Monthly Archives: February 2011

Incredible Week of Chapel at Southwestern Seminary

Thursday during chapel Paige Patterson brought excellent message on the commandment against taking God’s name in vain. He brought out some points that I had not considered especially concerning the origin of certain phrases like “gosh,” “golly,” and “gee.”  You can read about those in this article. Another that he mentioned was the origin of the phrase “by George.”  I had not considered all of these phrases before as taking the name of the Lord in vain, but as Patterson explained these came into English as other names for God or Jesus. We often use these substitutes with the same intent in our heart as though we were taking God’s name in vain. I fear that some of these phrases have crept into my common vernacular. So I will make a concerted effort to allow all of my speech to glorify God. I would recommend that you listen to his sermon. It certainly challenged me. You can find it and our other sermons here.

On Wednesday, Josh Smith preached on the Great Commission. I would encourage everyone to listen to his message as well. He talked about the difference between our motive, our mission, and our vision. The glory of God is our motive and the Great Commission is our mission while our vision may be specific to our individual situation. He brought a powerful word encouraging us to stay focused on the Gospel and through the spread of the Gospel glorify God. Smith had much to say of interest which I don’t have time to recap so you’ll just have to listen for yourself.

On Tuesday, Richard Ross spoke about the importance of seeing a full Christology which means that Jesus is more than our homeboy and won’t fit in our pocket. He reminded us of the truth that God is the risen king who has been given all authority and sits at the right hand of the Father. His message resonated with much that I stress in my Systematic Theology classes each year.

I consider it an incredible blessing to have the opportunity to hear great messages each week. I would encourage you to take advantage of them too. So what’s coming up next week you ask? Just Jerry Vines, Paige Patterson, and Jimmy Draper…I can’t wait to see what God does next!

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Band of Brothers Week 4

Proverbs 7: The Battle with Lust

The Road to Hell is Paved with Desperate Housewives

Introduction:

  • To those who have committed sexual sins, my purpose is not to bring a sledgehammer of condemnation. Our Lord offers grace that is sufficient for any and all sins. What I want to do here is offer an ounce of prevention to keep you or others from bearing the scars of sinful folly.

1. Prevention: (Prov 7:1-5)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • In order to keep God’s words, you must know them. Read and study, but also obey.
  • The visual image is given to “treasure up” God’s commandments. We must memorize Scripture.
  • The apply of the eye 7:2 is the pupil or dark part of the eye where you see the reflection of what you are staring at; same word is used for the “dark of the night” in 7:9.
  • We should set up reminders of God’s law in our lives…not tefillin or phylacteries but reminders

Application to your life:

  • What do you “treasure up?” baseball cards; guns; money; time with family
  • What is the “apple of your eye?” Where the eyes go the body follows so what are you looking at?
  • The eye is one of the weak point so what are doing to protect it? Even a speck can be dangerous.
  • What are the reminders of God’s law that you have established in your life?

2. The illustration: (Prov 7:6-23)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • “Young men” (lit. “sons”) is one who “lacked sense” identical to Proverbs 6:32 “He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.
  • The young man is at the wrong place (near her corner) at the wrong time (near twilight).
  • This woman’s dress indicates the craftiness of her heart. She goes all over town and lies in wait.
  • Like woman folly she is noisy (7:11; 9:13) Her feet never stay at home. They rush to evil (6:18).
  • Three enticements follow: the delicacy of meat (7:14); pleasure of love (7:16-17); and security (7:19-20). She also uses smooth words, and seductive dress. The trap has been fully set.
  • A man in the heat of passion never thinks of the consequences so resist from the beginning.

Application to your life:

  • Do you hang out in the wrong places or entertain temptation at the wrong time?
  • What is your weakness? Sight, food, pride, lust? What are doing to safeguard that weakness?
  • Her bedroom is no ballroom, but a battlefield where fallen bodies of soldiers rot in the stench of their own sin.
  • Illustration: Ever been on a duck hunt? Does this trap sound familiar? Don’t let sin deceive you like the decoys deceive the ducks.

3. The Warning: (Prov 7:24-27)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • The plural “sons” now comes in. Listen and be attentive. The wisdom of Solomon and the words of God our Father come to all of us.
  • Do not let your heart or your passions drive your actions by turning aside to sin.
  • This is the path to destruction. The promise of happiness is an empty promise.
  • Many men of valor in battle have been taken down by a wily woman.

Application to your life:

  • Do you notice sin arising in you? Do you immediately go to Scripture at that point?
  • Do advertisements appeal to you or do you recognize them for what they are?
  • Illustration: Barry Bonds homerun ball will always have an asterisks. Will your life have an asterisks?.

Principles to Remember

1.     Treasure the Word of God above all.

2.     Avoid being alone more than is healthy. When you struggle, do not be alone–find a brother.

3.     Avoid placing yourself in locations where temptation is stronger. Internet, bars, clubs,

4.     If you are married, never be alone with a person of the opposite sex other than your spouse—lunch, car ride, closed room, etc.

