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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Resolved Conference 2011 Highlights

I thought I'd share links for you to read and hear some of the interesting highlights from the 2011 Resolved Conference. AT the bottom of this post I will post links where you can listen to some of the messages in their entirety. Hopefully they will get more of them uploaded soon!
I didn't get to hear a number of the messages, and I only hear parts of some others.
The Question & Answer Session was pretty interesting in finding out more about the speakers. John MacArthur shared how he met his wife which was rather amusing the way he told it.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/john-macarthur-tells-how-he-met-his-wife-51586/
Steve Lawson gave a message definitely emphasizing God's sovereignty in predestination as well as giving the Gospel:
http://www.christianpost.com/news/human-merit-has-no-role-in-gods-election-says-pastor-51602/
Here are some more articles you can read about what was said:
http://www.christianpost.com/news/john-macarthur-says-america-is-under-divine-judgment-51584/
http://www.christianpost.com/news/not-amazed-with-your-conversion-you-should-be-pastor-says-51639/
http://www.christianpost.com/news/america-is-unraveling-like-a-cheap-sweater-pastor-says-51636/
I believe it was Sunday's message by C.J. Mahaney that I found especially moving. Here are a couple of quotes from it of things he said that I liked(one his own):
"When you cannot trace His hand, you must learn to trust His heart." --
I'm not sure who originated this, but I know it was borrowed...still good.
"God the Father has ahold of you. He is not going to let you go." --C.J. Mahaney
I still haven't listened to some of the first messages, but the link below will give you a chance to hear those. Please keep checking if you want to hear more of them!
http://www.resolved.org/media/
or
http://www.gracechurch.org/media/Default.aspx?mediaID=6239&t=resolved_2011_session_4&filter=search&keyword=resolved%202011&type=111

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Judgment & Mercy of God

"But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment, And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness." Isaiah 5:16 NASB Some people only want to talk about God's love and mercy without talking about His justice and holiness. Mercy, grace and love mean little to people unless you know that you don't deserve them and that not everyone receives them. We have to recognize that we don't meet God's standard and then turn from sin and trust & believe in God's sacrifice for sin...in Jesus His Son. He died to take our punishment and He arose and conquered death, so that those who believe in Him might have eternal life instead of the eternal punishment that we all deserve.

Everyone has done something against God's standard...lied, stolen (even something small), wanted something that belonged to someone else, had hatred for someone which Jesus considered equivalent to murder, or lusted which is equivalent to adultery or fornication, or used God's name in vain, or worshipped self or something else by placing them as more important than God to you. If you were to stand before God as Judge, what would you say? Would you be found guilty?

To those who say you believe in Jesus:

If you say that you have trusted in Christ's death to take the punishment for your sin, then do your actions show that you have really changed and committed your life to the Lord? Do you love and want to obey the Lord, or is He just a fire escape to you? He is an escape from judgment, but do you have a real relationship with Him? Do you show that you love the Lord in your love for others? On the other hand, do you excuse all sin under the guise of love which is not really loving after all? Well, these are just some thoughts I have, and I hope that God's love will shine through me somehow to you.

(I posted this first on Facebook, but I thought I'd share it here as well.)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Resolved Conference 2011

If you are interested in free viewing of a Christian conference with great speakers, you may be able to watch starting tonight (Sunday June 26th, 2011) at 7 PM Pacific/ 10 PM ET while Steve Lawson is speaking. The conference started on Friday.
Tomorrow's schedule (which is Monday, June 27th, 2011) includes:
Rick Holland @ 9 Pacific/ 12 PM Eastern...5 in the U.K. & 6 PM in Central Europe
Steve Lawson @ 11 AM Pacific/ 2 PM Eastern
Al Mohler @ 5 PM Pacific/8 PM Eastern
C.J. Mahaney @ 7 PM Pacific/ 10 PM Eastern.
You can watch online at this link:
http://www.resolved.org/
I have heard parts of two messages and the Q & A last night...very good!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Name Above All Names Training Video (from the Risen Album)

