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What I Learned In Church This Week

Just a quick thought from Church this week, in Sunday school while studying Romans we looked at Colossians 3:1-17 and I was drawn to verses 16 and 17 which read…

16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:1:16, 17

I was drawn to them because I recently read them and used them for a young friend of mine who was celebrating his 18th birthday… Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, Why? Because anything we do as Christians requires that the word of Christ dwell in us. The word dwell is from enoikeō and means “to live in,” or “to be at home.” The word of God must marinate “in” our lives, it should take over and richly dwell in us, the word richly give me the same idea that the Psalmist had when he said in Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have treasured in my heart”.

What happens to us when we let the word of Christ richly dwell in us? We have a heart for God… with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God, I love this next verse and was my motivating factor for giving it to my young friend… Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Paul had said the same thing in 1 Corinthians 10:31 when he said “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

  • Can I do this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ?
  • If I do this or go here would this be to His glory? 
  • Who is watching me?

We should as Christians in anything we do, let people see Christ in us… When the word of Christ dwells in us richly the Holy Spirit is being filled in us, I don’t think you can have one without the other. If the Word of Christ dwells in us richly, it will come out in our lives, in our homes, at our schools, at our work places and in our Worship Services.

I know I have to keep learning to do all I do for His glory.

Here’s the solution…

If the word of Christ is at home in our hearts everything else will take care of itself for His glory.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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MacArthur Monday

Let’s open the Word of God to Zechariah chapter 12, Zechariah chapter 12. While you’re turning to Zechariah, he is quite a remarkable prophet, Zechariah. Prophesied in about 520 to 518. Prophesies after the Babylonian captivity is over and the people of Israel have been released from Babylon by Cyrus. They’ve come back to the land. He’s what we call a postexilic prophet. He’s prophesying to the people in the newly constituted nation of Israel. They’ve gotten their life back. They’re in their country, and he encourages them to restore their love for God, their worship of God, and to build the temple. And he encourages them in that by prophesying the Word of the Lord to them–that the Messiah will come, the Messiah will come.

The theme of the coming Messiah runs all the way through Zechariah. The opening nine chapters or so focus a lot on the first coming of Messiah–features of the first coming of Messiah. But chapters 12 to 14 focus on the Second Coming of Messiah. So he gives them this amazing vision of the wonderful future that Israel has in the plan of God, a future of national salvation when the Messiah comes to establish His Kingdom and fulfill all the promises given to the patriarchs and to David and all the prophets in the past.

Watch the entire sermon below…

John MacArthur end this sermon with these word…

“There is coming the salvation of Israel in the future. But your salvation could take place now, whether you’re a Jew or a Gentile, whoever you are. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Any time, any place, even now, even today. Repent and embrace Christ.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Preach Preach Preach

Spurgeon said “Preach, Preach, Preach Everywhere”

You do not know who the elect are.

You do not know whose heart will be broken by the divine hammer of truth. But it is your responsibility to use the divine hammer on the hard heart.

And as the gospel is preached it will attract to itself, by its own power, through the Holy Spirit, those whom God has ordained unto eternal life.”

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock? Jeremiah 23:29

The divine hammer!
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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a little of this and a little of that

The real issue with Mormonism…The real issue with Mormonism: “God is an exalted man” – by Dr. James White… God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man. . . . That is the great secret. . . . We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea. . . . [H]e was once a man like us.” ~Joseph Smith… Read the rest Here

Seeing yourself as a disciple, and the difference it makes by Dan Phillips… Decades back, I used to ask groups I came to teach whether anyone could define the word “disciple.” As a rule, folks were fairly confident, and completely wrong. They’d never been taught about it. Probably the most common answer was “follower.” After that came “apostle,” or “disciplined person.” None of which is true. Read the rest Here

My New York Yankees are out… My Knicks are starting without Lin and my beloved Syracuse Orange are rank ninth in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings – AP Top 25 Preseason (Nov. 7)

Where is our sense of urgency? From Eddie Eddings

What Is Sanctification? (And What It Isn’t) from Grace To You Blog… You probably know that most people in America and many more worldwide identify themselves as Christians. But how many of them can explain and defend the gospel, articulate basic biblical theology, or live lives that support the claims of their faith? The tragic fact is that compared to the vast number of people who claim to be Christians, very few are actually growing to be more like Christ. Read the rest Here

Believers Must Repent and Believe by Wyatt Graham… Maybe you’ve reflected on your faith before. You remember at a certain time in your life you turned to God from sin to serve the living and true God. These twin themes that intertwine the Scripture, repentance and faith, truly became yours. Read the rest Here

“The little world within us, like the great world without, is full of confusion and strife; but when Jesus enters it, and whispers “Peace be unto you,” there is a calm, yea, a rapture of bliss.” C.H. Spurgeon

By Nature, We Are in Spiritual Bondage by Sinclair Ferguson… Jesus taught that we are all by nature in spiritual bondage. He had to be cruel to be kind. The Jews to whom Jesus spoke—much like us—believed that they were certainly not in bondage to anything. But their response to Jesus’ words revealed the deep spiritual bondage in which they were held. His words riled and angered them. Read the rest Here

What Is The Gospel, just in case you forgot! Filmed at the Sermon Index conference, Paul Washer sat down and explained in wonderful detail the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 Believer! is not this the source – the proper source of your joy – that Jesus lived, and suffered, and died for you – that He paid “all that great debt” you owed to law and justice, and washed away the foul stain of your guilt, in His own most precious blood? John MacDuff

Oh By The Way…. I HATE HALLOWEEN!!!!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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For by His wounds you were healed

Theologians call it the fifth gospel, John MacArthur thinks it should be the first gospel and Luther thinks every Christian should memorize it. It is one of the most quoted sections of the Old Testament and that would be Isaiah 53.

Lately I have spent a lot of time in this chapter, but can not stop thinking about these three verses in Isaiah 53 (Isaiah 53:4-6)

4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.

If you are a believer in Christ, He took our place, He was our substitution, He was taking the place of sinners like us and bearing our judgment. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21. Peter says that He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24.

We now have peace with God, He no longer is our enemy Romans 5:1. 

Look what He did…..

  1. Our griefs… He bore.
  2. Our sorrows… He carried.
  3. Our transgression… He was pierced through.
  4. Our iniquities (sins)… He was crushed.
  5. Our well-being (peace)… He was chasten.
  6. Our healing ( sins forgiven)… by His scourging.

This is important to understand and realize, Jesus did not die because of anything He had done but because of what we had done… Our “ALL” fell on Him and it pleased the LORD to crush Him (Isaiah 53:10) because He would accomplish the LORD’s good purpose and His Servant, will justify the many Isaiah 53:11.

If you are an unbeliever and found this by Him drawing you here, Isaiah 53 is the gospel of Jesus Christ and through Him you can be saved, call out to God, repent of your sins and ask Him to save you.

If you are a believer, where ever you are, what ever you’re doing, if you’re like me finding your selves in places that seem to bring you down. When the pressures of the world come on you, what ever you maybe be going through fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith and He will give you peace and by His grace you will persevere…. Why? Because we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28.

So I rest on His unchanging grace.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Why should I rise in the morning?

But why should I rise early?

Here are a few good reasons…….

But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. Psalm 59:16

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words. Psalm 119:147

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

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.

Someone may ask, “But why should I rise early?” To remain too long in bed is a waste of time. Wasting time is unbecoming of a saint who is bought by the precious blood of Jesus. His time and all he has is to be used for the Lord. If we sleep more than is necessary for the refreshment of the body, it is wasting time the Lord has entrusted us to be used for His glory, for our own benefit, and for the benefit of the saints and unbelievers around us. (George Muller The Autobiography of George Muller)

I rise before dawn 
and cry for help; 
I wait for Your words

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

If I am going to be honest here, I wasn’t in Church, instead an ice pick was in me or at least that’s how my sinus headache felt when I woke up to start my day. I thought I would be able to get rid of it, but that didn’t happen. I can tell you this I missed being there and I really missed my Romans class and the fellowship of the saints… So to hear that the sermon was on fellowship was pretty cool. I had my wife bring me home a copy of the sermon to listen to.

The whole day wasn’t a loss though, I did eventually feel better and I was able to get a lot of reading done especially in Professor Grant Horner’s Reading System that I am doing. I want to tell you that this plan has done amazing things for me, I think I have read through the book of Proverbs now 4 times and Acts too. What has really been edifying is reading through the gospels and the life of Christ and now I will start Matthew all over again.

Each day you will read one chapter from each of ten lists. That’s right — ten chapters per day!!! When I read that, I said TEN CHAPTERS!! But let me tell you it’s easier that you think, I find myself excited to read the word of God. I have always read the bible but never at this pace and never with the desire I have now.

I would recommend this plan to everyone. Here is the link again Professor Grant Horner’s Reading System.

There is also an app for this plan you can find Here

I have shared this plan with my Romans class and with some friends and they are excited too!

