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Why Christ Came To Die: To Bring Us To God

This past Lord’s day our pastor began leading us in a new sermon series called “Why Christ Came To Die”. The series is fifty-reasons-why-jesus-came-to-diebased on the book “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die” by John Piper. The following are my notes from the first sermon installment.

1 Peter 3:18
The Past Accomplishment of Christ’s Work
We have a deep need to commune with God.
We create a God in our own image.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

I. The Need: Fellowship with God

Deut. 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Romans 3:23-24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

II. The Means: The Suffering of God’s Perfect Son

the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God,

III. The Result : Fellowship With God

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; 
in your presence there is fullness of joy; 
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

God is most glorified in us, when he is most satisfied in Him. Desiring God mission agreement statement.

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 

My Top Rawk Albums of 2012

I have finally taken the time to review the top rock albums of 2012. Here is my list, condensed down to my top 25, and not in tremonti hornsany particular order. Although my favorite, by far, has to be “All I Was” by Tremonti.

Top 25 Album Releases of 2012

  1. Dark Adrenaline  – Lacuna Coil
  2. Clockwork Angels – Rush
  3. A Different Kind of Truth – Van Halen
  4. Amaryllis – Shinedown
  5. The Strange Case Of …. – Halestorm
  6. The End is Where We Began – Thousand Foot Krutch
  7. Bag Of Bones – Europe
  8. Apocalyptic Love – Slash (feat. Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators)
  9. Murdered Love – P.O.D
  10. All I Was – Tremonti
  11. Minus The Machine – 10 Years
  12. Eye On It – Toby Mac
  13. Head Down – Rival Sons
  14. King Animal – Soundgarden
  15. The Power Within – Dragonforce
  16. Flying Colors – Flying Colors
  17. The Whippoorwill – Blackberry Smoke
  18. Privateering – Mark Knopfler
  19. Rock n’ Roll Ride – Jack Blades
  20. Analog Man – Joe Walsh
  21. Believer – Kutless
  22. Wait For the Siren – Project 86
  23. Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
  24. O God Save Us All – Disciple
  25. Slipstream – Bonnie Rait

Added bonus for this posting is a video from Tremonti.

Rawk On!!!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in 2012, Rock Albums, Tremonti

 

Knowing God: A Sermon from Jeremiah 9:23-24

This morning pastor Mike Rue took us through a bible study on how to know God. This may be as a result of the latest evil  michael-angelo-01 tragedy perpetrated on the teachers and students in Newtown, Connecticut this past Friday December 14th, 2012. Here are my notes from the sermon.

Knowing God (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.” ~ A.W. Tosier

1. Strive to know God.

Strive to have an intimate relationship with God. We can do this by reading and meditating on His word, and going to Him in consistent prayer.

 2. Failure to know God will result in discipline or destruction.

The heart of biblical discipline is redemptive. Hebrews 12:7-11.

Proverbs 3:11-12 – My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

 3. Take shelter in knowing God.

We can then have a proper perspective of tragedy.

But sin can veil this proper perspective. (Jeremiah 9:12-14)

 How to Know God

1. Through creation.

2. Through is word.

3. In Jesus Christ

 

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Free Christmas Movie Night at Wahoo Calvary Church

Come join us for a fun night of family entertainment as we celebrate the Christmas season.

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Christmas Movie Night

Calvary Church 558 W. 16th Street Wahoo, Ne

 

Black Days

Did you ever get that black feeling the Monday after a long weekend? Today has been that way for me. The weekend was awesome. We spent time with our son Sean and Jessica and our new grandson Sean Jr. We met our future in-laws, and shared a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with them. I was able to spend time as well with my two daughters and two other sons during the weekend. Our daughter Amanda and her girls were able to worship with us at our local church on Sunday and have lunch with us. It was definitely a long and full weekend filled with love and memories.

But as human nature would have it, I didn’t care to have to face going back to the clearing of the vines and thorns due to the curse from Eden. You know, the job. I wanted the weekend to continue. I am reminded of a verse in the Bible. The verse is found in Psalm 90, verse 12.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

This teaches us not to take our days for granted but to enjoy the time God has given us on this earth. When we are His children, God has promised to bring us through those black days.

So here’s to those black Monday’s. A fitting song from the grunge genre, and one of my favorites from it. Soundgarden and “Fell On Black Days”. Thank God I don’t live in Seattle. 🙂

 
 

Food, Fellowship, and Football: Redeeming Thanksgiving from our Traditions (Psalm 30)

Food, Fellowship, and Football: Redeeming Thanksgiving from our Traditions 
Psalm 30

Recognizing the goodness of God in our lives. A Christian should have a disposition of thankfulness.

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. (Psalm 30:1 ESV)

The context here is like The Lord drew David out of a dark pit or well.

O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. (Psalm 30:2 ESV)

David acknowledges his dependence on God, and his relationship with Him.

I. Praise God (vv. 1-3) This should be our life’s ambition.

II. Proclaim God’s goodness (vv. 4-10) When we experience goodness in our life, we naturally want tell everyone we know about it.

As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” (Psalm 30:6 ESV)

The pride of self-sufficiency.

