Last year, it was Haiti…this year we’ll be a mere 119 miles away in Jamaica. This Sunday, we are taking 19 people (13 high school students, 5 leaders, 1 local expert) to Annotto Bay, Jamaica to support the Annotto Bay Gospel Chapel with some building projects and hopefully help with evangelism in the local area. The team […]Read More Jamaica 2014… T-Minus 2 days!
This morning I was in Exodus 29 – God specifying how his priests were to be consecrated/set apart/purified. It’s amazing the theme of blood cleansing from sin – to see that throughout the Old and New Testaments – but that’s not really what jumped out. God specifies that sin offerings are to be made outside […]Read More Going Outside the Camp
As I was meeting with another fellow this morning for discipleship, prayer, fellowship and food (some of my very favorite things!) – something in a book we were going thru together really struck me. We have been working thru “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper. He has a very helpful section to understand Romans […]Read More What is “more than a conqueror?”
Well…the Bible says it’s really important… Isaiah 64:5b says this: You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? God meets those who joyfully do things that are […]Read More How Important Is Joy?
So, as I was thumbing through one of my other Bibles this morning in search of a different translation of a verse, I noticed a bulge of papers in the front cover. I found a a chapter of a book that someone had copied for me a few years back. That person was Camlon Rooke, […]Read More Endurance
Still totally digging Bryan Chappell’s “Christ Centered Worship” — in it he has a chapter on “Christ Centered Sermons” which I’ll probably go back to about 103 times. Some good nuggets this AM, but here is one thought that really stuck out — …people are not tempted by what they have no desire to do. […]Read More The power to live a Godly life: Love for Christ
John 6:44 says: “No one comes to me unless the Father who sent me draws him…” John Piper had a great sermon on this that I will link to on my blog for future reference…or encouragement. Excerpt From His Commentary: This is in absolutely, totally, and undoubtedly not in any conflict whatsoever with your coming […]Read More John 6:44 and Calvinism and Free Will
OK kids…LOTS to get to today, and there is ANOTHER session tonight, so we’ll start with what’s happened so far. Mmmkay? Let’s start with worship, shall we? Pat Sczebel led us in an amazing time of worship, including: How Great Thou Art (Traditional, yet…rocked) What Can I Do The Greatest of All Completely Done In […]Read More WorshipGod09 – Day 2 – Part 1
Wow. wow. wOw. WOW. First, this place is amazing. Thank you Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Grace for hosting this tremendous event. Thank you for being so humble and friendly and sharing the love of God – it is felt thruout. Second, worship this evening was absolutely amazing. I joked with my friend Pat before the […]Read More WorshipGod09 – Day 1 – Part 2
I’ve just started digging into Piper’s “God is the Gospel.” I got it for Christmas…yes…I’m aware it’s JULY, but I have a lot of good books to get thru. I love Amazon’s “Wish List”…when birthdays or Christmas roll around, my family just checks the list and picks a book. Sweeeet. Piper poses a few pointed […]Read More Please stop beating around the bush, Pastor Piper