Saturday, 29 November 2008

Lord of all, or not at all

Responding to the challenge to non-believers to receive Christ as Saviour and Lord.

Quote from J. Hudson Taylor – A Man in Christ by Roger Steer
How are we going to treat the Lord Jesus with reference to this command? Shall we definitely drop the title "Lord" as applied to him and take the ground that we are quite willing to recognise him as our Saviour so far as the penalty of our sin is concerned, but we are not prepared to own ourselves "bought at a price" or Him as having any claim on our unquestioning obedience? Shall we say that we are our own masters, willing to yield something as His due, who bought us with His blood, provided He does not ask too much? Our lives, our loved ones, our possessions are our own, not His: we will give Him what we think fit, and obey any of His requirements that do not demand too great a sacrifice? To be taken to heaven by Jesus Christ we are more than willing, but we will not have this man to reign over us.

The heart of every Christian will undoubtedly reject the proposition, so formulated; but have not countless lives in each generation been lived as though it were proper ground to take? How few of the Lord's people have practically recognised the truth that Christ is either Lord of all, or is not Lord at all! If we can judge God'sWord, instead of being judged by that Word; if we can give to God as much or as little as we like, then we are lords and He is the indebted one, to be grateful for our dole and obliged by our compliance with his wishes. If, on the other hand, He is Lord, let us treat him as such.

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Saturday, 22 November 2008

Sermon - Matt 7:13-27 by Paul Washer

Download the transcript here.

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Monday, 17 November 2008

10 ways to ruin my day off

Interesting post by Colin Adams about ways to how pastors ruin their days off.

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Saturday, 15 November 2008

Christian Persecution - World Watch List 2009

Open Doors has published its World Watch List for 2009, listing the world's worst persecutors of Christians.
  1. North Korea
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. Iran
  4. Afghanistan
  5. Somalia
  6. Maldives
  7. Yemen
  8. Laos
  9. Eritrea
  10. Uzbekistan
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Tuesday, 11 November 2008

6 Reasons to formally commit to a church (as a member)

pjtibayan just completed a 3-part entry on reasons to formally commit to a church as a member.

1. You need to edify others who are committed to the church body.
2. You need to be edified by others who are committed to the church body.

3. You need to lovingly hold others accountable.
4. You need to be lovingly held accountable by others.

5. You need to obey your leaders.
6. You need to encourage your leaders.

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Saturday, 8 November 2008

CT Movies

Christianity Today Movies is an award-winning website devoted to film reviews, interviews and commentary, all written from a biblical perspective. Our mission statement is "to inform and equip Christian moviegoers to make discerning choices about films through timely coverage, insightful reviews and interviews, educated opinion, and relevant news—all from a biblical worldview."

Also see:
Christianity Today Movie Blog

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Thursday, 6 November 2008

Religious Conservatives Brace for Future Under Obama

ABC World News Tonight did a segment on the election, with comments from Albert Mohler. It discusses the impact of the American elections on Christian conservatives, among others, having a new president-elect who, "while openly religious, supports abortion rights and opposes a constitutional ban on gay marriage."

Read the full article by Dan Harris here.

Related article:
America Has Chosen a President (05 Nov 2008)
After the Election (04 Nov 2008) - C. J. Mahaney's transcript of Mohler's 2004 post-election sermon.

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Saturday, 1 November 2008

Blogs - Ministry and Theology

Biblical Foundations
Bock's Blog
Founders Blog
Pulpit Magazine