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Sunday sermon  5-20-18

Psalm 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Sunday sermon https://youtu.be/GhF5gpTyuyE

https://vimeo.com/271461556  

Sunday sermon- part 2 [windy] https://youtu.be/moRDjtttJeU 

Habakkuk 1:5

Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

 

ON VIDEO [Links to all my sites at the bottom of this post]

.Brief review of church history

.The Indian pastor

.Persecuted church- then and now

.Pentecost Sunday [celebrated this day]

.Tongues of fire

.Jesus fulfilled the Passover feast--

.And now- 50 days later- the feast of Pentecost [harvest- first fruits] is fulfilled by the pouring out of the Holy Spirit

.The gifts of the Spirit- not to be confused with spiritual maturity

.The fruit of the Spirit [Galatians]

.The church matured over time- as God intended

.Constantine in the 4th century [I added some posts on him in the ‘past posts’ section below]

.The last 2 thousand years has been the ‘end time’ harvest

.The division ‘sign’ at the end of the video

 

OTHER VIDEOS [These are the videos I upload nightly to my various sites- New below]

 

5-18-18 Cult leaders- the media inspired shooting at Trump golf course- and advice for chief Markle

https://youtu.be/1k9tCt5peqc 

5-18-18 TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING ON THIS DAY https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aocp2PkNEAGMgTf7g0QGDT5FoTHl

https://vimeo.com/270784970

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rVA12LpvfJaMmid7M6-au0FeH_Nv7Cuy/view?usp=sharing

https://youtu.be/9xYCtPYjidE 

5-20-18 FAKE NEWS EXPOSED https://youtu.be/M5QE8lGW0Qc 

5-21-18 Did John Brennan obstruct justice on Twitter? https://youtu.be/neR40rolSug

https://vimeo.com/271134353 

5-22-18 Homeless friends- He blew the money on Meth! [a short teaching] https://youtu.be/8mRb_TeEKGQ 

5-22-18 Caller Times plays politics with the TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING https://youtu.be/d7cow6KHIqI 

https://vimeo.com/271386709 

5-23-18 You too will go to hell https://youtu.be/XoOIjUBEBBk 

https://vimeo.com/271536473 

 

King David https://vimeo.com/271378033 

2nd Mile- North Bergen- New Jersey https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aocp2PkNEAGMgToccE47dVxNU_0r 

Pops n Austin https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uahS8v6UmskxHh6_4FKy41VGfNlbydDy/view?usp=sharing 

 

Times Square https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aocp2PkNEAGMgTjGZoLfRmPVTCZp 

For you are dead https://vimeo.com/271009494

The boys- North Bergen https://drive.google.com/file/d/15Bl8404O_MHUgGLSZ0ptYfNqLIvTYxud/view?usp=sharing 

Sunday sermon 2-18-18 https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aocp2PkNEAGMgTlYdJIX5MEsAB0N 

Plane crash https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ljyU6Gcd-PKCSmkT8xY5sLeWWQqm3vt2/view?usp=sharing

The dress https://vimeo.com/271182715 

Bondage breaker https://vimeo.com/271577840 

2nd Samuel 21- New York City view over the Hudson River https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aocp2PkNEAGMgTvH7OKFjn4pUzm1 

The mouths of babies https://drive.google.com/file/d/162D2OcSPGEagUGtHVIQ-v9LgH6EayKQk/view?usp=sharing 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/162D2OcSPGEagUGtHVIQ-v9LgH6EayKQk/view?usp=sharing 

 

NEW

Today I spoke on the verses from this Sunday’s mass- as well as a few verses from CCCF http://cccfellowship.com/ 

 

There were a few common themes from both churches- and I mentioned that on the video.

The Indian pastor who spoke at CCCF did mention that this Sunday was Pentecost Sunday- which many of the older churches recognize.

