More Than A Dream

One night, when I was eight years old I had a dream. I continued to have the same dream, in every detail, for the next thirty years. When the dream begins it’s night, and our entire family is gathered at my … Continue reading

The Old And New Covenant

The Bible tells of a covenant that God made with Israel around 4000 years ago. It also tells of a new covenant he made almost 2000 years ago. What’s the difference in the Old Covenant and the New Covenant? As … Continue reading

Going Home

I’ve always found it interesting that one thing can remind us of another so much that it makes us say, Wow! It happens to me quite often, so the wow factor is not as strong as it used to be, … Continue reading

Self-Discipline: A Must-Have Trait

The Oxford Dictionary says the definition of Self-Discipline is “the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it. 

Self-Discipline doesn’t come easy. And sometimes it’s not much fun. Especially if you’re dealing with some area where there has been no discipline at all, or at least, not for a long period of time. It’s a lot easier to be undisciplined because there’s no work involved, and let’s face it, a lot of us are just lazy.

Self-Discipline is a very important thing to have in our lives. It’s important in our work, in our play, in our families, and in our thoughts as well. Because, our thoughts become our actions, and our actions become our character.

Self-Discipline is essential to achieve any vision we may have for the future. If we want to buy something really expensive, we may have to save up the money to buy it. In order to do that we have to be disciplined enough not to spend our money on other things. It takes discipline to get up and go to work every day to make that money. If we want to lose weight, we have to discipline ourselves and not eat too much, or too often, and avoid certain foods and drinks, and don’t skip our exercises.

If you’re working for God, and we all should be, then it’s very important to have self-discipline in our toolbox. Let’s look at just one example of how important this is to God.

Job 36:8-12
8 And if they be bound in chains, and be caught in cords of affliction;
9 Then he shows them their work, and their sins that they have exceeded.
10 He opens also their ear to discipline, and commands that they return from sinning.
11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
12 But if they do not obey, they will perish by the sword, and they will die without knowledge.

When we are doing something wrong the Holy Spirit tells us. He brings it to our attention so we will stop, and get back to doing what’s right. He commands us to stop sinning, and return to discipline. Sometimes we just don’t listen. Sometimes we don’t want to stop what we’re doing, but these verses tell us that we SHOULD listen, and OBEY his voice. It means the difference between prosperity or failure, and life or death.

It takes Self-Discipline to live a Christian life. It takes discipline to spend time with God each day in prayer and Bible study. It takes Self-Discipline to get out of bed, and get ready, and go to church.

As you can see, Self discipline is a much needed, must-have part of life. If we fail to have it in our lives, then we will fail to live life to it’s fullest. This one trait is what makes the difference in those who are successful in life, and those who are not. Every single act of progression in life takes Self-Discipline. Never let anyone convinced otherwise.

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© 2016 Teddy Lynn – All Rights Reserved

What’s In A Name?

“Whats in a name?” That’s part of a famous quote from the popular play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. The full quote says, “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
I’ve heard the first part of that quote from time to time as long as I can remember. I’ve never really thought about it for more than a few minutes each time though, until recently.

It got me to thinking about all the names I’ve had over the years. Other than all the sweet names my wife calls me, I’ve been called Daddy, by my children, Fred, by my friends, Ted, Teddy, Teddy Ruxpin, Tetty Theodore, Bobby Q, Christopher, and occasionally, a few other names I’d rather not mention.

I’ve always been fascinated by names. Names have the ability to define us. In Bible days a name actually meant something. For example, Abraham means “Father Of Nations.” We see several examples of people having their names changed because of something they did. For example, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, and Simon’s name to Peter. We also see name meanings change to reflect something someone did, like Judas, which now means Traitor.

In thinking of all the names I’ve had over the years, I started thinking of all the names of Jesus we see in the Bible. It’s amazing how many names and titles he has.

I think “Jesus” is his most popular name in Christianity. The angel Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to the Son of God, and she was to call him Jesus (Luke 1:31). He also told Joseph to call the baby, Jesus, and added “because he will save his people from their sins” (Mathew 1:21). The name Jesus means “salvation”.

