Song Squawk – This Old Man

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

This Old Man – by Guardian

Speaking of looking back at the past, being dragged down with memories of waste and bad decisions. This song speaks of that ol’ man who constantly tears at our soul, taking away the joy and peace the Messiah supplies as we walk in the Spirit.

This old man, he’s flicking on the brights
He’s wanting squatter’s rights
He’s gotta have his space in your face
Get you reminiscing for the very years you wasted
Every bitter fruit you tasted gonna snare you in a stare-down

This song has a message for every believer. The Old Man is an anchor, an enemy. This old man is me!

Take a listen!

This Old Man – by Guardian

This Old Man – by Guardian

Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme
Remember me? ‘Member me?

This old man, he plays one on one
He was your cool whip master, you were his B.C. son
This old man, he’s got the smell of sin
He’s got the nature of sin he was your actual, factual old sin nature
Mother praying, Jesus save the boy
Save him from the old man, got away, glory, glory

Up from the water, out of the grave
Wearing a new man’s clothes
The old man’s dragging the lake again lately
What does he want? Mama, you don’t suppose

This old man, he don’t mind the gap
He’s like a subway rat, he’s crawling out your past
Out the dark, little land shark, little predator scavenger
Serving up sucker punch, flyweight, gonna eat your lunch

This old man, he’s flicking on the brights
He’s wanting squatter’s rights
He’s gotta have his space in your face
Get you reminiscing for the very years you wasted
Every bitter fruit you tasted gonna snare you in a stare-down

Better to choke than breathe in your curse
This old man, this old man
Better to crawl than to ride in your hearse
This old man, this old man
This old man, this old man

Up from the water, out of the grave
Wearing a new man’s clothes
The old man’s dragging the lake again lately
What does he want? Mama, you don’t suppose

This old man, he plays seek and destroy
He comes robbing my joy, he’s here spreading the rot
Old man, don’t you get it? What I’ve got is good as gold
Good as gold, better than gold

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Pain

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Pain – by Grammatrain

At first the bass line had me. (Remember the bass box in my little car – this song vibrated the road!) Besides the bass line, this song speaks!

As we travel this world with faith in the Master, I have learned that the teaching of the prosperity gospel is empty, void and so deceptive.

When I became a believer, to be victorious meant always a smile, success, great feelings and never admitting to weakness, or to the tensions in the believers life that are so real.

If you are a beleiver, understand that faith lives in suffering and the pain of a broken world. Grammatrain nails this concept. I personally have experienced some difficult times internally lately, and need to look to the Master in the mist of them.

This song hit me today!

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I have referred to this group once before (Execution – by Grammatrain), and will likely direct you to them again. They are awesome! This song hits home in so many ways. If you are struggling, take a listen, and read the lyrics. So much tension!

Take a listen!

Pain – by Grammatrain

Pain – by Grammatrain

I wish that I could say I am a perfect man
I wish sometimes that I would not be who I am
One day I decided I would think on this
Not knowing if faith and pain could co-exist

Could I ever on my own conceive
Of someone I did not know, but I need?
I must be made to be at peace and communion
‘Cause there must be some place
Somehow from where I have fallen

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

The inconsistency of what I say I should be
Compared to what I am in actuality
Leaves me in conclusion that I know the way
Though I am unable to always obey

Nothing in this world has satisfied
My soul’s hunger for a deeper life
The weight of my misdeeds were crushing, blinding me
And I still live with pain inside but now I can see

And I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

The pieces of my life are scattered on the floor
I stared at them till I could take no more

I do not deserve to be set free
Forgiveness is what I desperately need
If it wasn’t for the perfect blood was shed
Would I not be dead inside but I live now instead

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I know my faith’s still here
Believe through all my tears

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Church of Do What You Want To

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

The verse that seemed prophetic (although the entire song surely is!) is as follows.

Turn in your hymnals to hymn number one,
It ain’t “Holy, Holy, Holy,” it’s “Fun, Fun, Fun”
Don’t need a saviour ’cause we got no flaws,
They ain’t sins no more; they’re more like spiritual faux pas.

