30 December 2009
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08 December 2009
What are you living for? Christian who are you glorifing in your life?what do you think about the most? All glory belongs to Him, for His goodness toward us sinners....Are you praising Him for THIS DAY! I Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy through your Son, Jesus Christ! May my life glorify You until my very last breathe..... May my life bring honor, to Your holy name....May I be faithful until the end...... To Him be the glory for everything.
06 December 2009
I believe preaching is central to the grand scheme of church life (see Acts
As a young college student, I went on a preaching mission with several teammates of mine. I was a relatively new believer and had no experience sharing God’s word. Two of my mentors guided me through the week and helped me discover my gifts in preaching for the first time. I felt as though something in me was awakened for the first time. I’ve been preaching ever since.
Absolutely! I am always looking for the central theme in a passage. There may be more than one, but I have come to realize that I am most effective when I limit myself to the main idea. I find that idea by analyzing the paragraph, then the broader context of the section, then the book as a whole, then its place in the broader revelation. Then I go through the process in reverse back down to the passage in question.
The most important aspect of a preacher’s style is authenticity. When I started preaching, I thought my ‘style’ had to fit a certain category. As a result I mimicked some of my favorite preachers. I was constantly reinventing myself. Ultimately, I had to find my own ‘style’ and stick with it. That meant there was one less thing I had to manufacture. I had to realize that God gave me a unique personality and he intended to use it in unique ways. God gave us four gospels written by four unique men, from four different perspectives. I had to remind myself that it is as much of a travesty for me to try to be Tony Evans as it would have been for John to try to be Matthew.
The only notes I use are extended quotes. If there is a direct quote that I have not memorized, I will bring it to the pulpit with me. Other than that, the text is my only outline. I write everything out on a template and do an extended outline (Statement, explanation, illustration, argumentation, transition, etc.), but I leave it behind when I preach.
Laziness, pride and the fear of men. Laziness will keep us from plumbing the depths of the Word. Pride will keep us from prayer, and the fear of men will keep us from preaching the hard things.
Through ministering as a team. I am one of three elders at our church. All of us preach and all of us shepherd. We are also raising up young men to carry the load. We do not see ourselves as part of a clergy/laity divide. We are merely gifted men equipping other for the work (Ephesians 4:11). We do not believe God has called us to do the work ourselves. This is incredibly freeing.
12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching, by Wayne McDill, Spirit Empowered Preaching, by Arturo Azurdia, and Preaching and Preachers, by D. Martin Lloyd Jones. As for exemplars, I am fond of men like Tony Evans, Alistair Begg and John Piper.
Spending time with them, pointing them toward great resources and encouraging them to develop skills beyond the pulpit. So many young preachers pursue the pulpit because they have discovered unusual communication skills in themselves. However, preaching is about so much more. We must be theologians, historians, apologists, churchmen and above all exemplary men, husbands and fathers (see 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1). We must also love and serve the Church. So many young preachers long for conference ministries that reach millions. However, without a love for the local church that goal rings hollow. I want to see a young preacher sweep floors, pick up trash, lead small groups, share the gospel in the secret places, pray for the sick and the afflicted, and manage his home in such a way as to make it a beacon of hope for others. That’s the foundation upon which great preaching is built.
20 November 2009
Are you thankful Christian? TO Him be the glory for His everlasting love for sinners like you and me..... NOTHING but the Blood of Christ can wash away my sin........Jesus took my wrath, my punishment, so that I could be reconciled back to the Father through His sovereign grace...... Thank you Lord jesus for saving me from myself. Great is your mercy and kindness to me and to all who call upon your name through repentance and faith in the Son of God..... This is the greatest Christmas gift any person could ever ask for..... So what are you thankful for? Or better yet! What are you waiting for? Come to Him NOW! Your soul depends on it...... Jesus thank you.
18 November 2009
This is what Christmas is all about North America! Thank you Linus for that clear explaination of the meaning of Christmas.To God be the glory for giving us His SON (Jesus Christ our Lord).
Keep Christ the center of your Christmas.....
15 November 2009
Today my beautiful wife Julie and I, are celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary! I thank the Lord everyday for giving her to me.
To Him be the glory for His providence in my life... Because it involved Julie Lindstrom to come into it.
Julie, I love you so much! You are everything to me! From the first time we met and more so today!
She is the one who is love of my life.
She is the one who prayed for her husband to be saved.
She is the one who is always faithful.
She is the one who keeps me humble.
She is the one who listens to me ramble on about things.
She is the one who isn't great at sports
She is the one who tries her best at them though
She is the one who watches hockey with me "Go Leafs Go"
She is the one who likes to be around me!! Of all people
She is the one who makes me frustrated sometimes
She is the one who makes me smile and laugh.
She is the one who makes my favorite dish (English pasties)
She is the one who goes above all that I could ask for.
She is the one who loves me unconditionally.
She is the one who cares for me.
She is the one who cares for our 3 beautiful children.
She is the one who cries during the movie "UP".
She is the one who I couldn't live without.
She is the one who I get to grow old with.
She is the one who bares my sorrows and tears.
She is the one who knows me best.
She is the one who loves the Lord with all her heart
She is the one who the bible speaks of in the Proverb's
She is my BEST FRIEND.
And most importantly! SHE IS MINE.
I can honestly answer yes to this question: Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: "Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates. Prov 31:10-31
11 November 2009
10 November 2009
08 November 2009
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.
Let me learn by paradox
That the way down is the way up,
That to be low is to be high,
That the broken heart is the healed heart,
That the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
That the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
That to have nothing is to possess all,
That to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
That to give is to receive,
That the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;
Let me find thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin,
Thy riches in my poverty
Thy glory in my valley.
By Arthur Bennett
04 November 2009
What are you carrying around today? Jesus said "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matt 11:28-30.
STOP! What are you waiting for? Give it to Him.........
02 November 2009
01 November 2009
3. This book is intended for the use of all men and women
Turn of the TV! Pick up this book right NOW! And see for yourself the love of God on the pages of scripture, for even a sinner like you! Trust me it worth reading, your soul depends on it......
To Him be the glory for such a great love letter to all humanity. A love letter that directs our attention to the only One, who can save our souls from the eternal lake of fire! The Saviour, Jesus Christ my Lord.....
30 October 2009
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22 October 2009
Charles H. Spurgeon says “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength”. That statement is so true; I myself have the tendency to do just that. I worry and judge the earth and say “God do you see what your people are doing? Hurry up and do something about it!” We can learn a great deal from the prophetic book of Habakkuk. We are given insight into what he was going through and how he dealt with his burden (Hab 1:1-4) when the people that God chose to receive the promised land (Gen 12:1-3) (Deut 7:6-7) (Ex 19:5) were living a wicked and disobedient life.
When Christians get to the point in their Christian walk of not understanding circumstances and wanting answers, there is only one Person to whom we can turn. He is the One who is capable of answering any question we might have: He is God the creator of the heavens and the earth, (Gen 1:1) (Ps 19:4) (Is 42:5) (Rev 4:11) the Holy and perfect deity of the triune God. He holds the foundations of the earth in his hand and is the ruler of all things. We as Christians tend to forget that we are here for His good pleasure not the other way around. Often, in difficult times or when we want something we have the tendency to want results NOW! We have the opinion that our ideas or plans are so much better than the sovereign Lord, because we don’t want to wait on God’s timing. When we fall this way, scripture instructs us to go to Him in prayer. (Is 55:6) (Phil 4:6) (Ps 5:2)
This is exactly what Habakkuk did. He took the burden he had for the people and his knowledge of the terrible events that were going to take place in Judah, to the Holy One (Hab 1:12). As Habakkuk waited in the watch tower (Hab 2:1) to see the results of God’s righteousness, he was reminded that sin in the eyes of the Lord will not go unpunished. The Lord sees all sin as an abomination and He will judge in His timing not ours. (Deut 9:7) (Job 37:13) (Eccl 3:17)
Even through all His divine righteous judgment of sin, we are still reminded of God’s mercy and the grace that He bestows upon all people who will call on the name of the Lord Jehovah. Habakkuk is reminded in chapter two in verse four that “...the just shall live by his faith”. It is a great comfort to me and for all other believers around the world to know that we have a God who will not only judge each person perfectly, but He will show unlimited grace to the children who look to Christ Crucified as Saviour.