 

In Acts 2 we read the famous passage of the Holy Spirit coming to the early church- [here’s my teaching on the chapter- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/01/26/acts-2/ ]

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. [some sites- see here- https://ccoutreach87.com/2018/05/24/sunday-sermon-28/ ]

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My sites

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MY SITES

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https://corpusoutreach.weebly.com/ 

http://ccoutreach87.strikingly.com/ 

http://corpuschristioutreachministries.blogspot.com/p/one-link_18.html [Link to past teaching]

 

Inactive- work in progress

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https://medium.com/@johnchiarello 

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I no longer upload videos to this site- but there are many links to download here as well-

https://ccoutreach87.com/ 

 

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Thanks, John.

 

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Sunday sermon 4-8-18

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SUNDAY SERMON  4-8-18

 

John 20:21

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

 

Sunday sermon- 4-8-18 videos

https://youtu.be/xU4tyfHpP6M 

https://vimeo.com/264745581 

 

ON VIDEO

.Hebrews in 1st century context

.What do we mean when we say ‘Proof text’ ?

.New Testament church as community https://ccoutreach87.com/further-talks-on-church-and-ministry/ 

.How do we give?

.The ownership mentality

.Karl Marx

.Plato

.Machiavelli

.JESUS

.The witness of God

.How do we ‘know’ things?

.Primarily thru the testimony of others- down thru history

.The man who is the Branch

.The flood

.Catholic- Protestant views of ‘remission of sin’-

.Petrine view

.Upon this Rock

Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

 

OTHER VIDEOS- Below are the videos I upload weekly to my sites-

 

4-14-18 Update- Syria strikes- Russia- homeless girl hit by truck and died https://youtu.be/PBmviS9epn4 

4-13-18 News update https://youtu.be/0XATGFusKSI 

4-12-18 Update- Syria- Russia- chemical weapons- Caller Times- DA Mark Gonzales https://youtu.be/tdtFS1OLoys

4-11-18 Friends n Song- Albert on guitar https://youtu.be/QqHcCj8GJMw

4-11-18 Top news- Russia- Syria and the U.S. https://youtu.be/gX70ffInym8 

4-11-18 walk thru Harlem? [The story] https://youtu.be/JnrTHkWgPWY 

 

The real Moses https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aocp2PkNEAGMgRr4wp5HU_eOSTno

Solo Jesus https://drive.google.com/file/d/151k38JsFbVhQeo7LWltCLHjQV6dXedrb/view?usp=sharing

Pops n Jimmy D https://vimeo.com/264342486 

The ants https://vimeo.com/264528229 

David Martin https://vimeo.com/264702474 

Pops- Andy- Jimmy D- https://vimeo.com/264794179 

 

The journey begins [My search for El Chapo- a few years back before he was arrested- I took a spur of the moment drive to Mexico- this is the start of that trip]

https://drive.google.com/file/d/185WOBL3SPbUJXBaOMfEO62tne4U7tR4E/view?usp=sharing 

Trump sent me- my search for ElChapo in Mexico [tongue n cheek- but I did do it] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Duwav4nFPQWS1RRRuS_DPEenXO2M0eA9/view?usp=sharing 

 

These are from my trip to New Jersey- NYC- North Bergen

 

Bob- White Castle [North Bergen trip] https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aocp2PkNEAGMgRt-e-eHNZThmOLG 

Jesus n Tolstoy- North Bergen N.J.- leaving the Mass from Our Lady of Fatima church- https://youtu.be/fgPa8nCXo7s 

Hudson county park [North Bergen trip- snow too] https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aocp2PkNEAGMgRzepohnYbl1Xy6D 

 

 

NEW

 This Sunday I spoke on the verses from the Mass and Real Life church http://myreallife.org/corpus/

From the Mass we read-

Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

Acts 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

I focused on this section-

neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed WAS HIS OWN; but they had all things common. [See the rest here on some posts- https://ccoutreach87.com/2018/04/15/sunday-sermon-4-8-18/ ]

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N.J./NYC- 2017

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N.J./NYC 2017- Here’s the link for the entire journal- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/03/07/n-j-nyc-2017/

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Mark 2

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WEDNESDAY 3-1-17

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

https://youtu.be/_SRevM8Tcs4 MARK 2

https://ccoutreach87.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/3-1-17-mark-2-north-bergen.zip

https://youtu.be/4S5YHb2hea8 BURGER KING [Glenn]

https://youtu.be/mij6WkuCllE MONKEY WITH 3 TAILS [Rick]

ON VIDEO [Mark 2]-

.91st. st. to park [Fairview- North Bergen]

.Who can forgive sins but God?

