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5 ways to maintain a biblical perspective on Christian leaders?

May 27, 2014

1. Realize that no man and no ministry is infallible or beyond accountability.  “Celebrity Christians” are saved sinners like everyone else and are under the same standards of God as everyone else.

2. Learn from three or more sound teachers, not just one.  Avoid being a “fan” of just one man or ministry.

3. Prioritize being a part of your local church.  This is where God has designed us to be taught, have fellowship, take communion, and pray (Acts 2:41-41).

4. Be like the Bereans and search the Scriptures to see whether the things being taught are biblical (Acts 17:10-11).

5. Ask yourself: Would my faith be shaken if my favorite teacher fell?  Would I defend my favorite teacher if he was proved to be unethical or immoral?

How do we find God’s will in decisions when the Bible doesn’t give an explicit answer?

April 5, 2014

David headshot1. Does the Bible say anything explicitly or by implicitly about the decision you’re facing?
For example, the Bible is clear that a Christian should not marry a non-Christian.  (1 Corinthians 7:39 A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.)

2. Abide in Christ.  
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  In other words, the closer you remain to the Lord, the closer your decisions will be to His will.

3. Relish the wrestling.
Finding God’s will implies there’s effort required—you need to look for it and it may be hard and long.  Think about it.  Knock on doors.  Gather information.  God is refining you through the process.

4. Seek counsel from the oldest, wisest people who know and love you.
Read 1 Kings 12 about how King Rehoboam listened to the counsel of his peers rather than the older, wiser, and more experienced men.

5. Pray without ceasing over the decision.  And perhaps fast from food too.
Wait until you have a settled peace.  1 Thes. 5:17 “pray without ceasing.”

6. Look for circumstances, not signs.
Pay more attention to tangible circumstances like open and closed doors and less to “I had a dream last night and feel like I need to quit my job and start working in full-time ministry.”

7. Understand that God is sovereign over our decisions
We can still make a “less than” decision even when our hearts are right and we’ve followed the right steps. The good news is God is in control even in the midst of our “less than” decisions and will work through them for our good and His glory. Psalm 103:19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.

5 Keys to Overcoming a Sinful Upbringing:

January 12, 2014

David headshot(Excerpt taken from David’s recent show “How God is Undaunted by Man’s Sin“, an interview with Josh McDowell).

5 Keys to Overcoming a Sinful Upbringing:

1. Realize that sin is present in all families. Even the “best” families struggle with sin. But certainly the more unrepentant sin, the worse the environment and consequences.

2. It is not a random accident or “bad luck” that you were born into your specific family. Just as God appoints political leaders (Romans 13), he weaves us in our specific mother’s womb (Psalm 139). God has you there for a purpose just as he placed Joseph in his “dysfunctional” family for a higher purpose (Genesis 50:20).

3. God will help you overcome whatever family situation you are in. No family problem is too great for His grace to help you endure and overcome. “…where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20).

4. The first step to overcoming a sinful upbringing is to become right with God through Christ. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

5. The next step is to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” — be daily in the Word and controlled by the Holy Spirit. You can either look at your sinful family as a hopeless disaster or you can see it as an opportunity to proclaim and display God’s gospel and love for others and as a means of your personal sanctification. “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

How God Restores Shattered Lives

December 28, 2012

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Guest: Frank Pastore, author, Shattered

NOTE: On December 17th, my friend and fellow radio host Frank Pastore went home to be with the Lord.  Today’s program, in tribute to Frank and his family, and in light of his memorial service taking place today in Los Angeles, is a rebroadcast of an interview with Frank from the summer of 2010.  
[Read David’s short tribute to Frank]

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

No doubt you know someone who grew up in a “dysfunctional” family.  Maybe you did yourself.  Of course “dysfunctional” really just means “lots of sin” whether in the form of multiple divorces, re-marriages, children out of wedlock, abusive words and relationships, lying, deceit, and you name what else.

Of course sin is present in every family and if allowed to run its destructive course, everything is turned upside down from the way God intended the family to function.

Frank Pastore, former Major League Baseball pitcher, current radio talk show host in Los Angeles, and our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview, grew up in a highly dysfunctional family.  In his new book Shattered: Struck Down, But Not Destroyed, Frank tells his captivating story of family, marriage, and baseball, and how God amazingly rescued him from bringing the dysfunction of his past into his own family.

If you have ever felt hopelessly mired in your own family’s dysfunction, or know someone who is, please tune in to The Christian Worldview this weekend to find out how God can restore even the most “shattered” lives.

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Authority Roles in Marriage Part 1b – Wives

June 28, 2012

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Guest: Martha Peace, author, The Excellent Wife

“Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them” (Colossians 3:18-19).

