Monday, January 26, 2015

Grace at Work

John Bunyan - from "Grace Abounding" written during his 12 yr imprisonment.

 "I FIND THIS DAY SEVEN ABOMINATIONS IN MY HEART:

1. AN INCLINING TO UNBELIEF,

2. SUDDENLY TO FORGET THE LOVE AND MERCY THAT CHRIST MANIFESTS,

3. A LEANING TOWARD THE WORKS OF THE LAW,

4. WANDERINGS AND COLDNESS IN PRAYER,

5. TO FORGET TO WATCH FOR WHAT I PRAY FOR,                                                                           

6. APTNESS TO MURMUR BECAUSE I HAVE NO MORE, AND YET READY TO ABUSE WHAT    I HAVE, AND

7. I CAN DO NONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE LORD HAS COMMANDED ME WITHOUT MY CORRUPTION THRUSTING THEMSELVES IN. “I FIND THEN A LAW, THAT EVIL IS PRESENT WITH ME, THE ONE WHO WILLS TO DO GOOD.” (Romans 7:21)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Man and His Message (Part 2)


SERMON:             GM15-044

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

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (Jan 25, 2015)

SUBTITLE:        The Man and His Message (Part 2)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans 1: 1b-6; Acts 9

SUBJECT:          the apostle Paul

SUMMARY:       The conversion of Paul was a direct result of being chosen by God

SCHEME:           that Christians understand the ingredients that God used in the making of this great man of God
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Our theme is: the apostle Paul

This is a good reminder for us all that we need to understand the various ingredients that God used to make this man such a unique player in the eternal plans of God

 Proposition:  God uses various ingredients to make a believer useful to His plans

Interrogatory Sentence:  What were the ingredients that God used to make Paul into the man who played such an important role in the life of the church?

Transitional Sentence: The passage before identifies four (4) ingredients that God used to make Paul such an important player in the life of the church;

1.     The Childhood of Paul
2.     The Conversion of Paul
3.     The Credentials of Paul
4.     The Commission of Paul

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Man and His Message (Part 1)



SERMON               GM15-043

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

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (Jan 11, 2015)

SUBTITLE:        The Man and His Message (Part 1)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans1:1a

SUBJECT:          The Man and His Message

SUMMARY:       The book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul

SCHEME:           that the Christian grasps the ingredients that went into the making of this great man of God
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Our theme is: The Man and His Message

This is a good reminder for us all that we need to understand all the ingredients that God used to make this man such a valuable player in the eternal plans of God.

 Proposition:  The book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul.     

Interrogatory Sentence:  What were the ingredients that God used to make Paul into the man who played such an important role in the life of Christianity and the Church?

Transitional Sentence: This introduction and overview of the man and his message identifies four ingredients that help us see what God used to make Paul, Paul. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Setting the Stage Conclusion

Last week, I began our study of the epistle to the Romans by way of an introduction. It was a simple 3 point outline that I thought I could work through.

As it would be, we were able to get through the 2nd subpoint of the second main point as overtime expired on the clock. Actually it was like double overtime.

As a result, today's message is the conclusion of the first message that was given last week. So, if your are looking for today's message from "Sunday's in the Study" scroll back down to last Lord's Day!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jesus Christ - The Preexistent Creator and Savior


For centuries the Jewish nation had anticipated their Messiah. Even Gentiles anticipated a Savior or Deliverer due to the influence of Judaism in various parts of the world. Little did they know that the Messiah they were expecting had existed eternally.

The Scriptures are replete with examples of iron-clad proof that Christ Jesus was both the agent of creation and had been designated as Savior. The Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1.) All things were created by Him and nothing that was made was made apart from Him (Eph 1:3-5.)

Christ Jesus existed before the creation of this universe and He is exalted in rank and person above everything in this universe. We have the utmost privilege of not only worshipping this creator-savior, but we are called to know Him.

The Westminster Catechism captures in just one succinct sentence the essence of the greatest and most joyous of all privileges known to man when it asks,

“What is the chief end of man?” “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to know him forever.”


How are you doing? How are you glorifying God? How are you enjoying Him now? In what ways will you enjoy Him forever?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Missionaries Died in Ecuador Jungle

This happened on January 8th. I missed it but when I realized I wanted to post it anyways. We need to be reminded when God's people give their life in His service.

*The five men on "Palm Beach," a strip of sand on the Curaray River, Ecuador, knew that there was danger. But they took the risk for a chance to make friendly contact with the Huaorani (Auca) Indians. Missionaries Ed McCulley, Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian, had landed on the makeshift airstrip in their "modern missionary mule" (a Piper Cruiser).

Missionaries Died in Ecuador Jungle
Back at Shell Mera,on this day January 8, 1956, Marj Saint waited for word. The short wave radio crackled. Marj listened as her husband, Nate, told her that "a commission of ten" was on its way from Terminal City. "Looks like they'll be here for the early afternoon service. Pray for us. This is the day! We'll contact you next at four-thirty."

Excitement was intense. Months of efforts were about to bear fruit! The "commission" was a group of Huaorani men. Terminal City was the code name the missionaries had given to a Huaorani village they had spotted from the air. If Nate spoke in code words, it was because he did not want Ecuadorians with guns pre-empting the mission's friendly overtures to the natives. The Huaorani were sturdy forest dwellers who had fiercely resisted all efforts to subdue them, killing many people who ventured into their territory.
Nate had first spotted one of their villages from the air on September 19, 1955.

 On October 1st, missionaries developed a plan for making contact, when bad weather kept Johnny Keenan from flying Ed back to his home station at Arunjo. Ed, Nate and others gathered at Shell Mera and talked into the wee hours of the morning, huddled over maps. How could they demonstrate that they came in peace and not in hostility?

What they decided to do was fly over the villages and lower gifts to the people. Using a public address system, they repeated friendly phrases that Jim had collected from an Huaorani woman on a nearby hacienda. "Biti miti punimupa: I like you; I want to be your friend." Soon large numbers of Aucas were converging for the gift drops. Finally the day came when the villagers tied a gift to the line in return--a feathered headdress.

Next, a landing spot had to be found. They chose a playa (sand bar) on the Curaray River. Nate ran simulated landings, touching his wheels to the sand to test its firmness. It seemed okay. Finally on January 3rd, Nate and Ed landed. The sand proved softer than hoped, but by letting air out of the tires, a safe landing and takeoff was possible. Nate ferried the other men and supplies to the camp. They erected a prefab tree house and shouted friendly words into the bush. Four days later a Huaorani man and two women appeared. Now, on this day, January 8th, 1956, several Auca were headed to "Palm Beach."

Four thirty rolled around, time for the planned radio contact. Eagerly Marj switched on her radio back at base. Nothing! Had the men been invited to the Huaorani houses? She waited. There was no sound. The minutes passed, and lengthened into hours. Silence.

Johnny Keenan flew over Palm Beach on Monday morning. He reported to Marj that he had spotted Nate's plane, stripped of its fabric. On Wednesday he saw the first of the bodies from the air. Then another. Soon it was evident all five men were dead. A ground force moved in to bury the men. Ed's body had washed away.

A shipwrecked sailor recalled Jim Elliot's words: "When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die." The five men on the beach had been ready to die and their deaths were not in vain. Through the efforts of the widows, the Huaorani discovered Christian forgiveness. The day came when they explained that they had killed the five out of fear, thinking they were cannibals. The same Huaorani who killed the men became believers in Christ.

Bibliography:

Ellliot, Elisabeth. Through Gates of Splendor. New York: Harper and Row, 1958.
Hitt, Russell T. Jungle Pilot. Discovery House, 1997.

Various internet articles.