Results of the Resurrection
Mar27

Results of the Resurrection

As I considered the strong parallel between the Passover in Exodus and the crucifixion of Jesus as our Passover, I was struck by the results of the resurrection – what the resurrection means to the Christian.  John Piper captured 10 of these results well in his book, “What We Owe the Resurrection of Jesus.” 1) A savior who can never die again.  “We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again” (Romans 6:9). 2) Repentance.  “The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel” (Acts 5:30-31). 3) New birth.  “By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). 4) Forgiveness of sin.  “If Christ has not been raised, your hope is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). 5) The Holy Spirit.  “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear” (Acts 2:32–33). 6) No condemnation for the elect.  “Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God” (Romans 8:34). 7) Jesus’s personal fellowship and protection.  “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:20). 8) Proof of coming judgment.  “God has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). 9) Salvation from the future wrath of God.  “We wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 5:10). 10) Our own resurrection from the dead.  “We know that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence” (2 Corinthians 4:14; Romans 6:4; 8:11; 1 Corinthians 6:14;...

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How To Destroy Your Pastor
Mar31

How To Destroy Your Pastor

Have you ever wondered how a Pastor is transformed from joyful, excited, and energetic into a passive, distracted, and emotional mess?   Many resources offer explainations to this pandemic situation in churches across the nation, but I find the article in Christianity Today both concise and...

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Restoration
Jul21

Restoration

The word, restoration, has become linked to the work associated with transitioning a church that is currently underperforming into a church that is, once again, a full participant in the Great Commission. In the bible, restoration is not used in this way. Restoration to God has to do with the condition of the soul of His Saints, not the performance of the church. Now, before you start to write that hurtful email allow me to concede that an underperforming church is most likely linked to the soul-health of the Saints of that church; so set aside that thought and read on. The point is that God’s focus is on the individual; God is the lover of your soul and wants your soul to be healthy and strong. This is the point of Psalm 73:26 – My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. The verb fail here literally means fail. The Psalmist writes, I am exhausted physically and emotionally. I am done! I am tired and depressed. I am wore out! But immediately the Psalmist proclaims that although he may be spent, the source of his strength, the sustainer of his heart is the Almighty God! God does not grow weary. I like the way John Piper wrote about this verse in his book, Future Grace: The Bible is replete with instances of saints struggling with sunken spirits. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.” This is a clear admission that the soul of the saint sometimes needs to be revived. And if it needs to be revived, in a sense it was “dead.” David says the same thing in Psalm 23:2–3, “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” The soul of the “man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14) needs to be restored. It was dying of thirst and ready to fall exhausted, but God led the soul to water and gave it life again. God has put these words in scripture because He knows that we need them. He knows that, at times, we struggle. He knows that we grow weary. He knows that we need the testimonies of others in scripture so that we are well-armed at our time of depression, weariness, and weakness. God is in the restoration business, but God restores the souls of Saints, not the programs of churches. If you are weary, tired, depressed, or maybe just confused I invite you today to join me in returning to God. Lets seek Him together. Lets go to the source of all life for...

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