What I Learned In Church Yesterday(2)

Like I said Yesterday… I was going to do What I Learned In Church Yesterday in two post, Because I missed last weeks.  Today’s post is for this past Sunday, so here it goes. We are close to ending I think a very fruitful study in the Parable of the lost son. We’re at  the older son’s response to the Fathers lavish love for the lost son Luke15:25-26, 27-28. Remember now this older son is the Pharisee… the audience Jesus is telling this story to Luke 15:1-3. I can just imagine the Pharisees fuming at this story and at the Fathers lavish love for this repentant sinner… Jesus said the older son  became angry. The Pharisee is self-righteous person, a religious legalistic phony… He is righteous in his own eyes, He is full of pretenses… His only desire is to look holier and spiritual than thou. Look what God’s word says to the person with the attitude of the self-righteous person who wants to be holier than thou… who is full of pretenses “Who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, For I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day. Isaiah 65:5 Matthew Henry said this “Christ denounced many woes against the pride and hypocrisy of the Jews. The proof against them is plain. And let us watch against pride and self-preference, remembering that every sin, and the most secret thoughts of man’s heart, are known and will be judged by God.”

Where’s the rejoicing for his younger brother that he has this wonderful amazing grace poured out on him? The older brother knows not what grace is… He works for his righteousness and salvation. Jesus said his work in the field is the world  Matthew 13:38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one. As one writer puts it ” This elder brother, the Scribe and Pharisee, the religious legalist, is in the world, walking after the course of the world, after the lusts of his own flesh, and ruled by Satan, the god of the world; and was taken up with the things of the world Ephesians 2:2, 3.” But look!… the Father wants him to come in Luke 15:28 “But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.; As Yogi Berra was heard saying “It ain’t over ’till it’s over” It’s not over for the sinner, until God says so… so come, repent and believe Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” You see the Gospel is exclusive, hand-picked by God. Ephesians 1:3-4 It’s not over for those who do not believe… Not until they appear before God in judgment. But the work by Christ is done, once and for all Hebrews 10:10. I came across this.

“Nothing, either great or small; Nothing, sinner, no; Jesus did it, did it all, Long, long ago! When He, from His lofty throne, Stooped to do and die, Everything was fully done; Hearken to His cry -‘It is finished!’ Yes indeed, Finished every jot. Sinner, this is all you need. Tell me, Is it not? Weary, working, plodding one, Why toil you so? Cease your doing, all was done, Long, long ago! Till to Jesus’ work you cling By a simple faith, Doing is a deadly thing. Doing ends in death! Cast your deadly ‘doing’ down, Down at Jesus’ feet. Stand in Him, in Him alone, Gloriously complete!” James Procter

And that’s what I learned in church Sunday

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What I Learned In Church Yesterday

First let me say I’m sorry I missed last weeks post on What I learned in church yesterday, I was really sick… So I’m looking forward to sharing with you. But before I begin let me say that this is my 1000 post… I really never thought I would hang in there this long. Every time I think to myself am I really making a difference… I get some email or comment that keeps me going, or somebody from my church will thank me for the encouraging and/or convicting words I may have posted. My desire has always been to proclaim the word of God boldly without compromising… either by thoughts from other godly men I trust or thoughts of my own. My overwhelming desire has always been to give God the glory Romans 11:36 for this site and for any fruit that may come from it.

I want to do this in two post… We will deal with last week… the one I missed today and yesterday on Tuesday. Last week in Sunday school we learned about God’s love… His great love that He has for those who believe on His Son Because of his great love for us, God the Father sent his Son into the world to be the propitiation for our sins by offering up His body to appease divine justice. We looked at Romans 5:5 The love of God is sealed to us by the Holy Spirit… so what else can we do when we have tribulation in our lives but to rejoice in the Lord and wait for Him in hope, Because hope never disappoints for a believer in Christ. Look what Paul says about the love of God for us Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

This is what the lost son in this Parable is getting… God’s lavish love being poured on him a sinner, the one who comes with a repentant heart… And with knowledge of his own sinfulness. Look what the Father does Luke 15:22-24 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate. That’s how our God saves those who are His lavishly… Makes me think just who the prodigal really is in the story. That’s last week. And that’s what I learned in Church yesterday(last week) Tomorrow this weeks.

