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Clinging to the promise

Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

God swore by himself-for there is nothing else by which he can swear-that what he had promised to Abraham would come about. Paradoxically, it is because Abraham was willing to put the promise on the line and risk losing it, that the promise was renewed. Had he clung to the promise in an idolatrous fashion, choosing the promise of God over the God of the promise, the promise itself would apparently have been placed in jeopardy. As Jesus put it, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it” (Matt. 16:25). God can have no rivals for our affection, not even the good gifts and blessings he has given to us.Iain M. Duguid
Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality p. 136

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by Gordy

The Answer to Sin

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Because so many of our sins flow from a basic doubting of God’s goodness to us, trying harder and beating ourselves whenever we fail often doesn’t change our pattern of behavior. For it doesn’t deal with the root problem, the big sin behind the surface sins: our failure to believe that God is really good. In fact, the more pharisaical we get in our approach to life, the more we become convinced that God isn’t really good. How could God really want the best for us, and then load us down with all these rules and regulations?

The real answer to sin is the gospel. It is remarkably straightforward. You need to look at Jesus on the cross and focus on the exchange that was transacted there. My sins were loaded on him, while his perfect righteousness was given to me. When I set that reality clearly before my eyes and understand it in my heart, how can I doubt that God is good? The road to joy-filled obedience begins when this great truth dawns on us: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things” (Rom. 8:32).Iain M. Duguid
Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality, page 116

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Misapplying promises

Saturday, August 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Too often we Christians lose our freedom by taking the clear promises of Scripture, meant to apply to heaven, and trying to force those future promises into some unauthentic, present application. Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom

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Disagreement is not a personal attack

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I have sometimes seen people mistakenly react to a disagreement as if it was a personal attack. The offended person would become belligerent and let both barrels fly. However, we can see examples in the Bible where there was disagreement and the parties involved came together and reasoned it out. Disagreements are NOT personal attacks. There is no need to buck up and retaliate. Rather, get together and discuss the disagreement and search the scriptures to see what the scriptures say about the matter. Not a one of us has it all figured out. If we approach disagreements reasonably, we may actually find ourselves learning and growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Acts 11, we see Peter was confronted by those who were circumcised because Peter ate with uncircumcised men. These men had a disagreement with Peter. Peter did not get upset and yell at them about his apostolic authority and how dare they question him. No, Peter explained to them what had happened. And guess what? In verse 18 we see that they glorified God! The disagreement was handled reasonably and God was glorified.

In Acts 15, Judaizers were teaching new Gentile believers in Antioch that they needed to be circumcised if they were saved. Paul and Barnabas brought the issue up to the church in Jerusalem. The issue was then discussed before coming to a resolution. The resolution was then brought to Antioch which resulted in the people rejoicing (v. 31).

One disagreement being discussed and resolved brought glory to God. The other disagreement being discussed and resolved brought rejoicing by the people of God. We do see some instances where disagreements cannot be resolved and the people go separate ways (Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Mark), but there was discussion first. Disagreements should bring about discussion, not invectives.

Come, let us reason together, saith the Lord.

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Church Discipline

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

The Bible clearly spells out the proper steps for church discipline and its purpose. Unfortunately, we don’t see church discipline being practiced much today or it being practiced incorrectly. Shameful alternatives for church discipline part 2 details one of the incorrect methods for confronting sin by a church member. Sad to say, I’ve seen this method used.

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Repentance

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

There seems to be many people who are confused as to exactly what repentance is. The following link is a very good article that explains what repentance is and isn’t.

Biblical Repentance

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The law and gospel: a summary

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 at 11:09 am

I head this great summary of the law and gospel on a recent podcast of The White Horse Inn.

The law is everything God demands. The gospel is everything God gives. And what God gives in the gospel is everything He demands in the law. White Horse Inn

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Justified: a better definition

Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I have often heard and even used this definition of “justified:” just as if I’d never sinned. That is a pretty good definition and easy to remember. However, I recently heard an even better definition and it is just as easy to remember: just as if I’d always obeyed. When we are justified, we are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Not only did Jesus never sin, but he always obeyed. He did always those things that please the Father. He came to do the will of the Father. He obeyed the law for me. Now that I am saved, when God looks at me, he sees His son. When He looks at me, He looks at me just as if I’d always obeyed.

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Death is not dying

Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Watch the video at this link: Death is not dying. It is a very good message.

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Outline of Isaiah 6 – Majesty leads to Misery leads to Mercy leads to Ministry

Monday, May 11th, 2009 at 3:28 pm
  1. Majesty

    The LORD is exalted and praised because of his majesty.

    In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:1-3

  2. Misery

    When God is seen for his majesty, we see ourselves as miserable wretches.

    And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 6:4-5

  3. Mercy

    When we see our misery compared to the Lord’s majesty, God shows us mercy.

    Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Isaiah 6:6-7

  4. Ministry

    In gratitude for God’s mercy, we volunteer for the ministry.

    Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof. Isaiah 6:8-13

So often we are told to be witnesses because it is our duty. After all, God commanded it and therefore we should do it. While that is true – we are commanded to go, Isaiah 6 makes it clear the motivation for going is gratitude, not guilt. When we use duty or guilt as motivators, we are just getting people to conform on the outside. When we present God’s beautiful majesty and get people to see their misery thus calling out for God’s mercy, they are being changed from the inside. When God is exalted and we are cast down, we cannot do anything but go and tell others of God’s great mercy.

God’s majesty leads to our misery leads to God’s mercy leads to our ministering to others.

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