Monthly Archives: September 2012

National Coffee Day 2012

In honor of National Coffee Day, where’s Lenny and his friends?

Can you find me and my three friends and name them?

Can you find my Sword?

September 29 is also Confucius Day!

Confucius Say … Where’s Lenny and his friends?

If It Ain’t Caffeinated,
It Ain’t Coffee!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Growing Christians

Growing Christians think themselves nothing. Full-grown Christians know that they are less than nothing. The nearer we are to Heaven in point of sanctification, the more we mourn our infirmities, and the humbler is our estimate of ourselves. Lightly laden vessels float high in the water, heavy cargo sinks the boat to the water’s edge. The more Grace, the more the need of Grace is felt. He may boast of his Grace who has none. He may talk much of his Grace who has little, but he who is rich in Grace cries out for more, and forgets that which is behind. When a man’s inward life flows like a river, he thinks only of the Source, and cries before his God, “All my fresh springs are in You.”

He who abounds in holiness feels more than ever that in him, that is in his flesh, there dwells no good thing. You are not ripened, my Brothers and Sisters, while you have a high esteem of yourself. He who glories in himself is but a babe in Christ, if indeed he is in Christ at all. When you shall see death written on the creature, and see all your life in Christ. When you shall perceive even your holy things to have iniquity in them, and see all your perfectness in Him who is altogether lovely. When you shall lie prostrate at the foot of the Throne, and only rise to sit and reign in Him who is your All, then are you ripening, but not till then. (From Spurgeon, “Ripe Fruit” #945. Micah 7:1 Read Entire Sermon Here)

Spurgeon closes this sermon with….

May we all be housed in the garner of ripe fruit
in the King’s own Palace above! Amen and Amen.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What is the Cure for Jealousy?


I found this quote while doing some research in Logos for my Romans class, I couldn’t help but feel pity and sadness for him, whoever he is… To have such envy and jealousy that it tears him up inside, that something dies in him, but then I thought it’s a heart issue isn’t it? Its pride to the utmost, it’s everything the bible says not to do. You see “Love is not jealous” 1 Corinthians 13:4

Where was jealousy in the bible?

Probably the greatest act of jealousy in the bible in my opinion is when Herod had all the baby boys 2 years and under killed so Jesus wouldn’t gain access to what he had, then there was Cain who murdered Able because of jealousy and why? Because Able’s deeds were righteous 1 John 3:12.

Even Miriam and Aaron were jealous of Moses in Numbers 12:1-9. Then Saul was jealous of David to the point of wanting him dead 1 Samuel 18:8. Then the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 was jealous of the younger. We can’t forget Joseph brothers can we? So many more people in that bible that acted out of envy and jealousy.

Then there is a righteous jealousy that I can see in the bible that God says He is jealous in Exodus 20:5 and Zechariah 8:2 and many more, too many to mention, but then again He’s God. Paul also speaks of a godly or divine jealousy in 2 Corinthians 11:2 Then again Paul is recorded in Romans 11:11-14 that salvation was granted to the Gentiles to provoke jealousy in Israel to some how bring them to faith.

The bottom line other than the few times jealousy is used in a positive sense from God, for He is worthy of all honor and praise and demands it. Revelation 4:11, and the times Paul uses it for good, jealousy and envy are terrible words.

Jealousy is listed in the deeds of the flesh in Galatians 5:19, 20… As the sin of jealousy pops its ugly head out one writer says that “jealousy means to boil and speaks of the inner seething that comes from wanting something that someone else has.” In the case of the church at Corinth there were all sorts of jealousy and divisions among that congregation 1 Corinthians 3:3. That is not love and it’s not love for the brethren Hebrews 13:1.

Love is not jealous and without love it profits us nothing 1 Corinthians 13:3, love says honor one another Romans 12:10, loves says rejoice with those who rejoice Romans 12:15. I recently went to a celebration for a friend (my Pastor) who was celebrating his 20th year in Pastoring “ONE” church, one church! It’s a huge accomplishment and seldom done today, and we honored him and rejoiced together with him and rightly so.

Paul said in Philippians we are called to be like Christ… Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others Philippians 2:3, 4.

Donald Whitney writes “Can you serve your boss and others at work, helping them to succeed and be happy, even when they are promoted and you are overlooked? Can you work to make others look good without envy filling your heart? Can you minister to the needs of those whom God exalts and men honor when you yourself are neglected? Can you pray for the ministry of others to prosper when it would cast yours in the shadows?” (Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life)

“Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.” Not for a Christian!

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love 1 Corinthians 13:13

You see love for each other and regarding one another more important than yourselves is the cure for jealousy.

Whenever a friend succeeds
I will rejoice and be glad!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Comments Appreciated!

I have just recently found out that all comments made to my blog have been denied. I recently added a plugin that I thought was going to help stop spam, but has stopped everyone from commenting, so I am very sorry for that.

I have since deactivated the plugin until I can figure this out. If there is anyone who uses WordPress that can offer some help please contact me?

