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Here is a devotional I read the other night from C.H.Spurgeon’s Mornings and Evening’s for October 24th. I broke it up a little and encourage you to read through it slowly and dwell upon the truth of what our savior continues to do for us.

“He began to wash the disciples’ feet.”
–John 13:5

The Lord Jesus loves His people so much, that every day He is still doing for them much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet.

  • Their poorest actions He accepts;
  • their deepest sorrow He feels;
  • their slenderest wish He hears,
  • and their every transgression He forgives.
  • He is still their servant as well as their Friend and Master.
  • He not only performs majestic deeds for them, as wearing the mitre on His brow,
  • and the precious jewels glittering on His breastplate,
  • and standing up to plead for them, but humbly, patiently, He yet goes about among His people with the basin and the towel.
  • He does this when He puts away from us day by day our constant infirmities and sins.

Last night, when you bowed the knee, you mournfully confessed that much of your conduct was not worthy of your profession; and even tonight, you must mourn afresh that you have fallen again into the selfsame folly and sin from which special grace delivered you long ago; and yet Jesus will have great patience with you;

  • He will hear your confession of sin;
  • He will say, “I will, be thou clean”;
  • He will again apply the blood of sprinkling,
  • and speak peace to your conscience, and remove every spot.

It is a great act of eternal love when Christ once for all absolves the sinner, and puts him into the family of God; but what condescending patience there is when the Saviour with much long-suffering bears the oft recurring follies of His wayward disciple;

  • day by day,
  • and hour by hour,
  • washing away the multiplied transgressions of His erring but yet beloved child!
  • To dry up a flood of rebellion is something marvellous,
  • but to endure the constant dropping of repeated offences–
  • to bear with a perpetual trying of patience, this is divine indeed!

While we find comfort and peace in our Lord’s daily cleansing, its legitimate influence upon us will be to increase our watchfulness, and quicken our desire for holiness. Is it so?

Humble Orthodoxy

October 20, 2010 — Leave a comment

Joshua Harris has a great book called, Dug Down Deep. It has been a great read for me and one that hits home, as our walks are very similar. Other than the many books he has written, conferences he has spoken at and the mega church he leads, ok so maybe they are not that close. Any-who, his final chapter entitled Humble Orthodoxy is great, worth the price of the book.

Here is a great little quote speaking about humble orthodoxy,

It’s standing for truth with a tear in our eye. It’s telling a friend living in sexual sin that we love her even as we tell her that her sexual activity is disobedient to God. It’s remembering that angry, unkind opponents of the gospel are human beings created in the image of God who need the same mercy he has shown us. It’s remembering that when we’re arrogant and self-righteous in the way we represent orthodoxy, we’re actually contradicting with our lives what we claim to believe. (pg 225)

I love the simplicity of this little blurb, but also the depth. It reminds me of Bill Stregers session on Gospel Hype at Lead2010.

Here are a couple free things on Dug Down Deep:

  • If you just want to read this chapter you can for free HERE
  • Here is a small group study guide for Dug Down Deep
  • Also I plan to post a full review and recommendation for this book in the next week

Painting the Fence

October 19, 2010 — 4 Comments

This past weekend I had a one plan for my afternoon. It included writing, reading and a grande latte of some sort from St. Arbucks. The strange thing is that over the past month I have been reading through the book of Acts and challenged and convicted about reaching people for Jesus. Although I had plans for my afternoon, God was taking my prayer and study and giving me a chance to make good on it.

See I live in more downtown area of Auburn. I have a small yard, but to say we know our neighbors more by their yells then their names may explain well the area in which I live in. As I was sitting on my computer ready to head out I noticed my neighbors painting my fence, or maybe it is theirs I am not really sure. Either way after an internal struggle, because to be honest I really wanted that latte. But God wanted me to grab my paint brush and go help paint the fence.

I went and painted the fence, and talked for about an hour with my neighbor. I found out about his political affiliation, his struggles with his 18yr old son, his frustrations with his job that he has worked for 35 years and make less now than he did before. I in no way lead him to Jesus, but I started a conversation that one day I hope will lead him to see and savior the glory of God above all other things in this world! The lessoned learned is God does answer our prayers for His power, they are just usually going to be against our comfort and our wants in life.

ps. I am now drinking a great cup of A29 coffee, it is no latte, but I thank God for it!

Bless Believers Hearts

October 16, 2010 — Leave a comment

One great commentary set is the Reformed Expository Commentary. Bryan Chapell has written a couple of them and they are superb! Here is a quote from Chapell on Ephesians 1.5-6,

Paul is using the doctrine of predestination not to separate believers, not to instill pride in our being chosen, nor to vaunt any special knowledge of how God works, but simply to assure hard-pressed believers that God has loved them loved them and does love them apart from any merit of their own. In other words, predestination is meant to bless believers’ hearts. It is not meant for endless argument; it is not an excuse not to evangelize; it is our basis of comfort when we face the limitations of our actions, will, and choices.

This is why the doctrine of predestination is so beautiful to me and fills my heart with joy, comfort and confidence in Jesus, not me.

Back At It

October 11, 2010 — 2 Comments

It has been forever since I have posted here, but have no fear I am back (for the three of you who care).

Since Lead 2010 is finished up and things are starting to settle down here, I am going to jump back in. I have a bunch of cool stuff I hope to be sharing soon. A couple reviews of some great resources, Lead 2010 conference audio and video, a session I did on Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry and some other projects I am working on.

Thanks for being part of this blog.

Tomorrow: a review of Joshua Otte’s new CD Already but Not Yet – I will be giving a couple CD away for free!