Missionary or Impostor

Posted: 22nd March 2017 by Rob in Uncategorized
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.”

 

When is the best time to share the gospel? When it is in season and when it is out of season. Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season“ 2Timothy 4:2

“If Jesus is precious to you,  you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself:

You will be whispering it into your child’s ear.

You will be telling it to your husband.

You will be earnestly imparting it to your friend.

Without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent: your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of His sweet love.

Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love Him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about Him. Of course I do not mean by that, that those who use the pen are silent: they are not. And those who help others to use the tongue, or spread that which others have written, are doing their part well: but that man who says, ‘I believe in Jesus,’ but does not think enough of Jesus ever to tell another about Him, by mouth, or pen, or tract, is an impostor.

You are either doing good, or you are not good yourself. If thou knowest Christ, thou art as one that has found honey. Thou wilt call others to taste of it. Thou art like the lepers who found the food which the Syrians had cast away: thou wilt go to Samaria and tell the hungry crowd that thou hast found Jesus, and art anxious that they should find Him too. Be wise in your generation, and speak of Him in fitting ways and at fitting times, and so in every place proclaim the fact that Jesus is most precious to your soul.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “A Sermon and a Reminiscence,” Sword and the Trowel (March 1873), as cited on http://www.spurgeon.org/s_and_t/srmn1873.htm.

When is the best time to share the gospel? When it is in season and when it is out of season.

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season“ 2Timothy 4:2

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Happy Valentine Day Massacre

Posted: 14th February 2017 by Rob in Uncategorized

It was a bloody day for sure. imagesI’ll spare you the gory images.

On Feb. 14, 1929 at the SMC Cartage Company garage that once occupied 2122 N. Clark St that has become a part of Chicago lore continues on, on Valentine’s Day. Al Capone would have his day.

Every year on this day people go to the site which the building no longer remains standing with a morbid curiosity of what might have happened that fateful day.

Some believe that the killers were most likely members of Al Capone’s rival mob, locked in a gang war with Moran for control of the city’s lucrative bootlegging rackets.

No one “living at the time,” who was there was ever identified.  None of the people who perpetrated the crime was ever identified.

Some say that“the original massacre… was the classic case of a crime that to this day is unsolved. That’s the No. 1 rule: If you don’t talk, there’s no way that anything can be proven,” especially in those days before surveillance cameras. Dead men, as they say, tell no tales.”

As we opened our app this morning for our daily bible reading plan, it was from Matthew 27:1-29. How coincidental! (Oh, the providence of it all)

It was indeed a bloody day. However regarding this bloody day long, long ago, God was talking, He still is,

concerning Judas

“when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned…and he went and hanged himself. (Matthew 27: 3-5)

then, concerning Jesus,

Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer…Pilate said to them (the crowd), “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” (Matthew 27 13-14; 22)

It is true, dead men, as they say, tell no tales. That’s the beauty of this old story!

the sixth hour…Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit…the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ (Matthew 27:50; 62-63; 

But it didn’t and doesn’t end there! You cannot silence Jesus! He speaks still!

28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” Matthew 28:1-7

Seekers of Jesus, look not with morbid curiosity, but with joyful, trusting hope in the God/Man Jesus, for He lives and has told all. Hear the Spirit tell His story of true love! Case Closed!

Happy Valentines Day

I Give Up!

Posted: 18th January 2017 by Rob in Uncategorized
I Surrender All

In the Old Testament, God said you will sacrifice for Me. (Genesis 22:2) In the New Testament God said I will sacrifice for you, and He did. (Romans 8:32) He gave us His all so that we could give Him our all. In Jesus, God said “I give up!” …not in the sense of giving in to our petty demands out of frustration. He didn’t just “throw His hands up” and retort “UGH”

No! Instead He freely surrendered His all for our eternal need. God surrendered His Son who willingly “threw His hands up” … on a cross so that we could surrender our all. “I Surrender All, I Surrender All, All to Jesus I Surrender, I Surrender All.”

Greater love has no one than this:

to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

(John 15:13)

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Your Invited!

Posted: 17th January 2017 by Rob in Uncategorized
image       Sovereign Jesus

  11:27 “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

 

       Savior Jesus

     28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon  you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:27-30
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Another Shot!

Posted: 17th January 2017 by Rob in Uncategorized

Will try again:)

image When it comes to joy, we oft time settle for mediocrity…or less. The reality, or the result, or both, of the lack thereof, may appear in the inner person, or often in public performance to exhibit frustration. Like the wail for vanished car keys, “Where’s my joy for cry in’out loud!”

Ed Welsh, counselor and faculty member at CCEF, has an interesting take as follows:

We settle for too little.

It is so easy to set the bar at mere obedience. Do right. Do right in the midst of temptations. Do right in suffering. These are certainly good, but when we know Jesus, we know there is more—we know there is joy.

Joy lives in public

Joy is our animated response to the breakthrough of heaven into earth, and heaven breaks through a lot. I was at a conference where a female singer led us in worship. She sang by herself, without accompaniment, and she had one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. The lyrics she sang were her voice’s equal. Heaven broke through. I responded immediately: I cried, and I turned to the person next to me, who I didn’t know, and said, “Have you ever heard anything so beautiful?!”

