Friday, October 30, 2009
" . . . many people claim that God is simply a warmonger picking fights with those that oppose him. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Only under extreme conditions was a war ever sanctioned and not after many years of warnings (Jeremiah 26:4-6). In fact, even the mighty King David himself was not allowed to build a temple for God because he was a warrior and had shed blood in wars (1 Chronicles 28:3).
God, it seems, does not like the death of anyone."
Read the full article here where you will find the topics:
- The Root Cause of War
- Our Attitude Toward War
- God's View of War
- Lord of War
- The Just War
Thursday, October 29, 2009
"The person who rejects God does not know the real horrors of hell. This may be because he does not believe hell exists, or it may be because he convinces himself that it would be tolerably preferable to heaven.
But whatever he believes or does not believe, when he chooses against God, he is wrong about God and about hell. He is not, at that point, preferring the real hell over the real God. He is blind to both. He does not perceive the true glories of God, and he does not perceive the true horrors of hell."
How Willingly Do People Go to Hell? :: Desiring God Christian Resource Library
Monday, October 19, 2009
“Am I the only one who gets embarrassed when religious leaders in America talk about having prayer in public schools? We don’t have even that much prayer in many churches! Out of humility, you would think we would keep quiet on that particular subject until we practice what we preach in our own congregations.
I am sure that the Roman emperors didn’t have prayer to God in their schools. But then, the early Christians didn’t seem to care what Caligula or Claudius or Nero did. How could any emperor stop God? How, in fact, could the demons of hell make headway when God’s people prayed and called upon his name? Impossible!
In the New Testament we don’t see Peter or John wringing their hands and saving, 'Oh, what are we going to do? Caligula’s bisexual . . . he wants to appoint his horse to the Roman Senate . . . what a terrible model of leadership! How are we going to respond to this outrage?'
Let’s not play games with ourselves. Let’s not divert attention away from the weak prayer life of our own churches. In Acts 4, when the apostles were unjustly arrested, imprisoned, and threatened, they didn’t call for a protest; they didn’t reach for some political leverage. Instead, they headed to a prayer meeting. Soon the place was vibrating with the power of the Holy Spirit (vv. 23—31).
The apostles had this instinct: When in trouble, pray. When intimidated, pray. When challenged, pray. When persecuted, pray.”
Cymbala, Jim. “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire.” Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
"The evidence of true conversion is not simply that one time in your life you made a decision and you beleived you were sincere . . . the profession of faith: has it continued on?"
Friday, October 16, 2009
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Monday, October 12, 2009
O AMOR DE DEUS
" Pois Deus tanto amou o mundo que deu o seu Filho unigênito para que todo o que nele crer não pereça, mas tenha a vida eterna." (João 3:16)
O PLANO DE DEUS
Cristo afirma: "Eu vim para que tenham vida, e a tenham plenamente" (uma vida abundante e com propósito). (João 10:10)
Por que a maioria das pessoas não está experimentando essa "vida abundante"?
Saturday, October 10, 2009
"A church that is alive, a church that is one proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ is going to become an issue in the community. Jesus said, 'Woe unto you when all men speak well of you.' The church in the world must always be at opposite poles because light and darkness have no fellowship . . .
A church that is a real living vital church is a church that is in the business of taking dead people and communicating to them the gospel that alone can make them alive. That's the mission of the church. There is no way biblically under the sun that the church can ever court the world. The church must be the conscience of the world. The church must be so well defined that it becomes the antagonist of the world. For those outside of Jesus Christ, this church I trust, I pray, this church will be the most uncomfortable seat in the world because we present a gospel that divides."
Read the full message, "How To Play Church."
Thursday, October 08, 2009
"Leadership in the church is not built on an individual’s natural abilities, education, common sense, or human wisdom. It is built on his knowledge and understanding of Scripture, his allegiance to it, and his submission to the Holy Spirit’s applying the truths of God’s Word in his heart and life. A man who is not clinging to God’s Word and committed to live it is not prepared to preach it or teach it. The truth of the Word must be woven into the very fabric of his thinking and living. Only then does the power of the leader’s integrity make an impact on those to whom he ministers.
Those who fail to be loyal to Scripture are largely responsible for the superficial, self-elevating preaching and teaching in many evangelical churches. That failure is the real culprit that has led so many to be converted to what they consider relevancy and therefore to preach a pampering psychology or a diluted gospel.
