Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon Remembrance of Christ

May 29, 2011 at 7:51 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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A Sermon

Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 7th, 1855, by the

REV. C. H. Spurgeon

At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.

“This do in remembrance of me.”—1 Corinthians 11:24.

It seems, then, that Christians may forget Christ. The text implies the possibility of forgetfulness concerning him whom gratitude and affection should constrain them to remember. There could be no need for this loving exhortation, if there were not a fearful supposition that our memories might prove treacherous, and our remembrance superficial in its character, or changing in its nature. Nor is this a bare supposition: it is, alas, too well confirmed in our experience, not as a possibility, but as a lamentable fact. It seems at first sight too gross a crime to lay at the door of converted men. It appears almost impossible that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the dying Lamb should ever forget their Ransomer; that those who have been loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God, should ever forget that Son; but if startling to the ear, it is alas, too apparent to the eye to allow us to deny the fact. Forget him who ne’er forgot us! Forget him who poured his blood forth for our sins! Forget him who loved us even to the death! Can it be possible? Yes it is not only possible, but conscience confesses that it is too sadly a fault of all of us, that we can remember anything except Christ. The object which we should make the monarch of our hearts, is the very thing we are most inclined to forget. Where one would think that memory would linger, and unmindfulness would be an unknown intruder, that is the spot which is desecrated by the feet of forgetfulness, and that the place where memory too seldom looks. I appeal to the conscience of every Christian here: Can you deny the truth of what I utter? Do you not find yourselves forgetful of Jesus? Some creature steals away your heart, and you are unmindful of him upon whom your affection ought to be set. Some earthly business engrosses your attention when you should have your eye steadily fixed upon the cross. It is the incessant round of world, world, world; the constant din of earth, earth, earth, that takes away the soul from Christ. Oh! my friends, is it not too sadly true that we can recollect anything but Christ, and forget nothing so easy as him whom we ought to remember? While memory will preserve a poisoned weed, it suffereth the Rose of Sharon to wither. Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon Remembrance of Christ…

Newslinks 08/29/10

August 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Ministry Blasts ‘Gross Misrepresentation’ of Creation Museum
The Creation Museum issued a response this week refuting much of the critiques that were made in a recent LiveScience article, including the claim that non-Christians are unwelcome.

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Newslinks 07/25/10

July 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Ahead of Key Kabul Meeting, Clinton Woos Pakistan With Aid, But Wants More Counter-Terror Measures
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– Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s plans to reconcile with elements among the Taliban will take center stage in Kabul Tuesday, when the world’s foreign ministers meet to discuss the country’s future…

Maryland Becomes Second State to Offer Federally Funded Abortions under Obamacare
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– Maryland will join Pennsylvania as the second state to use federal tax dollars to pay for abortions under the new health care law signed by President Barack Obama in March, according to information released by Maryland’s State Health Insurance Plan…

New Regulations Outline Content, Transmission Standards for Every Americans’ Electronic Health Records
(CNSNews.com) – New regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday outline federal standards for the electronic health records that every American must have by 2014…

Obama to GOP: Restore Unemployment Benefits Now
Washington (AP) –
President Barack Obama took aim at Republican lawmakers Monday, accusing them of holding the public hostage to Washington politics by blocking extended unemployment benefits for millions of out of work Americans…

Pro-Lifers Win a Round in Health Care Overhaul
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Abortion foes have scored a victory and traditional allies of the Obama administration are grumbling about a decision to ban most abortion coverage in insurance pools for those unable to purchase health care on their own… Continue Reading Newslinks 07/25/10…

Newslinks 07/11/10

July 11, 2010 at 11:55 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Reformed churches merger approved
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When is someone brain dead?
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Joni Eareckson Tada Not Shaken by Breast Cancer
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Newslinks 05/09/10

May 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Ex-Muslim: Obama’s Soft Strategy Hurting Oppressed Christians
President Obama is hurting persecuted Christians worldwide by failing to speak up for them, says a well-known convert who lives under police protection in Europe.

Bombers Target Iraqi Christian Students, Injure Dozens

WARC Condemns Growing Anti-Christian Violence in India

Ariz. Gov. Modifies Immigration Law after Criticism

Christian Archaeologist Casts Further Doubt on Ark ‘Discovery’

James Dobson to Return with Same Bold Approach

Americans Sick and Tired of Motorized Transportation, Transportation Secretary Says
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– “People are sick of being stuck in traffic, stuck in their automobiles, and we want to help communities and neighborhoods that want more walking paths or biking paths — more transit,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told CNSNews.com.

