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  • Historical Faith Society

    Administrator
    May 6, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    What is your definition of a Biblical Worldview? Why is it important to pass this understanding along to the next generation? What examples can you give that you are currently doing, or would like to do to pass a biblical worldview on to the next generation?

  • Edward McCauley

    Member
    May 6, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    The engine of the Biblical worldview is the will to put others first .. as best you can. To put the will of G-d before your own and to always be prepared to bear the cross due to your commitments. G-d will favor those who do well and the world will go forward because of them.

  • Leila Dalrymple

    Member
    May 6, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I believe a Biblical Worldview is seeing the world through the Salvation of YESHUA/LORD JESUS and the Holy Scriptures. The Bible itself gives us a worldview. The Bible commands us to teach the generations after us about GOD and His Word. YESHUA, in the great commission, tells us to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, which includes all generations. By doing so, we are the mouthpiece, hands and feet, for GOD, introducing others to LORD JESUS, and bringing them to HOLY SPIRIT to complete the work. GOD is explicit! He loves all with a love incomprehensible and wants NONE to perish. I am volunteering at True To Life Ministries (TTLM), Lake Jackson, Texas, where we help people in our community get back on their feet. GOD is the focus and basis for this ministry. We help their immediate needs if possible, and then help with their Spiritual needs through LORD JESUS. In my everyday routine outside of TTLM, I try to bring our LORD into conversations I have with anyone, and ask if I can pray with or for them.

  • Richard Savage

    Member
    May 10, 2021 at 5:46 am

    Very thankful for the panel interview and for your work to promote faith in the Word of God, which is also faith in God Himself and His Son, Jesus Christ. I can endorse what was said about people’s need to know the truth, and what is certain, and that comes only through revelation to believing hearts, because faith is the full assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. People can see the wonders of nature, but still not see the wonderful Creator behind what they see.

    It seems that a love and desire for the truth is the only way to be healed from one’s blindness in order to be saved from ignorance and deception, and God delights to open the eyes of the blind. It is sad to hear that many have been turned away from the faith because of what they have seen in “churches”, and hypocrisy is detestable to anyone seeking reality. The life of Jesus is the light of man, and the best proof we can provide of the truth of God’s word is that people can see that life in us who believe. We were once in darkness but now know that we have a Saviour who is risen from the dead and gives the Holy Spirit to all who will obey Him. It is not an academic faith, something theoretical; through faith in Him miracles happen that we cannot explain, but we experience them; especially salvation from every kind of sin, and grace to love one another as He loves us.

    So, may your work set many people thinking, and arrive at the right conclusions! There are realms beyond the reach of our scientific knowledge, but the word and the will of God can be tested and proved through obedience (1 Thess. 5:21 and Romans 12:1-2) that they bring tremendous blessings – works of righteousness with joy and peace – a life that is built on a Rock that cannot be shaken.

  • Tess Adone

    Member
    May 10, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    What is your definition of a Biblical Worldview?

    My definition of a biblical worldview is: To regard the world through an accurate understanding of the Bible and faith in Jesus Christ.

    The text of the Bible is the viewing lens, but that is not sufficient for accurately bringing it to bear on the world. Accuracy inevitably suffers when historicity is compromised. Denial is the foremost hermeneutic when literal events constitute nothing more than figurative morality stories. A biblical worldview relies on accuracy, which relies on trusting the historicity of the text.

    To accuracy must be added spiritual soundness, found through faith in the Messiah. “’You diligently search the Scriptures because you think to have eternal life in them, and these are they bearing witness concerning Me; and you are not willing to come to Me, that you may have life’” (John 5:39 Berean Study Bible). It is precisely because the majority of scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees lacked faith that they could not correctly handle the scriptures. Jesus denounced them in the strongest terms. He said to Nicodemus, a leader and teacher in Israel, “’You must be born again’” (John 3:7).

    An accurate biblical worldview, then, must be guided by saving faith in God through Jesus Christ and belief in the literal historicity of the Word. The Historical Faith Society combines all the elements.