I don't play the guitar, but this is one of my favorite worship songs from Sovereign Grace Music's latest album Risen. As you might recall, my second favorite was Behold Our God. This video shows what chords to use for playing Name Above All Names, and I so desire this song to be heard and used. I haven't heard it at my own church, but I hope sharing it here will encourage other people to learn the chords and use it for worship (personal or corporate).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 National Conference (Subject is Missions) in Minneapolis

This conference sounds interesting to me, even though I won't be attending. I would be miserable sitting for that long with my fibromyalgia. I don't know all of the speakers, but the first messages I ever remember hearing by John Piper were on the subject of missions. They were excellent. I know Piper has done some things lately that have concerned me, but this conference may be a very worthwhile one for those Christians interested in the spreading of the Gospel. The title of the conference is "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples, Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged." You can watch the video announcing it below. Oh, and it's in September, but you can register already I believe.

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/announcing-our-2011-national-conference#ooid=NlbWlqMjrNyx_ZQdJVFnXWAPFCxGd9vV
Another link with more info. that I have only partially explored is at: http://www.desiringgod.org/events/national-conferences/2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Birthday, Summer, Peter Furler, & Gospel Tracts

Well, today is a special birthday of a family member, it's the first day of summer (and it's very hot today here in East Tennessee), and Peter Furler's album On Fire is out today. I got three of the songs so far, and I have enjoyed them. Matter of Faith is one of them, and it's an encouraging song that is a reminder about faith and Heaven. Someone else here in my house is planning to get the CD, so we will all get to listen and use it when we use the treadmill if we want to.
Earlier this month I got some Gospel tracts from Living Waters / Way of the Master, and I thought I'd share the e-mail I sent maybe on June 8th or 9th to my sister who helped order them for me.
I got the tracts yesterday I think it was. Today at my ENT appointment waiting for a hearing test I put a tract on the table. A family came in who sat nearby and first one kid and then another looked at it. Then the mother took it and started to read silently. She seemed a bit excited and asked if her husband had read it. Well, I don't know if they might have already been Christians, and I didn't get to see if the husband with the kid on his lap actually picked it up. I didn't see in in the same spot when I came out though, so who knows? I prayed about who would pick it up. Thought you might be interested to hear what happened with the first one.
It was encouraging to me that God worked that out for me to see, and I hope that I will have many more opportunities even in such a small way to be used by God with those tracts. I read another blog's post that was an encouragement, and I'd like to share the link with you: http://www.onthebox.us/2011/05/encouragement-of-discarded-tract.html

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Fathers Day Tomorrow!

The Courageous movie people shared this video the other day on Facebook, and I thought it would be a nice video to share for Fathers Day. Happy Fathers Day to my Dad too!









Friday, June 17, 2011

Peter Furler - Reach (slideshow with lyrics)


Don't forget that Peter Furler's new album On Fire is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2011. Peter has both a Youtube channel and another website:
http://www.peterfurler.com/music/

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Narnia

Yesterday I worked some more on a door painting that I started quite awhile back. It's kind of my idea of a Narnia type of place. I like redwood trees and the ocean, and you can imagine walking into the picture and onto the path. I love the ocean (from the beach side), so I decided to add that into it instead of just the forest I'd planned originally. After all, I have an ocean scene from Laguna Beach, California on another wall. We live in a part of Tennessee now where we can see countryside scenes and forest and mountains on a drive. Still, I miss our trips to the beach we used to take where we would stay the night in a hotel and see the beautiful blue in the ocean when it was sunny during the day, and feel the ocean breeze and see the seagulls and the sparkling light from the sun reflected on the waves.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Courageous Movie Music (Casting Crowns)

I'm looking forward to trying the movie Courageous out. This video shows some scenes from the film along with the Christian music group Casting Crowns. I've read comments from people who have viewed the actual movie, and it sounds like it may have a real positive impact like the Fireproof movie did. We shall see. It's scheduled to be in theaters September 30th of this year(2011). I don't know if they will show it anywhere outside the country, but that would be great if they did!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Clarion Call to the Modern Church

