Stop and Think

March 28, 2008

A friend of mine has been blogging for a while now, so this post of mine is really riding off of his coattails…

He asked, “What are some of your pet peeves?

-People who add the letter “s” to things (ex: Barnes and Noble becomes Barnes and Nobles)-Bluetooth 

So, I responded by saying this…

So, my biggest PP is…when I go to a store and I wait my turn in line and I finally get up to the clerk or whoever, and the phone rings, and they take a call before ME.  Wait a minute, I took the time to drive all the way over to such and such a place, I find parking, I walk into the store or wherever, I wait patiently in line (talking on my Bluetooth, adding an “s” to Barnes and Noble(s) in my conversation…jk, I don’t have one and I don’t say B and N incorrectly), and then I finally get to do my business with the clerk, cashier, bank-teller, or whoever I’m supposed to see, and they take freakin’ call, order, or whatever before me.  What the heck!?!?  

I would like to do a “Jerry Seinfeld” on their #ss next time, by calling them on my mobile (not my Bluetooth, cause first I don’t have one and second I don’t want to piss off Shannon), and call them while I’m in line or something like that, maybe say, “Oh hold on for a minute, I’m on the phone,” and if the clerk or whoever says, “Next in line,” I’ll just explode on them (like throwing an apple at their eye:-) jk)

I guess this either a long explained PP or a serious complaint, but notice the object…it’s all “I” and “my” or “me”.  I’m sorry.  This comes down to the whole “pride” thing, like “I” deserve this or that, which in all seriousness, I don’t deserve anything, nada.  The world believes I deserve something (like setting up a customer service window or complaint form) or I have the right to complain, but understanding God’s Word and directive, I don’t.  He graciously gave His life up for mine.  He lived a perfect life that I should have, yet took all my sin and nailed it to the Tree.  He suffered so that I could have life.  How bad do I feel now?  How does writing my PP’s out help me to look at the gospel and say, “Thank you Lord.”  Truly amazing.  

So, the next time I’m in line again, I won’t do what I just wrote, even though my fleshly desire is to, but to know that I’m chosen, that I’m lead by the Spirit, and that I’ll bring, Lord willing, glory to God through my silly PP the next time around.  

I’m reminded what James 4:1 says, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?  Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?”  It continues on in verse 7 and 8, “Submit yourselves therefore to God, Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”  May this be my prayer. 

So, what are some of yours and how do you respond?  Do you respond by lashing out at the person?  Do you bottle it up inside?  Do you bring it to the surface when there’s a heated debate going on?  Do you let them just bounce right off of you?  Or do you let it affect you in a way that you will be changed positively from it?  A way that will bring glory and honour to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ? 

Jesus Christ is Risen!

March 23, 2008

“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb.  He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;”

“Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 

John 20:6-8, 21 

Death of a King

March 21, 2008

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”  When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”John 19:28, 30 

The Lord’s Supper

March 20, 2008

“And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to then, and said, “Take; this is my body.”  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.  And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.  Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink in new in the kingdom of God.”

Mark 14:22-25  

Our King

March 14, 2008

What a tremendous song I’m about to share with you all.  Michael Tinker, from a church network in England called the Crowded House, wrote this and I believe it’s spot on.

Read through it and praise God for one thing that you see in this song and then pray for this church network in England.  Pray that the Word would continue to go forth in that area, transforming hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.    

So, without any further ado, I give you “Our King”:

Our King is a king of mercy

He gave the blind their sight and the dumb their speech

He healed the sick and raised the dead

Our King is a king of mercy.

 

Even though our memories may fail us

May we always remember this:We are great sinners

But we have a great Saviour in Christ.

 

Our King is a king of cruel scars

He was beaten, stricken, whipped and condemned to die

Though he had done no wrong at all 

Our King is a king of cruel scars.

 

Our King is a king of passion

It is finished! he cried out and gave up his life

So we could be his family: 

Our King is a king of passion.

 

Our King is a king of glory

Even death could not keep hold of this king of life

He rose triumphant from the grave

Our King is a king of glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A friend of mine posted this the other day concerning the “Prosperity Gospel”:

These days it seems like the pastors that are filling stadiums across this country are preaching a different type of gospel than I am used to hearing about. The prosperity gospel is led by names like Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes. It is under the idea that God is basically here to bless us with the things we ‘need’ here on earth. Check out this video where John Piper responds to this and let me know what you think:

  So, I responded by saying this:

My initial response is that JP is a little too over the edge with using the word “hate”; however, I believe he is spot on with the atrocity of what is being preached in today’s churches.  

Paul, in Galatians chapter 1, verses 6 through 9 says, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel…If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”

A.W. Tozer says this, “We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.God offers life, but not an improved old life.”

Here’s a good summary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ:http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/1999/june14/53.0.html

And finally, one last resource from A.W. Tozer, “The Old Cross and the New”:

http://www.ldolphin.org/oldcross.html

May we, who have been saved by grace through faith, keep to the true gospel as we speak it and live it out on a daily basis, for the good of those who hear and see and for His glory. 

So, I’m interested with what you think about the topic and whatever else JP or myself said.  So, please comment.   

Q22 from Wesley

March 12, 2008

The 22nd question that John Wesley and others would ask while spending time with their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  

“Is Christ real to me?” 

I have to say these questions, along with spending time in the Word and in prayer, have made a huge impact in my life.  I pray that these would be an aid to your morning devotions as well and ultimately to your life, for your good and His glory. 

Q19-Q21 from John Wesley

March 11, 2008

This will be the second to last post from John Wesley’s and the Holy Club of Oxford’s daily 22 questions they would ask themselves every morning in their private devotions.

“Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially the Pharisees who despised the publican?” 

“Is there anybody whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard?  If so, what am I doing about it?”

“Do I grumble or complain constantly?”  

Q18

March 10, 2008

“Am I proud?”

Q17

March 10, 2008

Question number 17:

How do I spend my free time?”