A Sentry At The Gate of Heaven

September 30, 2008

“Ye must be born again.”

angelThis declaration stands like a sentry at the gate of heaven, thrusting the bayonet in the way to show that, however amiable, moral, upright, and excellent those may be who seek to enter there, they must be born again.

“Ye must be born again.”

Ye dignitaries of the church, ye senators of the nation, ye who wear imperial crowns, and ye who don your  coronets, ye must be born again.

Ye who have been brought up and dandled upon the knees of piety, ye who have not only offended against the law, ye who have been in your houses a joy and in the world a delight, ye must be born again. It mattereth not who ye are; if ye are born of woman, how can that be clean which cometh of the unclean?

Ye must be passed out of the flesh into the spirit, and this must be the work of God himself, or it is nothing worth. It must be a supernatural change, above and beyond all the strugglings and the strivings of the creature. It must be the display of the eternal power of the Holy Spirit, or else where God is you cannot come.

Happy should you be, my brethren and sisters, who trust that you have a share in this unutterably precious privilege! “Of his own will begat he you.” You are twice born. You are God’s children with an emphasis which belongs most to other men. You, though you were dead, are now alive. Though you were carnal you have been spiritualized. Though you were far off, you have been brought nigh; and this is due to the sovereign will of God alone.

Bless him, bless him, and humble your hearts before him.

(From Regeneration by C. H. Spurgeon)


e-Resource Tip: BibleShared.com

September 29, 2008

bibleshared1 I recently discovered a free on-line Bible reading program called BibleShared that I have really grown to appreciate for a number of reasons. Reason first: Simplicity. This is not to say that it is in anyway minimalistic, in fact the opposite is true- BibleShared has a full set of Bible reading features but with all the unnecessary components striped out. For example, with BibleShared you can write notes in the “margin” using a link provided in each verse, share those notes with a whole group or just a select few, and see what other people are reading and writing about.

Reason next: There are only two Bible translation options to read from – KJV and NASB. Like I said, the focus of BibleShared is on Bible reading.

This brings me to final reason I’ve grown to appreciate BibleShared more than any other on-line Bible reading program- its reading progress tracker. The progress tracker is simple, elegant, and robust and allows you to easily track both your digital and  off-line Bible reading progress.

C.H. Spurgeon once said “The whole book is about Him. Look for him on every page. He is there. If you fail to see Him there, you need to read that page again”, BibleShared is one digital tool that can help you do just that.


The Pharisee Card

September 21, 2008

Pharisee Card Those who play the Pharisee Card hope to dismiss Christians…as ultra-conservative doctrinal purists with no love for the lost. But like a fifth Ace up the sleeve, the Pharisee Card is a cheat.

Those who play it ignore the real errors of the real Pharisees. They wrongly apply the name to those who stand in the way of false teaching, compromising change and a watered-down gospel. In the end, The Pharisee Card amounts to nothing more than name-calling.  And, like the Race or Gender Cards are in politics, in the Church, the Pharisee Card is always the sign of a losing hand.

(Source: Playing the Pharisee Card from the New Issues, Etc.™ Journal)


Smelly Fruit

September 14, 2008

Rowan Williams The Church of England under the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, tomorrow will officially apologize to Charles Darwin for misunderstanding his theory of evolution.

Dr. Williams, you may recall, is the same person who feels that gay sexual relationships can “reflect the love of God”, endorsed a “radical retelling of the Scriptures “Bible” “translation”, described the birth of Christ as a myth, led the Anglican Communion into schism, and backs instituting Sharia law in England. In a bizarre way, given Dr. Williams’ intellectual and theological resume, the apology to C. Darwin seems unremarkable.

Well, in an attempt to be charitable, Dr. Williams’ fruit seems a bit…smelly.


Another False Convert

September 13, 2008

If this article is accurate, it appears Ray Boltz publicly announced he is a false convert who has never known Jesus Christ.


Sin Has A Pay Day

September 8, 2008

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The Crucified Life

September 8, 2008

One time a young man came to an old saint who taught the deeper life, the crucified life, and said to him, “Father, what does it mean to be crucified?”

The old man thought for a moment and said, “‘Well, to be crucified means three things. First, the man who is crucified is facing only one direction.”

If he hears anything behind him he can’t turn a round to see what’s going on. He has stopped looking back. The crucified man on the cross is looking in only one direction and that is the direction of God and Christ and the Holy Ghost and the direction of Biblical revelation and the direction of world evangelization and the direction of the edifying of the church, the direction of sanctification and the direction of the Spirit filled life.

And the old man scratched his scraggly gray hair and said, “One thing more, son, about a man on a cross–he’s not going back. “

The fellow going out to die on the cross doesn’t say to his wife, “Good-by, honey, I’ll be back shortly after five. ” When you go out to die on the cross you bid good-by-you’re not going back! If we would preach more of this and stop trying to make the Christian life so easy it’s contemptible we would have more converts that would last. Get a man converted who knows that if he joins Jesus Christ he’s finished, and that while he’s going to come up and live anew, as far as this world is concerned he’s not going back–then you have a real Christian indeed.

The old man went on, “Another thing about the man on the cross, son; he has no further plans of his own.”

Somebody else made his plans for him, and when they nailed him up there all his plans disappeared. On  the way up to the hill he didn’t see a friend and say, “Well, Henry, next Saturday about three I’ll come by and we’ll go fishing up on the lake.” He was going out to die and he had no plans at all.

It is beautiful to say “I am crucified with Christ, ” and know that Christ is making your plans.

(Excerpt from Total Commitment to Christ by A. W. Tozer)