Psalm 16:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

God's Warth is Coming... Are You Ready?

You had better listen to the words of Jesus, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter, but he that does the will of my father in heaven.” If ye by the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live. If you live after the flesh, you’ll die! The cross does not give us a minor shift or two with regard to a few of our ethical and religious values. The cross radically disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ. And if the cross has not done that, YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN! My Friend face it, young rogue, you’re not a Christian until the cross has radically disrupted the very center and citadel of your life! And brought you from a life of commitment to serve self…What are the focal points of the reign of your self? If you’ve gone to the cross in union with Christ, it’s been shattered!"
- Al Martin

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The last big project - the shower

Lately, I have been trying my hand at putting in a shower - lots of work, in case you were wondering.

First I had to cut out the concrete floor for the new drain line:

Then break up the concrete:

Locate the drain pipe I was needing to connect to:

Cut the drain line for the new drain line junction:
Connect the parts:

Drain pretty much complete:

Then, pour gravel back in:

And concrete it:

Thankfully, the concrete is being covered. I have never poured concrete before, so it doesn't look all that pretty.

In the mean time, I installed the shower internals in the wall (with the help of a plumber friend. I didn't want any leaks):

Soon, this should be a working shower.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

In My Flesh Shall I See God

Job 19:25-27
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another: How my heart yearns within me!

Exodus 24:9-11
Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

Isaiah 6:1-6
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

1 John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

O Beloved, consider the end of the Christian and the glory that awaits when we shall behold the face of our Lord and Savior and we shall be like Him! He is as the clearness of heaven, full of glory and holiness. In Him is no darkness at all and He shines as the sun above. This end have we as Christians, who will shine as the stars (Dan. 12:3) for all of eternity before the Lamb of God! Let us then have hope and purify ourselves (1 John 3:3), pressing on toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. Let us lay aside every weight which hinders us, laying aside every sin which easily besets us and run our race with endurance looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Count it no small thing, my brethren, when the Scripture says, "I shall see God." Long for it as Job, who said his heart yearned for that day.

Revelations 22:12-13
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Soter's Windshield Repair Is Officially in Business

Today, by the mercy of God (long story), I officially started my first company: Soter's Windshield Repair. Soter is Greek for Savior. I have a business base with weekly servicing already set up and the first day was a smashing success (great profit). I intend to work this business only one day a week, although it pays much better than my other jobs. This week, it will have provided nearly 2/3 of my total income with only about 1/5 the total hours worked going towards it.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thought for the Day

"Let this duty of submission be first well learned, and then all other duties will be better performed."

William Gouge, Of Domestical Duties

Here is a challenge, explain the meaning of the following sentence:

"Husbands ought not to exact of their wives, whatsoever wives ought to yield unto if it be exacted."

Friday, December 2, 2011

Seeing the Possibilities

The same place today overlayed:

Doesn't even look like the same place.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Infinite Ocean of Grace for Which to be Thankful

"Now, it is from this infinite ocean of grace that "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16. Only an eternal, essential, fathomless, boundless ocean of grace could provide such a Savior, and such a salvation, and such a heaven from its all-sufficiency and freeness for poor, lost sinners! Truly, He is the "God of all grace." He that gave His only Son, beloved and precious, to suffer and die for His people, is surely prepared, from that sea of infinite grace, as freely and as fully, to give us all other things - from a crust of bread to the banquet of heaven; from a cup of cold water to the ocean fullness of joy that is in his presence and to the rivers of pleasures that are at His right hand."

Our God, Octavious Winslow, pg. 89.

I have lights!Just installed them this afternoon...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Chronicles 16:8-14
"Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth."

Today, I ran the plumbing for the kitchen sink, installed a new drain basket, and connected the water lines so the kitchen sink is finally functional.

I also installed the counter top on this set of cabinets. I cut it out of an island counter top and it actually fit the first time with no adjustments.

And I ran some of the trim. End of work day...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

End of the Day

My Front Door

A quick shot of the front door into my apartment from the outside:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Trim.... Finally

My apartment has come a long way the past few days. I am finally trimming it.

The front door looks a little odd, but that is because it is one half of the original garage door opening. The wall on the left splits it down the middle, and the entrance to the main house is in the other half. once the door is painted and curtains installed, i believe it shall look a little more like a front door instead of a utility door. For memories sake, here is what this used to look like:

Closet door:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Praise is Comely for the Upright

Psalm 33

Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. 

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. 

The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 

The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. 

There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 

Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Things are Happening

My apartment is slowly taking shape. I did my first ever plumbing job the past couple days (all by myself as usual), and after lots of headache trying to get it to actually fit under the cabinet, I now have running water in my little place.

Also, I got a stove hooked up this morning, and I am in the process of making my fist cooked meal here.

And last week I got my refrigerator.

