Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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Monday, September 27, 2010
So the green trees and fields, and singing of birds, are the emanations of his infinite joy and benignity; the easiness and naturalness of trees and vines [are] shadows of his infinite beauty and loveliness; the crystal rivers and murmuring streams have the footsteps of his sweet grace and bounty.
When we behold the light and brightness of the sun, the golden edges of an evening cloud, or the beauteous bow, we behold the adumbrations of his glory and goodness; and the blue skies, of his mildness and gentleness.
There are also many things wherein we may behold his awful majesty: in the sun in his strength, in comets, in thunder, in the towering thunder clouds, in ragged rocks and the brows of mountains. That beauteous light with which the world is filled in a clear day is a lively 1shadow of his spotless holiness and happiness, and delight in communicating himself."
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Monday, September 20, 2010
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Friday, September 17, 2010
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
To any WBC member who reads my blog:
My heart is filled to overflowing in what you all did for Katie and me Sunday night. You had my mom play the offertory on the piano. You had my dad ‘roast’ me with both embarrassing and kind words. You had the staff guys encourage me. You had the search committee share words of affirmation. You gave us a portrait of our family. You had Kelly Dallas fix his famous BBQ nachos (and me a whole rack of ribs to myself!). You had Lisa work her magic with videos. You had Bro. Al Jackson encourage and affirm me in the ministry. You all wrote card after card blessing us with kind words of affirmation. On top of all of this, you all took up around $20,000.00 to help us pay for our adoption from Ethiopia!!! Absolutely incredible. I had no words Sunday night, and I still have no words to express my heart-filled gratitude to each of you. All I know to say again and again and again is, “Thank you.” Matt Pearson is not worthy to be your pastor. To God be all the glory…and I mean all.
A couple of additional thoughts…
(1) Considering all that was said Sunday night, absolutely nothing would be possible or true were it not for the staff team I am blessed to work with each and every day. Because of their tireless work and their passionate love for each of you, the Gospel, and the nations, they allow me to be able prepare and preach and cast the vision. The staff of WBC are the real heroes that deserve all of the credit for anything good said about me last night.
(2) You were ‘radically intentional’ with your gift to Katie and me. Wow! This is, perhaps, what blows me away the most (along with the HUGE amount given!). You all could have given us anything. But you were led to give so that we could go and do what God has called us to do in bringing a child (or two!) from Ethiopia. That is what I call being ‘radically intentional’ about making disciples of all nations to the glory of Jesus Christ! Yes!
I am overwhelmed to be called the pastor of Wynne Baptist Church. Thank you for allowing my family to serve King Jesus with you!
Posted by Bro. Matt at 6:40 AM
Below is my outline for Sunday morning. After the outline, I have included a couple of questions to help you further apply and think through this text of Scripture…
I. Why the Psalmist Experienced Heart Failure
1. In a pit and miry bog of destruction (2a)
2. Encompassed by countless evils (12a)
3. Overwhelmed by innumerable iniquities (12b)
4. Surrounded by those desiring injury (14-15)
II. Evidence that God Rescued His Heart
1. The LORD inclined and heard his cry (1)
2. Rock-solid Feet and a Renewed Singing Mouth (2b-3a)
III. What the Psalmist Did While Patiently Waiting on God
1. Trusted in God, not in self or circumstances (4)
2. Devoured God’s Word, not religious acts (6-8)
3. Rehearsed the great attributes of God (11)
4. Begged God for quick and delightful deliverance (13)
5. Resolved to believe that God was the best thing for his soul and his only hope (16-17)
IV. Reasons God Allows Circumstances to Overwhelm Us
1. To allow others to see the power of God (3b)
2. To grow our understanding, knowledge, and love of God (5)
3. To enhance and encourage the worship of God among the people of God (9-10)
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
V. How a Holy God Can Rescue an ‘Evil Encompassed’ Man
1. Understand the reality and God-centeredness of verse 16.
2. Believe that God loves you regardless and has demonstrated it in Jesus – Romans 5:8.
3. Trust that Jesus, not yourself or your works makes you righteous – 2 Corinthians 5:21.
4. Hope in the reality that in Jesus, God ordains everything that happens to you for your Christ-like character – Romans 8:28-30.
(1) What truth(s) from this Psalm ministers to you the most? Why?
(2) Have you ever experienced spiritual heart failure (see end of verse 12)? What has been your normal practice when you do? What would David suggest we do?
(3) Is there a contradiction between claiming to ‘patiently’ wait on God in verse 1 and begging God to hurry for deliverance in verse 13? Why or why not?
(4) Do you know of anyone who might need you to encourage them with the truths from this Psalm? Pray for them using the truths from this Psalm?
(5) Read James 1:2-4 and Hebrews 12:3-11. According to these passages, why are believers allowed to endure struggles?
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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