For this sin, God hid his face.

By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed. (Psalm 30:7 ESV)

David was undone.
In verses 8-10 David cries out for mercy.

III. Thanking God (vv. 11-12)

The context of parallelism:

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, (Psalm 30:11 ESV)

Mourning to dancing
Garments of sackcloth to clothes of gladness
God delivers us so we can praise Him. He saves us for Himself.

that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
I will give thanks to you forever! (Psalm 30:12b ESV)

We should turn (repent) our Thanksgiving traditions to a disposition of thankfulness and praise to God Forever!

 

Mark Tremonti – Tremonti

You’d think if you were the prominent guitarist and co- songwriter for two major rock bands you’d have enough axes in
the fire. But not the Grammy Award winning and well respected musician Mark Tremonti. (guitarist of Creed and Alter Bridge) Mark Tremonti has recently created a solo project, simply called “Tremonti”. About that later. Here’s a little background.

Mark Tremonti was born in Detroit, Michigan. His early childhood was spent living in Grosse Pointe. At the age of 11 Mark had his own guitar and totally immersed himself in music. His family eventually moved to Orlando, Florida where he attended High School met his future Creed band mate Scott Stapp. Tremonti briefly attended Clemson University but after one year returned to Florida to attend Florida State University and reunite him with Scott Stapp also attending FSU. These two college friends would go on to form the band Creed. The rest of Mark Tremonti’s bio can be found here. I highly recommend it. But this is an album review. One more thing for the bio. Click on the thumbnail below to see the uncanny resemblance Mark Tremonti and Adam Baldwin have. Tremonti is on the right. On to the thrash.

According to Wikipedia, Mark Tremonti has had the desire for a solo project since the early 2000’s when Creed was starting to wane. He envisioned a speed metal/thrash type project. Nothing ever became of this desire until 2010 when he realized he had so much material written that did not really fit the Creed or the Alter Bridge mold. So with former Submersed band members Eric Friedman and Garrett Whitlock he hit the studio to record “Tremonti“. On the album Mark Tremonti performs all of the lead singing. His backup singing has always been and enhancement to Creed and Alter Bridge but this is the first time for a lead performance. According to Tremonti, the songs on the solo project are “heavier sounding” than anything he’s done with Creed or Alter Bridge with “lots of soloing”.

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Joy In Mercy

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted anything to  my blog. I will have to admit that I have been more distracted with social media like Facebook and Google+. My pastor mentioned to me this morning that he was going to deactivate his Facebook account at the end of the year because of it’s distraction. This prompted me to start thinking about how much I’ve let the social media distract me from living a more productive life. Along this line of thinking I am going to post my sermon notes from the sermon this morning. Pastor Mike Rue has been taking us (Wahoo CBC) through a biblical exposition study through the Beatitudes. (Matthew 5) This morning we looked into Matthew 5:7 and the joy of mercy. The following are my notes:

Joy in Mercy (Matt. 5:7)

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5:7 ESV)

Mercy is a relief from a plight.

The assumption of this verse is that mercy has already been given to the believer. There is also a future mercy.

Mercy – Compassion in action.

To be merciful is:

I. Realize the mercy shown to you by God.

II. Respond to the needs and miseries of others.

Example: The good Samaritan Luke 10:29-37

Look for opportunities to serve others in need. Driven by compassion.

III. Relieve the guilt of others.

Everyone lives in a spirit of guilt or regret.

Matt. 18:21-35

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14, 15 ESV)

Regardless of the sin another has done toward you, your sins against a holy God are even greater.

Soli Deo Gloria

 

The Happy, Love, to God’s Glory Cycle

Our local church began doing Community Groups at the beginning of this year. Community Groups is our version of getting together in small groups for a mid-week bible study and fellowship. Through the summer we are using  the John Piper book “Don’t Waste Your Life” as a guide to lead us into a study of what the bible says a fulfilling life should look like. The first couple of chapters have been a little difficult because the content is based on Piper’s own journey of discovery into what a fulfilled life should be and what a wasted life might look like. But this week the spiritual afterburners seemed to have been kicked with chapter 3. The following is an abbreviated version of our past study.

Chapter 3 is titled “Breakthrough – the Beauty of Christ, My Joy.” The accompanying study guide begins with an examination of what people perceive as happiness or the pursuit of it. To that end Piper introduces a quote out of a section of work called “Pensées” written by the French philosopher, mathematician, and Christian apologist, Blaise Pascal. The quote is about happiness:

All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.

The study guide then follows with the thought provoking question: Is it true that all men seek happiness (even those who commit suicide)? Is the pursuit of happiness inevitable? How do you think the Bible regards the pursuit of happiness?

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Standing in the Battle, Part 5 – Sermon Notes

The Shield of Faith – Ephesians 6:16

The following are my notes from our pastor’s sermon this morning.

I – Know what faith is.

With the shield of faith you will be able to extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. Flaming darts = discouragement, temptation, depression, disunity, etc. Our faith is not our own. It is firmly rooted in the relationship with Christ.

Faith is not positive thinking.

Great examples of faith are found in Hebrew 11.

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

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