Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

Not Jesus “the Great”

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Pluralism affirms that every “ism” has its own independent validity and an equal right to our respect. 

It therefore rejects Christian claims to finality and uniqueness, and condemns as sheer arrogance the attempt to convert anybody (let alone everybody) to what it sees as merely our opinions.

How should we respond to the spirit of pluralism? With great humility, I hope, and with no hint of personal superiority. But we must continue to affirm the uniqueness and finality of Jesus Christ. For He is unique in His incarnation (the one and only God-man), unique in His atonement (only He has died for the sins of the world), and unique in His resurrection (only He has conquered death). And since in no other person but Jesus of Nazareth did God first become human (in His birth), then bear our sins (in His death), and then triumph over death (in His resurrection), He is uniquely competent to save sinners. Nobody else possesses His qualifications.

So we may talk about Alexander the Great, Charles the Great and Napoleon the Great, but not Jesus the Great. He is not the Great—He is the only. There is nobody like Him. He has no rival and no successor.

-John Stott, The Radical Disciple 

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Not Quitting My Day Job

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“Lord of all being, throned afar
Thy glory flames from sun and star; center and soul of every sphere,
Yet to each loving heart how near!
Lord of all life, below, above,
Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love, before Thy ever-blazing throne
We ask no luster of our own.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

It’s no secret I love reading, writing, missions, adoption, discipleship and a whole host of other things that I don’t deserve (Gloria Furman once told me, “Life outside of the Garden of Eden is a mercy from God”), but do you know how I fill my week days? Some of you might already know and the rest of you, well, I know you’ve been on pins and needles waiting to hear alllllll about it (please catch the sarcasm).  So wait no longer!

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Monday Morning Munch No. 110 – “You were the very reason I have not been interested in the Gospel…”

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From Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney:

I heard the story of a man who became a Christian during an evangelistic emphasis in a city in the Pacific Northwest. When he told his boss about it, his employer responded with, “That’s great! I am a Christian and have been praying for you for years!”

But the new believer was crestfallen. “Why didn’t you ever tell me you were a Christian? You were the very reason I have not been interested in the Gospel all these years.”

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Do you judge by appearances?

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Do you judge by appearances?

I’m not talking about sizing up a person based on what they’re wearing or what their hair, face or skin looks like, although that can be included. I’m talking about judging your circumstances based on what you see. 

On Sunday, my pastor/boss/second dad preached a stellar message on this and you (yes, you) need to read/listen to/watch it. You can do all of that here. In the meantime, read his introduction below. I promise there is something in there for you.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 101 – A justified lump of unworthiness

“I know that it is to me even to this day the greatest wonder that I ever heard of, that God should ever justify me.

I feel myself to be a lump of unworthiness,
a mass of corruption,
and a heap of sin,
apart from His almighty love.

I know by a full assurance that I am justified by faith which is in Christ Jesus,
and treated as if I had been perfectly just,
and made an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ;

and yet by nature I must take my place among the most sinful.”

— Charles Spurgeon

 

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Monday Morning Munch No. 89 – Memorial Day Reading Suggestion

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I’m beyond excited to inform you that the RTM Magazine (AKA my little baby) is ready for you to download and enjoy! (And since today is Memorial Day, why not read it before you fire up the grill?)

Burt was soaked in sweat from his meth addiction when God saved him.
Joni was only 17 when she was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident.
Mack was on his way to becoming a tennis coach when God called him to preach.
Kevin was a self-proclaimed workaholic when the Lord turned him into a modern day prodigal son.

One thing unites these stories.
Jesus Christ, and Christ alone.

Read these articles and more in the May/June edition of RTM Magazine.

 

As previously shared, the newly redesigned magazines will no longer require a new app download for each issue, but will be accessible within the RTM Magazine app in the Apple Newsstand. If you don’t have an iPad, you can continue downloading the PDF version of the magazine at www.realtruthmatters.com/magazine.

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Mary Kassian on Feminism, God, and Hating the Color Pink

Screenshot 2014.01.21 14.56.37A carpenter’s daughter, Mary rewired the basement when she was just a teenager. Her hobbies included being a tomboy and hating the color pink.

The bottom line is this: Mary Kassian never expected to spend her adult life talking about embracing biblical womanhood.

“Talking womanhood in my younger years would have made me almost puke,” she said with a laugh. “But what I’ve discovered is that womanhood means becoming who God has created you to be, not following a list of what everyone else says. It’s a heart issue, not a list of rules.”

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Redesigned and Ready for Download: March/April RTM Magazine

MARCHMAGWith so very much excitement, it is our joy to announce the newly redesigned March/April RTM Magazine is now available for download in the Apple iPad Newsstand.

The magazines will no longer require a new app download for each issue, but will be accessible within the magazine app in the Newsstand. If you don’t have an iPad, you can continue downloading the PDF version of the magazine at www.realtruthmatters.com/magazine .

For those unfamiliar with the mag, it has a little something for everyone: a Christian living section, a pastors section, a missions section, and much more. This magazine is designed to equip, encourage, challenge and motivate Christ-followers around the world to a greater pursuit of Jesus Christ, who is the Gospel.

We are so grateful for the Lord’s sovereign hand, grace and provision that has called this publication into being and sustains it He sends it to the nations.

The magazine continues to be downloaded around the world and we ask you to join us in prayer for fruit to come in response to the Word of the Lord for the honor and exaltation of Jesus Christ.

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MARCH/APRIL MAGAZINE:

Cockroaches in Uganda.
Prayer in the church.
Gospel for Asia Founder KP Yohannan and his heart for the 10×40 window.
Author and Speaker Mary Kassian and her wisdom for women.
Elisabeth Elliot on reproving and correcting fellow believers.
A massage therapist’s ministry.

These topics and more can be seen in the redesigned March/April RTM Magazine!

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Responding to Four Questions about “Women’s Role in Dating”

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Last week I wrote a blog.

This isn’t unusual. I write them all the time and love to do so. Most of these blogs are publicized journal entries from that day or week or a build up of what God is teaching me and mostly they are published as accountability for myself and then (hopefully) as encouragement to others.

But the crazy thing about last week’s blog is the response it garnered. Instead of my faithful 75ish readers checking it out, I kept getting emails from WordPress saying my stats were “booming” and “going through the roof.” It blows my mind to know that more than 20,000 people came to the blog within four days time.

The Internet is truly remarkable.

However, following a thorough reading of every comment, a challenging and encouraging conversation with my pastor/boss, and seeking our faithful Father, I believe it necessary to write a follow up to “Waiting and Responding: The Role of Women in Dating.

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Frisbees and the Gospel

Using the Word of God to make disciples of all nations? Of course.

Using a frisbee? Um… *crickets*

That’s what these guys did.

Don’t underestimate how your passions can be used for the glory of God and the redemption of the nations.

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