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Four Building Blocks of Faith

-a guest article by Heather Kendall, a fellow author with The Word Guild.                                                                                                                                         Christian parents hope their children will remain true to the faith when they leave home. Many churches have large youth groups. But will those young people continue to attend in their twenties? Will they stand firm in the faith when they meet the troubles and trials of life or when they encounter persecution? Will they succumb to peer pressure? Are they knowledgeable enough to refute false belief? This is a subject dear to my heart. Sadly, between 25 and 33% of youth fall away permanently. Most pastors agree.

The Barna Research Group in southern California has concluded that the problem is a failure for those in youth ministry to disciple new believers properly. Before trying to help others, let us make sure that we know what we believe and why. We need the four building blocks of faith: prayer, the gospel, the biblical worldview and the big picture in the Bible.

The most basic prayer acknowledges who God is, expresses our need, and believes in his ability to answer that need. However, if those are the only elements in our praying, prayer can degenerate into a grocery list of requests. The most important aspect of prayer is time spent in praising and adoring the Lord with a thankful heart. This pleases him.

The second block in our tower of faith is the gospel. Do we believe that we are sinners who have rebelled against the one and only God? Do we agree that we deserve eternal punishment? Are we able to tell others the good news that Jesus is the Son of God who left the glory of heaven and took the punishment that we deserve? What love and grace to undeserving sinners!

The third block is a biblical worldview. There is a negative and a positive aspect to a believer’s worldview. The negative aspect is a reality check on the difficulties and pitfalls that we face as believers: Satan is real and wishes us ill; the world always opposes us; our own fleshly desires hinder our spiritual growth. The positive aspect is: The Bible is God’s book and is accurate in all it teaches; Jesus is the only Son of God and is the only Saviour; Jesus will never forsake his believers; Jesus is able to take all the misfortunes of believers and turn them into good; Jesus hears the prayers of his children.

The fourth block is the big picture in the Bible. In my first book, A Tale of Two Kingdoms, I trace God’s plan of salvation throughout the whole Bible and show that from the beginning God planned to send Jesus as the promised Seed. When Jesus died and rose again, he became the victor over Satan. It pays close attention to the timeline of the Bible and is suitable for older teenagers and adults who know the major Bible stories but cannot put them into chronological order. My second book, God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation: The Christ-Centered Biblical Storyline, is a Bible study based on the first book. An application at the end of each lesson in the Old Testament states: The Old Testament points to Jesus through preparation for his birth, direct prophecy, pictures or types, and anticipation. Which of these apply in this lesson? For more information check out http://www.tale2k.com.

Heather Kendall, author of A Tale of Two Kingdoms (2006) and God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation: The Christ-Centered Biblical Storyline (2012). In the 2013 Word Guild Awards, Heather is the winner in the Book-Biblical Studies category  — A Christ-centered approach to the biblical storyline.


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David Kitz on Restoring Health: A Great Deal to be Learned and Applied…

This book is an up close examination of the Apostle Paul’s short New Testament letter to Titus. Titus was sent to the Isle of Crete to provide oversight to the fledgling church that had been established there. Ed Hird has thoroughly researched his topic and provides a wealth of information on the pirate life style that was prevalent on the island during the first century. He then draws some striking parallels with the unhealthy life style of North Americans today. Titus was a transformational leader and personal transformation can occur if the truths found in Titus are applied.

There is a great deal that can be learned and applied to body, mind and spirit within these pages of Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit.

David Kitz

DKZ Productions

-author of Psalms Alive

Psalms Alive!


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Tina Walker on Restoring Health: ‘A Must Read’….

Dr. Hird’s book is a revolutionary view and concept on the Epistle of Paul to Titus. Dr. Hird’s approach to unlocking the mystery of this epistle will enlighten the eyes of your understanding to behold your faith, your identity and your journey with new eyes. RESTORING HEALTH: BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT: Strengthening a New Generation of Healthy Leaders is the ‘go to’ book for our generation. Dr. Hird’s book is a must read.

Tina Walker

Web Developer and Business Coach

author of The Joy of Abundant Living

 


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A New Start

-a guest column by Violet Nesdoly, a fellow member of The Word Guild, a Canadian organization for writers who are Christian.

