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“It cannot be beaten into our ears enough or too much. Yes, though we learn it (the gospel) and understand it well, yet there is none that takes hold of it perfectly or believes it with all his heart. So frail a thing is our flesh, and disobedient to the Spirit.”

Often we lose our sense of God because we feel victimized by our circumstances. Our suffering is real. Our pain is intense. The injustice committed against us has wounded us or injured our reputation. Our sin has resulted in public shame or private consternation. Our motives have been challenged. And so, we need to hear the glorious truth of the gospel again and again as we fight to believe that we are as sinful as Scripture says we are, undeserving of God’s great grace and mercy, and yet accepted unequivocally by God on the merits on Jesus’ substitutionary death. We are not condemned in Christ Jesus. We are sons and daughters of God. Our freedom has been purchased, not just in theory, but for us to enjoy in this life with God’s abiding help and Spirit-given power.

In His Spare Time

January 29, 2008

In addition to being a husband, father of four, seminary dean, academic administrator, author, editor, Sunday School teacher, and (as we heard last Sunday) a powerful preacher, Dr. Russell Moore also writes commentary for The Henry Institute.  Moore to the Point provides an evangelical viewpoint on various cultural, theological, and political issues.  Enjoy.

The Apostle Peter writes, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a litttle while, the God of grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1Peter 5:5-11).

Humility and glory. These are not two words that are naturally linked together. And yet, humility is not only the path to Christ-likeness, but it is the marker of Christ-likeness. Paul wrote, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves…have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” In Peter’s instruction we learn a couple of things about humility: (1) We learn about the posture of humility; (2) We learn about the difficulties of humility; (3) We learn about the glory of humility. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been reflecting, as many of you have, on our 160th Anniversary Celebration yesterday.  It would be impossible to list all of the highlights of the day, but here were some of the highlights for me:

– full parking lot and sanctuary, with 402 members and visitors;

– inspiring music and congregational singing;

– Bible-saturated prayers of adoration and thanksgiving;

– fantastic video about Concord’s heritage, narrated by Hugh Gardner and produced by Drew Scott (a.k.a. Ken Burns);

– the presence of Bob & Barbara Segrest, Ken & Beth Chaney, Dave & Earlita Richardson (who slipped in after the welcome), and Iva Grimes; Read the rest of this entry »