I really enjoyed listening to these guys, and thier estimate of the condition of the church, which I certainly didn’t like!

Take a listen!

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

Are you tired of religions that only seem to bring you down, cramping your lifestyle like a certain thorny crown?
Are you sick of being told that you can’t make it on your own?
If that’s your case, I’ve got a place that you can call a home.

It’s at the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please,
The church of do what feels good, baby, and believe what you want to believe,
No absolutes, no wrong or right, just ambiguity.

Well, we don’t believe in Heaven and we won’t believe in Hell,
We threw away the Bible and the sacraments as well,
Jesus is just alright with us, just as long as you don’t try to make him out as more than just an ordinary guy.

At the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please,
The church of do what feels good, baby, and believe what you want to believe,
No absolute, no wrong or right, just vague philosophy,
At the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please.

I…I know something’s wrong,
Something once was here, but now it’s gone, oh.

Turn in your hymnals to hymn number one,
It ain’t “Holy, Holy, Holy,” it’s “Fun, Fun, Fun”
Don’t need a saviour ’cause we got no flaws,
They ain’t sins no more; they’re more like spiritual faux pas.

I…I know something’s wrong,
But, frankly, I am having too much fun.

At the church of do what you want to,
Church of do what you want to,
Ch-ch-ch-church of do what you want to,
Church of do what you want to.

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Bicycle

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Bicycle – by Plankeye

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following.

You say, I told you so
You were much too young to get married
But I say, you’re way too old
And when did you stop living anyway?

If you have read my testimony, you know I married early and my favorite and I struggled keeping food on the table. Many a night we ate popcorn for supper, or the dreaded LaChoy canned chinese food. No matter, God was (and is) good to us! This song reminds me on those early days, and although nothing earth shattering regarding theology, it reminds me of my early faith, with the following verse.

As I ride my bike with my safety helmet on
And white tennis shoes
They stare at me but I see through new eyes
Or maybe you just don’t remember

As a believer, we see through new eyes! May we never forget the vision those eyes can see!

Take a listen!

Bicycle – by Plankeye

Bicycle – by Plankeye

I have a wife and together we live
In a very small room
Yesterday she lost, her car broke down
And now I ride a bicycle

You say, I told you so
You were much too young to get married
But I say, you’re way too old
And when did you stop living anyway?

As I ride my bike with my safety helmet on
And white tennis shoes
They stare at me but I see through new eyes
Or maybe you just don’t remember

This place that I’m supposed to be
Is not the chair in front of a desk, in front of a mirror

Can’t you see that it’s not here or there or anywhere?
But in speaking distance with God
And where can you go that’s too far?
Because I can worship Him anywhere

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Preacher’s Kid

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following. Note that this is the ruminations of a preacher’s kid, with lots of questions!

It’s like the pictures that I draw
Pictures that I draw of dinosaurs
They remind me of the man
Who prays for the needy in our church
In other words
I’m not a good artist

Prays for the needy in our church. Aaron is seeing a problem with that man’s prayers now, isnt he?

I only found one cd that this band put out, but I searched for more. This band is awesome and the story structure is well done IMHO. This particular song speaks of the loneliness of the preacher kid, and the disillusionment that comes from being in a family dedicated to professional service to God. Well done!

Take a listen!

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

I’m staring through glass
Stained by insecurities and hurt
I’m wondering, and I’ve got lots of questions
But no answers why
Daddy is the pastor of this church
Seems to be his only out
Besides basketball on the TV
Basketball on the TV

My name is Aaron, does anybody care?
I want to fly to the moon and drive a race car
would like to be a star
My name is Aaron, please tell me if I’m wrong
Please tell me if I’m wrong
I want to dream
I want to dream
I want to dream
‘Cause dreams are real to me
As nothing is reality
It’s like the pictures that I draw
Pictures that I draw of dinosaurs
They remind me of the man
Who prays for the needy in our church
In other words
I’m not a good artist

Does Jesus love me, Mommy
Does Jesus love me, Daddy
Does Jesus love me, anybody
Does Jesus love — does anyone love me?

