Monthly Archives: November 2011

Present Day Evangelism

“The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day “evangelist”. He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire, who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness! The very first thing said of Christ in the New Testament is– “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” (not from the wrath to come) Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, who feel the awful burden of it on their conscience, who loathe themselves for it, who long to be freed from its terrible dominion. And He is a Savior for no others. Were He to “save from hell” those still in love with sin, He would be a minister of sin, condoning their wickedness and siding with them against God. What an unspeakably horrible and blasphemous thing with which to charge the Holy One!” ( Present Day Evangelism by A. W. Pink)

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The Gospel

Today is normally set aside for What I Learned In Church This Week But sometimes things have to be put aside… I came across this video of Paul Washer talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ and was completely overwhelmed by its clarity and its truth. It has the same steadfast truth as the video on the left sidebar What is the Gospel? Paul Washer sat down and explained in wonderful detail the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please share this video with everyone you know. “The most terrifying truth of Scripture is that God is Good.” Paul Washer

If you’re an unbeliever reading this,  just take the 12 minutes and watch this video… It just might change your life.

Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.

A.W. Tozer

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MacArthur Monday

 “Mark 4:1-20 Now this is a critically important parable. This is kind of a paradigmatic parable. This gives you an overview as to how to understand the age in which we live from an evangelistic perspective. In other words, this is a parable that defines how people will respond to the gospel and why. Nothing could be more important for us than this because after all, we only have one responsibility, don’t we? The Great Commission can be summed up as go into the world and preach the gospel to everybody.”

The parable of the soils.(A Survey of the Soils)


“We give people the word of God”

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Grab a ticket and go to heaven?

“The writer has met many people who profess to be Christians, but whose daily lives differ in nothing from thousands of non-professors all around them. They are rarely, if ever, found at the prayer-meeting, they have no Family Worship, they seldom read the Scriptures, they will not talk with you about the things of God, their walk is thoroughly worldly; and yet they are quite sure they are bound for heaven! Inquire into the ground of their confidence, and they will tell you that so many years ago they accepted Christ as their Savior, and “once saved always saved” is now their comfort. There are thousands of such people on earth today, who are nevertheless, on the Broad Road, that leadeth to destruction, treading it with a false peace in their hearts and a vain profession on their lips.” A.W. Pink

Although a Christian should believe simply, he should not “simply believe.”

Os Guinness

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Don’t even think about it!

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:1, 2

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In Everything Give Thanks

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Pride Goes Before A Fall

I have thought lately how difficult it is to be thankful for anything when we are prideful about everything… Then Paul says this to the church at Corinth Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12 Back in Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (King James Version)  Peter says in 1 Peter 5:5 clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.

 Christian Humility

Jonathan Edwards writes:

Pride is a person having too high an opinion of himself. Pride is the first sin that ever entered into the universe, and the last sin that is rooted out. Pride is the worst sin. It is the most secret of all sins. There is no other matter in which the heart is more deceitful and unsearchable. Alas, how much pride the best have in their hearts! Pride is God’s most stubborn enemy! There is no sin so much like the devil as pride. It is a secret and subtle sin, and appears in a great many shapes which are undetected and unsuspected.

 

 

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I am most thankful for this…

What a wonderful time Matt and I had at the Sola Conference in Montreal Quebec Canada, the fellowship was unbelievable and the speakers were so edifying, they just preached the word… Here we have the old guard the seasoned preacher John MacArthur who is so powerful in his preaching, his dedication to the word of God and its clarity and how he accurately handles the word of truth never ceases to amaze me. Then Kevin DeYoung took the pulpit, I read his blog and it’s good, but wasn’t sure what to expect from his preaching… He was good real good, really kept me captivated to the word of God. I was so touched by the people there, the dedication I saw there I had never seen at a conference before. They had their bibles out taking notes, there was Amen’s all over the place, saying SO LET IT BE!! I’m so thankful my friend and brother Doug shared this conference with me and for the ministry he’s with in SEMBEQ and the work they are doing for Christ in Quebec.

We were glad to be back home to our families and to our Church… I was sitting in the sanctuary this past Lord’s Day preparing my heart to worship God the creator of heaven and earth, I thought how thankful I am for my wife and family and for my church family. But I thought what about the author of my salvation, who holds me in the palm of His hands and who promises to never leave me nor forsake me… I remember thinking am I thankful enough for what He’s done for me? He saved me, I’m not getting all that, that contains, He saved me from a life of sin and destruction from being dead in trespasses and sin, from having a dead spirit and from His holy wrath, to be alive in Christ sealed and secured by the Holy Spirit. Am I thankful enough that He’s chosen me? That I was chosen before the foundation of the world that He wrote my name in the lambs book of life.

Am I thankful that I was regenerated by the Holy Spirit and now I am being sanctified?   Am I thankful that I have a wonderful privilege to open up the words of God in His bible? Am I accurately handling the word of truth? Am I thankful that I can call Him Abba Father and that I’m adopted into His family? And now I am a child of God. Am I thankful that Christ was my penal substitute and that He made Him the Lord Jesus Christ who knew no sin to be sin on my behalf so I can have His righteousness and gain eternal life? Do I understand what that all means? Am I thankful that my sins are forgiven, past, present and future because of His finished work on the cross? Am I thankful that His amazing grace and mercy is new every morning? Finally am I thankful that I am being made into the image of His son for His glory.