.Man healed

.Why was Jesus with sinners?

.Culture shock

.New Wine [and skins]

.Don’t pick the corn

.Don’t you remember what David did?

.The Sabbath was made for man- not the other way around

.David and his men a type of Jesus and his men

NEW- I taught on the first video [Mark 2] and spent a few hours with some of my friends. Glenn is homeless- and we have had some good talks. I share a little of his story on the short videos. On the teaching video I’ll try and add my past teaching on this chapter. I haven’t done a commentary on Mark’s gospel- and when I get back to Texas I might pick up on where I left off and make a complete study out of it. When I left the guys I thought of possibly doing a NYC video at midnight type of a thing- I’ve done those before- and you can see how the streets are always crowded in the ‘city that never sleeps’. But I’ll put that off for now.

On today’s post/video I walked past the spot where I made some of my first teaching videos- in 2014- below are those videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwvNQlFyuY [North Bergen- 2014]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxYy2p1OX4 [North Bergen- 2014]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4VF0gOYw_k [North Bergen- 2015]

PAST TEACHING- [verses below]

Jesus talks about the story of king David found in Samuel- I taught that chapter before- 1st Samuel 21- here’s the link to my study [below I’ll paste the text to my commentary on the chapter]

https://ccoutreach87.com/1st-2nd-samuel/

I mentioned these bible books on today’s video [Mark 2]- here are my studies on them-

https://ccoutreach87.com/john-complete-links-added/

https://ccoutreach87.com/james-2015/

(905)SAMUEL 21- David is fleeing from Saul and he goes to the priest at Nob. The priest wonders what’s up. David tells him he is on a special assignment from the king and he and his men need food. The priest tells him the only food available is the consecrated bread that is only for God and the priesthood. David convinces the priest to let them eat and David asks ‘do you have any weapons here’. The priest says ‘I have the sword you used to kill the giant’ David says ‘great, that will work just fine’. Jesus used this story to describe himself and the disciples [Mark 2]. One day Jesus and the disciples were going thru the grain fields and the disciples picked the grain and ate it on the Sabbath. The Pharisees said ‘your disciples are breaking Gods law by picking it on the Sabbath’. Now, to be honest they were breaking the over extended ideas that the religious Pharisees came up with thru their legalism. But Jesus still used this example as a defense. He says ‘have you not read what David and his men did? They ate the ceremonial showbread that was not lawful, only the priests could eat it’. David and his men are a symbol of Jesus and his men. While it is true that the bread was only lawful for the priests, David is a king/priest who gets away with doing ‘priestly things’ because of his picture of Christ. Scripture says he put on an ephod [priestly garment] which only priests could do. David functioned before the open Ark in Jerusalem. He did things that other kings were punished for [Saul, Uzziah]. Jesus in essence was saying to the Pharisees ‘I am the new priest/king from which all future law and worship will be measured by. Me and my followers are not under the law, the law serves us’! In Christ we are free from the guilt of the law, we live above legalism and follow the master. David and his men were acting like priests and kings contrary to the economy of their day. David was a type of Jesus whose future priestly ministry would ‘out trump’ the law. [overblog- see the rest here- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/03/02/mark-2-north-bergen/ ]

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G.W. bridge- NYC

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FRIDAY- 2-24-17

G.W. BRIDGE AND THE UNPLANNED TRIP TO NYC

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

Amen.

