Sermon Sunday – Jonathan Edwards – Christian Cautions

June 12, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Christian Cautions

or

The Necessity of Self-Examination

by

 Jonathan Edwards
 (1703-1758)

Dated September 1733.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” — Psalm 139:23, 24


INTRODUCTION

Subject: Persons should be much concerned to know whether they do not live in some way of sin.

This psalm is a meditation on the omniscience of God, or upon his perfect view and knowledge of everything, which the psalmist represents by that perfect knowledge which God had of all his actions, his downsitting and his uprising; and of his thoughts, so that he knew his thoughts afar off; and of his words, “There is not a word in my tongue,” says the psalmist, “but thou knowest it altogether.” Then he represents it by the impossibility of fleeing from the divine presence, or of hiding from him. So that if he should go into heaven, or hide himself in hell, or fly to the uttermost parts of the sea, yet he would not be hid from God. Or if he should endeavor to hide himself in darkness, yet that would not cover him. But the darkness and light are both alike to him. Then he represents it by the knowledge which God had of him while in his mother’s womb, Psa. 139:15, 16, “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret; thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written.” Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Jonathan Edwards – Christian Cautions…

Real Men

April 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design (yes…I know it’s been awhile…) is entitled Real Men. Today, people are bombarded with what advertizers think is a “real man”. The problem is, depending on what the company is selling, the “real man” changes. If the company sells camping supplies, the “real man” is a rugged, outdoorsy type of guy with a flannel shirt and a five-o-clock shadow. If they sell trucks, the “real man” is someone (supposedly like you) who can’t finish the job without the newest $50, 000 truck (how many people can actually afford those?). But the truth is, advertizers don’t know what a “real man” is and they probably don’t care all that much because he won’t make them a ton of money.
 
A real man could be someone rugged with facial hair and it could be someone who drives a truck. A real man is defined, not by what a man has but who he is. According to scripture, a real man is someone who is a godly man. He fears the God of the Bible and obeys His law. He is also a family man. A real man loves his wife like Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5:25). He is not ashamed of this and sees it as a strength and not a weakness. He nutures and protects his family. He doesn’t desert them when things get tough and he doesn’t blame them or take out his frustrations on them. Instead, he does everything he can and sacrifices all that he has to help his family weather the storm. He will give everything for his God, his family, and his friends (in that order). There is nothing so important (sports, work, play, money) that it would cause him to neglect his priorities. He understands that he is raising up the next generation of Christian soldiers and takes that seriously (even though it’s fun). He studies the Bible with them and makes sure that they understand the scriptures the way God meant them. A man doesn’t have to be married or have children to be real. He may not have the familial resposibilities, but he does have resposibilities to God and he takes those to heart as important.
 
The church, the country, and the world all need real men. It is because of a lack of real men that we have many of the issues that we now face. I challenge you this week to take a look at your life and see if you are a real man. If you aren’t a man at all, then I challenge you to find those men in your life who are real and let them know that you appreciate it. If you’re not a real man, then there is still time for you to repent and start living like one…


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