Sometimes, okay a lot of times, I don’t think before I act or speak, and that usually gets me into a lot of trouble. When that happens, my beautiful wife will say to me “You put your foot in your mouth again, didn’t you, Peter?” Oh how that rings such truth! I’m always wanting to be that self-righteous, prideful Christian (Hab 2:5) (Prov 30:12) (Luke 11:39-44) (Is 64:6) (Rom 10:3) who wants to execute God’s wrath and condemnation on fellow believers. By doing this, I’m only being a disobedient servant (Titus 1:16) (Eph 2:2) and not being the servant who is supposed to show others grace, mercy and especially love. (Rom 15:2) (Col 3:16) (Pro 11:30) (Rom 14:1) In order to accomplish this, I need to understand my error and remind myself that through prayer (Matt 7:7) (Mark 11:25) and walking by faith, I will be led to knowledge. Habakkuk also had to learn to be patient, obedient and to faithfully wait on God to do His sovereign work. Which He had planned to happen, In His own time!
Jonathan Edwards said “A true love for God must begin with a delight in his holiness, and not with a delight in any attribute: for no other attribute is truly without this”. What an amazing God we serve! I am in awe every day that our God could forgive me of all my wicked sin. It is this sin that only brought pain to the One who would suffer the punishment for the whole world: Christ Jesus. He is the One who loved me first before I loved him. (1 Pet 2:25) (John 10:11-15) (Rom 3:25)
All things that God chooses to put in your path are there for you to learn something of His great will for you. Sometimes he will also use circumstances that are difficult when He wants to chasten you back to the place where you were found: broken and in need of His grace. (Ps 86:15) (Heb 12:6) (Is 26:16) (Job 5:17) The majesty of God is so perfect and He knows exactly what He is doing, (Deut 32:4) (Ps 29:3-5) (Job 26:14) which is why we need to walk by faith and trust that God’s plan is always perfect even when we don’t understand it. This is why I learned so much from the little book of Habakkuk; I was able to see a picture of his problem and how the Lord used that situation to show him what to do. Then I could see Habakkuk being transformed and praising God (Hab 3:3-6) for all His mercy and marvellous grace that he shows his chosen children of Israel. John Piper says “The climax of God’s happiness is the delight He takes in the echoes of His excellence in the praises of His people”. We need to look at the LORD Jehovah with reverence and praise (Prov 9:10) (Ps 96:6) (Jude 1:25) (Rev 5:12) for He is the Ruler of the universe and He honors a humble servant who lives with obedience and faithful praise to Him the “God of this World”. He had made a covenant promise with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3) and then God promised a Son who would come and bear the sins for all mankind (Isa 7:14; 53:1-12) (Zech 9:9). He is truthful (Rom 8:28-29) in everything He said He was going to do. The scripture assures us of this because the Bible is the inspired Word of God. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
15 October 2009
12 October 2009
PLEASE WATCH this video and ask yourself this question: How am I spending my time each and every day? Are you to busy for the Lord?
We must make Him our greatest treasure above eveything. We must stay close to the Saviour, and as far away from Satan and his fallen angels (demons).. Glorify the Lord through your body as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable which is your reasonable service. To Him be the Glory!
I asked myself the question this morning; what am I most thankful for? Here are some of the things that came to mind.....
- the ability to see, smell, hear, and walk.
- a healthy family who loves the Lord.
- a Christian wife who is absolutely amazing, and most of all is my best friend.
- the ability and the skills to work and provide for my family.