Joy, it seems, cannot be contained. It prefers being shared, and it leans toward the boisterous.

For its secular expression, think about a sports team that wins a championship. The joy is public and communal. Teammates raise their hands in fist pumps, yell and scream, run around hug each other, and sometimes form a human pileup. It may look a little silly to a bystander who doesn’t know what all the commotion is about, but that is joy’s usual signature throughout the world.

Here is the psalmist’s way:

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. (Ps. 5:11)

Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore,“Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant!” (Ps. 35:7)

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on
the strings, with loud shouts. (Ps. 33:3)

Godly joy is singing, shouting and gladness. It’s similar to the secular expression, but a championship is fleeting, the Lord is not. If the psalmists expressed joy long before the Lord more fully revealed himself in Jesus Christ, then we can be certain that every follower of Christ will be able to tell some personal stories of joy on this side of heaven.

Public expression of joy is hard for some people

At this point, it gets challenging for me. I like the idea of joy, but I don’t quite do it like the psalms. I have been on winning sports teams and I never raised my hands in victory, even though many of my teammates did. Occasionally I will, when Iwin a game of Scrabble from my wife, but trash-talk is not really joy. I am more subdued by nature, so I lower the bar for joy and reduce it to a passing smile or the occasional tears. No doubt, those who struggle with depression or anxiety lower the bar too.

Let’s raise the bar
This is my prayer to raise the bar on joy:

Lord, I don’t really know what my more sanctified version of joy will look like, but it will look like more than it does right now. I want to grow. I want to approach heaven’s joy before I enter heaven. I see the potential for joy in so many details of daily life. (I see the potential for tears too, but that is another story). Please sanctify me in joy in such a way that I honor you.”

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Oceans

Posted: 18th September 2014 by Rob in Uncategorized

Click for Video – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United – with Lyrics

Be Holy

Posted: 5th June 2014 by Rob in Uncategorized

200604_120_art_RyleJ.C. Ryle on Holiness

 
“A life of daily self-consecration and daily communion with God should be aimed at by everyone who professes to be a believer…we should strive to attain the habit of going to the Lord Jesus Christ with everything we find a burden, whether great or small, and casting it upon Him.
The New Testament teaches us that we want something more than generalities about holy living, which often prick no conscience and give no offence. (“We want” as in we desire or better understood as “we are want of” is in something lacking)
True holiness does not consist merely of believing and feeling, but of doing and bearing, and a practical exhibition of active and passive grace.

“Our tongues, our tempers, our natural passions and inclinations – our conduct as parents and children, masters and servants, husbands and wives, rulers and subjects – our dress, our employment of time, our behavior in business, our demeanor in sickness and health, in riches and in poverty – (all, all of these matter).

Ryle was a 19th-century Anglican pastor. He was born in 1816. When he died in 1900, he was relatively unknown outside the Anglican Church in Britain. Ryle’s most popular works — Holiness, Five English Reformers, or Great Leaders of the Eighteenth Century. “A hundred years later,” wrote his biographer, “we can see that there were few more influential evangelicals in the Victorian era than Bishop Ryle.”2 Ryle was a contemporary of Charles H. Spurgeon, Dwight L. Moody, George Mueller, and Hudson Taylor. When Ryle was 15, Charles Darwin graduated from Cambridge. His was the age of Dickens, the American Civil War, and a British Empire on which the sun never set.

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Train Up Your Kids

Posted: 21st May 2014 by Rob in Uncategorized

For those who have boys, (or girls with older brothers) this title, (Train Up Your Kids) may take on multiple applications. One application has to do with the successful marketing techniques of Fisher Price. It is a rare occasion nowadays for a young child of the male type (or a younger sister) from ages 2-7 that are not somewhat or intimately familiar with Thomas, James, Percy, Gordon, Annie and Clara belle, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc… With the segmented pieces of interlocking tracks loaded with bridges, tunnels and other amenites, (translated dollars) these kids are transported to Sodor for an delightful and extensive (and expensive) experience. To another world they go zipping along happily in interpersonal communication with their favorite engine.

Actually, for the most part, it is well worth the cost. These bairns, in their relative innocence, are safe under Sir Topham Hatt ‘s watchful eye. All issues seems in some way or another to work its way out for good.

However there is another more serious application of training in magnanimous proportion that has a much greater and longlasting (translated eternal) impact on kids, 1 to 80+. It is within the framework of, not the make believe world of Sodor, but a real world ready, willing and in active pursuit for the hearts of mom’s, dad’s and their children. In this the Bible is not at all silent. Proverbs 22:6 scratches the surface, Ephesians 5 turns over the spade.

A recent broadcast from, Truth For Life, aired a series from these texts referencing several others passages on the topic of  training children for God’s glory and not their own. Alistair Begg nails it. This is well worth the investment of thirty minutes of listening and a lifetime of reflection and putting into practice. This is one of the messages from a four part series called “Wise Words.” (As a matter of fact why not two hours of in investment!)

Here is the link to part three. Once again this topic is urgent. It affects YOUR kid!

http://www.truthforlife.org/broadcasts/2014/05/20/teach-your-children-well-part-3-of-4/

Did I mention that there will be a test?