Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday - What Do You Seek?

It's Friday...everybody's working for the weekend.  But, I want to encourage you to seek the Lord.  Here's some great encouragement from Psalm 70:


Hope this comes out of your heart this weekend.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday - Hope for Our Sin

Was explaining Ash Wednesday to the boys on the way to school.  I kept circling back to being aware that I'm a sinner and that Christ has come.  Then, I opened up Psalm 130 this morning:

If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. (Psalm 130:3-4 ESV)

Rest there...


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Weekend Preview - 3 John

This coming Sunday, Lord willing, we'll be exploring the tiny New Testament book of 3 John.  We meet 2 characters in this short book: Diotrephes and Gaius.  I think the way Mark Dever concludes this book (from his book The Message of the New Testament helps us):

"There are Diotrepheses in the church and there will always be.  It has been so since the beginning.  But there are also Gaiuses.  They are the ones who leave vivid, lasting, and inspiring examples for us.  And by his love, God keeps those examples fresh in our minds' eyes.  The Gaiuses are the ones who fire up and propel us forward by the example of their love for Christ.  In his grace, God gives us Gaiuses.

"Now I ask you, why go to all the trouble of being in a church?  For God and his gospel, or for yourself?  Dear friend, I give you the warning of the elder: 'Do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.  Anyone who does what is good is from God.  Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God'.

(taken from p.511)

Hope to see you this coming Lord's Day as Matthew Ellison and I unpack this amazingly powerful book.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Weekend Recap - Watch Yourself

My 2/7/16AM sermon, Watch Yourself from 2 John 1:1-13, is now online.  As one who grew up in church, I honestly don't remember taking a look at the book of 2 John.  In this sermon, which continues looking at John's letters, we looked at 2 John.  I grabbed my sermon title and outline using 2 John 1:8's command to watch ourselves.  My outline was fleshed out showing how we watch ourselves when it comes to love, Jesus and abiding.  I hope it encouraged you.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Mission Table Filming

I'm privileged to be invited to Sixteen:Fifteen and participate in the "moving conversations" initiative they have.  It's called the Mission Table.  Pray that Biblical wisdom would characterize my involvement.


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Weekend Preview - 2 John

This coming Lord's Day (2/7/16), we'll be journeying into the book of 2 John.  Here's a good intro from the ESV Study Bible on the themes found in this book:

The focus of 2 John is living in the love of God in accordance with the truth of Jesus Christ. This love extends not only to God but to other people. It is also discerning; it does not “go on ahead” of biblical revelation (v. 9), and it does not lend aid to enemies of the gospel message (vv. 10–11). Instead, Christ’s followers “walk according to his commandments” (v. 6) and through faith “win a full reward” (v. 8).

I hope you come expecting great things from God in this book this Sunday.  

Monday, February 01, 2016

Weekend Review - 1 John is a Wrap


My 1/31/16AM sermon, Believer's Benefits (2) from 1 John 5:18-21, is now online.  This sermon wrapped up my series on 1 John (I'll attempt 2 John and 3 John in the next couple of weeks).  It's been a great study and, like most books of the Bible, authors front and back load their content which makes those opening and closing verses of the book pack a powerful wallop. I chose to outline these closing verses as unpacking a few more benefits that the believer enjoys.  I hope it encourages you.  

Weekend Recap - 1 John Wrapped...

My 1/31/16AM sermon, Believer's Benefits (2) from 1 John 5:18-21, is now online.  The sermon wrapped up my work in 1 John which began way back in June 2015.  And, in particular, this sermon focused us in on the benefits that believers in Jesus enjoy.  I hope it's encouraging to you.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Gospel Friday - Paid. In. Full.

