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  • Questions on Acts 4

    09/02/2015 6:49:23 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 10 replies
    The Scriptures | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 4 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. What was it in Peter's sermon in ch. 3 that upset the Sadducees so much? (See Mt. 22:23, for instance.) 2. In Mt. 10:17-20, Lk. 21:12-15, Mk. 13:9-11, and elsewhere, Jesus had given to the apostles warnings, instructions,...
  • Questions on Acts 3

    08/28/2015 9:01:39 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 16 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 3 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. What was the lame man expecting to receive from Peter and John? 2. Did the people recognize this man? Why were they amazed when they saw him? 3. How had the Jews treated their Messiah/Christ? 4. What proofs...
  • Is Your Religion Based on the Bible?

    08/21/2015 8:42:12 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 28 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Like a bottle of "fruit juice cocktail" that's mostly corn syrup and water with a bit of actual fruit juice mixed in, some "Christian" religions are based only loosely on Christ and His Word. As we see all around us various man-made codes, catechisms, creeds, councils, conventions, etc., it's worth our time to consider whether our religion is based on the God's revelation in the Bible, or on man's ideas. The Jewish religion of Jesus' day was ostensibly based on the Scriptures, yet piled so high with preachers' and authors' ideas, that the Word of God was not only obscured...
  • Do you need to learn Greek?

    08/18/2015 11:36:30 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 55 replies
    Self
    Is the ability to read Greek necessary to understanding the Bible? Or is access to Greek scholarship necessary for avoiding the pitfalls of the translations from men? No doubt reading Chekov or Baudelaire or Julius Caesar in their original tongues adds a richness otherwise missed. And understanding the "Hebraisms" and Hebrew poetic devices found in the Scriptures enhance our enjoyment. As the saying goes, there's often something lost in the translation. But what is it? Can TRUTH be lost in the translation of the Scriptures? God did not leave us at the mercy of Greek scholars and "experts" for our...
  • Questions on Acts 2

    08/17/2015 6:34:57 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 12 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 2 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. Something unusual happened on Pentecost. Was this predicted by Jesus in the previous chapter? 2. How many different nationalities were represented in Jerusalem at Pentecost? 3. How did they know the apostles were Galileans? 4. Joel's prophecy quoted...
  • Questions on Acts 1

    08/15/2015 11:02:28 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 41 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 1 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. Acts is Luke's second book. What was his first book about? 2. What convinced the apostles that Jesus had been raised from the dead? 3. Why didn't they begin proclaiming the gospel right away? 4. When would they...
  • GREEK VERBS QUICK REFERENCE (Studying the Bible)

    PRESENT TENSE: CONTINUOUS ACTION, HABITUAL ACTION, OFTEN REFLECTS A LIFESTYLEEXAMPLE OF PRESENT TENSE: 1Peter 1:5 who are protected (word study) (PPPMPA) (5746) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last timePPPMPA: Present Tense, Passive Voice, Participle, Masculine, Plural, Accusative From Peter's use of Present tense one can see that in context. He is referring to born again ones, describing them as those who are "continually being protected by the power (dunamis) of God". God's protection of His children isn't fickle, present one day and absent the next. You can see...
  • A.D. Series Biblical Figures | Rabban Gamaliel

    05/24/2015 5:43:11 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Holy Lands Studies ^ | May 5, 2015 | Marc Turnage
    [A.D. Series Biblical Figures | Rabban Gamaliel-YouTube Video] In this week's video, Marc Turnage, director of the Center for Holy Lands Studies, discusses the Chief Priests and Sadducees, the Jewish authorities referred to both in the Gospels as well as the Book of Acts. Marc clarifies their role in handing Jesus over to Pilate and why it was not widely known to the people. He further describes the tensions that erupt between these leaders and the early church, led by Peter and John. As many are watching the A.D. Series in the coming weeks, Marc will be recording additional short...
  • Denzel Washington: The Bible is 'The Answer People Are Looking For ... Give It a Shot'

    04/15/2015 7:31:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/14/2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    In explaining why the Bible is a best seller year after year, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington said there is something "tugging" inside of us, "telling us to believe in something," which is God, and that the Bible provides "the answer people are looking for" even if they do not realize it at first.
  • Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy: Can Non-Christians Lead Christian Groups?

