Sunday, September 25, 2011
What is the purpose of God’s Quad Workshop?
- To show the Bible to be the pinnacle computing manual for every age.
- Salt their scripture oats.
Why is GQW so desperately needed?
- There are no books that truly link scripture, technology, and missions, where scripture is boldly given the preeminence.
- No “computer manuals” that emphasize the highly probable addiction to computers that diverts the user’s conscience from any accountability to God.
- Church leaders and parents need GQW lessons to teach others the “alls” of 2Tim 3:16, 17 really deliver on their promise.
- We have the authority and responsibility to teach others God’s Word as best we can.
Creation gives us plenty of examples that:
#1 is a good number to represent LEADERSHIP
#2 is a good number to represent FELLOWSHIP
#3 is a good number to represent STRENGTH (triangle, Trinity)
#4 is a good number to represent PROGRESS (advancement)
So lets get thing Rollin’ looking at a really cool movin’ machine, the “Quadrunner” ATV.
2007 Wycliffe Bible stats: (pick choose and include)
Of the 6900 world languages, 1168 have the New Testament and 438 have the whole Bible
The Bible continues to be the most translated book in the world. (from wikipedia)
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Four is a good number to associate with progress, vehicles, travel, etc. Thrill junkies often find themselves on a quadrunner ATV. They’ll get you about anyplace except up a waterfall or the top 3% of your Algebra class. Quads are used for farming, cattle ranching, off-road hunting, off-season dog-team training just for starters. (exercise)
Interestingly, quads(4 wheels) are composed of a quartet (4 again) of systems. Each system is unique yet it must work in harmony like a singing quartet. Rom 14, 15
The quartet of quad systems contains Mechanics(motor), Pneumatics(tires), Electronics(GPS), and Hydraulics(shock absorbers).
- Briefly, the MOTOR delivers the POWER and requires clean fuel, lubricants, must be balanced, and the right size to fit the rest of the quad and rider.
- The TIRES provide the CONTROL of the quad including the starting, steering, and stopping. Key to their best operation is tread design, size, air pressure etc.
- Global Positioning System (GPS) uses orbiting satellites to provide NAVIGATION along with other sensors.
- SHOCK ABSORBERS are seldom seen or heard from, but provide crucial SAFETY to the vehicle and its rider (back and neck injury etc.)
Discuss the strengths, limitations, protection, and maintenance of each of the preceding.
There is a powerful quartet(that’s 4, remember?) that contains good advice for anyone wanting to progress safely…The fun thing is that it’s found in the Bible in Psalms 119:105… but you have to look closely. The verse says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
“Thy Word” means the Bible. “A lamp unto my feet” helps me:
- judge if I am on the path and
- the condition of my vehicle, whether it’s jogging shoes, or a quad runner. The “Light unto my path” says that God’s Word (Bible)
- shows me the direction of the path God wants me to take. It also promises to
- show me what dangers may lie along the path.
So we see then:
For a quad runner to operate, it takes, power, control, navigation, and safety.
For the rider to progress safely, he/she must consider their location, vehicle condition, direction, and dangers. Both of these quartets must never be forgotten or neglected.
Friday, September 23, 2011
To race… to compete some additional quads must be factored in.
Rules, Testing, Penalties, and Learning.
Discuss what happens when any one of these factors is neglected.
These four factors for racing are also spoken about in God’s Word, the Bible.
Check out verse 16 of 2nd Timothy: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
In fact these factors apply to the whole of scripture. The lessons in God’s Word are so many; so diverse, they fill up the whole Bible.
Take a minute and notice how the two sets of quads match up…
Rules Testing Penalties Learning
Doctrine Reproof Correction Instruction
OK. So who cares? What’s in it for me? The next verse tells us.
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2nd Tim 3:17
Three words in the verse we need to mention: “perfect” doesn’t mean without error. It’s an old time word that means complete, nothing lacking. “Throughly” is a piercing word that reminds me scripture is an inside job, not just on the surface. The word “all” is not difficult to understand but holds a VIP position in front of “good works”. Can you include ‘computing’ into the “all good works” group? You sure can, and should!
As God’s Perfect Word talks a lot about races and prizes, none of them excite me more than Romans 8:37. It actually tells us how to MORE THAN WIN!! More about that next.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Everybody wants to win at whatever they’re doing!
It thrills you to cross the finish line with no one ahead or beside you. The crowd roars as you raise your hands in victory, and maybe carry the checkered flag for your victory lap. Could it be that in only moments you’re visualizing your name and record data printed in the Guinness Book of Records? You’re the best. The spotlight is only on you. How sweet it is…
The awards in the Olympics begin with the Bronze Medal. Next above that is the Silver Medal, and the very top is the Gold Medal. You’re on the top step with everyone looking up at you. Television cameras are blasting your image across the globe. Whew!
But did you know there’s a level of winning that’s even above the gold?!
