The Heart of the Christian can be Trusted- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stoney heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
I will put my laws in thier minds and write them on thier hearts. Hebrews 8:10
Once you are saved you will have a brand new heart. You can trust the promptings of your heart if you are a Christian. You can because God dwells within you. So guard your heart with all deligence. Learn to live inside out not outside in!
By Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD
“Your net-worth is going to fluctuate_ as it should. That’s what net-worth does, but your self-worth should only appreciate”.
I recently read an interesting article in Black Enterprise Magazine. The article was written by Sonia Alleyne as told to her by Chris Gardner. Chris was commenting on his new book Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in the Pursuit of Happiness (Amistad; $26.99). Chris states that skills, talents, and expertise are transferable and that we all should look for opportunities to transfer our skills. Knowledge is portable and it goes where ever we go!
Archives of General Psychiatry May 2012 reports that meaningful activities are linked to cognitive health. A study involving the elderly found that participants without dementia who reported higher levels of purpose in life like working in ministry, the health field etc., exhibited better cognitive function over time compared to others with less purpose, even as plaques and tangles- the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease- accumulated in their brains. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. God sustains those involved in a higher cause.
The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease June 5, 2012 issue reports some amazing news in Alzheimer’s research. It seems that moderate caffeine ingestion may protect against memory loss. A new recent study suggests in it’s findings that drinking about three cups of coffee daily may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or substantially delay its onset altogether. Researchers investigated the cognitive function of a group of people aged 65+ with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) over two or four years, and found that participants who had significantly higher caffeine levels in their blood at the study’s onset remained stable, while those with lesser blood caffeine levels progressed from mild cognitive impairment to dementia.
Neither is worshiped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Acts 17:25
God does not need anything. Need is a creature word. He does not even need our worship. The word worship in the Greek is very interesting. It is the word therapeuo. It means to wait upon, minister, and heal. In Acts 1:4 the saints were commanded to wait for the promise. This was not a passive command. The saints were in worship! Great things are birthed from our worship. Our ministry to God, Our healing! If you draw nigh to Him He will draw nigh to you. He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him!
“The aut Deus aut malus homo” – Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD
C.S. Lewis popularized his “Trilemma” in a BBC radio talk and in his writings. It is sometimes summarized either as “Lunatic, Liar, or Lord”, or as “Mad, Bad, or God”.
“Christ either deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or He was Himself deluded and self-deceived, or He was Divine. There is no getting out of this trilemma. It is inexorable.” Lewis went on to write: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”
Jesus was and is God! He is to be honored and worshiped. He is the God that saves! I agree with Lewis! Even the late great president Ronald Reagan used Lewis’s argument in 1978, in a written reply to a liberal Methodist minister who said that he did not believe Jesus was the son of God. . A variant has also been quoted by Bono. The Lewis version has been cited by Charles Colson as the basis of his conversion to Christianity Stephen Davis, a supporter of Lewis and of this argument, argues that it can show belief in the Incarnation as rational. Lewis refers to this argument as “the aut Deus aut malus homo” (“either God or a bad man”), a reference to an earlier version of the argument used by Henry Parry Liddon in his 1866 Bampton Lectures, in which Liddon argued for the divinity of Jesus based on a number of grounds, including the claims he believed Jesus made. Jesus is Lord! If he can’t be Lord of all He will not be Lord at all!
Posted on February 16, 2012 | Leave a comment | The Spirit of Adoption- Boyace Van Harlan Jr. PhD
Behold what matter of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God. 1 John 3:1-2
God has done something outstanding for those who believe. He has brought us to a place where we know with confidence, we say softly in our hearts and out loud against contrary voices, “Beloved, now we are children of God!” There are many promises that we may quote from Holy Writ without essentially processing them. I want to have something more than the literal Word of God. “Beloved, now we are the children of God”. That is divine! “He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous”. 1 John 3:7
“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world’. 1 John 4:4 He who truly possesses this word in spirit is mightier than all the powers of darkness, mightier than the power of disease, mightier than his own inner man. God wants us to be extraordinary! Phenomenal! When God gets truly hold of a man he makes and molds him into something incredibly remarkable in thought, power, and activity! “Beloved, now we are the children of God” It is thoroughly divine. God wants us to be the living epistle of the Word by the power of the Holy Spirit to be read by all men. We are to become the living force of the revelation of God, the incarnation of the personality of His presence in the human soul.