    06/10/2014 12:26:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/10/2014 | MICHAEL PAULSON
    BRUNSWICK, Me. — For 40 years, evangelicals at Bowdoin College have gathered periodically to study the Bible together, to pray and to worship. They are a tiny minority on the liberal arts college campus, but they have been a part of the school’s community, gathering in the chapel, the dining center, the dorms. After this summer, the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship will no longer be recognized by the college. Already, the college has disabled the electronic key cards of the group’s longtime volunteer advisers. In a collision between religious freedom and antidiscrimination policies, the student group, and its advisers, have refused...
  • Great Bible programs and tools

    05/13/2013 10:37:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | May 13, 2013 | Kim Komando
    ... But if the Bible is so vital for life, why does it often feel difficult to read and understand? How can it be so hard to commit to daily devotion? It could be that all you need is the right tools. These free, downloadable Bible Study programs could help you truly delve deeper into the Word of God ...
  • Homosexuality: A Biblical Overview

    04/05/2013 8:11:20 AM PDT · by robowombat · 44 replies
    Denison Forum on Truth and Culture ^ | March 28, 2013 | Jim Denison
    Homosexuality: A Biblical Overview Jim Denison, Denison Forum on Truth and CultureThursday, March 28, 2013 Homosexuality is one of the most divisive issues in American culture. Should same-sex marriages be legalized? Should practicing homosexuals be ordained into Christian ministry? What does the Bible say on this controversial and emotional issue? On such a controversial and emotional issue, we need to know whose word we are going to trust. We can find scholars who support any of the variety of positions which are advocated on the subject. It is not my intention to treat fully the multitude of interpretive comments which...
  • "You Are the Man": The Bible Is about Us

    12/27/2012 10:32:50 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed, Dec 26, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Here is a link to the December 26, 2012, Bible study. Unlike many books in our world about God, the Bible has stories about a long list of the worst human failings, yet it does not glamorize or sensationalize those things. We look at Nathan's parable about David's adultery, and see that the whole Word is like that parable--it is ultimately far more personal and direct than we might at first like to think. Spirit and Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • True Christmas: The birth of innocence within

    12/21/2012 4:44:54 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 13 replies
    New Christian Bible Study (Google Drive) ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 | Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss
    The internal meaning of Joseph, Mary and Jesus tells how we can open our hearts to love todayThe birth of Jesus on earth represents His birth in our hearts. His birth in us is the creation of unselfish love in our hearts. We cannot create this; only He can do it. But before He can come to us we must do our part – through obedience to His law, shunning the evils forbidden in the Ten Commandments, and doing good to the best of our abilities. The story of His birth follows those actions in our lives. Here is the...
  • How Rediscovering the “Plot” of Sacred Scripture is Essential to Evangelization

    12/12/2012 1:03:43 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 11, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the most significant losses in the modern era has been the loss of the Biblical narrative in the hearts and minds of most people. Scripture is the story of the human family, told by God himself. In story form He tells us how we were made and why, what happened why that things are the way they are today. Why do we have infinite longing in a finite world? Why do we struggle with sin so much? How can we be rescued from sin and death and find our hearts true satisfaction? The Biblical narrative answers these sorts...
  • How Do You Read? (Luke 10:26) [New Church, Open]

    11/15/2012 8:27:56 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 132 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Thu Nov 14, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    The core topic is whether we are expected to understand Scripture or not, and how each of us is affected by the particular lens through which we view Scripture.
  • Bishops tell synod church needs lively parishes, Bible literacy

    10/16/2012 2:00:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | October 16, 2012 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The solemn yet exuberant liturgies of African Catholic churches are a model for other Catholic communities seeking to invigorate their parishes and reach out to lapsed members, a Nigerian bishop told the world Synod of Bishops. The celebrations of the Eucharist and other sacraments must be "more efficacious moments of faith impact," Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo told the synod Oct. 15. Bishop Badejo was one of dozens of synod members who spoke about enlivening parishes as the primary agents of the new evangelization. "This can be done if we continually update homiletics and sacramental procedure...
  • Two-Year-Old Bible Study for Homeless at McDonald's No Longer Welcomed

    07/16/2012 10:42:04 AM PDT · by Houmatt · 111 replies
    ChristianPost.com ^ | 7-15-12 | Alex Murashko
    Christian ministry leader Dawn Martinez was told she could no longer hold the twice-a-week Bible studies she has taught for homeless people for the last two years inside a McDonald's in Camden, N.J. A night manager at the fast food restaurant told her last week that a customer had filed a complaint. Martinez wonders if it could have been because of the topic briefly discussed at one point last Monday – the Muslim faith. The 33-year-old, who began the ministry to transients and drug addicts two years ago, describes the Bible study group's last meeting on Monday. "It was a...
  • Homeowner Jailed for Hosting Bible Study

