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Prayer Needed For Pastor Mike

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April 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

God’s New Math: Addition Through Subtraction

This morning our Pastor’s sermon was on sanctification and his title was the same as this post.  He preached from two texts, which I quote:

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness andworldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13  waiting for our blessedhope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.  —  Titus 2:11-14

23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.  —  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

The best part of the sermon though was the illustration, which was about the purifying of silver.

Silver is mined from the ground in the form of silver ore.  The ore is pulverized into powder and then put into a pot or cauldron where it is heated to over 900 degrees Celsius.  As the silver melts, it sinks to the bottom, being heavier than the surrounding ore.  Once all of the silver is melted, the slag, or dross, is left on the top where it is scooped off and disposed of.  When the process is almost complete, the refiner will stir the molten silver to make sure that there are no pockets of slag remaining under the surface.  As these pockets are loosened, they too float to the top, where they can be disposed of.

The refiner knows the process of purification (or in human terms, sanctification) is complete when he looks into the surface of the silver and sees his own image reflected without blemish.

The analogy of God purifying His saints is perfect.  As God subtracts the sin from our lives, He replaces it with His holiness.  His work in us is complete when He looks into our being, and the reflection He sees is His own, perfect in holiness.

 

My daily prayer:  Lord, I ask that You remove from my life anything that displeases You, until all that You see when You look at me is You.

April 29, 2012 Posted by | Godliness, Revival, Sanctification, Uncategorized, Worship | , , , , | 9 Comments

This post brings up a very important question, namely: Are we simply allowing Jesus to provide us with free salvation (cheap grace), or are we truly followers of our Lord and Master?

Pastor Mike Says

I have a lot of friends in the Fire Service, and spent some time as a Fire Fighter myself, so I don’t want anyone to be offended when I bring this story up. Back East, due to budget cuts, some volunteer Fire Departments have been forced to either charge an advanced fee to receive fire protection, or to shut down the Department all together. Unfortunately, it’s been recorded where a few Departments have responded to a fire, but when they found out the homeowners were not covered, they stood by while the house burned down. Now let’s not get into the right or wrongs of their actions, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. I bring this up because I consider this to be a fine example of  how many Christianslook at non-believers, they better pay for the protection first, or we’ll just watch you…

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April 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

These are some very penetrating questions. Something for us all to think about.

Pastor Mike Says

I urge you to read the blog below that was written by an Atheist to Christians. He was very polite and respectful, while bringing up a very serious question that w should all be asking ourselves. It should leave you really thinking and asking yourself why.

 

 

 

 

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I was a Christian recently enough to remember what it felt like to really believe the Creator of the universe talked to me, to really believe I would go to heaven and unbelievers would go to hell, to really believe that prayer made a difference.

It sure felt like I really believed that stuff. And other Christians tell me they really believe that stuff, too.

But something’s not quite right with that.

Supposedly, my parents really believe that I am going to hell now that I’m an atheist. They believe their son, whom they love dearly, is going to…

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April 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 18 Comments

This Is Who We Are

I realize this is a long video, but trust me, it is well worth it! Please, make the time to watch and be inspired!

April 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized, Worship | , , | 2 Comments

This post is such a wonderful blessing! I agree with the author. I’m done! Lord, I surrender all to You!

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Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.’ –Deuteronomy 1:21

The Lord really spoke to me through this verse with possessing the land representing God’s peace and rest which we are commanded to enter and to not be afraid or discouraged in doing so. I feel like so many of us are believers but we play this half world, half kingdom balancing act. Many of our thoughts and concepts are still very worldly and in this we limit God. We limit God by not allowing Him to be a part of every single little aspect of our life. We still think of incidents in life as chance. There is no chance when you are a disciple of Christ. There are consequences of your decisions and…

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April 12, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Why Do So Few Christians Share Their Faith?

In answer to the question: 

“What do you think are the reasons why more Christians aren’t helping to spread the Good News? How can we encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ to share Jesus with their family, friends, & co-workers?”

I recently wrote a response for the “Not Ashamed Of The Gospel” blog, and I wanted to repost my response here. So, here it is. I would appreciate your comments.

I think there are peripheral reasons, but one central reason. One peripheral reason might be that we are taught that we never discuss religion or politics in polite company. As if letting someone know how they can have eternal life is somehow rude. I think society has made many such impositions on us so that Christians, for the most part, remain silent.

But I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently and I believe that God provided the central answer. We today are a lot like the Christians right after Jesus’ ascension, they met in private and prayed together, but they had no witness outside their own group.

And then came the day of Pentecost and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. On that day alone, two thousand were saved. Later, in Acts 5 we read about Peter and John being threatened by the religious authorities, and their answer was, whether we should listen to men or to God, you be the judge.

Filled with the Spirit, these early believers were unstoppable. Filled with the Spirit, WE would be unstoppable too.

I am definitely interested in pursuing online and personal evangelistic methods, but even more, my heart desire is to fully surrender myself to the Lord that His Spirit fill me in such a way that I would be truly effective for Him.

And I am hoping that others will join me.

April 11, 2012 Posted by | Discipleship, Evangalism | , , , | 14 Comments

Pastor Mike hits the nail on the head. This is something I have been feeling for awhile now, and it is only getting stronger. I hope you will read Mike’s post and take it to heart.

Pastor Mike Says

Last night I watched the movie, The ten Commandments. Many people consider this to be an Easter tradition. I loved that movie and I used to enjoy sitting around Easter Day watching many more of the classic movies about Jesus but today I have noticed a huge emptiness as void as Jesus’ tomb itself. The it hit me, Jesus has disappeared from Easter.

When I was growing up in the late 60’s and throughout the70’s, you saw the word Jesus as often as you saw the word Easter, but not anymore. As I’m sitting here typing this blog, I have the TV on for background noise and I hear the word Easter a lot, but not one mention of Jesus. I have searched the TV guide to see when I will watch the next movie about the life of Jesus, but there are none to be found. I feel like…

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April 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

He Is Risen And Lives Forevermore!

No words are needed.

April 8, 2012 Posted by | Christian, Worship | , , | 6 Comments