Friday, December 30, 2011

How to forget the past

Many Christians live their lives with no rear view mirror because of misunderstanding the application of Philippians 3 which teaches us to 'forget what lies behind'. The calling is not to ignore our past but to work with Jesus through out past.

This sermon was preached as part of the 'Rebels Guide to Joy' sermon series at Mars Hill Church Seattle. To hear the entire sermon please visit

Thursday, December 29, 2011

How not to pray

Jesus teaches that we're not to pray like religious people. We don't need to carry a prayer rug around with us and face east when we do. We just talk to our Dad.

This clip is taken from the sermon The Lord's Prayer, and can be found in full at

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What Have You Stopped Praying About?

This clip is taken from the sermon "John the Baptizer's Birth Prophesied," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Mars Hill Church Ballard campus in Seattle, Washington, on September 27, 2009. It is the 2nd sermon in our sermon series, "Luke's Gospel: Investigating the Man Who Is God."

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jesus: The Eternal Word (John 1) John MacArthur

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1--2)

The concept of the Word (logos) is one imbued with meaning for both Jews and Greeks. To the Greek philosophers, the logos was the impersonal, abstract principle of reason and order in the universe. It was in some sense a creative force, and also the source of wisdom. The average Greek may not have fully understood all the nuances of meaning with which the philosophers invested the term logos. Yet even to laymen the term would have signified one of the most important principles in the universe.

To the Greeks, then, John presented Jesus as the personification and embodiment of the logos. Unlike the Greek concept, however, Jesus was not an impersonal source, force, principle, or emanation. In Him, the true logos who was God became a man—a concept foreign to Greek thought.

But logos was not just a Greek concept. The word of the Lord was also a significant Old Testament theme, well-known to the Jews. The word of the Lord was the expression of divine power and wisdom. By His word God introduced the Abrahamic covenant (Gen. 15:1), gave Israel the Ten Commandments (Ex. 24:3--4; Deut. 5:5; cf. Ex. 34:28; Deut. 9:10), attended the building of Solomon's temple (1 Kings 6:11--13), revealed God to Samuel (1 Sam. 3:21), pronounced judgment on the house of Eli (1 Kings 2:27), counseled Elijah (1 Kings 19:9ff.), directed Israel through God's spokesmen (cf. 1 Sam. 15:10ff.; 2 Sam. 7:4ff.; 24:11ff.; 1 Kings 16:1--4; 17:2--4., 8ff.; 18:1; 21:17--19; 2 Chron. 11:2--4), was the agent of creation (Ps. 33:6), and revealed Scripture to the prophets (Jer. 1:2; Ezek. 1:3; Dan. 9:2; Hos. 1:1; Joel 1:1; Jonah 1:1; Mic. 1:1; Zeph. 1:1; Hag. 1:1; Zech. 1:1; Mal. 1:1).

John presented Jesus to his Jewish readers as the incarnation of divine power and revelation. He initiated the new covenant (Luke 22:20; Heb. 9:15; 12:24), instructs believers (John 10:27), unites them into a spiritual temple (1 Cor. 3:16--17; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21), revealed God to man (John 1:18; 14:7--9), judges those who reject Him (John 3:18; 5:22), directs the church through those whom He has raised up to lead it (Eph. 4:11--12; 1 Tim. 5:17; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1--3), was the agent of creation (John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2), and inspired the Scripture penned by the New Testament writers (John 14:26) through the Holy Spirit whom He sent (John 15:26). As the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ is God's final word to mankind: "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1--2).

Then John took his argument a step further. In His eternal preexistence the Word was with God. The English translation does not bring out the full richness of the Greek expression (pros ton theon). That phrase means far more than merely that the Word existed with God; it "[gives] the picture of two personal beings facing one another and engaging in intelligent discourse" (W. Robert Cook, The Theology of John [Chicago: Moody, 1979], 49). From all eternity Jesus, as the second person of the trinity, was "with the Father [pros ton patera]" (1 John 1:2) in deep, intimate fellowship. Perhaps pros ton theon could best be rendered "face-to-face." The Word is a person, not an attribute of God or an emanation from Him. And He is of the same essence as the Father.

Yet in an act of infinite condescension, Jesus left the glory of heaven and the privilege of face-to-face communion with His Father (cf. John 17:5). He willingly "emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.... He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" (Phil. 2:7--8).