    07/10/2012 12:12:26 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 105 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 7/10/12 | Todd Starnes
    A Phoenix man who violated city zoning laws by hosting a Bible study in the privacy of his home has started serving a 60-day jail sentence for his crimes. Michael Salman was found guilty in the City of Phoenix Court of 67 code violations. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail along with three years of probation and a $12,180 fine. A spokesperson for the city attorney confirmed that Salman reported to a county jail Monday afternoon. Members of Salman’s Bible study group posted video of their teacher as he self-reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It was...
  • Man Facing Jail For Hosting Home Bible Study

    07/06/2012 8:17:04 PM PDT · by Penn4God · 75 replies
    FoxNews Radio ^ | 7/6/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after he refused to stop hosting Bible studies in the privacy of his home – in violation of the city’s building code laws.
  • Christian Fined and Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail Over AZ Home Bible Studies

    07/06/2012 7:42:42 PM PDT · by Altariel · 48 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 6, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    We’ve told you before about government regulations hampering home Bible studies, but this story is even more pervasive, perplexing and complicated than the others. Michael Salman, who lives in Phoenix, Ariz., has been sentenced to a startling 60 days in jail, given a $12,180 fine and granted three years probation for refusing to stop hosting Bible studies at his home. Why, you ask? He‘s apparently in violation of the city’s building code laws. (Related: Calif. City Changes Zoning Code to Allow Home Bible Study After Couple Was Fined) City officials claim that he’s running an operation that is reminiscent of...
  • The 17 Most Misused Verses in the Bible

    06/03/2012 2:40:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2012 | Trevin Wax
    The 17 Most Misused Verses in the Bible By Trevin Wax Last weekend, I read a helpful book by Eric Bargerhuff titled The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word Is Misunderstood (Bethany House, 2012). Eric takes the reader through 17 often misquoted verses and helps us see their proper meaning and application.Since some of these misinterpretations are more damaging than others, Eric doesn’t recommend we run to correct people who innocently mis-apply the passages. He does recommend, however, that pastors and teachers take special care to avoid the common mistakes that lead to misuse.I should note that...
  • How to Study Scripture with the Help of Scripture and the Desert Fathers

    “Do you understand what you are reading?”… “How can I, unless someone guides me?” (Acts 8:30, 31) The “problem of biblical hermeneutics” – the question of how to interpret the scriptures – is by no means a recent one. Indeed, the Bible itself bears witness to the need for its careful interpretation, as illustrated by our epigraph. What our epigraph also illustrates is the kernel of the central thesis of this article: namely, that the church’s scriptures are best understood from within the ecclesial context for which and in which they were written. The Bible, as “the church’s book”, needs...
  • Vanity: Beware of False Prophets, False Prophecy

    12/24/2011 1:00:53 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 646 replies · 2+ views
    Excerpts: Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Kings 13:18 The old prophet answered, "I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: 'Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.'" (But he was lying to him.) Jeremiah 23:16 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their...
  • DOCTRINE OF THE FIVE CYCLES OF DISCIPLINE

    12/14/2011 7:50:23 PM PST · by Cvengr · 11 replies
    Bible Study Notes | 1991 | R. B. Thieme, Jr.
    Background and Introduction. The dispensation of Israel began with the Exodus in B.C. 1441 and concluded with the birth of our Lord in 4 B.C. Therefore, most of the Old Testament Canon is devoted to the study of Jewish client nations. There were five Jewish client nations in the dispensation of Israel. The Theocratic Kingdom from the Exodus to the time of Samuel, B.C. 1441 - 1020. The United Kingdom from Saul to Rehoboam.,B.C.1020-926. The Northern Kingdom from Jeroboam to Hoshea, B.C.926-721. The fifth cycle of discipline was administered to the Northern Kingdom by Assyria, commanded by Sargon II....
  • CALIFORNIA CITY FINES COUPLE FOR HOLDING BIBLE STUDY IN THEIR HOME

