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  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    of the word worldview then we are giving the idea that the lenses being used to understand the world is the Bible Essentially the Bible is bringing the world into the correct focus If a ministry claims to be reviewing Rated R films because of a Biblical worldview then the claim itself is subject to the scrutiny of the Bible to either defend the action or reprove it How we understand the Bible correctly is a matter of responsible Bible study Hermeneutics The definition that was given earlier may not be very helpful if you don t understand the word exegesis Think about hermeneutics as a set of appropriate tools for studying the Bible responsibly One of those tools is to have an understanding of Biblical exegesis and eisegesis Gk hermeneutikos interpreting Exegesis One dictionary gives this definition an exegesis is the interpretation and understanding of a text on the basis of the text itself It is about coming to a right understanding of the Bible by discovering what it was intending to say and mean not what you intend it to say The word technically means to draw the meaning out of Gk exegeisthai explain interpret from ex out hegeisthai to lead guide Eisegesis A simple definition is an interpretation of Scripture that expresses the interpreter s own ideas bias or the like rather than the meaning of the text Basically it is inserting personal ideas that are foreign to the text while overlooking its intended meaning Gk eisgesis equiv to eis into h ēge s of hēgeîsthai to lead sis Inductive Bible Study There are several ministries that encourage inductive Bible study and one in the forefront is Precept ministries which give the following explanation Observation Specially designed skills for busy lives in an age of speed noise

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  • My Trip to India with Gospel for Asia | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    gospel has not been preached and many of them succeed in starting a fellowship in their first year in the field Along with the thousands of missionaries they already have in the field they are establishing an average of 17 fellowships a day in previously unreached villages and people groups I remember thinking how have they been able to mobilize so many people for the work of the gospel And that s when I learned where you and I come into this picture The dollar goes a long way over in Asia and the average missionary only needs about 120 210 a month to be fully supported with the goal of being self supported as soon as possible That means that it only takes 4 7 supporters who are able to give 30 a month 1 a day to fully support that missionary who is reaching the unreached and planting a church in their first year One of the things that also grabbed my attention was that 100 of my donation would go directly to the missionary Being in ministry ourselves our family has often lived on very meager means It meant a lot to me to know that I could financially support a missionary and my small donation would actually help evangelize unreached people and help plant a church After hearing the presentation I decided we as a family would support a native missionary and much like a child sponsorship program we were given a picture of the missionary in need of sponsors along with a short testimony and some information about the area they are ministering in The next thing on my agenda was to finally read that book Revolution in World Missions that had sat on my book shelf After reading the book I knew I wanted to do whatever I could to help support this ministry so I decided I would take my family to their US headquarters in Carrollton TX to learn more about the ministry and how we could get involved That time that we spent at their office and with their staff was a confirmation that we were getting involved in the right ministry The Gospel for Asia staff who raise their own support so that 100 of donations for missionaries can go to the missionaries were people of faith and prayer and dedication and prayer and passion for the lost and prayer I can t say enough about their integrity and hard work on behalf of the lost They were also just beginning a new volunteer program so I was thrilled to be able to find a way to get more involved That was nearly five years ago and since then the missionary we were supporting became self supported by the churches he started and we were able to sponsor a student in Bible school who was preparing for the field We also began sponsoring a child through their Bridge of Hope program which starts schools among the poorest people so their

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  • Ready for Game Day? | Articles by CJ Hitz
    Win or lose we never doubted the fact that our coach did his job to prepare us for game day Shouldn t our experience on God s team the Church be similar We read in Hebrews 5 14 NAS that solid food is for the mature who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil Those words practice and trained imply preparation for game day And when is it game day in the spiritual life That s right EVERYDAY Our enemy and his team never take a day off always trying to set us up for defeat When we know the Word of God and the God of that Word intimately we become a major threat to the opposition We become sharp and sensitive to hearing God s voice and game plan for each new day Unfortunately the Church is being trained more by the voices in our media choices than by the voice of God We ve become more familiar with Thursday evening s TV show lineup or the playlists on our iPods than we are with the words of the Author of Life We have our hearts tuned more to the wisdom of the

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  • Cleaning House | Articles by CJ Hitz
    even mentioned the floors As I m writing this I m looking up at our ceiling fans and wondering if they ve ever been dusted I know it s been at least 3 years the amount of time we ve lived in this house Deep down inside all of us is a built in fed up alarm In the case of cleaning house I ll admit that Shelley s alarm tends to go off before mine Next thing you know we re diving full force into the grime that s taken 6 months to build up We ask ourselves Why didn t we take care of this earlier The old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure rings true here In 2 Chronicles chapter 29 we read about a man named Hezekiah and his beginnings as king of Judah He wasted no time in cleaning house and setting the tone of his administration In the very first month of the first year of his reign Hezekiah reopened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them v 3 He then reprimanded the priests and Levites with these words Listen to me you Levites Purify yourselves and purify the Temple of the Lord the God of your ancestors Remove all the defiled things from the sanctuary Our ancestors were unfaithful and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord our God They abandoned the Lord and His Temple they turned their backs on Him v 5 6 Does anyone hear a fed up alarm going off here When Hezekiah mentioned that ancestors were unfaithful he was referring to his own father Ahaz In Ahaz s 16 year reign we read a lengthy example of what not to do as a king 2 Chronicles 28 24 gives us insight into the heart of Ahaz The king took the utensils from the Temple of God and broke them into pieces He shut the doors of the Lord s Temple so that no one could worship there and then set up altars to pagan gods in every corner of Jerusalem This is certainly one example of the phrase like father like son not always being true Apparently the priests and Levites who heard Hezekiah s pep talk were quite motivated to take action as we read in the following passage These men called together their fellow Levites and they purified themselves Then they began to purify the Temple of the Lord just as the king commanded The priests went into the sanctuary of the Temple of the Lord to cleanse it the entire task was completed in 16 days 29 15 17 Did you catch that What Hezekiah s father Ahaz had allowed to deteriorate over the course of 16 years Hezekiah restored in 16 days Today we have a King of kings still in the business of restoration His name is Jesus Spiritual deterioration is no laughing matter as I can attest to personally One

