Archive for May, 2009

We had the awesome privilege of having Brother David Miller preach a revival at our church a few months ago. My son found this video on Youtube and I thought I’d give you all a sample of blessing we received.

 

Excellent article by W. Robert Godfrey. I still don’t understand why people fear his name so much.

“Calvin exemplified in his life and work a determination to seek to bring every thought captive to Christ. That was his passion, such was his confidence in the Word of God. That is also what he wanted to teach others. To quote Calvin, “Whoever, therefore, would desire to persevere in uprightness and in integrity of life, let them learn to exercise themselves daily in the study of the word of God; for, whenever a man despises or neglects instruction, he easily falls into carelessness and stupidity, and all fear of God vanishes from his mind” (Commentary on the Psalms, on Ps. 18:22). Calvin was certain that many people tended very naturally to carelessness and stupidity. That is surely a lesson that does not need to be taught from Scripture; it is a lesson that pastors learn by experience! Calvin recognized, and we should recognize because it is even truer today, that we are surrounded by voices that are blaring lies. The only way to sort that out is to be sure that the Bible is constantly speaking to us, that the Bible is in our hearts and in our ears and in our mind so that that authority of the Word of God is a living and vital authority for us. The Bible must constantly challenge the way we look at the world, the way we look at our fellow men and women, the way we think about God and his world.

Calvin found that challenge and living authority in his study of the Bible. He was a man who certainly spent time with the Bible every day. Calvin preached probably around nine times every two weeks, lectured on the Bible to students, wrote commentaries on the Bible throughout his life—commentaries on all the books of the New Testament except Second and Third John and Revelation, and on most of the books of the Old Testament. Here is a man whose life is lived in the Bible and with the Bible, and the fruit of that was that the Bible became all the more precious to him.  There really is a building up, as Calvin put it, of “fresh additions” from the Scriptures in life and heart. The more time he spent with the Bible the more it impressed him as unavoidably true and utterly reliable.”

Read the whole article here

Rachel’s story is not unlike what thousands of women around the world have experienced. A diagnosis that changes a woman’s life and inevitably takes from her what we consider to be most precious.

After four and a half years of vigilantly fighting breast cancer, the 37 year old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

But for Rachel the essence of life is found in her relationship with God through Jesus. And that’s why Rachel is convinced that death is not dying.

Watch Rachel’s story here

Spurgeon-“I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, “You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.” My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.”

A.W. Pink–“What is needed to-day is a Scriptural setting forth of the character of God – His absolute sovereignty, His ineffable holiness, His Inflexible justice, His unchanging veracity. What is needed today is a scriptural setting forth of the condition of the natural man – his total depravity, his spiritual insensibility, his inveterate hostility to God, the fact that he is “condemned already” and that the wrath of a sin-hating God is even now abiding upon him – the alarming danger in which sinners are – the indescribably awful doom which awaits them, the fact that if they follow only a little further their present course they shall most certainly suffer the due reward of their iniquities – a setting forth of the nature of that punishment which awaits the lost – the awfulness of it, the hopelessness of it, the un-endurableness of it, the endlessness of it. It is because of these convictions that, by pen as well as by voice, we are seeking to raise the alarm.”

Martin Luther–“If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.

John Calvin–“Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God”

Toward a Great Commission Resurgence

Preamble

Southern Baptists have always been a Great Commission people. Christ’s command to go, disciple, baptize, and teach is woven into the very DNA of our churches. By God’s grace, over the last thirty years, the SBC has undergone a Conservative Resurgence that has brought substantive changes to many of our churches and all of our Convention’s seminaries and boards. We are thankful for the Conservative Resurgence and believe that God has also called Southern Baptists to a Great Commission Resurgence as the next step in the fulfillment of our mandate in missions and evangelism which will result in the renewal of our Convention. It is our conviction that a Great Commission Resurgence must embrace the following ten commitments:

Read Them Here

Read Johnny Hunt’s Open Letter Here

This past Sunday and Monday our church had the awesome privilege to have Pastor Rod Glatt from Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church come and preach a 2 day revival. I’ve been a part of week long revivals that  have not had as much meat preached in them as did this one. Not only were the text he preached on food for the soul, but the excellent exposition and teaching on these scriptures was exactly what we needed to hear. Somehow he was able to preach these verses so that it was meant for the redeemed and the lost. “Are You Saved” was the theme of the revival, and he used Eph. 2:8-10 (Sun. morning) Eph. 1:3-6 (Sun. night) and John 15:15-17 (Mon night). He preached these difficult verses in a clear and simple way, he didn’t try to run from or  sugarcoat the truths that these verses present, and I for one appreciate that. The thing that I took away from this series of meetings was something I never get tired of hearing= God gets the ALL the glory for my salvation!! I think the true measure of success for a revival is if the church can still see the effects of it weeks down the road. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t. It was a series of messages like the ones we just heard that can make a church turn a corner and really start making an impact on the community it serves and more importantly for the Kingdom of God.

 In other news… Mystie has got all her resumes turned in and now we are just waiting for interview opportunities. I’m waiting on a packet from Boyce so that we can go visit the campus and talk to some people about what we feel God is calling us to do. Hopefully we can do some apartment hunting while we are up there. The kids have less than a week of school left before they start their summer vacations. I want to thank the Historic Protestant and Mrs H.P. for opening their house up to us and the Keifers Monday evening. We had a wonderful time sitting around discussing the things of God. .

 

That’s all for now………..

 Just to shed a little more light on the situation and to maybe get some advice from you guy’s, I want to expand on what’s going on. The person I’m referring to is not a “friend” per say, but he is a brother in Christ. He is very respected in the Christian hip-hop community and a pastor of a church he helped plant. I have had the oppurtunity to sit and talk with him about the things of God in my living room. I have no doubt, even after his transgression (of which I do not know the whole story), that he is in fact a part of the fellowship of believers. Having said that I wanted to share some thoughts I had yesterday at work. I kept wondering to myself if a good tree could in fact produce bad fruit? I thought about the hundreds, if not thousands of youth that could be impacted, in a negative way, by this revelation because of his influence. I wondered why this situation has grieved my spirit. Is it wrong, that if this had been someone, say like Joel Osteen, my reaction would be different?

 I am praying for him and his family, and I hope that after much time and reconciliation that he can be restored into the full fellowship of his family and church. And I hope that somehow, someway God would be glorified in it all.

Please feel free to comment. I may need to be rebuked for something I said, if so let me know.