Authorities Cautious About Linking Terror Groups to Failed Times Square Car Bombing
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U.S. Fails to Stick Up for Victims of Religious Violence in Nigeria and Elsewhere, Commission Finds
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– The Obama administration is failing to talk about — and stick up for — religious freedom around the world, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “Presidential references to religious freedom have become rare, often replaced at most with references to freedom of worship,” said USCIRF Chairman Leonard Leo, announcing the release of the 2010 commission report. “The same holds true for many of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speeches.”

Attack Highlights Unrelenting Plight of Iraq’s Christians
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– Iraq’s embattled Christian minority came under attack again on Sunday, when a double bombing near the northern city of Mosul targeted a convoy of buses carrying Christian students, injuring scores of them. The attack occurred near a checkpoint manned by U.S. and Iraqi soldiers as well as troops from the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region. More than a dozen Christians in Iraq have died violently since the beginning of 2010, the National Council of Churches in the U.S. said in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week.

FEMA Yet to Be Deployed to Gulf Region as Oil Washes Ashore, Florida Declares Emergency
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Sunday’s Newslinks 01/24/10

January 24, 2010 at 9:36 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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4 More Malaysian Churches Attacked; 1 Vandalized
Three more churches in Malaysia were targets of arson Sunday and another was vandalized in the latest wave of attacks on the country’s Christian minority.

 

Ugandan Lawmaker Refuses to Withdraw Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Aid Groups Urge Int’l Community to Help Sudan Keep the Peace

Prison Fellowship: High Rape Rate of Juveniles Unacceptable

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Southern Baptist President’s Surgery Went ‘Great,’ Says Family

Tens of Thousands Sign Petition Urging Holder to Move KSM Trial from New York
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– More than 60,000 people, including members of Congress and three former presidential candidates, have signed a petition calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to move the trial of Khalid Shiekh Mohammed (or KSM) from New York City to a military tribunal.
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One Blood

December 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I’ve been pondering something that I’ve seen happen a lot since I’ve been alive and it’s increased lately with the new president and administration. When America was founded, it was founded as a haven for Christians. Because of its Christian roots, as it grew, it became known as a melting pot. It was a place where anyone, regardless of color, race, creed, etc. could have the opportunity to excel and prosper. They could have the opportunity to build the life they dreamed of in freedom and safety.

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Location, location, location

September 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Sometimes I look at the different things that are happening in Christendom and I just shake my head. Some of the beliefs that are being touted like they were always there and scripturally sound are sad. There are many who are proclaiming a false gospel. They twist the scriptures to make them say what they want (always out of context) and are misleading many who name the name of Christ. (Notice I didn’t necessarily say they were Christians…)While this makes me mad to say the least, what gets up my nose even more are the things that are spouted or passed on in ignorance. Many of the things that we take as “gospel truth” or “tradition” have no basis in scripture whatsoever.  And yet, we keep regurgitating them like they are. Worse than that, it seems that we don’t want to be bothered with checking the scripture to see if they’re actually in there. Continue Reading Location, location, location…

Design of the Week – Crossover Blog – Flyball Start Dog

May 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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Alright, I’ll admit it. I know absolutely nothing about flyball. But I know someone that does, and they have the designs to prove it! Flyball is a sport for dogs where a team of four dogs race another team to finish their task in the shortest amount of time. What is their task? Each dog on the team must jump four hurdles, catch a tennis ball launched to them from a ball box, and then go back through the hurdles. The race is run relay style where the next dog cannot start until the first dog crosses the start/finish line. It’s really cool to watch.

Regardless of whether you know anything about flyball or not(like the fact that’s it’s been around for decades!), you’ll love the designs at Weasel Puppy’s shop, including the Flyball Start Dog design.

This blog post is a part of a crossover blog. Other participants in this crossover blog are:

 

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http://www.blogbydonna.com/

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http://autismshowucare.blogspot.com

http://www.gocamelphotos.blogspot.com/

http://beflip.blogspot.com/

http://tshirtholiday.blogspot.com/

The Dream

January 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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On August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This speech brought to the attention of the world the struggles and trials of our nation as some Americans were not treated like others were. As he stood in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln’s statue, Dr. King expressed the plight of African-Americans in our nation. Parts of his speech are known by millions, but it seems that many leaders and others today have forgotten what Dr. King really said. Today, many people use Dr. King and his message to support their agendas and causes without any care for the fact that Dr. King would never support their cause. To be honest, I can’t say that it surprises me…

 

