Monday, April 30, 2007
Sorry I can't take it anymore!!!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Matthew 16:16 "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
This is the confession that establishes the church, a church is made up of people who make this confession. Can we get real basic here, the church is not designed for non-believers it is an assembly of people who make this great confession. And when unbelievers come one thing ought to be profoundly clear that everybody assembled there is assembled there for the purpose of affirming this great confession. The church is not a place for non-Christians who need a motivational speech, it's not a place for non-Christians who need help for their addictions, or who want to some how feel spiritual. It is the assembly of those who make the great confession.Excerpt taken from a sermon preached by John MacArthur delivered at Omaha Bible Church on 11/25/05 at a Leadership meeting and can be downloaded here.
The church is a gathering of people who make a common confession, and what is that confession? That great and awesome is the mystery of godliness, it is the confession that God came in human flesh. To be a Christian you must confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10) and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, these things are written says John that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ and that believing you might have life in His name. The church is the gathering of those who make this common confession, their not there trying to make sure they don't offend anybody by overdoing the confession their there for the purpose of affirming that confession.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Dear HusbandNow I need some time to deflate my ego so I can get my shirts back over my head. I am thankful that my Wife sees me as the man I want to be instead of the man that I am. I Love My Wife.
Thank you for loving me when I'm unlovable, thank you for working so hard at work, thank you for giving me more than I ever dreamed I'd have and then listening to me complain about it. I'm sorry for stressing us out. I know when I'm over the edge I put more stress on you. Thank you for encouraging me to walk closer with God. Thank you for loving the Lord and making Him the priority in your life. I'm sorry for distracting you with stupid stuff that takes our focus off God. Your a great father and husband and I'm thankful that you are my husband.
I'll miss you today and I hope you have a quiet stress-less day. All my love your Wife
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
There is a sickness in God’s house, an absence of the fear and reverence for the Lord, a flippancy and a sensuality that can’t be denied. The crosses are being taken down, the hymnals are discarded, the church members come into church eating donuts and drinking coffee as though the sanctuary is a food court. There is no gravity, no seriousness and above all, no prevailing prayer.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
2 Timothy 3:5 "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
Saturday, April 14, 2007
This will be a place to post a list of great free media, PDF books, audio files, mostly in MP3 format or what ever. Just right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" and choose the folder on your computer where you would like to download these great resources.
- John MacArthur MP3's
Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture - Download
Virginia Tech Shootings - Download
Narrow Gate or the Broad Gate - Download
Refuting The Feel-Good Gospel - Download
Unmasking The Pope - Download
The Emerging Church Movement - Download
What's So Bad About The Emergent Church - Download
- Jack MacArthur MP3's
The Charismatic Hysteria - Download
- Phil Johnson MP3's
A Beginner's Guide to Postmodernism - Download
Divine Grace vs Human Pride - Download
Programs Get Your Programs - Download
- Horatius Bonar Books
Follow The Lamb - RTF Format / MP3's 1-2-3-4
God's Way of Peace - PDF
The Everlasting Righteousness - PDF
- Justin Peters MP3's
Word of Faith Discernment Seminar - Download
- Jeff Noblit MP3's
Apostasy and the Unpardonable State - Download
- Jonathan Sims MP3's
The Total Depravity of Man - Download
Eternal Security of the Believer, Part 1 - Download
- D. A. Carson MP3's
What is The Gospel - Download
Friday, April 13, 2007
Self in all its forms is a hindrance to our growth (Rom 14:7). Self-will, self-sufficiency, self- indulgence, self-importance, self-glory, self-seeking, self-brooding, all these mar fruitfulness. Denying self is the beginning, the middle, and the end of our course here, as followers of Christ. How can a man grow when he is pampering self instead of crucifying the flesh; when he is indulging and fondling the old man instead of nailing him to the cross; when he is enjoying all softness and ease and worldly comfort, instead of enduring hardness, and taking up his cross and mortifying his members which are upon the earth? (Rom 8:13, Gal 5:24, Col 3:5).Excerpt taken from "Follow the Lamb" by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Excerpt taken from a sermon preached by John MacArthur titled "Rejoicing in the Cross". You can read the entire transcript or download the MP3 at www.gty.org
There are only two religions in the world. That’s all. Just two. In spite of the myriad of claims, there are only two. One is God’s, one is Satan’s. One is called the religion of human achievement, that is Satan’s religion and it based upon man’s own effort and ability. The other is the religion of divine accomplishment, that is God’s and it is based solely and only on God’s sovereign ability. One, you see, depends on what man can do and the other depends on what God did. One is earned, the other is a gift. One is by human effort; the other is by divine grace. One is by works, one is without works, and sadly but clearly, most people on the face of the earth in human history have banked their time and eternal destiny on the religion of human achievement that says I’m good enough if I just behave myself and carry out certain religious functions, God will accept me.
Now the religion of human achievement comes in many, many forms and packages, but it is all really the same religion. It is all the satanic counterfeit and if God says that men are saved by grace through faith apart from anything they can do. Satan will say men are saved by what they can do and all religion falls into those two conflicting categories.
