Sunday, February 22, 2009

ESV Study Bible Pocket Edition

Finally a pocket bible that has it all! ESV translation and the ESV Study Bible notes and articles! But wait there’s more… it also has has a bunch of extra stuff for free! Including, The Mathew Henry Commentary Of The Bible, Calvin's Institutes, John Piper articles, and more! This is the greatest pocket Bible ever and with a thickness of 0.30” it will be the smallest ESV pocket bible available! Oh did I mention that its an iPhone or iTouch application? Check out the short clip below to see it in action.

 

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Spurgeon on the love of God

Happy Valentine...

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On valentines day we tend to focus on the love we have for others and the love that they display to us with cards and trinkets. We often make it through the whole day without reflecting on the love that was displayed by God on that cross. Please read and meditate on this quote from Charles Spurgeon about the love of God.

 

To-night, we have to talk about the love of God: "God so loved the world." That love of God is a very wonderful thing, especially when we see it set upon a lost, ruined, guilty world. What was there in the world that God should love it? There was nothing lovable in it. No fragrant flower grew in that arid desert. Enmity to him, hatred to his truth, disregard of his law, rebellion against his commandments; those were the thorns and briars which covered the waste land; but no desirable thing blossomed there. Yet, "God loved the world," says the text; "so" loved it, that even the writer of the book of John could not tell us how much; but so greatly, so divinely, did he love it that he gave his Son, his only Son, to redeem the world from perishing, and to gather out of it a people to his praise.

Whence came that love? Not from anything outside of God himself. God's love springs from himself. He loves because it is his nature to do so. "God is love." As I have said already, nothing upon the face of the earth could have merited his love, though there was much to merit his displeasure. This stream of love flows from its own secret source in the eternal Deity, and it owes nothing to any earth-born rain or rivulet; it springs from beneath the everlasting throne, and fills itself full from the springs of the infinite. God loved because he would love. When we enquire why the Lord loved this man or that, we have to come back to our Saviour's answer to the question, "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight." God has such love in his nature that he must needs let it flow forth to a world perishing by its own wilful sin; and when it flowed forth it was so deep, so wide, so strong, that even inspiration could not compute its measure, and therefore the Holy Spirit gave us that great little word SO, and left us to attempt the measurement, according as we perceive more and more of love divine.

Now, there happened to be an occasion upon which the great God could display his immeasurable love. The world had sadly gone astray; the world had lost itself; the world was tried and condemned; the world was given over to perish, because of its offenses; and there was need for help. The fall of Adam and the destruction of mankind made ample room and verge enough for love almighty. Amid the ruins of humanity there was space for showing how much Jehovah loved the sons of men; for the compass of his love was no less than the world, the object of it no less than to deliver men from going down to the pit, and the result of it no less than the finding of a ransom for them. The far-reaching purpose of that love was both negative and positive; that, believing in Jesus, men might not perish, but have eternal life. The desperate disease of man gave occasion for the introduction of that divine remedy which God alone could have devised and supplied. By the plan of mercy, and the great gift which was needed for carrying it out, the Lord found means to display his boundless love to guilty men. Had there been no fall, and no perishing, God might have shown his love to us as he does to the pure and perfect spirits that surround his throne; but he never could have commended his love to us to such an extent as he now does. In the gift of his only-begotten Son, God commended his love to us, in that while we were yet sinners, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. The black background of sin makes the bright line of love shine out the more clearly. When the lightning writes the name of the Lord with flaming finger across the black brow of the tempest, we are compelled to see it; so when love inscribes the cross upon the jet tablet of our sin, even blind eyes must see that "herein is love." C.H. Spurgeon Sermon number 1850

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I don’t see God.

I saw the following posted over at the Pyromaniacs Blog.

  • Challenge: I don't see God.
  • Response: [hold hands over eyes] I don't see you.

I laughed when I read that response then I thought of one of my own.

  • Challenge: I don’t see God.
  • Response: You didn't see me until we met, does that mean I didn't exist?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shut Up and Don't tell us the Truth!!

HT: Dawg on the Lawn

 

(Thomas Reade, "Christian Experience")


They tell the prophets, "Shut up! We don't want any more of your reports." They say, "Don't tell us the truth. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Forget all this gloom. We have heard more than enough about your 'Holy One of Israel.' We are tired of listening to what He has to say." Isaiah 30:10-11


O what a deluge of evil has sin brought upon the earth! The heart of man naturally revolts against the faithful exposure of its enormities. Our pride fondly shelters itself under the 'dignity of human nature'.

We cannot bear to be told how wicked we are, how very far gone, even as far as possible, from original righteousness. But the Bible is no flatterer! It is a faithful mirror, in which we may clearly see, (if we have eyes to see) our real state, divested of all paint and covering. This offends our pride. We cannot endure the sight! Therefore we turn away with disgust from this Holy Book, and consider it our enemy, because it tells us the truth.


They tell the prophets, "Shut up! We don't want any more of your reports." They say, "Don't tell us the truth. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Forget all this gloom. We have heard more than enough about your 'Holy One of Israel.' We are tired of listening to what He has to say." Isaiah 30:10-11

Monday, February 9, 2009

Christ Centered Hip Hop In Europe

Christ centered Hip Hop has officially made its way to Europe! Listen to what this gifted artist can teach in under 2 minutes!
Dwayne Tryumf - 777 Intro from Dwayne Tryumf on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

little concern to get time to pray?

A man praying at a Japanese Shintō shrine.

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“Why is there so little concern to get time to pray? Why is there so much speaking, yet so little prayer? Why is there so much running to and fro, yet so little prayer? Why so much bustle and business, yet so little prayer? Why so many meetings with our fellow men, yet so few meetings with God? Why so little being alone, so little thirsting of the soul for the calm, sweet hours of unbroken solitude, when God and His child hold fellowship together as if they could never part? It is the lack of these solitary hours that not only injures our own growth in grace, but makes us such unprofitable
members of the church of Christ, and that renders our lives useless. In order
to grow in grace, we must be much alone with God. It is not in society, even
Christian society that the soul grows most rapidly and vigorously. In one
single quiet hour of prayer it will often make more progress than in whole
days of company with others. It is in the 'desert' that the dew falls freshest
and the air is purest. So with the soul. It is when none but God is near; when
His presence alone, like the desert air in which there is mingled no noxious
breath of man, surrounds and pervades the soul; it is then that the eye gets the
clearest, simplest view of eternal certainties; it is then that the soul gathers in
wondrous refreshment and power and energy. Nearness to God, fellowship
with God, waiting upon God, resting in God, have been too little the
characteristic either of our private or our ministerial walk. Hence our
example has been so powerless, our labors so unsuccessful, our sermons so
meager, our whole ministry so fruitless and feeble.”

From, Ministerial Confessions, by Horatius Bonar

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Super Bowl Outreach Recap And Links

I've been home from the Super Bowl Outreach for almost a week and I still cant stop thinking about the great time that I had. It is really hard to write about all the things that I experienced because it would take up most of the day. So I am going to post a short recap video and some links to other posts by Super Bowl Outreach attendees.

More websites and articles

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Confessions of an evangelist

This is a video of Brother Shawn talking about evangelism. It will encourage you!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Back in town

100_0028 Well I'm back in town from the Super Bowl Outreach. It was a great time with hundreds of stories to share. I spent the weekend with some of the greatest men I've probably ever met! All these guys have a heart for the lost and are serious about evangelism.
With close to 24hrs of evangelism in 3 days there are so many great adventures and conversations to tell about that I couldn't possibly write about them all today. So I will work on a video documenting the adventure.
You can read an article that the St. Petersburg times wrote about our team here.

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