5.     Make sure someone, especially your spouse, has the passwords to your email, Facebook, and other online accounts. Remember God sees all.

6.     When courting, set your boundaries and do not cross them. If you can’t demonstrate will power to remain godly in courtship, then your spouse will rightly doubt that you have the will power to be faithful in marriage.

7.     Be careful who you carry on personal conversations with.

a.     Singles do not date a non-Christian. You may think you can change him or her, but you can’t change them…only God can.
b.     Do not date, court, or spend excessive amounts of time with a person that is not your spiritual equal.
c.     Do not carry on conversations with past girlfriends on Facebook or anywhere else that your spouse doesn’t know about it. In fact, I cut the Facebook chat off on my account. Have Facebook messages sent to your email that your wife has the password to.
d.     When you get married, you should not have close friends of the opposite sex. Break those relationships off. Your spouse should be your best friend.
e.     Don’t counsel someone of the opposite sex, talk about intimate matters or have a conversation with a person of the opposite sex about which your spouse does not know.

8.     Your dress says a lot about the condition of your heart. (for your daughters or granddaughters)

a.     Does your dress indicate you are bearing your brother’s burdens or being a stumbling block.
b.     If you pick clothing that draws attention to your body and away from your face, you are directing guys to the wrong enticement and one that fades with age so what will keep him around then?

9.     Remember one day you won’t be the youth in the street, but you will be the parent in the window.

a.     How you treat someone else’s daughter may be how yours is treated.
b.     Your kids will ask if this is how you did it. So act the way you want your son or daughter to act.

10.  Wear you wedding ring. This is the equivalent of binding God’s commands around your finger. If you can’t wear it at work, then put it in the car and put it on then.

11.  Protect the apple of your eye. When you see something tempting or inappropriate do you linger or do you quickly look away? Commercials, billboards, etc.

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Band of Brothers Week 3

Psalm 127: The Battle of Building or

Labor that Last

Introduction:

The key to unlock the unity of this Psalm can be found in a Hebrew word play. The Hebrew words for “build” (banah), “house” (bayith), and “sons” (banim), form a literary device of similar words that are woven throughout this Psalm. Beginning with two references in verse 1 “build” and “house” follows with “sons” which is translated as children in verses 3-4. This word is a thread woven throughout the fabric of this Psalm demonstrating that unless the Lord builds the house, and unless the Lord builds the family, then all labor is in vain.

FUTILE LABOR

Psalm 127: 1-2 1Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Thoughts from the Text:

  • The word house here has enough ambiguity for us to apply this principle to the building in the family, in the church, or in society.
  • The writer presupposes that we will be busy working so laziness is not an option. The question is do we rely on God or our own power while building, protecting, or providing.
  • God should be our only hope for protection and not human might. We do not trust in horses or chariots, but in the strength of our Lord.
  • Solomon makes the connection to vanity. Perhaps this is his outline for the book of Ecclesiastes. “Vanity of Vanities, all is vanity,” says Solomon in Ecclesiastes. He continues, “The conclusion of the matter is ‘Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.’” Ecc 12:13-14

Application to Your Life:

  • Do you seek the Lord first or rely on your own might when building your house, your church, or your business?
  • By the way you spend your money, what would an outsider assume you are putting your trust in? Insurance policy, retirement fund, government, possessions
  • Are you working too hard and eating the “bread of anxious toil”?
  • What is it that has kept you awake at night? Do you not trust God enough to turn it over to Him?
  • Understanding that all is vanity, what lifestyle changes should you make to put increased emphasis on God.

FAITHFUL LEGACY

Psalm 127:3-5: 3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Thoughts from the Text:

  • Children are a blessing from the Lord so our attitudes toward children should reflect that in every area of our lives.
  • We must recognize the responsibility for good or danger that comes with directing a child’s path and sculpting a child for life. A warrior can use an arrow for evil or good. The analogy corresponds to how we train and equip our children.
  • God’s design is that one day your children will take care of you…perhaps to the exact same degree you have taken care of them. Have you abandoned them through nursery, daycare, or the school system? If so, will you reap what you have sown by being abandoned to the retirement center, or nursing home?

Application to Your Life:

  • Does your attitude reflect that children are a blessing from the Lord or that they are burden on your life?
  • How are you developing your children into an arrow for God’s purposes? Are you spending time with them? Guiding them spiritually? Are you shepherding them or forcing them to fulfill your lost dreams? What about your grandchildren?
  • Will your children be your defender or your accuser?
  • Is it possible that by aborting our children, we have aborted our future? Will this lead to the demise of the economy, social security, and possibly euthanasia?

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How a shotgun can help you understand the doctrine of salvation

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Band of Brothers Week 3 postponed again

Another round of snow and ice made it necessary to cancel services to last night at church. So yet again, we are postponed. Hopefully next week the weather will cooperate, and we will have services. I promise that I will post the next outline the Thursday after we meet.

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