Friday, October 28, 2011

What to do When the Devil Accuses You

I read this quote from Martin Luther today and found it a very powerful tonic against the devil's devices. Evil is powerful in this world, but in the light of Jesus Christ who lived, suffered, died, and was raised again from the dead it becomes utterly impotent! May we learn to use this fact as a weapon in spiritual war. 

"So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: 'I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where he is there I shall be also!'"
--- Martin Luther

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Michael Buble--Always on My Mind

I've always loved this song. I first heard it sung by Willie Nelson but I like Michael Buble's version best. Hope you like it too!

Ray Comfort's "180"--Shocking Video but Worth the Time

A good friend of mine forwarded this link to me today. The video is about 33 minutes long but well worth the watch. It's about Hitler, the holocaust, and the modern response to it.

Sermon Audio from Bethlehem Baptist Church

Here's the link to the audio of my sermon at Bethlehem Baptist Church from a couple weeks ago. I thought about copying the text here but (1) sermons are meant to be read rather than heard and (2) some of what I actually say when I'm preaching isn't on the text I write for myself. So with that, if you're interested, here's a sermon on Psalm 112 and the joy of fearing God.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Mark Cavendish wins Cycling World Championship

I'm a bit late on this as it happened a couple of weeks ago, but the winner of the final major pro cycling event of the year is...

Mark Cavendish!

He is without doubt the fastest man in the world this year. No one has been able to beat him on a consistent basis. Just in case you're interested, here's the You Tube video of the last 5 kilometers or so.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Free through Suffering

  My best friend and wife of almost 20 years--only a month away now!--sent me a devotional today from Streams in the Desert that really blessed me so I thought I'd share it with you all as well. I pray that the Lord will speak to you through this word. 

Free Through Suffering

"Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress" (Ps. 4:1).
This is one of the grandest testimonies ever given by man to the moral government of God. It is not a man's thanksgiving that he has been set free from suffering. It is a thanksgiving that he has been set free through suffering: "Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress." He declares the sorrows of life to have been themselves the source of life's enlargement.
And have not you and I a thousand times felt this to be true? It is written of Joseph in the dungeon that "the iron entered into his soul." We all feel that what Joseph needed  for his soul was just the iron. He had seen only the glitter of the gold. He had been rejoicing in youthful dreams; and dreaming hardens the heart. He who sheds tears over a romance will not be most apt to help reality; real sorrow will be too unpoetic for him. We need the iron to enlarge our nature. The gold is but a vision; the iron is an experience. The chain which unites me to humanity must be an iron chain. That touch of nature which makes the world akin is not joy, but sorrow; gold is partial, but iron is universal.
My soul, if thou wouldst be enlarged into human sympathy, thou must be narrowed into limits of human suffering. Joseph's dungeon is the road to Joseph's throne. Thou canst not lift the iron load of thy brother if the iron hath not entered into thee. It is thy limit that is thine enlargement. It is the shadows of thy life that are the real fulfillment of thy dreams of glory. Murmur not at the shadows; they are better revelations than thy dreams. Say not that the shades of the prison-house have fettered thee; thy fetters are wings--wings of flight into the bosom of humanity. The door of thy prison-house is a door into the heart of the universe. God has enlarged thee by the binding of sorrow's chain. --George Matheson
If Joseph had not been Egypt's prisoner, he had never been Egypt's governor. The iron chain about his feet ushered in the golden chain about his neck.--Selected