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Charlie Taylor grew up in Dallas, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas Business School and went into the commercial real estate business for about twenty years before enrolling in and graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary with honors. In May of 2009 he was ordained as a minister.



Since that time he has been a sought after Bible teacher in the Dallas area. He currently is teaching about six different non-denominational weekly Bible studies to different audiences at different locations throughout the Dallas area.



He has also taken several groups to Israel and Greece to see first hand many of the areas from Jesus's time. His next trip is in June 2016.



Charlie is a born humorist and storyteller. He describes himself as a “nobody telling everybody about somebody who can save anybody”.



For Bible Study lessons and material go to CharlieTaylorMinistries.com.

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Charlie Taylor grew up in Dallas, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas Business School and went into the commercial real estate business for about twenty years before enrolling in and graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary with honors. In May of 2009 he was ordained as a minister.



Since that time he has been a sought after Bible teacher in the Dallas area. He currently is teaching about six different non-denominational weekly Bible studies to different audiences at different locations throughout the Dallas area.



He has also taken several groups to Israel and Greece to see first hand many of the areas from Jesus's time. His next trip is in June 2016.



Charlie is a born humorist and storyteller. He describes himself as a “nobody telling everybody about somebody who can save anybody”.



For Bible Study lessons and material go to CharlieTaylorMinistries.com.

    Exodus 14:19-20, Envision God’s Presence

    Exodus 14:19-20, Envision God’s Presence

    Exodus 14:19-20, Envision God’s Presence

    This is Red Sea Rule #7 in Robert Morgan’s book THE RED SEA RULES. The angel of God reflecting God’s glory in the cloud went before the people of Israel leading them in the wilderness. Exodus 13:21-22 tells us that “the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light that they might travel by night.” But in Exodus 14, Pharaoh had a change of heart and assembled his army along with 600 chariots to pursue the Hebrews. God’s glory in the cloud led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made camp. When Pharaoh’s army arrived, the Hebrews were trapped between the Red Sea and the devil (Pharaoh) behind them. Amazingly, the pillar of cloud with God’s glory in it went from before them to behind Israel so that it came between the Egyptians and the camp of the Hebrews. God’s glory in the cloud, which had given light to Israel was a cloud of darkness to the Egyptians. In Exodus 14:19, we read that “Then the angel of the Lord who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them…coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel”. The angel spoken of here representing God is spoken of in Isaiah 63:9 as “the angel of His presence” who saved them, and in His love redeemed them. This sounds an awful lot like the pre- incarnate Christ. We know that before the incarnation (birth) of Jesus He existed as God in heaven, therefore according to the function of the Trinity, the messenger from God was no doubt the pre-incarnate Christ. John 1:18 refers to Christ by saying that no one has ever seen God the Father, but Christ has made Him known. Jesus is a perfect image here of giving light to those who follow Him, but those (the Egyptians in this case) who reject Him remain in darkness. Jesus comforts believers, but simultaneously condemns those who reject Him. Paul’s metaphor in 2 Cor. 2:14 applies here that the Gospel of Christ is a sweet aroma to those who believe, but a stench of death to others. Jesus Christ has our back and He also leads us from the front. He is both our Good Shepherd and our shield.

    Psalm 18 and Psalm 23

    David did a beautiful job of depicting God’s leading from our front and protecting us from behind in Psalm 19 and 23. When Saul and his army were chasing David, he wrote Psalm 18 of God delivering him. The Lord was David’s “rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God , my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised and I am saved from my enemies.” In v. 35 we read, “You have given me the shield of your salvation and your right hand has supported me”.

    In everybody’s favorite Psalm 23, David wrote that God is his shepherd who leads him to all the good things he needs like the green pastures, the still waters, and the paths of righteousness. God also restores his soul, meaning that God encourages and builds him up giving him spiritual life and vitality in the dark days of discouragement and fear. Even though he is facing death, David is so encouraged by the presence of the Lord that he “fears no evil”. God comforts him through the hard times. When his enemies surround him, God is there with David meeting his needs. Therefore David can look forward in faith and rest in the fact that God will bring “goodness and mercy” for David in the end and David would “dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.