Whether you’re talking about the mighty IM movement, Mormonism, Islam, Eurancha, the One World Family, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, Spiritualism, the Association for Research and Enlightenment, the Divine Light Mission, OASPE, Worldwide Church of God, Great White Brotherhood, Ascera Unification Church, the Way International, Scientology, the Roman Catholic system or whatever other system of religion you’re talking about in the world; they all fall into the category of the religions of human achievement. And they all say that through certain means you can better yourself. You can become pleasing to God or gods that be, you can attain salvation, you can take yourself to a better world because you have within you the ability to do that.
There’s only, I say it again, a choice between two religions: the religion of human achievement which comes under many labels and the religion of divine accomplishment which is revealed in the scared pages in the Word of God.
Friday, April 06, 2007
John 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Inasmuch as certain men have set the truth aside, and bring in lying words and vain genealogies, which, as the apostle says, "minister questions rather than godly edifying which is in faith," and by means of their craftily-constructed plausibilities draw away the minds of the inexperienced and take them captive. These men falsify the oracles of God, and prove themselves evil interpreters of the good word of revelation. They also overthrow the faith of many, by drawing them away, under a pretence of [superior] knowledge, from Him who rounded and adorned the universe; as if, forsooth, they had something more excellent and sublime to reveal, than that God who created the heaven and the earth, and all things that are therein. By means of specious and plausible words, they cunningly allure the simple-minded to inquire into their system; but they nevertheless clumsily destroy them, while they initiate them into their blasphemous and impious opinions respecting the Demiurge; and these simple ones are unable, even in such a matter, to distinguish falsehood from truth. - IrenaeusExcerpt taken from "Irenaeus Against Heresies" Book I
We live in an era that looks with suspicion on any type of certainty or conviction about the truth. Our society has abandoned the idea of absolutes, choosing instead to arbitrarily grant equal validity to every opinion and philosophical musing, Sadly, today's church, influenced by the surrounding culture, has fallen prey to an inclusivism that tolerates seemingly any and every viewpoint, except dogmatism. In the realm of biblical interpretation, for instance, a significant new movement is gaining ground that says that no one can know for sure what the Bible means. According to this emerging viewpoint, the Bible is so obscure that anyone who exegetes Scripture should offer nothing more than a cautious "humble," open-minded opinion regarding the text's meaning. But such radical, unwarranted skepticism blatantly ignores the Bible's own teaching that Christians not only can, but must, know the truth. Thus, to claim that the meaning of Scripture is unknowable is to directly attack the divinely designed clarity of the Bible; it is, in essence, to accuse God of being unable to clearly reveal Himself and His truth to humanity. The inevitable result of such arrogance for those who embrace it is the loss of certainty and confidence about the rich and essential doctrinal truths of the Christian faith.
Pss. 19:8 - The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes
Prov. 22:21 - That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
Isa. 29:24 - They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
Luke 1:4 - That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
1 Tim. 4:3 - Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
2 Peter 1:12 - Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
2 Peter 1:19 - We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
1 John 2:21 - I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
1 John 4:6 - We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
2 John 1 - The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
Excerpt taken from "The MacArthur New Testament Commentary 1 - 3 John" Moody Publishing
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
It seems to me the more I read the great preachers of the past the further our church's have fallen from what the pattern of a true church should be. D. L. Moody really nailed down what happens to us when we neglect Prayer and The Word of God.
"The two first and essential means of grace are the Word of God and Prayer. By these come conversion; for we are born again by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever; and whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
By these also we grow; for we are exhorted to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby, and we cannot grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ except we also speak to Him in Prayer.
It is by the Word that the Father sanctifies us; but we are also bidden to watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation.
These two means of grace must be used in their right proportion. If we read the Word and do not pray, we may become puffed up with knowledge, without the love that buildeth up. If we pray without reading the Word, we shall be ignorant of the mind and will of God, and become mystical and fanatical, and liable to be blown about by every wind of doctrine."
Excerpt taken from the book "Prevailing Prayer" by D. L. Moody
Monday, April 02, 2007
Quote: Emerging. In the first place, I object to the implications of the word emerging. This movement is not some beautiful new butterfly coming out of a cocoon. Although people in this movement sometimes claim to represent the next great step forward after the failure of modernism, my assessment would be that what we are really seeing here is the collective dying gasp of every major modernist idea evangelicals and fundamentalists have stood against for the past century and a half.
Thanks to www.takebackcanada.com
As to those common convictions and affections which the hypocrite had, and which made him keep up the duty of prayer for a while; since they are not reaching the bottom of the heart, nor being accompanied with any change of nature, a little thing extinguishes them. The cares of the world commonly choke and suffocate them, and often the pleasures and vanities of youth totally put an end to them, and with them ends their constant practice of the duty of prayer."
Excerpt taken from a sermon by Johathan Edwards titled "Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer" from the book Sermons of Johathan Edwards © 2005 Hendrickson Publishers, Inc