In Jesus, we have a Savior who is both our reconciliation with God and our Reconciler.  Today, trust in His work.  If you trust in Him, your sins have been paid in full.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Leadership Reno County 2016 Begins Today

I'm privileged to serve as a facilitator with Leadership Reno County, a program of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce.  Today, a new leadership journey begins for a group of our program participants.  Right about now, they are starting to get oriented to the big problems our community is facing, how we can think about them differently, and how we can act or behave in ways that might help us make progress in these areas.  If you'd like more info on the type of curriculum we use to develop people who engage in acts of leadership, check out the many resources at the Kansas Leadership Center.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ray Ortlund on Men With A Whole Heart

Love this post from Ray Ortlund in so many ways.  Here you go:

There is only one way to play football — 110% effort every play, all the way to the end of the fourth quarter.  You lay it all down on that field.  Then you crawl off the field after the final gun with nothing left to give.  Football must be played with wholehearted abandon.  It’s the nature of the game.  It prepares us for life.
If I could change the Bible, all I would do is add “play high school football” to the qualifications for elders.  Men who have experienced such intense effort, hurling themselves into every play, especially as a team sport — such men understand what ministry demands and how good it feels to give their all for a cause greater than self.
Of course, there are other ways God provides for men to punch through to the experience of total abandon.  Football is not the only way.  But every man needs some kind of experience like this, to become the warrior God wants him to be.
There is only one way to serve Christ — all-out passion.  Passive men don’t understand, men who are afraid they might get knocked down or hurt.  Christianity must be lived with wholehearted abandon.  It’s the nature of the faith.  It prepares us for eternity.
Men with a whole heart — joy awaits them!
“Blessed are those who seek Him with their whole heart.”  Psalm 119:2

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Weekend Preview - Finishing 1 John

This coming Lord's Day (1/31/16), I hope to wrap up expositions through the book of 1 John.  We'll be honing in on 1 John 5:18-21.  Notice this emphasis:

18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
While there's much I hope to say in this "big finish," I think this summary from Curtis Vaughan gets at where we'll be Sunday: In this passage, we have "a resume of the chief facts relating to the believer's new life. Most of it has to do with his union with God and the holiness that union involves."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mon Update - Bethlehem Conference for Pastors


I'm privileged to get to attend the 2016 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors with Meghan this week.  The sessions look helpful, time with Meg is needed, and connecting with friends is always a highlight.  You can connect with us too, if you'd like over on the DG Live site.  Pray for us.  And here's the schedule...

Monday

  1. Renaissance – The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times

    Os Guinness

  2. Impossible People – Facing up to the Challenges of Advanced Modernity

    Os Guinness

  3. Yesterday, Today, Forever – Living Tradition and the Challenge of 'Generationalism'

    Os Guinness

  4. Q&A Session

    Os Guinness

  5. Think It Not Strange: Fiery Trials and the Testimony of Christ

    John Piper

Tuesday

  1. How Long O Lord? Steadying Our Soul in the Midst of the Storm

    D. A. Carson

  2. The Gift of Suffering: The Purpose and Pleasure of God in Persecution

    Jason Meyer

  3. Small Talks

    Various

  4. Boldness Under Threat: Speaking the Gospel with Clarity as Opposition Grows

    Léonce Crump II

  5. Preaching to a Persecuted People: The Pastor as Leader, Comforter, and Guide

    John Piper

Wednesday

  1. The Blood of the Martyrs Is Seed: Learning from Missions and for Missions

    Tim Keesee

  2. Questions & Answers – Jason Meyer, Léonce Crump, Tim Keesee, and John Piper

    Speaker Panel


Friday, January 22, 2016

Gospel Friday - Christ Suffered For You

I love how 1 Peter draws out our hearts and shows us what Christ was up to in sufferings.  We read: "[22] He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. [23] When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. [24] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. [25] For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." (1 Peter 2:22-25 ESV)

Today, you may be going through suffering yourself. Look to Jesus. And find comfort in your suffering Savior.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Music I've Enjoyed...

Some new projects I've enjoyed in recent days are:

Lauren Chandler's Steadfast Love single.

This goes along with her new book.  The great people that surround her musically make this an excellent song to engage.

Passion's Salvation's Tide Is Rising

Here's a video from the title track...Passion's music rarely disappoints.


Breakaway Ministries' Lift Him High 

From Breakaway Ministries, meeting on the campus of Texas A & M.  Jeff Johnson and band have pulled together some amazing songs to help you exalt Jesus.