Behold Jesus. Brethren, the people that can go hard after God and make sacrifices like that, the ones that can lay their lives down, that can take the costly path of discipleship, they are the ones that feed on this flow of power from God, through only the beholding of Christ.
We must be global Christians, with a global mission, because our God is a global...– John Stott. Went to the Lord on July 27, 2011 at the age of 90.
Ephesians 1:3-10 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of...
mmmkf: persecution, then revival “China’s youth once trundled across the countryside spreading communism. Now, they’re spreading God’s word.” from NPR: In the Land of Mao, A Rising Tide of Christianity
James 1:2-7 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to...
“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” Jeremiah 12:5 Plow through the storm.
“Some suggest that the purpose of the trial is to endure it. The truth is, we will endure every trial that we encounter one way or the other. We are where we are today because we endured every trial that we thought we would never survive. Everyone endures. Endurance is not the goal, but rather refinement. Everyone faces trials and everyone endures and gets through them, but not everyone is...
“All of us have many lies harbored in our minds and pick up additional lies along the way. If we choose not to cooperate with what God is doing through exposing our false beliefs and seeking His truth, we will remain in bondage. The truth is, we will complete this mind-renewal journey at one of two places; either when we die or when the Lord returns.”
“Any effort to escape sin apart from relying on Christ is self-righteousness. ”
What is the point?
Pointless. What is the Point? Whenever we claim that such and such is pointless.. we are claiming to know better than the God that allowed it. Humility is the point pretty much.
“We cannot have a change of heart about the lies we believe and embrace the truth He has for us, if we are unwilling to look back to what we believe. And everything that we believe is located in the context of experience. Throwing more truth on top of lies will not resolve the problem. We must identify the lies we believe before we can find freedom from them. If what a person means when...
Blessed are the Forgiven.
For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. Psalm 18:28 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. Psalm 18:34 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Psalm 25:15 Be my stronghold as I make war against the flesh and the kingdom of darkness.
“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” Psalm 17:15
Oh Lord, bring restoration to my soul.
He prays to God and finds favor with him, he see God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state. Then he comes to men and says,”I sinned and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved. He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit and I will live to enjoy the light.” Job 33:26-28
Luke 21:26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Luke 21:34-36 Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the...
And he said to the disciples, ”The days are coming when you will desireto see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. Luke 17: 22-23 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe...
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. Psalm 22:27-28
As the deer pants for the water, my soul longs for You As the body dies without water, my soul dies without You They may say, “Come on, get over it Drink, be merry, for tomorrow we die” That’s why I’d rather sit in the house of mourning Than at the table with fools Blessed are the hungry—You said it, I believe it Hunger is an escort into the deeper things of You You satisfy, you satisfy My...
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of...
If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Revelation 13:10 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations. Revelation 2:26 Sustain us Jesus.
mmmkf: ‘oh what peace we often forfeit! oh what...
it would seem that God finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are...– C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory (via parakristin)
Oh Lord, You’re beautiful. Your face is all I seek, and when your eyes are on this child, Your grace abounds to me. I want to take Your Word and shine it all around. But first help me just to live it Lord. And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown. For my reward is giving glory to You.
I had a decidedly bad attitude the other day. In the morning, I was taking a homeless man to a clinic for his bad back and found myself drumming my fingers, thinking, “How late am I going to be to work?” The man called while I was in a meeting at work to have me pick him up and bring him back to his camp and I was thinking, “Great, I’ve interrupted this meeting and now...
by David Wilkerson [May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011] Moses had a disposition like many of us today so there was only one way for him to stay in victory. He continually communed with the Lord: “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend” (Exodus 33:11). I believe the secret to holiness is very simple: Stay close to Jesus! Keep looking into his face, until you...
It's Not About Me: School of Ministry: Some notes... →
chrischoff: Dangers of comfortable Christians and people-pleasers: Christianity as a Theology/World View: The Bible is a set of guidelines, and most parts are generally true, but it was written so long ago and has gone through so many translations and transliterations that it can’t really be relied upon as…
mk: it’s like you got your spiritual teeth checked out at the dentist olive: yeah mk: and you get the procedure list back with all the stuff you have to fix olive: and i have a root canal LOL mk: dude.. root canals are SOOOO symbolic…your tooth is dying and rotting inside olive: amen LOL mk: and to save it, you have to clean out the root and fill it with stronger stuff then the tooth...
Psalms cover a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from heavenly worship to earthly war. Psalms is living a real life in the real world, where two dimensions operate simultaneously: 1) a horizontal or temporal reality, and 2) a vertical or transcendent reality. Without denying the pain of the earthly dimension, the people of God are to live joyfully and dependently on the Person and promises...
Making us like Jesus was God’s plan from the beginning. God ‘predestined’ or...– — Tim Chester You Can Change (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2011), 15
The Christian faith is gospel-driven at its core, with an unfolding drama from...– — Michael Horton The Gospel Commission (Grand Rapids, Mi.: Baker Books, 2011), 144-145
Gospel work has a unique significance in God’s plans for the world. We don’t...– — Colin Marshall and Tony Payne The Trellis and the Vine (Kingsford NSW: Matthias Media, 2009), 139
Learn how to behold Your God. -M
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes - I , and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:25-27
He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light. Job 12:22
Reverend Chu’s 1st Sermon after returning from imprisonment. My first prayer is that I shall be able to defeat the power of death. I am facing death at this point in my life. All life moans before death and everything that breathes trembles and weeps before it. Lord, put Your hands upon me so that I may not give up my faith to save my life out of fear of death. Jesus died on the cross...
Dear brothers and sister, this is not a time for weeping but a time of prayer. ...– The wife of Reverend Chu during his funeral.
“What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention, that you examine him every morning and test him every moment?” Job 7:17-18 “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.” Revelation 3:19
<a href=”http://redmountainmusic.bandcamp.com/track/psalm-126” _mce_href=”http://redmountainmusic.bandcamp.com/track/psalm-126”>Psalm 126 by Red Mountain Music</a>
theliliesofthefield: “I have come with one purpose To captures for myself a bride By my life she is lovely And by my death she is justified I have always been her husband Though many lovers she has known So with water I will wash her Oh and by my Word alone When you hear the sound of the water You will know that you are not alone Cause I haven’t come for only you But for my people to...
Revelation 6:15 (15) And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, New King James Version Change Bible versions The effect of these cosmic signs from God is to produce terror in earth’s populace, triggering humanity’s strong drive to preserve...
“Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17
The gospel breaks down our internal infrastructures, giving us freedom.