Month: September 2015

Trying to Make the Good News Better

God’s Good News is the Best News Forever

Theology for the People

Recently I was asked by some members of our church to listen to a sermon from a church their friends attended, who had been alarmed by some things the pastor had been saying, and they wanted my 2 cents.

I listened to the message and agreed with them that the things they had been concerned about were indeed alarming – but aside from that particular issue, which I won’t go into detail about here, there was something else I heard in the message which caused me to pause.

The pastor was talking about a trip he had taken and how, as he was preaching, people were live-tweeting his message, and the most tweeted phrase was: “I am a good person, I just forgot.” The idea being, that you really are a good person, you just haven’t been acting like one. You just forgot to be good.

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God loves a cheerful Giver?

You Can Be a Cheerful Giver

Lifting Jesus in His Loveliness & the perfection of His work

2Cor 9:7  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; FOR GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER.
2Cor 9:8  And God is able to make ALL GRACE abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

(Amplified bible Translation) GRACE is translated as (EVERY FAVOR and EARTHLY BLESSING) come to you IN ABUNDANCE so that you may ALWAYS and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient. [Possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

ALWAYS means: good time, bad time, famine time, harvest time, whatever time in the world with the banking system up or down does not affect you.

The context of these verse is about material giving, and when reading (2Cor 9:7-8) we tend to have the…

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Lifting up Saved Millennials

Blessed Father, how wonderful it would be to see millions of saved millennials walking in newness of life wherever the Spirit leads them during this day that the Lord has made! How exciting it would be to see more and more millennials praying for one another, and praying especially for their unsaved peers!

Hear their prayers, O Lord. Hear their humble cries. Use them where You have planted them to tell someone that today is the day of salvation. Give them the opportunity to tell someone that Jesus died for the sins of the world and has risen from the dead, and that Jesus is ready to forgive their sins, if they will come to Him. Save many souls as we pray.

Father, glorify Your Redeeming Name. It is in the Name of Jesus that we lift up the saved millennails to do Your will. Amen.

John Piper – Why do Christians preach and sing?

Praising the Lord Together

Daily Bleat

There is an excellent sermon by John Piper that explains why Christians preach and sing.

Here are some quotables:

  • “There is not another religion or another movement on planet earth that does this—gathers together to hear preaching and respond with singing. Preach and sing. Preach and sing. Muslims don’t do this. Hindus don’t do this. Buddhists don’t do this. Sikhs don’t do this. Judaism doesn’t do this. Confucianism doesn’t do this. When Apple unveils a new image of techno-religion, Tim Cook may preach. But the audience doesn’t sing. Only Christianity does this.”
  • “I don’t like to do things without a reason. I don’t like to do things just because they’ve always been done. I don’t like to do things just because other people are doing them. I don’t like to do things just because they’re fun. I like to do things that make sense in connection with ultimate reality.”
  • “When…

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Everything of God is in Christ Jesus (3)

Christ is All!

New Jerusalem - the Consummation

Everything of God is found in Christ Jesus and will be found in New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemIn Christ there are no national, cultural, ethnic, and social distinctions. These separating characteristics are gone because “in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body” (1 Corinthians 12:13) and now “we who are many are one Body in Christ” (Romans 12:5).

In Christ and in His Body there is no Texan, no Chinese, no Arab, no South African, no Canadian, no Latino, no Jew or Gentile, no Pacific Islander, no east or west, no black or yellow or white. In the new man “Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11); this is a divine fact which no one can change.

It is also a fact that we have been baptized into Christ and have put on Christ, in whom there cannot be any of these distinctions (Galatians 3:27-28). However, in…

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Heeding the Call to Prayer

Praying for the Salvation for Jerusalem is a Noble Prayer

Looking for the Blessed Hope


Hi friends!  We are in the midst of a short series I’m calling Hope for Today.  So far we have focused on:

We have one more installment tomorrow, so come back for Hope for Today: Greater is He in You than He Who is in the World.  You will be blessed.

Today, however, let’s focus our full attention on 911: An Emergency Recall to Pray for Jerusalem.  Please join thousands of other Christians around the world as we pray for Israel.  I also encourage you to pray for the leaders of our country as well, particularly given the gigantic decision to be made in Congress regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.

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