West has turned away from God to follow a new god. We’ve plastered our motto upon the very god we serve, “In God We Trust.”

Jesus may not have commanded every Christian to sell ALL their possessions and give to the poor. But he did say, “Sell what you have and give the money to the poor,” (Luke 12:33). This is a direct command given to his followers. It is a command to you and me.

Notable Links – July 25

Living In The Bodies We Have And Not The Ones We Don’t

Looking at the transsexual phenomena and what it means to worship God with your body.

The education of Steven Spielberg. It didn’t involve ivy.

Kind of makes you wonder if going to college is really worth it these days.

9 Things You Should Know About the Communion Service on the Moon

The 50th anniversary of the moon landing was last week. Did you know the astronaut took communion on the moon? Also, do you know what was first read from Apollo 8 that first orbited the moon?

Notre Dame Fire Revives Demand For Skilled Stone Carvers In France

“Our work involves very specific requirements and we are short of skilled labor in a dozen or so traditional professions,” says Frederic Létoffé, the president of the monument restorers’ professional association. “But the Notre Dame fire woke the country up.”

What is Repentance?

I came across someone’s definition of repentance on social media the other day. It said, “Repentance Defined: ‘Admit it, quit it, and forget it.’” This is basically how I have understood repentance growing up. As a pastor, I’ve even taught that repentance is basically confessing your sins (1 John 1:9) and not sin anymore (John 8:11). So simple a child can understand.

Until that child discovers they can’t stop sinning and falls into despair.

Church folk believes they are teaching the truths of Scripture by quoting verses about God’s hatred for sin and his wrath. The solution they have for sin is “quit it.” When someone who can’t stop sinning hears these words from church folk they feel frustrated, outcast, and condemned. Paul illustrates this frustration and despair in Romans 7, “I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out… Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” The people who would preach “quit it” would do well to see how even Paul was unable to “quit it”.

Repentance is more than just “Admit it, quit it, and forget it.” The Greek word translated as ‘repentance’ is metanoia. It means “to know after, to change one’s mind.” Repentance is a re-orientation of your thoughts and actions. You turn away from how you’ve always thought, how you’ve always done things, and turn towards how Jesus thought, how Jesus did things. So, when Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel,” (Mk 1:15) he was saying, “The kingdom of God is here! Change your mind from doing things your way and doing them the kingdom way.”

Though Jesus doesn’t expect you to do this on your own. He sends his Holy Spirit to help us.

This is why Paul in his despair can say, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord, I am delivered.” He said those who are led by the Spirit have a new mind. They think about things of the Spirit and not things of the flesh. Later in chapter 12 of Romans, he says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

How are you transformed? By being in Jesus (Rom. 8:1). By abiding in Jesus (John 15:5). By relying upon the one “who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless…” (Jude 24).

We cannot quit sin on our own power. We need Jesus.