There definitely is. It’s described in only one place on the planet Earth; nowhere else except in God’s Precious Word, the Bible. So we know it’s true; it’s not a hoax. The amazing truth in Romans 8:37 says, “…MORE THAN winning.” It says to be more than a conqueror; more than a winner; more than a victor. It’s a rather odd concept to wrap your head around. I ask myself, “How can I become ‘better than the best’?”
The first step is to key in on the next phrase in the verse, ‘through Him that Loved us.”
What two important facts does the phrase tell us?
(1) Our ‘more than conquerors’ status comes from someone (not an action) outside ourselves.
(2) We see a special characteristic of that someone: He loves us.
(2) We see a special characteristic of that someone: He loves us.
Because our victory – our more than victory is dependent on someone else, we don’t have any reason to boast about ourselves. Boasting is certainly a trait God has given to us, but He wants us to boast about Him and His incredible love for us. This special love accepts and protects us just as we are; with all our imperfections.
- We seek to build others up with our abilities and gratitude “to Him who loved us.”
- We win but don’t become egotistic braggers.
- We recognize that man’s victories are fleeting.
- We see first hand God’s strength made perfect in our weakness.
- Our reaching for the prize is not a ‘do or die’ or ‘stepping on others’ process.
And even better, you don’t have to own a quad runner, all the expensive clothing and tools, or risk breaking your neck every day to qualify. Even quadriplegics (people using a mouth stick or a head mouse to use their computer) can become MORE THAN A WINNER. Isn’t that neat? We’re not blowing smoke here. One of the famous ones is Joni Eareckson Tada that paints, composes, and many other things. But what really makes her more than a winner is that her goals and efforts are all focused on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:14-15 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
The Apostle Paul wrote that his prize; his goal was ‘the high calling of God’. This prize is in the person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. BUT A CAUTION is added, “[if] ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.” Now is that accountability or what?
Maybe we can say the added prize is to be a RULER over many things. The verse says: Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
So far we’ve been looking at safely getting the most out of quadrunners with a lot of noise thrown in. Now we’re going to switch to a machine that is far more captivating, even on rainy days.
Along with all the needful and fun stuff that God has given us, you and I are glad He included technology… the fancy word for computers and cellphones. We have Him to thank for the Internet, GPS, text messaging and all the rest. The Bible tells us more than once that ‘All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.’ John 1:3 The ‘him’ referred to is Jesus Christ.
The reason for these lessons of God’s Computer Manual is to see that God has done more than just provide all the things that are made. More clearly, in His infinite wisdom He has provided us a ‘How-To’ manual to use all His creation in a safe way that honors Him… That ‘how-to’ manual is the Bible… all of it… to be used in all things… by all of us.
Here’s the problem…
Most people visualize Jesus Christ as a person with beard, long hair, robe, sandals, and maybe a shepherd’s staff in hand. But we have to learn that He knows more about us than we do. When we sit at the keyboard in spirit, He’s there too.
You and I are pictured in scripture as sheep continually needing the fellowship and strong leadership for us to grow well.
Reading scripture is a daily reminder of His loving leadership amid this world’s evil ways.
Check out the church people in Berea. They lived in southeast Europe during Bible times. This one verse says tons about their actions each day.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
- All readiness of mind – they were anticipating goodness from God’s Word
- Searched the scriptures – They didn’t scan or skip through scripture
- Daily – Feeding on scripture MUST be a DAILY process. It regularly washes out the evil ideas that satan tries to seed in our mind.
- Whether those things were so. – they were validating what they heard by God’s Word.
List reasons below, why you see the Berean actions above would also be important for you.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
JESUS AS A TEEN… Think about that. There’s a verse
That describes Him during those times:
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom
and stature, and in favour with God and man.
and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Bible scholars believe that since this verse follows after the
incident in Jesus’ life when He was 12 yrs old, it is most certainly
referring to His teen years and beyond. It contains a wealth of
crucial principles for maturing in a way that pleases God and keeps us safe and strong.
Let’s look at the ‘quad’ principles shown. They are:
Wisdom - that’s MENTAL ____________________________________________
Stature - that’s PHYSICAL ____________________________________________
Favor with God - that’s SPIRITUAL ____________________________________________
Favor with man - that’s SOCIAL ____________________________________________
Remember the 4 quadrunner systems? Each one was different, yet they all needed to work together. As we began this workshop, we decided a powerful step forward was to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each one. These areas of Christ’s early years (and ours) require the same analysis.
Discuss how each of these areas in your life might be MEASURED… where do you see your major strengths?
Now go back through the list and see where your weaknesses are. Your friends, or family, or church group all need each other. Scripture speaks often of unity “building up the brethren.”
As we’ve already seen, God has put in scripture loads of helps and principles for fine tuning our lives into balanced, high performance blood-pumpin’ machines that honor Him. Young people that want to mature and find the lasting joy in life will say, “I need help working on this area of my life. God please show me who I can talk to about this.”
Put on your thinking cap… on the blank lines above write how you imagine each of these four areas might be connected to you using a computer. Be brave.