    Positive Visualization

    Recognizing that God’s enveloping presence surrounded and protected the people of Israel, we also need the positive visualization of God’s presence with us as both a guide and a guard. I know that all sports psychologists report positive results from positive visualization, especially on the golf course. Many great players are defeated by their own nega

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    Red Sea Rules 5 and 6-Stay Calm and Live by Faith

    Red Sea Rules 5 and 6-Stay Calm and Live by Faith

    Red Sea Rules 5 and 6-Stay Calm and Live by Faith

    In Exodus 14:13-14, after the people panic at seeing Pharaoh’s army advancing, Moses told them, “Fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…the Lord will fight for you, while you keep silent”. The people were ready to give up and surrender, but Moses was telling them to wait and by faith trust God to work in their lives. Red Sea kind of problems are not solvable by you and me. Psalm 37:7-8 says to rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, and don’t give up. 107 times in the Old Test. And 43 times in the New Test. We are told to “fear not” because God is with us. Fear is an emotion or a feeling, and we are to live by faith and not feelings. Appearances are that we may have good reason to fear, but we have a stronger ally on our side than the Egyptian army. Therefore move from fear to faith, because “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Does that mean that we do nothing? Of course not, we read in the next verse Exodus 14:15 “Tell the children of Israel to go forward”. Crisis type problems are not solved easily, but we can do something every day. Therefore Red sea Rule #6 is TAKE THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP BY FAITH. Live one day at a time, and do some simple logical thing every day, even if its just getting organized. Jesus told His followers in Matt.6:34, “Don’t be anxious about tomorrow…live one day at a time”.

    Faith is one of the most used words in Christianity, but I doubt that many Christians really fully understand what Biblical faith is. Fortunately, Hebrews 11:1 gives us a great definition of faith, and then proceeds to illustrate faith in Biblical examples throughout the rest of the chapter. Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen.” By this he means that the following examples in ch.11 illustrate that they believed God’s Word so strongly that it was a reality to them even though it had not happened yet. Being a reality to them, it convicted them to respond accordingly. There is no other explanation for Noah building the ark when it had never flooded before, or Abraham leaving his home to go to a foreign unknown land. The only reason they would respond so radically is the firm conviction that what God had said would definitely happen. The opposite of this kind of faith was shown in Numbers 13-14 by Israel in the wilderness at Kadesh-Barnea. God told the people He would give them the land and dispossess the evil Canaanites. God led them to the southern border of Canaan, and commanded them to go in, but they hesitated. After spies brought the scouting report that the Canaanites were numerous, big, and well armed, the people of Israel balked, and would not go in to the Promised Land. Their unbelief was so severe that they even desired to go back to Egypt (Nu.14:4). They knew of God’s presence and power because they had seen His glory at Mt. Sinai and heard His voice as thunder when God gave them the Ten Commandments. They had seen awesome miracles as God devastated Egypt through the ten plagues, and then parted the Red Sea so they could escape the Egyptian army. God had provided them manna from heaven and water in a barren land. They clearly had what we can call “intellectual assent” of God’s power and presence, yet they did not believe in God in such a way that they were committed to respond to the risk of going into the land. The author of Hebrews differentiates between true Biblical faith that has faith in God’s promises and commands such that it responds as if it is a reality to them, and worldly faith that is nothing more than intellectual assent.