Last week on The Christian Worldview, we discussed “authority roles in marriage” with respect to wives.  The principle for wives to be “subject” to their husbands may be clear in Scripture, but how to practically apply this in the myriad of situations and circumstances that wives encounter takes plenty of wisdom.

That is why we are doing a Part 1b on authority roles in marriage for wives this Saturday.  We will be joined by Martha Peace, biblical counselor and author of the popular book, “The Excellent Wife”.  She will talk about how wives should interact with the “dominator” husband and the “abdicator” husband, and how a wife can avoid becoming a “usurper” or “manipulator” (my terms).

And finally, Martha will be taking your phone calls and answering those sticky issues that invariably arise between husbands and wives in marriage.  So be sure to tune in to The Christian Worldview as we discuss more about wives … and also some about the Supreme Court decision on health care that came down this week.  Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom and who was in the Supreme Court when the decision was released, will join us for that.

Authority Roles in Marriage Part 1 – Wives

June 23, 2012

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“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church…” (Ephesians 5:22-23a).

God’s command for wives to “be subject to your own husbands” is one of the most misunderstood, abused, deconstructed, and downright despised concepts in all of Scripture.

Start throwing around words like “help-mate”, “headship”, and “submission” and you’re bound to see stern looks and bristling fur on the backs of necks.

This Saturday on The Christian Worldview, we’ll aim to clarify what God’s command means, and just as importantly, what it doesn’t mean, so that husbands and wives can better glorify God in their marriage and home and actually receive the blessing for doing so.

** Next week:  Authority Roles in Marriage Part 2 – Husbands

Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Marriage and Family

June 16, 2012

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Guests: Bruce and Mary Jane Wheaton (David’s parents)

“… each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).

Sadly, with the high prevalence of divorce and dysfunction, it is becoming increasingly rare to hear about good marriages that last 50-plus years or “till death do us part”.

Why is that?  Why does there seem to be so much divorce and dysfunction in marriages and families and what can be done to counteract it?

Every year on either Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Weekend, I interview my own parents, Bruce (80 years old) and Mary Jane Wheaton (78), who have been married for 58 years, and by God’s grace, are still going strong.

We will hear their thoughts this Saturday on The Christian Worldview about how to have a strong marriage and family centered on Jesus Christ.  Don’t miss one of our listener’s favorite annual programs!

Un-Mangling The Most Misused Verses in Scripture

June 9, 2012

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Guest:  Eric Bargerhuff, author, The Most Misused Verses in the Bible

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

How many times have you heard someone quote the following verse from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah with the implication that it is meant for them today: “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope”?

Or what about Matthew 7:1-2 where Christ said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged”?  Ever heard that one tossed about as a prohibition against making any disapproving statement about the conduct of others?

There are plenty of passages of Scripture that are misinterpreted, misused, and downright mangled.  Our guest this Saturday on The Christian Worldview, Eric Bargerhuff, has written a new book all about them entitled, Most Misused Verses in the Bible.  We’ll discuss some of these misused verses and find out what the correct interpretations actually are.

The Facebook Temptation and the Christian

June 2, 2012

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“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

The social networking website Facebook is a worldwide phenomenon with nearly 1 billion users.  Everyday, Facebook users spend minutes to hours posting comments and pictures and keeping up with their “friends”.

Sounds good — people connecting with people.  God made us relational beings so surely Facebook is encouraging that design, right?  Well, maybe not.

Facebook can be a detrimental obsession and dangerous point of temptation.  Time that could be spent productively on spiritual growth or healthy in-person relationships is replaced with browsing through friends’ latest updates.  Worse, the easy means of connection provides fertile soil for illicit relationships.

But Facebook doesn’t have to be all bad.  This Saturday on The Christian Worldview, we’ll discuss the positive and negatives of Facebook and how Christians can be discerning and wise about using the popular website.

What Exactly Was the Faith of Our Founders?

May 26, 2012

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Guest: Gregg Frazer, author, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

It has become a never-ending debate: What kind of faith, if any, did the Founders and Framers of America have and what was their vision for our country?

One side says that they (e.g. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, etc.) were committed believers in God and the Bible and were intent on permeating our nation with a Christian worldview.  The other side says that the founders were either deists or atheists and sought to construct a wall “separating church and state”.

So which is it and how does it matter today?  Professor Gregg Frazer, author of a very interesting new book, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution, makes the case that our Founders were neither biblical Christians nor atheists but rather what he calls “theistic rationalists”.

Join us this Memorial Day Weekend on The Christian Worldview as we talk with Gregg Frazer about the faith of our founders.

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