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Another Puritan quote

I found this quote by the Puritan Thomas Hooker under the heading of “A Husband’s Dream”. I liken it better to a “husband’s prayer”, for it is my prayer as a husband to my wife. I pray that God will continue to grace me with such a love for my wife.

The man whose heart is endeared to the woman he loves…dreams of her in the night, hath her in his eye and apprehension when he awakes, museth on her as he sits at the table, walks with her when he travels… She lies in his bosom, and his heart trusts in her, which forceth all to confess that the stream of his affection, like a mighty current, runs with full tide and strength.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2007 in husband's prayer, marriage, Puritan, quotes, Thomas Hooker

 

Keeping Our Priorities Straight, 10 Priorities for the believer, Part 1

Sunday morning my senior pastor Patrick Abendroth presented the first part of a new series on Christian priorities. He covered the first three on Sunday morning so I will present them for you to read here. I will also provide a link to the audio of the sermon at the end of the post. Here are the priories in order:

1. The glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 19, Psalm 29.

A prayer that says “for Your name’s sake” is found in Psalm 79:9.

A question might be asked “If everything is ultimately for the glory of God, does that make Him self-centered?” Yes it would for anyone else but God. For if God were centered on anyone or anything else it would be idolatry.

2. See God’s word as sufficient – 2 Timothy 3:16,17.

The scripture has the final authority of Christian doctrine. The Latin term Sola Scriptura is derived from this proclamation. In the second Timothy passage the phrase “man of God is used” which refers to pastor. Paul is writing to Timothy, some might presume that since this is being written to a pastor that it would not have any bearing on the lay person or average believer. No such assumption should be received because the instructions and truths that were given to Timothy the pastor, he in turn would give them to his flock.

3. The bible needs to be proclaimed – 2 Timothy 4:1-5.

This passage instructs and commands Timothy to preach the word in truth and all authority. It is also the command given to us. Lately we have seen the focus of the local church turn to more and more “alternatives” to preaching. The second Timothy passage does not say “drama the word” or “skit the word”. Those “alternatives” are all well and good, but they should not ever become the focus presented from the pulpit. It cannot replace preaching. The gospel is used to reprove, rebuke, and exhort, and should not become a dialog. Boldly preach the word. Boldly live your life. Joshua 22:5 says:

Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

We should live this way. Not just for show and when we are gathered together, but for God and His glory.

The link to the audio is found here.

 

Music review Tuesday

I guess Hell froze over again. The Eagles have released another album. I say that in reference to the response Don Henley used to give many years ago when asked if the Eagles would ever get back together. He would say “when Hell freezes over”. The Eagles began recording in 1971. The band has consisted of many different musician lineups over their 35 year on again off again career. The band has had 5 number one singles and 4 number one albums. The lineup for this release is the same one they have had since 1994 less Don Felder. Felder was fired from the Eagles in 2001. Don Henley and Glenn Frey felt that Felder ‘s creativity and performance hindered the band and so he was removed. Felder followed with a lawsuit and then Henley and Frey counter sued. The case was eventually settled out of court and so goes your typical life of a contemporary rock band.

The album is called “Long Road Out Of Eden” and was released on October 30th, 2007. It is their first studio album in 28 years. The release consists of two CD’s and 20 new songs. The musician lineup is mostly the same line of their last studio album “The Long Run”. Glenn Frey on guitar, vocals, and keyboards, Don Henley on drums, vocals, and guitar, Joe Walsh on guitar, vocals, keyboards, and talk box, and Timothy B. Schmit on bass guitar, vocals, and guitar. The first track starts things off with an acappella styled song called “No More Walks In The Wood” reminiscent of “Heartache Tonight” their last number 1 single. The second track “How Long” really kicks things in with it’s rockabilly rhythm and classic Eagles vocals. This really brings back visions of their first few albums. “Busy Being Fabulous” is a country blues styled song about good lovin’ gone bad, along with the next track “What Do I Do With My Heart” which tries to teach us how to deal with a broken heart. “Guilty Of The Crime” is the next track and sung by Joe Walsh. He has such a distinctive voice and all of his songs have such a humorous and upbeat theme. I think this is where my wife Robin and I really got interested in the album as we listened to it in the car after the purchase. The next track is sung by Timothy B. Schmit and is a very neat song and reminds me of “New Kid In Town”. The rest of the tracks on the album really bring out the diversity of the group in song writing and performance. The title track “Long Road Out Of Eden” is the first track on the CD number 2. It really starts out slow and is a bit to artsy for me. I have not listened to it a second time.

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Posted by on November 21, 2007 in Eagles, Long Road Out Of Eden, Music Review

 

Men of the scarlet and gray….

This is a picture of Chris Wells, running back of “The Ohio State University” Buckeyes out running the Michigan defense to the end zone to finish off the Wolverines in the game played this past Saturday. Final score for anyone who might have been out of the country this weekend … OSU 14, and UM 3.

In the last seven or eight years OSU has had Michigan’s number. I think it is the coaching of Jim Tressel the Buckeyes head coach that has made the difference. Since coming to Ohio State from Youngstown State in 2001, Tressel has only lost to Michigan once. He has also brought one National Championship in 2002 and nearly another last year. Even with the surprise loss to unranked Illinois last week this years team still has a slim chance to go to the National Championship game and redeem themselves of last year.