- the love of our families in Ontario.
- the Peck family (our best friends) for their love and dedication (passion) to the Lord.
- to be able to go to church freely, without the fear of losing our lives.
- the local church and their desire to know Him more personally through the written word.
- the forgiveness of sin through His Son's death and resurrection.
- the salvation that the Lord gives so freely to a lost and broken world.
- that He, (Jesus) saved my wretched life from eternal death.
- that He, (Jesus) saved my family from that same eternal death.
- the intimate relationship that I have with Lord Jesus Christ.
- that He loves me so much with a perfecting and everlasting love.
- the privilege and honor to preach and proclaim His word to His children.
- the power and privilege of prayer.
- the grace and mercy He has for me, when I struggle to do what is right.
- His sovereignty and providence in my life as he directs my path.
- the will He has for my life and my family.
- the burden for the lost, and the desire to see people to see Jesus Christ and His love.
- the love and support of my family and friends.
- the Gospel of peace which is.............the Lord Jesus Christ,
- TO BE ABLE TO GLORIFY HIM AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN!
What are you most thankful for? As the Psalmist says "...give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the people"..... talk (speak) of His wondrous works!." Ps 105:1-3)
We are to make His name known. So make His name known in your homes and communities each and every day. Tell of His wondrous works that He has done in your life. To Him be the glory!
07 October 2009
04 October 2009
03 October 2009
What is Revival?
1. An increase hunger for a delight in God’s Word (Ps 119: 107) I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to Your Word!
2. Involves a disdain for sin and renewed desire for obedience to God (Ps 119:37) Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.
3. Brings increased commitment to and interest in personal prayer. (Ps 80:18) Then we shall not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your Name!
4. It’s God gladly at the center of my Life, experienced and enjoyed (Lam 3:24) The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."
5. It’s getting back on the right path again (1John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Revival is not, an emotional extravagance where people are caught up in the moment and fall down out of control, it’s not a long line of anxious sinners waiting for a turn at the microphone to reveal their most secret sinful something. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says "Does it grieve you my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and desecrated? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age... But, we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God's name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again". Here are some examples of revivals in history:
1. The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) the beginning of the church.
2. The Corinthian church (2 Cor 7: 8-9) many came to the Lord in genuine sorrow for there wickedness.
3. Jonathan Edwards and The First Great Awakening (1734) A village mourned over the death of 2 young people, and over a period of 6 months half the village was converted by the Power of God. And from there Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, John Wesley the church grew rapidly in new England between 1740 and 1742 with more than 300,000 new and revived Christians turning to the Lord in faith and repentance. One Historian called this time "The most glorious and extensive revival our country has ever known".
4. Clean Hands and Pure Hearts Revival in Scotland (1949) began with 2 ladies praying for their own lives and in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland. One morning a young man read the scriptures (Ps 24:3-5) Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of His salvation.
After he read he asked the question? Are my hands clean Lord, is my heart pure? He and his fellow intercessors fell on their faces in the barn , and their lives were revived as they got their hands and hearts clean before the Lord. By Sunday the next week the whole island was filled with God consciousness. And Churches were filled to overflowing getting right with God.
5. Nineveh a nation once known for there wickedness humbled themselves from the greatest to the least. Repented and believed in God. (verse 10) When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. The Word of God shows us the greatest revival of all times and its written the pages of scripture. We as Christians get to see first hand of what true revival is, 600,000 souls turning from their wickedness and believed in God. All by a disobedient prophet who spoke 8 words that the Lord told him say to a despicable nation (much like the present situation we live in today) The Word of God is so powerful it can transform the wickedest of hearts. Why I know, because it transformed my despicable heart. Peter said "The Lord is not slack (not lazy, delay) concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9.
