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Long Overdue

Posted: May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Well, you may have realized that none of us have been blogging. I think between school and everything else we have all been quite busy! Right now, Grace Church is in conversation about starting a blog. For now, I am putting this blog on a bit of a hold and will update as soon as I can about what the future holds! Have a good one!

Collin

Islam…a Religion of Peace?

Posted: February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

“Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am weaker, and more sinful than I ever before believed. But I understand that through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope.” – Alistair Begg

Here is a link to a great sermon on being made God’s son or daughter, preached from Galatians. Your adoption is not dependent on how adopted you feel, but on the finished work of Christ alone. This guy’s accent alone makes the sermon better. You will need to skip ahead to get to the actual sermon.

http://www.parksidechurch.com/resources/media-center/sermon/sons-not-slaves/

“Let the Nations Be Glad!”

Posted: October 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy…”
Ps. 67:4

Do you know what God is doing around the globe? Do you know what His purposes are in spreading the gospel to every nation, people, tribe, and language? Do you know what your role is in His purposes? Tonight and tomorrow there is an awesome opportunity for you to seek the Lord, to know His purposes, and to find your role to play.

Tonight at 7pm CST, 8pm EDT, John Piper will begin a seminar concerning the global mission of God he has titled after Ps. 67, “Let the Nations Be Glad!” It will be live-streamed from 7-9pm (or 8-10pm) at http://www.desiringgod.org/live. Tomorrow there is another session at well, but I am not sure what time yet!

Pastor John has a book and DVD study series on the topic of God’s purpose in making His glory known and on the church’s role in proclaiming the gospel to the nations for His glory and their joy. I encourage you to check out these amazing resources!

Most of all, tune in tonight to the live-stream event to hear from God in the Word and to hear from His Spirit what He might have you do in this global cause to make His glory known in Christ Jesus!

Righteousness from God

Posted: October 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Isaiah 46:8-9
“Remember this, fix it in mind,
         take it to heart, you rebels.
Remember the former things, those of long
                 ago;
          I am God, and there is no other;
          I am God, and there is none like me.”

God is absolutely clear in proclaiming that there is no other God besides Him. There is nothing worthy of praise besides Him. And there is a clear call to remember the things that the Lord has done.

Isaiah 46: 12-13
“Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, 
        you who are far from righteousness.
I am bringing my righteousness near, 
        it is not far away;
        and my salvation will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,
        my splendor to Israel.”

Even in our distance from righteousness (Romans 3:10 – “There is no one righteous, not even one”) and with rebellious and stubborn hearts, God brings righteousness “near” to us. If righteousness was not brought to us by God, what good would our so-called “righteousness” be worth? If our “righteousness” was the work of “rebels” (v.8) and the “stubborn-hearted” (v.12) then of what worth would it be? But a righteousness from God is available to man through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-24).

“But now righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:21-24
Jacob

Crippling Freedom

Posted: October 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

A line from a song I’ve heard a hundred times caught my attention the other day. In contrasting the American “church” with the Chinese, it warns that if we do not change, “we’ll never understand the Christ they’ve [the Chinese church] felt.” Why is that? History has proven time and time again, nothing spreads the gospel more rapidly than persecution.  Christ tells us the world hates you…they will also persecute you,” (John 15:19-20) and “you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.” (Luke 21:17). So if we live totally free from persecution, are we following Christ the way we should, by renouncing all we have to be His disciple (Luke 14:33)?

When everything you have, even your life, is at risk, you will follow God’s command and in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God;” (Philippians 4:6); you have to, you have no other choice. Chinese pastors comment on how we have so much here, yet pray so little. That is NOT a compliment.

Consider those described in Romans 1:18-32 who “deserve to die” for their ungodliness and unrighteousness,” “who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” and “became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” as they “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man”; or the church in Laodicea, to whom Christ said, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” (Revelation 3:15-17). This should sound familiar to the American “church”, and this should sound terrifying to the American “church”.

So why does the church lack strength, commitment, and resolve here? Because we do not rely on Christ for everything; we are not forced to. The poorest Americans are still the richest people in the world. Do we really “live and move and have our being” in Christ (Acts 17:28), or do we simply do the “church thing”? Dietrich Bonhoeffer said “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” How quickly would our pews empty if that came from the pulpit each Sunday, but it does come explicitly from Scripture. Christ tells us, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). If it comes from Jesus, why not our pulpits?

We are complacent, we are comfortable, and we are letting our freedom cripple us. Don’t stand for complacency, stand against it. I pray that as Americans we could proclaim what Paul did, I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20).

Austin

10 God-Glorifying Effects

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
Before I start, I must say that I am NOT trying to start a debate or denounce people’s doctrine, beliefs, or stance on certain Biblical issues. What I AM trying to do is encourage those who hold the same views as I, Piper, and many other today who are in the minority of Americans when it comes to this topic. So, with that said…
 
Someone once told me that if you believe TULIP, Calvin, and Reformed Theology are true, then your idea of God would drastically change…for the worse. Sadly, most Americans think this way as well. When these truths are not understood, I can completely understand where they are coming from.
I was listening to a sermon by John Piper titled “10 Effects of Believing the Five Points of Calvinism” (please go listen to the sermon) and I just wanted to share the 10 with you. These 10 effects are based on the teachings of Reformed theology (that which was taught by Augustine, Luther, Calvin, etc.), and Piper deduces what reformed theology results in:
 
1. These truths make us stand in awe of God and lead us into the depth of true, God-centered worship.
2. These truths help protect me from trifling with divine things.
3. These truths make me marvel at my own salvation and make feel humble for my sin.
4. These truths make me alert to man-centered substitutes that pose as good news.
5. These truths make me groan over the indescribable disease over our secular, God belittling culture.
6. These truths make me confident that the work which God planned and began, He will finish, both globally and personally.
7. These truths make me see everything in the light of God’s sovereign purposes because from Him, through Him, and to Him, are all things, to Him be glory forever and ever.
8. These truths make me hopeful that God has the will, the right, and the power to answer prayer and people be changed.
9. These truths remind me that evangelism is absolutely essential for people to come to Christ and be saved and that there is great hope for success in leading people to faith, but that conversion is not finally dependent on me, or limited by the hardness of the unbeliever.
10. These truths make me sure that God will triumph in the end.
 
As Piper heads into the conclusion of his sermon, he states that when one holds the 5 points as true and Biblical, God gets the glory and we get the joy.
 
Sola deo gloria.
Michael