Violet NesdolyI love the beginning of the year. I like starting new calendars and a new daybook. I get the urge to purge old papers from my files and junk from my closets and the garage. I want to unburden myself of the past and make a new start.

The people in Ephesus made such a new start too (Acts 19:19). However, for them it wasn’t a new year thing where they rid themselves of their abundance of clutter, but a spiritual housecleaning where they gathered and destroyed their how-to-do-magic books.

At dinner with friends a while ago, a couple told of how they did something similar. Shortly after they became Christians, the man burned all his masonic artifacts, the woman her astrology jewelry. No pastor or leader told them to. They just knew it was necessary to make this spiritual break with the past.

Why?

Because physical objects can be weighted with spiritual power for good or bad. Earlier in Acts 19 we see how people used handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched Paul to bring healing to the sick (vs. 12). And in verse 19, the new converts destroyed those magic books.

Perhaps we need to do more of this—physically remove objects from our lives that signify and bind us to our life before Christ: the CDs, books, jewelry, good luck charms, masks…whatever.

Occult expert Kurt Koch says:

“Every object of sorcery must be destroyed. In the great revival which Paul experienced in Ephesus, many of those who were now believers brought their books on magic arts and burned them in the sight of all (Acts 19:19).

In the revival in Indonesia the natives brought their fetishes and occult objects together in heaps and destroyed them in a similar way.

Magical books and occult objects carry with them a hidden ban. Anyone not prepared to rid himself of the ban will be unable to free himself from the influence of the powers of darkness” – Kurt Koch, Occult Bondage and Deliverance, p. 90.

Koch makes this observation about collecting what some might call anthropological artifacts:

“Some missionaries are actually enthusiastic collectors of devil’s masks and similar objects of heathen ritual worship. Through hanging the trophies up in their homes they burden the whole house and all who live in it. … These idols have sometimes been used for years or even decades in heathen rituals. In this way they become crystallization points for demonic powers in houses where they are displayed as works of art. The Spirit of God does not dwell with idols, even in a so-called Christian home” - Kurt Koch, Occult Bondage and Deliverance, p. 92.

PRAYER: Dear God, please open my eyes to anything that is keeping me in Satan’s bondage. Help me to make a break with any darkness from my past. Amen.

- Violet Nesdoly

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Violet Nesdoly is a freelance writer and author who lives in Langley, B.C. Her first novel, Destiny’s Hands (a biblical fiction about the exodus), was published in 2012. Visit her on the web at violetnesdoly.com

The piece above is from the archives of her daily devotional blog Other Food: daily devos, where you’ll find a new Bible-based devotion every morning.


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Moses through the Eyes of Hollywood

By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Many of us as children remember hearing the story of Moses in the bulrushes, Moses confronting Pharaoh, Moses crossing the Red Sea, and Moses receiving the Ten Commandments.  The Moses story is so naturally dramatic that in many ways it was made for Hollywood.  I love it when a story is not only a great story but also a true story.

Hollywood has told the Moses story several times, including through Cecil B Demille’s The Ten Commandments in 1956, Dreamworks’ The Prince of Egypt in 1998, Roma Downey’s The Bible Miniseries in 2013, and Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings in 2014.  Bruce Feiler comments that Moses is the quintessential prophet in North America, quoted extensively by people from all across the cultural and political spectrum.  Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and President John Adams all wanted Moses on the USA seal.  Martin Luther King Jr. continually quoted Moses in his leadership of the civil rights movement.  Many people identify with Moses as the classic underdog standing up for what is right against impossible odds.

My wife and I recently went to see the 140-million dollar movie Exodus: Gods and Kings.  The CGI was very impressive, particularly the plagues and the crossing of the Red Sea. Christian Bale, best known for his portrayal of Batman in the Dark Knight, played a very interesting and strong Moses.  Someone described Christian Bale as God’s General.  Unique to the movie was an interesting portrayal of Moses as a guerrilla fighter, blowing up so buildings in Egypt that Pharaoh wanted to get rid of him.

The burning bush account left me ambivalent.  In Scott’s story, Moses was buried in a muddy rock slide just before he saw the burning bush.  An implicit message could be that Moses, rather than meeting God, was suffering from brain damage.  The stunted god who turns up at the burning bush is an eleven-year bad-tempered boy.   Rather than being child-like, this deity comes across in petulant childishness.  AW Tozer said that how we envision God reveals a lot about us, and even shapes how we treat people.  If God is stunted and bad-tempered rather than mature and loving, then it does not bode well for us.  It is probably not a coincidence that there was no worship of this deity in the movie.  Who would want to worship such an unpleasant being?