The New Testament writers often refer to him as Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus, and sometimes just Christ. The word Christ is the English translation of the Greek word Messiah, which is another of his names. It means “Anointed One.” So saying “Jesus Christ” and “the Messiah” is the same thing. Jesus is the Messiah.

In the New Testament he is called the Son of God. He is also referred to as the Son in the Old Testament (Psalm 2:12). In Isaiah 9:6, he is called “Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Other names include Shiloh, Emmanuel, Lord, Master, Rabbi, The Word, the Lamb of God, The Son of God, the Son of David, The Son of Man, Savior, King of Kings, Rose of Sharon, Redeemer, and many more.

That’s a lot of names and titles, and each one reveals a different aspect of his character. So, what’s in a name? A lot, but no matter which name he is called, he is just as sweet.

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© 2015 Teddy Lynn – All Rights Reserved

While We Wait For Jesus

Well, another month is about finished, and the end of the year is just around the corner. Can you believe it? This year has flown by so fast. I’ve always heard “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun.” Well, if that’s true, we must be having a blast. Really, we should be. The Christian life should be one of joy and peace, and happiness. I know things aren’t always good, but the Bible says, “All things work together for good to those who love God…” (Romans 8:28).

The Bible also says, in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” These two verses from God’s word should fill us with hope, and give us determination and strength to live life here while we wait for Jesus to come back and rescue us from this sinful world. And with everything that’s going on lately, with ISIS and other terrorist threats, we need all the hope we can get. Jesus said, “Those who endure until the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13).

There are lots of other promises in God’s word to give us hope while we wait, if we will just read and believe that he is faithful. We can have “unspeakable joy” just as the Apostle Peter said in verse eight of his first letter to God’s people.

Many people ask, “Are you a Christian?” The answer is usually “Yes” here in the South where I live. Lot’s of people consider themselves a Christian just because they believe there is a God, but the Bible says that’s not enough. James said, “The devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19). The question is not “Do you believe, or Are you a Christian?” The question is “Have you been born again?”

Jesus said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). He said, “Unless you are born again you can not see the kingdom of God (John 3:5).”

Believing is the first step, but you must be born again. Those who are born again have been given the promise of eternal life, and an eternal home with our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Messiah. Some day he will return in the clouds of Glory to rescue the faithful, “and so we will be with the Lord forever” (I Thessalonians 4:17-18).

Think about it; Forever. That’s a long time. The pains and sorrows of this present age will soon pass away, and we will live in a perfect world with our perfect new bodies, forever and ever. No more crying, no more pain, no more death. I’m looking forward to it more and more each day. How about you? Are you ready? If not, it’s time.

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Understanding Bible Truth

I have been reading the Bible since I was very young. I knew it was God’s book, but I didn’t really understand exactly what that meant. When I got older and learned how to properly study the Bible, it came alive to me. What I once thought was a big book of collected stories from a bunch of different writers, is actually one big book, containing one story about God and his people.

It’s not only a history book, but a book of promises for us, now, and for the future, as well an instruction book on how God wants us to live and treat each other. As we all can see, many who do not follow God’s instructions, contained in the Bible, do whatever they want, and violate every command Given by God and cause countless innocents to suffer.

The sad thing is, there are many people who claim to follow Bible teachings, but are often caught up in the same mentality as those who don’t. Part of the problem is the interpretation, or should I say, “misinterpretation” of scripture. This leads to all kinds of problems; from simple disagreements, to split families, and split congregations, to starting new denomination, and even total rebellion against God.

Everyone thinks their interpretation is right, and most will not even consider the possibility they might be wrong, even when shown from the holy word of God. Almost every denomination believes it is the only one who has the truth.

In giving Bible studies, I have studied with, and talked to many people over the years. I have studied different denominations and I have arrived at one conclusion. No denomination that I know of has all the truth. Most of them have some true doctrines, but it seems the Truth is scattered throughout the earth.