But the faithful pastor, like Ezra, will “set his heart to study the law of the LORD, and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances” (Ezra 7:10). He knows that the Bible is not a resource for truth but is the divinely revealed source of truth. It is not a supplementary text but the only text. Its truths are not optional but mandatory. The pastor’s purpose is not to make Scripture relevant to his people but to enable them to understand doctrine, which becomes the foundation of their spiritual living. "
MacArthur, John. "The Power of Integrity: Building A Life Without Compromise." Wheaton: Crossway, 1997.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
One of the other men was looking the bill over and began asking questions--"what's this all about?" Before I could answer, the man closer to me said a very firm, "thank you" and pulled his dog a little closer to toward us. The curious man wanted to know what the bill was about. The man closer to me said a little more forcefully, "THANK YOU" with wider eyes. I understood. I said, "You are welcome" and stepped back (showing I "got" the message) and told them to read the important message on the back.
I caught up to Mom and was escorting her through the store. We had not reached the end of the first aisle when the curious man from outside came around the corner--he was looking for me and wanted some answers to his questions. First, he apologized for his "uncle's" behaviour. Now, he wanted to know why I was giving out Million Dollar Bills with President Obama on it. What was I trying to say? I told him it was a gospel tract, had he read the back? He only read half of it, but did not think he was "good enough" to keep reading. He was not satisfied. Was I poking fun at the President? I assured him I was not, but was using the bill as a talking point for us (it worked, didn't it?)--"like I said, it's not every day you will see our current President on a bill, especially on this big." He looked at it again and laughed a small laugh. He thought it was sort of funny. He stuck out his hand to shake, and again apologized for his "uncle."
Since we were talking, I had a question for him: did he think that all this fuss over government Health Care was going to change the matters in the gospel tract? In other words, whether we have government imposed health care or a plan we could choose ourselves, would it change the fact that we are all going to die and stand before God on judgment day? He stopped, thinking about what I just asked, then his jaw dropped open. He scratched his head and said, "You know, health care don't change a thing when it come to that! Aw, Man!" He stomped, threw his arms down and looked around, astounded at the realization. I pointed out that it does matter what one thinks of the President, Health Care, or where the Olympics are held--we are going to die and stand before God on judgment day.
At this point, one of the other men from outside came up carrying a case of beer. My new friend had some more thinking to do. I reminded him that by his own admission he did not think of himself as a "good person" and to also think of how God sees his heart. When he dies, will he go to heaven or hell? The beer carrying man wanted to go, but froze in his tracts--was I "that guy" from outside? I said I was, he switched the beer case into the other hand and stuck his hand out to shake, thanking me for giving him a bill, too.
Just as quickly, the conversation was over. They had to go. I told them to think about what I was saying and to read the entire gospel tract.
I pray they repent.
About the time they left, a lady was coming toward me down the aisle, looking for something (I don't know why, but every time I go in the grocery store, people think I work there). I noticed she was wearing an Obama '08 tee shirt. I reached in my pocket, pulled out an Obama Million Dollar Bill and said, "Betcha don't have one of these!" She nearly screamed with excitement. This drew some attention from a mother with two kids who wanted one--each. Then two more women and two more children got Obama Bills.
More importantly, they got the gospel. And it all started with three guys in the parking lot and gospel tracts burning a hole in my pocket.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Time to change your passwords!
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Monday, October 05, 2009
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Friday, October 02, 2009
"Once while bathing in the river Sutlej I sank deep into the water. Above my head were tons of water and yet I did not feel the burden at all. When I camed back to the bank, I lifted a pot filled with water and found it very heavy. As long as I was in the water I did not feel the weight.
Similarly a sinner does not feel that he is a sinner as long as he lives in sin."
(Sadhu Sundar Singh, 1889-1929)
Thursday, October 01, 2009
To say, "I have not sinned" is to make God a liar (1 John 1:10);
To say, "I must sin," is to deny the gospel (Jude 24; Galatians 2:20);
To say, "I must not sin," is to conform to the gospel (Colossians 3:17);
To say, "I need not sin," is to state my priviledge (Ephesians 1:4);
To say, "By the grace of God I will not sin," is to live the gospel (Galatians 5:25).