31 May 2008

How Bold are You?


The contemporary moral climate does not favor a faith as tough and fibrous as that taught by our Lord and His apostles. The delicate, brittle saints being produced in our religious hothouses today are hardly to be compared with the committed, expendable believers who once gave their witness among men. And the fault lies with our leaders. They are too timid to tell the people all the truth. They are now asking men to give to God that which costs them nothing.
Our churches these days are filled (or one-quarter filled) with a soft breed of Christian that must be fed on a diet of harmless fun to keep them interested. About theology they know little. Scarcely any of them have read even one of the great Christian classics, but most of them are familiar with religious fiction and spinetingling films. No wonder their moral and spiritual constitution is so frail. Such can only be called weak adherents of a faith they never really understood. “Lord, send the Holy Spirit to renew within us a depth and seriousness in our pulpits. Give us boldness in our preaching. Amen.”
A.W. Tozer

What does TURE WORSHIP mean to YOU?

What Joy Is Found

30 May 2008

Who is Your First Love?




The Little Book that Says so Much
By Mike Andrews

When it comes to the small epistle of Ephesians, there is much to learn. We find here many of the doctrines that Paul is teaching the church of Ephesus. We find many practical and helpful ways to conduct our Christian life. There are many theological themes in this epistle which could be discussed, however, we will only cover the three topics of Redemption, Salvation, and Grace.
Redemption:
In this book, Paul gives us a great understanding of what it means to be redeemed. Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; God has shown His grace by giving us redemption by the blood of His Son. This redemption consists of forgiving and delivering us from our sins; so then Christ’s blood was the redemption price paid down for our salvation. This was according to the riches of His grace. As His grace is rich and abundant in kindness, so it was given in a gift to mankind in the form of our redemption by the sacrifice of Christ. The measure of redeeming grace is the measure of God’s own eternal goodness. We have been redeemed by a holy and sovereign God. He has purchased us from the slave market, we have been delivered from the bondage of sin, and His great sacrifice on the Cross is something that we cannot pay back. We must not take this wonderful act of redemption lightly because Eph 4:30 tells us: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. We are sealed by His redeeming grace. Amen!
Salvation:
We can only attain the wonderful gift of salvation when we begin to understand the redemptive work done by Christ Jesus for our wickedness and sin. Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: We are now brought into a state of salvation, our sins being all blotted out, and we made partakers of the Holy Spirit. This is the wonderful gift that God offers everyone that cries out for His redemptive work on the Cross. Salvation happens when we accept the finished work of Christ, His death and resurrection, on our behalf. We act by the faith which has been supplied by God’s grace. Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. For though we are not saved for our good works, yet we are saved that we may perform good works, to the glory of God and the benefit of man. God is the only Giver of this gift which is salvation. Being saved from our sins, we are made partakers of the Spirit of holiness and therefore, it is natural to allow that Spirit to lead us in the practice of holiness.
Grace:
We would never be able to have the gift of salvation brought by the redeeming work of the Cross if it wasn’t for the sovereign grace of our Lord. Its by His grace that we live and breathe. It is only by His grace that He chose to give mankind a second chance. It is by His grace that He sent His only Son to pay the price for our sins. Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. The grace and mercy of God is wonderfully illustrated and glorified in the plan of redemption performed by Christ Jesus. By the giving of the Law, God’s justice and holiness were rendered most glorious; by the giving of the Gospel, His grace and mercy are made equally remarkable. The children of God must attribute their adoption to the free grace of God, be thankful for it, and walk worthy of the relationship they have been brought into. By His grace in adopting us as children, we have been accepted into the Beloved which is Christ Jesus. May we worship and reverence Him in His glory and most of all for His bountiful grace. Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Paul finishes this wonderful book by saying to the church of Ephesus in Eph 6:24, Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen Paul is saying a child, who is redeemed by the blood of Jesus, has accepted the free gift of salvation only by the wonderful grace of God. We must love the Lord with a pure heart, without compromise and without hypocrisy. There could not be a more appropriate close of the Epistle than such a prayer. There will be nothing more needful for us when we come to the end of our lives than the awareness that we love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.

