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The Word of God Rules

He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. Micah 4:2.

preacher-at-pulpit-copy Here in a few words the prophet defines true worship of God. For it would not be enough for the nations to come together to one place to confess that they are worshipers of one God if they did not also show real obedience. True obedience depends on faith, as faith depends on the Word. It is, therefore, especially worthy of note that the prophet here sets God’s Word in the center to show us that religion is founded on obedience in faith, and that God can be worshiped only when he himself teaches his people and tells them what they ought to do. When God’s will is revealed to us, we can truly adore him. When the Word is taken away, some form of worship of God remains, but there is no real religion which could please God.

whitewithblack_edited-1.jpgHence we conclude that the church of God can be established only where the Word of God rules, where God shows by his voice the way of salvation. Therefore, until true doctrine sheds its light, men cannot be gathered in one place to constitute the true body of the church. Clearly, then, where the teaching is corrupt or is despised, there is no religion approved by God. Men can, indeed, take God’s name boastfully on their lips; but before God, there is no religion except what is measured by the rule of the Word. It follows then that there is no church which is not subject to God’s Word and is not ruled by it. The prophet here defines both true religion and the way in which God gathers his church. (John Calvin, Calvin Commentaries)

He will teach us of His ways,
and we will walk in His paths.

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

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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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Disability and the Gospel

Jack EstrellaSanctity of human life Sunday was this past Sunday and I can’t help but to think about the disabled people in my life, like my brother Joey (someday soon I would like to introduce you to him) and my friend’s son who attends our church.

My friend Matt told me recently that 1 out of 88 kids are born with some form of Autism, I was shocked… That’s why I appreciate my church on this issue because we’re going in the right direction. I couldn’t help but hear and see Jack as the speaker this past Sunday talked about abortion, to hear him (Jack) was music to my ears and to see him standing (because Jacks not sitting folks) up front was wonderful and just the way God wants it and that folks is a beautiful thing!

Disability and the Gospel from Crossway on Vimeo.

The words in this video are from Joni Eareckson Tada, she also writes the forward to this book from Michael S. Beates Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace. I have not read it yet, but I plan on adding it to my list of must reads.

Jack you are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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

 

 

 

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What I Learned This Past Week

heartIssueThe events that happened in Connecticut this past week reminds me of the sinfulness of sin and effects of the fall in Genesis 3 and how there needs to be an urgency for the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only cure for it.

Below are some links to help us put it into perspective.

“If trifles are vital parts of divine providence, what of evil? Evil is often vastly significant. The most important event which ever occurred was, in one aspect, horribly evil. The crucifixion of Jesus from the standpoint of the crucifiers was grotesquely wicked. Yet, even though the killing of Christ was atrocity itself, what event was so vital and its effects so beneficial as the death of Christ? If God’s providence does not include evil, it does not include the most important event which has ever taken place.” (John Gerstner Theology for Everyman, Moody, 1965, Chapter 2.)

The Heart of the Bible

The Heart of the Bible

Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; Isaiah 46:9,10

The Lord has established
His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules
over all. Psalm 103:19

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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MacArthur Monday

While we were gone the last couple of weeks, we were exposed to the two conventions that were held: the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. And I know that politics is the topic among many people today, and I suppose that’s natural since it is such a huge part of media exposure. And as you know, I’m not one to talk about politics as such, but I was essentially amazed that one of the historic parties here in the United States adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform. This is a new day in our country. Parties which used to differ on economics now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of God’s law and morality.

In an ideal situation, their platform would mean that the government passes out condoms so people can fornicate at will. For those who happen to get pregnant in the process, platform advocates that you kill the baby at the will of the mother, up and including the ninth month.

At the same time, it advocates a homosexual marriage, which is an oxymoron, an utter impossibility, and a gross violation of the law of God. And then to add to that, the murder of abortion, and then a platform originally leaving God out. All of that’s Romans 1. Romans 1 says God will judge, God has judged throughout human history, nations that experience sexual freedom. Romans chapter 1 lays that out clearly: the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against those who advocate sexual freedom, sexual conduct outside of marriage. And that’s an indication of the demise of a nation….

Abortion, Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality

John MacArthur closes his sermon on Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality with this prayer….

Father, we are so grateful that You have not left us in doubt about these things which are part of life for us. I pray that You’ll use us to bring the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to people in these horrible chains of homosexual behavior, who have no future, no family, no hope, who live with massive guilt, pain, agony, driving unleashed passions. That You would come powerfully through the instrumentation of Your people to bring the gospel–it alone can save them. Be glorified, Lord. Turn the tide with Your truth and with Your gospel. Save people caught in not only this sin, but in all kinds of sins that are so popular in this culture. Give the gospel a fresh hearing, we ask for Your glory, in Christ’s name. Amen.

Give the gospel a fresh hearing,
we ask for Your glory,
in Christ’s name. Amen.

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

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What I Learned In Church This Week

Dave is one of our Elders and he had an opportunity to give the message this past Lord’s day and I had the opportunity to record it off my iPhone (quality not bad)… I knew it would be genuine and from a humble heart, and I knew he would talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ, because I’ve heard him enough times to know that’s where his heart is. What was refreshing to hear was, Dave not only said you need Christ, but he mentioned the consequences if you die in your sins and the reality of hell, that hell is a real place and heaven is a real place.

I remember thinking to myself as Dave was talking that it’s not just a separation from God, but separation from God in Hell for eternity.

He spoke of repenting and turning to Christ… From Mark 1:15

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

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

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MacArthur Monday

I have posted this video before, it just seems right to post it again today, we as Christians come together to worship God in spirit and truth John 4:24 and in the name of Jesus Christ, it’s a communion of believers as a congregation, with one focus and one focus only to worship God and for the glory of our Lord, to be built up by hearing a word from God preached which is able to convict us and encourage us, giving us much hope and joy.

Then the mission of the church is to evangelize the world. GO! Matthew 28:19-20, Go therefore and make disciples (BELIEVERS, NOT PEW WARMERS) of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. 

“We gather to be edified.
We scatter to Evangelize.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats

Had Christ introduced more of the bright and pleasant elements into His mission, He would have been more popular when they went back, because of the searching nature of His teaching. I do not hear Him say, ‘Run after these people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style of service tomorrow, something short and attractive with little preaching. We will have a pleasant evening for the people. Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it. Be quick, Peter, we must get the people somehow!’ Jesus pitied sinners, sighed and wept over them, but never sought to amuse them. In vain will the Epistles be searched to find any trace of the gospel amusement. Their message is, ‘Come out, keep out, keep clean out!’ Anything approaching fooling is conspicuous by its absence.

They had boundless confidence in the gospel and employed no other weapon. After Peter and John were locked up for preaching, the Church had a prayer meeting, but they did not pray, ‘Lord grant Thy servants that by a wise and discriminating use of innocent recreation we may show these people how happy we are.’ If they ceased not for preaching Christ, they had not time for arranging entertainments. Scattered by persecution, they went everywhere preaching the gospel. They ‘turned the world upside down.’

Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats – Charles Spurgeon

The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt, that it sets men on fire.

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

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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

Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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