    Winners and Losers

    Nothing seems so important in the world we live in as winning. I remember Patton’s great speech in the academy award winning movie with George C. S

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    The Prayer of a Righteous Man

    The Prayer of a Righteous Man

    The Prayer of a Righteous Man

    Red Sea prayers are crisis prayers, emergency prayers, and tend to be very intense! In Exodus 14:10, The Egyptians were marching after them, and they became VERY frightened, so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord”. During seaside prayers like this, fear has a good result because it puts us totally dependent on the Lord. In his book, RED SEA RULES, Robert Morgan says God brings us to places that scare us so that He may bring us to our knees. Prayer tends to calm us, give us an outlet—a reliable place to go. When you can’t go forward, sideward, and you can’t go back, then its time to look upward and talk to the Lord. We are like David in 2 Samuel 22 when it looked like King Saul had him cornered. David later wrote Psalm 107 about this saying, “In my distress I cried out to the Lord…and He heard my voice.” Crisis time prayers are intense, urgent, and even life threatening event prayers. Do we have a personal God who cares about our individual situation—Absolutely! C. S. Lewis wrote, “God has determined that His actions of love and mercy go hand in hand with His people’s response and faith. God’s plan to govern the church is like a partnership. God granted believers a role in causality. Think of a playwright who allows his characters to affect the play, and then incorporates all their actions into the final result He so determined. The scenes and the conclusion are fixed by the author (God), but the details are left to the actors to improvise.” As a model prayer, I like to refer to Daniel’s prayer taken from Daniel 9.

    Daniel had been taken captive to Babylon in 605 BC. At the time of his great prayer in Daniel 9:1-19, Daniel was in his eighties. It was about 537-538 BC. Therefore Daniel had been a captive in Babylon for almost seventy years. He had seen the kingdom transferred to the Medes and Persians. Daniel was a student of God’s Word and God’s promises, therefore he remembered the words of Jeremiah the prophet, “When 70 years have been completed, I will fulfill My word to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans that I have for you…plans for welfare to give you a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”(Jer.29:10-14) We know from Daniel 9:2 that he had a copy of Jeremiah’s scroll. Therefore, Daniel hoped that the captivity of the Jews and desolation of Jerusalem was almost over. In his prayer in chapter 9, Daniel was humbly responding to this Scripture, and he was encouraged to pray for the restoration of Jerusalem. There are two main theories for the seventy year period. Daniel seemed to believe that the period started with his captivity in 605 and ended when the Jews arrived back at Jerusalem about 536, but others date it from 586, when Jerusalem was actually destroyed, to 515 when the Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem. Ezra 1:1 seems to confirm 605-536 because it says that Cyrus allowed the return of the Jews as a fulfillment of the Word of the Lord by the prophet Jeremiah at that time. Ezra says that 49,897 Jews returned to begin rebuilding the Temple, and arrived about 536 BC. The important point is that Daniel believed that the Word of God would be fulfilled by prayer.

    Prayer is the Sound that Faith Makes

    Webster’s defines prayer as an address or petition to a god in word or thought. Barna polling service says more people believe in prayer than believe in God. Certainly many more people pray than study the Bible, go to church, or practice any religious activity. Avowed atheists admit that they pray when they get in trouble. Very few of these people can articulate confidently whom they are praying to. The majority approach God when and if they need Him as if He is a benevolent grandfather or a genie in a bottle. One

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    Ephesians 6:10-18, Spiritual Warfare

    Ephesians 6:10-18, Spiritual Warfare

    Ephesians 6:10-18, Spiritual Warfare

    In the materialistic world we live in there has always been wars and aggressive ambitious conquerors. From 335-323 BC, Alexander the Great exerted his will upon the entire Mediterranean world. He invaded Asia and won a series of battles against the larger armies of the Persian Empire. The Persians had terrorized the Middle East for over 200 years, but Alexander’s small army invaded all their territory and took it. About 200 years later the Romans invaded and took it all from the Greeks. Fast forward to the 20th century and Hitler invaded Europe and took all the territory that was not his in order to make it his own. He usurped territory not his in pursuit of his own selfish ambitious agenda. In 1991, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait for his selfish ambitious agenda. In both cases the USA intervened to repulse these attacks, and return the land to its previous owners.

