Monday, December 24, 2007

Can I really call some one my brother if they teach another salvation? If they find salvation in the cup are they my Christian twin. If they believe the bread is salvific is there a true spiritual kinship then is thier salvation the same as mine. Is it not grace alone, Christ alone, faith alone?

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of
Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some
who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we,
or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have
preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again
now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he
is to be accursed! - Gal 1:6-9

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Condition of My Heart

Jeremiah 17:9 Esv

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

Let this be our pray too.

Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Its beginning to look a lot like Easter

Okay, I know what you are thinking. I also realize that Christmas and New Year's are still around the corner, but I have Easter on the brain.

I don't want to let the cat to far out of the bag (because she have sharp claws), but an airplane is involved.

And now that i think about it maybe a drag strip.

Hmmm...... I wonder.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

the gospel in motion

Tonight I was reminded again of how great my church family is. I love them and would never trade them.

Sunday morning was off the hook as we covered Luke 1:1-25. We talked about leting God remove the disgrace from our lives. Powerful.

the evening was as nothing to slouch at. Grady McDonald, Student pastor at New Harmony Baptist in Tyler, Tx. His youth ministry, Quest Ministries, did a wonderful portrail of the Gospel and the Power of Christ to a Lifehouse song. I posted a video of this drama done by someone else a while back if you don't have a clue what I am writing about.

After a amazing drama, Grady broke open the Bread of Life like it was a loaf of bread fresh the oven and then he put a healthy heap of butter on it. I love how he worked the text like Randy Coulture does his opponent on the ground.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

the goal is ...

Relevance is not our goal. It is just a tool. Our goal is not to be relevant to culture. We want to be distinct from culture.”

Gary Long, pastor of Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston, TX

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

on being a man

A man can make a differencein others when Jesus is making a difference in him.

~Roy Lessin~