    09/19/2011 11:04:53 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 328 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 9/19/11 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A southern California couple has been fined $300 dollars for holding Christian Bible study sessions in their home, and could face another $500 for each additional gathering. City officials in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. say Chuck and Stephanie Fromm are in violation of municipal code 9-3.301, which prohibits “religious, fraternal or non-profit” organizations in residential neighborhoods without a permit. Stephanie hosts a Wednesday Bible study that draws about 20 attendees, and Chuck holds a Sunday service that gets about 50. The Fromms appealed their citations but were denied and warned future sessions would carry heftier penalties. A statement from the...
  • City Demands Christians Get Permit For Bible Study

    09/18/2011 2:31:40 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 96 replies
    WND ^ | 9/18/2011
    Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court. The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure. The code cites "churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal...
  • The Firm Foundation on Gulag Media, BlogTalkRadio (Online Bible Study, Evangelical-Open)

    12/01/2010 4:52:52 PM PST · by unspun · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Gulag Media ^ | December 1, 2010 | Janet Smiles
    Join Tallulah and Mamacooks as we dig deep into God's Word to discover the grace delivered to us through faith in Jesus Christ.Tonight... We will join Abram in Genesis 14 as he wanders following God's leadOur Colossian's study will examine 2:1-7, "...having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him..."Our study of the names of God in Lord I want to Know You continues with Jehovah-Mekoddishkem, The Lord Sanctifies You Our new day and time is Wednesday at 10 pm EST. Please join in tonight or, stream or download the archived podcast, for later listening.Chat is open...
  • Professor Horner’s Bible Reading Plan

    11/21/2010 12:46:13 PM PST · by Immerito · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Pastor Brett ^ | August 23, 2009 | Pastor Brett
    Need a real challenge for your Bible reading? How about 10 chapters a day from 10 different sections of Scripture? Sound crazy? Not to those, like me, who have had their spiritual walk transformed by the increased intake of God’s Word made possible by following Professor Horner’s system. After less than a month on the plan, my wife said that I was a different man! This should not be surprising, after all, the first half of Psalm 1 says: 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,...
  • Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ - Gospel of John Bible Study

    07/12/2010 2:35:43 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 38 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 7/12/10 | DJP I.F.
    Who do you say that Jesus is? Do your thoughts, upbringing, religious background, or personal beliefs about Jesus line up with God’s Christ of the HOLY SCRIPTURES? You might ask, “Well, does it make a difference? My friend, I say unto you, it surely does! TAKE THE JESUS CHALLENGE The Bible is the final AUTHORITY on who Jesus Christ is. It is God’s absolute instruction manual and blueprint for life. If you reject the authority of the Word of God, my friend, you are doomed. There is no hope for your lost, sinful condition. The Bible teaches that “All have...
  • Home Bible Study Must Get Official Permit of Shut Down

    03/17/2010 2:37:59 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 12 replies · 457+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 03/17/2010 | John G. Winder
    Not a shocking headline, this type of things happens every day in China, India and other places the world over where Christianity is often greeted with open hostility, you know places like Rancho Cucamonga, California – U.S.A. And this isn’t the first time it’s happened in California. This is the second time in the past six months that Rancho Cucamonga has targeted a home church group for extinction. The city of Rancho Cucamonga, located to the east of Los Angeles in San Bernadino County is now going after a Friday night group that meets in a private home....
  • Banished! City forbids Bible studies in homes

    03/13/2010 6:16:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 98 replies · 2,012+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 3/13/10 | left that other site
    FAITH UNDER FIRE Banished! City forbids Bible studies in homes 'This letter will serve as a 10-day written notice to quit such use' Posted: March 13, 2010 12:20 am Eastern By Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily The city of Gilbert, Ariz., has ordered a group of seven adults to stop gathering for Bible studies in a private home because such meetings are forbidden by the city's zoning codes. The issue was brought to a head when city officials wrote a letter to a pastor and his wife informing them they had 10 days to quit having the meetings in their...
  • The Life Of Christ/Messiah Bible Study - See for Yourself!

    02/06/2010 7:28:57 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies · 197+ views
    This study follows the life and ministry of Jesus Christ; from His entrance into time from Heaven's glory, to His human birth, His life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection to the Right Hand of Almighty God the Father. This in depth study will open your eyes to the Christ of Holy Scripture and you will never be the same!
  • Salvation, Security and Assurance Bible Study!