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A little of this and a little of that

A little of this and a little of that got a lot more exciting when I did this to my wife’s car… Here’s what happened. It’s around 6:30 ish  or dusk… last night and I’m driving into town to get some dinner and boom… A big old Deer jumps out of the ditch and this is what happened.

Better my wife’s car than my truck I say! ( I only said that once ) That’s not the amazing thing… the deer was thrown over my car and I went under it and I looked up through my rear view mirror and there was a whole pack of deer… it could have been a lot worse. That deer could have gone right through the windshield being a low profile car… Also two seconds later I would have hit a lot more than just one.

Is that a miracle? NO! just God’s providence in orchestrating all things. Praise God I wasn’t hurt and give Him the glory. Amen to that!

Lets get right to A little of this and a little of that.

Do We Have Free Will? by Andrew Naselli… Non-Christians and Christians alike often give the same answer to difficult questions like these: Why did God allow sin in the first place? Why does God save some people and not others? Why does God send people to hell? Why can living like a Christian be so frustrating? The immediate solution often suggested is simple: “free will.” To many people

Parental Mythbusting from Grace To You blog… Myths—they intrigue, entertain, and sometimes even humor us. From health and history to sports and science, myths and misconceptions seem to find their way into every realm of human thought and activity—including parenting… Myth # 1: “Children must be the first priority in our family.”

In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks… They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and commune with their parents on Skype. But as they walk the paths of Hamilton College, a poster-perfect liberal arts school in this upstate village, students are still hauling around bulky, old-fashioned textbooks — and loving it. Read the rest Here   HT: Tim Challies

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller… Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and the skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way. Listen to the sermon series above link or Here

If you missed Ben’s post Bach’s Mass in B Minor… Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?  ~Michael Torke… Here is a quote from a modern secular composer, I thought it was interesting.  He talks about Bach’s B Minor Mass as being better than therapy.  Below is the first half  from Bach’s B Minor Mass, the only full mass that Bach ever composed. Go Here

In Christ Alone

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Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?  ~Michael Torke

Here is a quote from a modern secular composer, I thought it was interesting.  He talks about Bach’s B Minor Mass as being better than therapy.  Below is the first half  from Bach’s B Minor Mass, the only full mass that Bach ever composed.  If you enjoy that, you should listen to the whole thing at Magnatune.com


JS Bach – CD1 – Mass in B Minor by American Bach Soloists

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What Amazing Grace!

John Newton called himself a wretch who was lost and blind. Then at the age of 82… just before he died… He said “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior!”


When we come to Christ by His doing… Let us all say with John Newton, that I was a wretch… Spiritual dead Ephesians 2:1, 2, 3, 4 But He made me alive in Christ. How much more is grace amazing knowing how wretched and sinful we were.Romans 5:20, 21 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

That’s the love God… For those who are His… That’s Amazing Grace.

Amazing grace-how sweet the sound-that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!
Thru many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; ’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me; His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.


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Who Is Jesus?

HT: Reformation Theology

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Tozer-What Good Is It?

