Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for March, 2018

71263978-1080x675

Reading from Deuteronomy chapters 27 through 32, the words of R.C. Sproul were prominent in my thinking: “God plays for keeps.”

God takes His law and word very seriously. It reveals His character, nature, and will – indeed, it is a reflection of Him. In those chapters, those who obey God’s law are blessed, while those who disobey are cursed. The detail of this larger passage shows us that not only does God take His law and word seriously, He also takes our response to it seriously.

In other words, God plays for keeps. He’s serious about His children obeying (or, conversely, disobeying) His law and word. In fact, in 32:45-46, it says, When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, he said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law. For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.” (Emphasis added)

God’s Word and Law are not idle for us – they’re not meaningless or inconsequential; they are our life. Through His Word and Spirit, God saves us, sustains us, transforms us, and conforms us to the image of Christ. It really is our life, and there’s nothing idle about that!

God plays for keeps. Shouldn’t we be serious, too?

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Follow-Me-700x300

I had the privilege this morning of hearing Pastor Rick Elzinga preach on John 21. What follows is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: The risen Lord Jesus Christ calls us to follow Him by fishing – bringing others to Christ – and by shepherding – growing them up in Christ.

Read Full Post »

Bạn đang đọc chuyện một người cha dạy con

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

Parents, you are ultimately responsible for the education of your children – both spiritual and academic. Through Moses, God commanded His people to “teach them (His words and commands) diligently” to their children. God will hold parents accountable for how well, or poorly, they have done it. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends, youth pastors, pastors, Sunday School teachers, Christian schools, and churches come alongside  and help. But that’s just what it is – help. God has uniquely equipped dads and moms for this task. Don’t neglect it or subcontract it out to other people.

Notice that there are three factors needed to “teach them diligently.” First, a love for God that involves everything we are and everything we have. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Second, a heart that delights in God’s commands – His Word. “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.” Third, a commitment to diligence. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” 

God gives parents the responsibility to teach and train their children and the ability, by the Holy Spirit, to carry it out. Since the Lord is our God, can we do any less?

 

Read Full Post »

mylordandmygod

This morning I had the privilege of hearing Pastor Rick Elzinga preach on John 20:21-30. Here is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: Continue to believe and trust Jesus Christ, who is our Lord and our God.

Read Full Post »

49236-resurrection-facebook.800w

This morning I had the privilege of hearing Pastor Rick Elzinga preach on John 20:1-21. Here is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: In revealing Himself as the resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ calls us by name, gives us peace, and sends us on His mission.

Read Full Post »

therefore-we-ought-to-support-people-like-these-that-we-may-be-fellow-worke-esv14665

I had the privilege this morning of hearing Darren Carlson, founder of President of Teaching Leaders International, preach on 3 John 1-8. Here is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: A faithful church receives and sends missionaries for the glory of God.

Read Full Post »

Unknown

“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd” (Ecclesiastes 12:11).

I’ve run across several good articles and blog posts that are thought-provoking. I commend them to you. Enjoy!

According to Michael Harris of The Globe and Maildigital technology has changed, and is changing, the way we read, and it’s not for the better.

“Sing Your Heart Out at Church (Even If You Hate the Music)” writes Brett  McCracken. Even if you don’t completely agree with him, you should read his article. I’m of the mind that no one should agree with 100% of the music choices of their church and think that the only acceptable music is music I like. There are times we need to be stretched.

Michael Kruger of Reformed Theological Seminary writes that the worship of the early Christian church offended just about everybody. It irritated the Romans and the Jews, but the Christians didn’t try to change it in order to make it less offensive (which is something we need to hear in this day and age).

Sinclair Ferguson discusses the early symptoms of spiritual danger. What does it look like when someone who claims to be a Christian begins to apostatize?

Here are two writers’ thoughts on the life and ministry of Billy Graham: Steve Lawson and Darryl Dash. Read both of them – it’ll be worth it.

 

Read Full Post »