The Awesomeness Of God’s Presence

Last night we lost power during Tropical Storm Ida, right in the middle of Monday Night Football! So I did what any good husband would do; I immediately set up the generator so I could plug in our refrigerator because I had no idea how long the power would be out. Oh yeah, and I plugged in the television, surround sound, and my TiVo box, never mind I almost broke my television by dropping it. Hey, why not use the electrical power…it was available after all?!

When the power came back on I realized how convenient it is to have power from the electric company. Everything had power! Of course I can hire an electrician to wire my power box to allow me to hook my generator directly to it and run most things other than the AC and washer machine, but to have unlimited power is to have real power. Not too mention I don’t have to fill the generator with fuel (and bring back not so fond memories of me as a junior enlisted soldier on maneuvers).

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By Faith They Accept Their Lot

Today my precious grandson Benjamin is 10 months old. That little boy completely owns his Grampy. He is growing so fast!

Even though he is becoming such a big boy, he is totally dependent upon his wonderful Mommy and Daddy. They lovingly meet his every need and he completely trusts them to do so. That made me think of a passage from the New Testament:

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I Can Never Be Thrown Away

You have all by now heard of the tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. This vicious attack once again displays the brevity of life and the depravity of man. How can we Americans be secure if those serving our nation in the armed forces are not even safe on a military base? How do we make sense out of such a senseless act of violence?

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Astonished At My Own Ignorance

How did American Christendom survive and thrive in the 18th, 19th, and parts of the 20th Centuries without Christian bookstores such as LifeWay and Family Christian? Thank goodness for these outlets because obviously the American Church is so much stronger for it.

For those of you who do not know me as well, that was a little bit of sarcasm. This is not an attack on Christian bookstore; they’ve received plenty of my money. But is it possible that we have too much information? Have we made the Bible just part of our discipleship training and not the focus?

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Standing In Awe Of God

Jon Stewart has a show on The Comedy Channel called The Daily Show. He supposes himself a very funny man who comments on the news and makes light of almost anyone and anything. One of his favorite targets is Christianity. Here’s an example of some of his work:

    “Thou shall not kill. Thou shall not commit adultery. Don’t eat pork. I’m sorry, what was that last one?? Don’t eat pork. God has spoken. Is that the word of God or is that pigs trying to outsmart everybody?”

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As If Men Were Listening

King David wrote one of his most powerful psalms during a time of great repentance. Psalm 51 is no doubt second to Psalm 23 in familiarity, and like it Psalm 51 shows an intimacy with God and also a desire to share that intimacy with others.

Have you ever noticed how little we praise God when we have unconfessed sin? It is hard to praise a Holy God if were are guilty of sin and David understood that better than anyone:

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The Entirety Of Your Word

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest protestant denomination in the United States. What many people do not know is that it experienced for some thirty years a similar ideological struggle that the Republican Party faces today. Conservatives looked around its convention and did not recognize the landscape; its seminaries and denominational agencies had become filled with moderates and liberals. A must read book, the seminal work done on this struggle, was written by Judge Paul Pressler titled A Hill on Which to Die: One Southern Baptist’s Journey. I will not go into to the whole story and how it turns out, but how did it start?

In a nutshell it began over Scripture.

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All Have Come To Pass For You

Man has for so long been a promise-breaker that godly men who wanted to influence society started an organization titled “Promise Keepers.” As noble a cause that desiring to be “men of integrity” is, it is also a sign of man’s corruption. Who can honestly say they have kept all of their promises and before you speak too soon, remember to include all the promises you made to God.

Aren’t you glad that the original Promise Keeper Jesus Christ’s word is true and trustworthy?

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The Want Of Repentance

One of the biggest lies the devil will use to convince ourselves we do not need Jesus is that God and His Ten Commandments are meant to just make us feel bad through guilt. Nineteenth century American atheist Robert Green Ingersoll once said:

    “We are not accountable for the sins of Adam”

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The Vitality That Keeps Life Moving

Last night at our church’s budget and trustee council meeting, our pastor Dr. Dennis Brunet asked us what we thought we needed to do to be more effective and how we were doing as a church. Bro John Osborne encouraged our pastor to keep preaching the Truth because in these troubled economic times people are hurting and they are seeking.

I told the men that people are seeking the Truth because they have discovered that the world is a lie. All its trappings, material prosperity, financial riches, the American Dream are all a lie in the face of eternity.

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One Of Those God Things Happen Again

Yesterday I received the following response to my blog post “Come Now and Reason Together (Part 6)” from my most faithful blog commenter Carolyn down in Central Florida. She wrote:

    You know what’s funny? I had one of those God things happen again, and it is right from what you were talking about this week! I was asking forgiveness for all my anger at politics and the people lately. I mean, I know some anger is OK, but not calling names and such as I have been doing- anyway, I was praying Friday about this and asking God to help me not to sin in my anger and to keep things in perspective. I know He is in complete control and all things are working together for His purpose, and things are only happening as He told us they would be. SO, last night I was reading Psalms (been reading 2 Peter too- old and new every day) and I happened to be at Psalm 37! The part that says:

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Come Now and Reason Together (Part 6)

I want you to make a list if you can of your non-negotiables when it comes to someone you will vote for; stances you take in life that you expect to be supported by your elected representatives.

Do you already have a list?

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Come Now and Reason Together (Part 5)

Can you think of any good reason to vote for someone who is pro-choice?

How about if your principled vote today would mean that we wouldn’t have had a Ronald Reagan in 1980?

Is that the gold standard for how born-again Christians should vote?

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Loving The Scriptures

I absolutely love a good cup of coffee, especially with those foo-foo creamers!

I take delight in freshly brewed coffee; in fact I’m enjoying a cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer as I write this (hey, when you’re comfortable in your manhood you can enjoy the finer things in life!).

Do I love the Scriptures in the same manner; looking forward to my first sip in the morning? Do I anticipate the sheer joy that will result in diving into God’s Word as though diving into a cool pool on a hot summer’s day? The psalmist sure did:

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Come Now and Reason Together (Part 4)

One criticism of Christianity is that is arrogant and exclusive. While I agree that sometimes Christians can be arrogant to the detriment of the Gospel, it is Jesus Christ Himself who preached on the exclusivity of Christianity.

It was Jesus who said:

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Rescued By Scripture

Has that ever happened to you? You were rescued by a verse from Scripture? I am talking you were about to do something very stupid, very sinful, and a verse comes to mind to alarm you from the danger in which you are about to enter. Did you know that was biblical? Did you know that was the Holy Spirit speaking to you?

    “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)

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Come Now and Reason Together (Part 3)

What do you do when as Steve describes it, the waters become murkier than they have ever been?

Who do we listen to as blood-bought, born-again Christians when a clear difference of opinion exists between two people who seemingly have the same worldview as Michael Reagan and Steve, and us for that matter?

To whom or what authority do we turn?

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