In But Not Of

August 25, 2009

If you’re in the world but not of the world, that’s good.  If you’re in the church but not of the church, that’s bad.

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The Future of the SBC

August 25, 2009

In case you’re unaware, the Southern Baptist Convention is trying to find itself right now.  Who were we?  What have we become?  Where are we headed in our rapidly changing society?  Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently spoke to these issues with his characteristic insight and candor.  If you’re concerned about the future of the SBC, you should listen to his message.  If you’re not concerned about the future of the SBC, you really ought to listen to his message.

Here’s the link, and here’s a summary. Read the rest of this entry »

This past Sunday morning we had as many as twelve leadership and assistant spots to fill in our preschool and children’s ministry. Today we only have four! Praise the Lord! My heart is rejoicing at the faithfulness of God to mobilize His sons and daughters into action for the glory of His name and the good of His people.

Verse Card Maker

August 19, 2009

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How excited am I about the Verse Card Maker?  If I were Tom Cruise, I’d be jumping up and down on the couch across from Oprah.

What a fantastic tool for Bible memory!  I’ve tried making cards for myself on multiple occasions in the past.  The cards were doable but tricky and time-consuming.  Michael Scott has made it easy.

(HT: Justin Taylor, again.  If you don’t regularly peruse JT’s blog, you should.)

God At Work In You

August 19, 2009

Colossians 1:29 says:

For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

God’s sovereignty doesn’t undermine human responsibility; it empowers and inspires a Godward response to God’s grace. J. I. Packers said:

The Holy Spirit’s ordinary way of working in us is through the working of our own minds and wills. He moves us to act. Thus our conscious, rational selfhood, so far from being annihilated, is strengthened, and in reverent, resolute obedience we work out our salvation, knowing that God is at work in us to make us “…both…will and … work for his good pleasure” (Phil 2:12-13).

Sam Storms helpfully makes the following observation about how we might know when God is energetically and powerfully working in us.

If, when you are slandered, you respond by entreating (1Cor 4:13), you can rest assured that divine energy is working mightily in you. If, when you are reviled, you bless instead of curse (1Cor 4:12), you can rest assured that divine energy is working mightily in you. If, when you are persecuted, you can endure (1Cor 4:12), you can rest assured that divine energy is working mightily in you. If, when you are afflicted but not crushed, are perplexed but do not yield to despair, are struck down but not destroyed, you may rest assured that divine energy is mightily at work within you (2Cor 4:8-9). If, when you are sorrowful and still rejoice, possess nothing but you are rich, you may rest assured that divine energy is working mightily within you (2Cor 6:10). If, when you are in poverty and give generously and joyfully (2Cor 8:1), you may rest assured that divine energy is working mightily in you.

You probably won’t feel anything. There’s no guaranteed that your body will vibrate or your appearance will change. But if you find yourself responding and thinking as Jesus would, if you find yourself acting or choosing contrary to every fleshly and sinful impulse, you may rest assured that divine energy is mightily at work in you.