Concierge 14.10.17

October 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston–The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal
Al Mohler at AlMohler.com

What is happening in Houston is one of the egregious acts of government intrusion into the realm of religion in America. The mayor and her cohorts have bulldozed a hole right through the wall that is supposed to protect religious practice from government intrusion.

This is a breathtaking violation of religious liberty — and it is political thuggery at its worst. Make no mistake: A major American city has subpoenaed the sermons of Christian pastors. And those sermons were to include anything that touched on homosexuality or gender identity.

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Three and a half decades ago, I was a 19 years old soldier serving in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. On the evening of October 15th of that year, my stomach was doing somersaults and I was splashing water on my face as my daughter Leah was making her entrance into the world.

That beautiful baby girl was just beginning to be a source of learning for this man. Over the years, we have laughed and we have cried. One thing is certain – the Lord has placed her into my life to teach me much.

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The phone rang on Saturday afternoon. Our pastor called from Minnesota to inform me that our guest preacher for Sunday was ill. Would I fill in?

Here is the sermon at First Boynton on the last Sunday morning of September, 2014. The text for the sermon is Revelation 2:1-7.

Concierge 14.10.04

October 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

Restless till We Rest in You
Mike Riccardi at The Cripplegate

Don’t miss this article. Getting the truth of it can reshape your whole understanding of Christianity. It could have been titled, Augustine and the Affections.

What many don’t know about Augustine was his consistent emphasis on the centrality of the affections—and particularly joy—in the believer’s life. In fact, he even defined love for God in terms of enjoying Him,

Let us follow in the footsteps of Augustine—who followed Paul, who followed the Lord Jesus—and seek all our satisfaction in God Himself, for He is where it is to be found. He has made us for Himself. And our hearts are indeed restless till we rest in Him.

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An atheist, Brian Palmer, has penned an article for Slate with a subtitle, Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries? In this article Palmer demonstrates that he is worried. In his own words, here is his problem:

And yet, for secular Americans—or religious Americans who prefer their medicine to be focused more on science than faith—it may be difficult to shake a bit of discomfort with the situation. Our historic ambivalence toward missionary medicine has crystallized into suspicion over the past several decades. It’s great that these people are doing God’s work, but do they have to talk about Him so much?

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A Facebook Post

October 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

This past week I have been reading through 1 Corinthians. In the opening chapters, the church is provided with teaching about wisdom and foolishness. The gospel message is not wise according to worldly wisdom, but it is true wisdom. The preaching of Christ crucified is considered by outsiders as foolishness or folly. But to us it is the power of God.

If our folly was limited to the preaching of the cross, then count yourself blessed if you are counted a fool. However, those who bear the name of Christ simply do things that are downright foolish. I’m guilty of it myself. But I hope that as I mature in Christ, I leave more and more of that kind of folly behind.

One place that I have repeatedly witnessed outright folly is on the posts that appear on my Facebook feed. It no longer shocks me to see what some will post. With that said, I hope to encourage the readers of this blog to be thinking when it comes to pithy statements that are contrary to the gospel.

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Concierge 14.09.25

September 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

Wearing Christianity On Your Sleeve: What Helps Evangelism

Leon Brown at Reformation 21

I wear Christianity on my sleeve. That is what helps me evangelize. Whether it is with my neighbors or those whom I newly meet in the marketplace, I look for ways to insert my religion and declare the gospel.

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God is just…this gives us our terror at first; but is it not marvellous that this very same belief that God is just, becomes afterwards the pillar of our confidence and peace! If God be just, I, a sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished; but Jesus stands in my stead and is punished for me; and now, if God be just, I, a sinner, standing in Christ, can never be punished. God must change His nature before one soul, for whom Jesus was a substitute, can ever by any possibility suffer the lash of the law.

–Charles Spurgeon, MORNING AND EVENING: DAILY READINGS (Morning, September 25)

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Be Reconciled

September 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

When human relationships are broken, the remedy comes when both sides are willing to make amends. Both parties must be willing to do whatever it takes to forgive, show mercy, and to love one another again. However, in the case of of man’s broken relationship with God, only one party is at fault. Therefore, one normally would expect the person at fault to make things right, right? Wrong…this is where the gospel comes in.

It is God who has been offended, but it is God who makes amends.

It is God who has been wronged, but it is God who makes it right.

–Buz McNutt

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