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Hands-Free Christian Living?

This commercial features a hands-free luxury truck.  Makes we wonder — how many of us try to live hands-free Christian lives? Any comments?

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2021 in CHRISTIAN LIVING

 

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A Spiritually Healthy Family (A Study of the Epistle to Titus) (Part 3 of 5)

I am looking forward to Family Camp at Camp Elim in Woodland Park, Colorado, on May 25-27. I get to preach five messages — and I’ve chosen the theme of the spiritually-healthy family (from the epistle of Titus).

Let’s read carefully the second chapter of Titus:
We have already seen that the spiritually healthy family cares deeply about the local church and that, secondly, it recognizes false teaching in its many forms and opposes it (1:10-16).

Let’s notice thirdly in this chapter that —

The spiritually healthy family —

III. Appreciates and Applies the Clear Instructions of God’s Word (2:1-10)

God’s Word is very specific in speaking to specific groups:

A. The Older Men (vv. 1-2)

Notice the qualities that “older men” are to work on: to be temperate; worthy of respect; self-controlled; and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

B. The Older Women (vv. 3-5)

Who’s going to admit that they belong in the category of “older women”? Personal qualities: They are to be reverent, not slanderers or addicted to much wine. Teaching responsibilities: to teach what is good, urging the younger women to love their husbands and children.

C. The Younger Women (vv. 4-5)

The “younger women” are to focus on family obligations and personal qualities (self-controlled, pure, busy at home, kind, subject to their husbands). Note the reason for the good conduct of the younger women.

D. The Young Men (vv. 6-8)

Note that self-control is the first quality of “the young men.” They are to be examples in doing what is good, in showing integrity in their teaching. They are to be marked by seriousness and soundness of speech. Note the reason for these qualities (v. 8).

E. The Slaves (vv. 9-10)

The last category are “slaves.” Here’s a good article responding to the charge that the Bible supports slavery. God’s Word regulates one’s “ownership” of slaves, recognizing that the gospel will eventually lead to freedom for slave and master! Obedience, a desire to please, and honesty are all qualities of those who are in the category of “slaves.” Note the why of these commands to slaves.

(We will continue this five-part series over the next few days)

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2019 in CHRISTIAN LIVING

 

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Getting Ready for My Next NJ Trip! (Part 4 conclusion)

This is my last post on my upcoming preaching trip to Cedarcroft Bible Chapel in New Jersey(from March 31st to April 7th). I will also get to lead two Sunday School classes on Ephesians 5:1-21. Here is that passage with a few notes from me:
Please notice the following in this text:

1. The believer is to walk in the way of love which has been modeled for us by God’s example, the Lord Jesus (vv. 1-2)!
2. The idea of Christ’s sacrificial, atoning death for us is described as “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (v. 2).
3.The standards for the Christian life are high: We are not to have “even a hint” of sexual immorality, or impurity, or greed (v. 3).
4.These high standards also include how we use our speech! We are not to be marked by obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking (these are “out of place”) (v. 4). The alternative to those verbal sins is . . . thanksgiving!
5. Some may use “empty words” to deceive us about God’s standards, but they are forgetting His wrath (v. 6)!
6. We who once “were darkness” have now become “light in the Lord” (v. 8)! What are our duties? To live as children of light, producing the fruit of goodness, righteousness and truth and to expose the fruitless deeds of darkness (v. 11).
7.Wise living involves being careful in our choices, taking advantage of opportunities, and not being foolish (vv. 15-17). We are to be filled with the Spirit, not with spirits!
8. And we are to serenade each other. Really! With psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. This music is to be mixed with an attitude of thanksgiving and a reverent attitude of mutual submission.

Wow! Lofty expectations! But by God’s grace we can live out the challenges of Ephesians 5:1-21 to the glory of God!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2019 in ephesians 5

 

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Heritage Retreat, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Message #4)

Friends: I had a great time speaking to the supporters of Camp Elim in Colorado several weeks ago. The following four posts will be providing my messages on the topic “Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World” (a study of the Epistle of Jude):

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2018 in preaching, preaching engagements

 

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Heritage Retreat, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Message #3)

Friends: I had a great time speaking to the supporters of Camp Elim in Colorado several weeks ago. The following four posts will be providing my messages on the topic “Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World” (a study of the Epistle of Jude):

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2018 in preaching, preaching engagements

 

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Heritage Retreat, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Message #2)

Friends: I had a great time speaking to the supporters of Camp Elim in Colorado several weeks ago. The following four posts will be providing my messages on the topic “Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World” (a study of the Epistle of Jude):

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2018 in preaching, preaching engagements

 

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Heritage Retreat, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Message #1)

Friends: I had a great time speaking to the supporters of Camp Elim in Colorado several weeks ago.  The following four posts will be providing my messages on the topic “Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World” (a study of the Epistle of Jude):

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2018 in preaching, preaching engagements

 

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Pray for My Teaching Trip to Myanmar August 9-September 4! (Part 4)

Just a final post on my preparation to teach two theology courses to students at the South East Asia Bible College (here is their website) in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma).  I’m enjoying going through my 2nd book (DocWALK) as I put together 60 class hours covering my two books (DocTALK is the first of these two books).

