Before You Now

“Jesus Saves” – Steve Pettit

Music Wednesdays

Can more beautiful words be found?

Jesus Saves!

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“I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary” – Sam Robson

Music Wednesdays

We are incredibly thankful for Christ’s birth and life, but there is something so pivotal about His death and resurrection that we join Sam Robson in affirming the beauty of the Old Rugged Cross on the hill called Calvary!

“If a book that claims . . . .” – Quote

“If the book that claims to be the words of a perfect, almighty God is not inerrant . . . than the God of that book does not exist.” Click To Tweet

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Balanced Approach to God

The So-Called “Balanced Approach” to God

Balanced Approach to God

How do you view God?

Do you see Him as a Holy Judge-King?

Perhaps you view Him as a Loving Father-Savior.

Or maybe you like to take a “balanced approach.”

I ask because an acquaintance of mine recently wrote an article entitled “Should We Dress for Church Like We’re Meeting with the President?” In the article he makes the observation that,

“There is a kernel of truth that surfaces when comparing a meeting with the president to our ‘Sunday’s best’ for God. The disturbing reality of this parallel is what it actually does reflect — a sterile meeting with a stranger and the complete absence of any real relationship and transparency. This illustration exposes the nominal Christian’s relationship to God — distant, infrequent, formal, absent of any true affection, and void of any real relationship apart from an official appointment on Sunday morning. I wonder if those who use this argument wear their ‘Sunday’s best’ when they meet with God through His word on Monday morning or Thursday evening? It leaves me wondering who they are really dressing up for? Perhaps it’s a high view of the corporate gathering, or possibly it’s a disconnect stemming from a false dichotomy.”

I am very passionate on the subject of worship because not only is it something I take very seriously in my own life, but also because how we worship God reveals what we believe Him to be. That revelation should be a dramatically important grapple-moment in our lives – especially when “what we believe God to be” does not fit His revelation in Scripture. When Who God is and how we view Him don’t match up, we have a profound problem with sweeping implications – not only for worship but for every facet of our lives.

Let me lead into this short discussion with the observation that I agree with most of what Steve Hafler wrote in his article. And something tells me that he would agree with mine. Of course, that’s left to be seen. I think the difference of application grows from a misunderstanding of what a “balanced approach” to God actually is.

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“How Great Thou Art” – ThePianoGuys

Music Wednesdays

We posted Sam Robson’s acapella version of “How Great Thou Art” here.

But we wanted to post this version because the truth of this song never fails to help redirect a Christian’s thinking. When you think on God, nothing else matters.

Verse 1

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Refrain

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!

Verse 2

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Verse 3

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Verse 4

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, “My God, how great thou art!”

But It’s Easier NOT Going to Church

But It's Easier Not Going to Church

I didn’t go to church this morning. And by church, I’m not referring to the building, I’m speaking of participating with the Body of Christ in corporate worship.

I’m sick.

My choice was motivated primarily out of two considerations:

  1. I will increasingly have a harder time doing my best for God the more ill I become. I need to recuperate.
  2. Subjecting others to whatever yuckiness I may have to share is unkind.

This is not “forsaking the assembling.” In fact, I agree with Dr. Rand Hummel that sometimes sleep is the most godly thing you can do.

But there are plenty of other people not at church today, and many of their reasons are not as advisable.
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“Remove the Head from the church . . . .” – Quote

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#TBTB #TBT – Destined to Choose

ThrowBack Thursday

Have you ever been asked how you can believe in a completely supreme being and still believe in human free will?

Many of us here have heard that question and – praise God – the answer is simple.

“I believe because that is how God says it is.”

Paul observed this beautiful paradox in I Thessalonians.

Please enjoy today’s Throwback Thursday, and be encouraged by “Destined to Choose.”

Destined to Choose

 

#TBTB #TBT – 5/8/14

ThrowBack Thursday

We hope “Not as the Word of Men” reminds you of the divine nature and miraculous power of the book we call the Bible!

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Not as the Word of Men

“Destroy a Church in 4 Simple Steps” – Tim Challies

How to Destroy a Church I’ve seen it done. I’ve witnessed the destruction of a church, and despite the picture you have in your head of the church being attacked by some external strong arm of the devil or the world . . . the reality is that a church cannot be destroyed from the outside.

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Tim Challies does an amazing job summarizing Paul’s admonition to Timothy in II Timothy 4. Here Paul unveils the four simple steps that will lead to church-death. But before you read his article, I want to make one sobering observation.

A born-again believer cannot lose their salvation. The people Paul describes in II Timothy turned away from God to myths. These people – the people who inevitably attended church and worked in the nursery and sat under healthy preaching and undoubtedly taught Sunday School – these people were never saved. Their eventual rejection of truth proved it.

Our churches are often filled with more unbelievers than we realize. We must reach them as deliberately as the rebel who walks in for the first time. If the number of faking-unconverted starts to outnumber the converted, destruction is imminent and this article beautifully lays out for you how it will happen . . . step by horrible step.

Please read “Destroy a Church in 4 Simple Steps.”

For Your Consideration:

"Be Most Dead"

Like a king meeting his death
On the road he took to avoid it,
So the church will breathe its last breath

When it tries to dictate its own worship
By implementing plans God denies.
For this can only happen
When men and women do not rely
On the truth the Lord has given.

In three days the temple had glory
By God's own hand.
And unless Christ sustains the body
It will fall under the plans of man.

Decapitation brings decay to every living thing.
How do you suppose to continue living
When you've severed Christ, our head?
The church, though full, will be most dead.

-AMBrewster-