Update: I heard on the radio this morning that Lloyd Carr the head coach of the University of Michigan football program has stepped down to pursue retirement. I just wanted to say that even though I am the furthest thing from a UM fan that you will ever find, I do respect Lloyd Carr and his coaching abilities. He is a great coach and if he ever decides to coach again I only hope he will choose a team I can root for. 🙂 I wish him God speed and God’s blessings in his endeavors out side of football.

Go Bucks!!!!

 

The righteousness of God

While listening to a song called “Watch Your Words” by Alter Bridge the lyrics reminded me of a passage in Romans chapter 1. In particular, verses 16 and 17. The apostle Paul writes about the Gospel and how it reveals the righteousness of God.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

What is meant by “the righteousness of God” here in this passage. Is Paul writing about the the very nature of God? For He alone is righteous. Is he writing about the righteousness expressed in His promises kept? This very term is mentioned many times throughout scripture in reference to God. But how is it used here in this particular passage in Romans 1? I went to a “new to me” bible exposition to look up how it is used here. The bible exposition is from the Puritan John Gill. In it the use of “the righteousness of God” is made clear to me. Here is what I found:

By “the righteousness of God”, is not meant the essential righteousness of God, the rectitude of his nature, his righteousness in fulfilling his promises, and his punitive justice, which though revealed in the Gospel, yet not peculiar to it; nor the righteousness by which Christ himself is righteous, either as God, or as Mediator; but that righteousness which he wrought out by obeying the precepts, and bearing the penalty of the law in the room of his people, and by which they are justified in the sight of God: and this is called “the righteousness of God”, in opposition to the righteousness of men: and because it justifies men in the sight of God; and because of the concern which Jehovah, Father, Son, and Spirit, have in it. Jehovah the Father sent his Son to work it out, and being wrought out, he approves and accepts of it, and imputes it to his elect:

So what is found in the Gospel that Paul writes about here? The Gospel reveals the very righteousness of God that justifies men in the sight of God through the work of His Son, Jesus Christ. God the Son is the author through His obedience and death, and this righteousness is revealed through God the Spirit to men.

So when it is written that “the righteous man shall live by faith”, that faith has been given by God which reveals the “righteousness of God” through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For just as John Gills writes above “this is in opposition to the righteousness of men” which does not save. Romans 1 is an excellent chapter to read about the Gospel of Christ and how it relates to sinful man. Please take time to read it again.

Below are the lyrics that prompted me to think about this subject and post this:

To truly see well
You must have faith
Oh the righteous they can’t wait
A saving grace
That we all know
Let us pray
Let us hold on

Finally and as a side bar. For those who live here in Nebraska, Alter Bridge is coming to Lincoln December 8th at the State Theater. My wife and I have tickets. We will probably stick out in the crowd. We will be the middle-aged head bangers. Maybe we’ll will see you there.  Rock On!!

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Posted by on November 16, 2007 in Alter Bridge, John Gill, righteousness, Romans

 

Music review Tuesday

I do not know how many bloggers out there read my blog but according to my WordPress statistics there are a few of you. To you I wish to apologize for being absent with Music Review Tuesday last week. I hope that I can make it up to you by what I review today. Today’s artist is one many of you know and love and have listened to for many years now. Since coming onto the music scene in 1987, Steven Curtis Chapman (or SC squared as dcTalk labeled him years ago) has won 5 Grammy Awards and 51 Gospel Music Association Awards. The most by any Christan music artist to date. Chapman and his wife Mary Beth have three biological children and three adopted children from China. They all live in Franklin, Tennessee (one of my favorite states) and are all involved in many ministries. For details just check out any of the links provided in this posting. Seven Curtis Chapman has been a personal favorite artist of mine since hearing his song “The Great Adventure” in 1992. My wife and I also saw him live that next year at Carpenters Home Church in Lakeland, Florida. Since then I have been a fan of his music. If you have listened to his music at all you come away with an understanding of the emotion he has for music and his love for the Lord. For indeed loving the Lord and being obedient to His will is in fact a “Great Adventure”.

The new release from Steven Curtis Chapman is called “This Moment“. The album was released October 23rd, 2007. To be honest I expect good quality music and lyrics from this artist, because I become accustomed to it over the years. This album is no exception. From the first track to the four acoustic bonus tracks. The first track is “Miracle of the Moment” and it starts the album out perfectly. In the bible Philippians 4: 6-7 says:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

and the song echoes

It’s time for letting go
All of our if only’s
‘Cause we don’t have a time machine
And even if we did
Would we really want to use it?
Would we really want to go change everything?
‘Cause we are who and where and what we are for now
And this is the only moment we can do anything about

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Posted by on November 14, 2007 in Music Review, Steven Curtis Chapman, This Moment

 

New audio just posted

Today I have posted a few of the sermons from Pastor Byron Yawn, Senior Pastor of Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Most of you know Tennessee is one of my favorite states but aside from that Byron is a very humble leader and trainer of godly men. I have known him for a couple of years and have grown to love him as a preacher and teacher. Please check out some of his sermons here or you can find much more at the CBC audio web page.

Also in. My brother in Christ, Travis Carden, has found a great audio deal at ChristianAudio.com. The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards. It is the best deal ever. It’s Free!! So go get yours at the links provided.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2007 in audio, Byron Yawn, Jonathan Edwards, Sermon Audio