Good afternoon brothers and sisters,
Well, my retirement inches closer each day. It is now a bit less than two weeks away. As I mentioned last week, this Lord’s Day will be the final sermon I will preach to you from this pulpit as your Pastor. It has been a real struggle to discern what I should do with this final opportunity to preach to you, my dear brothers and sisters.
I believe our Lord, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, has given me some direction. I’ve entitled the sermon Some Final Exhortations…not terribly original but it should give you some idea of the direction I will be going.
The Order of Worship is attached…honest, it really is attached.
I thought would share one final Grace Gem with you.I found it rather convicting but at the same time most edifying. It’s by Spurgeon who was a master at preaching so as to bring conviction but, at the same time, preaching in a most edifying manner.
Sin, a little thing?
“Avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Sin, a little thing?
Is it not poison? Who knows its deadliness?
Sin, a little thing?
Do not little foxes spoil the grapes?
Do not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy?
Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks?
Will not continual droppings wear away stones?
Sin, a little thing?
It girded the Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced His heart!
It made Him suffer unfathomable anguish, bitterness, and woe!
Look upon all sin as that which crucified your Savior, and you will see it to be utterly sinful!
If you could but weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity–you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil.
Not only do great sins ruin the soul, but lesser sins will do the same. Dallying with temptation, leads to sad consequences.
A small dagger thrust into the heart, will give as deadly a wound as a huge two-handed sword.
Just so, a little sin unrepented of, will be as fatal as living in gross transgressions.
Death can hide in a drop, and ride in a breath of air. Just so, our greatest dangers lie hidden in little things. The least sin may cause a great madhouse in your heart. It may conceal a host of evils, and a numerous hive of mischiefs, each one storing great harm.
Believer, beware of little sins! Watch and pray, lest you fall little by little.
Lord, save me from sins which call themselves litt
· July 21–Adults Fellowship Group (westsiders)
· July 28–Neighborhood Fellowship
· August 4–Fellowship Meal
· August 4–Season of Prayer
· August 11–Young Adults Fellowship Group
· August 18– Adults Fellowship Group (westsiders)
· August 25–Neighborhood Fellowship
· August 30–Installation Service for Pastor Tim
Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure. —D.L. Moody
If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.--G.K. Chesterton
The more we are able to reveal ourselves to our life partners and still be loved, the more we are able to understand what a relationship with God is all about. —R.C. Sproul
Behind every sin is a lie. —Tim Chester
Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it. —Oswald Chambers
The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. —A.W. Tozer
Membership is not simply a name on a piece of paper or our declaration of affection toward the place we grew up. It must reflect a living commitment . . . or it is worthless.–Mark Dever
God Will Daily Bear You Up
Our worst days have a way of making the future feel impossible.
Perhaps we wake up to a depression that makes our chest cave in. Or a relationship on the verge of collapse. Or pain in our bones that makes the smallest focus a feat. The thought of enduring for a lifetime, or even another week, can send us searching for an escape.
We do not, however, need to know on our worst days how God will sustain us for a lifetime. We do not need to know even how he will sustain us tomorrow. We need to know, even with a mustard seed of faith, that he will get us through today. READ MORE…
A Sober Warning from the Earliest Christians
When I was a kid, my family once watched a movie that included vivid scenes of persecution against the earliest Christians. I remember lying awake at night, terrified by these images of Christians burning in the streets and being fed to the lions. I couldn’t help but imagine myself in the place of those beleaguered believers. At the time, I assumed they were being persecuted simply for being Christians, but as I’ve studied early church history, I’ve come to realize it’s not quite so simple. And as simplicity gives way to reality, I see there are some important lessons we can learn today through that early church persecution.
The earliest Christians lived within the Roman Empire, and, despite what you may have heard, Rome was surprisingly tolerant of other faiths. As they conquered the surrounding nations, they would rarely demand full loyalty to the traditional Roman religion or gods. They would allow people to continue to worship their own gods in pretty much their own way. But still the Christians were persecuted. Why? READ MORE…
ARCHAEOLOGISTS UNEARTH 3,000-YEAR-OLD CITY THAT LIKELY HARBORED KING DAVID FROM SAUL
An ancient refuge that famously hid David from King Saul has itself been hidden for years to scholars—until now.
Researchers have recently found evidence of the biblical city of Ziklag at Khirbet al-Ra’I, an excavation site in the Judean foothills of Israel. Carbon dating and artifacts from the site have prompted scholars to link the site to the 3,200-year-old Philistine town. READ MORE…
Some Things Are Worth Doing Poorly
I have a greater appreciation for my mother, now that my children are learning piano. When I was a kid, it never crossed my mind that my mom might not thoroughly enjoy hearing the same simple songs played poorly over and over again. She made me practice, so she must want to hear it, right? I thought I was the only reluctant one, until my own children started playing those same simple songs, with the same mistakes, over and over again. It’s not always been very pleasant. And yet I really do like to hear it – not because of the repetitive wrong notes, but because of what they are leading to. Now that a few years have passed, the things my children play on the piano are much nicer to hear. If they keep at it, the things they’ll play in a few more years will be even better. It’s the only way forward. No one masters piano overnight. And what’s true for the instrument is also true for life. READ MORE…
How millennials replaced religion with astrology and crystals
I love myself.
I am beautiful.
It was an unseasonably chilly night for June in Los Angeles. About three dozen people, mostly women in their 20s and 30s, were spending their Friday evening lying on yoga mats on the back patio of a shop a few blocks from Hollywood Forever Cemetery and the Paramount Pictures lot. Attendees had been invited to bring whatever they needed to make the space cozy: Blankets. Pillows. Crystals.
I am powerful.
Ana Lilia was leading them in affirmations, closing out a 90-minute breathwork session celebrating the summer solstice.
I am a bright light.
I am ready to be seen.
Most days, Lilia works with individual clients. In the evenings, she teaches classes or puts on events, such as the solstice gathering. She first got into breathwork four years ago and started taking classes to become a teacher six months later. If you’ve never done it before, it’s a mix of breathing exercises and guided meditations meant to relax you and help connect with your thoughts — a cross between the last 10 minutes of a yoga class and a therapy session that takes place entirely in your head. READ MORE…
Ten questions for pro-choice people
Let me state my purpose up front: I’m a pro-lifer with ten genuine questions aimed at pro-choice people, and I’m hoping that you (dear reader) will keep on reading to the end. But I’m also realistic. The chance of keeping your attention on such a matter of deep division is not going to be easy, not least because you may well imagine me to be misogynistic and backward.
This debate is always vitriolic, and as a result, often deeply unintelligent. Most people (on both sides) are content with sharing facile memes and puerile soundbites. I want to avoid that tone, if I can. It’s not the strong language I have a problem with (vital issues call for forceful language), but the ignorant ways that opinions are often voiced, and the consequent refusal to engage in rational discussion. I hope to convince you that the pro-life perspective is rooted in compassion, not misogyny. And so, I urge you to read and even respond. READ MORE…
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
“In the sphere of religion, as in other spheres, the things about which men are agreed are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will fight.” J. Gresham Machen
“When Christ calls a man – he bids him come and die.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer