Monthly Archives: September 2010

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God

I have posted this video before… But it seems to work well with the subject of bible study

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.

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Who Can Study the Bible?


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True Repentance

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REPENTANCE

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Tozer on Tuesday-True Service

Colossians 3:22-24

Any serious-minded Christian may at some time find himself wondering whether the service he is giving to God is the best it could be. He may even have times of doubting, and fear that his toil is fruitless and his life empty.…The church has marked out certain work and approved it as service acceptable to God, and for the most part the church has been right. But it should be kept in mind that it is not the kind or quantity of work that makes it true service-it is the quality. Before the judgment seat of Christ, very little will be heard of numbers or size; moral quality is about all that will matter then… It would be a shock to most of us to learn just what God thinks of our breathless activity, and a greater shock to many to find out the true quality of our service as God sees it. For not all religious activity is accepted of God, not even when it appears to produce results and get things done. The Lord seeth not as man seeth… In Christian service motive is everything, for it is motive that gives to every moral act its final quality. A. W. Tozer The Next Chapter after the Last pg 75

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Tozer on Tuesday-Pleasing Men and Publicity

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, 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. For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; 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. For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed-God is witness- 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. 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6

If this is a fairly accurate view of things, what can we say then when Christian men vie with one another for place and position? What can we answer when we see them hungrily seeking for praise and honor? How can we excuse the passion for publicity which is so glaringly evident among Christian leaders? What about political ambition in Church circles? What about the fevered palm that is stretched out for more and bigger “love offerings”? What about the shameless egotism among Christians? How can we explain the gross man-worship that habitually blows up one and another popular leader to the size of a colossus? What about the obsequious hand kissing of moneyed men by those purporting to be sound preachers of the gospel? There is only one answer to these questions; it is simply that in these manifestations we see the world and nothing but the world. No passionate profession of love for “souls” can change evil into good. These are the very sins that crucified Jesus. A. W. Tozer The Pursuit of Man

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What I Learned In Church Yesterday

I couldn’t wait to get to Sunday school class to continue our study in the parable of the Lost Son this morning… I actually arrived 45 minutes early just to collect my thoughts… So we finally started the parable this morning after two weeks of grasping the context and identify the audience. That brought us to the lost son’s shameful request… And really the first lesson in this parable.

Pride, Rebellion and Depravity

We see it in the actions of this younger son. It’s going to surface… the pride and rebellion of every sinner’s heart. He followed that depraved heart and rebelled against his father.

Look what Jesus said in Mark 7:21-23 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” He wanted to gratify his desires, to take control of his own life. So we read:

Luke 15:12-13 “The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. “And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.

Romans 8:7 Says that because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, He hated his father wanted nothing to do with him… He just wanted his money… And as one writer puts it.

was his problem. He was a proud rebel. How many there are like this prodigal! Indeed, pride is the common sin of mankind. Pride is the root of all sin. We all want to be God, living by our own laws, answerable to no one. Pride brought Lucifer down from heaven. Pride drug Adam out of the Garden. And pride will take your soul to hell.” That’s as far as we got… next week Repentance.

Sin is not weakness, it is a disease; it is red-handed rebellion against God and the magnitude of that rebellion is expressed by Calvary’s cross. Oswald Chambers

During the service we continued in 1 John and my pastor was urging us to pray for the lost and we should… Like the prayer parables in Luke 18:1-8 I love this first one… How the widow was persistent and finally the judge gave her what she wanted… we are to be persistence in praying for the lost.

here is the thought that came to me while I was looking over the balcony railing… most people believe that we have Free Will to choose Christ, but when we pray… we pray like this:

God save them and open their heart to believe in your son. Father move in their life to believe... But where is the Free will in that prayer? It’s all Sovereign Grace… It’s all God doing the work to open the heart of the sinner to believe Ephesians 2:4 (But God) It’s all grace nothing we can do.

So if there is Free Will to Choose Christ… Shouldn’t the prayer be more like this.

Father I know that he or she will come around to choosing you… please have patience with them… they will get there some day… Father I know they have it in them to choose you. You see we don’t pray like that… We always, always pray that God will open their hearts to believe… As one writer puts it plainly ” YOU’RE ALL CLOSET CALVINISTS

Seriously we all believe in a God who is sovereign in salvation. He makes the spiritually dead sinner come  alive Ephesians 2:1-3… There is nothing we can do… He gives us the gift of repentance 2 Timothy 2:25 and grace through faith Ephesians 2:8-9… He is the author and finisher of our faith Hebrews 12:2. I love verse 4 in Ephesians 2:4 “But God” and I might add Him alone!!

The Prodigal son is about to get blindsided by a sovereign God and a lot of grace.

And that’s what I learned in church yesterday

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A little of this and a little of that

Albert Mohler is a great place to start:

On Getting Boys to Read… By Albert Mohler There is ample documentation to prove that boys are falling behind in reading skills at virtually every age level. In many cases, boys are semi-literate at best, and many never develop adequate reading skills. They never know the pleasures of a book.Read the rest Here

A Blind User’s Profound Review of the i Phone… When I got an i Phone, my life changed forever. Read the rest Here

Engaging the Culture… In one of my messages last week at the Ocean City Bible Conference, I remarked that evangelicals should spend less energy desperately seeking new ways to be hip and trendy, and invest far more of our time and resources in the work of proclaiming and defending the gospel. by Phil Johnson Read the rest Here

Ask Jesus Into Your Heart. Huh?… The music weeps, the preacher pleads, “Give your heart to Jesus. You have a God shaped hole in your heart and only Jesus can fill it.” Dozens, hundreds or thousands of people who want to get their spiritual life on track make their way to the altar. They ask Jesus into their heart. Cut to three months later. Nobody has seen our new convert in church. The follow up committee calls him and encourages him to attend a Bible study, but to no avail. We label him a backslider and get ready for the next outreach event. from Soli Deo Gloria Read the rest Here

Here’s A link to my top rated post… Be sure your sin will find you out by yours truly… When I first read this verse it was a frightening experience for me I mean, my hidden sin in my life is seen… by who ? surely nobody knows… who can read my thought mind ? who can look at my heart ? Read the rest Here

If you are from my church and you are in the Prodigal son class that I’m teaching… It might do you good to watch this video Below… Just saying!

“Let the pastors boldly dare all things by the Word of God. Let them constrain all the power, glory and excellence of the will to give place to and obey the divine majesty of this Word. Let them enjoin everyone by it from the highest to the lowest. Let them edify the body of Christ. Let them devastate Satan’s reign. Let them pastor the sheep, kill the wolves, instruct and exhort the rebellious. Let them bind and loose thunder and lightning, if necessary, but let them do it all according to the Word of God.” John Calvin

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Hope Never Disappoints

My Grand Daughter Hope

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Last movement

Here is the last movement of my four pieces for Oboe, Cello and Piano.

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