Am I thankful that this is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

I am most thankful for this, that He saved me, a sinner. What are you thankful for?

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MacArthur Monday-Rekindling the Gratitude

I have posted this article before from Dr MacArthur, I think we need to and should rekindling our gratitude. I hope and pray the Lord richly blesses you.

The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful time to heighten your sensitivity to the blessings bestowed by God. Thanksgiving grabs your attention, shakes the cobwebs loose, and reminds you of all God’s most precious gifts. That’s one reason Thanksgiving has always held such a special place in my heart. It rekindles in me the kind of God-centered gratitude that our Lord demands and deserves—the kind that should readily be on our lips year round.

To help stimulate that kind of deeper gratitude, my family has adopted a Thanksgiving tradition we’ve found extremely helpful. Each year after our Thanksgiving meal we gather in our living room and simply recite the blessings of God that have touched our lives. One by one we circle the room, each one of us expressing our gratitude to God for His many physical and spiritual blessings.

Allow me to share with you just five blessings that deeply touch me every year and prompt me to thank God. Perhaps it’ll catch and you’ll be able to rekindle your gratitude!

You’re Saved and You Know It

No work of God’s is more beyond my comprehension yet closer to my heart and more worthy of gratitude than salvation. Before coming to know Christ, each of us lived in a self-imposed prison. Guilty, condemned, spiritually blind, and with no means to pay our debt, our destiny was one of eternal separation from God.

But Christ not only rescued us from the power and penalty of our sins, He also lifted us to a place of blessing. He delivered us from punishment and brought glory. He took away the threat of hell and gave us the hope of heaven. He dismissed us from divine wrath and brought us a divine benediction. One hymn writer put that unfathomable transaction like this:

In wonder lost, with trembling joy, We take the pardon of our God; Pardon for crimes of deepest dye, A pardon bought with Jesus’ blood, Who is a pard’ning God like Thee? Or who has grace so rich and free?

We sing of salvation. We talk of salvation. Salvation is the essence of Christianity. Thanking God for saving us should be the unceasing occupation of our lips—only a stone-cold heart could offer anything less.

The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

Watch a half hour of news and tell me if the word chaos doesn’t come to mind. The world is gripped by it. Conflict abounds as religious, philosophical, and political systems collide. Moral, social, and economic problems proliferate but solutions are scarce. The political process is drifting rudderless on a sea of confusion. Life is all questions and no answers. There is no concrete guideline or standard by which to judge good and bad, right and wrong. The suppression of truth exacts a tremendous price.

But thanks to God, you and I have an eternal, objective, incontestable, irrevocable standard we can depend on for all matters of life. From the truth of Scripture we can understand the ebb and flow of life better than all the educators, philosophers, politicians, and social pundits combined. God’s Word offers us a window on the real issues people battle. We know how to be good employees, to love our spouses, to raise our families, to truly love our neighbors. Meaning in life is not a question, it’s a fact. I thank God for revealing His truth to us and for allowing me the privilege of studying and teaching it.

Life’s Storms

Perhaps the most difficult time to be thankful is when we’re in the midst of a setback, a challenge, or a trial. When the storm comes, giving thanks is rarely our first reaction. Being thankful for adversity is never easy, but it is always right. From experience I know the difficult times are the ones in which God seems to be most at work in our lives, strengthening our weak spots, comforting our hurts, and drawing us to greater dependence. A well-known businessman offered this perspective: “Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.” Let’s not neglect to thank God for the strong winds He allows to blow our direction.

Faithful Churches

I’m sad to say there are some congregations today that seem to be wrestling with who they are and what their mission is—a spiritual identity crisis of sorts. Relentlessly assaulted by doctrinal fads, scandals, divisions, internal and external criticism, and worldly thinking, they’ve buckled under the pressure. The chain reaction that creates is heartbreaking. Doctrine is compromised, effectiveness is forfeited, biblical ministry is abandoned, and God’s blessing is withdrawn. That grieves me, and I know it grieves you as well.

However, we can thank the Lord for the many churches that have stayed the course in spite of pressure, and the many others that struggle but have not given up the fight. Large or small, the congregations that remain faithful to God’s Word are the ones that are alive, vital, flourishing, reaching their communities with great effectiveness, and advancing the kingdom of God. They’ve resisted the fads, remained true to God’s calling, and are now seeing His blessing. I’m grateful to Him for those churches, and for the encouragement they are to me and to the Body of Christ.

The People Who Make a Difference

Someone once made this wise observation: “Friends in your life are like pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you. Sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.”

That’s certainly been true in my life. I thank God daily for the many people who add so much color and warmth to my life. My best friend and wife, Patricia. Loving children and grandchildren. All who labor with me for the sake of the gospel. Each one enriches me greatly and is a very personal gift directly from the hand of God. I’m grateful for the friends—seen and unseen—whom I’ve been able to lean on, and who, to some small degree, have been able to lean on me.

Let me encourage you not to allow this Thanksgiving to come and go without taking inventory. Biblical gratitude isn’t something that should pass from our minds with the passing of a season. It’s an attitude, a God-focused response to circumstances that should pervade each moment of each day of each year.

May you, your family, and friends enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving season…all year!

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We preach Christ crucified

For I determined to know nothing among

you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:2

Oh Father let this be the words, motivation, strength and power behind the pulpit this Lord’s Day… Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

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