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New Life in Christ

I love this video posted by Phil Johnson on YouTube, its clear that the message of Jesus Christ and His saving power never changes over the years.

A 1979 film produced in and around Grace Community Church by Family Films. Vintage John MacArthur with long, open collars and teardrop glasses. Plus: special appearances by Jubilant Sykes. Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t. Then, as now, it was biblical, honest, gospel-centered, and clear.

“Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Gospel is Very Simply Jesus Christ

LawsonHe reconciled sinful man to a Holy God, there is no other way for us to have a relationship with an infinitely Holy God except for the blood of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ and it was by his sin bearing substitutionary vicarious death upon that cross, it was as if He took sinful man in one hand and holy God in the other hand and brought the two together through His death, by that death He satisfied the righteous anger of God and appeased His wrath towards all who would believe in Him and there is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Listen to the entire impromptu Gospel presentation by Steve Lawson below.

How glorious it would be to come into the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ and to receive His salvation. This is a decisive moment in your life, you may never have another opportunity like this again where the gospel is so clearly being presented to you, and so I beg you, I urge you if you are not saved, if you are not committed to this moment commit your life to Jesus Christ.

“How glorious it would be to come into
the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ
and to receive his salvation.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Be Careful of Your Pleasures

MEBe careful of your pleasures It is said that where the most beautiful cacti grow, there the venomous serpents are to be found at the root of every plant. And it is so with sin. Your fairest pleasures will harbor your grossest sins. Take care; take care of your pleasures. Cleopatra’s asp was introduced in a basket of flowers; so are our sins often brought to us in the flowers of our pleasures. (Spurgeon)

Your life as a Christian is seemingly full of Christ and there is no room for self, but an aggressive sin comes in and wiggles his way in, crowding out Christ just a little bit. You give place to this sin and soon another does the same thing. Sin by sin, error by error, selfishness by selfishness, the backsliding continues until you are virtually empty of Christ and full of self. (Richard Owen Roberts)

GraceisThis is a paradox, of course, as Augustine, Luther, Edwards, Pascal and others have pointed out. When individuals rebel against God, they don’t achieve freedom. They fall into bondage, because rebellion is sin, and sin is a tyrant. On the other hand, when men and women submit to God, becoming his slaves, they become truly free. They achieve the ability fully to become the special, unique beings that God created them to be. (James Montgomery Boice Taken from Foundations of the Christian Faith-Book 1)

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10

If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and righteous
to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Earthly Minded

I get so earthly minded at times, I literally forget about spiritual things, my mind gets so preoccupied with every day life, with all my troubles and trials that my prayers are short and my reading and studying of God’s word is weak and shallow. It is very difficult to do both, to be earthly minded and spiritually minded at the same time, I generally will lean the wrong way. I don’t believe that there’s a balance here with being both…. We live in this world but we are aliens and strangers as Peter writes “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11.

You see on the inside we as Christian are different, we’re not earthly minded like the unbelievers, we have the Spirit of God living in us. When I start to feel that I’m leaning the wrong way, I will always go to the Psalms and to follow Davids lead to find my way back on track and bring myself into submission to the things of God.

I always start with Psalm 100… Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Psalms 100:1, 2, 3 and 4

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

I draw near to Him, seeking His face and seek to come into the presence of God, the Psalmist says do it with singing, thanksgiving, and praise for who God is. Look what James 4:8 says Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 

dirty-hands-holding-the-worldOne writer says it this way Dirty hands and defiled hearts! That’s the position that many, many Christians are occupying these days. Their hands are dirty in that they are doing worldly things, things that are out of keeping with God’s ownership of their lives. They go to places to which they ought not to go. They say things they ought not to say. They do things they ought not to do.

That shouldn’t be me, I’m called as a Christian to conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ and not to be earthly minded, not to be double minded, but to draw near to God, so I echo what David says in Psalm 103: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

imageofChristWhen I am earthly minded my craving and appetite for sin are fueled and I start being conformed to this world, but Paul says no we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12: 2. I want a mind that is informed by the truth in God’s word, not from the world.

