Making Disciples of Christ in Ecuador

Thoughts From The Passing of a Sister in Christ

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Just last week we had a funeral for a sister in our church. She had cancer and Christ won. More on this later. During the last several weeks I was privileged to spend some very intimate times with her and her family. One of which was a prayer meeting she wanted to have in the hospital. Around 50 people piled into the ICU room and I was asked to preach a short sermon and lead the prayer time.

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The Unthinkable Made Known: A Reason for Thanksgiving

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Jesus once said about a group of people “they know not what they worship” (John 4:22).  I think this statement holds true for many people.  So many don't really know the god, or even much about him, that they claim to worship.  If a person doesn't know the god they are worshiping, how can they know what pleases him?  Even greater than that, what is this god like?  What is he not like?  Can you even know him?  These are questions that every worshiping person should ask.  If these questions have no answers in the soul of the worshiper then worship will be completely arbitrary to the worshiper.  At best, their worship will be unpleasing to their god.  At worst, their god doesn't exist and it's all just a figment of their imagination.

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Can God Bring Any Good Out of Bad?

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I thought I would share a few thoughts about pain and going through hard times.  The Christian life has suffering and pain in it.  That's just the facts.  A matter of fact, life in general has problems for sinners and saints in this world. Yet, for the Christian there can actually be eternal good come out of it.  I'm going to write a few thoughts about one of the most horrific, seemingly nonredeemable, event in history- the fall of man.  I imagine if God can bring some good out of that, he can bring good out of any trail, temptation, or pain we might go through.  We might not understand it immediatly, but in the end we will understand.

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

You might think that nothing good could have possibly came from the fall but I think different.  I'm not saying that the fall in itself is good, but I'm saying God made good things come out of it.  I believe there are actually aspects of God that were revealed through the fall that Adam and Eve may not have understood like we do.  I'm not saying God couldn't have revealed these things to them somehow without the fall but nevertheless through the fall these things were revealed.

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Holy Wrath

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Holy Wrath

One word in the Greek that is translated wrath is orgē which is pronounced or- gay'. Aristotle said this word means desire with grief. I believe there should be a holy wrath that is stirred up in each Christian as what we call Today passes by. It shouldn't take much to look around and be stirred up by the sinfulness of Christians and the world. We should have a holy wrath or a strong desire with grief building up. Do you have such a desire for Christ that it stirs up grief when you don't see God getting the glory He deserves? We as Christians should have such a strong desire to see Christ glorified. Do we not have the Holy Spirit in us?

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