John's description of the Word reached its pinnacle in the third clause of this opening verse. Not only did the Word exist from all eternity, and have face-to-face fellowship with God the Father, but also the Word was God. That simple statement, only four words in both English and Greek (theos en ho logos), is perhaps the clearest and most direct declaration of the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ to be found anywhere in Scripture.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Charles Spurgeon Sermon - Joy Born at Bethlehem (Part 1 of 3)

Charles Spurgeon Sermon - Joy Born at Bethlehem (Part 1 of 3)

Charles Spurgeon Sermon playlist:

Sermon text:

Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 January 31, 1892) was a British Reformed Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the "Prince of Preachers." In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times a week at different places. His sermons have been translated into many languages. Spurgeon was the pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years. In 1857, he started a charity organization called Spurgeon's which now works globally. He also founded Spurgeon's College, which was named after him after his death.

Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, a commentary, books on prayer, a devotional, a magazine, and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Arguably, no other author, Christian or otherwise, has more material in print than C.H. Spurgeon.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Greg Koukl - Messianic Prophecies

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason discusses Messianic prophecies. For more information, visit

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sermon Outline: "Peace on Earth" Isaiah 52 7-10

1) The Peaceful Reign (Isaiah 52:7) 

·        Romans 10:8-17  

 2) The Peaceful Return (Isaiah 52:8-9)

·        Isaiah 49:9-13 

3) The Peaceful Reveal (Isaiah 52:10)

 ·        Psalm 98:1-3

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sermon Outline: "Rejoice in the Lord" Psalm 97:1-12

1) Let the Earth be Joyful (Psalm 97:1–6)
  • Isaiah 49:1-6

  • Romans 3:21-22  
2) Let the People be Joyful (Psalm 97:7–9)
  • Isaiah 11:1-5

3) Let the Righteous be Joyful (Psalm 97:10–12)
  • Psalm 30:1-7

Urgent letter from Dr. Charles McVety for the Citizens of Ontario

Last week Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty siezed the opportunity to write his radical six gender sex education in the new ant-bullying law. Everyone agrees that bullying is a serious threat to children and must be combated with strong, stiff programs and penalties. Children’s lives depend on it. Unfortunately the Premier is using everyone’s good will to advance his agenda.

The Anti-bullying Bill 13 uses the force of law to make teachers in both Public and Catholic to:

· Teach Radical Six Gender Curriculum - Equity and Inclusive Education

Bill 13 Section 2. (1) Paragraph 29.1 of subsection 8 (1) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted: equity and inclusive education

29.1 require boards to develop and implement an equity and inclusive education policy, and, if required by the Minister, submit the policy to the Minister and implement changes to the policy as directed by the Minister;

· Support Homosexual Clubs in all Public and Catholic Schools

Bill 13 Section 9. Board support for certain pupil activities and organizations

303.1 Every board shall support pupils who want to establish and lead,

(a) activities or organizations that promote gender equity;

(b) activities or organizations that promote anti-racism;

(c) activities or organizations that promote the awareness and understanding of, and respect for, people with disabilities; or

(d) activities or organizations that promote the awareness and understanding of, and respect for, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, including organizations with the name gay-straight alliance or another name.

· Force Churches Renting School Property to Follow Province’s Radical Agenda.

Bill 13 Section 7 (2) Agreements with third parties re use of schools

(3.1) If a board enters into an agreement with another person or entity, other than a board, respecting the use of a school operated by the board, the board shall include in the agreement a requirement that the person or entity follow standards that are consistent with the code of conduct.

It is egregious to impose, with the force of law, this bizarre social engineering experiment on Ontario’s children under the pretence of protecting children from bullying. There is no proof that forcing all schools, Public and Catholic, to teach this material and host gay clubs will stop bullying. This guise doesn’t hold water with standard pedagogical practices. Our schools don’t have to teach the intricacies of every element of difference to combat bullying. Teachers don’t need a 219 page curriculum guide extolling the virtues of being short, overweight, Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any other identifying factor. They simply need to combat bullying.

Think of the millions of small, innocent children who will be subjected to this agenda if we do nothing. Last year tens of thousands of parents spoke out, the Premier heard our cries and cancelled a similar program.

