Monthly Archives: March 2011

Paul’s Philosophy of Ministry

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me. Colossians 1:24-29 [NASB]

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Divine Justice

“God in his infinite mercy has devised a way by which justice can be satisfied, and yet mercy can be triumphant. Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, took upon himself the form of man, and offered unto Divine Justice that which was accepted as an equivalent for the punishment due to all his people.” (C.H. Spurgeon from his sermon Expiation)

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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Glory In The Cross Of Christ

“The doctrine of Christ crucified is the grand center of union among true Christians. Our outward differences are many without doubt: one man is an Episcopalian, another is a Presbyterian; one is an Independent, another a Baptist; one is a Calvinist, another an Arminian; one is a Lutheran, another a Plymouth Brother; one is a friend to Establishments, another a friend to the Voluntary system; one is a friend to Liturgies, another a friend to extempore prayer: but after all, what shall we hear about most of these differences in heaven? Nothing, most probably: nothing at all. Does a man really and sincerely glory in the cross of Christ? That is the grand question. If he does, he is my brother: we are traveling in the same road; we are journeying towards a home where Christ is all, and everything outward in religion will be forgotten. But if he does not glory in the cross of Christ, I cannot feel comfort about him. Union on outward points only is union only for time: union about the cross is union for eternity. Error on outward points is only a skin-deep disease: error about the cross is disease at the heart. Union about outward points is a mere man-made union: union about the cross of Christ can only be produced by the Holy Spirit.” (J. C. Ryle from Christ Crucified)

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The Cup of Christ


The cross is not a nebulous, indefinable symbol of self-giving love; on the contrary, the cross is the monumental display of how God can be just and still pardon guilty sinners. At the cross, God, having imputed the sins of His people to Christ, pronounces judgment upon His Son as the representative of His people. There on the cross God pours out the vials of His wrath unmixed with mercy until His Son cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46). (Albert N. Martin What is a Biblical Christian?)

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What I Learned In Church Yesterday

I think Grandchildren are great, I really do! Especially this guy here pictured with me… Even when they give you their colds. I have been told a few times this past week that it comes with the territory… So suck it up! Saying all this leads me to this. I’ve been sick all week and into the weekend and it’s still here as I’m writing this on Monday morning, well life goes on. Lord’s day yesterday was a struggle for me to even get up out of bed, but I managed by His grace.

Before I get to the Romans study… My Pastor continued the fruitful series on the Ten Commandments and preached on Thou shall not commit adultery, this was another really good convicting sermon that I hope people left the service with conviction, but also with encouragement and hope… In that we need Christ and his word to help us through any struggles we might have. Much more could be said, but I’m really enjoying this sermon series.

I did find myself in the Romans study and what a great time we had digging into the word of God. Tim led us through Romans 1:9-10 For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. We talked a lot about service and what it means and I think we’ll spend most of the time here.

Serve λατρεύω (latreuō) is always used in the NT of religious service, and is sometimes translated worship. The word was used in a special sense to denote the service rendered to Jehovah by the Israelites as His peculiar people (Marvin Vincent)

Paul says I serve in my spirit. Paul’s motivation was a deep passionate sincere one to worship his Lord and God, he wrote in Romans 12:1, 2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

John MacArthur writes in his Romans Commentary “Except for two references to the service of pagan idols, the term is used in reference to the worship and service of the true God. The greatest worship a believer can offer to God is devoted, pure, heart-felt ministry. Godly service calls for total, unreserved commitment. Paul served God with everything he had, beginning with his spirit, that is, flowing out of a deep desire in his soul.”

The only thing left for us to do as Christians is to examine our own hearts and really take a look at our motives for serving God… For Paul, his worship was an act of service, and his service was an act of worship. He wrote in Philippians 3:3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

I have to ask this to myself and to you. How is your service to the Lord? Is it from pure motives or from the flesh?

That’s what I learned in Church yesterday


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By His Power and Wisdom

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A little of this and a little of that

First of all, let me say this disgusted me. I first heard of it on a secular morning radio show as I was getting some weather reports… Then I read it on-line. What has contemporary Christianity gotten themselves into? Pole dancing for JesusSpin without sin for the Lord” and “This just helps us live a full christian life“… Yea I bet it does, James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Read the rest Here

I read this shortly after I read the for-mention article above and it couldn’t have come at a better time… Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Heretic from Pyromaniacs… Why do so many evangelicals act as if false teachers in the church could never be a serious problem in this generation? Vast numbers seem convinced that they are “rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’; and do not know that [they] are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). In reality, the church today is quite possibly more susceptible to false teachers… Read the rest Here

One of my favorite stops in my weekly reading is Monday With Mounce… He is a Greek Scholar and usually helps me understand a little better. How Many Times Did Jesus Offer Forgiveness from the Cross? – Luke 23:34 (Monday with Mounce 97) We teach that the imperfect designates an action normally occurring in the past that is continuous in nature. “Jesus walked by the sea” is aorist; “Jesus was walking by the sea” is imperfect. Read the rest Here

Trampling Upon Human Hearts by Kevin DeYoung… Any Christian worth listening to loves the cross and is loath to see it robbed of its glory. To ridicule what the cross accomplished is to make war with the heart of the gospel and the comfort of God’s people. Read the rest Here

I tell you Why I love God! I’m always amazed to think before He made the world, the foundation of the world… God loved me and chose me in Christ to be holy and blameless before Him… Read the rest Here

This is an excellent study bible and now it’s online… It’s just jammed backed with truth and knowledge from Dr. MacArthur. Many of my friend and those from my home church have and use this study bible, The MacArthur Study Bible Online is here! from Crossway… We’re excited to announce that the MacArthur Study Bible is now available to purchase as an online module within ESVOnline.org. Similar to what we developed for the ESV Study Bible, the MacArthur Study Bible module includes all the study notes, introductions, articles, illustrations, and maps found in the print edition. Read and find out how Here

Eddie Eddings lives in Kuwait: This is what a sand storm looks like! WOW

“Yet, surely, there must be some who will fling aside the (cowardly) love of peace, and speak out for our Lord, and for His truth. A craven spirit is upon man, and their tongues are paralyzed. Oh, for an outburst of true faith and holy zeal.” C.H. Spurgeon The Down-Grade Controversy

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I Love This!

Yet, surely, there must be some who will fling aside the (cowardly) love of peace, and speak out for our Lord, and for His truth. A craven spirit is upon man, and their tongues are paralyzed. Oh, for an outburst of true faith and holy zeal.

C.H. Spurgeon The Down-Grade Controversy

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J. S. Bach, Cantata: “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott”

Thought it was time for a little more Bach, this is his cantata, “A Mighty Fortress if Our God.”  Enjoy.

 

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Why do I love God!

I’m always amazed to think before He made the world, the foundation of the world… God loved me and chose me in Christ to be holy and blameless before Him Ephesians 1:4  and that He wrote my name in a book Revelation 3:5, 20:15 Philippians 4:3 Why do I love Him? Only because He first love me 1 John 4:19 That’s why I could choose Christ, Because He first chose me and now I’m sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise Ephesians 1:13 to bear fruit and my fruit will remain. John 15:16

Spurgeon wrote:

“Christian, he loved you before time began, and when in eternity he dwelt alone. He thought of you before you had a being. When as yet the sun and the moon were not– when the sun, the moon, and the stars slept in the mind of God, like unborn forests in an acorn cup, when the old sea was not yet born, long before this infant world lay in its swaddling bands of mist– it was then that God had inscribed your name upon the heart and upon the hands of Christ indelibly, to remain for ever. And does not this make you love God?

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