“A Biblical Perspective” provides insight into all sorts of modern topics that present themselves to the modern Christian. On this page Lanny shares relative topics from a biblical perspective regarding the church, rightly dividing the Word of God, Christianity, and daily living. His educational background provides the foundation for what he shares on this page. With a Doctorate in Ministry, along with a PhD in Biblical Studies he possesses the credentials necessary to share on a multitude of biblical topics. His background as an educator in the public school system, along with his volunteer service in the single’s ministry provide personal insight into many of the issues people are struggling with in today’s society. His experience as a lay-pastor, along with his paid employment as an associate pastor in both large and small churches allows him access to both the functional and dysfunctional aspects of the modern church. Hopefully, this page will provide food for thought as you deal with the issues you face throughout your personal journey.
“The Influence of Jezebel!”
But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. Revelation 2:20 NASB
There usually aren’t too many Sunday morning messages in the church focusing on Jezebel. Her story is contained in the Old Testament books of I & II Kings. It’s not a favorable tale, neither for Jezebel nor her husband King Ahab, who was the king of Northern Israel. Jezebel is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation chapter 2 where Jesus shares an extremely strong message to the church. Once again, this reference to Jezebel is not favorable. There is a haunting lesson to be learned from the story of Jezebel and King Ahab. It’s a message which relates to all of us in this modern day.
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Last year was as challenging as any year in my life. It started off with the decline of my dad’s health, culminating with his passing from this life on February 9th at the age of 84. Ironically, the day before his death he asked me the date. It was almost as if he knew he’d be leaving this world the next day. Early the next morning his soul transcended the bonds of this earthly realm and entered into his eternal rest with his Lord Jesus! The 9th of February was the same day his father-in-law (who was more of a father to him than his own dad) passed away 48 years earlier. In fact, my father and grandfather passed away at nearly the same hour of the day. Well, a few weeks later my wife filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences as the reason. Several weeks after that my church placed me on a four month paid sabbatical. At the end of the sabbatical my position at the church was terminated. In less than a year, I had lost my father, my wife, my job at the church, my church family and my ministry as a pastor.
In retrospect, as I reflect on the nearly overwhelming loss that I experienced throughout the course of ten months, I realize this was a season of sifting for my life. It was as if I had been whipped to pieces on the thrashing floor, then tossed in the air, allowing the wind to blow away the chaff. The chaff included many of the things in this world I held close to my heart. Chaff that needed to be stripped away for some unknown reason. I’ve considered whether some of those things could have been a distraction of some sorts; causing me to lose focus on the truth of what is really important in this life. Maybe a few of those distractions had become a sort of an idol, causing me to turn my eyes and attention away from the "One" I needed most in life.
With my world turned completely upside down, as Christmas approached, I realized something - The “One” I chose to follow decades earlier; He is the only One who understood exactly what I had endured and the excruciating pain I had suffered. In fact, He too had been beaten and broken on the world’s thrashing floor for the salvation of humanity. Jesus is the Bread of Life. He was born in a small town called Bethlehem. In the ancient Hebrew the literal meaning of Bethlehem is “house of bread.” Jesus is the “Bread of Life” and it was on the first day of “Unleavened Bread” when the “Passover Lamb” had to be sacrificed over 2,000 years ago. On the thrashing floor of this earth Jesus was prepared for a higher purpose, a divine calling. The punishment that brought “peace to earth” was placed upon Him as spoken about in Isaiah 53.
Finally, I began to see the significance of Jesus being called the “Bread of Life.” I started to realize what He suffered for the peace of humanity, was analogous to the process of wheat being prepared to feed the hungry. Like grain being pulverized by a millstone, He was crushed for my iniquity. By His wounds, by the shedding of His blood, I am healed. Literally, He was pierced for my transgressions and as the “Bread of God” that came down out of heaven, He has given “Life” to the world, and to me! The Bread of Life spoke to me this past year. He reminded me that I could not live by bread alone, but by every “Word” that proceeds out of His mouth.
After pondering all these things in my heart, I sat down at the computer in early December and in a very short time, this Christmas poem sprang forth. So, as you read this piece, I pray you would reflect on the reality of what was required for Jesus to become the “Bread of Life!” Feel free to share with any of your friends. God bless you. In His Service, Lanny
Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of performing quite a few memorial services for family and friends. Not too long ago, I came across this quote from Charles Spurgeon a well-known preacher of the 19th century. I believe that his words help bring a sense of comfort to the reality of losing a loved one. Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of someone you love. But there is a peace that comes when we acknowledge God's divine sovereignty and grace.
When you stand over the grave of one you love, you are apt, in the loss, to forget he was a loan from God. When a dear one is taken away, the right way to look at it is that a precious loan has been called in by its Owner. We ought to be very grateful to have been allowed to borrow the comfort so long. We ought not to repine when the Owner takes back what He so kindly lent. The husband to whom you have been married these 10 years, or the child that has nestled in your bosom two years, or the friend that communed with you half a lifetime, or the brother who was such a comfort all his days–when these are gone, do not look at the going, only, but thank God that you ever had them. Be honest enough to acknowledge the good as well as to lament the evil. Bless a taking as well as a giving God, for He takes only but what He gave. ~ Charles Spurgeon
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18 NIV
In this hypersensitive, politically correct world, it has become extremely common to hear people say there are a multitude of ways to find god and enter into heaven. It’s acceptable to make god into what you want him to be, or need him to be for your own personal purpose or definition. It’s pretty normal to put god in a box to fit your own perceptions of who or what he is. This of course is a contrived, secular perspective of god that originated through a limited human understanding of life.
Many people believe that it doesn’t matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs are, as long as you are sincere, and you earnestly seek your own form of spirituality, you’ll go to heaven. However, if we believe what the Bible says, these other paths are nothing more than an individually contrived, self-serving view of god. This feel-good message is extremely palatable but flagrantly flawed. It’s a devious concoction with deadly consequences.
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