Please act to protect children and do the following:

1. Call Premier McGuinty at 416-325-1941

2. Send Premier McGuinty an email by clicking here. A copy will be sent to every Ontario MPP.
(If this doesn’t work with your system go to and click on Email Premier McGuinty)

3. Sign the Petition at

Please make your voice known. If not you, then who? If not now, when?

I want to thank you for protecting children from this hostile, confusing, radical experiment.

Merry Christmas and May 2012 See Protection for Children.

Dr. Charles McVety

President, Institute for Canadian Values

Friday, December 09, 2011

Should I Marry Someone Because of Outward Beauty? - Paul Washer & Tim Conway

If your a young person and thinking about marriage, then please hear this clip and don't make a wrong turn and pursue outward beauty, instead of pursuing someone who fears the Lord.


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Greg Koukl - Final Judgment?

Taken from Greg Koukl of "Stand to Reason" who discusses the purpose of the Final Judgment.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Richard Baxter - Time-Wasting Thieves

Richard Baxter - Time-Wasting Thieves

Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

Ephesians 5:16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Richard Baxter playlist:

Richard Baxter - English puritan divine (1615-1691) was a prominent English churchman of the 1600s. He was a peacemaker who sought unity among Protestants, and yet he was a highly independent thinker and at the center of every major controversy in England during his lifetime.

Born in Rowton to parents who undervalued education, Baxter was largely self-taught. He eventually studied at a free school, then at royal court, where he became disgusted at what he saw as frivolity. He left to study divinity, and at age 23, he was ordained into the Church of England. Within the Anglican church, Baxter found common ground with the Puritans, a growing faction who opposed the church's episcopacy and was itself breaking into factions. Baxter, for his part, did his best to avoid the disputes between Anglicans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and other denominations, even convincing local ministers to cooperate in some pastoral matters. "In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity," he was fond of saying.

The interest in cooperation was not due to a lack of conviction. On the contrary, Baxter was opinionated in his theology, which was not quite Separatist and not quite Conformist. Among his more than 200 works are long, controversial discourses on doctrine. Still, he believed society was a large family under a loving father, and in his theology, he tried to cut between the extremes. He eventually registered himself as "a mere Nonconformist" ("Nonconformist" was a technical term meaning "not Anglican"), breaking with the Church of England mainly because of the lack of power it gave parish clergy.

Baxter also found himself as a peacemaker during the English Civil Wars. He believed in monarchy, but a limited one. He served as a chaplain for the parliamentary army, but then helped to bring about the restoration of the king. Yet as a moderate, Baxter found himself the target of both extremes. He was still irritated with the episcopacy in 1660, when he was offered the bishopric of Hereford, so he declined it. As a result, he was barred from ecclesiastical office and not permitted to return to Kidderminster, nor was he allowed to preach. Between 1662 and 1688 (when James II was overthrown), he was persecuted and was imprisoned for 18 months, and he was forced to sell two extensive libraries. Still, he continued to preach: "I preached as never sure to preach again," he wrote, "and as a dying man to dying men."

Baxter became even better known for his prolific writing. His devotional classic The Saints' Everlasting Rest was one of the most widely read books of the century. When asked what deviations should be permitted from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, he created an entirely new one, called Reformed Liturgy, in two weeks. His Christian Directory contains over one million words. His autobiography and his pastoral guide, The Reformed Pastor, are still widely read today.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Greg Koukl - Trust or Faith?

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason discusses why he prefers the word "trust" to "faith". For more information, visit

Friday, December 02, 2011

True Forgiveness

We cannot ask God to forgive us and refuse to forgive other people. Are you withholding forgiveness for someone? If you do, you're denying someone what was freely given to you. That's hypocritical and sinful, and we have no right to do so.

This clip is from the sermon "Kiss the Feet," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church Ballard in Seattle, Washington on November 20, 2011. This is the 100th and final sermon in our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke.

To watch the full sermon, visit:

Thursday, December 01, 2011

True Repentance

Do you really repent? Do you only talk to God about other people's sin but not your own? Jesus commands us to preach repentance, and parents need to model it for their children so that there's a culture of repentance in the house.

This clip is from the sermon "Kiss the Feet," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church Ballard in Seattle, Washington on November 20, 2011. This is the 100th and final sermon in our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke.

To watch the full sermon, visit: