Tuesday, May 26, 2015

When God Allows People to Treat You Unjustly

Now God sometimes allows people to treat us unjustly. Sometimes He even allows their actions to seriously affect our careers or our futures viewed on a human plane. But God never allows people to make decisions about us that undermine His plan for us. God is for us, we are His children, He delights in us (see Zephaniah 3:17). And the Scripture says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). We can put this down as a bedrock truth: God will never allow any action against you that is not in accord with His will for you. And His will is always directed to our good.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Thank you to all who have served!
Eternal thanks to those who gave their lives.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Revelation of God's Wrath (Part 3)

SERMON:             GM15-058

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained &           Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (May 24, 2015)

SECTION:          The Perversion of Righteousness (Romans 1:1-18-3:20)

SUBTITLE:        The Revelation of God’s Wrath (Part 3)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans1:24-27

SUBJECT:          The wrath (anger) of God

SUMMARY:       God wants you to know he is angry with mankind

SCHEME:           That each member of NKBC knows the truth of God so well that                                     you are always prompted to worship and serve the living and true                                  God rather than to worship and serve idols.

Our theme is:  The wrath (anger) of God

 Proposition:  God wants you to know he is angry with mankind

Interrogatory Sentence:  Why is God so angry at mankind?

Transitional Sentence: Our text reveals three reasons why God is so angry at mankind.

·        …because mankind has suppressed the truth of God
·        …because mankind has subverted the truth of God
·        …because mankind has spurned the truth of God

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jesus Defines True Discipleship

 Jesus said, "If you abide (meno - remain, continue, endure) in My word, you are My disciples indeed." (John 8:31, NKJV)

Jesus just set the bar on what it means or what demonstrates that an individual who claims to be a child of God is really a child of God. Being a child of God is not by believing or assenting to a set or system of facts or information. Becoming a child of God is not intellectual.

What does it mean to 'abide, remain, continue, or endure in the word of Christ? Let's take a look at a couple of dependable commentators and see if we can grasp the meaning of this sentence.

William Hendriksen writes this:

One abides in the word of Christ by making it the rule of one's life. In other words, obedience is the same thing as abiding in the word. This makes one a true disciple of Jesus and leads to genuine knowledge of the truth (God's special revelation which has its heart and center in the work of Christ). [1]

Leon Morris comments:

“It is best to think that John is speaking to men who had made an outward profession, but that in this particular case it did not go very deep. Jesus’ words then are meant to drive home to formal and casual adherents something of the meaning of true discipleship. If men in any sense believe in Him it is important that they be led to see what real faith means…the key word is “abide.” It is easy enough to be attracted in a superficial fashion, but the test is abiding. It is only those who continue who are genuine disciples…He is not laying down a condition of discipleship, but telling them in what discipleship consists. When a man abides in Christ’s word, then he is a true disciple.” [2]

D. A. Carson adds this thought:

“…Jesus now lays down exactly what it is that separates spurious faith from true faith, fickle disciples from genuine disciples: If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. The verb rendered “hold” is meno, to abide, to remain – a theme of critical importance that returns in a concentrated way in Ch. 15. A genuine believer remains in Jesus’ “word” (logos), his teaching: i.e. such a person obeys it, seeks to understand it better, and finds it more precious, more controlling, precisely when other forces flatly oppose it. It is the one who continues in the teaching who has both the Father and the Son.” [3]

Is this your understanding of what true discipleship is? Do you concur that genuine salvation is demonstrated by a remaining, enduring, continuing, or abiding in the word of God?

This causes me to take a good look at my level of commitment and type of commitment that I have towards God’s Word, contained in the Bible. Remember, James, the Lord’s half-brother said,

 “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:21-25, ESV)

It is not enough to hear the word in order to be a disciple, we must continue to obey the word. What think ye?

[1] William Hendriksen, The Gospel of John, New Testament Commentary, Vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1976), p. 52

[2] Leon Morris, The Gospel According to John, NICNT, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1971), p. 455-456

[3] D. A. Carson, The Gospel According to John, The Pillar NT Commentary, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1991), p. 348

Friday, May 22, 2015

Jesus and Forgiveness (Part 3)

Well, it has been a “few days” since we have last visited this topic. These thoughts were garnered from my devotion of May 8th, 2015. Principles, questions, observations and thoughts are generated in my mind as I meditate and contemplate on an event in the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

 As I have mentioned I am using John MacArthur’s One Perfect Life, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. I am examining and meditating through an event a day from this marvelous harmony. MacArthur has broken the life of our Lord down into 215 events. So for the first 215 days of 2015 my topic for devotion is the life of Christ.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Before You Go

Before You Go

by Gregg Metcalf
February 12, 2002 & May 20, 2015


Before you go
I want you to know
How much you have meant to me
You’re more than a dad
Best friend I’ve had
You’re what a dad should be

Got the phone call
In the middle of the night
It's the one that says
Somethings not right
Mom was on the other end
Her voice was filled with fear
What she was trying to say
I did not want to hear

It was dad and it was bad
His heart was giving way
Come home right now
I need you son please pray
A hundred things were
Running through my head
I couldn’t think of anything
Except the words she had said

All I could think to say,

Before you go
I want you to know
How much you have meant to me
You’re more than a dad
Best friend I’ve had
You’re what a dad should be

I got in my car and headed home
Just as fast as I could drive
Found him lying there in the bed
Thank God he was still alive
With the tubes and all the lines
He tried to tell me he was OK
The good Lord spared him this time
He’ll be my dad for another day

And all I could say

Before you go
I want you to know
How much you have meant to me
You’re more than a dad
Best friend I’ve had
You’re what a dad should be

There’s nothing else I can say

Before you go
I want you to know
How much you have meant to me
You’re more than a dad
Best friend I’ve had
You’re what a dad should be

Please note:  my father did have a heart-attack in 2002. Fortunately as severe as it was he was able by the grace of God to make a full recovery. I tried to write this song for him back in 2002. I just couldn’t write it. The idea was there but I couldn’t write or say what I wanted to say. I put this on the shelf. 

Today, I took the idea and title out and played with it. This still doesn’t say what I want to say and since it wrote itself in less than 4 minutes I just let the words flow as they wanted to flow. This for my dad, and before he goes I want him to know how much I love him.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Price of Our Pardon

“Sin has been pardoned at such a price that we cannot henceforth trifle with it.”