Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Righteous Judgment of God (Part 2)

SERMON:             GM15-062

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained &           Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (June 28, 2015)

SECTION:          The Perversion of Righteousness (Romans 1:18-3:20)

SUBTITLE:        The Righteous Judgment of God (Part 2)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans 2:6-11

SUBJECT:          The basis of God’s judgment

SUMMARY:       The basis of God’s judgment is works of men in this life

SCHEME:           To motivate each member of NKBC to pursue the things of God in                                  this life rather than the things of this world

Our theme is:  God’s will judge you according to your works

 Proposition:        The judgment of God is according to your works in this life regardless of whether your works are good or bad because God is no respecter of persons.

Interrogatory Sentence:  Why is God just in His judgment of the Jews?

Transitional Sentence: This passage supplies three reasons why God is just in His judgment of the Jews:

·        The Jews are guilty of practicing sin in their daily lives (2:1-5)
·        God judges according to the works of men in this life (2:6-11)
·         The law does not exonerate the Jews from judgment (2:12-16)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Solitariness of God

Meditate on this for awhile and tell me what your response is:

"In the beginning God..." There was no heaven, where His glory is now particularly manifested. There was no earth to engage His attention. There were no angels to hymn His praises; no universe to be upheld by the word of His power. There was nothing, no one, but God; and that not for a day, a year, or an age, but 'from everlasting.' During a past eternity. God was alone: self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing. Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him in any way, they also had been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when He did, added nothing to God essentially. He changes not (Mal. 3:6), therefore His essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished."

taken from The Attributes of God, by A. W. Pink, p. 9

Monday, June 22, 2015

Another Lesson From a High-Profile Pastor

In this day and age of technology it is no secret that another high-profile pastor has had to resign from the pulpit. News travels faster than wild fire today it seems. Sadly this resignation is due to sexual uncleanness, namely adultery.

I do not desire to "pile-on" to the misery, sinfulness, and heart-ache that this man, his family, the church, and Christendom will suffer and experience. I don't even want to talk about the man's failure.

I certainly want to take heed to the apostle Paul's admonition when he said, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." (1 Corinthians 10:12,NKJV). I realize that except for the grace of God there go I. At this very moment I do not know what sin desires to deceive me and to devour me. I must trust God for His grace to put to death sin in my mortal body in order to live my life pleasing to the Lord and worthy of His great salvation.

My reason for this post is that I am once again reminded that the "proof of the pudding is in the eating." I am amazed that how soon the so called evangelical world wants to jump on the band wagon of new and up-coming men who seem to be polished pulpiteers and charismatic authors or dynamic leaders. 

It seems that once you have had some level of "success" the publishers are beating down your doors for book deals. Soon these men who are not very old or have been around very long are sought after as experts, advisers, or pioneers whose methodology needs to be copied.

Just recently some one recommended to me a book by a high profile pastor turned author. I certainly don't want to put my head in the sand and avoid anything that could be beneficial to me, but I want to wait and see how these guys turn out. Do you know what I mean?

Make no mistake, I am not judging this man and his failure  or his motives, his heart, or his commitment. I have seen some glaring signs of danger in the reports that I have already read, but I am not going to focus on them. I just want Christendom, particularly evangelical Christendom to learn some valuable lessons about the promotion and even "worship" of high profile pastors.

Like most pastors I have a list of my "heroes" of the faith. These are men whom I love, respect, admire, and even try to emulate. Maybe to my detriment my list of heroes does not contain young men in the ministry or men who have not been in the ministry for long periods of time. I want to see how they turn out, how they end up. 

So along with others, I grieve for this "black-eye" on the church of Jesus Christ and for the hurt that will be experienced by all who are involved or affected. I am indignant at sin and its awful, horrid, deceptive, and destructive work in the lives of God's children. I am concerned for myself that I do not give into temptation and sin in some fashion that would grieve the Holy Spirit of God and hurt others. And I certainly want to continue with my "wait and see how they run their course" attitude toward high-profile celebrity type pastors.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Romans 2:1-16 (Part 1)

Disclaimer:  I spent a great deal of time fixing the formatting problems this page (editing page) and had it all lined up properly. I then hit the publish button thinking the format was OK. This morning while checking the post I discovered it is all "messed up" again. I am sorry. I hope it will not keep you from reading.

