Monday, October 31, 2011
Everyday is a good time to rejoice and celebrate in the gospel - but especially today. I praise God for Martin Luther, and for bringing Christianity back to God's Word, the Bible.
On October 31, 1517 Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenburg. The first 13 min. of this video tells part of that story.
Friday, October 28, 2011
| Wise Words from Oswald Chambers |
|The Method of Missions:|
"Go ye therefore, and teach (disciple) all nations." Matthew 28:19
Jesus Christ did not say - Go and save souls (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God), but - "Go and teach," i.e., disciple, "all nations," and you cannot make disciples unless you are a disciple yourself. When the disciples came back from their first mission they were filled with joy because the devils were subject to them, and Jesus said - Don’t rejoice in successful service; the great secret of joy is that you are rightly related to Me. The great essential of the missionary is that he remains true to the call of God, and realizes that his one purpose is to disciple men and women to Jesus. There is a passion for souls that does not spring from God, but from the desire to make converts to our point of view.
The challenge to the missionary does not come on the line that people are difficult to get saved, that backsliders are difficult to reclaim, that there is a wadge of callous indifference; but along the line of his own personal relationship to Jesus Christ. "Believe ye that I am able to do this?" Our Lord puts that question steadily, it faces us in every individual case we meet. The one great challenge is - Do I know my Risen Lord? Do I know the power of His indwelling Spirit? Am I wise enough in God’s sight, and foolish enough according to the world, to bank on what Jesus Christ has said, or am I abandoning the great supernatural position, which is the only call for a missionary, viz., boundless confidence in Christ Jesus? If I take up any other method I depart altogether from the methods laid down by Our Lord - "All power is given unto Me . . , therefore go ye."
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This massive ship was finally moved off the Kamaishi harbor (where I was helping in April). It was the ship that was sailing through town and finally came back out near the harbor as the waves pulled back. The crew wouldn't leave the ship for a whole week as they were still in shock.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
- Tim Chester, A Meal with Jesus, p. 89
Jesus didn’t run projects, establish ministries, create programs, or put on events. He ate meals. If you routinely share meals and you have a passion for Jesus, then you’ll be doing mission. It’s not that meals save people. People are saved through the gospel message. But meals will create natural opportunities to share that message in a context that resonates powerfully with what you’re saying.
Hospitality has always been integral to the story of God’s people. Abraham set the agenda when he offered three strangers water for their feet and food for their bodies. In so doing he entertained God himself and received afresh the promise (Genesis 18:1–18). God was Israel’s host in the Promised Land (Ps. 39:12; Lev. 25:23), and that would later shape Israel’s behavior. A welcome to strangers and provision for the needy were written into the law of Moses. Rahab is saved because of her faith expressed through hospitality ( Joshua 2; James 2:22–25).
Hospitality continues to be integral to Christian conduct in the new covenant: “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality” (Rom. 12:13);“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Pet. 4:9; see 1 Tim. 5:10); “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me” (Matt. 10:40; see 25:35–40); “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb. 13:2).
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31b-32)
...you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. (v. 37b)
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. (v.43)
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not of God. (v. 47)
Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. (v. 51)
but I do know him [the Father God] and I keep his word. (v. 55)