May 20, 2017

Some zentangle

May 7, 2017

LiveStream

My wife was home sick, so I set my phone up on the lectern during the service... Horrible angle for the camera... but the sound was OK. I don't start preaching until 38:47.


April 3, 2017

these people are the Christians, and I am one of them

Quote from last week's sermon...

(A letter from Cyprian to his friend Donatus.)
"this is a cheerful world indeed as I see it from my fair garden, under the shadow of my vines. But if I could ascend some high mountain, and look out over the wide lands, you know very well that I should see: brigands on the highways, pirates on the seas, armies fighting, cities burning, in the amphitheaters men murdered to please applauding crowds, selfishness and cruelty and misery and despair under all roofs. It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a company of quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not: they are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are the Christians,—and I am one of them."
I found this quote in the book,
Christ Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in Philippians by Tony Merida and Francis Chan

March 4, 2017

none of your trials can prove you to be a lost man

"Certain of my brethren are frequently in trouble. Their whole life is a floundering out of one slough of despond into another. You have had many losses in business -- nothing but losses perhaps; you have had many crosses, disappointments, bereavements; nothing prospers with you ... it is no sign, beloved, that you are not a child of God ... remember that none of your trials can prove you to be a lost man."
Charles Spurgeon, as quoted by Zack Eswine in the book, Spurgeon's Sorrows

February 24, 2017

How far?

Every generation of Christian must face the question, “How far should I accept and adopt contemporary standards and practices? On the one hand, the Christian must not deny his faith. On the other, he must not deny his membership of society. The cause of Christ is not served if Christians appear as a group of old-fashioned people trying to retreat from the real world. Christians in fact live in the same world as their neighbors, and face the same problems. 
Leon Morris, Tyndale New Testament Commentary Series: Revelation, pg 71-72

plod on

For a whole lifetime...
In the Christian life there are two essentials, the ability to make the clear-cut decision at the crucial moment and the ability to plod on ... on the the Christian way for a whole lifetime.
William Barclay, Letters to the Seven Churches, pg 77