God’s true Church is not a denomination nor a certain building. The true church is made up of believers all over the world who have been born again. Those who follow God wherever he leads, and obey his Commandments. (Luke 17:21)

There’s only one Truth and it is there in God’s word for all of us to see. There are so many denominations because there are so many different interpretations of God’s word. Too often, people will develop their own views, and when they come to the bible, they look for evidence to support their beliefs. This is the wrong way to study the Bible.

Another mistake we make when studying God’s word is one that we often ignore because we don’t really think about it. When we read something, we understand it based on how we think and what we have learned. Even our understanding of word definitions color our thought process.

When reading the Bible there are several things we need in order to understand it properly. One is a desire to know the truth. The other is an understanding that there are words and phrases in the Bible that meant something different when it was written that they do now. A Strong’s Concordance will help with this. I also recommend the Free computer program called e-Sword which has the Strong’s Concordance integrated, and a ton of other helpful tools. The Bible usually interprets itself and the King James Version has a built in dictionary. As you study the better you understand.

We should always come to the Bible as little children with humble, teachable spirits and be willing to change our beliefs when they are different from God’s Truth. We should always pray and ask God to guide us in our understanding of scripture. Who better to help us understand the word of God than the One who inspired the men who wrote it. (2 Peter 1:21)

When we do this we will see the Truth more clearly. The Bible will become to us the book that God intended it to be from the beginning, and we will join the ranks of those who make up the true church scattered throughout the entire world. The ones who know the Truth and have been made free by it.

Bible Truth For The End Time

© 2015 Teddy Lynn – All Rights Reserved

Things People Think Are In The Bible, That Are Not – Part 1

I’ve always found it frustrating when people miss-quote the Bible, but what was really frustrating was hearing people “quote the Bible” when what they were quoting wasn’t even in the Bible. I tried not to be too critical when letting them know their quote wasn’t there, but I was thinking, “They must not read the bible much at all.”

The Bible is a big book and I’m sure not many people can quote the entire thing word for word, no matter how often they read it. I know I sure can’t, but I’ve made it a goal of mine to read it every day and study it as often as I can, so I think I know it better than some, but certainly not as well as others.

That being said, something interesting happened to me recently. I was writing an article and was planning to end it with a certain “Bible quote” that I’ve heard all my life. But, I was surprised when I couldn’t find the scripture I was looking for. I was sure it was there, but where? Maybe I wasn’t quoting it exactly right. I searched the internet and soon found the quote, but it wasn’t from the Bible at all. I found out it came from a preacher and martyr from the 1500’s named John Bradford. Here’s the quote and a link to the story.

But for the grace of God, there go I — John Bradford

I guess we know what we know, and we don’t know, what we don’t know. I hope that’s not too confusing. Maybe this will clear it up. There’s a song that says, “Them that don’t know, don’t know they don’t know. Again, we know what we know, and we don’t know, what we don’t know.

I’ve been planning to write an article about things people think are in the Bible that are not there for a long time. I just never got around to it. I have a list I’ve been collecting for a while and I was planning to put them all in one article but, I think I will tackle some of them separately. Since I’ve joined the ranks of people who have thought something was in the Bible that wasn’t, maybe I can write the articles without being critical or judgmental.

Any way, this is Part One. Look for Part Two in the near future. Please subscribe to my blog and you will receive my next post by email. Thanks for reading.

Bible Truth For The End Time

© 2015 Teddy Lynn – All Rights Reserved

Santa Claus and Jesus

As I stood there staring into space, a full range of emotions flooded my entire soul. My heart pounded inside my chest as if it were trying to escape. Then it seemed to move upward into my throat. I could … Continue reading

What’s Wrong With Using Profanity?

Is there anything wrong with using profanity? Some say, yes. Some say, no. How do we know who’s right? How can we find the truth? Jesus said the word of God is truth (John 17:17). So, let’s see what God … Continue reading

One God

You’ve probably heard about many different gods from many different cultures around the world, but the bible says there is only ONE God (Mark 12:32, 1 Cor. 8:6, 1 Tim. 2:5, James 2:19). That simply means there’s only ONE TRUE … Continue reading