Lee Strobel, Apologetics

Lee Strobel (was an atheist who became a Christian and pastor and author) gives a message.  He says that if Jesus lived in his house with him, he would notice two things about Jesus

  1.  The door is open for questions.  You can always ask Jesus questions.
  2.  Jesus is authentic.  He lives consistent with his message.

In the message, Lee gives much of his life story.

Dare to be Great

Pastor Howard White’s January (2016) sermon series is title Dare to be Great.

The Dare to be Great Challenge is:

A Great Commitment to the Great Commandments and the Great Commission done with Great Compassion will grow a Great Church (and a great Christian).

The 5 sermons in the series are

  • Dare to Follow
    • Matt 22: 37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it:Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
      • Heart is the center. God is at the center and the thing at the center is the thing we worship. Rom 12:1-2 offering. Jonathan Edwards wrote down 70 resolutions and read them each week.
      • Soul – obedience
      • Mind – focus on God’s will
  • Dare to Care
  • Dare to Serve
  • Dare to Grow
  • Dare to Go

5 Solas (Solae)

[Disclaimer: I am not a theologian. This is just my take.]

The 5 Solae of Protestantism are five foundational Biblical principles upon which our (Protestant) beliefs are based. (While Luther and Calvin taught, wrote, and preached on these, I believe that, as a listing of five, the Five Solae were not articulated until the 20th Century.)

I like the way they can be logically lined up.

Here are 3 orderings.  I think each provides it’s own logical flow for the Five Solae.

1. Basic: We are saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, according to scripture alone, for the Glory of God alone.

2. Scripture & Christ Foundation (5 complete sentences): Scripture alone is the standard; by Christ alone we are saved; salvation is by grace alone; justification is by faith alone; it is all for the glory of God alone.


3. Scripture and God’s Glory foundation (with our faith being last): The scripture alone is the standard; it is all for the glory of God alone; by Christ’s work alone are we saved; salvation is by grace alone; justification comes by faith alone.

OK, I can’t resist…There are 5! (which is 120) ways to arrange 5 things. It might be interesting to ponder some of the other 117 orderings of the Five Solae.

Save

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1 Chronicles 29 

The following go together, and you can’t have one without the other:1. Rejoicing in God (being thankful, but much more)

2. Willing, sacrificial, and joyful giving. 1 Chr 29:9

3. Glorifying God.

The People and David showed this in 1 Chronicles 29.

From Crawford Loritts’ March 1, 2015 message at

 http://www.moodyradio.org/Living-a-Legacy/2015/03-01-2015—A-Willing-Sacrifice,-Part-1/ 

(2 Chorinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.)

In part 2 (Mar. 8), Crawford gives four applications and his conclusion is 

Life was given to us in order for us to give our lives back to God to be a showcase for his Glory.

This is from Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Walk: worthy of calling, in love, as light, in wisdom

Ephesians 4: 1 …walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us

Ephesians 5:8 …Walk as children of light…

Ephesians 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most by Charles Moore

I came across a very nice Christmas story, titled, Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most. It is written by Charles Moore.

Here is an Audio Recording of the story. (.m4a file) (On an iPad, you may need to download it.)

The text of the story can be found at:

http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/holidays/christmas-readings/christmas-presence

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I know this is a message I need to remember.

Missions Is Worth the Mess

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/missions-is-worth-the-mess

Quotes: 

Because we believe in the “already,” we can more readily and joyfully accept the messiness of the “not yet.”

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The Scriptures tell me that:

  • I have to lose my life in order to find it. (Matthew 16:25)
  • I have to count the cost of serving him. (Luke 14:25–33)
  • Success isn’t always what we think it is, and seed-sewing is just as important as watering and branch-pruning. (1 Corinthians 3:6–9)
  • Pain is temporary, and is nothing compared to glory. (2 Corinthians 4:17–18)
  • God’s word will not return to him void, but always does its work. (Isaiah 55:11)

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I’m thankful to be a member of a healthy church that will remind my family and me of that truth. As Christians, the presence of the body is crucial during times like these.

We need to be hugged, cried with, preached to, and resourced to help us start over again. This is why Christianity is not a journey to be taken alone. 

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We need to be hugged, cried with, preached to, and resourced to help us start over again. This is why Christianity is not a journey to be taken alone. This is why Jesus saves us as part of his bride.
The more the church cares for my family, the deeper the grief we feel for the peoples of the Upper Amazon Basin who still don’t have one. But the more we look into God’s word, the more confidence we have that God’s mission will still be completed, even though we now know that that means that this particular initiative will be completed without us.

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The Already/Not Yet of Missions:

The “already” is there [here], and it’s glorious. The “not yet,” however, is typically much messier. 

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Because we believe in the “already,” we can more readily and joyfully accept the messiness of the “not yet.”