My 7/30/17AM sermon, No Turning Back from Galatians 4:8-11. At this part of the book, Paul is expressing his concern for the Galatian believers, warning them to not go back to their own law-keeping as a way to be right with God. So, this sermon was my attempt to get at Paul’s heart. We need clarifying words like this, because we easily want to build our own righteousness. I hope this sermon encourages you.
Amazing rap music in the Christian world right now. Especially this song by Shai Linne and Beautiful Eulogy:
My 7/23/17AM sermon, Redeemed and Adopted from Galatians 4:1-7, is now online.
In this sermon, I agree with J.I. Packer:
“Our first point about adoption is that it is the highest privilege that the gospel offers” (J. I. Packer, Knowing God, 206).
J. I. Packer rightly considers adoption the highest privilege of the gospel—higher even than justification—because of the richness of the relationship with God that it begins.
In adoption, God takes us into his family and fellowship—he establishes us as his children and heirs. Closeness, affection and generosity are at the heart of the relationship. To be right with God the Judge [justification] is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father [adoption] is a greater. (207)
We underestimate the privilege that is ours when we’ve been adopted by the Father. I hope this sermon helps you marvel at this and find encouragement.
We have a lot of things happening this holiday weekend at Crestview.
We start a new adult Sunday School unit on marriage, using BILD International’s First Principles book Enjoying Your Relationship. Tomorrow’s lesson explores Titus 1:10-16 and how the struggles on the island of Crete relate to our current struggles about what to think and believe about marriage. Ron Rhoades will be leading this book and we hope it’s fruitful in the lives of people.
We also learn a new song for July entitled Great Are You, Lord.
Finally, I’ll be preaching Galatians 3:15-22 in a sermon called Law and Promises. The word “promise” shows up many times in this section of Scripture. There’s something God wants us to understand about how He makes promises and what it means for us. So, we’ll be exploring how we can have more confidence in God and His promises. I hope this sermon encourages you all. Looking forward to seeing you as we gather…
9AM for Sunday School
10:15AM for Corporate Worship
Crestview Bible Church, 2401 N. Halstead, Hutchinson, KS 67502
We enjoyed an amazing Sunday at Crestview.
During the Sunday School hour, Luke and Julie gave us an update on what they’ve been up to in India. Email me if you’d like a copy of this audio.
During the AM worship service, we enjoyed the Lord’s Supper and got to hear Vivek Jones preach Galatians 3:10-14, Assured in Belonging. The big idea was that no amount of performance or law-keeping can undo the curse that failing to keep the entire law means for us. But, Christ bore the curse and now, by faith in Him, we get blessed with the Holy Spirit. I hope you enjoy the audio and are helped by it.
There’s amazing news throughout the Bible. And, one of the lines we could travel would be the see how God worked through His Word to show us the amazing salvation we enjoy. God promised Abraham that in him, all the nations of the world would be blessed. And, today, those of us who believe are blessed because we have the same kind of faith that Abraham had: he believed God and God counted him as righteous.
Today, rest in Christ and bank all your hope in Him. And you will be among the blessed.
As I write, we’re very close to wrapping up our 2017 Vacation Bible School. We’ve had an amazing week with many people serving, looking beyond themselves, and working for the service of others. We are planning on gathering for worship this coming Sunday.
At 9AM, Luke will be giving a formal report of some of the work God’s been up to in India. Our children will be exploring God’s global work during Tide Travelers.
At 10:15AM, we’ll have corporate worship, taking the Lord’s Supper together. Vivek will be preaching Galatians 3:10-14 and helping give us assurance from God’s Word.
We’ll enjoy a Noon Meal together and then have some prayer time for our India connections.
I hope you’ll join us this coming Sunday, 6/25.
Learned a new one today, so thought I’d share a few things that help me…
- Chick-Fil-A sauce. If you’re not dipping your fries (or anything else) in this delicious goodness, then today’s the day to begin.