    Spiritually, Satan the adversary of God has done the same as Alexander, Hitler, and all the other ruthless evil conquerors. The adversary has invaded the whole world we live in, usurped God’s authority, and led the world astray. God has responded and set up His beachhead in the world through the church. Satan is waging war everywhere in temptations, divisions, struggles, lies, and suffering. The obvious difference between Satan and the human conquerors is that Satan and his army wage spiritual warfare for the souls of people. Consider the history of this spiritual war—that it is like a great chess match. In Isaiah 14 we see that Satan was a beautiful angelic creature that God created before the earth was created, but he aspired to know what only God knows, to be like God, and have the power of God—thus in his rebellion he fell from heaven. God’s move was to create His perfect creation on earth, but Satan’s temptation in the garden corrupted it. God then created forgiveness through a blood sacrifice. Then Satan influenced Cain to reject it and kill Able. God then countered with the godly line of humans through Seth. In Genesis 6 we see Satan’s counter move to entice the entire world into rebellion, so God destroyed the creation by flood, but saved the righteous Noah. The adversary’s next move was with Nimrod who led the human race in rebellion against God at Babel. God then divided people by tribes and language and geographic location so they could not be so organized in their pagan idolatry. Then God called Abraham to become the father of a priestly nation to reveal God to the world. Satan countered with slavery in Egypt—-we could go on and on, but you get the point. Spiritual warfare is a real historical fact, and we are involved in it even now. All through history it has appeared that evil is winning but Scripture consistently predicts that God’s ultimate move will checkmate Satan, and all creation will know who has the right to rule. Now, during this last era we call the church age, we anticipate and we look forward to the Day of the Lord when we who have chosen God’s side will experience the victory which has already been won by Christ’s work on the cross.

    Maybe you are asking “Since God is all powerful, why does He allow Satan limited rule on the earth? I think the answer is that God created us in His image, which means we have a free will able to make cognitive decisions. We have a choice, but without the adversary of God we have no choice, so God allows the choice. The next question might be, “Why the delay? Why doesn’t Christ come immediately and crush the adversary?” 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is patiently giving everyone a chance to come to Him. When all who will come, come, then Christ will return and end the evil moves of the adversary.

    How Can We Believe in What We Can’t See?

    The worldly people react and respond to only what they can see, feel, and hear. Paul says in 2 Cor. 4:18,

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    The Glory of God—the Meaning of Life

    The Glory of God—the Meaning of Life

                                           The Glory of God—the Meaning of Life

    In 1642, the English Parliament led by Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans in England started a civil war against the royalists and King Charles. The Parliament forces won and began putting a coalition of Protestant groups together to agree on Christian doctrine. King Charles claimed to be an Anglican, but his wife was a devout Catholic, and Charles was trying to set the Church of England up like the Roman Catholic Church. Oliver Cromwell’s army defeated the royalists and executed King Charles. Parliament called for the learned, godly, and judicious Christian leaders to meet at Westminster Abbey to design a written belief system based on issues like worship, doctrine, administration, and ordinances. Their meetings over a four year period produced a valuable profession of faith in what Christians believe in. It is called the Westminster Confession of Faith. Included was a catechism in which questions were asked like: What is the purpose of man? The answer is “Mankind’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”. The rest of the story was that the Scottish Parliament formed a covenant with the English Parliament to abandon episcopalianism and adhere to the principles in the Westminster Confession. Years later England returned to a constitutional monarchy and the Anglican Church, but the Westminster Confession of Faith has remained a valuable doctrine of biblical beliefs for all of Christianity.

    A Christians Purpose in Life

    A Christian’s purpose in life is to glorify God, just as the Westminster confession says. This is why we were created. The Apostle Paul makes this clear in 1 Cor. 10:31, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”, and again Peter says in 1 Peter 4:11, “whoever serves as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever”. In Ephesians 1, Paul lists all the many blessings God has lavished upon we who believe, and after every one he writes “to the praise of His glory”, meaning everything God did to save us and bless us resulted in bringing glory to God. Therefore, wherever you are, at home, at work, with your friends or with strangers, and what ever you are doing—do it well and make God look good. God’s original purpose in creation is to reveal His glory. In Isaiah 43:7 we read, “Bring…everyone who is called by my name whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made”. “In Isaiah 6:3, the angels call out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory!” We are a part of that glory, and we live to reveal it. God has implanted His glory in us, and it should radiate to the world around us. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus told His disciples that they had the glory of God in them and He said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt.5:16) The Psalmist in Ps. 86:12 makes it his purpose, “I will praise you Oh my Lord with all my heart, I will glorify your name forever.”

