- 1 John 2:15 — Deacons Lead Us to Love God & Others (Deacons Ordination / Installation Service)
I have a new favorite catch phrase when parenting.
At night cereal bowls randomly are set out. At one spot is a green bowl, at another spot is a blue, yellow or maybe a red bowl. So in the morning the first person up switches the bowl to get their favorite color. Well, when the other child comes down they are heartbroken that someone is using their bowl.
They come running to me looking for social justice, and I tell them, “I want you to stop caring so much about that sort of thing.” “I don’t really care, and I want you to learn not to care. Grow up.”
This last month my kids bought tablets with their Christmas money. And they will sit for hours staring at them, playing games and such. And when we ask them to put them down we get expressions of extreme anguish that they have to walk away from their tablets.
So as parents we say, “I need you ...
- The Old & New Command to Love
My family enjoys playing board games. Battleship, Blockus, War, Go Fish and other family card games. Those moments are precious because we are together. We are enjoying fellowship and family togetherness. We do not gather around the kitchen table to read and study the rule book and then play to keep the rules. The rules of the game are incidental. Necessary, but not the focus. There is no joy in rule keeping. The joy is in the people we gather around the table.
The moment really isn’t about the game, it’s about the fellowship, and when we take our eyes off the joy of our fellowship the moment is lost. Life is like the board game. God wants you at His table. He calls you to Himself. God gathers you around His table. We all take our turns and enjoy fellowship together. At the end of the ...
- 1 John 2:3-6 — How Can I Be Sure I Really Know God Personally?
John Calvin explains that we first come to know God in repentance and faith. Then the Light of God touches our soul and makes us alive in Christ. We are forgiven and the blood of Jesus washes away the guilt of our sin.
Then, as we abide in fellowship with God, over a lifetime our life is transformed into an obedient life. As this obedience grows, we come to know that we know God.
An obedience life is what gives us an assurance in our hearts that we are saved.
We know we know God if we live like Jesus who prayed all night in order to stay connected to the Father.
Jesus worked to grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man.
Jesus worked hard to live in constant fellowship with the Father. And that provided Him the power ...
- The Fires of God Against Our Sin are Cold: Propitiation
Something in last Sundays sermon upset some folks and I wanted to use it for the introduction into today’s sermon. I said that unlike us “God is not a mix of good and evil, therefore God has no sympathy for our sin. God is never patient or at rest looking at our sin. God is always mobilized and agitated by sin. He is always on the move to deal with it.”
If the truth that God is angry against sin and sinners comes as a shock, then might I suggest we read our Bibles without cherry picking passages. The Scriptures never describe God as weak against sin. God will never get over our sin. God will never just accept us like we are in our sin.
Tolerance for sin is never listed as an attribute of the Divine nature.
- The Message We Proclaim
It is in my theological DNA to make the end of verse 7 the big idea of this passage. I would be wrong. Most Christians think that the Bible is all about getting us saved, when in fact the Bible is not about us, our felt needs or pending destruction.
That truth doesn’t diminish The blood of Jesus which cleanses us from all sin, but that’s not the biggest truth coming out of the Bible. It’s in the top three big truths of the Bible, but it isn’t the top truth. The revelation about Redemption and the Creation are in the top three. But those don’t cover the biggest truth God wants us to understand.
The primary message of the Bible is about . . .
- What Constitutes Our Fellowship?
January 11th, 2015
1 John 1:1-4 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
Some of the funniest skits on late night comedy are reporters just asking questions at random to people they meet on the street. Questions like Can you name the three branches of government, or who is our current Vice President? And my favorite recently, Which is better, the Affordable Care Act or ...