    Why is it important to pass this understanding along to the next generation?

    It is more important than ever to pass on accurate historical faith as the basis for a biblical worldview because the time is short. It is dependent on the current generation to have this understanding in order to pass it on to the next generation, which may well be the Tribulation generation. Moreover, the apostate church of Laodicea is well-attested in these end days, and those who have never read the entire Bible, or who have low biblical literacy—and there are many—do not understand it and cannot teach it, whether to their offspring or others, much less apply it to manifold complexities in the world.

    What examples can you give that you are currently doing, or would like to do to pass a biblical worldview on to the next generation?

    The Evidence series of Thinking Man Films presents information in an interesting format, and I have sent films as gifts because they build bridges with friends and relatives of varying beliefs, and especially because they uphold the historicity and veracity and inspiration of the Bible. The Evidence series and the Historical Faith Society resources unrelentingly turn people to the text as the basis for all evidence, so I can share them as representative of my own biblical worldview.

    Another way I share my biblical worldview is by modeling Billy Graham, whose signature phrase was, “The Bible says…” It, in turn, is modeled on Jesus saying, “It is written…” Most of the time, I do that in personal communications. I may not always preface scriptures with those phrases, but I prefer to employ direct citations. Essentially, that is what TMF and HFS do also—illuminating them on a grand scale.

    Fiction may seem a long shot in doing my part to pass on a biblical
    worldview, but it is my most public effort. In my sole novel to date, Respect
    and Respectability: Susan Price at Mansfield Park
    , the narrative traces a
    spiritual journey from unbelief—even hostility toward God—to saving faith. I am
    working currently on a novel that features a spiritual transformation during
    the 1960s. My hope is that, presented with a clear opportunity to
    receive Christ as savior, readers will overcome their own objections and turn
    and be saved.

  • Ron Bublitz

    Member
    June 3, 2021 at 10:40 am

    I find it interesting to read the variety of answers to this question. It’s an example of a question which seems specific but it really isn’t. That’s why you get pithy answers (pretentious sounding people who use “Yeshua” and “G-d”) and others who talk about “truth”. None of these answers are invalid, as such.

    There is one answer so far which touches on the problem with the question without realizing it. To highlight, a “biblical worldview” is pointless without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as the core. Let me explain.

    The era of the Crusades had a biblical worldview. They used passages in the Bible as a foundation for their goals and to spur on their armies in their endeavor. But as we look back on this we judge them for their lack of love and their blatant racism.

    The Roman Catholic church of the Middle Ages had a biblical worldview. They used passages in the Bible as a foundation for their organizational structure, their conquest and pillaging of areas of the world, and as justification for harsh sentences against anyone who went against their particular interpretation of “facts”. They were truly anti-science. Here science is defined as the accurate understanding of the environment we inhabit and not the anti-God religion that it has become. As an example, we judge their treatment of those who discovered the accurate structure and behaviour of the solar system as totally intellectually deficient and vicious.

    The creation of the American Constitution was based on a biblical worldview. They used passages in the Bible as a foundation for their document and the development of a system of government. However, a good portion of them were not actually true followers of Jesus Christ. In addition, the population that adopted the Constitution were not actually true followers of Jesus Christ. In the grand scheme of things, even if they governed themselves with a biblical worldview what good did it do them in the end? Ultimately, when they died, where have their souls ended up?

    But even those that are true followers of Jesus Christ, do they have a biblical worldview? It depends on the Bible that they use. Yes, there are different Bibles. If one uses a Bible that includes the Apocrypha (ie. Roman Catholic), the worldview presented will shape your mind a certain way. If one uses a Protestant Bible (based on Greek New Testament), the worldview will be shaped differently. If one uses a historical middle-eastern based Bible (based on Aramaic New Testament), the worldview will be different yet again. Which one is correct? Which one is more accurate?

    My answer after many years of study is to choose the Bible which presents the most accurate depiction of Jesus Christ. He is the Alpha and Omega and everything must revolve around Him. The Apocrypha can be demonstrated to present an inaccurate view of Jesus Christ so as a result, that Bible is untrustworthy. The Greek based Bible presents many problematic utterances from Jesus Christ. There are passages which hardly get preached on and when they do, pastors and linguistic experts have to do back flips in order to explain them away. This bothered me for many years and was a stumbling block in my Christian life. When I came across the Aramaic based Bible (the Peshitta) and studied the English translations made in the 1800’s, I was amazed. Most modern translations of the Peshitta have New Age and Hebrew Roots Movement errors in them and muddy the whole issue. But the 1800’s translations present the “problematic” sayings of Jesus Christ in a completely accurate and Godly understanding. They finally solve those problematic statements.

    So to summarize, a proper biblical worldview is wholly dependent on a regenerated person in Jesus Christ and a proper understanding of an accurate Bible.

    • Thomas Donlon

      Member
      June 3, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      Ron, you squeezed at least three issues into your comment. Remarks about the other people might best be avoided in keeping with the HFS code of conduct. “Pretentious.”

      The “worldview” issue that you addressed, I had the same thoughts you did regarding the imprecision of the question. I wasn’t sure that expressing those thoughts would ultimately be helpful. In a sense, the whole question gets blurred into questions of Biblical influence in society. Tim Mahoney just needed (or utilized) a short-hand nomenclature that people often use to describe the influence of the Bible in society. I am certainly quite able to think about a huge number of ways that people past and present have followed or not followed scripture.

      There was a war in the US to end slavery (though it was framed as saving the Union). Thomas Jefferson had wanted to end slavery right at the start of the Country. Thomas Jefferson also foresaw a different evil. He realized there would be a temptation to borrow money. He wanted to constitutionally limit borrowing to what could be paid back by the same generation. In a sense, immense borrowing makes slaves. The borrower is servant (or slave) to the lender. The next generation(s) are being made slaves when immense borrowing takes place that the next generation will be required to pay interest on. “The wicked borrows and does not repay.”

      I’m not trying to make a political statement, I’m just pointing out that on-going sinful nature keeps doing bad things across generations.

      One of the best things about the Bible (from a purely secular, or social or utilitarian perspective) is that it condenses a lot of important information into one book. Wars, disasters, comet impacts, floods, diseases, arrogant Kings, repentant people, social, moral laws guidelines for conduct (respect), courage, humility, love for others and for God all in one book.

      So there is a sense in which Christians who care about culture want to see Biblical influence.

      Also Tim asked what are you doing to … . And so some people shared that too. We can respect how people let God use them.

      Your third point intrigued me to. I don’t know if you have BibleWorks 10 (That now off-the-market academic Bible Software program.) I have it and it has lot’s of versions. What is the name of the Peshitta that you use? The Lewis?

      If you want to privately message me about what verses you feel the Peshitta better translates Jesus words… I’d be happy to become more familiar with your views. I can’t think of areas that I’m in disagreement with Jesus’ words in normal translations. Some thoughts though that Jesus expressed using terminology of his day for example, used “hate.”

      Like this one, we can understand. “For there is no servant who can serve two masters: who will not hate the one, and love the other; or he will bear with the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Lk. 16:13 LEW) I’m using a Peshitta translation.

      In context we understand that no Christian really sees money and screams in anger at it. We might be unimpressed or not in awe of it, but we get along quite well with it. So we understand Jesus saying about money, but those that want to create controversy will not allow the same range of meanings when Jesus uses the word “hate” in regards to other people in contrast to following him.

      From time to time people expect us or wish us to do something evil for them.

      I probably would not even post this message, but some of Tim’s films in the near future might be shown at a Harvard location and some of the topics I discussed here might slightly interest some of them. For that reason, I won’t delete or cancel my comment, though I too am wandering off-topic a bit. But that is the thing about the Bible. It has applications in so many areas of life..

  • Timothy Mahoney

    Member
    June 11, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Hello Everyone,

    Here is a free college course that Dr. Brian Rickett is giving “An Introduction to the Christian Worldview”

    “An Introduction to the Christian Worldview”

    A Historical Faith Society Presentation

    Sponsored by the Brookes Bible College, St. Louis

    By Dr. R. Brian Rickett

    The 2019 Pennsylvania Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast was themed, “How Has Bible Positively Shaped Society?” The task of answering the question was assigned to Historical Faith Society Scholar in Residence, Dr. R. Brian Rickett. His original talk gave an outline of the Judeo-Christian worldview with examples of how that worldview has led to the advance of science, individualism, freedom, and progress in the West. It was also illustrated with manuscripts, scrolls, and facsimiles representing the various stages of the Bible from the early Christian era through the advent of the printing press.

    That talk has now been expanded into an interactive 15-week course offered to members of The Historical Faith Society. The goal of the course is to help thinkers deepen their understanding of the Christian worldview and how it is able to profoundly engage the most pressing worldview issues of the day.

    Sample questions that will be answered include: “What are the unique characteristics of a Judeo-Christian worldview that have allowed for science, individualism, freedom, and progress in the West?” and “Why is the world so broken, and what is the explanation for that brokenness?” Additionally, cutting-edge topics will be engaged, including: “How does a biblical worldview provide a basis for the value of human life?” and “What is it’s response to racism?” Additional issues include: “What about environmentalism?” and more generally, “How does the Bible offer guidance for emerging questions and issues of the day?”

    The course will be co-sponsored by The Brookes Bible College of St. Louis, Missouri and offered at no cost to participants. College credit will be available to qualifying students who register with Brookes.

    About the Professor: In addition to serving as Scholar in Residence at the Historical Faith Society, Brian Rickett is also Professor of Bible and Apologetics at The Brookes Bible College, and Principal Researcher at The MIKRA Research Laboratory. He has taught biblical and theological research languages since 1998, heads the MIKRA Research Laboratory, and has a doctorate in Christian Worldview and Cultural Engagement.

    Course Description: Introduction to the Christian Worldview is a dynamic, interactive course that prepares Christians to articulate the major distinctives of the Christian Worldview in propositional form. Participants will learn to apply these to real life issues and to respond to critical perspectives.

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    • The H Family

      Member
      July 16, 2021 at 8:42 am

      We have been sitting in Dr. Rickett’s class on Biblical Worldviews for the past two weeks. We have another 13 weeks to go, and we can tell you that we are already sorry to know that it is going to end. If you didn’t sign up for this class, you are missing a lot! Maybe he’ll do more in the future. He’s a great teacher. If our world had more Biblical scholars like him, maybe there would be another Reformation. Very thankful that HFS and Brookes Bible College sponsored this. MMMM…this class is good! Thank you @dr_rickett

      And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.–John 8:32

      -Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man

  • Aaron Berg

    Member
    June 14, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Everyone has a world view. A biblical worldview is seeing life and all it entails through the lens of scripture. Our world view will determine how we act, feel and function in this world in our own lives and how we interact with others. The Bible tells us that the one true GOD created man in HIS OWN IMAGE. The Bible tells that God loved the whole world. The Bible tells us it’s wrong to sin against God, to steal, murder, lie, get divorced, fornicate, etc.
    If you have this world view, you will act according.
    On the flip side, if you take the humanistic world view that we are just evolved pond scum from star dust caused by some random accident 14 billion years ago, well…you can see where that worldview leads.
    We must also be very careful not to mix or attach secular worldviews with Biblical ones as I’ve seen often done by many.

    “For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires. So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.…”

  • Michele Rousseau

    Member
    June 20, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    This might seem a strange response, but I first thought that a biblical world view is NOT that the earth is flat. A biblical world view is NOT that the earth happened from a big bang. A biblical world view is NOT that animals and humans evolved from a sea form. These views do not agree with the Bible, so it was more logical for me to first think of what is NOT a biblical world view.

