Hard seeing the lostness of the lost

We must always think that we could be in the gutter, if our upbringing were different, if our choices had been poorer, if our circumstances had been more unfortunate. “There but for the grace of God go I.”

So it is compassion that leads us and compassion that stays us among the lost, hard as it is to witness their perdition. He who seeks to save takes great care not to lose his own soul.

The risk is great; the loss, eternal; the mission, heedless of harm; the benefit, endless joy and perfect peace.

“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives” Jude 22-23 NTL.

#evangelism, #mission, #risk

Our God Is Kind

Our God is kind in every way,
He holds the evil tide at bay,
With love he showers his faithful saints,
In Christ no follower falls or faints.

He bears us on the Spirit’s wing,
That we might daily praise and sing;
In us he lives, we shall not tire,
The word within burns like a fire.

Our God is good, and goodness proves,
In every trial and pain he moves;
In heaven’s path the Cross we bear,
His suffering and joy we gladly share.

— RandalMatheny.com

#god, #hymns, #poetry

What Christ offers, and what happened today

So I started work on a new series of messages for the Urbanova congregation, called “What Christ Offers You” (O que Cristo oferece a você). I’m formatting the file and can’t remember how the headers should look.

So I open up the book closest to me, on top of the pile to my right, Homer Hailey’s “From Creation to the Day of Eternity.” (I’ve not looked at it or read it in a long time, had pulled it off the shelf because of bugs eating into the wood.)

I open it at random. The header gives the name of the chapter: “What Christ Offers Men.”

What do you think of that?

#unexplicable

World population in bubbles

It’s a deceptively simple visualization, but the story that gets distilled is loud and clear:

via Does Size Matter? Visualizing The Population Of Every Country (In Bubbles) | Zero Hedge

Think of evangelizing these countries, and how much is still needed to do.

#evangelism, #missions

My favorite Bible sites: No content but Bible

To get a devotional by email on the NLT.to site, you have to give them lots of personal information. No thanks! About the only thing they don’t ask for is your shoe size. That’s not a service, it’s a data-collection effort by the company.

Even if the version wasn’t my favorite, the site was once the best I’d ever seen, since it offered the Bible text only. (That’s my number one criterion.) Later, they offered the devotional material by email. It’s still one of the better ones. Continue reading

#bible, #bible-versions

The return of ‘Water in the plan’

Yesterday, someone discovered the post on my personal website, from 2011, which shared a link of a podcast by the name “Water in the plan.” I was a guest on Kyle Massengale’s “iQuest” program, and that was the title for the subject of the day. We spent about an hour talking mostly about baptism in all its rich and varied teaching.

Since yesterday the post has received over 50 hits. On my site that’s a significant number for such an old post. So somewhere on the internet, the link was undoubtedly shared, with lemmings falling over the podcast cliff. I thank whoever it was. Continue reading

#baptism, #corollaries, #friendship, #materialism, #podcasts

Faulty reasoning about worship

Faulty reasoning abounds about worship. This devotional thought centered on Psalm 149.2-3 from a denominational pastor is a prime example of it. This is the entire piece:

This is fascinating because the tambourine and harp were created by other cultures. From the beginning of worship music, the people of God took the instruments that were available in their day and used them for the glory of God. This means that the Biblical picture of praise is one that can incorporate the contributions of any culture, any style. Since that is the case, what do you have today in your culture that you could use to praise His name?

Men choose elements and features of worship thinking that God will like it. They justify it by twisted logic. Gone is any idea of God authorizing what can be done or under what covenant. Culture trumps covenant. Personal preference wins over worship given to God by faith—that faith that comes by hearing the word of God, Rom 10.17.

Man has often sought “an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion” Col 2.23 ESV. And he even uses the Bible to do it. Continue reading

#biblical-authority, #new-covenant, #new-testament, #worship