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David Kowalski
Worked at -- I have worked as a Bible College Professor (Global University, Pastor (Two Assemblies of God Churches), Associate Pastor (two Assemblies of God Churches), High School administrator (ACE), English teacher (Abeka), In school suspension teacher (public schools)
Attended Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Lived in New Orleans, LA
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Are bigger churches more or less effective in their ministry? The answer might surprise you.
There are millions of people in smaller congregations across the country who live with a feeling that they are failures because their church isn’t as big as t
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"Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time on the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian." -- Thomas Brooks

"Meditate on what you read (Ps. 199:15). The Hebrew word for “meditate” means to be intense in the mind. Meditation without reading is wrong and bound to err; reading without meditation is barren and fruitless." -- Thomas Watson
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"Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day." -- Psalm 119:97 ESV

"but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." -- Psalm 1:2 ESV
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+Steven Streight I suppose the most obscure volume on my list is Morris Williams' Toughness Trivia. Williams was a missionary to Africa for over 40 years and was subsequently one of my professors in seminary. While he was not especially known for his degree of informed scholarship he was very renowned for his wisdom and spirituality -- often dispensed in essay-length handouts, the kind of thing one finds in Toughness Trivia. The book is available on Amazon.com -- http://www.amazon.com/Toughness-Trivia-Compilation-Writings-Williams/dp/B000V0GIYQ. The one customer review given there was written by me. 
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I did not know it was poetry day today until informed of such by the posts of +Linda Odell (who seems to know all of the special days). In commemoration of this day I have posted below another of my favorite poems -- this one by Christina Rossetti:

"Who Shall Deliver Me?"

God strengthen me to bear myself; 
That heaviest weight of all to bear, 
Inalienable weight of care.
All others are outside myself;
I lock my door and bar them out
The turmoil, tedium, gad-about.
I lock my door upon myself, 
And bar them out; but who shall wall 
Self from myself, most loathed of all?
If I could once lay down myself, 
And start self-purged upon the race 
That all must run! Death runs apace.
If I could set aside myself, 
And start with lightened heart upon 
The road by all men overgone!
God harden me against myself, 
This coward with pathetic voice 
Who craves for ease and rest and joys
Myself, arch-traitor to myself ; 
My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe, 
My clog whatever road I go.
Yet One there is can curb myself, 
Can roll the strangling load from me 
Break off the yoke and set me free.
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"Do you wish to see God’s love? Look at the Cross. Do you wish to see God’s wrath? Look at the Cross." -- D. A. Carson
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Dr. Jeffress says that the greatest display of God's wrath to date has been the cross.
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I recently responded to a criticism of one of my articles on Apologetic Index (about phony doctorates in the church -- http://www.apologeticsindex.org/2794-name-it-and-frame-it-phony-doctorates-in-the-church). The criticism of my article that was offered is a surprisingly common one and users of it seem to think it trumps all other argumentation -- yet the critics' reasoning is self-defeating. They say it is unloving to offer words of correction concerning the beliefs or practices of others, yet they write to me, seeking to correct me for what I have done and said. Below is a quote from my answer to this latest expression of this faulty reasoning:

"You speak of love as though it is something that never corrects those who are doing wrong -- yet you have written to me, accusing me of doing wrong. By your standard and definition you have failed to love me as you should since you have sought to correct me. Much of the New Testament contains words of correction, yet these words are not evidence of a lack of love. Instead, they are evidence of a love for God, His truth, His people, and the disobedient people who need to repent before they answer to God for their erroneous teachings and practices."
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+David Choiniere I agree with your points. Perhaps, however, I am a bit more of a stickler on this issue. However much good a person has done, that does not mean that all else they have done is thereby sanctified. Out of consideration for his overall ministry through the years I chose not to mention Billy Graham in the article but he did use the title "Dr." as though it were a real one. As I said in the article I see this as the equivalent of trying to use the "key to the city" to enter banks and other businesses as if one owned them. An honorary key to a property is not to be used as though it were an earned key to a property, and I believe an honorary "doctorate" should not be used as though it were a real one.

I did not mention Billy Graham by name out of courtesy to him but I still disagree with his use of the honorary title in the same way one would used an earned title. Mark Twain received honorary doctorates but never called himself "Dr. Twain" -- in spite of his literary accomplishments. Accomplishments are better than titles and speak for themselves. 

