Month: November 2015

Thankful for our Pastors

Blessed Father, there are many things that we are thankful for regarding our Pastors, and we thank You for them often. But today, dear Lord, we want to thank You because our Pastors ” do all things for the sake of the Gospel” [1 Corinthians 9:23a].

Empower them, O Lord, to continue to exalt our Lord Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection in every sermon and in every outreach ministry, so that the world will recognize Christ as the Lamb of God who died to take away the sins of the world and arose again from the dead. Help us to praise Him more often as the Head of His church.

Fill us with Your Spirit, O Lord, because we need Your Power. Receive our worship, adoration, and praise as a sweet smelling aroma that will glorify Your Holy Name. Rule and reign over our hearts and every aspect of our services so that Christ will be magnified.

Thank You, Lord. In Your Saving Name we pray. Amen.




The Holy Spirit Is at Hand to Help You


But why dost thou judge thy brother?… for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Romans 14:10

God in love and wisdom has given us in His Holy Spirit every gift and power and help that we need to serve Him. We do not have to look around for some other way!

The most solemn aspect of this is our individual responsibility. The Bible teaches that a day is coming when we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone faces a review of the things done in the body, whether good or bad.

In that day we will be fully exposed and the things that we have done in our own strength and for our own glory will be quickly blown away, like worthless straw and stubble, forever separated from the kind of deeds and ministries which were wrought by the Spirit and…

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Grace and Forgiveness


And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus,
and by the Spirit of our God.
—1 Corinthians 6:11

I do not know all of the Savior’s reasons for choosing the woman at the well. I know that His revelation of Himself to her constituted an everlasting rebuke to human selfrighteousness.

I know that every smug woman who walks down the street in pride and status ought to be ashamed of herself. I know that every self-righteous man who looks into his mirror each morning to shave what he believes to be an honest face ought to be ashamed of himself….

Jesus was able to see potential in the woman at the well that we could never have sensed. What a gracious thing for us that Jesus Christ never thinks about what we have…

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Why God Does What He Does

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Why God Does What He Does

“He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
(Psalms 23:3)

God cares why we do what we do. He doesn’t desire rote singing, Bible reading, and prayer from us. He wants our hearts too. This is no surprise. God cares about our motivations. He even cares about when we drink sweet tea, drive down the interstate—the everything and whatevers of life (1 Cor. 10:31).

But have you ever thought about God’s motivation?
Why does God do what God does?

We know he sent his Son because he loves us. “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16). God’s love for sinners motivates him.

And God’s glory is the motivation behind God’s love to redeem dead sinners like you and me.

“I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for…

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You Were Made for God

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John Piper

For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. (1 Samuel 12:22)
The name of God often refers to his reputation, his fame, his renown. This is the way we use the word name when we say someone is making a name for himself. Or we sometimes say, that’s a “name” brand. We mean a brand with a big reputation. This is what I think Samuel means in 1 Samuel 12:22 when he says that God made Israel a people “for himself” and that he would not cast Israel off “for his great name’s sake.”This way of thinking about God’s zeal for his name is confirmed in many other passages.

For example, in Jeremiah 13:11 God describes Israel as a waistcloth, or belt, God chose to highlight his glory, but which…

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God’s Passion for His Glory

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by Peter Cockrell on on Already Not Yet blog

Justin Childers:

10 things God has done (or will do) that He specifically says He did for His own glory:

1.      God created us for His glory.

a.      Isaiah 43:6-7: God says, “bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

b.      Isaiah 43:21: God describes His people as: “the people whom I formed for myself, that they might declare my praise.”

2.      God forgives sins for His glory .

a.      Isaiah 43:25:  God says, “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

b.      Psalm 25:11:  “For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.”

3.      God hardened Pharaoh’s heart for His glory.

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Glorify by Giving Thanks

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John Piper

It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15)

Gratitude is joy toward God for his grace. But by its very nature, gratitude glorifies the giver. It acknowledges its own need and the beneficence of the giver.

Just like I humble myself and exalt the waitress in the restaurant when I say, “Thank you,” to her, so I humble myself and exalt God when I feel gratitude to him. The difference, of course, is that I really am infinitely in debt to God for his grace, and everything he does for me is free and undeserved.

But the point is that gratitude glorifies the giver. It glorifies God. And this is Paul’s final goal in all his labors: for the sake of the church — yes; but, above and…

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