Monthly Archives: June 2015

Believe the Word

And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
(Gen 15:4-6)

Have you ever wondered how faith comes into the hearts of men? It is by hearing (see Romans 10:17.)

This has always been the case and here in Genesis we see it clearly stated. Abraham believed the word of the Lord and this was what gave him righteousness.

It is still true today. In order for men to believe the Word must be preached.

Do not hold back the truth of Scripture for it is life, righteousness, and joy for all those who believe.

Take time to thank the Lord for the faith he brought forth by his Word in your own heart and then shout it from the mountaintop.

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(Our church is currently in a series on the 5 Solas. Right now we are studying Scripture Alone.)

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Working for the Lord

Most of us don’t live as though we’re working for Jesus.

Sure, in the back of our minds, we know that Jesus is our ultimate Employer; but that realization doesn’t often run through our thoughts. But when it does–when we recognize that Jesus is our Master and glorifying Him is our primary motivation, our work, regardless of what we do, becomes an act of worship.[1]

In Ephesians 6:5-7, the Apostle Paul tells us to work “with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ… Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.”

In Colossians 3:22-24, Paul tells us to work “with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord… Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Let us learn to approach our work–all forms of it–as though we’re tangibly serving Jesus.

Praying with you that God will teach me, teach us, to work this way!

Grace & Peace,

Gabe

[1] Sebastian Treaeger & Greg Gilbert, The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus GIves Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013).

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Purified words, not flattering lips

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith.
A Psalm of David.

Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.

Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

May the cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,

those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord
“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.

You, O Lord, will keep them;
you will guard us from this generation forever.

On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

 

Everyone lies. We’re all guilty and so are all those who are around us.

Except one. One doens’t lie. One doesn’t speak falsely. One promises and then always acts.

This one is the Lord, the God of all creation.

He is faithful and true and his words are pure.

Let us trust him and delight in his trustworthiness.

-joe

(Our church is currently in a series on the 5 Solas. Right now we are studying Scripture Alone.)

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For our good

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Scripture is good.

All Scripture, even the hard parts.

It is good for our souls like a cool drink on a hot day.

It is nourishing our bodies like a hearty meal after a day’s work.

It is good for our minds like an exercise program that strengthens the body.

Each time we open the Word we are treated with nothing but goodness.

Let us thank God for the grace of His Word.

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good.” Deuteronomy 10:12-13, ESV

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(Our church is currently in a series on the 5 Solas. Right now we are studying Scripture Alone.)

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Every Word of God

sola scripturaIt proves true.

“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

That’s Proverbs 30:5 and how delightful it is to think about.

Not only is the Word of God true but it proves itself true. It ends true and shows its trueness. And then, the second half of the proverb gives us the result: God proves himself a shield. Take refuge in His Words and it is a shield of protection for us. We need not fear tyranny, terror, or anything fearful if we have run to the refuge of weary souls and found it in His Word.

He is a refuge.

He is true.

Be delighted.

-joe

(Our church is currently in a series on the 5 Solas. Right now we are studying Scripture Alone.)

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