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  • Ready for Some Fresh Air? | Articles by CJ Hitz
    category In all my visits to their house over the years I can t remember a single time when a television wasn t on Grandma in one room watching the 700 Club and grandpa in another room watching anything sports Don t get me wrong I ve certainly watched my fair share of the Tube over my lifetime But there s been something refreshingly liberating over this past year since my wife Shelley I decided to box up the TV Among other things we have more time to enjoy the magnificent outdoor artwork of our extraordinarily creative God He s the Master Artist A Breath of Fresh Air I recently heard about a program called The Fresh Air Fund that was started in 1877 by a non profit organization Their goal was to introduce disadvantaged children living in the inner cities to the great outdoors The program was started in New York to benefit the city s youth A man by the name of Reverend Parsons asked his parishioners to volunteer to host inner city youth for a time away in the country They agreed and The Fresh Air Fund was born The program still flourishes today offering a choice of five camps in upstate New York for the city s children to enjoy time away and learn about country life Power In Unplugging One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in Luke 5 16 Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer In our noisy world I find this concept incredibly liberating Jesus saw the importance of unplugging from all the noise that a typical day brings As followers of Jesus we must also see the importance of literally unplugging from our media sources on a regular basis This could be for a day a week

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  • Media's Impact on Girls' Body Image | Articles by Shelley Hitz
    that is the enemy s purpose He has come to steal kill and destroy us John 10 10 He wants to plant many weeds in our lives to choke out the life giving fruit bearing plants However I do believe there are other influences in our culture today that also contribute to this emptiness inside us And I believe one of the biggest issues impacting us today is the pressure the media places on us to look picture perfect I think as females most of us have struggled with various body image lies including this one If I can change something about my body others will finally accept me and I will be able to accept myself It is so easy to base our self worth on our looks and appearance because it is the first thing others see in us What Would You Change About Your Body What if you could change one thing about your body what would you change I know what my answer is without even needing thinking about it I bet most of you already have your answer too The thing I ve struggled with the most regarding my body has been my acne and the scars it has left behind In high school I had a perfect complexion I even remember someone commenting that my skin looked like a china doll Well that soon ended when I entered college I m not sure exactly what caused it possibly the combination of bad eating habits and hormones I thought it would just be a short phase and then be gone But here I am now in my 30 s and still struggling with breakouts of acne UUUGGGGHHHH I ve tried most everything from Mary Kay to ProActiv to Arbonne to supplements and vitamins to hormone

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  • A Fashion Dilemma | Articles by Shelley Hitz
    admiration True beauty comes from our Creator and shines through It is okay to desire beauty God created women to be beautiful But what are our motives for striving after beauty What Are Our Motives If our motives are to get the attention of guys by dressing in a way that shows off our bodies consider this word of warning from Jesus in Luke 17 1 3 Things that cause people to sin are bound to come but woe to that person through whom they come It would be better for her to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around her neck than for her to cause one of these little ones to sin So watch yourselves Jesus also said in Matthew 5 28 anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart Therefore my first motive in dressing modestly is to honor God But my second motive is to not be a distraction to the guys around me especially other guys who are following Christ and desiring to live in purity There Are No Set Modesty Rules What Did you read that right Yes I want to make sure you understand I m not trying to shove 101 modesty rules down your throat I realize that every girl s body is different and may look differently in the same clothes So what applies to me may not apply to you Plus modesty comes from the heart so this is something between you and God A Few of My Modesty Tips These are only tips and not rules But they can get you started in the right direction So let s do a quick modesty check from head to toe using a few of my modesty tips Is the neckline

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  • Take Time to See the Roses | Articles by Rhett Simkins
    to the drive that it no longer caught their attention They were distracted and I was shocked It s not like I hadn t ever seen people so engaged in media before but something about that brief scene made me sad The beauty of the gentle rolling hills and valleys dotted with barns and old farm houses and the conversations that would come from such scenes were being missed as the digital age once again took the front seat I remember going on trips with my family when I was young We always traveled by car and I got to see so much of the countryside My siblings and I played games together like the license plate game the alphabet game and many other traveling games My dad would often ask us trivia questions that had something to do with where we were or what he had just seen on the side of the road It was a great way to pass the time and it kept us from getting too fidgety on the longer trips We had a lot of fun There were also times of quiet in the car I would stare out the window and think about the changing landscapes and passing buildings with a mind full of wonder To me the world grew bigger and bigger the more we traveled Back then there were no smartphones There were no DVD players built into the headrests of the seats in front of us There was a lot to see and a lot to take in What s most troubling to me is that back then wasn t that long ago Growing up during the transition into the digital age has allowed me to see both sides of the coin and it s sad to see how much

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