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25 February, 2008   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Judging Fruit By Biblical Standards    Listen

Remember the church we posted about last year who believed they were doing great things for the Kingdom of God by revamping their men's room to appeal to macho man seekers? They recently did a year in review presentation, in which they spoke of all of the great things God did at their church in 2007. It's another example of the mistaken impression that so many of today's trendy churches have about what is valuable in a church. This church's list of accomplishments provides a springboard for us to discuss what exactly is 'fruit' according to the bible. If you belong to a church that you are not quite sure about, you'll want to tune-in for this important set of scriptural guidelines. ... [Play/Download MP3]


24 February, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

More Justification Please!!

I've been really behind in replying to emails lately and while catching up - I ran across this one, sent to me by a Catholic named Nick who wrote: "From my reading of Protestant theology, the classical Protestant teaching on justification is that it is by imputation of grace, making the soul appear righteous (though not changing it), and occurs once in the believer's life, at conversion". Nick feels that his understanding of protestant belief conflicts with the account of Abraham; he goes on to say: "As a Catholic I believe justification is by infused grace, making the soul righteous. In the case of Abraham he actually increased in righteousness (became more justified) as he continued to obey God. I believe the Catholic model best explains the Biblical evidence. I am open to hearing an equally compelling case from the Protestant side, but until that time I cannot consider anything but the Catholic Faith. I look forward to your response." ... [Read More!]


22 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Musical, Aesthetic, and Ceremonial Devices   Charles Spurgeon

Our Savior did not use any means which might enlist man's lower nature on his side. When I have heard of large congregations gathered together by the music of a fine choir, I have remembered that the same thing is done at the opera house and the music-hall, and I have felt no joy. When we have heard of crowds enchanted by the sublime music of the pealing organ, I have seen in the fact rather a glorification of St. Cecilia than of Jesus Christ. Our Lord trusted in no measure or degree to the charms of music for the establishing his throne. He has not given to his disciples the slightest intimation that they are to employ the attractions of the concert room to promote the kingdom of heaven. ... [Read More!]


21 February, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

"It Is Written": Establishing The Authority of the Old Testament

2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is God breathed and is profitable for doctrine, reproof and training in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. This text teaches far more than just the inspiration of Scripture. It teaches that all of scripture is profitable for training the godly in righteousness. There is no teaching or commandment of scripture which is unprofitable or invalid for the Christian. Even the ceremonial and dietary laws of the Old Testament, the purposes of which were only temporary and are no longer to be observed has use to the Christian when their figures are properly understood. The Lord Jesus left a dire warning for any who would try to teach that the Law has no bearing on the Christian or those who would say, (for example) that "the Ten Commandments are obsolete". He warned that not one jot or tittle of the Law would ever pass away and that those who relaxed the least of it's commandments and taught others to do so would be least in the Kingdom of Heaven. ... [Read More!]


19 February, 2008   General  

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Last week was Valentine's Day and although a lot of men have difficulties picking out cards for their wife, not many men go through the theological dilemmas that Pastor Tom Chantry in Milwaukee was confronted with this year. Card-buying for him meant wrestling with theologically loaded Hallmark statements like these: "Being with you is the greatest that life can be". "No love can be greater than the love I have for you". "Because I'm with you, I know that I am the luckiest man alive". What did Pastor Chantry end up doing about his dilemma? Well after you read this post, if you are really interesting knowing - you can watch a video clip that is nothing short of a Valentine's effort that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Nice going Tom; I'm sure that went over well! ... [Read Link]


18 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Evangelism By The Book: Avoid Deadly Shortcuts

During a great war, there was a man who invented a parachute that was one hundred percent trustworthy. It made no difference whether the user was large or small; it opened every time and got him safely to the ground. The key was in the way it was folded. Every part of the parachute had to be carefully and painstakingly placed in certain positions, following the instructions given by the manufacturer. True, it was somewhat arduous, but it was well worth the effort. It had the effect of ensuring that the life of every precious human being who trusted the parachute would be preserved. Many years after the war began, a group of young men known as "fast-folders" entered the packing room. These men so influenced the workers with their new fast and easy method of folding that soon they all completely ignored the instruction book given by the manufacturer. Production increased greatly and everyone
rejoiced in the obvious and quantifiable results. ... [Read More!]


15 February, 2008   Resource Spotlight  

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wrote a very helpful book (), far better than many modern tomes on evangelism and ministry. Like the other Puritans, he was a firm believer in "the law being a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ." Boston would, I'm sure, be shocked at the minimal attention given the law by much of today's pastors and evangelists. Boston saw conversion as something that was most often the result of sustained ministry in the life of a person rather than the result of an instantaneous, emotional response. It goes without saying that this message is sorely needed in today's church. The author is very critical of ministry which grows out of a man's own power and ability (i.e. excellent speaking skills) where that talent is not accompanied by an humble realization that apart from Christ we can do nothing. ... [Read Link]


15 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

One Day During 'The Great Awakening' . . .   George Whitefield

Journal entry from Sunday, March 4, 1739 - - Arose much refreshed in spirit and gave my early attendants a warm exhortation as usual. Went to Newgate and preached with power to an exceedingly thronged congregation. Then hastened to Hanham Mount, three miles from the city, where the miners live altogether. God favoured us in the weather. Over four thousand were ready to hear me, and God enabled me to preach with the demonstration of the Spirit. The ground not being high enough, I stood upon a table and the sight of the people covering the green fields, and their deep attention, pleased me much. I hope that same Lord, who fed so many thousands with bodily bread, will feed all their souls with the Bread which cometh down from Heaven, for many came from far. At four in the afternoon, I went to the mount on Rose Green and preached to over fourteen thousand souls. God was so good to allow all to be able to hear me. ... [Read More!]


