Monthly Archives: November 2008

A little of this and a little of that

Articles, Sermons, web-sites and thoughts from other people I’ve read through out the week.

Here’s a article I read from Apprising Ministries  Rick Warren’s SADDLEBACK CHURCH PASTORS, USING Emerging Church icon ROB BELL’s TEACHINGS

Albert Mohler’s commentary on The passage of Proposition 8 in California- A Sign of Things to Come?

Here’s a great Idea for a gift for someone who has the desire for God’s word.

Here’s a sermon from Charles Spurgeon on Faith and Repentance Inseparable

Finally having a bad day-could be worse!!!!!!!!!!

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Romans 11:36

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Getting Evangelicals Saved

Christian & Missionary Alliance Pastor Paris Reidhead,

Getting Evangelicals Saved [referring to John Wesley's preaching]

“Where do we hear such ‘fire and brimstone’ messages today? Our evangelists talk in dulcet tones only of love, and the result is that people are won to themselves instead of to God. Can this be the reason we see so few honest decisions for Jesus Christ?

And we have little emphasis upon holiness in our evangelistic crusades today. John Wesley, on the other hand, thundered that no one can be holy until he is born again. He added that holiness is the prerequisite to knowing God’s so great salvation.”

Romans 11:36

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Give thanks to the Lord

Have a blessed Thanksgiving

1 Peter 1:1-5

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 2    according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. 3    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4    to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5    who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Give thanks to the Lord

Isn’t salvation enough?

Romans 11:36

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What is True Christianity

J.C Ryle

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EFFECTUAL CALLING

http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/images0/spurgeon2.jpg Spurgeon, from his sermon, “Christ Crucified”

Only think of Christ going after a sinner, crying after a
sinner, begging a sinner to let him save him–
that is just what Jesus does to his chosen ones.

The sinner runs away from him, but free-grace pursues
him, and says– “Sinner, come to Christ.”

And if our hearts are shut up, Christ puts his hand in at the
door, and if we do not rise, but repulse him coldly, he
says– “I must, I will come in!”

He weeps over us until his tears win us;
he cries after us until his cries prevail;
and at last in his own well determined hour,
he enters into our heart, and there he dwells.

Romans 11:36

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Who chose whom?

by Don Fortner

“The decision is yours… Now it is all up to you… God has
done all He can to save, the rest is up to you… You must
choose Christ for yourself…You must make the final decision.”
How often we have all heard statements like those from the
pulpit. I want to raise a question regarding this matter of
eternal salvation: WHOSE CHOICE IS IT? Our Lord
Jesus Christ has answered the question very plainly:
“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you”
(John 15:16).

Divine election is a very humbling, and at the same time it
is a very encouraging and blessed doctrine of Scripture.

It is humbling to know that we would never have chosen Christ.
Our needs were so many, our hearts were so hard, that we
would never have sought the lord.

Yet, it is exceedingly comforting to hear our Savior say,
“I have chosen you.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ loved us long before we ever loved him.
He loved us even when we were dead in sin.
Had He not loved us, we would never have loved Him.
Had He not chosen us, we would never have chosen Him.

Language could not be clearer. Our Savior tells us that man,
by nature, will never choose Christ. It is true, in one sense,
that every believer chooses Christ. This is the result, however,
not the cause, of Christ’s choosing him.

The natural ear is so deaf that it cannot hear.
The natural eye is so blind that it cannot see.
The natural heart is so hard that it cannot feel.
Man sees no beauty in Christ.
He feels no need of Christ.
He has no desire for Christ.

Only after God by almighty grace opens the blind eye,
unstops the deaf ear, quickens the dead heart, and gives
strength to the withered hand is the sinner made willing to
seek Christ and given the strength of faith to embrace Him.

ALL WHO BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
IN TIME, WERE CHOSEN BY GOD IN ETERNAL
LOVE; AND THAT CHOICE OF THEM SECURES
THEIR FAITH AND HOLINESS IN CHRIST.

WHAT DOES THE TERM ELECTION MEAN?

