Saturday, February 27, 2010
• Proverbs 30:8-9
• Philippians 4:19
• James 1:17
2) The Source: Father
• 1 Timothy 4:1-5
3) The Supplication: Give
• Psalm 37:1-11
4) The Seekers: Us
• Luke 18:29-30
• Psalm 104:14-15
• 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
5) The Schedule: Daily
• Psalm 104:23-26
Friday, February 26, 2010
According to some prominent "evangelical" leaders, we've been fighting the wrong war. Protestants, Catholics, and other religious people should quit bickering over issues of heaven and hell and unite in the culture war.
Wait a minute...what's wrong with this picture?
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Consider three perspectives from three Christian commentators/bloggers.
1. Al Mohler offers his always-insightful analysis, comparing Tiger Woods’ Buddhist Confession with a Christian Confession. You can read Mohler’s view here.
2. Mark DeMoss shares what he thinks Tiger Woods should have said. Interesting stuff, that you can read here.
3. Brit Hume has been in the news, and mocked by non-Christians, ever since the scandal broke, because of his suggestion that Christianity offers a unique way of forgiveness through Christ. Bill O’Reilly asked Brit about that last night on The O’Reilly Factor. You can view the clip below.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
John MacArthur is advocating a special, particular kind of discrimination that needs to happen if the Christian church is to remain healthy and pure. It may not be culturally sensitive to say so, but it's right, and loving too.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
When is Jesus coming back? Christians have been asking that question for two thousand years. Longer actually, long before Christs crucifixion His apostles asked Him the same thing. Its a question Jesus took seriously. His answer is recorded in the longest episode of scripture. So if the events surrounding the Lords second coming are a mystery to you, they shouldnt be, Christ provided those details which are the subject of todays edition of Grace to You. Lets join Pastor John MacArthur as he takes us into the past as he gives us a clearer view, of the future.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
1) God’s Purpose (Matthew 6:9a)
2) God’s Paternity (Matthew 6:9b)
- John 1:9-14
- Ephesians 1:3
3) God’s Priority. (Matthew 6:9c)
- Psalm 34:3
4) God’s Program (Matthew 6:10a)
- Revelation 22:20
5) God's Plan. (Matthew 6:10b)
- Daniel 4:34-35
Friday, February 12, 2010
John Piper calls every young adult to make a radical decision now to pursue Christ as his/her greatest treasure as opposed to pursuing earthly comfort at the end of his/her life. There is too much spiritual blindness and physical suffering in the world to work in this life for your own comfort. If Christ is our treasure, then we will lay down our lives for the sake of meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the world.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
If you've been with us these past five weeks, you should be pretty well protected by now. Together, we've taken a close look at the spiritual armor God has prepared for all of us who would follow Him.
Just as with any soldier gearing up for battle, each piece of our protection is crucial because we can only be as strong as our weakest point. To be effective in the spiritual realm, each part of our armor, from head to toe, must be intact.
That's why we've taken the time we have to unfold this series. And that's why we'll conclude with one more message -- this one on the importance of prayer, which ought to blanket every battlefield, before, during, and after the final arrows fly.
I pray you have been encouraged and emboldened by what we've studied together. It continues to be a joy for me to minister to you in this way.
May God continue to extend His peace - and His Grace - to you.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
The Audience & Content of Prayer
1) The Audience of Prayer. (Matthew 6:5-6)
A) The False Audience: Other People.
· Luke 18:9-14
B) The True Audience: God. (Matthew 6:6)
· 1 Corinthians 4:5b
2) The Content of Prayer. (Matthew 6:7-8)
A) The False Content: Meaningless Repetition. (Matthew 6:7)
· Luke 18:1-7
B) The True Content: Sincere Requests.
· John 14:13
Friday, February 05, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
We've almost come to the end of our series on the believer's armor -- just one message to go.
But the series isn't going away for good. If you've missed anything along the way, or if there's something you'd like to go over again, or even if you'd like to watch the series in it's entirety - the version without any cuts needed to fit the TV time slot - you can.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
A small but growing number of evangelical churches have embraced mixed martial arts—a sport with a reputation for violence and blood that combines kickboxing, wrestling and other fighting styles—to reach young men, whose church attendance has been persistently low. Mixed martial arts events have drawn millions of television viewers, and one was the top pay-per-view event in 2009. The goal, these pastors say, is to inject some machismo into their ministries—and into the image of Jesus. “Compassion and love—we agree with all that stuff, too,” said Brandon Beals, 37, the lead pastor at Canyon Creek Church outside of Seattle. “But what led me to find Christ was that Jesus was a fighter.” The outreach is part of a larger and more longstanding effort on the part of some ministers who fear that their churches have become too feminized, promoting kindness and compassion at the expense of strength and responsibility. “The man should be the overall leader of the household,” said Ryan Dobson, 39, a pastor and fan of mixed martial arts who is the son of James Dobson. Fighting as a metaphor has resonated with some young men. “I'm fighting to provide a better quality of life for my family and provide them with things that I didn’t have growing up,” said Mike Thompson, 32, a former gang member who until recently had struggled with unemployment. “Once I accepted Christ in my life,” Mr. Thompson said, “I realized that a person can fight for good.”
The New York Times 2/1/10
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
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