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Paul's Thorn in the Flesh

07.05.10 J.A. Matteson

“…there was given me a thorn in the flesh….” 2 Corinthians 12:7

Pride is the greatest danger to effective ministry. Fallen human nature, even among the redeemed, tends toward self-exaltation. And as the apostle earlier observed, knowledge puffs up, but love edifies (1 Cor. 8:1). As an ardent student of the Old Testament Paul often borrowed literary terminology from the ancients in his letters. For the last two thousand years many explanations of the “thorn in the flesh” have been offered and none have been conclusive. Therefore it is not the intent or claim of this brief editorial to assert new insight (as though any could be!), but merely to offer my own observation on the question. It seems to this author, based on the context of the passage, chapter, and the entire theme of book (in conjunction with 1 Corinthians) that the thorn to which [Continue reading…]

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

How powerful is our praise when we surrender ourselves totally unto Jesus? Focus your eyes upon Him, lift Him up with praise and thanksgiving in all circumstances, and witness His power at work in your life!

Originally posted 2009-06-04 07:15:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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On Foreign Soil

J.A. Matteson
03.04.09

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ… Philippians 3:20

Slumbering soldiers on foreign soil behind enemy lines quickly find themselves in mortal peril. The life of faith requires that the saint press on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus and be constantly on guard against temporal sidetracks that hinder progress in grace. The realization of desired attainments in grace appears elusive for the weary pilgrim, yet the Lord in His goodness has ordained that grace be extended towards His saints ensuring their progress in their travels towards the New Jerusalem, for the Apostle confidently asserts, “I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

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Originally posted 2009-03-04 15:56:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Psalm 97 – A Song of Praise to the Sovereign LORD

1 The LORD reigns;

Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!

2 Clouds and darkness surround Him;

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

3 A fire goes before Him,

And burns up His enemies round about.

4 His lightnings light the world;

The earth sees and trembles.

5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD,

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare His righteousness,

And all the peoples see His glory.

7 Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,

Who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods.

8 Zion hears and is glad,

And the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments, O LORD.

9 For You, LORD, are most high above all the earth;

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The Deity of Christ

“We believe that Jesus Christ, according to his divine nature, is the only Son of God– eternally begotten, not made nor created, for then he would be a creature. He is one in essence with the Father; coeternal; the exact image of the person of the Father and the “reflection of his glory,” Col. 1:15 Heb. 1:3 being in all things like him. He is the Son of God not only from the time he assumed our nature but from all eternity, as the following testimonies teach us when they are taken together.

Moses says that God “created the world”; Gen. 1:1 and John says that “all things were created by the Word,” John 1:3 which he calls God. The apostle says that “God made the world by his Son.” Heb. 1:2 He also says that “God created all things by Jesus Christ.” Col. 1:16 And so it must [Continue reading…]

Consequences Of Non-Expositional Preaching (14)

Continuing our series that explores and highlights the consequences of not preaching expositionally.

It strips the pulpit of power.

“The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12). Everything else is impotent, giving merely an illusion of power. Human strategy is not more important than Scripture. The showman’s ability to lure people in should not impress us more than the Bible’s ability to transform lives.

Excerpt from Fifteen Evil Consequences of Plexiglas Preaching

Originally posted 2010-01-19 11:46:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Greatest Enterprise

THE GREATEST ENTERPRISE 04.14.09 J.A. Matteson

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men…. Titus 2:11

The incarnation of the Son of God is the quintessential display of grace, for that which is known of God finds its expression in the divine initiative; recipients of grace are illumined to His Person and majesty, being conscripted to a global enterprise with eternal consequences. Imagine them now in darkness, helpless, hopeless, blind, deaf, despairing, pierced through with many sorrows, not knowing their right hand from their left, always learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth, thinking themselves wise but being detestable in every deed, idolaters, insolent, with eyes full of envy and lust, desiring and never being satisfied, blissfully ignorant of their spiritual condition and of the deep pit over which they dangle by a thread, whose demise in hell surely awaits them, lest [Continue reading…]

The Shack – A Biblical Critique

If you click on the cover picture on the left you will find a thoroughly comprehensive, discerning booklet, which is both clear and succinct on why The Shack is to be cautioned against. Author Tim Challies, writes in such an easy manner and bases his arguments and warnings only on the Word of God and nothing more.

Perhaps you may have had doubts after reading it, or maybe you are one who doesn’t think that The Shack is heretical at all, and can’t see what all the fuss is about, then perhaps a read of this booklet will help you understand what and why it is not what you thought it to be, at first reading.

Originally posted 2009-03-25 18:03:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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In Our Place

The message of the Cross will always be foolishness to those who are perishing [1 Cor 1:18], and Christ will always be a stumbling rock of offense to many too [1 Pet 2:7-8]. Problems and confusion usually arise when Christians attempt to make the Cross more acceptable, and in so doing, sanitize it even to […]

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Originally posted 2010-08-02 00:30:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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