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Lift Him Up

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Lift Him Up – by X-Sinner

That last song (Execution – By Grammatrain) was pretty heavy, not only in the tune, but in the message. This one, not so much.

I’m not gonna pull no punches with you, my friend. I listened to these guys simply cause I wanted to hear some plain ol’ AC/DC. Theologically, I think these guys were comparable to modern praise worship song leaders, with repitition being used to enforce a message.

Good fun stuff, but I didn’t come away from this stuff thinking deeper of the faith or challenged in holy living. I don’t think that was their intent! They were having fun and it was infectious! BTW this one has a bit of volume!

Take a listen!

Lift Him Up – X-Sinner

Lift Him Up – by X-Sinner

Got me running away from you
Not knowing what I should do
All my thoughts are so blown apart
What I need is a brand new start,
You gotta dig down inside you,
Can you dig down inside?

Oh, lift him up
Lift him up,
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up.

Walking home through the park today
Had a friend who was blown away
Some bible-slinger with guts to spare
A testimony that he could share
You gotta dig down inside
You gotta dig down inside you,
Down inside.

Lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do.

Standing back from the crowd
Is fine if you don’t wanna waste my time,
All alone in a loner’s world
Ten million more feel the same old way,
You gotta dig down inside,
You gotta dig down inside you.

Oh, lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up
Yeah, it’s what you gotta do,
Lift him up
Lift him up (n-n-n-yeah)
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Oh, oh.

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Jesus is for Losers

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

I have referred to Mr Taylor in a previous post. His stuff has always been fresh no matter how many times I come back to him.

The portion in this song that resonates with me is the following.

Jesus is for losers
Why do I still play to the crowd?

Admit it – Jesus is for losers – Join the crowd. Fighting to find acceptance with this world will only pull us away from Him.

This fella can cut an issue fairly deep, and by that I mean he can “step on toes” fairly consistently. Don’t worry bout the volume on this tune! Take your time and get this guy’s message!

Take a listen!

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

If I was driven
Driven ahead by some noble ideal
Who took the wheel?

If I was given
Given a glimpse of some glorious road
When was it sold?

So caught up in the chase
I keep forgetting my place

Just as I am
I am stiff-necked and proud

Jesus is for losers
Why do I still play to the crowd?

Just as I am
Pass the compass, please

Jesus is for losers
I’m off about a hundred degrees

If I was groping
Groping around for some ladder to fame
I am ashamed

If I was hoping
Hoping respect would make a sturdy footstool
I am a fool

Bone-weary every climb
Blindsided every time

Just as I am
I am needy and dry

Jesus is for losers
The self-made need not apply

Just as I am
In a desert crawl
Lord, I’m so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall

And if you’re certain
Certain your life is some cosmic mistake
Why do you shake?

And if you’re certain
Certain that faith is some know-nothing mask
Why do you still ask?

They don’t grade here on the curve
We both know what we deserve

Just as you are
Just a wretch like me
Jesus is for losers
Grace from the blood of a tree

Just as we are
At a total loss

Jesus is for losers
Broken at the foot of the cross

Just as I am
Pass the compass, please
Jesus is for losers
I’m off about a hundred degreesJust as I am

In a desert crawl
Lord, I’m so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Song Squawk – Without Shelter

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Without Shelter – by Eternal Decision

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following.

Without shelter
Without you
Lost and all alone
Trying on my own
I need you now
I need you forever

And you first loved me
Now I’ll love you forever

These guys sound alot like Metallica, but this particular tune falls into the ballad genre IMHO.

Take a listen!

Without Shelter – Eternal Decision

Without Shelter – by Eternal Decision

I was a beggar on the street
A lonely soul
I was lost without a home
And I had nothing
That this world has to give
Thought I’d always be alone

Without shelter
Without you
Lost and all alone
Trying on my own
I need you now
I need you forever
And you first loved me

Now I’ll love you forever

I was the prideful one
It seemed I had it all
But you’ve shown me I was poor
And I had everything this world
Has to give
But inside I needed more

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Repent of Your Sins – Metanoia – Repentance Verse List

repent-of-your-sins-isnt-found-in-the-bible-even-one-time-e1599255371527.pngA brother asked me recently to check the Bible for the phrase “repent of your sins”.

