Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The World Is Watching

Few places provide a better spiritual assessment than a funeral home. As friends and family mourn the loss of a loved one, it is usually easy to distinguish believers from unbelievers. If the deceased lived a Christian life that persevered until the end, there is a sense of joy that underlies the mourning and girds up the grief with hope.

In those times, true Christian witness is evident. While Gospel tracts and canned evangelistic presentations can be useful in certain circumstances, true witnessing happens when the grace of Christ shines through in the darkest times of trial. How we respond to seemingly unbearable circumstances shows Christ in a powerful way to a watching world. No pretense, no sales job, no plastic smiles—just a peace that is beyond all human comprehension.

I came across a self-professed blogger “with baggage” (immoral lifestyle, emotional issues, etc.) who said that she used to attend FBC Maryville, Illinois, where Pastor Fred Winters was recently murdered. After Pastor Fred was killed, she posted the following:

Cindy Winters, Fred’s widow, gave her husband’s eulogy yesterday and said “I’m not going to hate.” Can you even imagine saying that about the person who killed the father of your children? Can you imagine what it took for her to stand up there less than a week after her husband of over twenty years died so close to where she was standing yesterday?

I wish I had that sort of strength and faith. I believe in God and in being good and living a good life, but I don’t know if I could ever have what Cindy Winters has in her heart. Maybe that would make a difference, more than any story Terry Joe Sedlacek can tell us. Because no matter what he says, we won’t say “Oh, well THAT explains it perfectly.”
The peace that passes all understanding is on display in the life of Cindy Winters, and the world is watching. May God continue to pour out His sustaining grace on Cindy and their daughters. And may He multiply their witness of His marvelous, matchless, infinite grace to a watching world.

Job 19:25-27

HT: Tom Ascol

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West Virginia Southern Baptist

The April edition of the West Virginia Southern Baptist is now available for download. Also, you can access it all month long using the button in the sidebar.

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Tuesday Mornings with Augustine

Hosea 10:12

Prayer and Effort

Reject those who say we need only our own free will and not prayer to help us keep from sin. Even the Pharisee wasn’t blinded by such darkness. For, although he mistakenly thought he only needed his own righteousness (and believed he was saturated with it), nevertheless, he thanked God that he wasn’t “like other men, unjust, extortioners, adulterers, or even as the publican; for he fasted twice in the week, he gave tithes of all that he possessed.”

Even so, God didn’t approve him because he didn’t ask for additional righteousness, as though he was full of it already. He also arrogantly preferred himself to the tax gatherer who hungered and thirsted for righteousness. So then, what about those who acknowledge they don’t have righteousness, but believe they can find it within themselves instead of seeking their Creator, the source of all righteousness?

Yet it isn’t a question of prayers alone, as if we don’t need to include our willful efforts. For although God is “our Helper,” we cannot be helped if we don’t make some effort of our own. God doesn’t work out our salvation in us as if we are dull stones or creatures without reason or will.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Generational Change

Ours is a world of change. As time passes, change will come to each of us. There is always a generation behind us who is looking for our leadership. And one day, they will assume our leadership—maybe even today. Today’s message is brought to us by Wes Lambert, our youth director at Brushfork Baptist Church.

You can listen online or download the .mp3 audio file or podcast from the player at the bottom of this page.

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Crash! Speaking, Hearing and Not Doing

This is the final installment of Mountain State Baptist Association Director of Missions, Dr. Don Deel’s statistics he uncovered while researching his doctoral dissertation. As he wrote in his introduction, “These facts should cause a pastor, staff, wife and church to take notice.”

  • Seventy percent of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor.

  • Ninety-five percent of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses.

  • Eighty percent of pastors surveyed spend less than fifteen minutes a day in prayer.

  • Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons.
If your reaction is similar to mine, these past three weeks’ statistics have startled you. Next week I hope to encourage you by posting Dr. Deel’s take on how to avoid becoming one of the statistics he has reported.

James 1:22

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Deep Riches: The Primacy of Preaching

This week's musing on pastoral responsibility takes us to the subject of preaching. Click over to Deep Riches to read my thoughts on the primacy of preaching in pastoral ministry.