[If you are interested in getting a copy of either DocTALK or DocWALK, just send me $10 and I’ll ship a copy to you.  My home address in on the right side of this page.]

DocWALK is particularly relevant because it asks the question “How do we put in practice what we say we believe?”  It is divided into four parts:  Part 1: The Believer’s Acceptance and the Believer’s Authority; Part 2: The Believer’s Anatomy (where we talk about the use of our minds, the danger of our tongues, the challenge to present our bodies to the Lord, etc.); Part 3: The Believer’s Associations (both with unbelievers and with the family of God), and Part 4: The Believer’s Attitudes, Actions, Assurance, and Anticipation.

Other than being extremely proud of my (rare) alliteration, I believe you’ll find each of these chapters helpful in living out the Christian life. Again, please pray for me and my trip to Myanmar.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2018 in Myanmar

 

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Keys to Living Out the Christian Life! (A Study of Galatians 2:19-21) Part 5

How in the world do I live out my Christian life?  What principles does God’s Word give me to make significant strides in following Jesus?  We are camping on Galatians 2:19-21 to see what “keys” are there that can help us.

We have seen the first key in verse 19 that I must have a proper relationship to the law. The law brings death and I have died to it. The second key is that the old me is dead! We read in verse 20- “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live.” The third key that impacts me here is this: There is a NEW ME who is to live by faith! (v. 20). I have not ceased to exist. But now I can live a new life by faith in the Son of God.  The fourth key that I see in this passage is: I have been paid for! Please notice the expression in verse 20- “the Son of God . . . who loved me and gave himself for me.” Theologians refer to this as the doctrine of substitutionary atonement! [We get paid by the big words].

The last key that I notice in this passage is found in verse 21- “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing.”  The principle I see here is I can never pay back God for my salvation — nor should I try to!  Salvation is a free gift of the grace of God in giving Jesus for my sins.  Gifts are to be received — and given thanks for.  But never paid for by the recipient!

I suspect that many believers live out their lives trying to repay God.  And that’s not the Christian life!  In perhaps their best-intentioned response to the grace of God, they nullify it.  They live as if righteousness could be gained through the law.  And the awful conclusion to that perspective is . . . Christ died for nothing!

Motivation is everything, and the reason I should live for the Lord is a grateful heart that wants to show my appreciation every day for His saving me.  My best good deeds are not good enough to pay for my sins.  But Jesus did for me what I could never do for myself.  Payback or praise?  It’s my choice.  And yours.

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2018 in CHRISTIAN LIVING

 

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Keys to Living Out the Christian Life! (A Study of Galatians 2:19-21) Part 4

Here in Galatians 2:19-21 we learn a number of truths that will help us navigate this thing called the Christian life.  These “keys” are not automatic or easy.  But they are essential IF I am to live out my new life in Jesus.  Let’s look at our text once more:

What have we seen so far?  We’ve seen that the first key in verse 19 is that I must have a proper relationship to the law. The law brings death and I have died to it. The second key is that the old me is dead! We read in verse 20- “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live.”  The third key that impacts me here is this: There is a NEW ME who is to live by faith! (v. 20). I have not ceased to exist.  But now I can live a new life by faith in the Son of God.

There is a fourth key that I see in this passage and it is this:  I have been paid for!  Please notice the expression in verse 20- “the Son of God . . . who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Theologians refer to this as the doctrine of substitutionary atonement!  [We get paid by the big words].

Notice two truths in this expression “He gave Himself for me”:  First, He gave Himself.  Jesus said, “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” (Jn. 10:18).  Jesus voluntarily sacrificed Himself for me.  Notice also that the verse says “He gave Himself for me.”  Jesus’ death on the cross was intensely personal and specific.  It is hard to believe — but we must — that the Second Person of the Trinity had me in mind when He went to Calvary!

If this is indeed true — His death was voluntary and it was for me — how could I ever doubt His love for me?  How could I ever look at my life as insignificant?  How is it that I can choose at any one moment to live for myself, instead of for Him?

But we do, don’t we?  Today’s challenge: Focus today on Jesus’ giving of Himself for you.  Thank Him for His sacrifice.  And ask Him not how you can repay Him (an impossibility), but how you can moment by moment live for His glory.  Today. (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2018 in CHRISTIAN LIVING

 

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