Below is a link to a good article about market driven churches and how churches have turned away from Biblical truth. It's happened more and more in recent years where those churches have gotten further and further away from God and the Bible. It's also exposes I feel the kind of problems that are concerning about "Purpose-driven churches." I am concerned about John Piper's endorsing Rick Warren in any way, because Warren is all about marketing from what I can see. He has even helped religious groups who aren't Christians by teaching them how to grow their congregations. He praises Mother Teresa and leads people to believe she was a Christian. She was both a Catholic and a universalist...not of the Christian faith that I am.
A Clarion Call to the Modern Church

Monday, June 6, 2011

Using Talent...for God

I was thinking earlier today about people with talent especially in singing, but I also can think about other capabilities as well.
I used to dream of being a singer, although I have probably an average voice and never completed lessons…barely started a home school audio course. I was also told I couldn’t be a singer when I was young, because as a child I damaged my vocal cords. Well, my dream never came to pass. As the years have gone by I have lost hearing to the point where quite a bit of the joy has gone out of my singing. I can still sing, and I can sing for God. It's just that it doesn't sound sharp to my ears...muted some, and in church with so many other people I get concerned about going off key if I sing louder.
I was thinking today about people at my church who have talent , and that they shouldn’t take it for granted and should use it. If they can play an instrument or sing or whatever, then why not make use of it for as long as they are able?
I mean voices and hearing can go and physical abilities can be removed from us. With my FMS, I know that very well.
What is even more important is what a person’s talent is used for and the motives behind it.
If you use your talent for yourself and then you lose fame and ability or riches you have lost all that you worked for, and it‘s really meaningless.
Some people have so many gifts that pride can creep in. Even if what they do appears to be for God to others, they will lose much of the blessing. That is the other side that I do get concerned about.
“A man’s pride will bring him low,
But a humble spirit will obtain honor.”
Proverbs 29:23 NASB
That verse is true for everybody as well I believe. As a Christian, whatever God has for me to do I don’t want to do it out of pride or pleasing others. I struggle with those sins as much as anyone.
Another thought about my own life is that I have learned to appreciate even more what I’ve lost physically, and I’m thankful I was able to enjoy doing things when I was younger that I cannot do as much of or with as much enjoyment now. I have a lot to be thankful for really.
Even today, I know God can use me with all of my faults and disabilities. That’s what I want…for God to use me for His glory.

“seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:3-8 NASB

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Let Faith Arise

If this has an offensive ad for you,I'm sorry. Embedded it seems to just advertise the website for me in my preview mode.
This song Let Faith Arise by Chris Tomlin gets a little repetitive, but I think it's an encouraging song in these times with tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, wars, etc. Jesus is still the answer and the hope of those of us who believe, and I hope many turn to Him in these troubled times.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bottle-Feeding Goat Kids

After seeing a turtle on one street and a rabbit on another on the way to WalMart yesterday, we later went to a farm of some friends where my sister & I helped with bottle-feeding kids. The last part of the video is of a mother goat and her 1 day old kid...not one of the ones we fed. Having come from parts of California which definitely were not country areas, this is more of a novelty for me. Well, there is some wildlife in California, but it isn't like rural Tennessee for sure.
video

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rick Warren and John Piper

This particular blog post is for Christian readers.
I read yesterday and some today from a couple of articles online about Rick Warren and John Piper. I have been concerned about Piper both to do with seemingly promoting Rick Warren (inviting him to teach at a conference and Piper having one at Rick's church and doing an interview it seems that could turn people to following Rick Warren and his teaching) and also their having Beth Moore lessons in some women Bible study classes at the church he pastors. I really have benefited from John Piper's teaching over the years I believe. Although there are times when he says some things I don't quite agree with (not a lot of that) or that offend me some with their shock value, I appreciate him as a brother in Christ who I have learned a lot from. Still, I have my eyes open, and I think other people should as well in thinking clearly about even those you might consider a spiritual "hero." It deflates one when you learn things about people that show they aren't perfect, but then maybe I was holding him too high. If you want to know what I'm talking about, please take a look at the following articles. I really liked the first one by Tim Challies.
http://www.challies.com/articles/thinking-about-rick-warren-john-piper#more
The one below I'm a little cautious about, because it's about people quoted and books sold. I don't know the full story of why they are endorsed, but this is something to think about.
http://apprising.org/2011/05/30/john-piper-rick-warren-foster-williardism/