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A Letter to my church on 12/14/12

Dear FBC family and others,
Today is a day of great tragedy. It is hard to imagine the evil that exists in our world, so close by us here, that someone would take the lives of 26 people in an elementary school, most of whom were young children as young as 5 years of age. More details are still left to be communicated.
It is a deep and horrible reminder of the depths of human depravity. Children are the closest thing to innocence in this life. Jesus loved and welcomed children, and even used them as the model of faith for all of us. That anyone could even think of such evil is hard to comprehend.
“Where was God?” many will surely ask. That answer is easy, though hard to understand. God was there with those precious sweet victims whose lives were snatched from them so early. He was there in the school. He was there as they passed on from this temporary and mortal life. Why did he allow this? That is too far beyond me. He doesn’t give us all the answers now in this fallen world, but he does…

Leadership: a Definition

There is much talk about leadership out there, and many different ways to define it.  The best definition I've heard is one of the simplest:

Leadership is influence.

If you are not influencing anyone, regardless of what position or title you hold, you are not leading them.  If you are influencing others, like it or not, you are leading. The level of your influence upon others, and what you are changing them towards, determines the effectiveness of your leadership.  You may use that influence for good or evil, but either way you are leading.

This is true in the church, this is true in your home, and this is true in your business.  Use your leadership wisely and to God's glory.

Why I Love John Owen

"I think truly, that no man preaches that sermon well to others, that doth not first preach it to his own heart.  He who doth not feed on, and digest, and thrive by what he prepares for his people, he may give them poison as far as he knows; for, unless he finds the power of it in his own heart, he cannot have any ground of confidence, that it will have power in the hearts of others." (John Owen, "The Duty of a Pastor").

D L Moody on Christianity vs. Freemasonry

"I do not see how any Christian, most of all a Christian minister, can go into these secret lodges with unbelievers.  They say they can have more influence for good, but I say that they can have more influence for good by staying out of them, and then reproving their evil deeds.  Abraham had more influence for good in Sodom than Lot had.  If twenty-five Christians go into a secret lodge with fifty who are not Christians, the fifty can vote anything they please, and the twenty-five will be partakers of their sins.  They are unequally yoked with unbelievers.  ‘But, Mr. Moody,’ some say, ‘If you talk that way you will drive all the members of secret societies out of your meetings and out of your churches.’  But what if I do?  Better men will take their places.  Give them the truth anyway, and if they would rather leave their churches than their lodges, the sooner they get out of their churches the better. I would rather have ten members who are separated from the world than a thousa…

A powerful account from Church History

According to St. Basil, the early church father, under the persecutions of the emperor Licinius, there were forty Roman soldiers who became Christians.  They were commanded to renounce Christ.  They refused and were condemned by the prefect to be exposed naked upon a frozen pond near Sebaste on a bitterly cold night in hopes that they would reject Christ.  Nearby a hot bath was set up so that if they simply reject Christ, they could get warm and survive.  The men supposedly chanted, “Here die 40 men for Christ.  Here die 40 men for Christ.”
One of the guards set to keep watch over the soldiers watched in astonishment as these men were willing to give it all in order to be faithful to Christ.  Their unity, their faithfulness, their bond together, must have seemed like nothing he had ever seen in this world.  Among the 40 soldiers, one yielded and went to the warm baths.  The soldiers began to chant instead, “Here die 39 men for Christ."  The guard who watched threw off his clothes …

A Poem I wrote for my church for Maundy Thursday

A deep sorrow could be felt in the Upper Room Silent and unspoken it spoke of His doom
Jesus lifted the bread off the table and gave it a tear Around to the disciples he passed it to share
“This is my body, it is broken for you" By His death He is able to make all things new.
Then he took the cup and said with a stare, “This cup is for you,” and he passed it with care.
“It is the sign of a new covenant by my blood shed,” He drank it with us as he lowered his head
With a sense of wonder and awe we all left the table Off to Gethsemane, urging, “Pray while you’re able”
Not long after he would be betrayed by a kiss A devising of Judas straight from the abyss
They chained him and beat him and took him by night We disciples panicked and ran in a cowardly flight
Soon they took him before the Council in an unjust court The verdict was pre-determined and the trial was short
“Off to the Romans,” to make them do the dirt Spoke up Caiaphas the priest with his torn apart shirt
At first Pilate wondered whether th…

A Single Sermon that Changed my Life

"Let Your Passion be Single" by John Piper



To hear it, click HERE

I got it as a free tape when I was in seminary.  I listened to it, and at first was stunned and turned off until I mulled it over again and again.  Now I realize it is the single most important sermon I have ever heard.

Our lack of love leads us to Christ