I do thank you all who have tried to comment, I thought it was a little weird that no body was commenting at all.

Though I do not get a ton of comments I do get some and I appreciate them very much.

Have a great day and may He get all the glory!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What I Learned In Church This Week

I turned to my wife and tapped her on the knee and whispered this is going to be very difficult. My Pastor is continuing his sermon series on the hard sayings of Jesus and the text was in Matthew 10. My Pastor did a great job to bring us the meaning of this text, so to hear Jesus say “For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.”

This is going to be very hard for people to grasp and to accept, but it’s true. This sermon and this text really hit home for me as I watched this being lived out with my Mom and her family. The text was Matthew 10:34-39…..

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; 36 and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.

37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.

I remember it was the summer that I got married, thirty years ago and I was twenty years old and my Mom met a woman named Polly that introduced her to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My Mom was convicted and pretty much changed her life, did a complete about-face, left her former life and worshiped the true and living God. Just like Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God. My mom wanted desperately to see people saved and was sold out for Christ.

Now let me say not all her immediate family was ok with this, my dad wasn’t at first, but believed just before he died in 1994. But her kids, we didn’t have a choice. She was all out for Christ and His kingdom, she would have scripture on the walls of our house for us to see, she began to write poems and send them out to her friends and family members. There’s where the persecution came in, it was in the form of her sisters and mother and mother in-law and sister in-laws, her brother and brother in-laws so to hear the words of Christ “A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.” It’s true!

As I look back on her ministry now, she wasn’t mean or insensitive, she was firm in her faith, she was grounded in the word of God, she was passionate and on fire for Christ and His kingdom. She was the epitome of the word Intrepid. She believed the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was the only thing that mattered, she believed that warning people of the wrath to come was the greatest act of love you can give someone. She waited for her Savior to come 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.

I don’t want you to think my Mom was perfect, she wasn’t but she was faithful to the word of God and called people to Repent and Believe! Mark 1:15. My mom died a fews years ago with the knowledge that most of her family dis-owned her for her faith in Jesus Christ, and as my Pastor pointed out that loyalty to Jesus may sometimes cause conflict even within a family and it surely did in her case.

The cost of discipleship is the willingness to take up your cross and deny yourself daily and follow after Christ Luke 9:23 and suffer the consequences good or bad. I do pray that my Mom’s family is saved and seeds were planted by my Mom.

I can still remember my darling wife singing Amazing Grace to my Mom as she was dying on her bed and me thinking it is well with her soul and knowing she will hear good and faithful servant from her Lord, who she was faithful in and bolding proclaiming!

It was grace that brought her home!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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MacArthur Monday

First Samuel 23:16 and 17 says, “Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God and he said to him, ‘Do not fear for the hand of Saul, my father, shall not find you, you shall be king over Israel and I shall be next to you,’”  That picks up the story fairly well down the path when Jonathan has already established a friendship with David and is David’s great protector, even though David will be the king that Jonathan might have been had his father’s line not been cursed.

But let’s back up from there……

 Jonathan: The Man Who Would Not Be King

MacArthur ends this sermon with theses words…

What is Jonathan’s legacy to us? What makes him an unlikely hero? Selfless, humble obedience to God, and love toward one who fulfills what he had hoped would be his own life ambition. Jonathan’s first recorded words evidence his faith in the Lord when he said to his armor bearer, these are the first words the Bible gives us from his lips, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine’s garrison that is on the other side….let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us for nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” And his last recorded words, “Do not fear for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you, you shall be king over Israel and I shall be next to you, even my father Saul knows that.” Noble prince, humble, loyal, loving, eager to obey God, giving up all personal honor, personal power, position for a friend because he knew that was God’s will.

If jealousy is the ugliest of human virtues,
its absence is the most beautiful.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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A little of this and a little of that

How a 16-Year-Old Girl Explained the Sacraments to a Catholic Interrogator in 1554 from Jason Taylor… In early 1554 Queen Mary I sent John de Feckenham to seek to persuade her 16-year-old Protestant cousin, the Lady Jane Grey, of the truth of the Catholic faith, thereby avoiding execution. Feckenham was unsuccessful, and she was beheaded February 12, 1554. Read the rest Here

The incomprehensibility of God By yours truly “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 Here, then Alone with God… I love to wake up early in the morning when it’s still dark out, when the house is quiet and just be alone with God and His word. There is no better place than with God and His word, no distractions and worries of the day about to start. Read the rest Here

Kevin DeYoung posted this quote from D.A. Carson… Why We Don’t Need a Second-Blessing Theology (But We Do Need a Third- and Fouth- and Fifth-) Read the rest Here

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship by Albert Mohler… The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really? Read the rest Here

Feed My Lambs” Your weekly dose of Spurgeon from PyroManiacs… “Whether we teach young Christians truth or not, the devil will be sure to teach them error.” Read the rest Here

From Eddie Eddings Great THEOLOGY here!

