Archive for the ‘The Good’ Category

Are You Full?

October 6, 2009

D. L. Moody“God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.” D.L. Moody

The Few

September 15, 2009

Something to Think About

September 15, 2009

Genuine repentance will make itself evident by its deeds and attitudes (Lk. 3:8; Ac. 26:20). The repentant person will:

1. Freely acknowledge his sin (1 Jn. 1:9; Pro. 28:13a).

2. Cease the activity for which he was disciplined or at least seek help if it’s a case of life dominating patterns (Pro. 28:13b; Gal. 6:1f; Jam. 5:19-20).

3. Make restitution and/or ask for forgiveness from those hurt as it is applicable (Phil. 18-19; Matt. 5:23-24).

4. He/she will demonstrate a genuine change of heart, a real concern and godly sorrow over his actions, not in order to be forgiven, but because of the harm caused to the glory of God and the hurt caused others (2 Cor. 7:8-11; Ps. 51:17).

5. He/she will begin to manifest the fruit of the Spirit and a concern for the things of Christ (Gal. 5:22f).

 J. Hampton Keathley III Church Discipline, www.bible.org, Copyright ©1996-2005, All rights reserved.

“TRUTH” – This Video is NOT for the “Faint of Heart”

August 17, 2009

HT: I’ll Be Honesttruth

What Have We Done to the Gospel?

August 6, 2009

Sanctification Starts With Your Pastor

July 29, 2009

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Sanctification starts with the pastor. His responsibility is to feed and protect his flock. As a pastor, I’m not called to be a stand-up comedian, a self-help guru, or a sex therapist. My job is to teach the Bible, thoroughly and accurately. I’m responsible to encourage and catalyze the spiritual growth of God’s people. Anything else is a distraction.

Too many pastors today neglect the priority of sanctification for their congregations. Instead of helping God’s people feast on the riches of His Word, they throw their efforts into attracting nonbelievers. Shrouding their teaching in pop-culture references and comedy routines designed to appeal to unbelievers, they withhold the only true source of spiritual nourishment from the Christians there who are hungry. Often the people in the pews don’t even realize what they’re missing, content instead to be entertained into spiritual starvation.

It’s my prayer that you’re in a church that does stress the importance of holiness – where your sanctification is encouraged and stimulated, and where you’re fed throughout the week on the riches of God’s Word. If you are, let me urge you to thank your pastor and church leaders for being faithful to their calling and in the example they set for your congregation. Let them know you’re thankful for their commitment to God’s Word, and that you’re praying for the Lord to bless and sustain them.” – John MacArthur

HT: Truth Matters

LifeWay Urged to Remove Books ‘Contrary to Gospel’

July 14, 2009

LifeWay%20logoJim Brown – OneNewsNow – 7/9/2009 5:00:00 AM

A Southern Baptist pastor is urging LifeWay Christian Bookstores to remove a number of books from its shelves that he believes undermine key Christian doctrines.

Channing Kilgore, associate pastor of South Whitwell Baptist Church in Tennessee, introduced a motion at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting last month that called for LifeWay to remove books by teachers T.D. Jakes and John Hagee, any Catholic Bibles, 90 Minutes in Heaven, and The Shack.
 SBC president Johnny Hunt ruled Kilgore’s motion was not in order because it would have asked the convention to act like trustees. Kilgore says the books he wants removed from LifeWay stores are “contrary to the gospel” and the 2008 Baptist Faith and Message statement.
 “For example, in The Shack, it’s very unclear and muddled in a lot of its views on the Trinity, the role and person and work of Christ, and the way of salvation,” Kilgore believes. “And in regards to T.D. Jakes, he will not come out and use classic, orthodox language in regards to the Trinity — and that is a cornerstone doctrine of Christianity.”
 Kilgore notes that in 2005, LifeWay president Thom Rainer said that “LifeWay will not be a business, but a ministry to the church.” However, Kilgore contends LifeWay is not ministering to the church by selling the books of “word of faith” teachers and authors who deny the Trinity.

Prepare to Meet God

June 30, 2009

God Saves Bad People by Art Azurdia

June 17, 2009

HT: Spirit Empowered Preaching

God Still Has A Remnant!

April 26, 2009

In a time of spiritual blindness, where Evangelicalism is being side tracked and de-railed by pastor’s who want to be cool, relevant and fashionable rather than students and proclaimers of the Gospel, Lillian Kwon of Christian Post writes about the “Gospel Coalition Conference” calling pastors back to a Christ centered gospel.

“…Leaders of the coalition got right down to business on Tuesday as they opened the 2009 conference with Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Expounding a passage from the New Testament book of Acts 19, Keller spotlighted the apostle Paul whom Christians recognize as one of the most effective and faithful preachers of all time.

Paul preached in such a way that changed the lives of those who converted to Christianity and ultimately affected the culture, Keller told thousands who packed the Donald E. Stephens Conference Center in Chicago as well as those watching the session online through a live webcast.

In most cases today, however, there are many people having born-again experiences and making decisions for Christ but not living any differently from anyone else in the culture, Keller pointed out.

He called it “one of the scandals of the church.”

Part of that failure to produce changed lives points back to the church or the preacher.” continue reading