Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pray for the Sense of Eternity!

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"The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)

The genuine believer determines it is better to go to heaven with labor, than to hell with pleasure...When we are tempted to murmur and repine under the cross, faith, will assure that though the way is rough, the end of the journey will be sweet...O how diligent, watchful, and serious we would be if we had the sense of eternity upon our hearts. (Thomas Manton, By Faith, Sermons on Hebrews 11, pp. 10-16)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Man and His Message Part 1

Sermon:     GM17-145

Series:         Jonah: A Gospel of Grace

Setting:       North Kelso Baptist Church – Kelso, WA

Service:      January 22, 2017 - AM Service

Subtitle:     Jonah: The Man & His Message (Part 1)

Scripture:   Jonah 1:1, Selected Scripture

Subject:      An overview & introduction of the prophecy & prophet

Scope:        Jonah is a record of responsibility, rebellion, and repentance which accentuates the majestic good news of God’s grace towards sinners.

Scheme:      To provide strategic information which enables you to appreciate, assimilate, and actuate the principles of this historical narrative.

Scrutiny:    What do you need to know in order to fully appreciate this record?

Solution:    Today’s message provides five (5) aspects of strategic information that enables you to fully appreciate this historical record of God’s grace.

                   Theme:       God does the unexpected

                   We see that God does the unexpected when we examine…

Sketch:       1A     The Adoption of Jonah
2A     The Author of Jonah
                   3A     The Audience of Jonah
                   4A     The Age of Jonah
                   5A     The Aim of Jonah
                   6A     The Argument of Jonah

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pray For A Peaceful Exchange of Administrations

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2 Timothy 2:1-3, NKJV

"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior..."

Church - remember to pray regularly for all those who are in authority, especially our President, Vice-President, the Cabinet, our Senators, Representatives, Governor, and Mayor.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Conversion Is a Work of God

“Conversion is a work above man's power. We are 'born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God' (John 1:13). Never think you can convert yourself. If ever you would be savingly converted, you must despair of doing it in your own strength. It is a resurrection from the dead (Ephesians 2:1), a new creation (Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2:10), a work of absolute omnipotence (Ephesians 1:19). Are not these out of the reach of human power? ... This is a supernatural work ... 'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but of mercy he saved us' ... 'Of his own will he begat us' (James 1:18). We are chosen and called unto sanctification, not for it (Ephesians 1:4). God finds nothing in man to turn His heart, but enough to turn His stomach; He finds enough to provoke His loathing, but nothing to excite His love. Look back upon yourself, O Christian! Reflect upon your swinish nature, your filthy swill, your once beloved mire (2 Peter 2). Behold your slime and corruption ... How then should holiness and purity love you? ... Who but must needs cry, Grace! Grace! ... What but free grace could move God to love you.”

Joseph Alleine, "A Sure Guide to Heaven"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sow the Seed!

Image result for sowing the seedsThe greatest answer as to whether Christ died for all men efficaciously is the parable of the sower, or the preface to Christ's explanation. Christ taught the multitude by parables so that the multitude would not understand. Then he gave the reason that they should not understand - "lest they should turn and their sins be forgiven them." Once again I am absolutely amazed and dumbfounded that God elected me to salvation before He ever created this world. This is amazing grace! How humbling this is!

Remember church - our job is to sow the seed, to always be sharing the gospel. It is God's job to prepare the heart and produce the harvest. 

It is not our skill in communicating that produces a harvest. The harvest can only be expected and enjoyed when God has prepared the soil. So, our prayer isn't that we be skilled communicators, it is that God would prepare the soil of the heart of those whom we will communicate with.