LATE NOTE- As you read/watch todays post- you’ll see I did not know why they shut down the G.W. bridge- while I was actually walking over. I just saw on the local news- there was an armed man- threatening to jump off the bridge. I’m sure I passed him up on my walk. Here’s the link- http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/02/24/gwb-closed-police-activity/

http://pix11.com/2017/02/24/police-activity-closes-all-upper-level-lanes-of-george-washington-bridge/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJNrmAIaBE8 n

Today was an unplanned visit to NYC-

Why?

Ahh- you’ll have to watch.

I started the day with ‘the plan’ to simply walk over the G.W. bridge- and video.

But yes- as life goes- the plan changed.

Hope you enjoy the brief videos- I did a few in High Definition- and you hopefully will get some better video than I usually do.

[Verses below]

G.W. BRIDGE – https://youtu.be/DnikClMi3dc

.Cops stop me ‘no video on the bridge’!

COPS ON VIDEO- https://youtu.be/xymITB2G5dA

. Yes- you see the cops on this one

COMING OFF THE BRIDGE- https://youtu.be/pP5Y7uT3_LI

.I turned the video on again- as I walked off the bridge into NYC

.Then I see the cops rushing me

.What happened- ‘did they ban you from the bridge- is that why you are in NYC’?

.Yes- you will have to watch [sorry]

BACK IN NYC - https://youtu.be/TfMAU0hmpjA

BUS RIDE TO 5TH AVE.- https://youtu.be/X23i5oulycc

.See some nice video of the Hudson River from the NYC side

.I talked to people on the bus- told them ‘I walked over the bridge- then they closed it for some reason’

.To be honest- no body believed me- guess they thought I was some tourist from ‘Texas’ and you know how that goes

BUS RIDE 2- https://youtu.be/7NdCK0Gavas

TRUMP TOWER- https://youtu.be/EdRqesZ-IKA

.See 5th Avenue again-

.Motion [taught a little on this one]

ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL – [Hi- Def.] https://youtu.be/rxxyFF8BQbQ

.See the end of the Mass from this historic church [and landmark]

42ND ST.- NYC- [Hi Def.] https://youtu.be/WS6NQo2MTuY

.Did this one in High Def.-looks better than most

.Avenue of the America’s

.Media and financial capitol of the world

.Social Justice bill board

.Broadway

.Dallas BBQ?

LINCOLN TUNNEL [Hi- Def.] https://youtu.be/t0FzZ94Gavg

.Take a ride thru the tunnel

NYC SKYLINE- https://youtu.be/EmPKxPxIH4Y

.Blvd. East

.Good video of the skyline

.Have I been faking all these videos?

.Watch and see

VERSES [Today’s plan changed- as you can see. But I did quote/mention a few bible verses along the way. Here they are]

Matthew 19:24

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

 

Hebrews 11:13

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

1 Peter 2:11

 

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

 

Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

Matthew 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

Matthew 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

Matthew 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

Matthew 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Matthew 28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Matthew 28:8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Matthew 28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Matthew 28:11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

Matthew 28:12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

Matthew 28:13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

Matthew 28:14 And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

Matthew 28:15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

Matthew 28:17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


 

 

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Alien Life?

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THURSDAY 2-23-17

Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

https://youtu.be/6qKXybyL__4 Alien Life? [North Bergen]

https://ccoutreach87.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/2-23-17-alien-life.zip

ALIEN LIFE?

ON VIDEO

.New planets just found

.The debate about alien life

.Aristotle

.Cause and effect

.Laws of logic

.Science now proves that all creation had a starting point

.The history of the debate about creation

.Thomas Aquinas

.Isaac Newton

.Einstein

.Dawkins ‘alien creator’

.Hitchens had no answer

.Alexandria

.Cosmology

.God’s unique creation

NEW- Today I talked apologetics- and the proof for the existence of God from science. This week the news reported that we found 7 new planets- 3 of them in the ‘Goldie Locks’ zone. Meaning it’s possible that these planets might have life- or at least the environment to sustain it.

So I talked some about the history of this debate- how some atheistic thinkers have said ‘maybe aliens made everything’ [yes- smart men have espoused this theory].