When you get like I have on occasion and begin to be pulled by this world, confess your sins 1 John 1:9 and draw near to God and He will draw near to you, Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name and let everyone who has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6

Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Stewards of the Gospel

Paul_washer“As stewards of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we do no service to men by making light of sin, skirting around the issue, or avoiding it altogether. Men have only one problem: they are under the wrath of God because of their sin. To deny this is to deny one of the most foundational doctrines of Christianity. It is not unloving to tell men that they are sinners, but it is the grossest form of immorality not to tell them! In fact, God declares that their blood will be on our hands if we do not warn them of their sin and the coming judgment. To seek to preach the gospel without making sin an issue is like trying to heal the brokenness of people superficially, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.” – Paul Washer,

HT:Reformation Theology

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MacArthur Monday

We’ve gone through the story in years past, but in connection with the book, I want to reiterate it one more time to you. The opening chapter of Jonah is set in the midst of an intense storm, a really intense storm. Modern meteorology has documented the development of tropical cyclones in the Mediterranean Sea, which is where this takes place. A violent tempest, we know from meteorological records, can reach an excess of 90 miles per hour–that is hurricane level and even beyond that–and create surging waves as a result of those kinds of horrible, terrifying winds. And this is the kind of storm that one might assume was going on in Jonah’s story.

God is the Creator of all of us. We have sinned against our Creator. Wrath and judgment has been pronounced upon us. But we have been given the gospel, which offers us forgiveness through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You really see the gospel in the heart of God in the story of Jonah. The Creator God, sinned against, warns about judgment and fully forgives those who repent and embrace Him.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Does your Repentance need Repenting

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Mark 1:15

Repent and believe!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
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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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The Gospel Is Only Good News To…

“The most terrifying truth I can speak to you… Are you ready? Here it is, the most terrifying thing I can tell a man, a women, a child is that God is good! The most terrifying news is God is good! God is good! What’s the problem with that? The apostolic proclamation is NOT pray this prayer, the apostolic proclamation is this… That He commands all men to repent and believe the gospel.”

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 1:14, 15

The Gospel Is Only Good News To A Needy Man

“Repentance means that you realize that you are a guilty, vile sinner in the presence of God, that you deserve the wrath and punishment of God, that you are hell-bound. It means that you begin to realize that this thing called sin is in you, that you long to get rid of it, and that you turn your back on it in every shape and form. You renounce the world whatever the cost, the world in its mind and outlook as well as its practice, and you deny yourself, and take up the cross and go after Christ. Your nearest and dearest, and the whole world, may call you a fool, or say you have religious mania. You may have to suffer financially, but it makes no difference. That is repentance.” From the Sermon On The Mount Study- Martyn Lloyd Jones

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What I Learned In Church This Week

Did we as humans evolve into our sinful state? Or are we just a product of our environment? Paul begins to show us in Romans 3:10-19 the core root of the problem, simply put its rotten… On the outside some of us are all red and shiny, there is a clean crisp look about us, but wait what’s that coming out of the middle bringing forth iniquity? In the Psalms we read, Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5 and The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth. Psalm 58:3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. Psalm 14:3 Wait! Wait! What about me! I’m a good person, I have a good heart… Paul says “NO” not even you! THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.” Romans 3:12

Paul says in Romans 3:11 quoting the Old Testament again that “THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;” I think we will leave that verse for Thursday. How did we become like this? Does one bad apple really spoil the whole bunch? Is it because we have forsaken the Lord. If so when have I forsaken the Lord? We find that answer through our father Adam Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.  Romans 5:12 Then Paul goes on to say in Romans 8:7 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, We are corrupt sin filled people, that the thoughts of the human heart are only evil continually, as the LORD himself said in Genesis 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The apostle John wrote that If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. and His word is not in us 1 John 1:8-10 Paul in Romans is set on showing us how bad we really are, It’s like he wants us to be convinced that we are sinful and will stand guilty before a holy God without excuse. We are totally bad as in Total Depravity… We are spiritually dead sinners by nature Ephesians 2:1-3, incapable of changing our condition, we are headed toward destruction and the wrath of God… “BUT” But What? There’s a verse 4  But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), Ephesians 2:4, 5 By the work of God’s sovereign and effectual grace, His chosen elect people before the foundation of the world Ephesians 1:4 are made new creatures in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17.

If you are reading this and saying what do I do, I’m spiritually dead… Pray to God to do for you what you can not do for yourself, Romans 3:23 says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Repent of your sins… Repent literally means to have a change of mind toward God and towards your sins (sinful life). Cry out to God for mercy like the Publican in Luke 18:13 Titus 3:5 and tell Him you are a sinner and ask Him to save you. Because for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Romans 10:13 Acts 2:21 Not by you’re doing but by His and may He be pleased to do for you and me what we cannot do for ourselves… That is save us from ourselves… by grace you have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

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