Isaiah 6:3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

If you want to pray strategically, in a way which would please God, pray that God might raise up men who would see the beauty of the Lord our God and would begin to preach it and hold it out to people, instead of offering peace of mind, deliverance from cigarettes, a better job and nicer cottage…What good is all our busy religion if God isn’t in it? What good is it if we’ve lost majesty, reverence, worship-an awareness of the divine? What good is it if we’ve lost a sense of the Presence and the ability to retreat within our own hearts and meet God in the garden? If we’ve lost that, why build another church? Why make more converts to an effete Christianity? Why bring people to follow after a Savior so far off that He doesn’t own them? We need to improve the quality of our Christianity, and we never will until we raise our concept of God back to that held by apostle, sage, prophet, saint and reformer. When we put God back where He belongs, we will instinctively and automatically move up again; the whole spiral of our religious direction will be upward. (The Attributes of God, Volume 1)

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Forgive

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A little of this and a little of that

Bankruptcy in the Cathedral… It turns out that Robert Schuller offers the best analysis of this crisis with his own words. “No church has a money problem; churches only have idea problems.” The theological crisis in Garden Grove is far more significant than the financial crisis. By Albert Mohler… Read the rest Here.

Repentance: fake and real… False repentance is worse than no repentance Here and part 1 Repentance: the vital element Here. Both by Dan Phillips at PyroManiacs

Why I Love the Church… A young man contemplating conversion to Roman Catholicism wrote me to explain why he was thinking of leaving Protestantism: Protestants don’t seem to appreciate the Church. The Bible describes the Church as an institution Christ founded and loves. The Church is everything to Catholics; it is nothing to most of my Protestant friends. In a similar vein, the 15 July 1998 issue of Christianity Today included an article by Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University: “What I’d Like to Tell the Pope About the Church.”  by John MacArthur  Read the rest Here.

Preach the Word… Every season of reformation and every hour of spiritual awakening has been ushered in by a recovery of biblical preaching. This cause and effect is timeless and inseparable. J.H. Merle D’Aubigné, noted Reformation historian, writes, “The only true reformation is that which emanates from the Word of God.” That is to say, as the pulpit goes, so goes the church. by Steven Lawson Read the rest Here

If you missed Ben’s post yesterday… He wrote… Here is the theme I wrote for my piano theme and variations.  I am now in the process of writing variations on it, more to come in the future…

The Bridegroom’s love

(John Fawcett, “Christ Precious”)

“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” Revelation 21:9

Jesus is the BRIDEGROOM of His people, and He is so unspeakably excellent in that view, that none in heaven or earth can rival Him. We were deformed, polluted, and in every respect, unworthy of standing in so near and intimate a relation to Him. There was no excellency in us, to render us desirable in His eyes—but everything to provoke His resentment. And yet He was resolved to betroth us to Himself forever—in loving-kindness, in faithfulness, and in mercy!

Sin had reduced us to a state of absolute beggary, poverty, and wretchedness. Yet it was His good pleasure to take us into union with Himself—that we might share in His unsearchable riches! Nay, though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor—that we through His poverty, might be made rich!

Do we speak of the Bridegroom’s love? It is absolutely without parallel. There is nothing which will bear any comparison with it. Its height and depth, its length and breadth are immeasurable! It passes the knowledge of men or angels. It is stronger than death—for Christ loves His church, and gave Himself for it. Jesus Himself says to those who are married unto Him, “As the Father has loved me—so have I loved you!” The love of the nearest relations among men, falls inconceivably short of setting forth the nature, or the ardency of His love. No husband loves the dearest wife—as Christ loves His people.

Believers, by virtue of their marital union with Jesus—are advanced to great riches and honors. They are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. The riches of eternity are their own! They are taken from the dust and the dunghill—and set among glorious princes! The angels in heaven think it no dishonor to be their servants. The contract is made, and it will be consummated at the great day, when the marriage supper will be celebrated with solemnity, triumph, and glory—suited to the dignity of the glorious Bridegroom. “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!” Revelation 19:9 HT: Grace Gems

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Christ My Substitute

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.

To put it bluntly and plainly, if Christ is not my Substitute, I still occupy the place of a condemned sinner. If my sins and my guilt are not transferred to Him, if He did not take them upon Himself, then surely they remain with me. If He did not deal with my sins, I must face their consequences. If my penalty was not borne by Him, it still hangs over me (Leon Morris The Cross in the New Testament)

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