As Christians we usually take no stand on that particular issue.

Meaning we are not anti ‘extra- terrestrial life’.

If we find life- whether intelligent or otherwise- on another planet- fine.

But there are indeed reasons that some are really looking hard to find it.

And these reasons fall into the whole debate about the existence of God and how science in no way contradicts the Christian world view.

No- science actually backs up the reality of God.

Going all the way back to Aristotle [considered to be the first scientist] we find God in the equation.

I wrote/spoke much on this in the past- I’ll add some links- past teaching below.

PAST TEACHING [Verses below]

https://ccoutreach87.com/overview-of-philosophy/

https://ccoutreach87.com/atheism-apologetics-links-added/

ATHEISM- APOLOGETICS [links added- long version]

 

https://ccoutreach87.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/history-of-everything-1/

 

https://ccoutreach87.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/history-of-everything-2/

 

https://ccoutreach87.wordpress.com/qm/

 

MY RADIO LINKS-

http://wp.me/a4V5qQ-7R Kant, Hume, Sartre

http://wp.me/a4V5qQ-6E Apologetics- Kant, Hume

http://wp.me/a4V5qQ-62 Apologetics

http://wp.me/a4V5qQ-6F DaVinci code

http://wp.me/a4V5qQ-7Q Something from nothing- Quantum Leap

http://wp.me/a4V5qQ-7O Multiverse

MY VIDEOS

https://ccoutreach87.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/10-18-15-nietzsches-twilight-of-the-idols.zip

https://ccoutreach87.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/10-28-15-jean-paul-sartre.zip

 

[parts]

In the last Philosophy post I hit on the 10th-14th century development of modern thought- today I want to jump into the 16th-18th centuries. Like I said in a previous post- after the Renaissance and the Reformation and the great scientific revolution- you had the world in somewhat of a tailspin.

 

What I mean is for hundreds of years people trusted in the old institutions [like the Catholic Church] to tell them what was true or false- then with the development of all these modern movements people began questioning stuff.

 

Was it good to question things? Sure. But some challenged the very foundations of thought and knowing [called Epistemology] and went a bit too far.

 

Some thinkers went back to the thought of Plato [400 years BC] and said that the mind is the main source of all knowledge- these were the 17th century Rationalists.

 

Rationalism- as a philosophy- was an outgrowth of all the great strides that man was making in all these other areas of life. The Scientific Revolution totally challenged the age old beliefs of many in the church.

 

Math became a sort of new ‘god’. How so? As science invented the Microscope and Telescope- man was able for the first time to peer deeply into the heavens- and to see deeply into the microscopic world.

 

As the great minds [Copernicus] showed us that the Universe was different than what we thought [Heliocentric versus Geocentric] man was able to do mathematical calculations and to say that a specific planet or star [or Comet] would show up at an exact date- or spot- and Walla- it would happen [you could look thru the Telescope and sure enough the math was right- the object that was calculated to be there- was.]

 

These calculations were mathematical formulas- so math began to be seen as the new religion in many ways.

 

There are even some thinkers in the modern day that still say the only ‘real truth’ that exists is mathematical formulas. Yeah- one guy wrote an entire book on the subject- the problem? Well- his book was not written in math- but words.

 

Yes- even the extreme deniers of Objective truth do make mistakes.

 

Now- what’s wrong with rationalism? Of course being rational is okay- but the philosophy itself denied real Objective truth. Truth that corresponds to some other ‘outside’ reality.

 

This form of thinking [rejecting outside reality] is called Relativism/Subjectivism. While there is some truth to all the various fields of thought- yet extreme Relativism denies ‘reality’ as most of us understand the term. There was a strong resistance to the 17th century rationalists- we call this Philosophy Empiricism.

 

The main thinker in this field was John Locke. Locke lived most of his life in the 17th century- but his thought laid the foundation for the 18th century Empiricist.