The refrigerator is not actually going there. When all is said and done, that area will be more counter space and shelves.

The best thing of all, I will be hosting my first company tonight for dinner. The Vanie family will be here for dinner. Mrs. Vanie just got out of the US Military this last Wednesday (major multi-month ordeal trying to get an honorable discharge with 3 years left to serve - super amazing miracle testifying that the God of Peter still works today opening the gates of prisons) and they are arriving back here this afternoon. I am very happy that they will be my first guests.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God - A Call to Wonder - Paul Washer

As I watched this clip, I had to think about Psalm 103:11, "For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him." Truly we serve a great and awesome God whose majesty and wonder are beyond comprehension! O dear soul, glorify this God for He alone is worthy of our worship! Psalm 97:9, "For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods."

"But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish." Jeremiah 10:10-15. Fall down and worship, O vain man! Will you stand against this God? Will you only give Him lip service while your heart is far from Him? Or do you not know that the forbearance and goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? but thou, after the impenitence of thy heart storest up for thyself wrath against the day of wrath. Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts! While there is yet time, turn yourself to this God of wonder and Father of Light! Surrender yourself to Him now, while His mercy still stands! There is coming a day when there will be no more grace. In that day, many will come and stand before this thrice holy, almighty God who is worthy of all power, worship, majesty, and honor and will say, Lord, Lord, have we not done many wonderful works in thy name, and cast out demons in thy name? And the Lord, the Christ, the Savior will say, Depart from me ye workers of iniquity, for I never knew you! Oh, dear soul! Will this be the statement that is made to you? If your heart is hard before the Lord, fall on your face now and cry unto the Lord for mercy, and that He would give you a new heart! For today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow, you may be called to stand before Him. And what will you do then if you have not made peace with God before in Christ? It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Knowing therefore the terror of God, we persuade men.

It Will Cost You Everything

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bless the Lord, All Ye People; His Kingdom Ruleth Over All

Psalm 103
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Chris Strevel on 1 Peter

This series by Chris Strevel is a must listen to on the Christian life. This man is definitely one of the greatest preachers I have ever listened to. He is full of the glory of Christ.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jesus Died and Is Now Made the King of Glory

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your heart.

Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven ; but he who doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Have We Lost the Reverance that God Holds for His Word?

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that procedeth out of the mouth of God.

Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.

The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; what wisdom is in them?

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking head thereto according to thy word.

The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

Forever, O Lord thy word is settled in heaven.

Thy word is very pure, therefore thy servant loveth it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Bow and String

As unto the bow, the cord is, so unto the man, his woman. Though she bend him, she obeys him; though she draws him out, yet she follows. Useless each without the other. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

God Dwells in the Lowly and Contrite Heart

Nowhere does it say that some sin loving, careless, slothful, indifferent person to whom you witnessed and induced to say a prayer is inhabited by the living Christ. No, Christ refuses to inhabit any proud in heart person. Some of you who have made many converts need to repent because they have been your converts and not Christ’s converts. You have led many people who are full of themselves, whose arrogancy oozes out of every opening in their lives, and you have led them to think that they have been saved. What a pathetic, tragic, wicked thing to do. If you love souls, you will so elevate the Lord God omnipotent that people learn to fear God and humble themselves before him.  – Richard Owen Roberts

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I've been thinking about movies again... Part 1

Christians are flocking to see the movies with no thought about what God has to say about their entertainment choice. So, looking through the pages of Scripture, does God have anything to say about what we watch on the big screen?

Let's start out on a really easy level and in subsequent posts will get to the central issues of a good film bad film debate.

Comedy films. Films that make you laugh because of the stupidity of the actors. Are these acceptable forms of entertainment? Pro 15:21, "Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom." So when we see a film that is full of "hilarious" folly, films like the Andy Griffith Show, or I Love Lucy included, and we laugh at them, we are saying that we are destitute of wisdom. OUCH!

Atheistic films, polytheistic films, films with a different God and a different law code. "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools...Who changed the truth of God into a lie...And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind." Rom. 1 So this gives a good list of criteria for a film. Does it glorify God? If it doesn't, it is vanity, foolishness, and darkness. Does it operate by the truth of God, or does it exchange God's truth for a lie? Does it retain the knowledge of God? If it doesn't, it is reprobate. OUCH. The film industry in one passage just about got eliminated. Even the Lone Ranger fails this one. It is totally atheistic, problem solving is man-centered, man gets all the glory.

Ok, enough for today. More later.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Another great sermon by Chris Strevel

Chris Strevel preached on the Righteousness of God's Word a week ago at his church in Georgia from Psalm 119. Highly recommend listening to it.

Monday, July 11, 2011

To be a Christian

Even though you may sleep in the garage, it doesn't mean you are a Chevrolet. And just because you go to church does not mean you are a Christian. To be a Christian, you must be born again. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Crucified with Christ

One of my favorite preachers in Chris Strevel from Covenant Presbyterian Church in Buford, GA. Chris is a passionate preacher dedicated to the glory and cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Last evening I listened to Crucified with Christ, an excellent message on the standing of the believer and what it actually means to be a Christian. I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Couple Months of Change...

The Lord has been shaking things up a lot in the last couple months. In February, I moved to Youngsville, NC to help out with the plant of Sovereign Redeemer Community Church from Hope Baptist. The plant took place in March. I am now preparing to move again, although this move has proved to be the hardest, though it is only 15 minutes from my current place of residence. I am actually building my own apartment where I hope to live for the next couple years. It is a great place just 4 minutes from church and in the basement of one of the Lord willing soon to be deacons at Sovereign. I am currently mudding and taping the drywall. The whole project has been a learning experience, as I have torn down walls and built new ones, learned how to run electric (3-way and 4-way switches to boot), insulated, drywalled, etc. I get to learn plumbing as well as I will soon be installing a shower. Here are a couple pictures:

The original finished room before remodeling:

Original garage stall before remodeling:

After removing the garage door:

Walls being framed:

Installing insulation:

Drywalling the dropped ceiling:

Insulated entryway:

Drywalled entryway:

Drywalled living room:

Another change: This is my last week at the NCFIC. The Lord opened the door for me to work for one of the men at Sovereign Redeemer doing auto glass repair, a job which I will start in a week.

So, I will have changed houses twice, changed churches, and changed jobs in the space of a couple months. :-)

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Free Audio - Love the Church!

Well friends, the time has come for another conference announcement! We are in the process of releasing the Love the Church conference for free on the NCFIC website and Sermon Audio. Over the next few days, you should be able to find the whole set available for download.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Engine" of Atheism

The prevalent superstition that men can be educated for good citizenship, or for any other use under heaven, without religion, is as unscientific and unphilosophical as it is irreligious. It deliberately leaves out of view the most essential and controlling elements of human character: that man is constitutionally as religious (that is, loyally or disloyally) as he is rational; that morals are impossible when dissociated from the religious basis out of which they grow; that, as a matter of fact, human liberty and stable republican institutions, and every practically successful scheme of universal education in all past history, have originated in the active ministries of the Christian religion, and in these alone. This miserable superstition rests upon no facts of experience, and, on the contrary, is maintained on purely theoretical grounds in opposition to all the lessons which the past history of our race furnishes on the subject.

It is no answer to say that the deficiency of the national system of education in this regard will be adequately supplied by the activities of the Christian churches. No court would admit in excuse for the diffusion of poison the pleas that the poisoner knew of another agent actively employed in diffusing an antidote. Moreover, the churches, divided and without national recognition, would be able very inadequately to counteract the deadly evil done by the public schools of the State with all the resources and prestige of the government. But more than all, atheism taught in the school cannot be counteracted by theism taught in the Church. Theism and atheism cannot coalesce to make anything. All truth in all spheres is organically one and vitally inseparable. It is impossible for different agencies independently to discuss and inculcate the religious and the purely naturalistic sides of truth respectively. They cannot be separated. In some degree they must recognize each other, and be taught together, as they are experienced in their natural relations.

I am as sure as I am of the fact of Christ's reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social, nihilistic ethics, individual, social, and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.

- A. A. Hodge, Evangelical Theology

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Take the World, But Give Me Jesus

Men fight, bleed, and, yes, even die, for the things of this world. Thousands of hours, years of life are spent trying to increase personal kingdoms and to pursue temporal pleasure. But this is a deceptive world, and when riches are sought for joy, they take it away. When personal kingdoms grow, they leave the receivers empty. Solomon, the preacher, stated, "He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?  The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind? All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness." Ecc 5:10-17

Yes truly, the pursuit of this world is vanity. At the end of the day, when the lover of this world must stand before his maker, what good then shall his riches do him? Yea, they are vanity, blessings stored up for the righteous. Jesus said, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Mat 16:26. And in another place, Solomon says, "Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." Pro 23:5 Thus the lover of this world shall come to a bitter end, and all that he hath sought after to please his soul shall be vanity. The riches of this world can never satisfy, nor can they pay the ransom for man's soul: "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:). Psa 49:6-8.

