Come Back Next Week

May 31, 2006

I will be moving tomorrow and have limited access to a computer.  So, there will not be any new posts for a few days.

I expect to be posting again by next Wednesday.  I hope you'll come back.

In Christ

Pastor Mike


Quotes of Note from Instruments in a Redeemer’s Hands

May 31, 2006

Here are a few challenging and encouraging quotes I ran across while reading Paul Tripp's Instruments in The Redeemer's Hands.

I am afraid we have replaced love in our relationships with being "nice." Being nice and acting out of love are not the same thing. Our culture puts a high premium on being tolerant and polite.  We seek to avoid uncomfortable moments, so we see, but do not speak.  We go so far as to convince ourselves taht we are not speaking because we love the other person, when in reality we fail to speak because we lack love.—Paul Tripp, Instruments in The Redeemer's Hands, p.202

The truth is that we fail to confront, not because we love others too much, but because we love oursleves too much..—Paul Tripp, Instruments in The Redeemer's Hands  p.202

Harboring bitterness against people is actually, confessing their sin to myself, over and over again.  Anger is akin to confessing their sin to God, dissatisfied that he hasn't done something and placing myself in his position as judge.  Gossip is confessing their sin to someone else.—Paul Tripp, Instruments in The Redeemer's Hands, p.229

"Truth that is not spoken in love ceases to be truth because it is twisted by other human agendas.  Love that is not guided by truth ceases to be love because it is divorced from God's agenda." —Paul Tripp, Instruments in The Redeemer's Hands, p.232

Young Men–Work Hard

May 31, 2006

Here is an: Excellent post from the women at girltalk.

I know you young men might hesitate to click on a link to "Girltalk".  If you're afriad, just do it when no one is looking.  This is a post containing a quote from Joshua Harris to the Mahaney's teenage son Chad.  It encourages him not to waste his teen years and to work hard.

It is well worth reading, not just by the guys but by girls, moms and dads as well.

By the way, all you teens might want to check out the link to The Rebulution.  You can find it on the sidebar under youth.

In Christ

Mike Walters

Would it be Heaven?

May 29, 2006

Back in April, I ran across a post by Tim Challies reflecting on a quote by John Piper.  The quote came to mind again as I was preparing a sermon on Psalm 9.  Here is the quote.  It is taken from John Piper's book, God is the Gospel.

The critical question for our generation–and for every generation–is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?

How would you respond?  Could you be satisfied with anything less than Jesus?  Will you be?

In Christ

Pastor Mike

Everyone’s a Servant

May 27, 2006

Here's a helpful post by John MacArthur on the importance of everyone in the chuch serving.  Click here to read it.

How are you serving?

In Christ

Pastor Mike

A Plan for Reading

May 26, 2006

This link may not interest all of you.  Although, if you are a pastor or ministry leader it should.  It has some recommendations from CJ Mahaney on how to develop a reading plan.

A plan for reading and study

Living Worthy of the Gospel

May 26, 2006

One of the joys of being a Pastor is living a life of study.  I get the privilege of spending large portions of my day reading and studying the Bible.One of the studies I am currently working on is the book of Philippians.  A practice I have when I am teaching through a book of the Bible is to try and sit down and read through the entire book at least once a week.  I do this to try to keep the “big picture” of the book in mind. As I was reading through Philippians, one of the thoughts that seemed to leap out of this letter is living a life worthy of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27).  But, how do we do it?

  • We stand firm in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ (1:27)
  • We remain confident in the face of suffering and opposition (1:28-29)
  • We humbly consider others and their interests more important than our own (2:3)
  • We don’t grumble or complain (2:14)
  • We put no confidence in the flesh (i.e. our own efforts, good deeds, and religious attainments) (3:3)
  • We treasure Jesus above all things and long for His return (3:7ff)

As I reflect on this list, I am so thankful for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I don’t always live a life worthy of the gospel, but I do know that Jesus is a forgiving and redeeming Lord. In His love, he accepts unworthy people like you and me, and changes us.  He slowly and persistently changes us, so that are lives do begin to be worthy of the Gospel.

Where are you at in this process?  Have you put your faith in Jesus, or are you still putting confidence in your own efforts?  If you are not sure of your relationship with Jesus, please read “What is Christianity all About?”.  If you have, take time to praise God for His magnificent love and patience.  Then, ask Him to help you identify one of these areas that you need to grow in.  Then, prayerfully plan at least one specific thing you can do today to live worthy of the Gospel.