 

This philosophy says that the mind does indeed play a major role in the knowledge of things- but this knowledge does not originate in the mind [Plato] but in the ‘thing’ itself [Aristotle- remember when we covered these men? Plato was an idealist- Ideas were more real than matter. Aristotle was a Realist- closer to the thought of Locke].

 

Locke developed a theory called the Correspondence theory- that truth that the Mind discovers corresponds to real things that actually exist apart from the mind.

 

Locke was a practicing doctor- and most of the other thinkers of the day had room to speculate about reality in a way that Locke could not.

 

He lived in a real world with real patients who had real symptoms- in a nutshell Locke had to diagnose his patients based on his findings- he could not deny that there was a real problem- he had to have his ‘feet on the ground’ [based in reality] while engaging with his head up high.

 

Okay- I think we’ll end with this. Maybe you can go back and read some of my previous posts on this subject- just to become a little more familiar with it.

 

As Christians- we are not ‘required’ to know Philosophy- or current events- or science- but it helps us engage the culture when we do educate ourselves in these areas.

 

Go slow in learning [not too slow!] and try and see how the Christian Worldview agrees with- or rejects certain aspects of these different felids of thought.

 

Most Christians would reject Rationalism as a Philosophy- because it denies real objective truth- it says truth is relative- whatever the mind can conceive- or think- can be defined as truth [Unicorns?]

 

Biblical truth is based on real historic events- 1st Corinthians chapter 15 says that if we deny the physical resurrection of Christ- a real event- then our faith is in vain.

 

Christians base their faith on a real historic event- not simply on a belief system.

 

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ARISTOTLE

 

Born in Northern Greece- in 384 BC.

The most famous student of Plato- attended Plato’s Academy for around 20 years.

 

His main disagreement with Plato was on his theory of Forms.

Plato believed that the ‘idea’ world contained the forms of all things we see in the physical realm.

 

Aristotle taught that substance itself was the main thing- that the forms of what we see in the natural realm come from matter itself.

 

He spoke about Potentiality and Actuality- that is the material things have in ‘seed’ form the final product.

 

The acorn has the Potential of becoming a tree- the fetus has the Potential of becoming a man- etc.

The form is already embedded in the thing itself- it does not exist in the ‘idea’ world of Plato.

 

Aristotle loved and admired his teacher- yet Plato had somewhat of a disdain for his most famous student.

Plato passed over Aristotle to head up the Academy- twice.

 

As things go- Aristotle went and started his own school- called the Lyceum.

 

Aristotle did not just teach Philosophy- but Biology- Logic- Ethics- Rhetoric.

Some refer to him as the first real scientist.

 

His development of the laws of Logic- Cause and Effect- play a key role in the Scientific Method till this day.

 

Aristotle taught that the main way we gain knowledge is thru sense perception and experiment.

 

As we study the natural order of things themselves- we gain understanding from them.

 

What we refer to as the Empirical method- knowledge gained thru the observation and experimentation of things.

 

He referred to God as the Final Cause- not the First Cause.

Why?

 

He believed in God [some debate this- Aristotle himself called him God in his work on Metaphysics] and called him the Prime Mover.

 

As I said before- a big thing with the early thinkers was the origin of Motion- who started the ball rolling- so to speak.

 

Aristotle credited the source of all motion to an ‘un- moved Mover’.

 

He gave the attributes of God to his Mover- said he had no beginning- was not material- an eternal and imperishable substance.

 

So- why the Final Cause?

He said God attracts all things to himself- so in his mind- motion started by attraction- not by a ‘push’ so to speak.

 

This is interesting indeed- in modern physics we see that the universe is undergoing a continual expansion- heading somewhere- of course we believe this somewhere is God himself- the source of all things.

 

Isaac Newton agreed with Aristotle on this point- he referred to it in his 3rd law of Physics.

 

The medieval Muslim thinkers called him ‘The First Teacher’- and Kant [who we will get to later in this study] credits him with the bulk of what we know today as the Laws of Logic.

 

Aristotle taught that the main activity of God was thought.

