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On Faith.

This week as we looked at Romans 4 and the faith of Abraham, I thought this quote from Pastor Chuck was a good reminder of the blessings of that faith that God supplies…

Faith believes the promises of God. Unbelief doubts God’s promises.

Faith believes the Word of God because it is true. Unbelief doubts the truth of the Word.

Faith sees that God’s help is greater than any force that can come against you. Unbelief looks at the problems and declares it just can’t be done.

Faith sees Christ’s love when He is reproving you. Unbelief imagines anger in Christ’s loving words.

Faith helps the soul to wait when God delays. Unbelief gives up if there is any tarrying at all.

Faith gives you comfort in the midst of fear. Unbelief brings you fear in the midst of comfort.

Faith makes heavy burdens light. Unbelief makes light burdens heavy.

Faith helps us when we are down. Unbelief brings us down when we are up.

Faith brings us near to God when we are far from Him. Unbelief puts us far from God when He is near.

Faith sets men and women free. Unbelief holds them in bondage.

Faith purifies our hearts. Unbelief pollutes our hearts.

Faith makes our most feeble works acceptable to God through Christ. Unbelief makes even our greatest works unacceptable, for whatsoever is not of faith is sin, and without faith it is impossible to please God.

Faith brings peace to our soul. Unbelief brings strife and trouble, like the tossing waves of the sea.

Faith causes us to see the preciousness of Christ. Unbelief sees no beauty that we should desire Him.

Faith helps us experience fullness in Christ. Unbelief leads to leanness of soul.

Faith gives us victory. Unbelief leads to defeat.

Faith causes us to see glory in the things of the unseen world. Unbelief sees only the misery and the things of the present, material world.

By faith Abraham was given the Land of Promise. By unbelief Moses was not allowed to enter the land.

By faith the children of Israel passed through the Red Sea. By unbelief they perished in the wilderness.

By faith Peter walked on the water. By unbelief he began to sink.

Through faith our cup runs over. Through unbelief the cup is always empty.

-Chuck Smith / “Faith”

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

DeHaan on criticizing the Pastor…

If the pastor is young, they say he lacks experience. If his hair is gray, he is too old for the young people. If he has five or six children, he is irresponsible; if he has no children, he is setting a bad example. If he uses a lot of illustrations, he neglects the Bible; if he does not use enough, he is not relevant. If he condemns wrong deeds, he’s cranky; if he does not, he’s compromising. If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation; if he drives a new one, he’s setting his affection on earthly things. -Richard DeHann / Men Sent From God

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Just For Fun

 

The Life Saving Station

On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occur stood a lifesaving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea and with no thought for themselves went out day and night tirelessly searching for the lost. Many of those who were rescued and also others from the surrounding area wished to become associated with the station and to give their time, money, and effort for the support of its work. New boats were bought and new crews trained. The lifesaving station grew.
In time some of the crew became concerned that the station was so crude and poorly equipped. They felt that a more commodious place should be provided as the first refuge of those snatched from the sea. The emergency cots were replaced with beds, and better furniture was purchased for the enlarged building. The station became a popular gathering place for its members, and they decorated it beautifully and furnished it exquisitely. Fewer members were now interested in leaving the plush station to go to sea on lifesaving missions. So they hired surrogates to do that work. However, they retained the lifesaving motif in the club’s decorations, and a ceremonial lifeboat lay in the room where club initiations were held.
One dark stormy night a large ship was wrecked off the coast, and the hired crews brought in boatloads of cold, wet, half-drowned people. They were dirty and sick and obviously from distant shores. The station was in chaos. The event was so traumatic that the people contracted for outbuildings to be constructed so future shipwrecks could be processed with less disruption.
Eventually a rift developed in the station. Most of the members wanted to discontinue the station’s lifesaving activities as being unpleasant and a hindrance to their normal social life. Some insisted, however, that rescue was their primary purpose and pointed out that they were still called a lifesaving station. But the latter were ignored and told that if they wanted to keep lifesaving as their primary purpose, they could begin their own station down the coast, which they did. Over time those individuals fell prey to the same temptations as the first group, coming to care more about comforting one another than rescuing the perishing. After a while a few, remembering their real purpose, split off to establish yet another lifesaving station. And on and on it went. Today if you visit that seacoast, you will find a number of impressive lifesaving stations along the shore. Sadly, shipwrecks still occur in those waters, but most people are lost.

-R. Kent Hughes (Adapted from “The Life Saving Station by Theodore Wedel)

 

Future Unsatisfiable Lust…

There is only one longing of the heart of man that will be satisfied in the future: that of the Christian’s longing for Jesus and the revelation of His righteous kingdom. For the sinner, who rejects Jesus and the offer of salvation, there will remain the lust of the flesh, possibly intensifying, yet without the physical ability to satisfy that same longing. Gone will be the myth of the “party in hell”, replaced by the eternal reality apart from the goodness of God.

“…Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION” -2 Corinthians 6:2

 

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Meditation

 

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Voter Responsibility.

Who is responsible for the current political situation the United States of America?
Who is responsible when our elected officials lie, spin, and cover-up wrongdoing?
Who is responsible to hold them accountable?

Who is responsible for the current political situation in the church?
Who is responsible when pastors and leaders in the church lie, spin, and cover up wrongdoing?
Who is responsible to hold them accountable?

Responsibility in leadership is an interesting thing.
Leaders are responsible for their own wrongdoing.
Those who follow them bear their own responsibility.

We have a responsibility to vote.
We vote for politicians with the ballot.
We vote for pastors and church leaders with our wallets and our feet.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Culture, My Opinion

 

I. Am. Not. Anonymous.

Jim Jacobson:

I know that many of my friends and colleagues will be unhappy that I am reblogging this. However, I think it is one of the most instructional things I have read in a long time. There are many, many, statements made that are tweetable, quotable, etc. If you have ever questioned the status quo of your pastor, church, elders group, etc. and been shut down, shut out, or kicked out, you will understand. Take your time and digest this personal testimony. -Jim

Originally posted on ronwheelerjr:

Dear Mark Driscoll:

You were once one of my closest friends.

You were once my trusted mentor and benefactor.

You were once someone who preached the Gospel with a fierce and captivating passion and purity.

You were the one who inspired me to be a preacher… a church planter.

In 1996 I was working as a missionary in West Africa when my mom sent me a recording of you speaking at the Northwest Christian Education conference.  I was intrigued, captivated, and a bit disturbed by what I heard. You deconstructed my tidy neat little worldview and described the church as a mission outpost that exists between the gospel message and various cultures.  That message convinced me that I could be a missionary at home, and so I returned.

I started attending Mars Hill with my family, driving an hour each way from Mount Vernon down to Seattle.  Mars Hill was…

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Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Are You A Frenemy?

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The recently popularized term “frenemy”, is the seamless blending of  the words friend and enemy, referring to someone who pretends to be a friend but actually is an enemy -kind of like a wolf in sheep’s clothing in the world of friendships.

Sometimes I wonder about people who call themselves Christians, but actually seem to be less identifiable as people of faith than those without it. People in the church oftentimes have very little in common with the examples of believers that we have in scripture.
Jesus called us to follow Him, and He also called us to deny ourselves in that process. Today, in the church, it’s possible to be a friend of God, but still be a friend of the world. How we live, how we dress, what entertains us, how we spend our time and money, -those things can tell us where our true friendship lies, and they are worth examining.

Here are some verses to think about as we assess the conduct of our lives:

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?
Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. -James 4:4  

“choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. -Hebrews 11:25-26 

 He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.  -Matthew 12:30 

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and wealth. -
Matthew 6:24

 
 
 
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