Monthly Archives: February 2011

What I Learned In Church Yesterday

Yesterday morning before going to church I had some time to reflect on the gospel of God as revealed in Romans. I just love the way the apostle Paul starts out Romans… Romans 1:1-7 Paul writing to the church at Rome is so passionate, he rambles on for seven verses, the theologians tell us it’s one long sentence in the Greek. So reading the way Paul starts out Romans comes as no surprise to me, remember what Paul said to the church at Corinth 1 Corinthians 9:16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.

I love what John MacArthur says in writing about Paul ” Paul was so totally devoted to Jesus Christ that he could admonish his readers with confidence, yet with perfect humility: Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ 1 Corinthians 11:1 and Brethren, join in following my example Philippians 3:17 Every preacher who has proclaimed the gospel since Paul’s day has depended on that apostle’s teaching for his material. The thirteen New Testament books written by him are the legacy of that great man through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.”

So we read the very first words in Romans Paul a slave of Christ Jesus… So we see his heart, his compassion to serve Christ and to proclaim the Gospel of God. Getting to church and seeing the same thing from my Pastor was no surprise, I see the gospel of God in his heart every single Sunday, the gospel is always at the tip of his tongue, always integrated into his sermons, the love for Christ and his devotion to Him is clearly seen… What an example he is to me and to the people at my church, that’s the case with our Elders too! So I thank the Lord for them.

Last week we took on Romans 1:2-3 Yesterday was Romans 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, We had an interesting rabbit trail about being filled with the Holy Spirit after being saved during class, but I think we’ll take that up in tomorrow post. Here’s a Question… What is the clearest line of demarcation you can think of ? Answer the horizon. Declared (horizo) the clear line that divides the earth and the sky. Horizo means to be marked out definitely. Psalm 2:7 and later in Acts 13:33 Jesus has been marked out as the Son of God by the resurrection. Jesus demonstrated His ability to conquer death, a power belonging only to God… He was truly the son of God or you could say God’s Son.

We have great hope because of His resurrection… Look what Peter said “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” 1 Peter 1:3 Without the resurrection we are without hope but that is clearly not the case, Christ was our Penal Substitute God made Him sin on our behalf 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jesus Christ our Lord… Lord kurios means give authority, confirm, describes One who has absolute ownership and uncontrolled power. Signifies sovereign power and authority. In the NT, Jesus is referred to some ten times as Savior and some 700 times as Lord. When the two titles are mentioned together, Lord always precedes Savior. Jesus is kurios which describes Him as the supreme in authority, the Owner, the Sovereign Ruler and Master.

Paul adds our Lord

Is He your Lord?

Well I think I could have went on for days about our study in Romans, it was very fruitful yesterday but saying all that I say this, that’s what I learned in church Yesterday

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God’s Gospel

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A little of this and a little of that

A Milestone in the Betrayal of Marriage by Albert Mohler… The President has made his decision. The Attorney General has now made his announcement. Mark your calendars for yesterday. That day now represents a tragic milestone in the betrayal of marriage… Here You can also listen to Dr Mohler on focus on the Family… In Defense of Marriage… Here

Over My Dead Body, Son by John Piper… Come on, dads, have some courage. Just say, “Over my dead body are you going to wrestle a girl.” Of course, they will call you prudish. But everything in you knows better…Yes, I am talking to the boys’ fathers. If the girls’ fathers don’t care how boys manhandle their daughters, you will have to take the lead… Here

A.W. Tozer is one of my favorite dead old guys and a great preacher… But when it came to his family, not so great! Keep a Close Watch on Your Life (and the Good of Your Wife) From Keven DeYoung… A.W. Tozer was a great preacher and a man of God. But–as we all have our inconsistencies–he was not particularly a good husband. He wasn’t physically unfaithful, just emotionally unavailable. Lyle Dorsett explains… Here

A Prayer for Being a Little Less Stupid by Scotty Smith Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. Proverbs 15:31 He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise. Read the rest… Here

I love this Quote from John MacArthur on Prayer I wanted to post it again! “Prayers are the nerves that move the muscles of omnipotence. Prayer is not an exercise in futility because God’s will, will be done in any case; prayer is the means by which God’s will is carried out.”

Gossip or Prayer from Yours truly… I recently read that quote in the picture from Leonard Ravenhill a few weeks ago and I was immediately convicted… Not that I gossip about people habitually I really don’t… But… Here

Ordained by man or ordained by God “It is a bad symptom of any man’s state of soul when he begins to put the second things of religion in the first place, and the first in the second, or the things ordained by man above the things ordained by God. There is something sadly wrong when it is more important to us whether others are of our denomination and ceremonies rather than whether they repent of sin, believe on Christ and live holy lives.” Daily readings from all four gospels J.C. Ryle

R.C. Sproul Live

Ask R.C. Live (Feb. 17, 2011) from Ligonier on Vimeo.

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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach

One of my favorite of Bach’s pieces, it is from his Cantata BWV 147, beautifully played on the organ.  Enjoy!

