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A John Ortberg Sermon: Loving God with All Your Mind!

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in reasons to believe

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 74)

Psalm 74

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O God, why have you rejected us forever?
    Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
Remember the nation you purchased long ago,
    the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed—
    Mount Zion, where you dwelt.
Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,
    all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

Your foes roared in the place where you met with us;
    they set up their standards as signs.
They behaved like men wielding axes
    to cut through a thicket of trees.
They smashed all the carved paneling
    with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
    they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.
They said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely!”
    They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.

We are given no signs from God;
    no prophets are left,
    and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long will the enemy mock you, God?
    Will the foe revile your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
    Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!

12 But God is my King from long ago;
    he brings salvation on the earth.

13 It was you who split open the sea by your power;
    you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan
    and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.
15 It was you who opened up springs and streams;
    you dried up the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
    you established the sun and moon.
17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
    you made both summer and winter.

18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord,
    how foolish people have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts;
    do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant,
    because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace;
    may the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Rise up, O God, and defend your cause;
    remember how fools mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries,
    the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2016 in desperation

 

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Time for a Great Commercial: “Aren’t You Going to Fix It?”

Imagine sitting in a room with Jesus.  He is holding your hands and He says, “___ (insert your name here), you have a real problem with SIN!  You are a sinner by nature and by practice (I could give examples, if you wish).  Your sin separates you from God, from me!  Okay.  I’ve got to go now.  I’m glad we could have this talk.”

You would be devastated!  Jesus doesn’t just inform us of our sin — He pays the debt we owed a holy God because of our sin!  He fixes the cavity of sin by His self-sacrifice.  And that is far more important than, “Lunch?”

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2016 in salvation

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 73)

Psalm 73

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Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
    they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
    you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
    when you arise, Lord,
    you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in evil

 

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Time for a Great Question: “What Is WRONG with You?!”

My wife Linda and I sell books on Amazon.  We ship out about 10-15 books per day.  Most of our sales are straightforward.

Occasionally, we have to deal with the “20% crazy factor.”  This refers to those Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 6.28.51 AMcustomers who complain or send their book back and write things like, “No longer needed” or “There was writing on one page” or “I ordered the wrong textbook.”  We (mostly) cheerfully refund their money.  Without arguing.  Without criticism.

But one customer was so incensed with her purchase (the book had some highlighting in it which we accurately described in its listing) that she wrote us an email that simply said, “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?”

Now, we could have gone into a lot of detail as to what is wrong with us, what is biblically wrong with her, etc.  But we didn’t.  We simply refunded her money.

It did remind me of the great Tozer quote you see above.  ‘Cause we are all broken. And there is a LOT that is wrong with us!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in sin

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 72)

Psalm 72

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Endow the king with your justice, O God,
    the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,
    your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
    the hills the fruit of righteousness.
May he defend the afflicted among the people
    and save the children of the needy;
    may he crush the oppressor.
May he endure as long as the sun,
    as long as the moon, through all generations.
May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
    like showers watering the earth.
In his days may the righteous flourish
    and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

May he rule from sea to sea
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
May the desert tribes bow before him
    and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
    bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
    present him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
    and all nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
    the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
    and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
    for precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!
    May gold from Sheba be given him.
May people ever pray for him
    and bless him all day long.
16 May grain abound throughout the land;
    on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
    and thrive like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever;
    may it continue as long as the sun.

Then all nations will be blessed through him,
    and they will call him blessed.

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2016 in government

 

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Time for a Great Commercial: Skeptics Anonymous

Interesting commercial.  Why were these people skeptical?  What changed their minds?  How does this commercial appeal to everyone’s desire to “believe in something”?

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in skepticism

 

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