Faithfulness




The
Life of William Carey
By Mike Andrews


There are many people who have desires and burdens when it comes to doing the Lord’s will. Some people misread their calling, while others just ignore any of the Holy Spirit’s leading. Some face trials and tribulations and therefore think ‘this cannot be God’s will for me’. We so easily give up and follow other avenues to do what we believe to be the Father’s will (or our calling), because we can’t seem to believe that the trials and problems we face would come from a Holy and loving Father. However, the Lord says we will face trials and tribulations. James 1:2 tells us "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness".
William Carey was that very kind of man. He had a servant heart. He was a man of God who was faced with a deep burden and desire to reach a lost nation for the Lord Jesus Christ. Carey never imagined that the road ahead would lead to so many trials and sorrows; these ranged from the ministry seemingly going nowhere to no one coming to salvation. All these things were very discouraging for Carey, but he still proceeded forward in doing the Father’s will. God was preparing him to be able to face one of the biggest hardships anyone could experience, something that would make most Christians quit: the death of his child and the later death of his wife. The faith of William Carey was far greater than any trial that could be put in front of him. There were moments of doubt, but he quickly remembered the Lord in all His grace and mercy. He knew that the Lord would get him through any situation because he knew he was in the Father’s will. As a result of this perseverance and faithfulness, many great things happened in Carey’s later ministry. Many people were reached and were now able to read the scriptures for themselves. Acts 14:22 tells us to continue "strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and ...through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God". "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God". "Prayer, secret, fervent, believing prayer , lies at the root of all personal godliness". (William Carey)

11 May 2008

What Does Mother's Day Mean to You?






My Mother is:



1. My comforter 2. My protector
3. My encourager 4. My ray of light when I came home from school or my job as a young adult. There is so much I can thank my mother for, and my guess is you can do the same.

What I find it amazing is how we have a loving and heavenly Father
who has all those attributes and more.
For His children like you and me
(Ps 127:3) behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward".
(Ps 139:13-16) For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, skillfully woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.
Our Heavenly Father takes great care in His children, even before we are born. God has given Mother’s this wonderful duty to fulfill.
God used women to love and nurture His wonderful creation.
Think about the very first Created soon to be Mother.
“Eve”
1. Eve (the mother of all living) must have been a creature of unsurpassed beauty.
2. She was the crown and the pinnacle of God’s amazing creative work,
3. The last living thing to be called into existence
4. Actually fashioned directly by the Creator’s own hand in a way that showed particular care and attention to detail.
5. Adam was refined dirt
6. Eve was a glorious refinement of humanity itself.
7. She was Adam’s necessary partner who finally made his existence complete
8. And whose own existence finally signaled the completion of all creation.

Given that Eve was the perfect example before she sinned,
God has given Us another wonderful example which we can see in Proverbs 31

Turn to Proverbs 31

Interesting Note:
This final chapter of Proverbs contains two poems — the Wise King (31:2-9) and the Excellent Wife (31:10-31) — both of which are attributed to King Lemuel, whom ancient Jewish tradition identified as King Solomon, but who is otherwise unknown. If Lemuel is, in fact, Solomon, that means the mother who taught her son these wise sayings about excellent character was Bathsheba — a woman known more for scandal than virtue. Perhaps Bathsheba taught Solomon about his ancestor Ruth (Matthew 1:5-6), who had a spotless reputation, and then Solomon could have penned Proverbs 31:10-31 with Ruth in mind. After all, the passage parallels Ruth’s life in many ways.

A. Proverbs 31:10-31 becomes a glorious standard and guide for women to live a life of purity and praise
B. It is wonderful to be able to turn to God’s word which not only has rules and standards,
C. But the right ones as well as the secret of where we get our strength to keep them
D. This text presents God’s standard for all women.

