Monthly Archives: June 2007

Text Of The Day: The Identity Of Christ

Matthew 16:13-17
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

(Some have said the problem in Baptist life is a lack of Baptist identity. I believe the real problem in American Christianity is a lack of real understanding of Jesus’ identity. Jesus Christ is God and by faith in Him, we are made right with God. I want to challenge you to get to know the real Jesus, the one in scripture.)

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Posted by on June 30, 2007 in Text of the Day


Text Of The Day: Jesus, The Physician

Mark 2:13-17
13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (ESV)
(Whether we make small mistakes or royally screw up everything, we have a tendency to think God doesn’t want anything to do with us. This isn’t true. Jesus came to call sinners to return to God. No matter who you are or what you have done, there is hope for you in Christ. He can heal you, He is The Physician.)

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Posted by on June 29, 2007 in Text of the Day


Text Of The Day: God Justifies The Ungodly

Romans 4: 1-8

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

(Of all the names of God found in scripture, this is one of my favorites. Paul calls God, “him who justifies the ungodly.” No matter what anyone has done, there is hope. Hope not just because of what God has done by sending Christ to die on the cross and rise from the dead, but because of who He is. He is the justifier.)

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Posted by on June 28, 2007 in Text of the Day


Text Of The Day: What Really Matters Is Knowing Christ

Phil. 3:1-16
Finally, my brothers, [1] rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God [2] and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, [3] blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained. (ESV)

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Posted by on June 27, 2007 in Text of the Day


Preaching Help From Rick Warren

Here are 5 tips on preaching to the unchurched: 1. You should provide an outline with the scriptures written out.
2. You should plan your titles to appeal to the unchurched.
3. You should systematically preach in a series.
4. You should be consistent in your preaching style.
5. You should choose your guest speakers very carefully.

Read the whole article here at Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox

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Posted by on June 22, 2007 in Church Helps


“Pat on the Back: Mike Huckabee”

Every Christian in the United States has a responsibility to be involved in our political system. Many believe that religion and politics don’t mix, but social change and progress is dependent on Christians getting involved. Whether it is running for office or filling out a ballot to cast a vote, Christians need to take serious their role in setting the course for America’s future. Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee has placed his name into the race for President. He has gained a lot of attention for his faith and the warm funny ways he responses to questions. As a voter, I’m looking for someone who values traditional marriage, life, education, and bring peace to the Iraq situation. I trust Mike Huckabee and as long as he is running for president, he has my vote. I encourage you to read about Mike Huckabee and I hope you decide to vote for him as well. Finally, if you are a Christian, you need to decide how you can make a difference in our political system.
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Posted by on June 21, 2007 in Political


Pat On The Back: The Life Of Dr. Bill Tanner

With Dr. Bill Tanner going to be with the Lord I want to send out a special “Pat on the Back” in recognition of the impact that he had on my life and the life of so many others. I don’t know of any person that could say they out loved Dr. Tanner. He loved life, laughter, his family, Southern Baptists, and most of all his Lord. When I think of what a Southern Baptist should be, I think of Dr. Tanner. He served so others might come to know Christ. He had the ability to use laughter to teach and help people focus on what is most important in life. I always felt better after having talked to Dr. Tanner and he always gave great advice when I needed it. I’m thankful that I knew Dr. Tanner as a teacher but even more as a friend. Dr. Tanner should be remembered for what he was, a servant of God. Dr. Tanner would tell anyone that he couldn’t have done anything without his dear wife Ellen. She is one incredible lady. I encourage everyone to pray for her and the Tanner family during this time. Short Bio of Dr. Tanner

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Posted by on June 12, 2007 in Uncategorized

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