May Jesus Christ be Praised

Posted: March 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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I’m reading Revelation 5:13 http://ref.ly/Re5.13 via @Logos

“And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” “ – Rev 5:13

May Jesus Christ be praised in your hearts today!

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If truly a Christian… It will show up in the way you live, it will change you.  God will transform you; from his rebellious creation to His loving child.  If you are His it will be noticeable. 

Words from preacher Albert Barnes:

“What is religion? It intends the subjugation of our natural propensities, the overcoming of our evil passions, the purification of our corrupt” hearts, the discipline of wayward and rebellious minds. It demands that chastened and serious feeling should take the place of frivolity; prayer, the place of thoughtlessness; the love of God, the place of the love of fashion; and delight in devotion, the place of delight in amusement and ostentation. The nature of godliness is to stamp our lives in letters indelible, legible to all.”

– Albert Barnes

When we are “read” what are people reading?

Thoughts for today!

http://ref.ly/o/takeheart/224094 via the Logos Bible Android app.

OK… so, having a blog of my own was a cool idea, right? I mean, what better way to express my thoughts and get them out there? Somehow, my conception of a good idea and then getting it done have been on the extreme opposite ends of the blog spectrum. Easy to set up and get established and extremely difficult to maintain.

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You see… I really do not like to write. Oh, I had high aspirations… but high aspirations take conviction and determination and sheer grit to do. And… keeping up a blog, obviously wasn’t high on my “things I’m really dedicated to get done” list. Truthfully, I’d much rather sit down with a person over a cup of coffee and have a conversation. That’s my “cup o’ Joe”! But, I still feel the need (more recognize the value) to practice writing and get better at it. So, would you excuse me as I talk to myself for a bit? Thanks!

“So, here’s the deal self. Push yourself to write a little bit now and again. And none of this two years in between posts stuff. Realize that you don’t have to “rock the world” with the depth and weight of your thoughts… just write. Write about the stuff that is important to you. Write about what you love. Write about what you are passionate about. Don’t stress over regularity or who’s reading your blog. It doesn’t matter… you are writing to practice writing. OK? Deal? Deal.”

Well, here it goes. A restart perhaps? A jump start maybe? The desire hasn’t changed. Just need to place writing higher on the priority list.

 

 

   “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”

(James 3:1, ESV)  

This morning I read a very helpful article by Trevin Wax,  managing Editor of The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources.  In it he addresses three very helpful questions that every pastor should ask of his sermon as he prepares.

Here are the three questions:

1. How does this topic/passage fit into the big story of Scripture?

2. What is distinctively Christian about the way I am addressing the topic/passage?

3. How does this truth equip God’s church to live on mission?

I don’t know about you but every time I stand before God’s people I desire that God will use what I am saying to glorify Himself, Minister to those in need, and make much of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Let me encourage you to read the whole article at the link below:

3 Questions to Ask of Your Sermon

Sometimes we need proper perspective!!!

 

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”

Romans 8:1

And why would God grant us this precious gift?

For His own sake…

For His own renown…

For His own Glory!!!

So, worship Him and find your delight in Him!!

 

WOW!  It has almost been a year since I wrote anything.  It is a challenge to my personality to sit and write my thoughts… A challenge that I have not accepted well.

This morning I was listening to a John Piper sermon when he said something that really piqued my thinking…


“The devil has had more theologically accurate thoughts about God in the last 24 hours than you will have in a lifetime.

Satan’s problem is not doctrine (or accurate thinking about God)… it is DELIGHT!!!” – John Piper

Do you delight in God?

Dear Christian… Although it is important to have accurate thoughts about God by knowing His Word, your life will not be changed if your delight is not in Him!

Take time to know Him and turn your face toward Him and find your soul’s delight in Him!

I recently viewed the new video from Ray Comfort called 180.

All I can say is WOW!!!