Tuesday, January 30, 2007
1Cor. 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1Cor. 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
1Cor. 13:3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
1Cor. 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
1Cor. 13:5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
1Cor. 13:6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
1Cor. 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1Cor. 13:8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
1Cor. 13:9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
1Cor. 13:10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
1Cor. 13:11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
1Cor. 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
1Cor. 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Some of you may have caught the story about the movie The Queen where it was edited, and all references to "God" were taken out. As you might imagine there has been quite a bit of discussion but it turns out that it was all a misunderstanding.
In an article I read on boston.com, I found this quote....
"....it was the mistake of an overzealous and inexperienced employee for a California company that edits movies selected for onboard entertainment.........In-flight viewers of the film at one point heard "(Bleep) bless you, ma'am," as one character spoke to the queen."
I guess it turns out that it was not some politically correct zealot, just someone who got carried away.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I added the new blog to my list. Check out Steve's blog when you get a chance!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I have heard Dr. Chapell a number of times and his book on preaching is the best I have read.
Here is a quote from the article
"The military regime in Burma is intent on wiping out Christianity in the country, according to claims in a secret document believed to have been leaked from a government ministry. Entitled "Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma", the incendiary memo contains point by point instructions on how to drive Christians out of the state."
We need to remember these brothers and sisters in prayer.....
Monday, January 22, 2007
1 Corinthians 12:15-31
1Cor. 12:15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.
1Cor. 12:16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.
1Cor. 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
1Cor. 12:18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.
1Cor. 12:19 If they were all one member, where would the body be?
1Cor. 12:20 But now there are many members, but one body.
1Cor. 12:21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
1Cor. 12:22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;
1Cor. 12:23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable,
1Cor. 12:24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked,
1Cor. 12:25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
1Cor. 12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
1Cor. 12:27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
1Cor. 12:28 And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.
1Cor. 12:29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they?
1Cor. 12:30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?
1Cor. 12:31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts.
And I show you a still more excellent way.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
1 Corinthians 12:4-14
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.
6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.
7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
8For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;
9to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
10and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.
11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
12For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.
13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
14For the body is not one member, but many.
Friday, January 19, 2007
One of the ministers is Ligon Duncan, a PCA pastor from Jackson, MS. I am not sure how many folks in the PCA are aware of this group, and I am just getting to know it myself. They have a blog connected to the website that I have put on my blog list. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
A.W. Tozer says that people who are crucified with Christ have three distinct marks:
1. they are facing only one direction,
2. they can never turn back, and
3. they no longer have plans of their own.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
But the problem lies in the fact that here in Southern NH, we still have yet to see a significant snow fall this Winter Season.
And it is January 15
Today we have freezing rain, ice and the possibility of snow showers later in the evening. I feel like I am living in NC or VA or TX. Not NH.
Here is to hoping that at some point, Winter Snow will make its way to Nashua.
Friday, January 12, 2007
CNN, WMUR and The New Hampshire Union Leader will hold the back-to-back debates on April 4 and 5, the first such events to be held of the 2008 presidential campaign. CNN's Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debates with questions coming from WMUR's Scott Spradling and Union Leader's John DiStaso. WMUR's Jennifer Vaughn will be moderating questions from the audience. The debate will be televised live nationally on CNN and throughout New Hampshire on WMUR.
For the entire article, click here
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
1 Corinthians 12:1-3 (New American Standard Bible)
The Use of Spiritual Gifts1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.
2You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led.
3Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.We start a new sermon series in 1 Corinthians and we begin with Chapter 12. I think this will be very profitable. I am looking forward to exploring Paul's teaching on worship, spiritual gifts and what the Body of Christ is suppose to look like.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
"The core issue in why we left is not women's leadership. It is not "Episcopalians against equality," as the headline on a recent Post op-ed by Harold Meyerson put it. It is not a "leftward" drift in the church. It is not even primarily ethical -- though the ordination of a practicing homosexual as bishop was the flash point that showed how far the repudiation of Christian orthodoxy had gone.
The core issue for us is theological: the intellectual integrity of faith in the modern world. It is thus a matter of faithfulness to the lordship of Jesus, whom we worship and follow. The American Episcopal Church no longer believes the historic, orthodox Christian faith common to all believers. Some leaders expressly deny the central articles of the faith -- saying that traditional theism is "dead," the incarnation is "nonsense," the resurrection of Jesus is a fiction, the understanding of the cross is "a barbarous idea," the Bible is "pure propaganda" and so on. Others simply say the creed as poetry or with their fingers crossed."
Monday, January 08, 2007
As I have read these papers, I have been impressed with the thoughtfulness and careful handling of difficult issues. I have found as a minister it has given me opportunities to think through some of my own questions.
It turns out that the Position Papers of the PCA are online and available for anyone to download and read for themselves. I think you will find them very insightful.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Last week I had so much to cover that I divided the sermon text up into 2 parts. Last week we looked at the text specifically, made some observations and came to a conclusion on a summary of the passage.
This week I will give a brief overview of Paul's usage of the word "body" and how this text differs from his other passages on the subject. Then we will look at Application.
The Application will consist of two parts
Our Body as a Temple
For more info, come on Sunday......
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Right outside my office window in downtown Nashua, I saw my first Presidential poster, John Cox for 2008. If you interested, click on this link to find out more about him.
I will do my best to keep you guys posted on how things heat up. Folks around here tell me, I haven't seen anything yet. Just wait till we are in full swing for the primaries, I won't be able to swing a dead cat without hitting a satellite truck or a political candidate.
I will let you know if they are right.