John MacArthur says “one of the unique features of the bible is the way it exalts women. Far from ever demeaning or belittling women, Scripture often seems to go out of the way to pay homage to them, to ennoble their roles in society and family, to acknowledge the importance of their influence, and exalt the virtues of women who were particularly godly examples”
I want to look at the
Characteristics of "A Families Greatest Treasure"

A woman like this. The Bible says in (verse 10) ".... a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies"
Which means Her general character.

1. She is a excellent wife, a strong or virtuous wife, full of mental energy.
2. She is invaluable; her price is far above rubies
3. No quantity of precious stones can be equal to her worth.
4. She is truly a lovely wife

(Prov 19:14) House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
A prudent wife is from the Lord (means) One who has a good understanding, one who avoids complaining, though she may often have cause for it.

1) A Treasure who is Loyal (v10- v12)
A. She is trusted by her husband
B. She has her husband’s happiness in view constantly.
C. She recompenses all his kindness to her in beneficent acts. For kind words she returns kind deeds.
D. Her good is pure; she will do him good. and not evil.
E. Her good is not inconsistent; it is constant and permanent, while she and her husband live.
(Gen 2:18) And the LORD God said “ it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him”
F. This is her general characteristic of a virtuous wife an “excellent mother” who is loyal to her husband

His heart safely trusts in her, for she will do him good all the days of her life.

(Prov 3:15) She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Second Point

2) A Treasure of Labor (v13- v24)

A. She is gifted with her hands (v13)
(Ruth 2:2) And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, "Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter."
B. She collects the best for her family (v14)
C. She labors hard for her family (v15)
D. She is resourceful (v16 - v19)
(Exo 35:25) And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen
E. She helps others (v20)
(Prov 22:9) Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
G. She anticipates the seasons, and prepares for them (v21)
H. She makes clothing for herself (v22)
I. She sells things from her handy work (v24)

This characteristic that Solomon speaks of is a mother...
1. Who does all these things,
2. All this work for her family
3. She does all of it with a heart of gladness.

“Fruits for her labor”

The praise and success she labored to bring to her
Family
Community
Will be her praise

Third Point

3) A Treasure of Character (v25 - v26)

A. She is full of wisdom (v26)
(Eph 4:29) Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Let no corrupt communication. What is rotten.
Anything that will demoralize others.
Obscene, immoral thoughts, or immoral language is forbidden. All that the Christian speaks should be that which is good to the use of edifying building the hearers up in Christ.
B. She is full of kindness (v26)
(Prov 16:24) Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
C. She is a skilled manger of her home (v27)
(Titus 2:4-5) That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
I think one of the biggest responsibilities is an organized home.
That is hard, hard work.
D. She makes wise use of her time and is not idle (v27)
"Idleness" (means) sluggishness, laziness
(Prov 14:1) The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.
Fourth Point

4) A Treasure of Great Blessing (v28 - v31)

A. She is greatly respected by her children (v28)
(2Tim 1:5) I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
His grandmother and mother had been converted before him,
and he had followed them into the kingdom.

Abraham Lincoln says “no man is poor who has a godly mother”
(Prov 22:6) Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
B. She is praised by her husband (V28)
1. Praises her the due respect that she deserves
2. Praises her for her hard work
3. Praises her for her faithfulness
4. Praises her for her loyalty

What this verse is saying
Her husband is so fulfilled with her conduct
1. Towards himself
2. His household,
3. His business, and their children,
4. That he praises her.
He shows himself wise of her excellence, and encourages her, in her work,
by the compliments he praises her with. (verse 23-24)

Paul mentions the importance of a healthy family

(Eph 5:25-31) Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of His body. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

Here is a grand rule
According to which every husband is called to act love your wife as Christ loved the Church.