A Study and Exposition of Romans 2:1-16
(Part 1) * 2:1-5

A.        Introduction

Those who condemn sin in other people, but commit the same or worse sins are inexcusable.

He made free use of Christian vocabulary. He talked about the blessing of the Almighty and the Christian confessions which would become the pillars of the new government. He assumed the earnestness of a man weighed down by historic responsibility. He handed out pious stories to the press, especially to the church papers. He showed his tattered Bible and declared that he drew the strength for his great work from it as scores of pious people welcomed him as a man sent from God. Yes, Adolf Hitler was a master of outward religiosity-- with no inward reality!

We're all like the moon, we have a dark side we don't want anyone to see. (Mark Twain)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

42nd Wedding Anniversary!

Gospel-driven Disciples is "closed" today in order for the proprietor to celebrate his 42nd wedding anniversary!

On June 18th, 1973, Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Tar Landing Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville, NC I was privileged to marry the former Irene H. Torres of San Jose, CA.

Funny how time and people change don't you think? She wants a large hanging plant and I want the 3rd season of Longmire on DVD. Far cry from candy, jewelry, romantic dinners, and such.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Creative Blogger's Award

Today I was honored as the recipient of an award. It is the very prestigious Creative Blogger’s Award. This honor was bestowed upon me by my good friend Yvonne of Nashville Cat’sPoetry. Yvonne lives across the pond in England. Thank you very much Yvonne – I am both honored and grateful. I am truly grateful that you find some benefit to your regular reading and commenting on my blog. 

The rules are as follows; I must share five (5) facts about myself, thank the person who nominated me, and then nominate between 10 and 20 fellow bloggers. Since it takes quite a bit of time to comply you can be sure I am going to nominate 10 and only 10.

Five Facts

1.      I love Vancouver, Washington
2.      I have four (4) gorgeous, vivacious, and electrifying daughters
3.      I want a short haired, declawed, box trained kitten
4.      I love the true church of Jesus Christ
5.      I added a Fiddler Crab (Mr. Bohannon) to my small aquatic family. 

The Nominees Are…

1.      KC Bob of Kansas City Bob
2.      Larri of Seems Inspired
3.      Dianne Bucknell of Theology for Girls
4.      Scott Weldon of By Grace Alone
5.      Brian Todd of The Brian Todd Blog
6.      Ian Holland of Life on and off an Acreage
7.      Brian Hedges of Light and Heat
8.      Erin at Do Not Be Surprised
9.      Mike Andrews of Pastor’s Corner
10.    Mike Lee of Christian Cognition 

Fellow nominees you now must: acknowledge your nomination, thank the person who nominated you, list five (5) facts about yourself, and nominate 10-20 fellow bloggers.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Bird's Eye-view of Chapter Two

SERMON:             GM15-060

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained &           Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (June 14, 2015)

SECTION:          The Perversion of Righteousness (Romans 1:18-3:20)

SUBTITLE:        A Bird’s Eye-view

SCRIPTURE:     Romans 2, Selected Scriptures

SUBJECT:          The analysis of chapter two

SUMMARY:       The objective of chapter two is to establish the same charge against the Sinful Hebrews that had been brought against the Sinful Heathen

SCHEME:           That each member of NKBC understands the intent of this chapter in           order to demonstrate that the Jews are as equally under the wrath of God as the Gentiles.

Our theme is:  Jews are condemned as sinners

 Proposition:  God wants you to know the Jews are also under the wrath of God

Interrogatory Sentence:  How does this chapter deal with the condition of the Jews?

Transitional Sentence: Our text demonstrates that the Jews are as equally under the condemnation of God as the Gentiles