1 Peter introduction

JP: Lesson for Sunday 9/4. Please read all of 1 Peter prior to our class

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Died in service for his country and his God!

JP: I post this news with a heavy heart. Please be in prayer for the family

Chaplain (CPT) Dale Goetz, US Army – killed while on active duty by a roadside bomb

I received a sobering phone cal this morning from Lt Col Chet Chapman, chairman of our Chaplain’s Commission. He had just been notified that CPT Dale Goetz, US Army, was killed while on active duty by a roadside bomb. I do not have any other details.

Dr. and Mrs Chapman will be flying to Colorado to be with Mrs Goetz and the family as well as to assist with any responsibilities that he may have related to this incident.

I wanted you to get this note so that you might remember the family in prayer.

As far as I recall this is the first chaplain that was killed on active duty as one of our men endorsed by the ACCC. There might have been one during the Korean or Viet Nam wars, but I am not sure.

Ralph G. Colas

ACCC Executive Secretary

Psalm 116:15

Captain Dale Goetz, Chaplain

“He had a great burden for the soldiers,” said Jason Parker, pastor of High Country Baptist Church of Colorado Springs. “His specific prayer request was to see 300 soldiers come to Christ. He was also praying for God to call 10 of those soldiers into the ministry. That was one of his specific prayer requests.

“God was using him. He was very actively witnessing. He didn’t want to be just a social worker. He wanted to see soldiers hear the Gospel and trust Christ.”

Goetz, a 1995 Maranatha graduate, died Monday morning, Aug. 30, in Afghanistan while serving as an Army chaplain. Parker said Goetz was one of four men killed by a roadside bomb while traveling in a convoy near Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan. His death was also confirmed in an Internet posting by Ralph Colas, Executive Secretary of the American Council of Christian Churches. Goetz was one of the group’s approved chaplains.

An Army spokesman at Fort Carson said he had no details. A phone call to one of the base chaplains was not immediately returned. Parker said funeral arrangements were pending, based on the Army’s timetable for the return of Goetz’s body.

Goetz is survived by wife Christy (Moen), also a 1995 Maranatha graduate, and three sons–Landon, Caleb, and Joel. His youngest son, Joel, was born in September of 2009.

Goetz completed his Master of Divinity degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis in 2000. He was pastor of a church in White, S.D., until beginning his work toward chaplaincy. Goetz was commissioned in January of 2004.

A Review of ‘What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.’

JP: A worthwhile read.

A Grace-filled Engagement

Tripp adeptly burrows beneath discussions of gender roles, communication mishaps, and felt needs—the driving forces of most Christian marriage manuals—to get at the root of all marital problems: who or what we worship. This is the first Christian marriage book I’ve read that does not use the words submission or headship. Nor does it refer to the most classic passage on marriage, Ephesians 5. Tripp is not rejecting these biblical constructs, but he is asking us to consider a more fundamental question that shapes not just our marriages but our entire lives: Whose kingdom?

“We are kingdom-oriented people,” the Reformed author writes. “We always live in the service of one of two kingdoms … When we live for the kingdom of self, our decisions, thoughts, plans, actions, and words are directed by personal desire, [and] we seek to surround ourselves with people who will serve our kingdom purposes.”

A marriage of two people serving their own kingdoms will eventually end in bloody battle. But when both people submit to God’s kingdom, where Christ reigns and where joy and life are found, marriage becomes an “opportunity to exit the small space of the kingdom of self and to begin to enjoy the beauty and benefits of the kingdom of God.” Relational change comes only when our worship is properly aligned with the God who pursues our hearts.

How does a couple repair a marriage damaged by warring kingdoms? The rest of Tripp’s book offers ways couples can develop a culture of ongoing reconciliation based on six biblically based commitments, including, “We will give ourselves to a regular lifestyle of confession and forgiveness,” and “we will deal with our differences with appreciation and grace.” The most challenging truth Tripp presents is that our greatest marital problem is ourselves. We will always rise to our own defense and be tempted to blame others while believing the best about ourselves. Not surprisingly, God uses marriage to reveal the sin of self-righteousness. A marriage can be transformed when just one person sees this sin and humbly confesses ways they have damaged the relationship.

One brazen act that discards thousands of years of human wisdom as irrational

JP: Worthwhile read.

A Gavel Falls on Marriage: The Proposition 8 Decision

Excerpts:

In one brazen act of judicial energy, California’s voters were told that they had no right to define marriage, and thousands of years of human wisdom were discarded as irrational.

Judge Walker’s decision, bearing the full force of a Federal court, adds to the sense of inevitability that the proponents of same-sex marriage have been so carefully constructing in recent years. Defenders of marriage as a heterosexual institution should resist the temptation to minimize the significance of this decision, even as the verdict is vigorously appealed. Yesterday’s ruling is a huge win for the homosexual community, and a significant step toward the full normalization of homosexuality within the culture.

Anyone who reads Judge Walker’s decision will see that the normalization of homosexuality was one of his major concerns. Any belief that heterosexual relations are morally superior to homosexual relations “is not a proper basis on which to legislate,” he asserted. Proposition 8, he insisted, “was premised on the belief that same-sex couples simply are not as good as opposite-sex couples.” The judge claimed to have “uncloaked” the real reason California’s voters adopted Proposition 8 — “a desire to advance the belief that opposite-sex couples are morally superior to same-sex couples.”

The Crucified Man

JP: I found this interesting and thought I would pass it on. View article for images. Note: The website loads a little slow … be patient!

Top Ten Biblical Discoveries in Archaeology – #5 The Crucified Man

Excerpt:

Crucifixion was a painful execution method used primarily from the 6th century BC until the 4th century AD. During these 1,000 years crucifixion was used mainly by three empires: the Seleucid Empire (312-63BC), Carthaginian Empire (800-146BC), and Roman Empire (753BC-1453AD). It is believed these empires developed crucifixion from the earlier Assyrian Empire.

The Assyrians were masters of psychological warfare. They would impale their victims, or just their heads, on wooden poles for the public to see. This barbarity would bring terror to those around them. People would tremble at the thought of the Assyrian Army. Crucifixion was developed / perfected for similar psychological power. Crucifixion was often performed to terrorize onlookers into submission. Victims were left on display after death as warnings. Crucifixion was usually intended to provide a death that was particularly slow, painful (hence the term excruciating, literally “out of crucifying”), gruesome (hence dissuading against the crimes punishable by it), humiliating, and public, using whatever means were most expedient for that goal.