    The creation account in Genesis 1:26-31, is telling us that God created us in His image in order that He and we could enjoy a loving intimate relationship in which we would serve Him and glorify Him. He made us for His glory, therefore He created us in His image. Then he gave us a special job to do to rule over God’s creation in such a way that would glorify God. We are to reflect God’s glory to the world, bear His image, and reveal the truth about God to the watching world.

    The Meaning Of Life

    I wondered what the people in the world around us considered the meaning and purpose of life, so I consulted the internet

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    The Sovereignty of God as Portrayed in THE RED SEA RULES

    The Sovereignty of God as Portrayed in THE RED SEA RULES

                   The Sovereignty of God as Portrayed in THE RED SEA RULES



    In his book, THE RED SEA RULES, Robert Morgan has taken the story of Exodus 14 and developed ten rules or principles to live by when you feel trapped by adverse circumstances such as Israel found itself at the Red Sea. God had led them by His glory in the cloud to the Red Sea. Then they were trapped by the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaohs army behind them—there was no way out! This was literally an unsolvable problem in their view. Have you ever had one of that kind of crisis situation? Many years later a priest in Jerusalem named Asaph had such a crisis, but he remembered how God had delivered Israel in Exodus 14. Therefore he wrote Psalm 77, “You (God) made a way through the sea and paths through the deep waters, but your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by using Moses and Aaron”. This proved to Asaph as it does to us that God did this in a history making fashion that even in unsolvable problems, “God will make a way when there seems to be no way”. When the author Morgan was studying Exodus 14, “ten rules unfolded like rubber rafts, ten ways of handling dilemmas and discouragements—a divine protocol for handling life when we find ourselves between the devil and the deep Red Sea”. Morgan has found in Exodus 14 a biblical method to process difficulties by faith in light of God’s presence with us, and His providence and His power. Rule number one is “REALIZE THAT GOD MEANS FOR YOU TO BE WHERE YOU ARE”. Naturally, this assumes God’s sovereignty over all things. God’s sovereignty is the Christian doctrine that God, as the all powerful creator of all things, has the right and power to control all things. The Westminster Confession of Faith says, “God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of His will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatever comes to pass.” Many Christians flinch at the word “predestination”, but believe in the foreknowledge of God. Perhaps it would be valuable to discuss the relationship between the two.

    In many passages such as David’s prayers in 1 Samuel 23, David asked the Lord if he went up to Keilah to defend it against the Philistines, would he prevail—God said yes. Further David asked would the people there inform King Saul of David’s whereabouts, so Saul could come capture him—God said yes they will rat you out. Therefore David did not go to Keilah, the Philistines were not defeated and Saul did not capture David. Now we know that God’s foreknowledge does not require predestination. Foreknowledge and predestination are separable. What we know about predestination that all Christians should believe is that God has predestined certain BIG events like the incarnation of Christ, the crucifixion, and the resurrection. Also in the future God has predestined the second coming and our resurrection. God not only foreknows certain events but causes them to happen no matter what. God’s love required Him to send Jesus into the world to intervene as our Savior no matter what, and God has already set a date for Christ’s return.

    The Debate Over Free-Will vs. God’s Sovereignty

    Several questions have arrived and have been debated by the church for over 1600 years. In the creation account, God made man in His image giving man a free will to obey or disobey, therefore how do you balance God’s control over all things with man’s free will moral decision making ability? People recognize immediately that the doctrine of God’s sovereignty raises a problem between God’s control and humans’ moral activity. If God is in control, how can we be truly free to choose? The first great theologian in the church was Augustine around 400 A.D. and he said, “We know that humans have a free will and are held responsible, but we also know that

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Great summary of the origins of the Christian Church following the resurrection-thanks Charlie

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