The bible says that thru Wisdom and Understanding God made things [‘Wisdom builds the house- Understanding establishes it- and thru Knowledge it’s rooms are filled with all pleasant and precious riches- Wisdom is profitable to direct- the words of the wise are like nails fastened by the masters of assemblies- as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation’- various bible verses found in Proverbs- Ecclesiastes and Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth] - in a way Aristotle was right.

 

One of his key contributions was the Syllogism- you start with a Logical argument- you engage in Deductive reasoning- and come to a Conclusion.

 

A famous example would be ‘All men are mortal- Plato is a man- Plato is mortal’.

 

Aristotle did not believe that something comes from nothing- a phrase that will come up a lot as we progress in this study is ‘ex nihilo nihil fit’- meaning Nothing comes from Nothing.

 

He was also what we refer to as a Teleolologist- he believed that there was design and purpose in the created order of things.

 

He saw design in the universe- world.

 

Many today embrace an idea that there is no purpose or design- that the design we see in the material world is by accident- and furthermore some say all that we see- CAME FROM NOTHING.

 

I can’t stress enough that this is simply not possible- I don’t say this from the Christian view point alone- but from a scientific one.

 

Science deals with the observation and testing of things- we look into the material world and come to certain conclusions based on what we see- observe.

 

One of the most fundamental observations that science SEES- is what I quoted above- NOTHING COMES FROM NOTHING.

 

That is- every effect has a cause.

 

This is important for our day- because many have capitulated to the view that all things CAME FROM CHANCE.

 

Not only is this statement illogical [chance is simply a word- this statement ascribes Ontological status to a word- which is impossible].

 

But it is scientifically not true.

 

Why?

 

Because science shows us that things do not ‘pop into existence’ without a cause- from nothing.

 

True science in no way contradicts belief in God- no- it backs it up.

 

Aristotle- as well as most of the great thinkers we shall cover- came to the conclusion that there had to be some immaterial thing [being] that was the cause of all other things.

 

Now- why did he argue for a PRIME MOVER?

 

Because he believed that the universe was eternal- if there ever came a time when science showed us that the universe had a beginning point- then the argument would be over.

 

The Theists [those that believe in God] would win.

 

Sure enough- in the 20th century that’s exactly what happened.

 

Today Physics teaches us that time- space- matter did indeed have a beginning point- what we refer to as the Big Bang Theory.

 

If the early thinkers had this knowledge- then the argument for a Prime Mover would be moot- because instead we would have a Prime Starter- see?

 

 

Aristotle is credited with writing the second greatest work on Ethics from the ancient period- called Ethics [the first one being Plato’s Republic].

 

He wrote on political theory- believed that Aristocracy [rule by the excellent] was the best form of government [sort of like Socrates Philosopher Kings].

Aristotle’s most famous student was Alexander the Great. [overblog- see the rest here- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/02/24/alien-life-north-bergen/ ]

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NYC

Posted on by John Chiarello

SATURDAY [NYC] 2-18-17

Made a bunch of short videos today- added some notes on each below- hope you enjoy.

VIDEOS-

BUS TO NYC- https://youtu.be/OOJCdV0gYMg

See the view of New York City from the bus on the way over.

TIMES SQUARE- https://youtu.be/Zzz8rjM4G8I

Got off at the Port Authority- the Times Square area- didn’t get the best video of the actual corner- but you see 42nd St.

SAINT PATRICKS CATHEDRAL- https://youtu.be/_awHe0MTO0c

I always try and get video from this historic church- you can see it today.

CENTRAL PARK- https://youtu.be/zUX5i9XAW6U

Good view of Central Park- see a horse n buggy. Plus- the cabbie who almost hit me with the cab!

ROCKEFELLER CENTER- https://youtu.be/QwaJ-_ZTC7k

You see some guys skating on the world famous ice rink. NBC news headquarters too.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING- https://youtu.be/RH72w3GsXqE

Short video of the famous building- and I talk to a salesman trying to sell me one of the many bus tours thru the city.

