Culture Shift

April 30, 2008

Al Mohler just wrote a book called, “Culture Shift”.  In it, he touches upon current issues (mostly Western) with the Timeless Truth.  Each chapter acts as a different essay, and in the chapter, “All that Terror Teaches”, he says this, “Authentic faith in Christ calls us out of ourselves, points us to the Cross, and summons us to follow Christ.”  So, what are your thoughts on this?  

BTW- I would recommend getting this book, matter-a-fact, I would get two or three and use them as a book to read with someone.  It’s a great way to begin the discipling process. “Go therefore and make disciples” and “train the young” (Matt. 28:19, Titus 2:4).

The Power of the Cross

April 29, 2008

The Power of the Cross, words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend:

Oh to see the dawn of the darkest day.  Christ on the road to Calvary.  Tried by sinful men, torn and beaten then nailed to a cross of wood.

This is the power of the cross.  Christ became sin for us.  Took the blame, bore the wrath.  We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh to see the pain written on Your face, bearing the awesome weight of sin.  Every bitter thought, every evil deed crowing Your blood-stained brow.  

Now the daylight flees, now the ground beneath quakes as its Maker bows His head.  Curtain torn in two, dead are raised to life.  “Finished!” the victory cry.  

Oh to see my name written in the wounds, for through Your suffering I am free.  Death is crushed to death, life is mine to live won through Your selfless love!

This is the power of the cross Son of God slain for us.  What a life, what a cost.  We stand forgiven at the cross.

Here are several more little things that I picked from the T4G conference.  

1.  Don’t build the church like the world.

2.  What creates radical Christian ministry?

3.  Study theology of suffering before, so that when suffering comes, which it will, then you will be found faithful.

4.  All hearts are the same, all hearts need the same Message.

5.  There is no different race, just the same.  

6.  Truth is for joy, Truth is for growth.

7.  We bring nothing to it (our salvation), but we benefit everything from it.

8.  Am I consistently joyful?

9.  They might preach the gospel better, but they cannot preach a better gospel. 

 

Take that.  Now, respond.  

A Few Quotes from T4G

April 24, 2008

1. “Soft preaching makes for hard people.”
2. “Preachers are the only ones in the world who can take no credit for everything we do (except the mistakes).”
3. “It’s not about how cool you are, but how clear you are.”

Now, react and comment.  

More on T4G

April 23, 2008

I cannont take credit for any of this, but I thought it would be helpful to those of you who are and have been reading about the T4G reflections, so without any further ado, a posting by Michael Lawrence, associate pastor at CHBC:

“Upon my return from T4G 08, that’s the question I was asked to answer in a random national poll of pastors for a leading Christian magazine. They wanted to know how I would rate myself and my church on seven different questions, both now and ten years ago. Here are the questions:

  1. I (my church) focus more on the Epistles or the Gospels.
  2. I (my church) believe the mission of the Gospel is advanced by proclamation or demonstration.
  3. I (my church) believe the goal of local evangelism is to growmy church of to grow the church.
  4. I (my church) see the Kingdom of God as a future heavenly reality or a present reality on earth.
  5. I (my church) believe conversion is a singular decision or a journey over time.
  6. I (my church) believe the Gospel is more exclusive or more inclusive.
  7. I (my church) believe partnering with other local churches is essential to our mission or not important to our mission.

So what are your answers?”

Oh the Deep, Deep Love

April 22, 2008

Bob Kauflin did the music at T4G and he was awe-inspiring from leading us in “Come Thou Fount” to “And Can It Be”.  I would like to share one that he wrote and that we sung at the conference, it’s called, “Oh the Deep, Deep Love”:

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured, boundless free, rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me, underneath me, all around me is the current of Your love, leading onward, leading homeward to Your glorious rest above.

Oh the deep, deep love, all I need and trust is the deep, deep love of Jesus.

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore, how He came to pay our ransom through the saving cross He bore; how He watches over His loved ones, those He died to make His own, how for them He’s interceding, pleading now before the throne.

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, far surpassing all the rest, it’s an ocean full of blessing in the midst of every test.  Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, mighty Saviour, precious friend, You will bring us home to glory, where Your love will never end.  

May the words of this song be an encouraging tune to you as you breathe, think, and act for the glory of our Lord.  

J.I. Packer, an incredibly humble and Godly man, said this some thirty odd years ago, which he says, “he cannot improve on it”:

 

  1) God, in Denney’s phrase, “condones nothing,” but judges all sin as it deserves: which Scripture affirms, and my conscience confirms, to be right.

 

  2) My sin ultimate penal suffering and rejection from God’s presence (conscience also confirms this), and nothing I do can blot them out.

 

  3) The penalty due to me for my sins, whatever it was, was paid for me by Jesus Christ, the Son of God in his death on the cross.

 

  4) Because this is so, I through faith in him am made “the righteousness of God in him,” i.e., I am justified; pardon, acceptance, and sonship (to God) become mine.

 

  5) Christ’s death for me is my sole ground of hope before God.  “If he fulfilled not justice, I must; if he underwent not wrath, I must to eternity” (John Owen).

 

  6) My faith in Christ is God’s own gift to me, given in virtue of Christ’s death for me: i.e., the cross procured it.

 

  7) Christ’s death for me guarantees my preservation to glory.

 

  8.  Christ’s death for me is the measure and pledge of the love of the Father and the Son to me.

 

  9) Christ’s death for me calls and constrains me to trust, to worship, to love, and to serve.

 

  Packer concludes by saying, “Only where these nine truths have taken root and grow in the heart will anyone be fully alive to God” (In My Place Condemned He Stood, Packer, 26).  

T4G

April 20, 2008

I had the most wonderful privilege of serving and attending Together for the Gospel conference held in Louisville, KY this past week.  Let me say, what an incredible time!  If this is your first time hearing about this conference, I would greatly encourage you to check out their website at t4g.org  to read and listen to the sermons.  

Four extremely humble and Godly men had begun a friendship, even though they are from slightly different backgrounds.  And even though they may not agree on the timing of baptism, etc. they had something more important that had brought them together, which was their faith in Jesus Christ.  

When they had chances to get together to encourage one another and to speak openly with one another in a relaxed atmosphere, they were greatly encouraged by the gospel, and from there, they thought why don’t we have some of our closest pastor friends join us as we speak about the gospel with one another.  And as history has put, it was all His-story from there on.  

So, later this week I’ll be posting more on the impact that he had on my life and will fill you in with some other information that I hope will be beneficial to all of those who will visit this site.  

Praise be to our God and Saviour!

Christ Changes the Heart

April 11, 2008

“Christ transforms people by radically changing their hearts.”  

So, what evidences have you seen in your life that Christ is at work in your life?

A Knight at the Museum

April 3, 2008

Have you heard, a boy found a mistake at the Smithsonian?  Ouch.  If not, you can read the article here.

“The Precambrian is a dimensionless unit of time, which embraces all the time between the origin of Earth and the beginning of the Cambrian Period of geologic time,” the letter says.The solution to the problem would not involve advanced science but rather simply painting over the word “era,” the note says. 

Can I fix it?  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1