Making Sunday Special – Trinity Sunday! June 15, 2014

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Every Thursday, as a preparatory aid, I post the following Sunday’s primary text that the sermon is based upon.  The entire point is to take the Lord’s Day (Sunday), and make it (in concert with 4th Commandment) the “Highlight of our Week”, as opposed to our culture which makes Friday and Saturday evenings the highlight of the week.  We as Christians have the blessing of taking Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and preparing our hearts to receive from the Lord what He would have for us in His Word on Sunday.  Then, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – we reflect on how God spoke to us in His Word, and apply it in our daily lives!  In so doing – we “Make Sunday Special” – for it truly is in the life of the Disciple!  Below is our text at Christ Church Westshore- Anglican this Sunday.

 

2nd Corinthians 13:1 – 14

1 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 2 I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them—3 since you seek proof that Christ pis speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 7 But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.

10 For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, 2 agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints greet you.

14 iThe grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

The Christ Church question of the Week! Week 24! with Pastor Mark Dever of Capital Hill Baptist Church

New City Catechism Question 24

Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?  (emboldened is the Children’s answer)

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/46888838″>NCC Q24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/gospelcoalition”>The Gospel Coalition</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Since death is the punishment for sinChrist died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.

Tuesday Thoughts! – June 10th, 2014

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In discussing with several people over the last couple of days concerning Jesus text in John 7:37 – 39, I was reminded of the exchange between The Lion and Jill Pole in the Silver Chair:

“Are you not thirsty” said the Lion

“I’m dyng of thirst”said Jill

Then drink said the Lion

“My I – could I – would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill

The Lion answered this only by a look and very low growl.  And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mouton to move aside for her convenience.  The delicious reapplying noice of the sreaem was dring her nearly frantic.  

 

“Will you promisenot to – do anything to me, If I do come”  said Jill

“I make no promise” said the Lion

Jill was so thirst now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.

“Do you eat girls” she said

“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms.” said the Lion.  It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, or as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry.”  It just said it.

I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill

Then you will die of thirst- said the Lion

“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer.

I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”

“There is no other stream” said the Lion.

It never occurred to Jill to disbelieve the Lion- no one who had seen his stern face could do that – and her mind suddenly made itself up.  It was the worst thing she had ever had todo, but she went forward to the stream, knelt down and began scooping water in her hand.  It was the coldest, most refreshing water she had ever tasted.”

You see – When you come to the water, you are coming to a Lion, you must come on the Lion’s terms, and you have to come yourself by faith in order to get the Water.  Some reading this more than likely need to realize that they are thirsty, that they need that water so badly that we are going to die without it.  I encourage you to step out in faith yielding to the Lion of Judah – Jesus Christ, and receive the gift of eternal life.  

& as we do, we have satisfying results!

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

 

?’s  1)  Are you thirsty to receive the gift of Jesus Christ?

        2)  Are you satisfied in Him?  Is your satisfaction flowing out to others?

 

Making Sunday Special! – Pentecost Sunday June 8, ’14

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Every Thursday, as a preparatory aid, I post the following Sunday’s primary text that the sermon is based upon.  The entire point is to take the Lord’s Day (Sunday), and make it (in concert with 4th Commandment) the “Highlight of our Week”, as opposed to our culture which makes Friday and Saturday evenings the highlight of the week.  We as Christians have the blessing of taking Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and preparing our hearts to receive from the Lord what He would have for us in His Word on Sunday.  Then, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – we reflect on how God spoke to us in His Word, and apply it in our daily lives!  In so doing – we “Make Sunday Special” – for it truly is in the life of the Disciple!  Below is our text at Christ Church Westshore- Anglican this Sunday.

John 7:37 – 39    On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified

Tuesday thoughts !

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Having returned from a week’s vacation in Mexico with friends, I find that times like that to get away and get quiet are absolutley essential for the Christian.  Now, our Lord didn’t hop on a plane and fly, but he did make time to get away and get quiet before his Father:

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”  Mark 1:35

In our technology filled, fast paced, event filled American world – when do you find time to stop, take a deep breath, with your Bible open, and allow God to speak to you through his word, and to spend some time in prayer with your Heavenly Father?  When you get away on vacation – do you spend some time away from your cell phone and get quiet like our Lord.

As one who has had this opportunity lately – I encourage you to recapture the discipline of Morning and Evening Prayer!  I know that, if you make it a priority in your life,  you will find your relationship with the Lord renewed, and your cup overflowing with His grace!  

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!  Great to be home!  

Gene