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Monthly Archives: February 2007

Praying for ministry

What does your prayer life look like. If it looks aPrayernything like mine, it consists of prayer for your spouse, family members, local church leaders, leaders of our country, missionaries,  sanctification, the unsaved, the return of Christ, and so on. I’m not saying I pray for these all of the time but when I pray these folks almost consistently come to mind. Are you in ministry together with other believers in your local church? If so, I would like to encourage you to pray for the ministry and for the individuals as well. Pray that God would be glorified in the ministry and bless it. Pray that God would watch over and care for those whom you serve with. That God would meet their needs no matter how trivial. I am writing this because I have not been praying for my fellow laborers in ministry. I was prompted to repent of this by an article I read at the Grace To You website. The article pointed out that Paul prayed for those in ministry with him at all the churches he had visited or helped to establish. The book of Philippians chapter 1 contains much about Paul and his thoughts and prayers with those who labor with him. I would encourage everyone to read this chapter and become very intimate with it. Especially if you are serving in a ministry.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2007 in Local church, Ministry, Prayer

 

Was Jesus just a martyr? Atonement and Hope (part 1)

As we begin to approach the time of the year western civilization uses to celebrate Easter, my mind begins to meditate on the sacrifice of God’s one and only son. What exactly was accomplished with that sacrifice? Many modern day theologians assert that Jesus did nothing more than die a martyr’s death for the poor and the destitute. They argue that His death was more a political act than a spiritual one. When Christians use the phrase “Jesus died for you”, is that all that happened on the cross? Would folks understand that because of our sin he had to die? Jesus atoned for the sins of those who would believe. As believers we should greatly rejoice in His death. Without the death of the one perfect man Jesus Christ, humanity would have no hope of being reconciled to God, and man would receive his just reward in hell for his sin. In the coming weeks I want to write about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as we go into the Easter season. As I conclude this posting I will offer somewhat of a secular world view of the Jesus the Martyr. One of my favorite bands to come out of the Seattle grunge invasion is Soundgarden and below is a video of one of their songs “Jesus Christ Pose”. It’s a song about celebrities and their use of martyrdom symbolism to attract and make some sort of statement. Some of the images may offend. They use some abstract depictions of the cross.