Thursday, March 22, 2018

How to know slow

Our church board meetings have a "what is said here, stays here," understanding.  But our congregational president, Bill Stipp, said something that cracked me up and I just had to share it.

There is nothing slower than a two floor elevator.

Now you know.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Through faith we are joined with Christ

One of the best books I've read in recent years is John Kleinig's "Grace Upon Grace." I discovered some journal entries I made while reading the book so I wanted to share some of Kleinig's thoughts with you.  Hopefully, they will be an encouragement to you.

When the people who had been miraculously fed by Jesus with five loaves of bread and two small fish asked how they could do the work of God, Jesus gave them a strange answer: He said by believing in God the Father. His work would be done in them and through them (John 6:28-29). How then do we do the of God through faith? How do we become "co-workers with God" (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor. 6:1; 1 Thess. 3:2)? Through faith we are joined with Christ and His mission on earth; we work with Christ by using our faith to pray together with Him to God the Father. We do not do the work of God on earth in prayer; rather, His work is done in and through us by prayer )Matt. 18:19; 21:21-22).

In John 14:12-14, Jesus gives these amazing promises: "Truly, truly I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater work than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in MY name, this will I do that the Father be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."

We continue the divine work of Jesus and perform the greater miracles of the new age where those who we born blind to God receive sight and those who were once dead in sin are raised to eternal life. And we accomplish this by prayer to God the Father in the name of Jesus.

When we pray for others and ourselves, we continue the work of Jesus.  It is, in fact, the most important work we ever do...When we pray for God's support and guidance in our work and the people we work with, we live by His grace and rely on Him to do His work through us.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Son died to please the Father

As we begin to look forward to Holy Week, author and professor D.A. Carson offers this reminder:

Jesus chose not to die only because He loved us, as wonderful as that thought is, but because He loved the Father and desired above all to do His (the Father's) will.

From "Farewell Discourse/Final Prayer of Jesus," page 100

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Cross and Christian Ministry

The sub-title of the reprint of this book by D.A. Carson is "Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians."

At first glance it would seem that 1 Corinthians would be the last book of the Bible in which pastors and church leaders could find leadership ideas.

But what New Testament church needed leadership more than the church at Corinth?

So, Carson utilized this often troubled church to show how the cross of Christ has power to change the focus of any congregation or ministry group.

The book is broken into five sections: The Cross and Preaching...and the Holy Spirit...and Factionalsim...and Christian Leadership...and the World Christian.  The book would be a good one for pastors and church leaders to study together.  Fortunately, at the end of each section are questions for review and reflection.

Like his previous book on the last hours Jesus spent with His disciples, as reported by St. John, again Carson make Jesus and the cross the focal point which makes for a very helpful and inspiring read.  Any church or church leaders facing challenges in bringing people together to do mission and ministry together would be blessed and helped by reading "The Cross and Christian Ministry."

Book provided by Baker Books for review.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Pastor Etiquette has a word for parents

The good pastor believes that children should sit with their parents during the worship service.  This should be the case until the child turns 30 years of age.  Exceptions include those children who are married and have children of their own. Then the parents have become grandparents and those grandparents will let the grandkids do anything in the service which ticks off Pastor Etiquette. The other exception are those who are in the military.  For such children we simply say, "Thank you for your service," and let them sit anywhere they want (except in Pastor Etiquette's chair, of course).

Now that we have that out of the way, here's our worship schedule for this weekend:

Saturday at 5 pm

Sunday at 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am.  The sermon title is: "Amazed! Getting What We Should Have Asked For In The First Place!"

Now, with a sermon title that long, don't you think you should be in church this Sunday? Of course you should! See you there at LICL!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Did you hear the one about the atheist and the preacher?

Atheist: "Do you honestly believe that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish?"
Preacher: "I don't know, sir, but when I get to heaven, I'll ask him."
Atheist: "But suppose he isn't in heaven?"
Preacher: "Then you ask him."

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Jesus lives in us!

I just sent this little quote out to our church's Prayer Team so I thought I'd share it with you as well.

As long as we live here on earth, we will encounter temptation after temptation, trouble after trouble. But Jesus lives in us; His cross and life have become our death and new life in our Baptism. We are - right now - in the process of overcoming the worst the world can throw at us.

Jane Fryer in "Today's Light Bible," page 1710