Great Advice HT: DeYoung

The cure for the sin of envy and jealousy is to find our contentment in God.~Jerry Bridges

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The incomprehensibility of God

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2 -Of God, and of the Holy Trinity says..

“There is but one only living and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute, working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, for his own glory, most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and withal most just and terrible in his judgments; hating all sin; and who will by no means clear the guilty.”

“Can you discover the depths of God?
Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?

8 ” They are high as the heavens, what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?

9 “Its measure is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea. Job 11:7-9

R.C. Sproul wrote in the Essential Truths of the Christian Faith

“The incomprehensibility of God does not mean that we know nothing about God. Rather, it means that our knowledge is partial and limited, falling short of total or comprehensive knowledge. The knowledge that God gives of Himself through revelation is both real and useful. We can know God to the degree that He chooses to reveal Himself. The finite can “grasp” the infinite, but the finite can never hold the infinite within its grasp. There is always more of God than we apprehend.”

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35 Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

 

There is always more of
God than we apprehend

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Alone with God

I love to wake up early in the morning when it’s still dark out, when the house is quiet and just be alone with God and His word. There is no better place than with God and His word, no distractions and worries of the day about to start.

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

David said in Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

I’m asked all the time why do you get up so early?

My response is always the same, I think Jesus set the precedence for raising early for prayer and communion with God and to study His word. Of course I’m not saying this is a must, some people just can’t… But I am saying you must find a time during the day to be alone with God, to get away from the things of the world that draws us away from Him.

The bible is loaded with Jesus withdrawing alone to be with God or just with His disciples Luke 4:42, 5:16, 6:12, 9:12 and that’s just the gospel of Luke which I happen to be reading now.

I was reading a biography of Matthew Henry and read these words from him “I am always best when alone; no place like my own study; no company like good books, and especially the book of God.”

If you say as I was that I will get to prayer later, you never will, something with always come up, I’ll study and read my Bible later, you never will, something will always come up.

Martin Luther said this:

“It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business in the morning and the last in the evening. Guard yourself against such false and deceitful thoughts that keep whispering: Wait a while. In an hour or so I will pray. I must first finish this or that. Thinking such thoughts we get away from prayer into other things that will hold us and involve us till the prayer of the day comes to naught.”

I remember there came a time in my walk with Christ that I said enough is enough! So I remembered the example my Mom set for me and the example my Pastor was setting for me, so if I was going to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ I had to get serious with my prayer and my bible and be alone with God.

I, Too, am always best
when I’m alone with God

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What I Learned In Church This Week

Birth is both the cause and the cure, when I read that recently in preparing my lesson for Sunday school, I thought to myself it’s as easy as that. Jesus said it Himself in John 3:3 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

But really is it that easy to be born again?

How are we born again after being born in such sin, just as David said I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5  And 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, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8: 7, 8

Really?  That one sin of Adam nose-dived the entire world into condemnation, eternal destruction and hell? We are hostile toward God and while in the flesh can NOT please Him? There is nothing good in us to some how muster up enough faith to respond to the Gospel without God’s spirit coming into us from above.

You remember what God said to Adam and Eve “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” You might be asking by now, die how? You see we died a spiritual death and now are dead in our trespasses and sin, DEAD! We are walking dead zombies spiritually Ephesians 2:1.

Was it God’s plan that they were going to live forever in a perfect garden, with a perfect life, just pro-creating in a perfect environment, but then let sin enter the world that He could send His Son His one and only Son to save us? Yes and Yes!

Was sin part of God’s plan all along? You know the plan before the foundation of the world, where He has known us and chose us to believe? You know what I really can’t wrap my brains around this one, but I know this!

Without sin there can be no Savior!

Without sin there can be no “Grace”


Read what Paul says to those believers from Ephesus who are faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight

9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:2-14

In the end who gets all the glory? God… to the praise of His glory. People just want to do and have a part in everything, and once we take credit for any part of our salvation we take away His glory. It says in Romans 8:9  “if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” Without the Spirit of God we can’t accept the things of God, they are foolishness to us, we are spiritually bankrupt. 1 Corinthians 2:14.

How do we get this Spirit? Jesus told Nicodemus “You must be born again, He was saying you must be born from above. Nicodemus responded in John 3:9 “How can these things be?”

How can the Philippian jailor just out of the blue say in Acts 16:30 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  You see God had worked in his heart to believed, just as Lydia believed the words of Paul about Christ, the Jailor believed the words about Christ from Paul and Silas, they were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them and It would be my guess that the jailor was too! Acts 16:25

How does Lydia and the Jailor believe and what must they do to be saved?  “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved! That’s it Just believe!

Yes, just believe because the Lord opened your heart to respond to the words about Christ Acts 16:14. Because faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17. It’s not about doing things to gain your salvation, its by being born from above and God enabling you to respond to the words spoken about Christ.

Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

So to re-ask my first question, is it that easy to be born again?

Jesus has the answer in Matthew 19:26  “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

An He said “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. Revelation 21:6

If He’s called you to Himself, you’re coming.

So come and drink of the fountain of life

With God all things are possible

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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