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Monday Morning Munch No. 69 – Why is it that some Christians…?

My sweet friend Betty (check out her awesome blog here) posted this quote from my old friend (in my heart) Charles Spurgeon and I’ve been thinking about it ever since:

 

“Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .” -Charles Spurgeon

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Monday Morning Munch No. 66 – One Question

Do you believe that all the blessings you need are in Christ?

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My pastor posed this question to our church yesterday, and now I pose it to you (and myself once again).

Do you really believe that all the blessings you need are in Christ?

If so, why are you looking to that person for approval, validation, value and acceptance?

Why do you think that job is going to balance some internal off-kilter thirst for satisfaction?

Why do you think that paycheck or purchase will make you happy?

Why do you live like your performance dictates your worth?

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A Letter to Students on their First Day of College

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To students on their first day of college:

Embrace this season of your life. Don’t waste it. This is a defining season, one unlike any other time, so take advantage of all the opportunities this season brings and enjoy every single moment. Again, don’t waste this season, use it to make an eternal impact on the world.

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it's the best.

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it’s the best.

Make lasting friendships. That means hanging around people who will be there for you, who will love you, help you, speak truth to you and who, ultimately, you want to be defined as. It’s true that you become like who you hang around, so choose wisely.  

Be a friend. More than getting friends for your own benefit, seek to improve the lives of everyone you meet. Toss stereotypes out the window and be a friend to the friendless, to the one who can’t do anything for you and to the ones you don’t like. You’ll mature through the process and make a difference in countless lives.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 47 – Jesus had Compassion

Compassion = a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

“He was moved with compassion.” -Matthew 9:36

Charles Spurgeon delivered a message titled “The Compassion of Jesus” that was published on December 24, 1914.

I read it on Saturday.

My heart nearly burst.

The first page of notes from reading the sermon.

The first page of notes from reading the sermon.

Here are some quotes from the sermon that I believe will encourage, energize and excite you, but I recommend reading it all. It. is. so. good.

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He Didn’t Spare Him

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
—Romans 8:32

God didn’t spare His Son anything.

He didn’t spare Him as Jesus, the Creator, became the created.
He didn’t spare Him as He was wrapped in sin-ridden flesh and entered into a sinful woman’s womb.
He didn’t spare Him as He died to His right to glory every minute that He walked this dirty earth.
He didn’t spare Him of scoffers, backbiters, haters and evil men.
He didn’t spare Him of sweating thick drops of blood in the Garden while thinking about the death that awaited Him.
He didn’t spare Him of treason as one of His disciples, one of His best friends, betrayed and sold Him for 30 pieces of silver.
He didn’t spare Him as stood before Pilate and the crowds demanded that a murderer be released rather than the sinless Messiah.
He didn’t spare Him as He was tied to an often deadly whipping post and beaten with cat and nine tails until His flesh ripped off.
He didn’t spare Him as the Roman soldiers mocked the great King and pushed a crown of thorns deep on His head.
He didn’t spare Him as the cruel soldiers kicked and spit on the One who was at that very moment sustaining their lives and giving them breath.
He didn’t spare Him as His bloody and battered body was knocked to the ground and loaded with a splintered and weighty cross.
He didn’t spare Him as He was nailed to a tree He created.
He didn’t spare Him as He took on the excruciating weight of the world’s sins.
He didn’t spare Him as He poured the full cup of His hatred, fury and wrath, the wrath we deserved, upon Him.
He didn’t spare Him as He, the Father, turned His face away and forsook His only Son, pleased to crush Him.
He didn’t spare Him.

Why? So we could have access to Him. So He could spare us nothing but His love. Nothing but His grace. Nothing but His infinite and total mercy.

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What Jesus Demands from the World – Always Pray and Never Give Up

The following six quotes are from John Piper’s What Jesus Demands from the World, available for free download here

May they lead us to a deeper view of God’s heart and a greater understanding of the staggering and spectacular gift called prayer. 

 

“Prayer glorifies God because it puts us in the position of the thirsty and God in the position of the all-supplying fountain.”

“Prayer is designed as a way of relating to God, so that it is clear we get the help and He gets the glory.”

“Everything [Jesus] taught us was aimed to free us from eternal-joy-killers and fill us with the only joy that lasts–joy in God.”

“Will a father give a son a stone if he asks him for bread? No. But neither will he give him bread if it’s moldy. He may give him cake. Sometimes God’s answers will overwhelm us with their excess. Other times they taste more like medicine than food and will test our faith that this medicine is really what we need.”

“The implication for prayer is: treasure God, and all that He will be for you, in prayer; but do not treasure the praise of man. And most of all do not turn a God-treasuring act of prayer into a man-treasuring act of hypocrisy.”

“Prayer has nothing to do with deserving. It’s all mercy. We pray for ourselves because we are weak.”

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True Beauty Lesson Outline 5 – Respecting Authority Part Two

True Beauty, Wednesday June 29, 2011, Respecting Authority Part Two

Prayer

Memory Verse- 1 Peter 2:18

Recap:

What does it mean to respect your parents?

  • To love them enough to obey them, even when it’s hard.

We watched two videos- what were they?

Why did we watch them?

What team are our parents on?

When are we to obey them? When it’s fair?

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Nothing can separate us

 

 

 

So thankful for this. Despite my sin, failures, control-struggle, and my own flesh, nothing can separate me from God because His love doesn’t depend on me! Thank You, God, for Jesus’ perfect work on the cross.

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My Prayer

“Grant, O Lord my God, that I may never fall away in success or in failure; that I may not be prideful in prosperity nor dejected in adversity. Let me rejoice only in what unites us and sorrow only in what separates us. May I strive to please no one or fear to displease anyone except Yourself. May I seek always the things that are eternal and never those that are only temporal. May I shun any joy that is without You and never seek any that is beside You. O Lord, may I delight in any work I do for You and tire of any rest that is apart from You. My God, let me direct my heart towards You, and in my failings, always repent with a purpose of amendment.” –St. Thomas Aquinas

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Monday Morning Munch No. 30 – Call and Response

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Jesus: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)

Us:

“I’ll take that under consideration.”

Every call demands a response.

Jesus’ command is to go. Most of the time our response is to sit.

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