Is all without hope? Is the ransom of the soul impossible? No, there is great hope for the aimless wanderer who is seeking to find true joy and life, and this is in the most unlikely place - the sacrifice of everything, including his life to serve another Master, one worth more than all the gold and all the silver this world boasts. He is the most wonderful Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. To gain Him is to gain the world and life everlasting. Yet the cost is high. Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Mat 16:24-25 Yes, the price is high. It is the turning from service to the flesh, to the service of a new King. It is the laying down of one's life and all earthly allegiance to do completely the will of another. You must count the cost. Is it a price you are willing to pay? Jesus says, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26-33

Are you willing to stop seeking the pleasure of this world and instead seek the joy of a new life in Christ? Are you willing to be His disciple? Are you willing to give up that which is temporal for that which is eternal? You ask, Is it worth it? The value of the kingdom of heaven is presented by Christ as something so valuable, one would sell all to obtain it. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." Mat 13:44-46

The Lord has laid before all men the call of the gospel to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and to be saved from wrath through Him.  Christ is all satisfying and infinitely worthy and in Him is life everlasting. He calls, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Isa. 55:1-2. And again, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Mat 6:19-21.

Will you not this day seek the true treasure? It is a high price, but it is to small a price to have Jesus. Trust no more in the things of this world, for they shall not avail you. "Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days." Jas 5:1-3 When you stand before God one day, the only thing that will matter is whether you have the true treasure, the Son of God. Repent, turn from your dead works, believe the gospel and find true riches, joy, and life in the Son of God.

I care not then for the things of this world, only give me Jesus, for He is all the world to me. 

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.

Oh, the height and depth of mercy!
Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption,
Pledge of endless life above!

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me,
I can sing though billows roll.


Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Let me view His constant smile;
Then throughout my pilgrim journey
Light will cheer me all the while.


Take the world, but give me Jesus.
In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision,
Face to face my Lord I see.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Abolish the Sunday School

While I don't think we arrived at the same conclusion for exactly the same reason, I definitely agree with the analysis of this Episcopal minister. The New York Times quoted him December 31, 1889 as saying:
“We have no need for Sunday Schools. They are of no benefit to Christianity, and should be done away with. They are only a place where children attend because they are bribed by means of fairs and entertainments.” – Rev. Dr. Pelham Williams

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In Preparation for the Lord's Day - This is the day that the Lord hath made...

"Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
     -    Psalm 118:4-9, 14-24

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Menace of the Religious Movie - Part 9

7. I am against the religious movie because of the harmful effect upon everyone associated with it.

First, the evil effect upon the "actors" who play the part of the various characters in the show; this is not the less because it is unsuspected. Who can, while in a state of fellowship with God, dare to play at being a prophet? Who has the gall to pretend to be an apostle, even in a show? Where is his reverence? Where is his fear? Where is his humility? Any one who can bring himself to act a part for any purpose, must first have grieved the Spirit and silenced His voice within the heart. Then the whole business will appear good to him. "He feedeth on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside." But he cannot escape the secret working of the ancient laws of the soul. Something high and fine and grand will die within him; and worst of all he will never suspect it. That is the curse that follows self-injury always. The Pharisees were examples of this. They were walking dead men, and they never dreamed how dead they were.

Secondly, it identifies religion with the theatrical world. I have seen recently in a Fundamentalist magazine an advertisement of a religious film which would be altogether at home on the theatrical page on any city newspaper. Illustrated with the usual sex-bate picture of a young man and young woman in tender embrace, and spangled with such words as "feature-length, drama, pathos, romance," it reeked of Hollywood and the cheap movie house. By such business we are selling out our Christian separation, and nothing but grief can come of it late or soon.

Thirdly, the taste for drama which these pictures develop in the minds of the young will not long remain satisfied with the inferior stuff the religious movie can offer. Our young people will demand the real thing; and what can we reply when they ask why they should not patronize the regular movie house?

Fourthly, the rising generation will naturally come to look upon religion as another, and inferior, form of amusement. In fact, the present generation has done this to an alarming extent already, and the gospel movie feeds the notion by fusing religion and fun in the name of orthodoxy. It takes no great insight to see that the religious movie must become increasingly more thrilling as the tastes of the spectators become more and more stimulated.

Fifthly, the religious movie is the lazy preacher's friend. If the present vogue continues to spread it will not be long before any man with enough ability to make an audible prayer, and mentality enough to focus a projector, will be able to pass for a prophet of the Most High God. The man of God can play around all week long and come up to the Lord's Day without a care. Everything has been done for him at the studio. He has only to set up the screen and lower the lights, and the rest follows painlessly.

Wherever the movie is used the prophet is displaced by the projector. The least that such displaced prophets can do is to admit that they are technicians and not preachers. Let them admit that they are not God-sent men, ordained of God for a sacred work. Let them put away their pretense.

(A.W. Tozer)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Free Audio! Sufficiency of Scripture 2009

I have some great news! The NCFIC has just released the audio from the Sufficiency of Scripture 2009 conference for free download from the audio resources section of our website. You can access the entire collection here.We are also in the process of making the entire collection free on Sermon Audio here

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I Desire None but Thee

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
- Psalm 73:25-28