Accurate statements on this doctrine are essential. No doctrine
in the Bible has suffered so much damage from the erroneous
views of its foes and the inaccurate statements of its friends.

Election may be defined this way: God has been pleased from
all eternity to choose certain men and women, whom He has
determined to save by the righteousness and shed blood of Christ.
None are finally saved except those whom He has chosen.
Therefore, the Word of God calls His people “the elect.”
And the choice, or the appointment of them to eternal life,
is called “the election of God.”

All those whom God was pleased to choose in eternity were
redeemed by Christ at Calvary. All who were chosen and
redeemed are (in due season) called to salvation and eternal
life by the Holy Spirit.

He convinces them of sin.
He leads them to Christ.
He works repentance and faith in them.
He keeps them by His grace from falling entirely away.
He brings them all safely to eternal glory.

In short, election is the first link in the chain of salvation, of which
eternal glory is the end. All who are redeemed, justified, called,
born again, and brought to faith in Christ are elect. The primary and
original cause of the saint’s being what he is, is God’s eternal election.

What does the Word of God Teach about Election?

God’s election of men to salvation is gracious and free, absolute and
sovereign. It is an unconditional act of sovereign mercy. He did not
choose us because he foresaw that we would repent and believe on
Christ. Our repentance and faith is the result of God’s election, not
the cause of it (John 10:16, 26; 15:16; Acts 13:48).

God’s election is personal: He chose not a mass of nameless faces,
but individual sinners, calling them his sons and daughters. This
election of grace is also eternal and immutable (Eph. 1:4).
When the triune Godhead existed alone in glorious self-sufficiency,
we were chosen in covenant mercy. God chose us because of His
eternal love and sovereign pleasure, simply because he would be
gracious. We were chosen in Christ Jesus.

Behold God’s strange choice! He chose not the noble, but the
common. He chose not the wise, but the foolish. He chose
not the righteous, but the wicked. He chose us, “that no flesh
should glory in His presence…that according as it is written,
He that glories, let him glory in the Lord: (I Cor. 1:29,31).
Let all who are born again confess, “By the grace of God,
I am what I am” (I Cor. 15:10).

Let us sing of electing love:
“Tis not that I did choose Thee,
For, Lord, that could not be;
This heart would still refuse Thee,
But Thou hast chosen me.

My heart owns none before Thee;
For thy rich grace I thirst;
This knowing, if I love Thee,
Thou must have loved me first.”
(Josiah Conder)

Romans 11:36

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A little of this and a little of that

Articles, Sermons, web-sites and thoughts from other people I’ve read through out the week.

Two insightful articles, Why Theology Matters to Christian Musicians and Listening to Music for God’s Glory by Bob Kauflin.

Back in April Three men and myself went to the Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, so Bob Kauflin but together a CD with the praises and songs at the conference, with three free downloads. It was amazing, 5000 men giving God the glory and singing praises to our Savior.

In keeping with our theme of Repentance this week, here is a sermon from John MacArthur titled Repent and Be Converted from Acts 3:19-26 most edifying and most important for true biblical salvation. Read, download or listen for free.

Here is two on-line books from Christian & Missionary Alliance Pastor, A.W.Tozer Knowledge Of The Holy and  The Pursuit of God.

Here is a cool web-site I visited this week on 50 Strange Buildings of the World.

Finally the video below, don’t mess with Old Ladies.

Romans 11:36

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Kindness of God

In Romans 2:4 Paul asks “do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”

Romans 2:4 This is a amazing grace to me.

God calls them to repent and yet it is God Who grants repentance.

Ask God to grant you repentance and have mercy on you, if you do not know Him as Lord and Savior. Repent (Mark 1:14-15) and trust in Christ not yourself and by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-10) in Him, He will save you.

Repentance is to leave the sin That I had loved before, And show that I am grieved by it. By doing it no more. –Anon.

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Thomas Watson Quote

Bible knowledge without repentance, will be but a torch to light men to hell.

Romans 11:36

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Repent and Believe

Mark 1:14-15

14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

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True Repentance that leads to Salvation

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Romans 11:36
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in Him with love
Lenny

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