    I think Jesus summarized a biblical world view when He said that we should love the Lord our God with all our hearts, and love our neighbors as ourselves. If we view the world through His instruction to do this, then we will be seeking first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. The impact of doing this will certainly have a positive change on our culture; otherwise, Jesus would not have counseled us to do these things.

    I appreciate everyone’s thoughts in this discussion. Thank you, and to Timothy Mahoney, the free course sounds very interesting. I will look into it. Blessings to all.

    • Thomas Donlon

      Member
      July 14, 2021 at 11:38 am

      Hi Michele.

      I think it would be a good idea to discuss these ideas further. Maybe under this topic header?

      Book review of Return of the God Hypothesis.

      You don’t need to read the book, perhaps you could read about the book on a description page and some reviews that are on the internet. Yet it will be worth learning the contents of the book too.

  • Thomas Donlon

    Member
    July 23, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Dr. Brian Rickett’s course on a Christian Worldview is a great reminder, refresher, introduction to the nature of God and his attributes. Paul prayed that the church would understand and benefit from a true knowledge of God. God is willing to provide us with “incomparably great power” to accomplish his will through us. (Ephesians 1:18) And in Ephesians 3 Paul writes that his prayers for the church were for us to understand the love of Christ and that God’s power “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”. (Eph. 3:20 NIV)

    And this ties in nicely with the current Monthly Focus that makes a great case for how God used the prayers and efforts of one man and then a hundred or so to do great works and reach many, many people for God.

    At times in my life, I prayed many of Paul’s prayers regularly for the church. Though this isn’t one of the those times, I might start doing that again. Just look up the phrase “I pray” and you can see several of Paul’s powerful prayers.

  • The H Family

    Member
    July 30, 2021 at 9:32 am

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    In the Biblical Worldview Class last night, @dr_rickett explained that the second proposition of a theistic Christian worldview is that…

    God created the cosmos ex nihilo to operate with a uniformity of cause and effect in an open system.

    This reminds us of a documentary that we have been watching recently on AnswersTV (if you don’t subscribe to this, check it out; it’s a really great resource) called Universe Battles: Big Bang or Big Design? The producers interview some well-known and very highly-qualified creation scientists who go into great detail to explain that the universe could only be supernaturally created by God. They show how science supports the Biblical Creationist worldview; because if you don’t accept the Biblical model of Creation, then you’re faced with a dilemma in which you are forced to break the fundamental laws of physics. As Christians, we believe that the universe was supernaturally created by God. Rejecting that idea only leaves a person with two other options:

    1. The universe came into existence without a Creator. But this breaks the first law of thermodynamics, which says that energy cannot be created or destroyed. This means that you can’t get something from nothing.
    2. The universe is eternal, and has always existed. But this breaks the second law of thermodynamics, which teaches us that although energy is conserved, the amount of usable energy is running out. For example, Dr. Rickett brings two or three cups of hot coffee to class on Thursday nights. But by break time an hour later, all of his cups of coffee are cold. All things wear out and decay. So if the universe had been created eternally long ago, then it would have burned out eternally long ago – which means that nobody would even be here reading this right now.

    In summary, you can’t have a universe without a supernatural Creator because it breaks the first law of thermodynamics, but you can’t have a universe that has always existed because that breaks the second law of thermodynamics. And the laws of thermodynamics are foundational in physics. Therefore, the only option that makes logical sense (and God created the laws of logic, too) and agrees with all the laws of physics, and – most importantly – believes by faith what God has said in His Word, is that the universe was supernaturally created by God.

    We’re only on Proposition 2 of 8 so far, so maybe anyone else here on HFS that is still interested can beg Dr. Rickett to let you in. 😊

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

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    • Logan Kiesewetter

      Moderator
      July 30, 2021 at 11:50 am

      Awesome post @thehfamily 🙂 Dr. Rickett’s class has been absolutely wonderful to be a part of! Very powerful and informative.

