Tuesday, February 25, 2014

treacherous enemy facing the church of Jesus Christ today is...

“The treacherous enemy facing the church of Jesus Christ today is the dictatorship of the routine, when the routine becomes “lord” in the life of the church. Programs are organized and the prevailing conditions are accepted as normal. Anyone can predict next Sunday’s service and what will happen. This seems to be the most deadly threat in the church today. When we come to the place where everything can be predicted and nobody expects anything unusual from God, we are in a rut. The routine dictates, and we can tell not only what will happen next Sunday, but what will occur next month and, if things do not improve, what will take place next year. Then we have reached the place where what has been determines what is, and what is determines what will be.”

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Must Be Well Thought of By Outsiders


1 Timothy3:7. An overseer must also (15) have a good reputation with outsiders (cf. Col. 4:5; 1 Thes. 4:12). Paul’s thought here seems to be that church leaders, as representatives of the congregation, are constantly susceptible to the snares of the devil (cf. 2 Tim. 2:26). Satan likes nothing better than to disgrace God’s work and God’s people by trapping church leaders in sin before a watching world. It is important therefore that overseers achieve and maintain a good reputation before unbelievers.

A. Duane Litfin, “1 Timothy,” ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 737.

Just a quick thought from my quiet time this morning

Most believers profess that the chief and if man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. However, when we try to practically work out our believe we tend to focus on improving ourselves in order that we may please God and make ourselves useful for God.  This is completely backwards!

As a child of God I am already accepted in the beloved and there is no need for me to try to earn my acceptance. My acceptance has already come to the blood of Jesus Christ. When focusing on my own self improvement I will constantly be discouraged, disheartened, and disgusted as I look at myself. However, when looking at Christ the very opposite is true.

Believing that my life is to bring glory to God and that I should enjoy Him forever should drive me to my knees on a daily basis consistently seeking God's mind in everything. This does not mean that there will be no improvement in my life, but rather my focus is on what the Lord desires in my life and not what I think will please the Lord. There is a vast difference between pleasing God and thinking you are pleasing God.

Is the presence of God smiling upon your life today?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The habit of praying day by day that God would be pleased

Jehovah Magnified“Let each one of us put the question to ourselves,—Are we in the habit of praying day by day that God would be pleased, by the power of His Spirit, to work, through the preaching of the gospel, that whenever and wherever His word is set forth He would work? Not only on Lord’s-day morning, just before we go out of our houses, is it right to do this, but day by day. On Monday we should begin with this, on Tuesday we should repeat the request, and again on Wednesday, and Thursday, and Friday, and Saturday. Oh, what blessing would come to them, if believers thus acted day by day!”
http://ref.ly/o/jehvahmagnfd/90103 via the Logos Bible Android app.

Friday, February 14, 2014

love One Another

“Oh let us bear with each other in love! We are of the heavenly family,—a little while, and Jesus will come again to take us to Himself. We are of the heavenly family,—yet a little while we shall be in heaven together, where there is only perfect harmony and love; surely, then, here we may love one another, and bear with one another, and care for one another.”

http://ref.ly/o/jehvahmagnfd/34139 via the Logos Bible Android app.

New Phone Number

In order to make this as quick and painless as possible, I have decided to post my new cell phone number here on the blog, on Facebook, on Google Plus, and some you text message.

old cell phone:6304418921
new cell phone: 3075755797

Rebecca's number will remain the same and my old number will not be dead right away.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

We ought to be missed even by the world

Jehovah Magnified“We should live in such a manner as that, if we were called hence, our dear brethren and sisters might feel our loss, and from their inmost souls exclaim, “Oh that such a one were in our midst again!” We ought to be missed even by the world. Worldly persons should be constrained to say of us, “If ever there was a Christian upon earth, that man was one.””
http://ref.ly/o/jehvahmagnfd/56645 via the Logos Bible Android app.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quote from George Mueller

“Instead of agreeing to differ, let us agree to love one another because of Christ’s love to us. While in weakness and infirmity, let us agree to walk together, having the same precious blood of Christ to make us clean, and being of the same heavenly family.”

http://ref.ly/o/jehvahmagnfd/11934 via the Logos Bible Android app.

Finally found a milk bottle big enough

Today we found a milk bottle that's big enough for John. It's to bad we didn't think of this until now.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

As long as there is growth, there is an air of unpredictability....

“As long as there is growth, there is an air of unpredictability. Certainly we cannot predict exactly, but in many churches you just about can. Everybody knows just what will happen, and this has become our deadliest enemy. We blame the devil, the “last days” and anything else we can think of, but the greatest enemy is not outside of us. It is within—it is an attitude of accepting things as they are. We believe that what was must always determine what will be, and as a result we are not growing in expectation. The progressive stages”

Monday, February 10, 2014

Where To Find Knowledge And Wisdom


“If you lack knowledge, go to school. If you lack wisdom, get on your knees! Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is the proper use of knowledge.”

Vance Havner

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Christianity is not a book-religion, but a...

“In this sense we may say with Clarke, Christian Theology, 20—“Christianity is not a book-religion, but a life-religion. The Bible does not give us Christ, but Christ gives us the Bible.””

Are you learning or dying

Learners are willing to unlearn what they shouldn't have learned so they can learn what they should have learned in the first place.

Monday, February 3, 2014

As We Advance In Years, Let Us...

Jehovah Magnified: Addresses“As we advance in years, let us not decline in spiritual power; but let us see to it that an increase of spiritual vigour and energy be found in us, that our last days may be our best days.”
http://ref.ly/o/jehvahmagnfd/56176 via the Logos Bible Android app.