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Pastoral Ministry, Part 8: The Primacy of Preaching

Preaching the Scripture to a prayerfully eager and receptive congregation is the most profound act of corporate worship. Because of its objective, propositional nature, the unambiguous central element of any worship service is the expository preaching of Scripture. Church time is far too valuable to miss the opportunity for people to benefit from the opening and explaining of God’s Word every time they meet. Tasteful and reverent music, fellowship, drama, testimony, and other elements should be included in worship where appropriate. When they are included, due to their emotionally charged and highly subjective nature, the pastor must take great care that they accentuate and draw people’s focus to the preaching of the Word rather than merely provide entertainment. Any time these beneficial but extraneous elements begin to cause strife and division in the church, it is time to reevaluate the emphasis being placed on them and return focus to the preaching of the Word.

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Martyrs Monday

Romans 8:35

It was getting late, and the Soviet officer had beaten and tortured Paulus for many hours. “We are not going to torture you anymore,” he said, smiling brutally when the Christian looked up.

“We will send you instead to Siberia, where the snow never melts. It is a place of great suffering. You and your family will fit in well.”

Paulus, instead of being depressed, smiled. “The whole earth belongs to my Father, Captain. Wherever you send me I will be on my Father’s earth.”

The captain looked at him sharply. “We will take away all you own.”

“You will need a high ladder, Captain, for my treasures are stored up in heaven.” Paulus still wore a beautiful smile.

“We will put a bullet between your eyes,” shouted the captain, now angry.

If you take away my life in this world, my real life of joy and beauty will begin,” answered Paulus. “I am not afraid of being killed.”

The captain grabbed Paulus by his tattered prison shirt and screamed into his face, “We will not kill you! We will keep you locked alone in a cell and allow no one to come see you!”

“You cannot do that, Captain,” said Paulus, still smiling. “I have a Friend who can pass through locked doors and iron bars. No one can separate me from the love of Christ.”

Despite an uncertain future, we can be sure of one thing: Christ will face it with us. Whether we are going through a private trial or a public grieving, we are never going alone. In contrast, every human companion will fail us at some point. There will be places in life’s journey where they cannot walk with us—the water will be too deep and their understanding would be murky at best. Only Jesus has the ability to pass through the “iron bars” on our suffering hearts and share these difficult times. Although, in his wisdom, he may not choose to deliver us from our circumstances, his sure presence will see us through them. Smile, knowing you have a Friend from whom you can never be separated.

Readings taken from
Extreme Devotion: The Voice of the Martyrs

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

This Week's Memory Verse

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Puritan Passages

John 14:13

Better Things—William Jenkyn

It should be the Christian’s chief care to obtain from God the choicest mercies. The worldly are indeed easily put off with the meanest, because their inquiry is only who will show them any good.

But O Christian! Let nothing please or satisfy you, but the light of God’s countenance and do so receive from God here, as that you may be received to God hereafter. Desire not gifts, but mercies from God; not pebbles but pearls, and always labor for that which God never bestows but in love.

Luther, when he had a rich present sent to him, professed with a holy boldness to God that such things should not serve his turn. Always desire the favor of God rather than outward felicity. O desire from God that your portion may not be in this life, but that what you enjoy here may be a pledge of better things hereafter.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the English Puritans

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Beware of Intolerant Dogmatists!

What an intolerant dogmatist!

Oh wait—you thought I was talking about Mark Driscoll, the “crazy” right-wing evangelical? Think again!

The interview clearly shows that the “tolerant, anti-dogmatist” is the real intolerant one. Enjoy!

“Healthy people do not…” = dogma…

“Healthy people need to…” = dogma…

“All the trouble in the world today is because of religious ideology…” And you are spouting what? Oh, you mean that the trouble in the world is because of religious ideology that’s opposed to yours. That would make your words not only dogmatic, but dangerously intolerant of opposing views. Thank you for clearing that up and identifying yourself as the truly dangerously intolerant dogmatist Mr. Chopra. Would somebody please let Oprah know?