- The Chick-Fil-A app. I scan this every purchase. They give you free stuff for signing up and continue to offer you goodies (when you purchase, when a new product is released, etc.).
- Ice Cream. Yes, I have young kids. Today, I learned that if you don’t want the book they include in the kid’s meals, you can exchange it for a free ice cream.
- Free Breakfast. The local Chick-Fil-A (and others I’m aware of) offer a free breakfast sandwich per customer one day a week. I learn about these deals by “liking” our local store’s Facebook page.
Those are just a few that I like. What do you know about that I don’t? Please share.
I loved Tony Reinke’s latest book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You. I suppose I should give a caveat or two. I loved the content and really everything about this book, but it was very convicting. Some quick things I would point out:
- This book includes a theology of technology. Now this might not readily appeal to you. But, knowing how what we believe about God and how that relates to technology is an invaluable help to those who want to follow Christ and live in this day and age.
- The book’s title suggests something obvious (and easily ignored): your phone is changing you. When thinking about an elder or deacon when it comes to money I’ve often asked, do you master your money? or does your money master you? In today’s day and age, we must come to terms with this: do you master your phone/technology? or does your phone/technology master you? And, I think this book is a good starting point to gaze on our hearts when it comes to these questions.
- My favorite part of the book was a middle section called “Calling All Artists.” This section helped frame some categories and ways of thinking for those of us who are working in content creation. There were warnings, cautions, and even probing questions dealing with how we wield digital words in ways that honor God. I needed this section and continue to think about it often.
- Tony’s writing style will serve you well. How could I put it? He’s the right mix of technical information (on a subject like technology in this case) and practicality. He takes it to places that help you think through what it might mean for you. And, on the other hand, many readers will probably want him to go further or lighter than he did. It’s a delicate balance that I feel he’s successfully achieved: the right amount of technical content fused with Biblical, God-consumed, heart-wrenching application.
- The vision of this book, to take our use of phones out for a spin and consider how this activity might help or hinder our love of God and neighbor, is achieved. I love reading books that don’t major on minors. And, Tony is consumed with the majors (loving God and neighbor) to such a degree that the reader is nurtured to green pastures of living. There’s such practicality dripping on every page too, like questions to ask before you tweet something or interacting with whether or not we confornt sin online.
- Recently, I’ve encouraged those who want to nurture hearts that are fixed on things above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-4) to think through their use of phones/technology and recommended this as a tool. We underestimate the influence these things have on us to our detriment. Like Tony, I’m not necessarily recommending that you ditch your phone. However, we have some sort of belief or way of thinking about these techonological benefits we enjoy.
So, I’d recommend this book to you. For the sake of your soul, your family, and your future, please consider these things. You can take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. As Tony said at the end, “our greatest need in the digital age is to behold the glory of the unseen Christ in the faint blue glow of our pixelated Bibles, by faith” (p.210). So, may God grant this.
(Tony has also posted some additional feature articles related to the book’s content, so check those out.)
This past Spring, Crossway released the Devotional Psalter. I love reading the Psalms everyday. In seminary, Don Whitney taught me a method of finding the Psalms of the Day (take today’s date and add 30 to it 4x to find the Psalms of the Day, today’s Psalms of the Day would be 19, 49, 79, 109, and 139). Then, I would take one of those Psalms and read it, using it as a springboard for prayer and helping my heart prepare for the day.
The layout of the text in this volume is splended. Nice margins, spacing, and typeface help the reader feel like they are a part of something that is special, which is certainly the case when we’re in the Psalms.
But, the reality is that sometimes I’m reading along and the light doesn’t come on very quickly. While the devotional psalter has an amazing text layout, it also includes a brief devotion to help foster devotional insights, often with a view toward Christ. Time and again as I’ve used this recently, I’ve been helped by these short content pieces. Here’s an example of what this looks like on the page:
I was also helped by the video intro from Dane Ortlund:
I’d encourage you to grab the Devotional Psalter, especially for your devotions, as a way to warm the affections of your heart around truths that point to Christ and draw you out to worship the One who made you.