2ND SAMUEL 20- https://youtu.be/1J_vUmTGvgw

https://ccoutreach87.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/2-18-17-teaching-in-nyc-2nd-sam-20.zip

On the walk back to the bus station I figured I would teach a chapter. I’ll try and add the verses and links below- you actually see Times Square better on this video. And can see/hear the loud sirens on a fire truck and ambulance going on a run.

HOMELESS FRIEND- https://youtu.be/keW7X8-nwxM

I did get to talk to a homeless guy on camera. I realize he more than likely is struggling with substance abuse. He stands by the machine where you buy the bus ticket- and asks for change. That’s why the cop ran him out of the building while I was talking to him [Port Authority bus terminal]. I prayed for him after I shut the video off- yes- I did give him a few bucks. I know what these guys are doing- but when I talk to them- and kind of ‘hint’ that I don’t really ever buy their stories- in a nice way- then in a short time we usually have a real talk. Ok- one more for today-

LINCOLN TUNNEL- https://youtu.be/adIfVmp4aK0

I shot this video on the way out of the Lincoln Tunnel- you actually get some of the best video yet of the NYC skyline on this one. The whole ‘tour’ only took me around 3 hours [maybe less?]

I didn’t try to rush it- I hit all the spots I wanted to- and that was that.

I went short on most of them- so you could see the high points.

I’ll add some teaching below- God bless.

 

PAST LINKS [My past teaching that relates to today’s post]

https://ccoutreach87.com/samuel-links/

https://ccoutreach87.com/1st-2nd-samuel/

(937)2ND SAMUEL 20- Now David comes up against another short rebellion. Sheba, a Benjamite, blows the trumpet and says ‘what part have we in David, every man for himself’. Sheba draws Israel away from her king and Judah remains loyal. David quickly tells his new commander, Amasa, ‘go and gather Judah together and meet me in 3 days’. He takes longer than 3 days and David says ‘surely this Sheba is going to be trouble’ and he sends Joab out too. What’s going on here? First, David removed Joab from the commander position and replaced him with Amasa. For whatever reason Amasa is taking longer to gather Judah, David is reading into it thru the paranoia of Sheba’s rebellion. Was Amasa turning against him too? David then turns to his former commander Joab and seems to be using him as the back up ‘go to man’. Leaders, if you changed the staff for a reason, don’t keep going to the former guy for advice. It only creates tension with the new team. If you think the new guy isn’t working well, then give him a little time and if you have to then go and make the change. But don’t simply give him a title and then undercut his job. Now Joab goes out after Sheba and finds Amasa and kills him. He then chases down Sheba into a city of Israel. Joab comes against the city and a wise woman says ‘why are you trying to destroy us, we are a special town in Israel’? Joab says ‘we just want Sheba’. Sure enough the woman says ‘wait a little bit’ and next thing you know Sheba’s head comes over the wall. You don’t want to mess with these Israeli women! So Joab gets his job back, thru violent means. David puts down this short rebellion. And he has to regroup big time. Leadership means being able to function in the midst of turmoil and inner strife and infighting. That’s part of the cost. There is a verse that says ‘rule thou in the midst of your enemies’. God doesn't tell us ‘I will remove all the problems so you can rule’. He tells us ‘lead right thru all the stuff’!

 

VERSES-

2Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

2Samuel 20:2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

2Samuel 20:3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

2Samuel 20:4 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.

2Samuel 20:5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

2Samuel 20:6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

2Samuel 20:7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

2Samuel 20:8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.

2Samuel 20:9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.

2Samuel 20:10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.

2Samuel 20:11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.

2Samuel 20:12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.

2Samuel 20:13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

2Samuel 20:14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.

2Samuel 20:15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.

2Samuel 20:16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.

2Samuel 20:17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.

2Samuel 20:18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.

2Samuel 20:19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?

2Samuel 20:20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

2Samuel 20:21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

2Samuel 20:22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

2Samuel 20:23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:

2Samuel 20:24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:

2Samuel 20:25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:

2Samuel 20:26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.

 

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