Deuteronomy 13:1-3

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Spurgeon Saturday

Ephesians 3:19

The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fulness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension. Where shall language be found which shall describe his matchless, his unparalleled love towards the children of men? It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow but skimmeth the water, and diveth not into its depths, so all descriptive words but touch the surface, while depths immeasurable lie beneath. Well might the poet say,

O love, thou fathomless abyss!
for this love of Christ is indeed measureless and fathomless; none can attain unto it. Before we can have any right idea of the love of Jesus, we must understand his previous glory in its height of majesty, and his incarnation upon the earth in all its depths of shame. But who can tell us the majesty of Christ? When he was enthroned in the highest heavens he was very God of very God; by him were the heavens made, and all the hosts thereof. His own almighty arm upheld the spheres; the praises of cherubim and seraphim perpetually surrounded him; the full chorus of the hallelujahs of the universe unceasingly flowed to the foot of his throne: he reigned supreme above all his creatures, God over all, blessed for ever. Who can tell his height of glory then? And who, on the other hand, can tell how low he descended? To be a man was something, to be a man of sorrows was far more; to bleed, and die, and suffer, these were much for him who was the Son of God; but to suffer such unparalleled agony—to endure a death of shame and desertion by his Father, this is a depth of condescending love which the most inspired mind must utterly fail to fathom. Herein is love! and truly it is love that “passeth knowledge.” O let this love fill our hearts with adoring gratitude, and lead us to practical manifestations of its power.

Readings taken from Logos Bible Software version of Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Are We On Autopilot?

For those who haven't seen it, Tim Challies has written a great post dealing with a subject that falls in line with the what I posted yesterday.

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Friday with the Fathers

Matthew 5:11-12

Sharing in Suffering—Theodoret

The greatest comfort for those who suffer from false accusations is given in the words of Scripture. When sufferers are wounded by the lying words of an unbridled tongue, and feel the sharp stings of distress, they can remember the story of Joseph. For Joseph was an example of righteousness while suffering under a slanderous charge. He was imprisoned for invading another man’s bed and spent a long time in a dungeon. When they look at Joseph’s model of purity, their pain is eased by the remedy the story provides.

They find the same thing when they look at David, who Saul hunted like a tyrant. When David caught his enemy and let him go unharmed, he received comfort in his distress.

Then there is the story of the Lord Christ Himself, Maker of the ages, Creator of all things, very God, and Son of the very God. Yet He was called a gluttonous man and a drunkard by the wicked Jews. Christ’s suffering is not only comforting but provides great joy to those who suffer. For they are counted worthy of sharing the sufferings of the Lord.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thrown Up Preaching

Ed Stetzer has been posting a series of snippets from his interview with Andy Stanley, pastor of the 22,000 member North Point Community Church on three Atlanta area campuses. Stetzer included a quote from Preaching Magazine about the process Stanley uses in planning his messages:

All of our series planning begins with a team of people and me just throwing things up on the board and at every level of preparation bringing people into the process and saying, "What do you think about this? Does this make sense?" The average person gives me all the credit for that wonderfully delivered message, but it had a lot of hands in it...I think the whole team approach to series planning is helpful. My best visual aids weren't my ideas but when you get a group of people thinking, they all have a gift. So I wish I'd done that earlier. It takes the creative pressure off sometimes. I'll have other people out there thinking about it while I'm in here working on the details.

Contrast Stanley’s take on sermon series preparation with Alistair Begg’s reasoning behind systematic, consecutive, expository preaching of the Scriptures:

  • Expository preaching gives glory to God, which ought to be the ultimate end of all we do. (Notice there is no glory given to the “whole team approach” or a “gift” or “creative” people. The glory is God’s.)

  • Expository preaching demands that the preacher himself becomes a student of the Word of God. (Not “other people out there thinking about it.”)

  • Expository preaching enables the congregation to learn the Bible in the most obvious and natural way. (As opposed to “the average person [giving] me all the credit for that wonderfully delivered message.)

  • Expository preaching prevents the preacher from avoiding difficult passages or from dwelling on his favorite texts. (As is the inherent danger in starting with questions asked of people instead of asking them of the Text: “What do you think about this? Does this make sense?”)

  • Expository preaching assures the congregation of enjoying a balanced diet of God’s Word. (As opposed to “a team of people and me just throwing things up on the board at every level of preparation.”)

  • Expository preaching liberates the preacher from the pressure of last-minute preparation on Saturday night. (It also liberates the preacher from “creative pressure”.)

Comparing and contrasting quotes like these only serves to deepen my conviction to systematically, consecutively preach expository sermons. I want people to see the glory of Christ in His Word, not the collaborative creative genius of the team behind the production. Preaching God's Word is far too important to simply throw topics against the wall to see what sticks.

Nehemiah 8:8

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Ex Libris: Spectacular Sins

The prolific pen of John Piper continues to churn out worthwhile and extremely beneficial books, including Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ.

Check out my review over on Ex Libris.

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Coffee With Calvin

Hebrews 9:15

The Only Haven of Safety

It is now easy to understand the doctrine of the law: God, as our Creator, is entitled to be regarded as a Father and Master and should, accordingly, receive fear, love, reverence, and glory. For indeed, we are not our own, to follow whatever course passion dictates, but are bound to obey him implicitly and to comply entirely in his good pleasure. Again, the Law teaches that justice and rectitude are a delight, injustice an abomination to him, and therefore, as we would not with impious ingratitude revolt from our Maker our whole life must be spent in the cultivation of righteousness. We cannot be permitted to measure the glory of God by our ability. Whatever we may be, he ever remains like himself—the friend of righteousness, and whatever his demands from us may be, as he can only require what is right, we are necessarily under a natural obligation to obey. Our inability to do so is our own fault.

Contrasting our conduct with the righteousness of the Law, we see how very far it is from being in accordance with the will of God, and, therefore, how unworthy we are of holding our place among his creatures, far less of being accounted his sons. Moreover, taking a survey of our powers, we see that they are not only unequal to fulfill the Law, but are altogether null. The necessary consequence must be to produce distrust of our own ability, and also anxiety and trepidation of mind. Conscience cannot feel the burden of its guilt, without beforehand turning to the judgment of God, while the view of this judgment cannot fail to excite a dread of death. In like manner, the proofs of our utter powerlessness must instantly cause despair of our own strength. Both feelings are productive of humility and embarrassment, and hence the sinner, terrified at the prospect of eternal death (which he sees justly impending over him for his iniquities) turns to the mercy of God as the only haven of safety.

Readings taken from Day by Day With John Calvin

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MacDaddy--MacArthur Goes Hip-Hop

First we discovered that Alistair Begg's accent isn't what it seems... and now this discovery about John MacArthur--well-respected Bible expositor turned gangsta-gospel rapper.

Where have all the heroes gone? If you can't beat the contexualizers, I guess you have to join them!

(Thanks to Eddie Eddings at Calvinistic Cartoons for this hilarious PhotoShop--it is PhotoShopped, right?!?)

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What Will True Revival Look Like?

Since our generation has seen no great revival, we might well ask, “What would a flood of God’s Presence really look like?” Historic descriptions are absolutely mind-boggling. If America were to see another Great Awakening, between twenty and thirty million new converts would explode into churches within three to five years! Based on historic patterns, a church of one hundred in attendance would baptize between fifty and one hundred persons in a single year. A church of a thousand would likely baptize between five hundred and a thousand. Best of all, most of these converts would still be present five years later (which is a huge switch from today’s appalling dropout patterns!)

In true revival, even divided churches in tough surroundings would see miraculous growth and unity! The modern scourge of bickering would turn into floods of fellowship and love. Burned out, defeated leaders would receive glorious healing and renewal. Most of all, God’s kingdom would expand rapidly with His name receiving great glory! In Great Awakenings, God is glorified, His Church cleansed and Christ’s kingdom advances in mighty power.

Excerpted from Releasing the Revival Flood: A churchwide Journey to Miraculous Unity and God-Glorifying Fellowship

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Edwards Wednesday

Psalm 21:12

The Crown and the Cross

There is something else in Christianity besides self-denial or restraining our inclination. There is a crown as well as a cross. And though we are so strictly required to restrain and keep within our bounds our animal inclinations, yet God does not desire we should set any bounds to spiritual and gracious inclinations, which are the most excellent; he that is truly born again, as he has an animal appetite to meat and drink, so he hungers and thirsts after righteousness. It is his meat and his drink to do the will of his Father which is in heaven. He thirsts for God, for the living God, and sometimes his heart pants after God as the hart pants after the water brook (Psalm 42:1).

He has an appetite to Jesus Christ, who is the bread which came down from heaven. His soul lives upon Christ as his spiritual meat and drink. He has an appetite to the Word of God as to the food of his soul, for he lives not by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). He as a newborn babe desires the sincere milk of the word, that he may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). He has not only a desire from a rational consideration of the need and benefit of it, but it is a desire immediately flowing from his nature, like the natural appetite.

Readings taken from Day By Day With Jonathan Edwards

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Plan the Work, Part 3: Defend the Plan

When a leader knows, through prayer and the confirmation of God’s people, that he is in the will of God, he must defend his plan against ungodly opposition.

The manuscript of Sunday evening’s sermon from Nehemiah 2:19-20 is available here. You can listen online or download the .mp3 audio file or podcast from the player at the bottom of this page.

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Jim Comments on John Commenting on John Commentaries

After I saw this post from Desiring God come up in my RSS reader, I was eager to compare the books I’m using with the books John Piper is using. Piper started preaching through the Gospel of John a few weeks after I did, but has been on writing sabbatical for a few weeks. I am eager for him to pick up where he left off in chapter 2. You can listen to or download his series here. You can find my series here. If you compare, remember--He's Piper, I'm not.

When I began our Sunday night series on Nehemiah, I posted a list of commentaries and resources that have been helpful to me my studies. Since I started this blog after I started the series in John, I wasn't able to do that for this series. Piper’s post has reminded me of that. I was pleased to see that he and I are “dipping into” two of the same resources—D. A. Carson and Andreas Kostenberger. I have had the Ridderbos commentary in my Amazon shopping cart for months, but have yet to purchase it. Piper’s comments will probably push me over the edge. His comments regarding older commentaries is particularly poignant.

Here are the main commentaries I am currently using:

John: The Gospel of Belief the Analytic Study of the Text

The Gospel According to John: An Introduction and Commentary (Pillar New Testament Commentary)

The Gospel According to John (New International Commentary on the New Testament)

John (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)

John 1-11: New Testament Commentary (Macarthur New Testament Commentary Serie)

John 12-21 (Macarthur New Testament Commentary Serie)

Gospel of John, The (5 Vol. Set)

Living Water: Studies in John 4

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Tuesday Mornings with Augustine

Matthew 6:7

Groans and Tears

It isn’t wrong or unprofitable to spend much time in prayer as long as it doesn’t hinder us from doing other good and necessary works duty calls us to. For to spend a long time in prayer isn’t, as some think, the same thing as praying “with much speaking.” Multiplied words are one thing, but the sustained warmth of desire is another. It is written that the Lord continued all night in prayers and that His prayer was prolonged when He was in agony. Isn’t this an example for us from our Intercessor who, along with the Father, eternally hears our prayers?

If we are paying attention to our souls, far be it from us to use “much speaking” in prayer, or to refrain from prolonged prayer. To talk a lot in prayer is to cheapen and overuse our words while asking for something necessary. But to prolong prayer is to have our hearts throb with continual pious emotions toward the One we pray to. In most cases, prayer consists more of groaning than of speaking, of tears rather than words. He sees our tears. Our groaning isn’t hidden from Him. For He made everything by a word and doesn’t need human words.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Word or Wonders?

Why do you believe Jesus? Do you believe Him only for the miraculous things He is able to do for you? That’s why the Galileans welcomed Him and He marveled at their unbelief.

The manuscript of Sunday morning’s sermon from John 4:43-45 is available here. You can listen online or download the .mp3 audio file or podcast from the player at the bottom of this page.

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Crash! The Home Built on Sand

Dr. Don Deel, the Mountain State Baptist Association Director of Missions, has uncovered some disturbing statistics in his doctoral dissertation research. As he wrote in his introduction, “These facts should cause a pastor, staff, wife and church to take notice."
  • Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked.

  • Eighty percent of pastors’ wives feel left out and unappreciated by the church members.

  • Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession.

  • Eighty percent of pastors’ wives feel pressured to do things and be something in the church that they are really not.

  • The majority of pastors’ wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.

  • Eighty percent of adult children of pastors surveyed have had to seek professional help for depression.
Next Monday we will see statistics concerning pastors’ personal relationship with the Lord.