The one redeeming relationship was the tender connection between Moses and his wife Zipporah.  If more had been done with that relationship, it might have saved the movie.  I wish that I could have given the movie five stars and commended it to all my friends.  Instead I was left saddened that a potentially great movie missed the mark.

There are over eighty references in the New Testament to Moses, more than any other Old Testament figure.  Jesus was even described as a prophet like Moses, spending time visiting with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration.  The most positive thing about viewing Scott’s Exodus is that it motivated me to reread once again the book of Exodus.  My prayer for those reading this article is that we might take the time to reread or read for the first time the amazing story of Moses the Prince of Egypt.

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

BSW, MDiv, DMin

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the January 2015 Deep Cove Crier

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form. In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 1008- 555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7N 2J7, Canada.

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-Click to download a complimentary PDF copy of the Battle for the Soul study guide :  Seeking God’s Solution for a Spirit-Filled Canada

You can also download the complimentary Leader’s Guide PDF: Battle for the Soul Leaders Guide


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Endorsement by Rev. Capt. Brian Kirby of the Restoring Health book

By the Rev. Captain Brian Kirby

I found this book by my good friend and colleague Rev. Dr. Ed Hird to be challenging, informative, encouraging and uplifting all RH - Hirdat the same time.  I have read Paul`s letter to Titus, along with commentaries on Titus many times over my 32 plus years in Ordained Ministry.  One of the things which stuck with me this time was that the people on the island of Crete were Pirates.  I knew they were lazy, gluttons and drunkards and even though I knew these were all characteristics of pirates the two things had not fully registered.

As I have read what Ed has had to say about the Cretans being pirates, challenged me when he related that to people in North America being pirates.  This led me to do a lot of soul searching and re-examining both my life and the life styles of my fellow Canadians and North Americans to see what truth there was in this bold statement.  I have seen confirmation after confirmation of how not only are we as people in Canada and in fact North America are pirates, but that also I can relate where I can apply that term to myself as well.  How often do we steal time from our employers, our family or from other people through laziness and procrastination?

I find myself invigorated through reading and meditating upon what Ed has shared not only about Titus, but also about his own life and ministry.  I have been reminded of things which through our friendship over many years have been an encouragement to me in the fulfillment of the ministry to which Jesus has called me to boldly proclaim the Good News of Salvation to our local communities today.

back coverI heartily recommend Ed`s latest book to all who are called into any aspect of leadership in the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ whether lay or ordained.  By sinking your teeth into the meat of material in this book you will be encouraged and further equipped for the work of ministry to which Jesus has called you by the power of the Holy Spirit.  If you are a seeker, you will find humour entwined with solid teaching which will draw you to a Saviour who loves you and died for you that you might receive the greatest gift of all, the gift of new life.

Rev. Capt. Brian M. Kirby+(Ret`d)

Priest, Anglican Network in Canada

Interim Pastor – Arbutus Grove Reform Church, Parksville

Padre – Canadian Forces Maritime Test Range, Nanoose Bay

Zone Padre – Central Vancouver Island Zone – Royal Canadian Legion


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An Endorsement by Dr. John Cline, M.D. of the book ‘Restoring Health: Body, Mind & Spirit’

edhird:

Dr John Cline just did a one-minute video endorsement.

Originally posted on Edhird's Blog:

In ‘Restoring Health: Body, Mind and Spirit, the Reverend Dr. Ed Hird takes us on an epic journey through the biblical book of Titus, Paul’s instruction manual for the pirates on the island of Crete.  Ed Hird develops the idea that we are all pirates, in need of salvation and holistic health in body, mind and spirit – in need of health in every area of our lives.  He reminds us that Healthiness = Godliness = Christlikeness.

In the church today there is a desperate need for holistically healthy leaders – just as Titus the Greek Christian was to the Cretan pirates.  The question remains – will we be available and accountable to God in choosing the way of health, of life and of godliness?  I highly recommend this book to all who desire to choose the healthy way of Christlikeness.

John Cline MD, BSc, IFMCP detoxify your system with Dr. Cline's book

-author of the book

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