But how did Christ love the Church?
He gave himself for it, He laid down his life for it. So then husbands should, if necessary,
lay down their lives for their wives, and Paul finishes the chapter with a reminder to husbands

(Eph 5:33) However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

As Peter says in his epistle:

(1 Peter 3:7) Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
1. Show them tenderness
2. Give them honour
Both in heart, in word and in action because we are Joint heirs of the same eternal life
What her husband say (Prov 31:29) "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all."
And most important of all these characteristics or attributes
Fifth Point
5. She is a God fearing woman (v30)

(Prov 1:7) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Great Example:
Mary the chosen mother who meet the requirements to carry the Messiah
(Luke 1:30) “.... Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God”

The fear of the Lord is the condition of all woman,
as well as of all men, excellence

(Luke 1:46--50) And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation.

Conclusion

Mother’s are a families greatest treasure
Why? Because God has set guidelines for Mother’s
A. Mother who is Loyal to her family
B. Mother who is a labor’s with a joyful heart
C. Mother who is full of wisdom
D. Mother who is kind to many
E. Mother of godly character
F. Mother who is respected and greatly appreciated by her family

As this letter finishes
(verse 30-31) Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love that you showed for His sake in serving the saints, as you still do.. (Heb 6:10)
Ruth Graham " As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible and trust God with the impossible"
Do you have a Mother like that? I hope you do.

Lets Pray

10 May 2008





Me and my BOY! hanging out with the Andrews ladies. Seeing the wonders of our LORD

Our day in Grand Falls, New Brunswick.

Walking along the trails of the Saint John river on this chilly Saturday. What a Mighty and Awesome God we serve! Praise His wonderful name. "for the LORD is the great God, And the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker, For He is our God..." (Psalm 95:3-7)

My Family


The beautiful women of my life!

Princess Juliana International Slides

03 May 2008

Preachers must Read This


The Seven Commandments Of IllustrationsApril 23, 2008
By Mark Devers


1. Thou shalt not overuse them.It is definitely possible to have far too many sermon illustrations. The problem is that illustrations are like chocolate: good in small doses but overindulgence makes recipients feel sick and disorientated! Don’t feed the congregation too many!
2. Thou shalt not underuse them.While I can think of some preachers who pass out too much chocolate, there are others who never offer so much as a chocolate button! Such sermons feel heavy, abstract and dense.
3. Thou shalt not fail to illustrate the point.If your illustration doesn’t illustrate the point your making with a great degree of exactness don’t use it. One danger for preachers is to want to use some illustration simply because its ‘a good one.’ Yet the illustration may only relate tenuously to the point in question!
4. Thou shalt not make them overly long I recently heard of a closing illustration that was between 12 and 15 minutes long. It was an epic. In my opinion, that’s just too long for an illustration. Overly long illustrations begin to dominate the sermon rather than serve the sermon. So we preachers should aim for brevity. How long should an illustration be? As long as it takes to tell it clearly, vividly and forcefully – that, and no more.
5. Thou shalt not misuse humourFirst of all, if you are not wired with humour (and many of us are not!) don’t force the issue. No one’s called you to be a comedian but a faithful communicator of Gods Word. Don’t think you’ve got to use humour just because some great conference speaker you heard was ‘really funny’. On the other hand, if you are wired with wit, be careful. For example, there’s a difference between genuine humour (Jesus used it) and flippancy. Sarcasm may produce laughs but might simultaneously reveal some sinful attitudes in the preacher! My general rule is: never give an illustration which depends on the congregation finding it funny.
6. Thou shalt not be pastorally imprudentThe pulpit is no place to break pastoral confidences. Be very careful when you get into the territory of talking about that Christian ‘you won’t name’ or that ‘past church you attended.’ Often everybody knows what church you’re speaking about! Furthermore, with audio on the internet, the person at the last church can listen to your sermon. Therefore remember to ask people’s permission if you are using a story about them. And don’t forget: if you constantly break confidences, no one will take you into their confidence.
7. Thou shalt not use overly powerful illustrationsSome illustrations are just overly powerful. They are too good, too distracting, or raise too many tangential issues and questions. If you’re illustration will be ‘the only thing people remember’ don’t use it.