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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.

Here is a repost of a post I wrote on Familiarity Breeds Contempt-we all fall into it’s deadly trap.

http://www.cmalliance.org/devotions/images/simpson_crop.jpg“Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow in his steps… who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (1 Peter 2:21-24). The crucifixion was a great object lesson of submission, gentleness, meekness and self surrender. “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). Christ’s death is much more than this; but let us not forget this also amid the suffering and trial through which we follow Him.”– A.B.Simpson. From the Cross of Christ.

Here is a article from World Net Daily on NBC trashes pro-life ad featuring Obama you also can watch the video from this site.

james_packer“Man’s chief end,” says the Shorter Catechism, magnificently,”is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.” End, note, not ends; for the two activities are one. God’s chief end, purposed in all that he does, is his glory (and what higher end could he have?), and he has so made us that we find our own deepest fulfillment and highest joy in hallowing his name by praise, submission, and service. God is no sadist, and the principle of our creation is that, believe it or not (and or course many don?t, just as Satan doesn’t), our duty, interest and delight completely coincide. Christians get so hung up with the pagan idea (very dishonoring to God, incidentally) that God’s will is always unpleasant, so that one is rather a martyr to be doing it, that they hardly at first notice how their experience verifies the truth that in Christian living duty and delight go together. But they do!-and it will be even clearer in the life to come. To give oneself to hallowing God’s name as one’s life-task means that living, though never a joy ride, will become increasingly a joy road. Can you believe that? Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating! Try it, and you will see.”  Psalm 148:1-14 J.I.Packer From Growing in Christ.

Finally the video below (re post) from John Piper to Barack Obama ” Be Couragous “

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The free, sovereign grace of God!

http://www.sounddoctrine.net/Classic_Sermons/Richard%20Baxter/baxter.jpg(Octavius Winslow, “Christ, Our Righteousness”)

“Those He predestined, He also called;
and those He called, He also justified;
and those He justified, He also glorified.”
Romans 8:30

The justified sinner stands the closest to God,
of any created being in the universe. Nearer
to the throne of the Eternal, he cannot stand.

What marvelous love!

Who will dare assert that salvation is not,
from first to last-of free, sovereign grace!

Let your eye pierce the veil which falls between
earth and heaven. Behold that shining, worshiping
being, standing so near to the throne of glory,
bathed in the overpowering effulgence of its rays!

Who is he?

He was once a sinner upon earth, the vilest
of his race, the dishonored of his generation,
forsaken by man-and abhorred of God.

But Jesus met him, and divine love drew him, and
sovereign grace rescued, pardoned, and saved him!
And now washed from all his guilt by the blood,
freed from all condemnation by the righteousness
of Christ-he stands before the throne “blameless,”
a “king and a priest unto God.” Such is the great
love of Jesus! And all this grace, and all this
glory, and all this bliss-flows from the free,
sovereign grace of God!

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To all the Pastors across the USA

This is how you respond to Our President concerning Abortion, especially you Pastor Rick Warren

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Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The better we know people, the more likely we are to find fault with them.

I know somebody this happen to, when Jesus returned to His hometown.

Matthew 13:54-58 He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 “And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

Luke says they were full of rage and wanted to throw Him off the cliff.http://kingofpeace.org/images/jesusoffthecliff.png

Luke 4:28-30 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; 29 and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, He went His way.

What could Jesus have possible said that would bring rage into the hearts of these people He grew up with, that they would want to throw Him off a cliff.

At first they were impressed with Him, the way He talked and the wisdom and clarity of His words. They knew Him they were familiar with Him. They were His relatives and friends.

What happen, What could He possible say to them in His very first sermon or teaching that could turn them away so quickly, that they wanted to kill Him, ANSWER- THE TRUTH- NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. The first moment He spoke critical and preached hard or taught hard truths, they turned on Him. They wanted the feel good message, the soft message, the felt needs message. They wanted their ears scratched. 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

http://word-truth.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/WORD.gifJesus gave them the greatest form of love, the truth. “Truth and Love” they are inseparable. Ephesians 4:15 Speaking the truth in love, is not holding back parts of the truth. Paul said, “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.” (Acts 20:27) Speaking the truth in love is not watering down the truth, it is to give the pure unadulterated, inerrant word of God, the pure milk of the word 1 Peter 2:1-2  Jesus did not give them what they wanted, He gave them what they needed. The greatest need is TRUTH IN LOVE.

The greatest thing a person can do for a friend, is to look them in the eye’s and give them the truth in love, like Nathan the Prophet looked at David and said “your that man” 2 Samuel 12:7

But these folks weren’t having any of it, they lost out on the truth of God’s word and the truth that would set them free. Which led Jesus to say “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” So they deprived themselves of further teachings.

Are we guilty in the same way today ?

Are we developing the familiarities today with those who teach the word of God in Truth and Love?

Do we allow our familiarities today to breed contempt, no longer respecting those who preach and teach in truth and love, taking them for granted?

Do we allow our familiarities today to breed contempt, no longer appreciating the word of God or those who teach and preach it?

Only you can answer that, being familiar with the word of God and allowing teachers and preachers to speak the truth in love can only produce blessing that Jesus’ home town folks are wishing they had now.

Finally Jesus was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.” Mark 4:24

Familiarity Breeds Contempt.

If it does happen to you teacher and preacher you’re in great company.

Romans 11:36
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He must increase—but I must decrease

(J. R. Miller, “Ministry of Comfort” 1898)

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men-to be seen by them.” Matthew 6:1

One of the most difficult lessons to learn, is self-effacement. It seems to us, that we have a right to put our name on every piece of work we do, and to get full honor for it. We like people to know of the good and virtuous things we do-the kindnesses we show, our gifts, our sacrifices, and our services.

SELF always dies hard.

John the Baptist, in his life and ministry, illustrated the grace of self-effacement as few other men have done. When he first began to preach, great throngs flocked about him. But when Jesus came-the crowds melted away from John and went after the new preacher. John rejoiced in seeing Jesus thus honored, though at the cost of his own fame. “He must increase-but I must decrease” was his answer, when his disciples grew envious of the Galilean Rabbi. He understood that the highest use to which his life could be put-was to add to the honor of his Master. He was glad to be unnoticed, to have his own name extinguished, that the glory of Christ might shine the more brightly.

Renunciation of self should characterize all who follow Christ. They should seek only to get recognition for Him, willing for themselves to be unrecognized and unhonored. Yet not always are the Master’s friends content to be nothing-that the praise may be given to Christ. Too often do they insist upon having their own name written in bold letters on their work. It would be the mark of a higher degree in spiritual attainment, if we were willing to be anonymous in every service for Christ.

Not only should we do all our work for the divine approval-but we should not be seeking to get our own name on what we do. If it is done solely for the honor of Christ, why should we be solicitous to have everybody know our part in it? Should it not be honor enough-to have Christ accept our work and use it?

Only what we do for the honor of Christ-is really gold and silver and precious stones in the spiritual building; all the rest is but wood, hay, and stubble, which cannot abide.

Are we willing to do deeds of service and love, and then keep absolutely quiet about what we have done? Is there not among us, too much of the spirit which our Lord so severely condemned-sounding a trumpet before us-when we are going out to do some deed of charity, some act of kindness?

“Everything they do-is done for men to see.” Matthew 23:5

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All Sin will be avenged

God undertakes vengeance against sin not only by the means of Hell, but also by means of the cross. All sin will be avenged- severely, thoroughly and justly, either in Hell or at the cross. The sins of the unrepentant will be avenged in Hell; the sins of the repentant were avenged on the cross.” –John Piper

I once heard this and I believe it to be true, that PRIDE is the incubator of all sin.

Isaiah 14:12-15

12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! 13 “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ 15 ‘Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.

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A little of this and a little of that

http://www.thebiblechristian.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/lenny.jpgArticles, Sermons, web-sites and thoughts from other people I’ve read through out the week.

Picture below from Facets of Grace blog

Here is a Sermon from John MacArthur called Repentance in the Gospel of John and another called Seeker-Friendly Churches
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Here’s a article I read on forbes.com Young Evangelicals Cheer Obama
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John Piper on Lincoln’s Logic on Slavery Applied to Abortion
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Here’s a great web-site for women looking to go deeper in their faith, it’s a Women’s Ministry: Revive our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss
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There has been a lot of talk on the book The Shack. Here is a review that will be helpful for you.
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And finally the videos below, some of you might be familiar with Gianna Jessen Abortion Survivor
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Spiritual Leadership

http://davisblvdbaptist.net/files/u5/Spiritual_Leadership.jpgSpiritual Leadership is not won by promotion, but by prayers and tears. It is attained by much heart-searching and humbling before God; by self-surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold uncompromising, and uncomplaining embracing of the cross, and by an eternal, unfaltering looking unto Jesus crucified. This is a great price, but it must be unflinchingly paid by him who would be a real spiritual leader of men, a leader whose power is recognized and felt in heaven, on earth and inhell.” -Samuel Brengle

I always think and go to these verses for help with leading spiritually.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-6

1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2 but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. 3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 5 For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed-God is witness- 6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.

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A Prayer for President Obama

Yesterday you read or heard Rick Warrens prayer for President Obama. Here are my thoughts. I felt it sounded like a planned speech rather than a heart felt prayer to a Holy God. It sounded like he was talking to me, like it was a short speech to America. where was the defense of the unborn child, where was the clear, clear statement that Jesus Christ is the only way. This was a perfect chance to go outside the gate and suffer reproach with Him who saves. Hebrews 13:13 I thought it was  barely adequate at best, He had the whole world listening, but I’ll let God be the judge of that.  Romans 14:11-12

Matthew 3:12 “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

http://www.wtsbooks.com/images/mohler.jpgAlbert Mohler offers us a prayer for President Obama that I think speaks to the heart of the matter, it’s not watered down or comfortable it’s from a man who fears God more than man. Matthew 10:28-33

Our Father, Lord of all creation, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: We pray today with a sense of special urgency and responsibility. We come before you to pray for our new President, Barack Obama, and for all those in this new administration who now assume roles of such high responsibility.

Continue to read this prayer here

Also check out this post by Steve Camp from camponthis.

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Rick Warren’s Prayer for President Obama

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:BXhghAsnY4YMXM:http://thebruceblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/obama-and-rick-warren1.jpgAlmighty God, our Father:

Everything we see, and everything we can’t see, exists because of you alone.

It all comes from you, it all belongs to you, it all exists for your glory.

History is your story.

The Scripture tells us, “Hear, O Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD is one.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time, we celebrate a hinge point of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the United States.

We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where a son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new president, Barack Obama,

the wisdom to lead us with humility,

the courage to lead us with integrity,

the compassion to lead us with generosity.

Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans–united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you–forgive us.

When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone–forgive us.

When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve–forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes—even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve, and to seek the common good of all.

May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy, and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet.

And may we never forget that one day, all nations–and all people–will stand accountable before you.

We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life—Yeshua, ‘Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus—who taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,

for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Amen.

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