Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield – Parting with Christ for the Pleasures of Life

July 31, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Folly and Danger of parting with Christ for the Pleasures and Profits of Life


by


George Whitefield


(1714-1770)

Matthew 8:23-34 – “And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to [him], and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought [him] that he would depart out of their coasts.” Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield – Parting with Christ for the Pleasures of Life…

Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield

April 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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The Duty of searching the Scriptures
by
George Whitefield
(1714-1770)

John 5:39 – “Search the Scriptures.”

When the Sadducees came to our blessed Lord, and put to him the question, “whose wife that woman should be in the next life, who had seven husbands in this,” he told them “they erred, not knowing the scriptures.” And if we would know whence all the errors, that have over-spread the church of Christ, first arose, we should find that, in a great measure, they flowed from the same fountain, ignorance of the word of God.

Our blessed Lord, though he was the eternal God, yet as man, he made the scriptures his constant rule and guide. And therefore, when he was asked by the lawyer, which was the great commandment of the law, he referred him to his Bible for an answer, “What readest thou?” And thus, when led by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil, he repelled all his assaults, with “it is written.”

A sufficient confutation this, of their opinion, who say, “the Spirit only, and not the Spirit by the Word, is to be our rule of action.” If so, our Savior, who had the Spirit without measure, needed not always have referred to the written word.

But how few copy after the example of Christ? How many are there who do not regard the word of God at all, but throw the sacred oracles aside, as an antiquated book, fit only for illiterate men? Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – George Whitefield…

Peace on Earth

January 8, 2011 at 2:11 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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The Christmas season is winding down (for me it really isn’t over til after the new year) and, in an effort to keep from completely ruining your Christmas joy, I’ve held onto this until after the holiday was over. I also wanted to see what everyone said during the week leading up to Christmas. I have been thinking more (wait! don’t go yet…) and there have been a few loose threads that I’ve been following. Oddly enough, when I began to think about the threads, they all seem to be interconnected. I’m going to go through them and would love to hear your thoughts on these different topics.

One of the things that I’ve been thinking about comes from the songs that I’ve heard played over the Christmas holiday season. Things that talk about goodwill, peace on earth, and kindness. One that I heard very often throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas was the song Do They Know It’s Christmas Time At All. In case you haven’t heard it (although there are a number of remakes on Youtube), here is the original:

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Two Kingdoms

July 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Growing up, I always loved the stories of knights and dragons and damsels. It was a great thing to imagine being a warrior defending the kingdom from evil; whether that evil was an ogre, a greedy courtesan, or a marauding band of mercenaries. To go out and save a princess was always a promising quest. As I’ve grown up, I’ve realized that there aren’t any dragons (anymore), that ogres don’t exist (at least not the fairy tale ones), and that most “princesses” today are in the “towers” they’re in because they want to be there and really don’t want to be rescued. There is however a wisp of my childhood imaginations that still lingers. I am a citizen of a kingdom and so are you. As a matter of fact, there are only two kingdoms in existence and you are part of one or the other. Continue Reading Two Kingdoms…

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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