Tips for Survival in the Service of the Savior, Part 1


About every other year, I attempt a full or partial decent into the Grand Canyon. “The Hike” is amazing. While many would immediately recognize the physical challenge of such a trek (the round trip is an approximate 18-mile quest), they might miss the fact that the experience can be spiritually invigorating. My dad, Dr. Jerry Tetreau, has been leading groups for nearly two decades. One of the things Dad does each year is to send out a list of items needed. One of the most important745889_grand_canyon.jpg components of this guide is the necessary preconditioning required to survive the day without ending the trip en route to the South Rim ER.

I’ve often thought that it might be helpful to send out a similar “heads up” survival guide, especially for those leaders serving in new ministries or retooling existing ones. (I’m convinced that these two groups make up an overwhelming majority of ministry “out there.”) I suppose in a sense the list isn’t necessary because, in fact, such wisdom already exists in authoritative terms within Holy Writ. However, if I were to write a systematic theology of ministry survival, what might I put into such a list? Consider the following:
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Showered with Stones or Grace?


As the crowd watched, she was dragged into the center court of the temple. The scribes and Pharisees had the stones in their hands, and they were prepared to kill her. They told Jesus her crime. “She was caught in the act of adultery.” Then they tried to trap Him into an answer by saying that Moses had commanded them to stone an adulterer and by asking Jesus stones.jpgwhat He would do. Jesus, “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), gave a beautiful and wise statement. “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7, NASB). No one fit that criteria, so they dropped their stones and walked away. I’m afraid that too often we are the stone throwers instead of the grace givers. Our brothers and sisters in Christ fall, and we leave them lying in the ditch of their sin instead of lifting them up and helping to set their feet on the right path again.

The Bible has much to say about sin and its devastating consequences. We know verses like “the way of transgressors is hard” (Prov. 13:15) and “be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23). We see examples of people like Achan, whose sin affected the whole nation of Israel. So I don’t ever want to minimize the serious results of sin.
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Book Review—The Great Gain of Godliness: A Puritan Gem!


The Great Gain of Godliness: Practical Notes on Malachi 3:16-18 by Thomas Watson. Puritan Paperbacks. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2006. 166 pp. $10.00/paperback.
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Note: This book was originally published in London as Religion Our True Interest, 1682.

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ISBNs: 0851519385 / 9780851519388

LCCN: BT75.W337

DCN: 224.997.3 W337

Subject(s): Biblical Criticism-Malachi 3 / Practical Theology-Godliness

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Not Many Wise Here


Fair or not, I have decided that the northern wintertime inhabitants dotting the landscape of Central and South Florida (otherwise known as “snowbirds”) must have bought into the whole “Me Generation” shtick of the ’60s. I was brought up to respect my elders, and (as the saying goes) “Some of my best friends are old”; so when I see that the behavior of other people’s grandparents around town ranges from inconsiderate to selfish (or downright hostile), I’m shocked. I’m looking advice.jpgfor wisdom from people I’ve mistaken for the “Greatest Generation,” and instead I get dissed by someone who used to drive a psychedelic VW to sit-ins.
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Islamic View of Jesus


Note: See other articles in the Islam series: Islamic Paradise, Islamic Ideology and Islamic Infrastructure.

The typical Muslim estimation of Jesus of Nazareth is similar to the view of liberals or other nonbelievers generally but is also distinctive from most others. Mohammed could neither read nor write and probably had no direct contact with either the Old or the New Testament, only oral desert traditions. Yeshua is the Arabic name for Jesus; Isa is the name used in the727207_islam_temple_13.jpg Koran.

According to Islam, Jesus is listed as one of Allah’s special prophets. The most important prophets are Moses, David, Jesus, and Mohammed, for each was given a holy book to correct departure [1] from Allah: Moses the Pentateuch, David the Psalms, and Jesus the Gospels. The followers of Jesus corrupted the book Allah gave Him. Muslims consider Jesus to be a great prophet (Sura 2:253) but inferior to the other three for two reasons: (1) earlier prophets and Mohammed all had wives and children designated by Allah, and (2) His public ministry lasted only three years (Sura 13:38). Allah also sent many prophets to all the various nations, “And verily we have raised in every nation a messenger [proclaiming], Serve Allah, and shun false gods” (Sura 16:36). There have been no prophets or revelations since Mohammed. Of the prophets prior to Mohammed, “no difference do we make between them” (Sura 2:125-136).
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Christian Law Association—The SharperIron Interview | Part 4—Terri Schiavo


gibbs.jpgI recently had the privilege of interviewing David Gibbs III, attorney for the Christian Law Association (Seminole, FL). I conducted four interviews with Dr. Gibbs and Matt Davis, another attorney for the Gibbs Law Firm (Seminole, FL).

In this final broadcast, we continue to discuss Dr. Gibbs’ work on the Terri Schiavo case. This month marks the two-year anniversary of her death. I believe that it is helpful to understand the true nature of this case as it speaks to the issue of life, one of our most basic rights.


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