The Ten Lists

List 1 (89 days) Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
List 2 (187 days) Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
List 3 (78 days) Romans, I&II Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil, Col, Hebrews
List 4 (65 days) I&II Thess, I&II Tim, Titus, Philemon, James, I&II Peter, I,II&III John, Jude, Revelation
List 5 (62 days) Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
List 6 (150 days) Psalms
List 7 (31 days) Proverbs
List 8 (249 days) Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I&II Samuel, I&II Kings, I&II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
List 9 (250 days) Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zepha- niah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
List 10 (28 days) Acts

Professor Horner writes “If you are wondering why you should read Acts (or Proverbs) all the way through every single month, then — you’ve just shown that you NEED to read them that often! The goal of this system is simple, and twofold: To know scripture, and to love and obey God more!”

To know scripture,
and to love and
obey God more!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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MacArthur Monday

From Grace To You….

For the last several years, we’ve had a front-row seat to a vicious, violent attack on one of the Lord’s most precious institutions. And make no mistake about it—the family, as established by the Lord, is under attack.

The assault is waged on many fronts—homosexual marriage, pervasive immorality, rampant divorce, and even the widespread acceptance of unwed couples and children born outside of marriage. They all chip away at God’s design for the family. The Lord created marriage as an image of His love and care for His people—our sinful society has turned it into a canvas for wickedness and perversion.

When he was recently in studio, we asked John MacArthur what’s most important about God’s design for the family, and what dangers face a society that rejects it. Here’s what he said:

Family Matters

“So it is no mere accident of history that family relationships have always been the very nucleus of all human civilization. According to Scripture, that is precisely the way God designed it to be. And therefore, if the family crumbles as an institution, all of civilization will ultimately crumble along with it.” (The Fulfilled Family)

Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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A little of this and a little of that

“Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The meaning in Greek… “If someone claims that the Greek says something that none of the translations say, dismiss their idea and walk away. Perhaps if they are commentary writers or scholars, their argument might have some validity; but I am always suspect of someone who bases their interpretation on any basis that you are not able to check… Beware of people who claim authoritative knowledge based on something you can’t check. If they can cite a well-known translation or commentary writer, or if they make a sensible contextual argument, that is one thing. But to dismiss interpretations to the contrary that are held by all translations, be suspicious.” – (Bill Mounce) HT: Reformation Theology

Why Should You Go to A Prayer Meeting? by Erik Raymond… Chances are someone has invited you to a prayer meeting. Your immediate response is probably predictable. “What time is it? And where do you meet?” Your next response is also highly predictable, “Why should I go to a prayer meeting?” My goal in this post is to provide help with the latter question. Here is my short-list of 6 reasons why you should go to a prayer meeting. Get them Here

Matthew Henry By Reformation 21… Matthew Henry was born on 18 October 1662, not quite a full week before Black Bartholomew’s Day (24 October 1662), the date on which his father – in common with about 2000 other ministers of the gospel – was ejected from the Church of England for refusing to compromise his conscience by taking the Oath of Uniformity (binding those who took it to the prescribed forms of rite, ritual, administration of the ordinances, and prayers of the Church of England of its day). 350 years since his birth, what can we learn of his life and take from his legacy? Read the rest Here

The Dogma of Papal Infallibility by Jesse Johnson… What Roman Catholics refer to as “the Dogma of Papal Infallibility” is one of the most stunning of all of RCC doctrine. According to this dogma, the Pope—when he speaks on matters concerning the church—is protected from the possibility­ of error. Note that it is not that what he says is always true, but something more radical is claimed: there is not even the possibility of him speaking something untrue. Read the rest Here. Also he continues the next day with Papal Contradictions and the Roman Child, you can read Here

“The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis.”  - A.B. Simpson

It was Alistair Begg in a recent sermon I listen to who said “Take away the belt of truth and the Armor of God falls off.” At first it was a little comical as I pictured a man with trousers to big for him and they were constantly falling to his ankles in utter shame. By yours truly, Read the rest Here

Tim Hawkins Things you don’t say to your wife

I love this picture, but some how we’ve miss the point, I wonder what the Prophet Jeremiah would think of this picture?

Are we called to be successful or faithful? Something to think about!

And this from Augustine………

“God loves each one of us
as if there were only one
of us to love.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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By the Predetermined plan and Foreknowledge of God

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. Acts 2:22, 23

All Christ’s sufferings on the cross were foreordained. They did not come on Him by chance or accident: they were all planned, counseled, and determined from all eternity. The cross was foreseen in all the provisions of the everlasting Trinity, for the salvation of sinners. In the purposes of God the cross was set up from everlasting. Not one throb of pain did Jesus feel, not one precious drop of blood did Jesus shed, which had not been appointed long ago. Infinite wisdom planned that redemption should be by the cross. Infinite wisdom brought Jesus to the cross in due time.  He was crucified by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God. (J.C. Ryle The Cross: A Call to the Fundamentals of Religion.)

“Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand” Isaiah 14: 24

According to an eternal counsel,
which could not be altered.
I have planned so it will stand

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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