Still, academic qualifications are a separate issue and when one uses an academic title they have not earned it gives the impression they have academic training they really have never received. Those who have real doctorates know how difficult they are to obtain and how life-changing (for the better) is the process by which one obtains the degree. For people who have never been through this rigorous, life-changing process to put on airs as though they had is, I believe, a misrepresentation, whoever the party may be that does this. 
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All systems of error contain much truth just as all rodent poison contains much, edible material. Nevertheless, the poison or error mixed in can make the combination deadly as a whole. Just as rodents will not be attracted to pure poison, people will not be attracted to teaching that contains nothing but falsehoods. The process of deception requires that some truth be mixed into the error for it to be attractive and persuasive. 
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"Teaching an error would not be so dangerous if it was not mixed with truth." – Robert Lee Whitworth

“Within the theological structure of the cults there is considerable truth, all of which, it might be added, is drawn from biblical sources, but so diluted with human error as to be more deadly than complete falsehood.” --  Walter Martin
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"In the beginning God..." Genesis 1:1

I find much in the creation account of Genesis that parallels the new creation God makes of those who are saved through Christ:

"For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation." -- Galatians 6:15 NASB

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." -- 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB

There are many lessons to be drawn from a comparison of the initial creation of all things and the new creation of saved people. One significant comparison is that God works out His design progressively.

"My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you." -- Galatians 4:19 NASB

"Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing..." 2 Peter 1:5-8 NASB

The most fundamental lesson, though, is the one found at the beginning. There is no creation or new creation apart from God. God alone is the source upon which creation and new creatures are utterly dependent. Though in both creations we are given the ability to make choices and must do so responsibly, the ability to know what choices to make and the power to make them are both abilities for which we remain dependent upon God. 

Man fell from God in seeking to determine choices on his own and to be self-reliant (things represented in the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). At any point we have strayed from God's process of forming us into the image of His Son, the first step to resuming this new creation program is to look back to the source. "In the beginning God..."

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me." -- Psalm 51:10 NASB
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"I cannot but look upon all the glory and dignity of this world, lands and lordships, crowns and kingdoms, even as on some brain-sick, beggarly fellow, that borrows fine clothes, and plays, the part of a king or lord for an hour on a stage, and then comes down, and the sport is ended, and they are beggars again." -- Richard Baxter
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+Steven Streight Thanks.
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Becoming Mature Members of the Church Community

In my first sermon at one church I pastored, I talked about the rituals found in cultures across the world that mark the age at which a boy is to be considered a man – a mature member of the community.  They nearly all involve inflicting some kind of pain on the young man through such things as beating him with clubs.  The universal message in such rites of passage is that being part of a community will sometimes mean enduring mistreatment from others, requiring an inward toughness that perseveres despite such things.  Living as a mature member in a church community is no different. I jokingly told the congregation that as they left the building that morning it might be better for me to beat them with a club than shake their hands. 

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14 NASB)
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Welcome! I am on Google+ primarily for the purpose of sharing biblical thoughts with others, but also for sharing other posts that I find interesting, enjoyable, or funny. It has delighted me to make some friends in the process. My philosophy of proper conduct on Google+ can be found at this post -- https://plus.google.com/115849606049187132320/posts/5wzwoxysxxH. I also endorse the principles discussed by Google+ veteran Guy Kawasaki in his post about Google+ comments -- http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130620123128-2484700-the-art-of-google-comments

Anyone who does not believe they can abide within the boundaries of etiquette and civility described in these two posts should probably consider not adding me to their circles. I welcome differing opinions and discussion within those boundaries (and I understand that we all sometimes stray from them!) but I try to keep my account a generally pleasant environment for all who visit with kind intentions. 

I appreciate comments that are logical and civil. Uncivil and/or obscene comments are usually deleted and their sources often blocked (unless the source is an established friend). Still, those who differ with me or others need not be timid in saying so if they focus on the substance of matters discussed without name-calling, ridicule, or personal attacks on others in the thread. 

I have learned from experience that protracted debate (or whatever name one wants to call it) beyond two or three rounds usually leads to incivility and it is therefore generally not practiced any longer in my threads. On rare occasions I have disabled further comments.Those who are seeking for any kind of protracted disputation should look for it elsewhere. My health problems may sometimes delay my ability to respond to your comments and I appreciate your patience with me when this is the case. Otherwise, I look forward to your input and to becoming friends.

"To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit." 1 Peter 3:8 NASB
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