Absolute Abandonment

“God’s sacred intent for us goes far beyond just saving sex until marriage, wearing one-piece swimsuits instead of skimpy string bikinis, or idolizing Christian bands instead of secular ones.  It is not just making sure we tack on some Christian morality to our self-indulgent lives.

His sacred intent for you and for me is nothing short of absolute abandonment to Jesus Christ, entire separation from the pollution of the world, and ardent worship of our King with every breath we take.”

Leslie Ludy

Published in: on June 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm  Comments (2)  

Why Come to the Cross?

“Why should a person come to the Cross?  Why should a person embrace death with Christ?  Why should a person be willing to go in identification down to the cross and into the tomb and up again.  I’ll tell you why.  Because it’s the only way that God can get glory out of a human being.

 There is only one reason for you to go to the Cross, dear young person.  That’s because until you come to the place of union with Christ in death, you are defrauding the Son of God of the glory that He could get out of your life.  And until you have understood the sanctifying work of God by the Holy Ghost taking you into union with Christ in death, and burial, and resurrection, you have to serve in what you have, and all you have is that which is under the sentence of death – human personality, and human nature, and human strength and human energy.  And God will get no glory out of that.

So the reason for you to go to the Cross isn’t that you are going to get victory—you will get victory.  It isn’t because you are going to have joy – you will have joy.  But the reason for you to embrace the Cross and press through until you know that you can testify with Paul “I am crucified with Christ,” isn’t what you are going to get out of it, but what He will get out it, for the glory of God.” 

-Paris Reidhead

Published in: on June 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm  Comments (1)  

The Glory of God

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O, complacent Church, will you remain deaf to the pounding cry to glorify Christ, the slain Lamb and Risen King?

Disinterested, dispassionate, disengaged Christian–will you close your senses to the overwhelming flood of the glory of God? 

Will you get on your knees, and beg unmerited forgiveness of your Holy Lord, that you might be restored unto Him?

Will you yet seek your own happiness over the eternal joy of giving up all for the Master?

Will this not stir up a holy fire in your soul?

Published in: on May 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s all in our heads…………..

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”

Yogi Berra

Published in: on May 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

What is worship?

Archbishop William Templeton: 

“Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God.
It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, nourishment of mind by His truth, purifying of imagination by His beauty, opening of the heart to His love, and submission of will to His purpose.

And all this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.” 
That’s what it’s all about!  I challenge you all to read this and chew on it, and then employ it next Sunday.  Actually, don’t wait until then; employ it as you study His word, and in every spare moment you have to worship our Father, think about this.  What does it mean to worship?  How is every part of our being engaged in the act of worship?  How does worship work both for my good and God’s glory? 
Think on Jesus’ faithfulness, love, justice, mercy, glory, compassion, sovereignty, patience, kindness, etc., and you will want to worship!  Read His word, contemplate His majesties, and you will grow in your comprehension of His greatness, even though you are just skimming the top of His wonders.   How can we be depressed or worried when we serve such an mind-blowing Lord?
Let’s worship Jesus with every breath today!


Published in: on September 17, 2008 at 9:05 am  Comments (4)  

Quote of the Day

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.  It has been found difficult, and left untried…”

G.K. Chesterton

Published in: on August 13, 2008 at 6:28 am  Leave a Comment