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False Alarm

On 19 October 1856, as Charles Haddon Spurgeon was preaching at the Surrey Gardens Music Hall for the first time. Someone false_alarm in the crowd yelled, “Fire!” The ensuing panic and stampede left several dead. Spurgeon was emotionally devastated by the event and it had a sobering influence on his life.

In “C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography: The Early Years, 1834-1859” it is documented by writings of Spurgeon himself that when the yell for “Fire” went up during that tragic moment at the Surrey Gardens Music Hall, Spurgeon tried to proclaim the truth of the matter. But his booming voice could not be heard over the ensuing chaos, and the crowd began to panic. The truth was; suspected thieves and pick pockets had come into the assembly to try and take advantage of the crowded hall.

After reading about this in the above autobiography, my mind reflected on the following biblical passage in 2 Peter.

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1 ESV)

As redeemed members of Christ’s church, we need to be on watch for those who would take advantage of a situation or their position in the local church. Although their methods may not be as loud as a thief  or pick pocket yelling fire, but as Peter warns in scripture, secretive methods can be just as destructive if not more.

From his vantage point Spurgeon could see the truth that the building was not on fire. In turn we also have a vantage point of the truth. God’s word. The more we read and study God’s word, the more we hone our God given discernment to recognize the falsehoods or the false alarm.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Be ready Christian. Soli Deo Gloria!


I’m back, and I’m packin’ an Android now.

Much has happened since my self-imposed hiatus from blogging. I had actually considered stopping completely for lack of time and effort. But most things you like and wish to engage in take some time and effort. I notice when I am contributing to the blogosphere my writing skills are bettered. Not only the writing, but my studying and researching skills are enhanced as well. It takes an effort to publish something truthful and right.

First, I’d like to thank my spiritual brother Jacob for encouraging me to blog again. Rawk On Jacob!

One thing in my life that has changed is my smart phone. I have cast off the iPhone crutches to pursue a more technologically gifted side iron. The weapon of vast reward is my new Motorola Atrix Andriod powered phone with a very powerful  1GHz Dual Core processor. AT&T brags that it is the “world’s most powerful smart phone “. I am not certain of this but it does do multi-tasking well and the HD videos fly, especially when connected to a WiFi network.

the world’s most powerful smart phone

One of the first apps I downloaded is the YouVersion Bible software. The app is free for Android and has 50+ reading plans for reading through the bible. I even use this app during church sometimes.

Note to pastors: If you see me keying with my phone during your sermon, believe me, I am not texting John MacArthur with your scriptural insight. I am using it to follow along and maybe, just maybe, taking notes.

The YouVersion app easily lets me search for related scripture within multiple bible translations. Of course my main translation staple is the ESV. I am finding that my favorite part of the app is the Bible reading plan. I am currently on Day 64 of my One Year Bible reading plan. Having the tool has helped me to be more disciplined about reading the scripture daily since I have my phone with me at all times. Color me geek.

There is also a great WordPress blogging app I have downloaded for free. I may even begin to utilize that tool to help in my quest to start blogging again, and more frequently.

BTW – The picture above is of my lovely bride holding my actual Atrix phone. The phone is displaying my last posting via the WordPress app. My lovely bride loves her Atrix too. Yep, she had it first. 🙂

This is enough for my first blog in over 6 months. Lord willing, I will be contributing more frequently. There has been some amazing music released in the last several months as well. I might even throw in some book reviews. Like that isn’t being done in the blogging world. 🙂

Rawk On!


Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Android, Atrix, bible, Motorola, scripture, YouVersion