Thursday, October 23, 2014

Good Grief, Charlie Brown

Really? Already?

Are we going to make this an issue again? Do we really want to put our ignorance on display for everyone to see? Is this the greatest problem that this nation is facing?

First of all, this nation is not the largest Christian nation in the world. It is not and has never been a Christian nation. There is no such animal. This may be a nation with the largest Christian population. It may be a nation that in its foundation relied upon Biblical principles. It is certainly a nation that has professed to be "Christian" in both doctrine and character. But it is not and never will be a Christian nation. 

Second, with the decadence and decay of this nation running downhill at break-neck speed I wonder if this is really a great problem? Our nation is in desperate trouble. She has turned her back on God and has rejected His truth. Now, that does not come as a surprise to me since every man, woman, and child born in this nation is born dead in trespasses and sin, born into absolute darkness, born hating the light, and born with a sin nature. 

My friend, having sin-soaked, God-rejecting heathens tell me I can't or shouldn't say "Merry Christmas" is not our greatest problem. Our greatest problem is not abortion. Our greatest problem is not homosexuality.This nations greatest problem is PRIDE. Pride continues to lead men and women to reject God and His Word. Pride causes men to say, "We won't have God rule over us." Pride causes men to become their own gods. Every man wants to do what he wants to do.

Rather than lament the lack of "Christmas Spirit" and the loss of holiday greetings, let's fall on our face and begin to weep as we ask God to have mercy upon us. Let's seek God and in fasting and fear hoping for a moving of God through His people before this nation plunges any further into the abyss in which she is headed.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

What Is Humility?

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. (C. S. Lewis)

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Apologies!

I beg you to accept my apologies for failing to make regular posts in this blog. For the past few years I have cherished this blog. I have tried everything I could to make it "first-class", interesting, informative, a blessing, and to glorify our loving Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

It has been and continues to be my desire to edify, encourage, exalt, equip, and even evangelize as God graciously leads. With the press of a fresh message each week it becomes more difficult to make the time to address the issues of today.

For those who still stop by I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to step it up and make the time I need, at least until I retire this blog come December 31, 2014.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Are You Weary and Looking for Rest?

"I love, I love my master
I will not go out free,
For He is my Redeemer;
He paid the price for me.
I would not leave His service
It is so sweet and blest;
And in the weariest moments
He gives the truest rest."

(Frances Havergal)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Update # 1

For those who wonder what to read, or what is good reading, or what not to read, I keep a list of:

  • Books I recommend
  • Books I have read
  • Books I have reviewed
  • Books I have in the wings waiting to be read

I have updated a couple of those lists. You might want to check in periodically and see what might be of help, comfort, and value to you. Remember, there is no end of the making of books. There is so little time and so many available to read. Choose wisely!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Test of Stewardship (Part 3)

SERMON                  GM14-034

SERIES:              Christian Living in a World of Chaos & Contradiction

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        The Test of Stewardship        (Part 3)

SCRIPTURE:     1 John 4:17-19

SUBJ:                  Perfect love

SUMMARY:       Perfect love produces confidence

SCHEME:           that Christians stop fearing the judgment of God

Our theme is:  Perfect loves produces confidence

This is a good reminder for us all that God has implanted his character or nature within us which produces confidence about the Day of Judgment.

 Proposition:  Genuine believers as recipients of fellowship and Sonship are charged with a stewardship that when faithfully discharged demonstrates a true relationship with God.

Interrogatory Sentence:  How do genuine Christians faithfully discharge their stewardship duties?

Transitional Sentence: This passage supplies us with three (3) principles to be good stewards. 


The Christian Life is Viewed as Stewardship

The Test of Stewardship
1 John 4:17-19 * (Part 3)


A.   The Paralyzing Effect of Fear

Louis Pasteur was reported to have had such an irrational fear of dirt and infection that he refused to shake hands.

President and Mrs. Benjamin Harrison were so intimidated by the newfangled electricity installed in the White House they were afraid to touch the light switches. If there were no servants around to turn off the lights when the Harrisons went to bed they slept with them on.
B.    The Problem for Believers

This is like some Christians. Some believers are paralyzed with fear that they might be not genuine believers. They look to historical events or emotional feelings for evidence of their redemption rather than being confidently assured furnished by the fruit produced by God in their lives.

In verses 17-19 we see that perfect or matured love will produce the assurance needed by every believer that they are truly in Christ.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Is Church Boring?

You say that you don't gather with a local body of believers because you think the service is boring? In many cases I have to agree. I have attended many so called "corporate worship" services that have been nothing more than "snooze-fests." But what is the real problem?

The gathering together or as the New Testament puts it the assembling of yourselves together, today is far from what it was in the early days of Christianity. 

First of all, the "service" is not about you. At least not in the most direct manner. Ultimately if the gathering follows biblical patterns you will benefit tremendously.

Second, the gathering is to center around Jesus Christ and His glorious work of atonement. Acts 20:7 makes it clear that the early church gathered on the first day of week to commemorate the Lord's Supper. The church gathered to be reminded of, to take strength and inspiration from, and to proclaim the death of Christ. 

Third, in the 10th chapter of the letter to the Hebrews we see that the body gathers to stimulate or encourage each member to love one another and to serve one another. Each believer is to utilize and minister their spiritual gift in order to benefit their fellow believers. Also prayer is to be offered for specific needs and individuals, various physical needs are to be met, and fellowship of the saints is to developed.

The gathering should be an exciting, informal, and God-centered experience. If you attend services thinking that the church "owes" you something or that it ought to entertain you, then you are attending for all the wrong reasons.