Monthly Archives: May 2009

A little of this and a little of that

lenny21Articles, Sermons, web-sites and thoughts from other people I’ve read through out the week. To help edify you in your walk with Christ. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. Romans 15:2

Albert Mohler on Kids and Texting –Stop Texting and Read This — The Thumb You Save May Be Your Own

John MacArthur4 Marks of a Hell-Bound Man

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Joneson the Altar Call

Free on-line Book Family Worship– Joel Beeke

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“The biggest mission field in America is professing-Christianity”.–John MacArthur

Finally the video below

It’s always  great to be reminded that Church is NOT about YOU !!

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The great physician!

thomas-watsonby Thomas Watson

Christ is the least expensive physician,
he takes no fee. He desires us to bring nothing
to him but broken hearts. And when he has
cured us, he desires us to bestow nothing on
him but our love.

Christ heals with more ease than any other.
Christ makes the devil go out with a word
(Mark 9:25). Nay, he can cure with a look:
Christ’s look melted Peter into repentance;
it was a healing look. If Christ does but cast
a look upon the soul he can heal it.

Christ is the most tender-hearted physician.
He is not more full of skill than sympathy-
‘He heals the broken in heart, and binds up
their wounds’ (Psalm 147:3). Every groan
of the patient goes to the heart of this
physician.

Christ never fails of success.
Christ never undertakes to heal
any but he makes a certain cure.

Other physicians can only cure those who are
sick, but Christ cures those who are dead, ‘And
you has he quickened who were dead’ (Eph 2:1).
Christ is a physician for the dead- of every
one whom Christ cures, it may be said, ‘He
was dead, and is alive again’ (Luke 15:32).

Christ is the most bountiful physician.
Other patients do enrich their physicians,
but here the physician enriches the patient.
Christ elevates all his patients: he not only
cures them but crowns them! (Rev. 2:10).
Christ does not only raise them from the bed,
but to the throne! He gives the sick man not
only health but also heaven!

Taken from Grace Gems

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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Take the test ?

testIf your Christianity shows up just on Sunday Mornings, maybe it’s time you examine your Christianity  2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?

Better yet take the test in 1 John. It has a series of tests to see if you’re a true Christian. Take the test ?

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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I am not what I once was!

(William Plumer, “Sinners Saved by Unmerited Kindness”)

In his old age, when he could no longer see to read, John
Newton heard someone recite this text, “By the grace of
God I am what I am.” He remained silent a short time and
then said: “I am not what I ought to be. Ah, how imperfect
and deficient! I am not what I wish to be. I abhor that which
is evil, and I would cleave to that which is good. I am not
what I hope to be. Soon, soon I shall put off mortality,
and with mortality all sin and imperfection.

Though I am not what I ought to be, what I wish to be,
and what I hope to be; yet I can truly say, I am not what
I once was–a slave to sin and Satan! I can heartily join
with the apostle and acknowledge–By the grace of God I
am what I am!” (from Grace Gems)

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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Heaven!

(from Octavius Winslow’s “Solitude Sweetened”)

‘Companionship of God’ is the highest,
purest, sweetest mercy a saint of God
can have on earth!

Yes, it is the highest, purest, sweetest bliss
the saints of God can have in Heaven! What is
the enjoyment of Heaven? Not merely exemption
from trial, and freedom from sorrow, and rest
from toil, and release from conflict. O no! it is
the presence; the full, unclouded presence of
our Father there!

To be with Christ;
to behold his glory;
to gaze upon his face;
to hear his voice;
to feel the throbbings of his bosom;
to bask in the effulgence of God’s presence;
O this is Heaven, the Heaven of Heaven!

(From Grace Gems)

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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Remember them also this day

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Some of you know my mom passed away not to long ago, as you see they haven’t even put the year on yet. It really got me thinking as I visited my parents at the cemetery this weekend to honor them, of all the Christians who were martyred for their faith, who stayed in the race no matter what. Even death.

I thank God for them and remember them also this day

Stephen
James
Paul
Ignatius
Polycarp

Many, Many more Men and Women too numerous to mention. All have died on the Mission field, some a severe and gross death. Honor them today also with the soldiers in the Armed Forces because they were all soldiers for our Lord Jesus Christ 2 Timothy 2:1-4 Ephesians 6:10-17.

They died for Christ and for the  Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The great thing about this is that Jesus Christ is glorified in their deaths and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose Romans 8:28

As it says on my parents stone and better yet in the word of God. 2 Corinthians 5:8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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A little of this and a little of that

lenny2Articles, Sermons, web-sites and thoughts from other people I’ve read through out the week. To help edify you in your walk with Christ. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. Romans 15:2

Here’s a article from James Montgomery Boice The Preacher and God’s Word

Tim Challies offers a Review of The Shack you can download it HERE

Joel Osteen and the Glory Story: A Case Study by Michael S. Horton

FOX’s BOOK of MARTYRS This is a book that will never die — one of the great English classics

There’s Only One God -The Bible tells me who He is, and who I am in relationship to Him

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Should Christians “Respect” Other Religions? By Albert Mohler

Sermon from Albert Mohler at the Shepherds’ Conference “As One With Authority”

And finally this-

There is only ONE true holy God and “YOU” are not Him

Have a great Memorial day weekend.

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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John MacArthur on Charles Spurgeon and Worldly Preaching

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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Human Conscience

rc_sproul1It was Jiminy Cricket who said, “Always let your conscience be your guide.” This is good advice if our conscience is informed and ruled by the Word of God. However, if our conscience is ignorant of Scripture or has been seared or hardened by repeated sin, then Jiminy Cricket theology is disastrous. There is an important role for the conscience to play in the Christian life. It is vital, however, that we have a proper understanding of it. Conscience has often been described as an inner voice of God through which our mind either accuses or excuses us from sins. It includes two basic elements: (1) an inner awareness or consciousness of right and wrong and (2) a mental ability to apply laws, norms, and rules to concrete situations.

In Romans 2:15, Paul teaches that God has written His law on the human heart. The human conscience is informed by the revelation of God’s law, which He has implanted in the human heart. People have a moral responsibility to follow their conscience. It is sinful to act against one’s conscience. At the Diet of Worms, Luther declared, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God . . . to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.” Luther’s reply displays two important biblical principles. First, the conscience is to be informed or “captured” by the Word of God. It is possible for the conscience to be misinformed or to become seared or dulled by repeated sin. We can become so hardened by habitual sin or societal acceptance of sin that we stifle the voice of conscience and sin without remorse.

On the other hand, if our conscience persuades us that something is unlawful or sinful, though, in fact, it isn’t sinful, then it is still wrong for us to do it. To do what we deem to be evil, even if it is not in fact evil, is to sin. Paul teaches that whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). In this instance to act against conscience is neither right nor safe. (R.C. Sproul Essential truths of the Christian faith)

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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Ignorance of Scripture

200604_120_art_ryleIgnorance of Scripture is the root of every error in religion, and the source of every heresy. To be allowed to remove a few grains of ignorance, and to throw a few rays of light on God’s precious word, is, in my opinion, the greatest honor that can be put on a Christian. (From his commentary on the Gospel of John) J. C. Ryle

2 Timothy 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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