13 February, 2008   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

You're Making Wrong Judgments (& various other problems)

I'm on my way out for some medical tests, but wanted to quickly share some reader-mail with you, and give you a chance to respond. Don Huff writes-in through our contact form: "Some things you say may be right. Some are wrong; not based on my opinion but based on scripture. No man has all the light. That is why we depend on each other in the body of Christ. But reading your comments you are very critical of many. Do you know their heart? No---no more than I know yours. But the fruit is what separates the wheat from the tares. I do not agree with anyone totally; for we all have mistakes and look through a mirror dimly. I do not have all truth nor do you." ... [Read More!]


12 February, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

How Can We Love God If We Are To Fear Him?

What does the bible mean when it talks about the fear of the Lord? It has become common place for people to say that there is no reason to fear God at all. We are just supposed to love God and revere him. When this sort of attitude is taken people begin to look at God, not as the holy, all powerful, sovereign Lord of all creation, but more like a really big version of themselves, who is more likely to be permissive and accepting of anything one does rather than demand holiness of life and obedience to His laws. They often start to revere a God that is basically a really big version of themselves. Their likes become God's likes. Whatever they are pleased to do God is pleased with. They create in their minds a God that need not be feared. ... [Read More!]


7 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

JOB OPENING: Pastor With a Great Sense of Humor

These are postmodern times, and if we really want to fill our churches, we need to appeal to what's most important. Let's face it, nobody is going to care about how much 'bible' the speaker knows, they are going to relate to how funny his stories are. That's why a good sense of humor is kind of like the new 'doctrine' of the old days; it's what your church falls or stands on, right? So maybe you can help our church fill this job opening; we are looking for a very special candidate, to lead us into the future, somebody who is funny. Did I mention that he (or she) also has to be funny? ... [Read More!]


6 February, 2008   Sound Doctrine  

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We protestants are sometimes too quick to throw anything that even sounds Roman Catholic under the bus. I don't blame us for some of that paranoia; what happened to me the other day was as odd as anything the protestants have to offer on TBN (with the possible exception of their very miraculous hair style exhibits). What happened was - I received a phone call from my own VERY Catholic mother who insisted on paying my airfare to Lourdes France, which is the location of some very famous "healing waters". My well-meaning but superstitious mother thought we ought to give my recent bone fractures a whirl in some of that not-for-export European holy water. Well that's just one example of a Catholic tradition that most protestants run away from and never look back. Another one is "catechism", right? If you grew up Catholic you might remember a nun or priest teaching these dry classes on what seemed like - the most irrelevant topics in the universe. But if the Lord has since saved your soul, it's time for you to discover that catechism isn't necessarily Catholic; there are a variety of protestant ones too. In fact a good catechism that summarizes many of the high-points of scripture can be one of the best friends of a protestant. That's the sense you get when you listen to this sermon by Joel Beeke on the Heidelberg catechism. Some have nicknamed it "The Book of Comfort", and it's easy to see why - even from it's very first sentence: "What is your only comfort in life and death?". In this post however, my friend Nathan White talks about his recent study of the Baptist and Westminster Catechisms. These are all great catechisms that deserve your attention, even if you may not agree with them in full. ... [Read Link]


5 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Biblically Correct Evangelism Starts With . . .   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

All you do in evangelism, some say, is to call people to
'come to Christ', and you offer forgiveness. You call upon them to 'decide for Christ'. They generally go on to say that if you afterwards go to the other meetings you will learn a deeper doctrine, a profound truth; but in an evangelistic meeting there is only a simple message - it is "Come to Jesus; come to Christ, decide for Him. If you want forgiveness, here it is". Now as I understand [Romans 6:17], such teaching is not only dangerous, but utterly un-scriptural. That is why this matter is of such tremendous importance. That is not the message the Roman Christians had believed, otherwise Paul could not have drawn these great deductions from it. What then is it? 'The form of doctrine delivered them' was the full doctrine that Paul had been elaborating on throughout this Epistle to the Romans - nothing less. The message of evangelism is a message that starts with . . . ... [Read More!]


1 February, 2008   Wonderful Plan?  

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"It is the night before Eric's memorial service. It still does not seem real but the flowers that are arriving and the preparations for tomorrow are making it harder for me to ignore what is the new reality of our lives. My husband will no longer walk through the front door and give me a kiss. My children's father will no longer tuck them in bed each night and pray over them. The rubber is definitely hitting the road right now. You can say all you want that you believe in God's sovereignty but when you face devastating circumstances like these you realize that all that hope and faith in your theology is real. As real as the air I breath. God IS sovereign. And, His promise to be my husband and the father to my [six] children is truth. I have seen His mighty hand throughout this whole week. It was only a week ago that God took Eric home to be with him." (Also hear the sermon in response to this family's tragedy)... [Read Link]


 

 

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