The Blessing of Sharing Christ Sunday, Dec 31 2006 

I was just talking with a non-Christian friend of mine who as anxiety disorder. He has been struggling with this for a few years and it has been terrible to witness as a friend but tonight I was able to get a glimpse into the purpose of suffering, at least some of it. Tonight as we sat at the dinner table he said, “Ever since I had it (the anxiety) I’ve realized how much I really need religion.” Now, he is misled in the idea that he needs religion but dead on when he said that he has realized how there is so much he does not have control over. He needs something more and he knows it. I know that that “something more” is Jesus and it is my blessing to be able to share that with him.

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City Upon a Hill Saturday, Dec 16 2006 

”We must entertain each other in brotherly affection,” Winthrop told his weary voyagers. He challenged his followers to ”make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together.” He told them that faith would give them a power greater than their numbers: ”We shall find that the God of Israel is among us when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies.”

Winthrop then uttered perhaps the most famous words of community and common responsibility in all of American letters: ”For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.”
-From Embracing that ‘City Upon a Hill’
by Charles C. Euchner and William M. Fowler
September 4, 2002

Matt Chandler: The Christian Life Wednesday, Dec 13 2006 

“I have nothing to gain from saying this except for obedience unto Jesus Christ – The message of Jesus Christ is not ‘if you are good you will get blessed’, the message of Jesus Christ is ‘he is enough, not matter what the circumstance’.”
-Pastor Matt Chandler, The Village Church in “Daily Contact” preached December 3, 2006

Spurgeon: The Effects of Sound Doctrine Tuesday, Dec 12 2006 

A man may be evidently of God’s chosen family, and yet though elected, may not believe in the doctrine of election. I hold that there are many savingly called, who do not believe in effectual calling, and that there are a great many who persevere to the end, who do not believe the doctrine of final perseverance. We do hope that the hearts of many are a great deal better than their heads.
-Charles H. Spurgeon, “Effects of Sound Doctrine,” a sermon delivered on Sunday evening April 22nd, 1860.

The Need For the Law Thursday, Dec 7 2006 

As Christians, it is so important that our focus on grace does not lead us to dismiss the importance of the law. God divinely inspired the law because it is good for us to live by. When the Bible says to not look upon a woman with lust it is a gift of God’s wisdom, helping us to live a better life. The law calls us to live the pure life that God made us for. Also, by dismissing the law how will we be brought to our knees in repentance? The law must be held up and preached because by it “every mouth may be stopped, and all the world is found guilty” (Romans 3:19). When you are found guilty, then you may be forgiven. Without the law there is no grace.

Missions Minded: The Foundation Tuesday, Dec 5 2006 

Our starting point for missions is what we believe. The first thing we need to do is start with the scriptures and make the decision, is the Bible true? Is the prophecy real? Did Jesus truly come to the earth to die and through resurrection claim victory over sin? When we answer these questions one of two things will happen, either I will deny the truth of the Gospel and will contently sit in my easy life or I will believe the Gospel and will be compelled by the grace of God to preach it. “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!,” said Paul who was convinced of it’s truth.