What Does it Mean to Know the Truth?

January 27, 2009

The Western world worships the intellect.  We prize rational thought.  We believe that we can come to know and understand anything through logic and observation.  This is directly the opposite of what Biblical writers meant when they spoke of “knowing” something.  To know something in the Hebrew culture meant to become that thing – to do that thing.  The idea that you could read someone else’s teachings and repeat them to show that you understood the teachings would have been preposterous to them.

In Jesus’ time, when a boy wanted to study under a rabbi, he would go and plead to study under him.  The rabbi would then test the boy to see if he was an acceptable candidate.  If he was, he would enter a long period of training.  The purpose of this training was not to simply show you could repeat back to the rabbi what he taught you to prove you had learned and mentally understood it.  It was to learn to be just like the rabbi.    Only through this experiential living, could he really know what the rabbi knew and understand what the rabbi was teaching. Read the rest of this entry »

A Blinding Light: Mission Trip Excerpt

January 26, 2009

(June 27th 2006 – Reynosa, Mexico)

Monday( even later that day)

When we debriefed after dinner back in the chapel where we were staying, we listened patiently as all the other teams Chapel at our base campdescribed their experiences.  We could hardly sit in our chairs.  Everything they described about their day was exactly as we had prayed for them.  With unbelievable accuracy, Holy Spirit had shared with us what each and every one of them was going through in whatever part of the city they were in.  When they were finished, we shared the things we had been praying for them and many were touched to see that God had given us the gift and direction to pray for them specifically.  Afterward, Rabbi David asked us to pray for the group.  So we huddled up and did so. There was power in these prayers beyond anything we, by ourselves, were capable of.  I have tried duplicating this type of prayer of my own power and I am not capable.  But He was with us. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Banks Steward Cash The Way Jesus Would

December 12, 2008

The mythical “American Dream”:  work hard for 40 years and then one day at 65, retire with a golden nest egg that will take care of you the remainder of your days.   There are several problems with this fantasy.  For one, most of us base our plans on predictions of the future which aren’t accurate.  And even if everything works out perfectly, and you arrive at age 65 with $1,000,000 just like your financial planner predicted…
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