  • Peter Barber

    Member
    July 30, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    <div>These are great questions:</div><div>

    1) I think a biblical worldview comes from a Christian – one who’s trusted in Jesus and His Cross for salvation – who as such has the Holy Spirit within, Who enables the Christian to accept the Bible and submit to it. The Christian can then develop a biblical worldview by letting the Holy Spirit speaking in Scripture be the ultimate authority over history, science and every field of study and area of life. Finally, a biblical worldview requires letting God be His own interpreter of His Word. That is, the Bible must be read plainly, with Scripture interpreting Scripture.

    2) Didn’t Ronald Reagan say that freedom is only ever one generation from disappearing? (paraphrased) That’s also true of the biblical worldview. Our children, the next generation, must learn what I outlined in number 1, and see that we make the truth and authority of Scripture our top priority.

    3) I began in 2006, during my first pilgrimage to Israel, to respond to the LORD’s call both to develop and to pass on the biblical worldview. In the past few months, I’ve made the next step in doing so by founding the Together in Christ – Christian Education Ministry (www.togetherinchristu.com), and by God’s grace, this fall, I’ll roll out the first 4 courses at Together in Christ University (www.togetherinchristu.com/university): Jesus and Myth (based on my new book by the same name); Intro. to the Bible and Theology; Creation, Science and Faith; and, Grace, Not Law: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.
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  • Keisuke Matsumoto

    Member
    July 30, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    We’ve learned in Dr. Rickett’s class and its textbook “The Universe Next Door” that a worldview is a network of presuppositions, which are so deep and fundamental, that we are not aware of or haven’t thought about .

    Also it is a commitment, which means we are committed to something without thinking twice before doing so.

    Therefore, paying special attention to an unconscious part of our heart is very important in changing our worldview(s). One of the examples of this unconscious part, I believe, is “ungrieved losses”.

    By default, human hearts don’t have a language to lament, and we normally don’t give our hearts permission to grieve. We express everything in the language of anger, and it is an important part of our spiritual growth to replace these areas with the right languages.

    As we all know, the book of Psalms gives us the full spectrum of the expressions our need.

    But, what was obvious for readers of the original version(s) of the Bible (from which our modern translations are translated) like special formatting in poem is somewhat lost to us. What clicked their attention or what helped memorize Psalms might not be available for most of us.

    As a nonnative speaker of English, I have experienced the importance of “memorizing the basic sentences” since I was a kid. I’ve seen my peers spending equal amount of time studying English but not being able to speak, simply because they didn’t recognize the importance of memorizing basic sentences. They focused only on learning words.

    And no need to say the importance of the historicity of the historical events recorded in Psalms.

    For these 2 reasons our generation(including me) is suffering from “Psalm illiteracy”, and we go to other resources like instagram or twitter posts(although they are useful when used properly) seeking the languages that best help them express the cries of their hearts.

    I believe that is a stronghold we have to take back and establish our outpost there. Dynamic equivalence probably is one of the solutions. To be able to do this we need to be familiar with the culture of the past and present, and keep updated in both.

    It has been my great joy and undeserved privilege to be a part of HFS to look for the solutions together.

    • The H Family

      Member
      July 31, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Keisuke @keisuke-matsumoto ,

      About 15 years ago our family was introduced to two things that have been the biggest spiritual blessings for us. And both, along with the ministry of Answers in Genesis, have had an effect on our worldview.

      Even though we were Bible readers, we never followed a systematic reading of the Scriptures until someone introduced us to Robert Murray McCheyne’s reading plan. https://bibleplan.org/plans/mcheyne/ The schedule takes you through 4 chapters of the Bible each day, and complete the entire Bible in a year, and the Psalms and New Testament twice. If someone finds that much reading to be overwhelming, you can listen to some of the readings on an audio Bible. Implementing a schedule like this helps you to see the entire picture of God’s love story to each of us. For example, one of the readings in the Old Testament on any given day might have a prophecy in it, and you might, on the same day, read the fulfillment of that prophecy in the New Testament. How many worldview problems might be resolved if we simply read the entirety of God’s Word? Think about it, most of us have been guilty of reading the Bible in a way that we would never dream of doing with another book. We randomly select bits and pieces, leaving the great majority of the Scriptures unread. We would never think about doing that with a textbook or novel. Most importantly, like we said above, it’s God’s love letter to us. It’s not a chore to read it, it’s a privilege and a blessing. Think of how many in the world have not been granted that blessing and may never have it. Many people start reading plans at the New Year, but you could just as well start it on any day of the year.