    11/18/2009 2:16:38 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies · 245+ views
    This in depth Bible study will fortify and lock in the unchangeable teachings of the absolute security of the one who has put their trust in Jesus Christ, Almighty God's Savior to all men. Bring your Bible and dig in!
  • Catholic Bible Study, Ephesians 1: 13-14

    09/02/2009 2:17:48 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 185+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 09/02/2009 | Rich Maffeo
    In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God's possession, to the praise of his glory. (1:13-14) For a moment, paint the picture in your mind of Golgotha's hill. Our Blessed Lord and the two criminals hung for hours on their respective crosses, ravaged by thirst, and mocked by the mob. And for hours, the two watched the One in the middle. Nothing escaped their notice. They heard His...
  • Texas public schools required to teach Bible this year

    08/16/2009 10:37:37 PM PDT · by kingattax · 51 replies · 2,657+ views
    KLTV ^ | Aug 14, 2009 | Sara Story
    WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - The school year is almost here, and if literature of the Bible is not already offered in your child's school, it will be this fall. Books are a common sight in classrooms around the nation, but the Bible is one book that is not. Come this fall, a Texas law says all public schools must offer information relating to the Bible in their curriculum. "By the end of the year, what they begin to realize is that it is pervasive. You can't get away from it. The kids came back and were like 'It's everywhere,'" said...
  • ["]Hate Crimes["] Laws, Anti-["]Gay["'] Views, and Public Accountants.

    07/30/2009 1:18:44 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 10 replies · 628+ views
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 07/30/2009 | Eugene Volokh
    1. In 2001, Kevin Allen Ake was living at a YMCA in Illinois, apparently "so that he could assist an elderly member of his church who lived there." Several months after moving in, he was evicted, in his view because of his "efforts to begin a bible study program at the YMCA." As a result, he left a bunch of messages on the voice-mail of the YMCA's executive director, who was a lesbian; he denies that the messages contained explicit threats, but says he "basically shared what the Bible talked about was -- with that kind of unnatural lifestyle --...
  • Spiritual adviser: ‘Darkness’ gripped Mark Sanford

    07/01/2009 4:40:37 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 39 replies · 2,484+ views
    Boston Herald.com ^ | 6/29/09 | AP
    Each Sunday afternoon in May, Gov. Mark Sanford and his wife hosted five other couples at the executive mansion for a spiritual "boot camp." Topics discussed during the hour-and-a-half-long sessions included forgiveness and "not loving your wife as Christ loved the church." The Culbertsons have a waiting list for their boot camps, which they’ve held for about four years. They often hold the Bible study groups at their spacious colonial house overlooking Lake Katherine. The Sanfords asked to take part and even offered the governor’s mansion as a meeting place. Culbertson said the course is "pretty intense." He quizzes prospective...
  • San Diego County Apologizes For Ordering Stop To Home Bible Study

    06/05/2009 12:23:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies · 1,324+ views
    calcatholic.com ^ | June 5, 2009
    San Diego County officials agreed Wednesday to rescind a cease-and-desist order issued to a pastor holding a small Bible study in his home. In a letter to the pastor, the county’s chief administrative officer apologized for the incident involving a code enforcement officer who issued the order after reportedly asking the pastor’s wife inappropriately probing questions about the study. The letter informed Pastor David Jones and his legal counsel Dean Broyles, president of the Western Center for Law & Policy, an Alliance Defense Fund allied organization, that the order was wrongfully issued and that the county would conduct a thorough...
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE

    06/03/2009 12:00:38 PM PDT · by blue-duncan · 134 replies · 1,838+ views
    World Invisible ^ | 1913 | Rev. Martin Anstey B.D., M.A.
    HOW TO MASTER THE BIBLE CHAPTER 1--HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE THE Bible is a plain, honest, straightforward, simple Book. It is easy to read and easy to understand. It needs no learned introduction, no expert scholarship to enable us to grasp its meaning. It was written for the people and it has not missed its mark. It is a people's Book; therefore a classic. It is an exhaustive, work; therefore a standard. It readily discloses its secret to men of pure heart and simple faith, whether college-trained or unacquainted with the learning of the schools. The primary requisite of...
  • HOW TO MASTER THE BIBLE

    06/03/2009 5:42:47 PM PDT · by blue-duncan · 4 replies · 229+ views
    http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/bookcat.htm ^ | 1913 | Rev. Martin Anstey B.D., M.A.
    HOW TO MASTER THE BIBLE CHAPTER 2--HOW TO ENJOY THE BIBLE Hunger is the best sauce. The Bible is the meeting point of many interests, intellectual, scientific, antiquarian, emotional, artistic, -literary, moral, and spiritual. It touches us on every side. It sounds the deepest depths of human sorrow. It lifts us up to the noblest heights of human exaltation. But the leading interest of the Book is spiritual. It is not easy to enlist the interest and the sympathy of the man who has no appetite for the things of God in a course of Bible Study. The chief cause...
  • Illegal Religious Gatherings: Government clamps down on Bible study

    06/01/2009 7:55:29 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 28 replies · 1,032+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2009 | Editorial
    Religious freedom recently clashed with arrogant bureaucracy in San Diego County, Calif. Religious freedom prevailed.
  • Got your permit to study the Bible?