1 Peter 3:7

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Pastoral Ministry, Part 7: A Pastor’s Love for People

The pastor has a love for people that is deep-seated, compassionate, and selfless. It is not a self-conjured love, but is rather a gift of the Holy Spirit. His love is displayed in his desire to see them grow as Jesus did—in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man. He shows no partiality or favoritism and his love manifests itself in the desire he has for their personal and spiritual growth. The pastor does not judge the lost, nor look at the past forgiven acts of the believer, but earnestly exhorts and encourages individuals within the church to daily become more like Christ, exercise their spiritual gifts, evangelize those in their circle of influence, and positively impact the culture for Christ.

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Martyrs Monday

Genesis 22:12

“I feel as if one of my arms has been cut off,” said Dr. P. P. Job. It was the most difficult sermon of his life: the funeral for his own son. His voice was heavy with emotion. “But with whatever I have left, I will continue to serve Christ’s kingdom.”

Dr. Job directs The Voice of the Martyrs’ work in India and often risks his life traveling to encourage Christians in restricted nations. He also preaches at large crusades in India and has seen thousands come to Christ.

His work has angered radical Hindus in his homeland. In June 1999, a rock hurled through his car window hit Dr. Job in the forehead, leaving a bloody gash. A week later Dr. Job’s youngest son, Michael, was walking near the medical school where he was studying to become a doctor. A Fiat driving full speed crashed into Michael and then drove off. The perpetrator was never found. Michael, with massive injuries, fell into a coma and died days later.

As he promised, the loss of his son has not stopped Dr. Job’s ministry. Since Michael’s death, Dr. Job has preached more crusades, winning thousands to Christ. The cost for Dr. Job’s ministry has been high: his own son. But he is not alone. God also knows what it is like to lose a son so that others may see salvation.

The road ahead for the persecuted church is steep and may be long. For over two thousand years, many have been motivated by evil in their opposition to the gospel of Christ. As Christians we must be willing to pay a price—even if we are never required to do so. This is the lesson of Abraham’s life. He was willing to sacrifice Isaac—through whom the blessing was going to come. Being willing to sacrifice for our commitment to Christ makes us stronger. The idea of sacrifice clarifies our goals. Sacrifice solidifies our character. Commitments that cost us something change our family, our neighborhood, and our world for Christ. We learn how strong we really can be. Although we don’t wish to lose that which we hold dear—we strive to remain undeterred in our devotion, despite any circumstances.

Readings taken from
Extreme Devotion: The Voice of the Martyrs

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

This Week's Memory Verse

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Puritan Passages

Song of Solomon 1:13

Holy Fidelity—Richard Vines

If you are married to Jesus Christ, you like Him and His love better than all the world. Therefore, it is said, “His love is better than wine,” that is, than all the excellency of the creature; that there is not any other grape that yields such sweetness and comfort as His love; no grape of pleasure, or credit, or profit, in all the vineyard of the world that is like it, to your spouse-like taste. Jesus Christ is better than all, even as wine exceeds all other liquors whatsoever.

What then is it that fills up your heart, which takes up the chief place and room there? What is it that sits highest and possesses the first room of your liking, the top of your love? Is it the world or is it Jesus Christ?

If you are near unto Christ, as the wife to the husband, then you take Him for better or for worse, and you keep Him for better or for worse… that is, not only for His crown, but also for His cross; not only for health and wealth, and good report, but for sickness, and poverty, and evil report; not only for what He has, but for what He wants, to share with Him alike in all conditions.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the English Puritans

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

In a Galaxy Not So Far Away...

Romans 13:7-8

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Logos Bracketology

March Madness has taken over Logos Bible Software! Here is the word from their Bracketology website:

It is NCAA tourney time, and we thought we’d join in the March Madness with our own little tournament. Between now and April 6th, we’ll be hosting the first ever Logos March Madness book tournament.

The premise is simple–we’ve selected 64 titles available for Logos Bible Software and broken them up into 4 divisions. In each division titles will compete based upon your votes. The highest voted titles advance until we have a grand champion.
The great thing about the tourney is that as books advance, discounts increase! Just by being in the tournament, books are available at a 25% discount. The tournament champion will be available at 75% off. It takes a little time to complete the brackets, but unlike my other bracket (which already looks like Swiss cheese) every entry is a winner!

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