      The second thing that imparted a real spiritual blessing to us relates, in fact, to what you said about the Psalms. The same friend who introduced the Bible reading plan also introduced us to the Psalter, which is the Book of Psalms put to music so that they can be sung and memorized. In 1640, the first book printed in America happened to be a Psalter called The Bay Psalter. In 2013, one copy of it sold for more than $14 million. But the blessing to a soul who has memorized the Psalms is worth far more than its weight in gold. The Psalter used to be known across denominational lines for singing in the church, and yet most churches today would be hard pressed to know what one even was. How can we go wrong by memorizing and singing God’s Word?

      There are two places that we know of where you can buy Psalters. One is the Trinitarian Bible Society, which sells the Psalms of David in Meter. If one is comfortable with the KJV, NKJV, or Geneva Bible, this Psalter would most closely resemble the text. Other good Psalters can be found through Crown and Covenant. Their most well-known Psalter is known as The Book of Psalms for Worship, which anyone who is not familiar with singing them would find the easiest to learn and incorporate into private and public worship. https://crownandcovenant.com/collections/the-book-of-psalms-for-worship And for you personally, Crown and Covenant also offers a Japanese Psalter. https://crownandcovenant.com/products/japanese-psalter Many of the tunes used for these Psalms are already familiar, and if they are not, you can find them on http://www.psalter.org

      Scripture Memory Fellowship is a ministry based out of Texas, that has helped thousands of people memorize Scripture. https://scripturememory.com/ We can’t remember if it’s once a year, but they also have a Scriptorium (which sort of reminds us of Ezra reading the Bible publicly) which is where people get together to recite large selections of the Bible that they have memorized. A few years ago, they even had a fellow who memorized and recited the entire Book of Revelation. Maybe you could be instrumental in bringing a Scriptorium to Japan? 🙂

      Answers in Genesis has fabulous resources, many of which are available in Japanese. https://answersingenesis.org/ They have frequently featured Tom Meyer, sometimes know as the Bible Memory Man. https://www.thebiblememoryman.com/ You might want to look at his website as he has memorized large portions of Scripture as well.

      And Thomas Donlon was right, it is a blessing when we can all learn from others, like Tim Mahoney, Dr. Rickett, and scholars and scientists from organizations like Answers in Genesis, which are too numerous to mention, who are working overtime to get the message of a Biblical worldview out to people.

      “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).

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      • Thomas Donlon

        Member
        August 1, 2021 at 9:35 pm

        I apologize for not being yet adequately ready to comment on some of the wonderful thoughts shared here. What you said and wrote about The Psalter … I never knew what a Psalter was and still I need to research it.

        Your recommendations to listen to scripture, to memorize it as well as read it… all this is very strategic and is frequently the best use of time.

        I’ll also add that it is OK to listen to the Bible in an audio format and NOT feel the need to be stressed about being attentive to it. People have the TV or the radio on in the background, listening to scripture in such a manner, while possibly at times this doesn’t result in learning… other times you’ll just catch something strategic, fascinating and important and then you can hit the rewind button and catch this. It is really helpful in understanding many stories in the Old Testament this way. Much of the history in the Old Testament can only be learned that way. Secondary people in scripture start coming to life. Benaiah son of Jehoida is one such example. The cross-references in scripture with these minor characters makes a reader realize that the accounts in the Old Testament have a depth to them, an accuracy to them.

        In any case, H Family I appreciate you sharing what has helped you with spiritual growth… I’ve listened to the Bible dozens of times from cover to cover and picked up lot’s of interesting and helpful insights. Occasionally when the Bible has certain sections that I’ve desperately needed to hear, learn from, be corrected by, inspired by or really need to do some personal transformation or be ready to combat some difficult situations, I’ve memorized certain sections of scripture. My recall has faded on what I’ve memorized but many of the main points are still with me after decades.

