Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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“The whole of Christ’s life was a continual passion; others die martyrs, but Christ was born a martyr. He found a Golgotha, where He was crucified, even in Bethlehem, where he was born; for to his tenderness then the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after, and the manger as uneasy at first as the cross at last. His birth and His death were but one continual act, and his Christmas Day and his Good Friday are but the evening and the morning of one and the same day. From the crèche to the cross is an inseparable line. Christmas only points forward to Good Friday and Easter. It can have no meaning apart from that, where the Son of God displayed His glory by His death.”
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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This past Sunday morning, I showed a videa entitled "The Next Five Minutes." I borrowed it from The Church at Brook Hills where my good friend David Platt pastors in Birmingham, AL.
You can view it via the Brook Hills web-site by clicking here, or you can watch it along with the message I preached this past Sunday by clicking here.
May the next five minutes of our lives NOT be like the last five minutes!
Posted by Bro. Matt at 12:30 PM
Monday, November 17, 2008
1. If you play the lottery and/or gamble in other capacities, you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
2. If you use your credit card to purchase things you cannot afford or immediately pay off, you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
3. If you desire to move and/or change jobs for the sole purpose of making more money, though you and your family are growing spiritually and being challenged spiritually, you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
4. If you assume God blessed you with a raise or a great crop or a plethora of business so that you can upgrade your possessions you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
5. If your entire mood is affected by the up or down swing of the stock market you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
6. If the way you voted in this past election was solely based on the present economic crisis, you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
7. If you think more about what you might get for Christmas instead of what you can give for the sake of love for others, you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
8. If you base your tithe amount off of what you have at the end of the month instead of what you make, you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
9. If you think Bro. Matt’s challenge to give more to Lottie Moon than you spend on Christmas gifts is absolutely absurd, you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
10. If God has called you to missions, but you refuse to heed it due to not wanting to sell everything and receive a much smaller salary, you might be guilty of having the desire to be rich.
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Friday, November 14, 2008
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
2. Pierced by the Word: Thirty-One Meditations for Your Soul by John Piper
3. Taste and See: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life by John Piper
4. A Godward Life: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life by John Piper
6. Drawing Near: Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith by John MacArthur
7. Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon (A Devotional Classic!)
9. Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey by Jerry Bridges
10. Daily Readings from the Life of Christ by John MacArthur
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Sunday, November 9, 2008
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I found this test at Founders Ministries. I thought the test was well worded and a much needed reminder on a host of different levels for a host of different serious things for believers.
Take the test for yourself and ask the Lord to help you continue doing what followers of Christ are to always be about doing no matter what.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, Jesus will still be King.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, our responsibilities as Christians will not have changed one iota.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the greatest agent for social change in America will still be winning the hearts and minds of men and women through the gospel, not legislation.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my primary citizenship will still be in this order - (1) the Kingdom of God, (2) America, not vice-versa.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the tomb will still be empty.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the cross, not the government, will still be our salvation.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, our children will still be more concerned with whether or not we spend time with them than with who is President.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my neighbor will still be my neighbor, and loving him/her will still be the second greatest commandment. (Do you know the first?)
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the only way to see abortion ultimately overturned will still be winning men and women to a high view of life through the gospel of Christ.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the only way to see gay marriage ultimately defeated will still be winning men and women to a biblical view of marriage through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my retirement will still not match my treasure in Heaven.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, "Jesus Is Lord" will still be the greatest truth in the Universe.
True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, we will still know that God is in control.
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“I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian—from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians! Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God's revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning—a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned.”
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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Monday, November 3, 2008
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I have found that some solid voices in the evangelical world have posted thoughts, videos, radio broadcasts, etc. that are helpful as we approach the final hours leading up to election day 2008. Below are links to some of these sources. It's not too late to be informed. Be diligent to think theologically, critically, and biblically about the issues and what all is at stake in this deal. Prayerfully approach tonight and tomorrow as you vote, talk with others, and watch the returns.
A Townhall Discussion of issues and what is at stake in this election by Al Mohler.
A video of John Piper discussing his thoughts on the Presidential election. He also offers a perspective on a woman running for the office of Vice President as well as a prayer for the election. All of these can be found on the desiringgod.org blog.
A thoughtful response and perspective by Justin Taylor to Piper's thoughts.
Posted by Bro. Matt at 9:34 AM
Heavenly Father, I am overwhelmed this morning that You, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe would choose to listen to the weak cries of sinful saints on behalf of the nations. I am even more overwhelmed that You would choose to bless this body of believers with a heart for You to be glorified around the world. Thank You, Lord, for sending Jesus on our behalf so that we might now approach Your throne of grace with confidence and be free to spend our lives radically for the expansion of Your name and reputation around the world.
Steadfast Father, my heart is heavy and anxious and eager this morning because of the change that is before us as a nation and a church. More than likely, less than 36 hours from now, our nation will have a new President. This Sunday our congregation will be led in worship by a different face. Yesterday, around 150 people from this flock committed to a short-term mission trip in 2009. A dozen or so committed to long-term (2-3 years or career) mission service with their lives. Might this be the year of the harvest? You have brought new families to our church. Adults, teenagers, and children are being baptized. Things are changing, Lord, and I/we need Your help to lead us in the days ahead. Remind us all that we are desperate and helpless sheep, who have been selected by the Ultimate Shepherd, to feast and flourish in Your pasture as You direct us. May we never be found guilty of being led by another.
Sovereign Father, I believe in my soul that the best days are yet to come here at Wynne Baptist. We have yet to begin to give what we can truly financially give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, other mission entities, the poor and impoverished, and our church. We have yet to begin to see how many of our teenagers and children will be called out to go to the hardest places in the world with the Gospel. We have yet to begin to see how You might want us to best and most effectively reach our beloved city of Wynne with the Good News. We have yet only faintly begun to taste and see how good You are. We do not know the future, but how good it is to know the One who does.
Glorious Father, come and show us Your glory. Come and give us a sense of urgency and deep compassion in our souls for others to see Your glory from our mouths and our actions. Give us unity and love for one another as Satan despises and hates and is horrified by what he observes from WBC and will try everything he can to tear us apart. Bind him from our midst I pray! Cause our hearts to love Your Son more affectionately. Give us a hatred for sin and a fear of living rebellious, disobedient, and mediocre lives. I/We look to You to do for us, in us, around us, and through us what only You can do. Make us dependent upon Your Spirit. Lead us to pursuits that would only work if Your Spirit were to do powerfully do it through us. Do far more than any of us could ever ask, imagine, or think…not so WBC would be talked about…but so that You might be seen and shown for the majestic God that You are.
In the Wonderful Name of Jesus I/we pray….
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