“If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
What condemnation do these words pronounce upon the shallow, meager religion so common among us–making us feel that hardly any description of its professors could be more exaggerated or unreal, than that of being “new creatures.”
Take yon member of the church. He wears the garb and bears the name of Christ. He is a fair average specimen of a large class. He has the profession of being a Christian; yet …
he is fond of the world;
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Originally posted 2009-09-01 05:00:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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Following Jesus Closely J.A. Matteson
Can a branch abide in the vine remotely? Is it possible for grapes to grow detached from the vine? Are the words spoken by another heard best at a distance or in close proximity? “But Peter was following Him at distance….” (Matt. 26:58). When Jesus invites us to follow Him, He expects us to remain with Him, come what may (Jn. 6:67). How easy it is to follow Him closely, to openly associate with Jesus when our present company speaks well of Him (Matt. 21:9). It is quite different when we find ourselves in the company of those who are opposed to Christ, openly decrying His holy name (Acts. 8:1). In that setting do we seek to hide our identity in Christ in order to avoid persecution, to be accepted in the company of the group? In a moment of weakness Peter feared the [Continue reading...]
Because of being a part of the blogging community for a few years now, I had been vaguely aware of the name of Shane Clairborne, and have to admit that I would not have chosen to go and listen to him speak. As sometimes happens however, after agreeing to take my daughter to what she thought was a concert for Rend Collective Experiment (a band she heard and liked at a summer camp), it turned out in actual fact to be primarily a platform for Shane Claiborne to promote his message.
Admittedly my initial reaction when I sat down and realised what I had actually attended, was to leave immediately, but because I felt a little guilty of pre-judging (and my ticket had been paid for), I decided to hear what he had to say. What follows is my honest assessment of the event for anyone else considering going [Continue reading...]
How could mutations—accidental copying mistakes (DNA ‘letters’ exchanged, deleted or added, genes duplicated, chromosome inversions, etc.)—create the huge volumes of information in the DNA of living things? How could such errors create 3 billion letters of DNA information to change a microbe into a microbiologist? There is information for how to make proteins but also for controlling their use—much like a cookbook contains the ingredients as well as the instructions for how and when to use them. One without the other is useless. See: creation.com/meta-information. Mutations are known for their destructive effects, including over 1,000 human diseases such as hemophilia. Rarely are they even helpful. But how can scrambling existing DNA information create a new biochemical pathway or nano-machines with many components, to make ‘goo-to-you’ evolution possible? E.g., How did a 32-component rotary motor like ATP synthase (which produces the energy currency, ATP, for all life), or robots like [Continue reading...]
by J.A. Matteson
Nerves in the skin were given by God to alert a person that damage is inflicting the body. Physical pain is unpleasant and its intended end is the body recoiling from the source of pain/damage.
God supplies the conscience to alert the mind when damage is occurring as a result of breaking or potentially breaking his moral Law. The human soul is hardwired with the imprint of Gods moral law and is intended to prevent damage to the soul.
But, like a man who willfully places his hand on a hot stove and suffers scaring that diminishes sensitivity to physical pain, so too the man who willfully live hypocritically eventually deadens the emotional sensation of guilt, for hypocrisy is to the soul as a hot iron is to the skin.
The result of that wrongdoing becomes increasingly easy, and that is dangerous. “By means ofthe hypocrisy [Continue reading...]
Continuing our series that explores and highlights the consequences of not preaching expositionally.
It prevents the preacher from being the voice of God on every issue of his time.
Jeremiah 8:9 says, “The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord; so what wisdom do they have?” When I speak, I want to be God’s messenger. I’m not interested in exegeting what some psychologist, or business guru, or college professor has to say about an issue. My people don’t need my opinion; they need to hear what God has to say. If we preach as Scripture commands us, there should be no ambiguity about whose message is coming from the pulpit.
Excerpt from Fifteen Evil Consequences of Plexiglas Preaching
Originally posted 2009-12-15 11:33:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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I am so grateful that the Lord has led me to a place of Christian fellowship, where the Word of God is so central to all that is taught and proclaimed. The teaching is generally exegetical preaching, verse by verse through Scripture, and as a result, the Lord speaks by His own Word, in His own timing, to His own people.
At Calvary Chapel, Southampton, we are just coming to an end of the Gospel of John, preached by our senior pastor, Simon Lawrenson. The whole series of messages can be found by clicking the logo to the left of this post, however last weeks message can be heard directly below in its own player. The message was a particular blessing to me personally, and I hope that you are so blessed too.
Originally posted 2010-03-20 12:54:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Joyful, all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
Christ, by highest Heav’n adored; Christ the everlasting Lord; Late in time, behold Him come, Offspring of a virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity, Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.
Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to [Continue reading...]
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