Deep down, everyone knows

  • 31 May 2013
The Bible tells us that all men know God exists. It is ‘plain to them, because God has shown it to them...in the things that have been made’ (Rom 1:19-20). Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God 'has put eternity into man's heart’ (Ecc 3:11).
 
However, because man doesn’t want to worship God, he suppresses what he really knows deep down. Like a parent of a naughty child who refuses to accept their child’s waywardness, they deceive themselves to only see and believe what they want to.
 
Joe Coffey, in Smooth Stones, presents 3 internal evidences for the existence of God: The Universal Concept, The Law of Human Nature, and the tendency toward Better Mental Health.
 

Know doctrine, know life. No doctrine, no life.

  • 12 April 2013
Ideas have consequences.
 
What we think affects how we live. Orthodoxy (right belief) leads to orthopraxy (right behaviour). 
 
Sometimes this is obvious and sometimes it isn’t. We sometimes struggle to apply the weightier themes in the bible to specific aspects of our daily lives. Does it really matter what I think about doctrines like election, the trinity or substitutionary atonement? Does a correct understanding of  these things really affect how I live? Can’t I just love Jesus and be good?
 
Lets see what the bible has to say.
 
Titus 3:4-8
 
In Titus 3:4-8, Paul sets forth some of the big, old, orthodox Christian doctrines - the nature of God, salvation, grace, mercy, regeneration, indwelling of the Spirit, justification, adoption, eternity. We are then told to insist on these things. Why? Notice the “so that” in verse 8. So that we will devote ourselves to good works.
 
 

When I say I am a Christian

  • 6 February 2013
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting, "I’ve been saved!"
I'm whispering, "I get lost!
That's why I chose this way"
 
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I don't speak with human pride
I'm confessing that I stumble—
Needing God to be my guide
 
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong
I'm professing that I'm weak
And pray for strength to carry on
 
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success
I'm admitting that I've failed
And cannot ever pay the debt
 
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I don't think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
Asking humbly to be taught
 
When I say, "I am a Christian"

Strive to know Him

  • 30 January 2013
Reader, would you have more faith? Then seek to become more acquainted with Jesus Christ. Study your blessed Savior more and more, and strive to know more of the length and breadth and height of His love. Study Him in all His offices, as the Priest, the Physician, the Redeemer, the Advocate, the Friend, the Teacher, the Shepherd of His believing people.
 

40 reasons to be part of a local church

  • 23 October 2012

At the bare minimum, there are forty different commands in the New Testament to live life in some sense with other believers. While certainly it is possible to do some of these with Christians in general, the weight of this list should convince you of the necessity of having on going relationships with other believers.
 

1. Stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Heb 10:24)
2. Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
3. Build up one another (1 Thess 5:11)
4. Be of the same mind as one another (Romans 12:13, 15:5)
5. Comfort one another in the face of death (1 Thess 4:18)
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36. Give preference to one another (Rom 12:10)
37. Don’t bite and devour one another (Gal 5:15)
38. Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21
39. Seek the good of one another (1 Thess 5:15)
40. Don’t forsake assembling with one another (Heb 10:25)
 

Spiritual Gifts and Spiritual Fruit

  • 1 July 2012

...Here’s how this danger can begin. Your prayer life may be nonexistent, or you may have an unforgiving spirit toward someone, or sexual desires may be out of control. But you get involved in some ministry activity, which draws out your spiritual gifts. You begin to serve and help others, and soon you are affirmed by others and told what great things you are doing. You see the effects of your ministry and conclude that God is with you. But actually God was helping someone through your gifts even though your heart was far from him.

Good News vs. Good Advice

  • 10 June 2012
...think this out: here is a king and he goes into a battle against an invading army to defend his land. If the king defeats the invading army he sends back to the capital city messengers, very happy envoy. He sends back, “good news-ers” with his report. They come back and they say, “It has been defeated! It’s all been done! Therefore respond with joy and now go about your lives. Conduct your lives in this peace which has been achieved for you.”
 
But if the invading army breaks through, the king sends back military advisers and says, “Swordsmen over here and marksmen over here and the horsemen over here. We’re going to have to fight for our lives.” Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that every other religion sends military advisers to people. Every other religion says, “You know, if you want your salvation, you’re going to have to fight for you life.” Every other religion is sending advice, saying, “Here are the rights, here are the rituals, and here are the laws and regulations. Earthen works over here, marksmen over here. Fight for your life.”
 

Old Testament Law and The Charge of Inconsistency

  • 10 June 2012
I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”
 

Life Before Death: The Antidote to Spiritual Restlessness

  • 2 June 2012
I listened as a Christian friend exchanged the usual pleasantries with a friend he hadn't seen in several years and probably wouldn't for several more. They offered updates on family, pets, jobs, churches, and health. Then the first friend decided to get real.
 
"I've always believed in life after death," he said. "But I'm wondering about life before death. Is this all there is?"
 

Jesus in Every Book of the Bible

  • 9 May 2012

Here is the transcript from the video we watched a couple of weeks ago. Similarly, it's also worth checking out this recent blog post from Kevin DeYoung on Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and promise.

Genesis He is the seed of the woman.
Exodus He is the Passover lamb.
Leviticus He is our high priest.
Numbers He is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.
Deutoronomy He is the prophet like unto Moses.
Joshua He is the captain of our salvation.
Judges He is our judge and lawgiver.

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