Bible Influences on America!

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Posted 4/5/14 at 1:19 PM | Larry Dozier

Is ‘the Handwriting On the Wall’ for America?

There are many prophecy teachers today teaching that America is about to experience the wrath of God or the judgment of God, because of her sins. Many are saying if God doesn’t judge America, he will have to apologize to Sodom & Gomorra. And others have been sounding the alarm that American churches need to repent from self-centered activities and pray for our American leaders, rather than just engaging in intellectual gymnastics with high profile atheists and others that do not believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Consider the words Simon Peter wrote 1 Peter 3:15,

But give honour to Christ in your hearts as your Lord; and be ready at any time when you are questioned about the hope which is in you, to give an answer in the fear of the Lord and without pride; (Basic English Bible.

I don’t believe Peter was suggesting that we should practice intellectual tit-for-tat with unbelievers. Jesus did have some seemingly intellectual discourse with some of the scholars of his day. Bit he often had harsh words for them and directly spoke to their conscience, not just their minds. Consider the words of 1 Timothy 2:15,

Study to show yourself approved unto good works.

(Not study to win intellectual arguments and debates)

What am I trying say? I’m saying that words from the mind can only reach a mind. But words from the spirit can reach a person’s spirit. Biblical revelation turns on the light of understanding, which enlightens the mind. But a believer must learn to activate that revelation, taking it from one’s mind and activating it in one’s daily experiences. I submit to you that Information changes minds, but action change lives. I believe that is exactly what the following Bible verses are telling us. So, simply winning an intellectually based argument is not what the Bible teaches. Intellectualism was practiced by the Greeks, though. And intellectualism has dominated American educational system. To illustrate the fallacy in this way of thinking, consider this. If you thoroughly understand business math and make straight A’s in college math, if you don’t learn how to implement it in the business world, it would be fruitless.

Further, James 2 says

15 Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth. (Complete Jewish Bible) FULL POST

Posted 3/22/14 at 2:54 PM | Larry Dozier

Identity Crisis in America!

When you know who you are – you know what to do!

Imagine for a moment that you wake one morning and your memory of your past was suddenly erased. You don’t remember your name. You don’t remember who your parents are. You don’t remember anything!

What would you do? You can’t go to your parents, because you no longer live with them and you don’t know where they live. This would be horrible, wouldn’t it? Can you imagine trying to live your life that way? Talk about confusion!

I submit to you that is exactly where many Americans are today. They’re living in confusion and chaos because they don’t know who they are, where they’ve been or where they’re going. As the late Zig Ziglar once said, “They are wandering generalities and God created them to be “meaningful specifics”.

When I was first asked, “Who are you?”, I said things like, I’m a teacher, I’m a Christian, I’m Baptist, I’m an athlete, etc. But one day I realized that I was not saying who I was, but what I did. I was getting my self-identification and self-worth from my job, my religious affiliation, my family name or my athletic accomplishments. The problem with that is when I’m no longer one of those things, I have no identity. And in reality what I do has little to do with who I am, according to the Bible. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/14 at 11:41 AM | Larry Dozier

Just One Thing Needed!

 The atheist Professor of Philosophy pauses before his class and asks one of his students to stand.

'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?' (Professor)

'Yes sir,' the student says. (Student)

'So you believe in God?' (Professor)

'Absolutely!’ (Student) FULL POST

Posted 12/31/13 at 1:45 PM | Larry Dozier

It's Time! Let the Redeemed Say So!

The year of 2014 (5774 in the Jewish calendar) is the time for the redeemed of the Lord to say so! (Psalm 107:2)

In every age and civilization, people have worshipped the god whom they perceived as being the most powerful. This was true in the days of Elijah. He declared to the nation:

“How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him" (I Kings 18:21).

Before the Hebrews entered the Promised Land, the Lord God warned against worshiping Canaan’s gods (Deuteronomy 6:14-15), but Israel turned to idolatry anyway. During the reign of Ahab and Jezebel, at the height of Baal worship in Israel, God directly confronted the paganism through His prophet Elijah. First, God showed that He, not Baal, controlled the rain by sending a drought lasting three-and-one-half years (1 Kings 17:1). Then Elijah called for a showdown on Mt. Carmel to prove once and for all who the true God was. All day long, 450 prophets of Baal called on their god to send fire from heaven—surely an easy task for a god associated with lightning bolts—but “there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:29). After Baal’s prophets gave up, Elijah prayed a simple prayer, and God answered immediately with fire from heaven. The evidence was overwhelming, and the people “fell prostrate and cried, ‘The LORD–he is God! The LORD–he is God!’” (Verse 39). FULL POST

Posted 12/3/13 at 2:17 PM | Larry Dozier

Time to Jump-Start Your Prayer Life?

During my college days, one night I drove a group of students home after we had finished our weekly Bible study and fellowship. The first person I dropped off was an attractive nursing student. I told the others in that I would walk her to her door and be right back. When I returned to the car, the rest of the passengers in my car were furious, telling me that I had been gone more than an hour! I was shocked, because it seemed to me that I had been gone only a few minutes.

Why do I find that it is so easy talk to friends for hours, yet so difficult to talk with God for just an hour, I thought? In the garden of Gathsemane Jesus said to Peter, James and John, “Tarry ye here and watch with me” (Matthew 26:38). However, when Jesus returned, He found the them asleep and said to Peter, “What, could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). Following this, Jesus gave them the command to watch and pray. Just as these men found it difficult to spend an hour in prayer, in our lives today it can be a challenge to spend an extended period of time in prayer too. At a later meeting, I asked my Bible study attendees to break up into small groups and we would pray for one hour. Most of them had never prayed for a solid hour and wondered what it would be like. And after they had prayed for an hour, they were so encouraged that the entire group wanted to do it again. This group benefited from an outline that divided the hour into 12, 5-minute segments, each with a specific prayer focus. Here is the outline they followed: FULL POST

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