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Let Me Talk to That Preacher…

December 23, 2009

Eastwood has been well known for many things, but the one I remember most was a radio program on Sunday nights after church called, “Let Me Talk to That Preacher”.  It was a chance for people in the community to call in and ask our Pastor and Staff questions on the radio.  I can still remember driving home from church with my parents and listening to Tom Elliff answer all kinds of questions with wisdom, grace and humor.

We are no longer on the radio, but many people still would like the opportunity to ask the Pastor a question.  On January 10th in the evening service we have another installment of “Ask the Pastor”, your opportunity to put Bro. Gordon on the “hot seat” with your questions.  Realizing that not every question has an answer, and some answers cannot be fully stated in a couple of minutes, we will be addressing questions that are important to our community and church.  Join us for and engaging and thought provoking evening as we struggle with the issues of our day.

Do you have a question you would like to ask?  There are several ways to get your question to us: 1) email  jeff@eastwoodtulsa.org;  2) post your question as a comment on our blog; 3) call the office; 4) fill out a card on the welcome center.  We will be going through the questions and attempting to answer as many as possible on that evening during the service.

After the service we will be hosting a fellowship in the Family Life Center where we can continue the conversation and you will have another opportunity to ask or clarify your question.  We believe true spiritual growth takes place in relationships and discussion as we wrestle together with the Bible and its impact on our day to day life.

Here are a few questions to whet your appetite:

  • Why don’t we experience miracles like we see in the New Testament?
  • Was it possible for Jesus to sin?
  • Can a Christian drink alcohol?
  • Does God heal everyone?
  • How should a Christian respond/interact with a post-Christian/hostile culture?
  • How do you memorize scripture?  How do you select a passage to memorize?
  • What are some practical ways to grow in prayer?

Let us hear from you, what questions would you ask the Pastor?  Then join us on this special evening!

Jeff

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian Goree permalink
    December 25, 2009 5:13 pm

    Question for “Let Me Talk to that Preacher”:

    We are not to say “I am being tempted by God,” (James 1:13) why then did Jesus pray “lead us not into temptation”? (Matthew 6:13)

  2. Brian Goree permalink
    December 25, 2009 5:17 pm

    …”He himself tempts no man” (James 1:13) therefore, why would it be important to ask God not to do something he wouldn’t do in the first place?

  3. Jerry permalink
    December 28, 2009 8:49 am

    What was the Star of Bethleham and how many wise men were they and who were they and where did they come from.

  4. Gordon Small permalink
    January 3, 2010 4:40 pm

    The word temptation and testing is similar in Greek. God never solicits us to do moral evil but He does test us.

    The Bible says that after Jesus’ baptism He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. This was a solicitation to do evil that was allowed by God Himself.

    I take the “lead us not into temptation” to be a prayer not to even be put in situations where we might be tempted to give into evil. On the contrary, we are taught to pray “deliver me from evil”.

    This is not a perfect answer, but it helps me to see that we just need to obey the admonition to pray even though we might not fully comprehend the dynamics of temptation.

    g

  5. Gordon Small permalink
    January 3, 2010 4:55 pm

    We don’t know how many wise men there were. They probably had an entourage. Three traditionally are mentioned because of the three gifts. We don’t know how many exactly.

    The star was probably well, a star, that was supernaturally used by God to guide the Magi to the location of Baby Jesus who was at a house and possibly as old as two.

    Herod killed all the children two years old and under to make sure he killed the baby. However Joseph was warned to flee to Egypt to spare Jesus and fulfill prophecy that God would call His Son out of Egypt.

    The valuable gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh were gifts that probably funded Jesus’ parents journey and early life expenses.

    g

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