So where is our REVIVAL? Steve Lawson says " if churches today are to see more people come to Christ, then more BIBLICAL PREACHING is needed, not less. God has always been pleased to use the foolishness of preaching His word to bring about the conversion of lost sinners. He did so in Jonah’s day and He will do so now IF CHURCHES will return to solid, straightforward biblical preaching". The Lord sends true revival when we have humble and contrite hearts (brokenhearted for sin; deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended God), even in all Israel’s sin and backsliding, God’s grace will prevail, even in all Nineveh’s wickedness, God’s grace will prevail, even in our sinful and disobedient behavior, God’s grace will prevail, to revive the spirit - literally, ‘to make alive.’ The sense is, He imparts spiritual life and comfort. He is to us, what refreshing rains and genial suns and dews are to a drooping plant.
1. Would you like to see a revival in the church of Jesus Christ?
2. Do you sincerely desire revival within yourself (because it starts individually)
3. Are you constantly on your knee’s praying to a Holy God to revive this nation we live in?
4. Is serious bible study and prayer a priority in your life?
5. Are my hands clean Lord, is my heart pure?
How's your fire going?
23 September 2009
The thought of thine infinite serenity
For I am toiling and moiling, troubled
but thou art for ever at perfrect peace.
Thy designs cause thee no fear or care
they stand fast as the eternal hills.
Thy power knows no bond,
thy goodness no stint.
Thou bringest order out of confusion,
and my defeats are thy victories:
The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
I come to thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows,
to leave every concern entirely to thee,
every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood;
Revive deep spirituality in my heart;
Let me live near to the great Shepherd,
hear his voice, know its tones, follow its calls.
Keep me from deception by causing me to abide
in the truth,
from harm by helping me to walk in the power
of the Spirit.
Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities,
burning into me by experience the things I know;
Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel,
that I may bear its reproach,
see Jesus as its essence,
know in it the power of the Spirit.
Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill;
unbelief mars my confidence,
sin makes me forget thee.
Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut
at their roots;
Grant me to know that I truly live only
when I live to thee,
that all else is trifiling.
Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout,
strong and happy.
Abide in me, gracious God.
18 September 2009
17 September 2009
Pinch your finger
Bang your head on something
when you see someone who looks out of place (different)
When your with friends privately or publicly
When your at work each week
When your in the car
When your at the church
1. The Tongue is Capable of Corruption
Is your tongue constantly being used for evil? What do you mean being used for evil?
1. Is it being used to Gossip?
(Prov 16:27-28) A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
2. Is it being used for Complaining?
(Num 21:4-5) From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food."
3. Is it being used for Selfish Gain?
(2Tim 3:1-5) But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
4. Is it being used for Corruption?
(1John 2:15-17) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
(Jude 1:4) For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
6. Is it being used for Blaspheming our Lord?
(Luke 22:63-65) Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
So as we continue do you display any or many of these characteristics? Because if you do you need to check to see where you stand in the Lord Jesus Christ. Why I say that because the genuine believer will not contradict his or her profession of faith, by regular use of unwholesome words. Jesus said you will know them by their fruits (Matt 12:33) "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.
So what is the importance of the Tongue? Why does it get so much attention in the Bible? Because it is suppose to be used for: Praising, Worshipping, Prayer, Building up, Encouraging, Teaching, Communicating Love.
We are to edify, strengthen one another with love for each other, so that we grow in our walk with Him (Jesus Christ) who is far more important (precious) to us. Edify (means) "the act of building" (oikos, "a home," and demo, "to build"); this is used only figuratively in the NT, in the sense of edification, the promotion of spiritual growth (lit., "the things of building up"). The tongue must be used for the purpose of good not evil, we must bridle our tongues. Bridle (means) "to lead by a bridle, to bridle, to hold in check, restrain;" it is used metaphorically of the tongue and of the body. You can see the passion of James in this text (verse 10) "From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so". We must use it for good, not evil. How do I know that I'm using my tongue for good?