        I didn’t want to fail to “second” and concur with your statements about how helpful scripture is. I’ve not yet looked at what you wrote in terms of me researching all the links, but I just think everyone should be aware you are on the mark, on target, with better understanding and learning the word of God.

        Good job! We, me included, need to be reminded of how excellent God’s word is from time to time.

  • Thomas Donlon

    Member
    July 30, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Keisuke Matsumoto wrote, “It has been my great joy and undeserved privilege to be a part of HFS to look for the solutions together.”

    I agree, it has been a privilege to me and a great responsibility. Much great material has been shared in the Monthly Focus each month (worth reviewing for I forget and have forgot much of it) but also the connections to knowledgeable and kind people have been also very edifying, and the extra material in the Collector’s Editions of the produced movies has also been phenomenal.

    Sometimes we all disagree, but this can be opportunity to build up the body of Christ and even to learn personally from people who share their knowledge, and sometimes we are to fulfill Paul’s advice to be patient with one another, and sometimes we follow Jesus advice to forgive others.

    Knowledge has increased as Daniel wrote and today we more often than not have specialized fields of knowledge. We often find that we each have areas and abilities that lag behind others by “orders of magnitude” and yet in other ways we are better gifted or better able to serve or give or encourage others by “orders of magnitude” than others in the areas God has gifted us to personally or collectively excel. We each differ but need to care for each other for it is the body of Christ that we are to look out for and treat the other members with respect. Consider the eye and foot. One is very delicate and needs protection while the other can hit the ground at full force and handle lots of friction for acceleration or braking. One can perceive things from far off, the other only knows what it is in contact with. Tim Mahoney a few months or so ago mentioned we all have our “battle stations.” We each have some sort of role in advancing the knowledge and influence of God and bringing about necessary cooperation to serve Him. I’m an OK writer in some sorts of writing, but have varied strengths and weaknesses, though God’s power to do things in any of us is immense. I do know that one of the ways to build each other up is speaking the truth in love. And sometimes wisdom and love dictates just keeping quiet. Jesus recognized that his disciples could not handle all the things he wanted to tell them. God works things out over time in the church. Though sometimes I find He works dreadfully slow. But countering my notion is some of this month’s monthly focus videos that show modern (past hundreds or thousands of years) examples of how God has used Christians in the past, even using Christians to pray with faith and sensitivity to the Spirit. But regarding other people in the body of Christ: I can look at other’s strengths in serving God and “Esteem others better than myself.” The H Family is superior to me in some ways, others have different gifts of scholarship that I’ve learned from, and others have served others through individual or collective ministries in ways I have not, but these are things that God hasn’t called me to or gifted me in very well. But God didn’t call us to judge one another but to serve one another… and in this digital environment we sometimes learn by trial and error or learn by experience and prayer how to serve one another. Scriptures like Proverbs have been helpful to me. And many have also been great examples here on the HFS including Tim Mahoney in how he interviews and interacts with people who have different views.

    Let’s not overlook the good material that is in this month’s Monthly Focus about praying and listening to God as he will lead us. Yet we recognize that John? (in 1st John or so?) wrote “Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see if they are from God.” Not every thought is from God, but as it aligns with his will and his love … this is complex stuff and I’m not much of a “charismatic” at all. We in the HFS society and the body of Christ differ greatly from each other. But keep in mind that among the apostles on Jesus team he had a former “tax collector” as well as someone who had somehow ended up being called “Simon the zealot.” One co-operated with Romans and maybe the other “zealot” was excessively perturbed by Roman behavior? Maybe Jesus gave him the nickname just like he named James and John “Sons of thunder.”

    Once again I’m pushing the limit on HFS code of conduct in regard to keeping comments short. Sometimes though we forget what God has done and can do… and we need to look to Him for help to do his will.

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