March 18, 2015 | Joel C. Rosenberg
Last month, I addressed the closing dinner of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville. Last night, I addressed a conference of pastors and ministry leaders here in Tucson. The message here was nearly the same as at NRB. People have been asking me to share my notes because of the urgency of the subjects I discussed. So I am posting them here tonight. Read the rest of this entry »
Originally posted on Sara's Musings:
What is God Like?Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. But has our view of God changed throughout the generations? A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) offers a challenging and thought provoking challenge to the modern church. The following article is from the book, Knowledge of The Holy, Chapter 1, published in 1961.
by A.W. Tozer
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever…
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What are we willing to do for sake of the advancement of the gospel?
In the second part of the series on gospel identities, we were enlightened through Scripture how Jesus saves God’s people to be servants, and we are servants of God who serve God by serving others. We are servants of God. Whether we know it or not, everyone is a servant. Before we came to Christ we were servants to sin, we were in slavery to sin. We were so enslaved that we didn’t even know it.
How then do we get freedom? Jesus the High King of heaven left glory & came in humility to give his life as a ransom for many, and his redemptive blood was the price to set the captives free. However, the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.
We must constantly preach this truth to ourselves so that we do not go back to serving what Jesus set us free from. Just as Jesus obeyed the Father, we are servants of God, who serve God by serving others. Our service to others reflects whether or not we trust the servant who died for us to set us free. Service verifies or nullifies what we say with our mouths – service matters. Those who serve in the way that pleases God do not keep any logs of what they have done. True greatness is in service to others. It is not about glory but about grit, not about how much you have but how much you serve.
Godly service is not about notoriety. Let’s leave our resumes at home and bring our tool belts, cleaning toilets more than wanting to stand on platforms. Also, we serve for Jesus’ fame, not our name. There is the Double-Edged sword! When we serve we can get a sense of entitlement which reveals that we were really serving for our name, instead of the glory of God. As long as it’s for the sake of gospel advancement, we need to be willing to do whatever we’re able to do.
Lastly, we must get out of comfort zones so others can be brought home. As we gather as a body that wants to reflect #REVELATION 7-9 NOW what do we need to do is to step across lines of dissimilarity so that other kids can be brought home? How can serve at the PO? How can my Dgroup serve our neighborhood or target group? How can I serve at my house? (You can listen to this message on our gospel identity as a servant by Pastor Mike HERE!)
I know using caps can be OBNOXIOUS but we have a huge need (and opportunity to walk out our Servant Identity!) this Saturday at the Post Office, 10AM – 2PM. Here’s the skinny, next Friday & Saturday (March 27 & 28) a team from First Presbyterian Trenton is coming to build walls…you know, for our nursery, bathrooms, hallways, kitchen, etc on the first floor — pretty huge. BUT we have some things that need to get done BEFORE they come in order to maximize their time. We need all the stuff in the back of the auditorium moved to the house behind the PO for storage and we need to drop one last cinder block wall (the wall right near the front door). Many hands make light work. Could you commit to being at the Post Office 10AM SHARP this Saturday March 21? We are capping the day at 2PM &, with enough help, we may complete this project in less than four hours. If you are able to help please email me back.
This is a great opportunity to put into practice what we have learned and have been convicted of from this past Sunday! See you all there!
Originally posted on Sara's Musings:
As you know by now, Dr. A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) is a real favorite of mine and his sermons and writings have stood the test of time. He was thought of as a prophet in his time and could cut to the quick on any type of compromise that stood against the truth of the Bible. It is also said that he had a splendid sense of humor.
I ran across the following article online titled, “Five Vows for Spiritual Power,” by Tozer (it is also available for purchase as a 24-page booklet with the same title) and decided to cut and paste the article below. It is excellent and so vitally needed in our churches today (by clergy and congregation alike). So without further ado, here it is:
Some people object to taking vows, but in the Bible you will find many…
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Originally posted on The Daily Way:
George Müller, an esteemed evangelist and prayer warrior of the nineteenth century, was once asked, “What is the secret of your victorious life?”
His answer was simple. “It was the day I died, utterly died.”
As he spoke, Müller bent down until he reached the floor and then continued:
Died to George Müller—his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will. Died to the world—its approval or censure. Died to approval or blame—even of my brethren and friends. Since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.
Until you learn to die to self, you will live your Christian life in defeat. Until you learn to die to sin, you will live in bondage. Until you learn to die to pride, you will live in slavery and servitude.
If any believer feels defeated, it is because he has bought into the lie of believing that Satan has invincible power over…
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Father, I woke to the voice of the Psalmist crying out, “Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praises to his Name for it is lovely.” Indeed we are! For it is in your righteousness that you deliver and set us free! Turn your ear to us this Satisfying and Joyous Saturday morning and strengthen us through Your Grace!. We are no longer toss around by the evil winds the world may throw at us. We stand strong in the power of The Name You have given us and through the Grace that we live with and enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »
Well, what an amazing thing it is, Father, that we have the privilege of being with you every day. Thank you for this day that you planned and orchestrated for us in which you so delighted us with little things that remind us of how you love us. Thank you for the ability to co-labor with you and bring your will from heaven to earth each day. As we close this day we thank you for rest, for peaceful sleep, for safety and protection. We pray. For those who work overnight, that your presence is with them and that everything they set their hand to succeeds and we ask for that same blessing on our new day tomorrow. We are grateful. Thank you. Amen ~Donna McLaughlin