Bought by the Blood

September 30, 2009

Sports, Work and the Gospel

Filed under: Gospel,Matt Chandler,sports — cubsfan1980 @ 10:13 am
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“I think it’s such a goofy thing that so many Christian men can get so emotionally distraught over how their football team does.  It is just confusing to me.  That you can enter into an emotional downward spiral because your boy threw three picks.  That blows my mind.  Enjoy sports.  Be disappointed that your QB can’t throw to the right jersey.  There is nothing wrong with those things, but for you to emotionally affected, for you to be like, “Get the kids out of here,” something is wrong with you.  That is idolatry.  That is weird.  That is immaturity at its best…What has happened?  You were created by God for a ferocious epic drama, but you have replaced it with some ridiculous game.  Whether that be football, business, some external false “look at how successful I am” suburban death trap.  All you reveal in those moments is you don’t know what you are caught up in.  Work just becomes work, play just becomes play…Our life has one purpose, the name and renown of Jesus Christ.  Your money, job, house family, children, hobbies, your everything is about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you understand this you will live out the epic and live intentionally.” Matt Chandler

September 29, 2009

CBMW on Tim Tebow

Tebow is unashamed of Christ and all the implications that come from following Him. He is willing to endure mockery and ridicule for Christ because, as he recently told ESPN in an interview, living for Christ is life and death. And football? Well, he told ESPN, it is just a game and it is by no means ultimate; Christ and the Gospel are.

This is what biblical manhood does. Biblical manhood carries out assigned tasks with diligent effort to the glory of God. It walks unashamedly with Christ and risks alienating the city of man on issues such as sexual purity because it lives with a greater city in view. It lovingly, humbly, and with biblical tenacity, leads and protects those placed under its care, manfully shouldering the blame and repenting when it fails. Biblical manhood enjoys the good gifts God has given while worshiping the Giver as the supreme treasure. And it pushes fathers to teach their sons that love for the body of Christ trumps affections for their favorite football team.

via CBMW » A Pleasing Dilemma: Tim Tebow and the Cost of Discipleship.

When God Seems Distant

Filed under: Charles Spurgeon,communion with God,cross,Psalms — cubsfan1980 @ 2:17 pm
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For you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you – Psalm 9:10

“The Lord may hide his face for a season from his people, but he never has utterly, finally, really or angrily, forsaken them that seek him.  Let the poor seekers draw comfort from this fact, and let the finders rejoice yet more exceedingly, for what must be the Lord’s faithfulness to those who find if he is so gracious to those who seek.” Charles Spurgeon

God’s Wonderful Deeds

I will recount all of your wonderful deeds – Psalm 9:1

“Here is eternal work for us, for there can be no end to the showing forth of all his deeds of live. If we consider our own sinfulness and nothingness, we must feel that every work of preservation, forgiveness, conversion, deliverance, sanctification, etc., which the Lord has wrought for us, is a marvelous work.” Charles Spurgeon

September 28, 2009

Matt Redman on God’s glory

Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

I’ve been wanting to write a devotional on the glory of God and haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I may still do that, but until I do, here are some excellent thoughts on the glory of God from Matt Redman!

Glory has to be one of the most used worship words these days (and for good reason) – but because of that, we need to be really clear about what we mean by it. For many people it’s one of those words we kind of know what we’re talking about conceptually, but would find it hard to express the meaning if were asked for a concise definition. That’s where Mr Piper comes in. I love the way he describes to us what the word ‘glory’ is all about:

“ The glory of God is the manifestation of his holiness. God’s holiness is the incomparable perfection of his divine nature; his glory is the display of that holiness.”

So in other words, the holiness of God is everything about God that makes Him matchless, perfect and high above all others – and His glory is the shining of that holiness. Or as Piper goes on to explain:

“ ‘God is glorious’ means God’s holiness has gone public. His glory is the open revelation of the secret of his holiness… The holiness of God is his concealed glory. The glory of God is his revealed holiness.”

I love that – it’s what inwardly and instinctively we already knew, but defined in a few concise sentences that really help get a handle on what we’re talking about.

via THE GLORY OF GOD | worshipcentral.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement

“Today Jews around the world are celebrating Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which is considered the holiest and most solemn day of the year in modern Jewish practice. What relevance does this Jewish celebration have for Christians? Biblically, quite a lot.”  Hop over to the blog for the Resurgence to know more about the Bible and the Day of Atonement

Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more

Filed under: Gospel,grace,Romans,sin — cubsfan1980 @ 8:31 am

Every time you’re overcome by a sense of your sinfulness, remember that as great a sinner you are, Jesus is an infinitely greater Savior. And every time you’re tempted to quit praying for someone’s salvation, remember that no one is too wicked for Jesus to rescue. So keep praying to the Great Savior for the salvation of your family and friends. The greater the sinner, the greater the glory.

via The Greater The Sinner, The Greater The Glory – The Blazing Center.

Before the Throne of God Above

Filed under: J.C. Ryle,Jesus Christ,John,music — cubsfan1980 @ 6:58 am
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12

“Let us believe that there is nothing too hard or too great for believers to do, so long as their Lord intercedes for them in Heaven. Let us work on in faith, and expect great great thing, though we feel weak and lonely, like the disciples.  Our Lord is working with us and for us, though we cannot see Him. It was not so much the sword of Joshua that defeated Amalek, as the intercession of Moses on the hill (Exodus 17:11)”  J.C. Ryle

Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!

By Vikki Cook and Charles Bancroft

September 27, 2009

Eternal Forgiveness

Filed under: cross,forgiveness,Isaiah — cubsfan1980 @ 10:29 pm
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Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4&5)

“He says that Christ has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, that He has removed our sin.  Does that include only sin in the past? No.  It includes the sin that we have not yet committed.  That, too, is past history in God’s sight.  It is wonderful to know that in God’s sight our sin has been dealt with forever, and that His promise of forgiveness is eternal.” James Montgomery Boice

It is man, not God, who is irrelevant

Filed under: Gospel — cubsfan1980 @ 7:24 pm
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Could it be, therefore, that when the faithfully-preached gospel of our dying and rising God seems irrelevant to modern man, it is man, and not God, who is irrelevant?

via It is man, not God, who is irrelevant | Ligonier Ministries.

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