As the attached graphic states, the specific phrase “repent of your sins” does not occur.

My previous post referred to the verse lists for my study. This post supplies the list for the word “Repentance”, with an added bonus at the end.

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Matthew 3:8

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Matthew 3:11

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Mark 1:4

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 3:3

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 3:8

Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 5:32

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 15:7

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 24:47

and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Acts 5:31

God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 11:18

When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

Acts 13:24

Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Acts 19:4

And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”

Acts 20:21

testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 26:20

but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

Romans 2:4

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

2 Corinthians 7:9

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

2 Timothy 2:25

correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Hebrews 6:1

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

Hebrews 6:6

and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Hebrews 12:17

For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Unrepentant – G279

Added bonus for those brave souls who read the full post!  The following verse uses the negative term for repentance, translated as impenitent.

Romans 2:5

But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

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Repent of Your Sins – Metanoeó – Repent Verse List

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A brother asked me recently to check the Bible for the phrase “repent of your sins”.

As the attached graphic states, the specific phrase “repent of your sins” does not occur.

My previous post referred to the verse lists for my study.

This post supplies the list for the word “Repent”

Repent – Strong’s G3340

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Matthew 3:2

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 11:20

Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.

Matthew 11:21

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Matthew 12:41

The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Mark 1:15

and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Mark 6:12

So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.

Luke 10:13

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

Luke 11:32

The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Luke 13:3

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Luke 13:5

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Luke 15:7

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:10

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 16:30

And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

Luke 17:3

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

Luke 17:4

and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

Acts 2:38

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 3:19

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,

Acts 8:22

Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

Acts 17:30

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Acts 26:20

but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

2 Corinthians 12:21

I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

Revelation 2:5

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

Revelation 2:16

Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Revelation 2:21

I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.

Revelation 2:22

Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works,

Revelation 3:3

Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

Revelation 3:19

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Revelation 9:20

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk,

Revelation 9:21

nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation 16:9

They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.

Revelation 16:11

and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

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Repent of Your Sins – Introduction

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A brother asked me recently to check the Bible for the phrase “repent of your sins”.

As the attached graphic states, the specific phrase “repent of your sins” does not occur.

So, obviously repentance is not required of sinners, and evil men have twisted the pure gospel.

What?

That is ludicrous!

Lets get so particular that all we end up doing is finding unjustified specific claims to justify erroneous teaching that is broadly taught throughout the Scriptures.

This is a common tactic of those who despise and hate the message of a loving God who is looking for those who will worship in spirit and truth. This is also a tactic that believers have been warned of for centuries.

I think Paul supplied some counsel on this, in stating the need to understand the whole counsel of God.

Acts 20:27

..I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

I could go looking for many specific phrases that describes clearly indisputable doctrines in the Bible and come up blank.

Lets try “God exists”. Doh – Nothing, not one single verse includes that phrase. Okay, using the same logic as above, there is no justification for teaching this truth since the specific phrase “God exists” doesn’t occur in the Bible.

As my momma used to say, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

I would like to suggest that repentance is an incredible truth that is required for both the lost and the saved.

Okay, now you’ve gone too far Carl.

I hear some of you out there thinking, why do I need to repent after I get saved? Or even, why do I need to get saved again?

Good questions! (I don’t think I could have come up with those on my own!)

As many of you know, I am an engineer by day, and love me them spreadsheets. Using this method gives me a high level view of the general teaching of the New Testament in relation to repentance.

So I retrieved all the verses that include the words repent and repentance in the New Testament, and compiled them in a handy dandy spreadsheet below.

Note that I used the Greek terms below to search for my verse.

Repent

  • Strongs # G3340
  • metanoeó μετανοέω

Repentance

  • Strongs # 3341
  • metanoia μετάνοια

One caveat about this spreadsheet.

I have categorized two groups of people that the call to repentance is given. Lost humanity, those that have had no relationship with the Eternal God of All. The second category deals with covenant people, and this is where I feel I need to explain some of my thinking.

The Lord Jesus came to a nation that was in covenant with the Eternal God and His focus in preaching repentance was two fold. First off, He was searching for those within the nation that did not personally know the Eternal God, and yet belonged to the covenant nation of Israel. An example may be Nicodemus.

As you may know by now, I found the remnant teaching in the Old Testament a few years ago, and it cleared up some questions I had. Very enlightening. If interested, see the “rant” in my post called Promises to Israel – 2. The Seed

Secondly He was seeking the nation of Israel (a covenant people) to repent of her ways nationally, and return to God. An example of this preaching can be found in Matthew 24 and 25, where He addresses the leadership of Israel.

In the spreadsheet below, I have identified those who were called to repent in relation to their status as covenant people first. Understand this group would also, for the greater part of the population, need to enter into a new covenant personal relationship with God through the Messiah.

If you are interested in taking this thought further, (and I am sure it can be taken further!) drop me a comment and I can send you a copy of the spreadsheet for your use.

I shall be posting the full verse lists for both of these terms related to repentance in the following days.

Who is Called to Repent?
New Testament Verse Strong’s # Covenant People Lost Humanity
Matthew 3:2 G3340 a
Matthew 3:8 G3341
Matthew 3:11 G3341 a
Matthew 4:17 G3340 a
Matthew 9:13 G3341 a
Matthew 11:20 G3340 a
Matthew 11:21 G3340 a
Matthew 12:41 G3340 a
Mark 1:4 G3341 a
Mar 1:15 G3340 a
Mark 2:17 G3341 a
Mar 6:12 G3340 a
Luke 3:3 G3341 a
Luke 3:8 G3341 a
Luke 5:32 G3341 a
Luke 10:13 G3340 a
Luke 11:32 G3340 a
Luke 13:3 G3340 a
Luke 13:5 G3340 a
Luke 15:7 G3340 a
Luke 15:7 G3341 a
Luke 15:10 G3340 a
Luke 16:30 G3340 a
Luke 17:3 G3340 a
Luke 17:4 G3340 a
Luke 24:47 G3341 a
Acts 2:38 G3340 a
Acts 3:19 G3340 a
Acts 5:31 G3341 a
Acts 8:22 G3340 a
Acts 11:18 G3341 a
Acts 13:24 G3341 a
Acts 17:30 G3340 a a
Acts 19:4 G3341 a
Acts 20:21 G3341 a
Acts 26:20 G3341 a
Acts 26:20 G3340 a a
Romans 2:4 G3341 a
2 Corinthians 7:9 G3341 a
2 Corinthians 7:10 G3341 a
2 Corinthians 12:21 G3340 a
2 Timothy 2:25 G3341 a
Hebrews 6:1 G3341 a
Hebrews 6:6 G3341 a
Hebrews 12:17 G3341 a
2 Peter 3:9 G3341 a
Revelation 2:5 G3340 a
Revelation 2:16 G3340 a
Revelation 2:21 G3340 a
Revelation 2:22 G3340 a
Revelation 3:3 G3340 a
Revelation 3:19 G3340 a
Revelation 9:20 G3340 a
Revelation 9:21 G3340 a
Revelation 16:9 G3340 a
Revelation 16:11 G3340 a

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A New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

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2 Corinthians 5:16 – 19

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
What in tarnation is Paul talkin’ bout here?
Is Paul letting us know he had met Jesus prior to the crucifixion? Prior to His suffering? I think so. If that is the message, it creates additional questions for me.
The verse that gets me in this passage is the popular verse – You know about the new creation.
If Paul knew Jesus prior to His ascension, He states that he does not know Him in that way any longer.
Two things occur to me at this point.
  1. Jesus is glorified, and due to His ascension and glorification, He is no longer simply of the flesh. (Remember – He is our man in heaven – Hebrews 9:24. He is of flesh and bones, currently in heaven pleading for you and I)
  2. Paul has had an attitude adjustment. He is not against the earthly rabbi named Jesus, who was such a thorn in the flesh of the Pharisee’s No no no – Now Paul has the Spirit of God residing in him, teaching him of the character of the servant he despised while He was on earth.

attitude

Soooooo.

Is the new creation simply another way of saying that my attitude towards Jesus is new? Different than before?

Let’s admit something.

Prior to my conversion, I had a disdain and hatred towards the One who claimed so much. Mostly fear of Him, to be honest, and out of that fear came all the other wicked attitudes and thoughts I carried around with me.

What a sorry existence.

blood transfusion

Upon conversion, I became a new creation!

None of my hair was replaced, nor did I have a blood transfusion. I repented, changed my mind about the Messiah.

He was not someone to ignore, sneer at or fight with.

He is the Lord.

Lord – may I have that attitude daily, walking in the newness of life, enjoying the multi-faceted grace of the Your love and life.


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OT in NT – 1 Corinthians

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Find below a spreadsheet embedded into the post that lists  verses from the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians and corresponding Old Testament references.

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OT in NT – Romans

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Surprise!

Surprise

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Another poem that reminds me of the unexpected mercy of God. I believe the author is Len Dean

I dreamt death came the other night

And heaven’s gate swung wide.

With kindly grace an angel came

And ushered me inside:

And there to my astonishment

Stood folk I’d known on earth,

Some I had judged as quite unfit

Or but of little worth:

Indignant words rose to my lips

But never were set free,

For every face showed stunned surprise

NO ONE EXPECTED ME!


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OT in NT – John

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OT in NT – Luke

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OT in NT – Matthew

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Questions I’ve Been Asked – Thousand Years Part 2

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Let’s continue in our second post based on the “Questions I’ve Been Asked”, regarding the binding of Satan, and more specifically, the term “a thousand years” in the book of Revelation.

You see, a brother asked me about the thousand year teaching in the Book of Revelation and if Satan is bound at the present time.

I hope I can address these concerns properly.

Let’s read the passage one more time.

Rev 20:2

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

As I mentioned at the end of our last post, this next question has been the most influential in my understanding of the passage.

1000-22.) Does the literalness of a passage increase due to the use of a precise number?

When John is writing this passage, he uses a specific number, and because of this, must mean what he writes, right?

(And isn’t that a cool gif? —->)

We must take his description of the thousand years literally since he specifically uses that specific term and did not modify it by using terms like “approximately” or “about” or “more than”. I must have heard this argument a million times! – Literally a million times!!!

But is that how a Jewish man would communicate 2000 years ago (not exactly 2000 years ago, but again, you know what I mean, right)?

John was a man steeped in the Old Testament, and surely knew of the instances the prophets used the very same term. Granted, sometimes the prophets would be defining a population, the result of a census, or a sum of money, and that seems to be an obvious use of the term in a literal sense. But sometimes the prophets used the term “thousand” to define an indefinite time, or an extended time.

Consider the following passages

Deuteronomy 1:11
May the LORD, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you, as he has promised you!

Was the LORD going to implement a birth control system once the population grew to a certain point? (Don’t be so sarcastic Carl!)

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Ok, follow me on this – let’s assume that one generation is 40 years (just for giggles!)

OK, lets make one more assumption, and that is that Moses recieved this promise aproximately 2,000 years before the birth of our Lord. I know it was less, but let me make the math easy!

A thousand generations would be forty thousand years. 40,000 years! That means that this promise ceases to be valid in the year 38,000.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad my great great great …. grandchildren have a chance, but honestly, what about my lineage in the year 38,001? (Ok Carl now you are being ridiculous!)

Deuteronomy 32:30
How could one have chased a thousand,
and two have put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
and the LORD had given them up?

Although there are many instances of small contingencies of Israeli men taking on multitudes (I am thinking of Gideon and Jonathon for instance), I don’t know if the exact thousand to one or five thousand to one ratios ever exactly occurred.

The Psalms are very descriptive and poetic and often use terms in a very symbolic fashion – not very much unlike the book of Revelation.

Psalm 50:10
For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.

I am sure God owns all the cattle. I guess I need to google the actual number of hills on earth – I am sure it is one thousand exactly!

