Monday, March 22, 2010


Edification (well, that's part of the post, but the first part is probably more enlightening, at least in the bigger picture of things)

Single Most Significant Event in Human History

We are just days away from celebrating the most significant event in all of human history. Obviously, it is the death & resurrection of Jesus. There is no event that compares to its significance and importance as it relates to the plight of fallen humanity in a fallen world. The significance of the cross of Jesus and his subsequent resurrection cannot be overstated. As I read last week, we cannot overemphasize the gospel or the implications of the gospel as we journey through this world.
In fact, the significance of this historical event prompted the Apostle Paul inspired by the Spirit to write in several places regarding this significance.

1 Corinthians 2:2 – “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified”

Galatians 6:14 – “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world”

1 Corinthians 15:12-20a – Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead…

With all the traditions that surround this time of year, where will our focus be? On what will we give the attention of our heart? What will be the gaze of our spiritual eyes? Dads, how will we lead our families in celebrating this most holy and sacred event? How will we as parents instruct the next generation with regard to the truth about Easter? What will they remember most—our emphasis on the beauty of the cross and the power of the resurrection or on something less important?

All of these are significant questions for us to contemplate because of the magnitude of the event we are celebrating.

Let us encourage one another in the days ahead to turn our eyes upon Jesus so that the things of this earth will grow strangely dim as we gaze upon the wonderful cross of our Savior and Lord and His glorious resurrection!

On the blogs for 3/22/2010

Here are a couple of good reads this morning. Enjoy!

Revival in Maine (very encouraging to see what God is doing)

Moralism (I'm guilty of this and even preaching this, time to repent)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Gathered Worship Experience

The following article was written for our church's weekly newsletter:

One of the most, if not the most important truth to establish in the life of the church is the reality of the supremacy of Jesus Christ in all of life.

Colossians 1:15-18 says: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

Our primary responsibility is to hold up Jesus Christ in all his glory and majesty and power and love and grace and mercy and authority and preeminence as we focus our attention upon his triumphant work on the cross of Calvary in our place and for our sins. Then, to celebrate the power of his resurrection as the “living hope” that sustains us in the midst of the trials and struggles we face in this life as we seek to fulfill our role in the Great Commission in the city of Thomasville and beyond to the ends of the earth.

One of the primary venues where we seek to hold up Jesus in this manner as a church body is during our Sunday morning gatherings (i.e., worship service). We gather as one body under one Lord. In that gathering, we desire to express our love and adoration for Jesus in a variety of ways—singing, giving, praying, preaching, etc. Our desire is to create an atmosphere and cultivate a corporate worship experience as the gathered church where all those present are encouraged to express their love for Jesus in Jesus-exalting and Jesus-honoring ways.

We desire for all those present to engage in the worship experience in a meaningful and significant manner. For some, that means a more meditative approach; for others, it means something more celebratory. This is a matter of preference; for, both are encouraged and demonstrated in scripture. Consider the Psalms—both meditative and celebratory Psalms are present in scripture. In both expressions, Jesus is exalted and magnified.

Preferences, then, become a matter of loving and serving my brother or sister in Christ giving up my preference for the sake of my brother or sister in such a way that we can mutually encourage one another in our expressions of love for Jesus even if my preference is not the same as someone else’s. This is an opportunity to present a unified body of Christ to a watching world whom Jesus has called us to love and serve.

May we unify under Jesus as Lord of all and Head over the church.

On the blogs for 3/18/2010

Here are some good reads for today. Enjoy.

Attractional AND missional

Virtual vs. Reality (this is absolutely nuts! God save me from my computer)

Tithing (haven't read the whole thing yet, but should be an interesting discussion starter)

How to become missional (interesting)

Success (dads, we need to read this--and then repent)

Intimacy with God (good reminder for our personal devotions)

God is God, the church is the church (thought this was good)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

On the blogs for 3/9/2010

 Here are some things I've read this morning:

Who is God calling us to reach? (thought this was interesting for my generation of preachers)

The Country Parson by Tim Keller (good reminder & encouragement, again)

Helpful thoughts for Pastoral Assistants

What questions are you asking your prospective pastor?

On Discipleship (this was a thoughtful post)

Pastor's Worst Day (this was encouraging to me)

Decisions or Disciples? (good article)

God bless you as you read today.


I went to a new coffee shop this morning. In conversing with the sales associate behind the counter, she made the statement, "coffee is my passion."

It got me thinking. What is the passion of our heart and life? The "passion" of Jesus was to do the will of His Father. The will of His Father was to go to a cross and die in the place of sinners to appease the wrath that we deserve. Luke tells us that Jesus "steadfastly set his face" toward Jerusalem. He knew what awaited him there, he knew what pain & suffering he would experience there...yet, it was still his do the will of the Father..."for the joy set before Him, he endured the cross despising the shame and has now sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high."

What is our passion...are we passionate about the will of the Father?

What is that thing that holds sway over our heart's desires? What is that thing that drives us & motivates us?

Maybe a better question this morning is not "what", but "who" holds sway over our heart's desires?

"In Christ alone, my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song..."

God bless you today as you serve Jesus, the supreme & ultimate treasure...