In the 50’s and 60’s Dr. King, who was a Baptist minister (with a backbone and a Biblical understanding), spent much of his time striving to bring equality to the forefront of the nation’s mind. He didn’t cause riots or aggressively attack people. Instead, Dr. King and those who stood with him did things peacefully. They marched and prayed. They fasted and spoke up. They spent time in jail. They didn’t attack those who disagreed with them. By the time Dr. King stood on the steps of the nation, people around the globe were listening. Dr. King spoke clearly and concisely about where his heart was. It was in the Bible. Dr. King knew that God was in control and that He ultimately holds everything in His hands. He was aware of what he could do. If Dr. King wanted, he could have roused thousands of people into riots. He didn’t. He made his voice heard and spoke to the conscience of America. He called on those he fought for to act in dignity and discipline. He challenged them to step up and take the high road. He continued to encourage them to believe that things would be different and that they should go home knowing this. Dr. King continued to call on our leaders to change the country and they did.

 

Dr. King’s dream was that one day, blacks and whites would walk hand in hand and that there wouldn’t be any segregation. His dream was that everyone would be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. He said that if America were to become a great nation, segregation would have to end. Blacks and whites would have to be equal to each other. They would have to be equal in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of each other. Both blacks and whites would have to realize that they are one blood just like the Bible says (Acts 17:26).

 

Today, homosexuals are using Dr. King as a supporter for their agenda. They compare the “struggles” they’re going through to those faced by blacks in the 50’s and 60’s. They claim that they are being discriminated against and their rights are being trampled on. This is a ludicrous idea even at its foundation. Homosexuals are not going through the same trials and tribulations that blacks faced back then. No one can choose his or her skin color. Homosexuality is a choice. God created people to have the genetics for a variety of skin colors. He didn’t make anyone homosexual. He made Adam and Eve, man and woman. God wouldn’t make anyone in direct opposition to His character. He made man and woman heterosexual. They were the only two people and there was no other way for them to reproduce. Homosexuals are not having dogs sicced on them or being segregated from heterosexuals. They claim that their rights are being denied, but that’s not true. They have the same rights as heterosexuals. They can get jobs just like heterosexuals, go to schools just like heterosexuals, eat at the same places that heterosexuals do, and can even get married if they choose to do it according to its definition. If they don’t do any of these things, it’s not because they can’t but because they choose not to. But, because they can’t do exactly what they want, when they want, and how they want, they whine and attack those who don’t support them. They have beaten up Christians who believe that they are living in sin. They basically have nothing in common with Dr. King or his dream. To use a Baptist minister and his vision of racial equality to try and show support for their own cause is extremely shady.

 

Today our nation will inaugurate a new president. This new president (who may or may not be black or American) has taken great pains to try and connect himself to Dr. King and other powerful leaders who have impacted our nation (e.g., Abraham Lincoln). He talks about how he and “his people” have fought greatly to come to where they are. He has stood on a platform of change, desiring to change the nation for the better. This same man who professes to have the power to change the nation promotes things that Dr. King would never stand for. He openly supports abortion and is poised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act as one of his first acts as president. This Act will allow women to have the free choice to kill their unborn child for any reason. This is in direct opposition to Dr. King’s dream. When Dr. King spoke of his dream, he often mentioned children. His concern for equality wasn’t just for himself and those who stood with him (black and white) but for the children that followed after him (black and white). Barack Obama also openly supports homosexuality. Dr. King was a Baptist minister who knew the scripture and stood on it and under it. He knew that the Bible said that homosexuality was condemned in both the Old and New Testaments as an abomination, an unnatural act, and means of going to hell. Barack Obama’s idea of change is nothing close to what Dr. King would have supported. But there are a number of “black leaders” who push this, if they don’t push him as some sort of Messiah. I find it an offense that he would imply anything of the sort. Barack Obama is taking the whole burden of change upon himself like he’s the only one who can make this change. Dr. King knew that he couldn’t do it alone. He knew that it would take all of us to make the changes and make them lasting. For Dr. King, it wasn’t about being an icon, but being willing to stand up for what is right and show others. There’s a huge difference between Dr. King and Obama…

 

On Martin Luther King Day, we celebrate a man who made an amazing effort to bring our nation together. He strove to help others see truth according to scriptures. He made his life an example of faith in action. He acted according to what he preached. He gave all of us (of any color) another example of a godly man who feared Him and strove to pattern his life according to what he read in scripture. Today, if you’re going to do any celebrating of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, please celebrate the man for what he was, what he did, and the dream that he held. Please don’t try to make him out to be something or someone he’s not…


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