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Prayer Is The Means

“Prayers are the nerves that move the muscles of omnipotence. Prayer is not an exercise in futility because God’s will, will be done in any case; prayer is the means by which God’s will is carried out.”

John MacArthur

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A Spontaneous Response

“Prayer is the spontaneous response of the believing heart to God. Those truly transformed by Jesus Christ find themselves lost in wonder and joy of communion with Him. Prayer is as natural for the Christian as breathing.”

John MacArthur

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The Necessities for Effective Prayer

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Gossip or Prayer

I recently read that quote in the picture from Leonard Ravenhill a few weeks ago and I was immediately convicted… Not that I gossip about people habitually I really don’t… But when I do get caught up in it by either listening to habitual gossips, I’m immediately grieved, my conscience gets the best of me. I’m the type of guy that people usually know where I stand. I got that from my mom. If I am convicted about something, being doctrinal, biblical or personally, people find that out by me telling them… Not by a third person, I also learned that from my mom. but the question for me is do I pray for people I either disagree with, Am I holding inside thoughts that are not good. Do I gossip without knowing that I am… Something to think about!

Gossip (psithurismos) “whispering” once. 1 a whispering, i.e. secret slandering. 2 of the magical murmuring of a charmer of snakes.

Webster defined gossip as a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others… rumor or report of an intimate nature. If you Google the word gossip you get celebrity news and gossip over and over. It was Will Rogers who said “The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.” Spurgeon said “Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer and the person concerning whom the tale is told” I read this about a four-year-old boy decided that he’d make an attempt at reciting the prayer which he had heard in church. “And forgive us our trashbaskets,” he asked, “as we forgive those who trashbasket against us.”

The Apostle Paul said this to the Corinthians Church For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; 2 Corinthians 12:20

Proverbs 11:13 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

The poet, Tasso, upon receiving reports from friends that a certain enemy was spreading gossip about him, observed: “I am not disturbed. How much better it is that he speak ill of me to all the world than that all the world should speak ill of me to him.”

Gossip or Prayer That’s it…

I choose Prayer

From Facets of Grace

A southern preacher divided his church members into five types of bones.

1. Wishbones—Folks always wishing for better things, but never willing to work and pray for them.
2. Jawbones—The gossiping kind that keep the church in turmoil.
3. Funnybones—like the bone in the elbow that throws a person into a tizzy when it is hurt. They are touchy, wear their feelings on their sleeves, and are always talking about leaving the church.
4. Drybones—Orthodox but dead as fossils.
5. Backbones—The spiritual support of the church that keeps the body standing.


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The Next Story

I’m addicted to technology… I don’t say that with pride. But anyone that knows me knows I want the next best thing that comes out. Wait that’s sin! Well that might be true, but I usually justify it and come up with a reason why I should buy it anyway! I know technology has changed my life so I’m eager to read what Tim has to say.

This book by Tim Challies coming out April 1 sounds like something I should read… Knowing some of you, it might be a good read for you too.

He addresses questions such as:

* How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?
* How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?
* What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?

Here’s a trailer for the book. You can also Pre-Order here

The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion

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What I Learned In Church Yesterday

Welcome to our Monday morning look back to what I learned in church yesterday. This is where I look back to the Lord’s day and share some thoughts about church. Could be many things but mostly Sunday School. This is never an exhausted look back, but rather highlighting important parts of the word of God. We are in a serious study of the book of Romans in Sunday School. It never ceases to amaze me how God is so faithful when it comes to His word… How clear it can be, and even when it seems difficult how it becomes clear after a little searching and digging into the text.

I think I talked a little too much yesterday… But I was so excited to teach what I learned about the Old Testament concerning Christ. We left last week with this… That God’s gospel is good news, but it’s not new news. So we tackled Romans 1:2, 3 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,

It is surprising how many people don’t know how people were saved in the Old Testament. I was one of them for years… Until I got serious with studying the bible. It’s there! Salvation by faith throughout the Old Testament… Then there’s types and symbols like Noah’s Ark to the serpent of brass and the sacrificial system. Here are some Scripture about Christ in the O.T Deuteronomy 18:15 Isaiah 7:14 Hebrews 1:1-4 Look at Luke 24:27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. Meaning the Old TestamentCan you imagine being those people sitting and listening to Christ as he explains Himself in the O.T I would love to have been there.

Peter says this in 1 Peter 1:10-12 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven-things into which angels long to look.

The gospel is good news about Him a Person… The Lord Jesus Christ, It’s not a denomination, or a man-made slogan or a set of rules. It’s not Mary or the Pope. It’s not a religious institution… It’s all about Him! Paul commanded Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:8 To Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel,

Remember is in the present imperative, meaning keep on remembering Jesus Christ risen from the dead (shows His deity) and finally (His humanity) being a descendant of David. Romans 1:3 Who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, Isaiah mentioned David when he prophesied of the Messiah writing that For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Then in Isaiah 9: 7 “He will reign on David’s throne”

The Good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


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