    06/01/2009 4:30:39 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies · 1,161+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/1/09 | Chuck Norris
    Recently, a California pastor and his wife were required by San Diego County officials to obtain a permit to hold a Bible study in their home. "What?! Is this a joke?" I wondered as I heard the news for the first time. It was no joke. Rather it's a First Amendment nightmare and possibly a precedent of what's to come. Are you prepared for a future in which you might someday hear the question, "Got your permit to study the Bible?" On April 10 (Good Friday), a county code enforcement officer visited the home of David and Mary Jones after...
  • County won't force permit on Bible study leaders (Home Bible Study)

    05/30/2009 7:33:30 PM PDT · by radar101 · 32 replies · 1,718+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | May 30, 2009 | Helen Gao,
    David Jones, a pastor in National City, holds Bible study groups in his Bonita home. (Peggy Peattie / Union-Tribune) - Sweeping issues of religious freedom and governmental regulation are swirling around Pastor David Jones' house in rural Bonita, attracting attention from as far away as China and New Zealand. He says it all started with $220 in car damage. Jones and his wife, Mary, hold a weekly Bible study at their home that sometimes attracts more than 20 people, with occasional parking issues. Once, a car belonging to a neighbor's visitor got dinged. David Jones paid for the damage,...
  • Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home Without Permit

    05/29/2009 8:17:05 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 39 replies · 1,760+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2009 | Fox News
    Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a Bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County. "On Good Friday we had an employee from San Diego County come to our house, and inform us that the Bible study that we were having was a religious assembly, and in violation of the code in the county." David Jones told FOX News. "We told them this is not really a religious assembly — this is just a...
  • Couple: County Trying To Stop Home Bible Studies

    05/28/2009 9:03:23 PM PDT · by restornu · 31 replies · 1,188+ views
    10News.com. ^ | May 28, 2009
    SAN DIEGO -- A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold Bible studies in their home, 10News reported. Attorney Dean Broyles of The Western Center For Law & Policy was shocked with what happened to the pastor and his wife. Broyles said, "The county asked, 'Do you have a regular meeting in your home?' She said, 'Yes.' 'Do you say amen?' 'Yes.' 'Do you pray?' 'Yes.' 'Do you say praise the Lord?' 'Yes.'" The county employee notified the couple that...
  • Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home

    05/28/2009 12:13:14 PM PDT · by pepperdog · 264 replies · 7,230+ views
    Fox News ^ | 28 May 2009 | Unattributed
    Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a bible study....
  • County puts kibosh on home Bible study

    05/28/2009 1:30:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 90 replies · 2,655+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 5/28/09 | Allie Martin
    A San Diego pastor says county officials have told him he needs a permit to host a weekly Bible study in his home. Pastor David Jones and his wife, Mary, were hosting the weekly study near their church, when they say they were visited by a county code enforcement officer. According to Dean Broyles, an attorney for the Joneses, the county official asked the pastor if they hosted a regular weekly meeting in their home, and if they prayed and said "Amen" and "Praise the Lord" at those meetings. After replying in the affirmative to those inquiries, a subsequent citation...
  • Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home Without Permit

    05/28/2009 2:32:55 PM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 2,758+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | May 28, 2009 | staff
    Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County. "On Good Friday we had an employee from San Diego County come to our house, and inform us that the bible study that we were having was a religious assembly, and in violation of the code in the county." David Jones told FOX News. "We told them this is not really a religious assembly — this is just a...
  • Home: No place for Bible study

    05/23/2009 3:31:25 AM PDT · by Man50D · 44 replies · 2,548+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 22, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    A San Diego pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a county official and warned they will face escalating fines if they continue to hold Bible studies in their home. The couple, whose names are being withheld until a demand letter can be filed on their behalf, told their attorney a county government employee knocked on their door on Good Friday, asking a litany of questions about their Tuesday night Bible studies, which are attended by approximately 15 people. "Do you have a regular weekly meeting in your home? Do you sing? Do you say 'amen'?" the official...