Again Carl – too sarcastic – tune it down a smidge!

Psalm 68:17
The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
thousands upon thousands;
the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.

Twenty thousand chariots are a lot of chariots!

Psalm 84:10
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Could the psalmist be using “thousand” days as an expression extending beyond two years and 9 months? Why is he so short sigted? I would have used a million instead of a thousand – At least then I would have over 2700 years of being in His courts!

Psalm 90:4
For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.

Yesterday and a watch at night are two different spans of time, so if we are goings to be ‘literalists” regarding the use of the term thousand, we need to consider the literalness of some of the other time descriptions being used.

Psalm 91:7
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

The psalmist seems to use thousand and ten thousand interchangeably. Interesting.

Psalm 105:8
He remembers his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

The covenant is referred to as being forever and the generations are numbered at a thousand. Is there a hint here that thousand means more than a thousand?

It seems that when the writers of Scripture wanted to define an extended number or time , they used the term thousand.

When they wanted to really blow your mind Scripture writers would use the term “murias”, which comes down into the English language as the word myriad. This term seems to give the impression of an innumerable number.

Although this is a short study, it is rooted in the Old Testament. As I grow as a Christian, I am increasingly impressed with the importance of comparing Scripture with Scripture. especially in the book of Revelation.

I look forward to comments and questions, especially passages of Scripture that may help in understanding this topic better.


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Questions I’ve Been Asked – The Bottomless Pit – Part 5

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On to the next verse we find in the book of Revelation, and trying to find some answers to the Bottomless Pit question a brother set me on to research. It seems I still have four verses to consider.

I will address the last two in the next post.

Lets consider our first verse.

Rev 11 :7
And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,

Nagging questions…..

Who is the beast?

  • He fights against the two witnesses (whoever they represent I don’t know, but at the very least they are on God’s side).
  • He is coming out of the pit so he probably smells of death (2 Cor 2:16)

Is his ascension a present activity or is it describing the beasts origin?

In other words, does the beast ascend to make war, or has he ascended previously and John is simply describing the origin/source of the Beast?

The word ascendeth in the Greek is the Strong # G305,

  • verb – present active participle – nominative singular neuter
  • anabaino an-ab-ah’-ee-no: to go up
  • arise, ascend (up), climb (go, grow, rise, spring) up, come (up).

Notice that Johns verb choice is a present active participle. I do not know greek, but from what I can find out, the use of a present tense signifies continuity, or continuously coming out of the abyss.

One website that tries to explain greek grammar states that the present tense signifies “a continuous action, habitual action, often reflects a lifestyle”

(Now I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time considering the continual ascending of the beast as a lifestyle, but the point is taken, that this does not seem to be a one time event.)

Other than defining where the beast is rising from, this verse doesn’t shed much light on the pit.

Rev 17 :8
The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

What is going on here?

Dang – I am glad the only thing I have to consider is the portion describing the bottomless pit, cause this thing about “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” is simply beyond me. Also, the book of life thing is confusing for me, so I am glad I don’t have to address that topic!

What I do have to address is the pit.

What does this passage teach me concerning the pit?

  • Well – the beast comes out of it – but we saw that in an earlier passage (Rev 11:7).
  • Could this be the same time, same ascendancy as in Rev 11:7?
  • I think John is describing a different time, this being the time(s) the beast goes into damnation/perdition.
  • Rev 11:7 speak of the beasts ascendancy and seeming success over the two witnesses.
  • This passage speaks of the downfall of the beast.

I am tempted to think that the mention of the bottomless pit is more of a description of this beasts origin, as opposed to defining a physical location. I don’t have much to base that on other than this is a highly symbolic book and trying to identify a location for the pit may be a fools errand.

Also, whatever John is trying to describe escapes me since his verb tenses are confusing to me. The beast shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and yet is not, and yet is.

I guess the one thing that I know is that the pit is a real bad place – real bad! Other than that, I am not seeing much more that this verse is telling me of the bottomless pit.

If you have some input, I would welcome it! Hope to see you again for our final post in this series.


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