Monday, June 30, 2008

Not our merit.

When we pray to God for His blessing, He does not examine our performance to see if we are worthy. Rather, He looks to see if we are trusting in the merit of His Son as our only hope for securing His blessing.
-C J Mahaney

Friday, June 27, 2008

29 years of grace

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2

Last night I was able to celebrate 29 years of God's grace in my life. The fact that I lived the majority of those years rebelling against my great Savior reminds me how patient and forbearing He has been with me. Then He came and rescued my rebellious soul from His wrath and called me His own. Now, as I keep begging daily for more grace, God has given me a team. You know a lot is made of sports in our society and everyone has a favorite team they cheer and love. Well it's no different for us, the church. My wife, my favorite team member, graciously had my greatest teammates write letters of encouragement to me for the 29 year celebration. As I read them on the couch last night I got to about the third card and just began to weep and it never stopped until later on that evening. I was in awe how much the team cared and loved me but more importantly they love Christ so much and wanted nothing more than my life to reflect that glory. So how does that work?
My first thought went to Hebrews 12:1-2. It hit me that we need to have "a cloud of witnesses" right here on this earth doing exactly what the Bible teaches. Sin is a serious thing and needs to be fought constantly but the road never ends until we see Jesus face to face. We need those who love us enough to show us sin in our life. Then they can run along side you saying, "lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus." Jesus, He makes this all possible. How? Jesus is "the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross." That is how it's all possible the cross. There is one road and one race and when a team reflects on the one way they all got on the one narrow road there is nothing but grace and love for those also running that same race, therefore we all run as one team. Praise God for His grace and love and that He conquered death and satisfied His wrath by crushing His Son, Jesus Christ, who "is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The undeserved bounty of Heaven

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, so no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

He endeavours to acquire and maintain a just conviction of his great unworthiness; and to keep in continual remembrance, that whatever distinguishes himself from others, is not properly his own, but that he is altogether indebted for it to the undeserved bounty of Heaven.
-William Wilberforce (365 days with Wilberforce)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What's your greatest prize?

My son, give me your heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
Proverbs 23:26

Remember a Christ highly prized will be Christ gloriously obeyed. As men prize the Lord Jesus Christ, so they will obey Him. The great reason why Jesus Christ is no more obeyed, it is because He is no more prized. Men look upon Him as a person of no worth, no dignity, no glory; they make slight of Him, and that is the reason they are so poor in their obedience to Him. Oh, if the sons of men did but more divinely prize Christ, they would more purely, and more fully, and more constantly obey Him. Let this bespeak all your hearts highly to prize the Lord Jesus, who is your life.
-Thomas Brooks

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Blazing Fire

The cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled but we have to get near enough to it for it's sparks to fall on us.
-John Stott

Five ways to draw near to the cross daily:
1. Memorize the gospel
2. Pray the gospel
3. Sing the gospel
4. Review how the gospel has changed you
5. Study the gospel

To grow in your passion for what Jesus has done, increase your understanding of what He has done.
-C J Mahaney

Monday, June 23, 2008

The great contradiction

Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.
John 15:8

It is indeed true, and a truth never to be forgotten, that all pretensions to internal princples of holiness are vain when they are contradicted by our conduct; but it is no less true, that the only effectual way of improving the latter, is a by a vigilant attention to the former. It was therefore our blessed Saviour's injunction, "Make the tree good" as the necessary means of obtaining good fruit; and the Holy Scriptures abound in admonitions, to make it our chief business to clutivate our hearts with all diligence, to examine into their state with impartiality, and watch over them with continual care. Indeed it is the heart which constitutes the man.
-William Wilberforce (A Practical View of Christianity)

Friday, June 20, 2008

2,569 Kisses

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in His commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Psalm 112:1-2

A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of the death than the day of birth. It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Ecclesiastes 7:1-4

Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Inexhaustible

Your redeemer, the God of the whole earth He is called.
Isaiah 54:5

His fullness of Godhead is our unfailing, inexhaustible treasure-house.
-C H Spurgeon

Hey it's not enough words in my speech to proclaim His greatness
Not in the whole English language
To exhaust this King, His past is blameless
I won't stop reppin 'till His name is famous
Among all nations, He still prevails
Praise the Lord that He chose to reveal Himself
When He could have just chilled and concealed Himself
Praise the Lord that He chose to reveal Himself
Now we can share in enjoyment, see more and more
The glory, the beauty of the Lord of lords
Through Creation, or Scripture's the door to more
Can't get it all on this Earth, there's more in store
When we get to eternity, it'll be better
We get to see more of the Lord forever
A million years later, the joy is the same
Seeing still more and exalting His name
-Trip Lee

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Holy, holy, holy

"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!"
Isaiah 6:3

A true love of God must begin with a delight in His holiness, and not with a delight in any other attribute; for no other attribute is truly lovely without this.
-Jonathan Edwards


Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity

-Reginald Heber

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What the believer looks like.