1. Is it being used for Praising?
(Heb 13:15) Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
2. Is it being used for Worshipping?
(Rev 7:9-12) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
(1 Thess 5:12-15) We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
4. Is it being used to Communicate Love?
(Rom 12:13-15) Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
5. Is it being used for Sincere Prayer?
(James 5:16) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Owen Feltham "All men will be Peters in their bragging tongue, and most men will be Peters in their base denial; but few men will be Peters in their quick repentance." The tongue is small and is capable of so much, may we always use it for what it was intended for: To bring our Lord the Glory He so greatly deserves; to help, care for one another through edification and prayer. We are to bridle our tongues; we are to look to God (Holy Spirit) and His sovereign power to overcome or tame (bridle) the tongue; we must live disciplined lives under the authority of what the scripture says.
The Tongue is Capable of Corruption it's full of evil and poison. The Tongue is Intended for Edification, we are to speak only that which is good and praise worthy. When God transformed us by His sovereign grace, He gave us the capacity for a new redeemed Holy Speech, and remember He expects us as His children (His righteous children) to speak ONLY that which is HOLY and RIGHT "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person". Col 4:6. Paul goes on to say "let NO corrupting talk comes from our mouths (Eph 4:29-30). Always remember a hateful heart is an unconverted heart and it CANNOT and WILL NOT produce loving words or works. Jesus said "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits". Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles Matt 7:15-16. A loving heart is a regenerated heart and it CANNOT and WILL NOT produce hateful words or works "a healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit". Matt 7:18. So How do we answer the 2 question mentioned earlier? Are you displaying proper us of the tongue? Are you always using your tongue to do evil ? The answer "you will know them by there fruits". Can you leave here today and know that my (Mike, Your Name) tongue is being bridled by the power of the Holy Spirit. Or is it untamed and evil, full of hate and sin, a tongue that is full of the world and all its desires and pleasures to fill oneself. Do we have a tongue that is bitter like salt water?Or pure like fresh water? Only you can answer those questions, because I can't see the heart! But He can! To Him be the glory for His goodness and patience with sinners like us. Stop before you hurt someone or better yet yourself.
15 September 2009
Read Luke 22:39-44,and see for yourself the great love we have in our Savior for such a fallen and broken sinful world. A Savior who humbled Himself on the CROSS for sinners like you and me. To Him be the glory for such a great salvation
12 September 2009
10 September 2009
In today's world people follow someone or something that catches their attention. Basically we are followers of those who have gone before us, or those who have achieved what we want to achieve.
You can tell yourself, that not me, but your only deceiving yourself. We live in a society that needs to follow others; we live in a society that wants to be like everyone else. Take for example:
Popular Religious Movements
Causes (wwf, peta, gay movement, feminist movement, and so on)
Peers ( Co-workers, school mates, friends and neighbors)
Our post-modern world says "we must have what everyone else has" (We call this Jonesin') We just want to fit in. Why? Because we love the attention of others; or we look to others for acceptance. The Question I have for you and I would be: Who are you going to follow? Is it going to be the World? Or Is it going to be the Lord Jesus Christ? Maybe to help you answer that question we need to understand what the word follow means.
Follow (means) To go after or behind; to walk, ride or move behind, but in the same direction. Soldiers will usually follow a brave officer. To pursue; to chase; as an enemy, or as game. To accompany; to attend in a journey. "a follower, or "companion" (from the prefix a, here expressing "union, likeness," and keleuthos, "a way;" hence, "one going in the same way"), is used (a) frequently in the literal sense, e.g., Mat_4:25; (b) metaphorically, of "discipleship," e.g., Mar_8:34; Mar_9:38; Mar_10:21. It is used 77 times in the Gospels, of "following" Christ, and only once otherwise, Mar_14:13.
08 September 2009
07 September 2009
1. To stand strong
2. To stand firm
3. To stand boldly for the precious Gospel of Christ Jesus our Lord
1. Helps us to encourage the weak. (Isa 35:3) "strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees"
3. Helps us to serve one another (Rom 1:12) that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. (1 Peter 1:22) Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
4. Helps us to grow in a Christian walk (Matt 5:6) blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled"
5. Helps us most of all to Glorify the Lord (Eph 5:27) 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.