Listen to Trip Lee as he describes what a believer looks like (Video from Don't Waste Your Life):


video

"The problem with sin is we were separated from God, the beautiful thing about Christ dying on the cross is He erases the separation, now we can know God."

-Trip Lee

Monday, June 16, 2008

Jesus Saves!!!

Embracing Accussation
Father of lies, coming to steal kill and destroy
All my hopes of being good enough
I hear him saying, “cursed are the ones who can’t abide”

He’s right, hallelujah, he’s right
The devil is preaching the song of the redeemed
That I am cursed and gone astray
I cannot gain salvation
Embracing accusation

Could the father of lies be telling the truth of
God to me tonight?
That if the penalty of sin is death, then death is mine
I hear him saying, “cursed are the ones who can’t abide”

The devil’s singing over me an age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently over me
He’s forgotten the refrain.
JESUS SAVES!!!

-Shane Barnard

Friday, June 13, 2008

Thankfulness

Today I will post a little tribute of thankfulness:

Dad,
Thank you! I'm sure I won't be able to express all of the gratitude to you in this short little post but I wanted to just make sure you knew how much I love you. Thank you for always being a provider for our family. Thank you for always coming home and loving us. Thank you for all the times we would break something and then you would have to fix it. Thank you for all your patience with us. Thank you for the three point shots out in the driveway and normally making one or two so I could call you "The Living Legend." Thank you for all the times in the pool and being able to spike a beach ball at my own dad (It's more fun to play on your team but normally that is not allowed for some reason). Most importantly though, thanks for showing me your love for mom. Thank you for the mornings I would wake up and see you two reading your Bible together or hearing you praying down the hall. Some how when I would wake up you all would normally be praying for me (Did you all change what you were praying about because you heard me wake up? ha). Thank you for your work and desire to see marriage be what it ought to be in a world that could care less. Thank you for taking us to church every Sunday even though we may not have wanted to go. Thank you for having us in a church that always taught the truth of Jesus Christ. I hope, if the Lord blesses us with kids, I can love them the way you loved me. I know you cannot take all the credit so mom thank you for saying yes to dad when he asked you to marry him. I'm sure at the time he had no idea how good he was going to have it. "A godly wife is the crown of her husband." I love you both.

Happy dad's day

Thursday, June 12, 2008

How do you see yourself?

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 12:15

My self-perception is as accurate as a carnival mirror. If I am going to see myself clearly, I need you to hold the mirror of God's Word in front of me.
-Paul David Tripp (Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Amazing love

We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19

There is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which cometh from the Lord Jesus Himself. From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and certain truth, that we love Him for no other reason than because He first loved us. How great the wonder that such as we should ever have been brought to love Jesus at all! How marvelous that when we had rebelled against Him, He should, by a display of such amazing love, seek to draw us back. No! never should we have had a grain of love towards God unless it had been sown in us by the sweet seed of His love to us.
-C. H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Edify

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only that as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29

Truly edifying words are words that reveal the character, the promises and activity of God. They're cross-centered words. They're words rooted in and derived from Scripture, words that identify the active presence of God, and words that communicate the evidences of grace that you observe in others. They're words that flow from a humble heart.
-C J Mahaney (Humility)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Why me?

For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then He has mercy on whomever He wills, and He hardens whomever He wills. You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of His glory for vessels of mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory.
Romans 9:15-23

"God intentionally designed salvation so that no man can boast of it. He didn't merely arrange it so that boasting would be discouraged, or kept to a minimun - He planned it so that boasting would be absolutely excluded! Election does precisely that."
-Mark Webb

Soli Deo Gloria

Friday, June 6, 2008

Fix your eyes on the cross

"How can anyone be arrogant when he stands beside the cross?"
-Carl Henry

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev'ry bitter thought,
Ev'ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
"Finished!" the vict'ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

-Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Humility

"There's something you can do to attract more of God's gracious, undeserved, supernatural strength and assistance."

God...gives grace to the humble.
James 4:6

"Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God's holiness and our sinfulness."
-C.J. Mahaney (Humility)

Read Isaiah 6:1-8

Also please go check out Stephen Bean's blog at http://luke2445.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Cross

"Fill your affections with the cross of Christ that there may be no room for sin."
-John Owen (Indwelling Sin)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
-Isaac Watts

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Potters (not Harry's family)

These were potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.
1 Chronicles 4:23

"In all works of faith we may count upon Jesus fellowship. It is when we are in His work that we may reckon upon his smile. You unknown workers who are occupied for your Lord amid the dirt and wretchedness of the lowest of the low, be of good cheer, for jewels have been found upon dunghills ere now, earthen pots have been filled with heavenly treasure, and ill weeds have been transformed into precious flowers. Dwell ye with the King for his work, and when he writes His chronicles your name shall be recorded."
-C.H. Spurgeon (Morning by Morning)

Monday, June 2, 2008

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!
-S, Trevor Francis