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Catholic Mass Alone In A Pew
December 25, 2007, 6:56 am
Filed under: My Devotionals

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I went to church twice tonight.  Once with my entire family, and once by myself.  The first Christmas eve service was great.  Almost every member of my family came to church together, to celebrate the night that Jesus came to Earth to save us from ourselves.  The second service was a Catholic Midnight Mass.  I have never gone to Midnight Mass before, because I am not Catholic, so I was nervous but still wanted to see how peaceful it could be.  It was all I hoped and more.  Now i must state that I do not believe in all the aspects of the Catholic church, but tonight it got me to a place where I encountered Christ.  I needed to hear the story again.  The story i have heard hundreds of times.  I needed it to sink into my heart and head again.   As i sat silently in the pew alone, I found Jesus beside me.  In the choir, message, Scripture readings, hymns, and communion.  The line that got me, that always gets me is when the priest said this about Jesus, “Behold I Come To Take Away The Sins Of The World.”  Think about that for a second today……….God the Father really sent His only Son to come to Earth and be punished and eventually murdered in our place.  

The story of Christmas is one of celebration of life, but also one of celebration that one day He would die on our behalf……in our place.

So before i go to bed, I encourage you to reread this passage…….even if you have already heard or read it recently…….

Josh

Luke 1: 8-19

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

    13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,     14“Glory to God in the highest,       and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

    15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

    16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.



If Sinners Will Be Damned
December 23, 2007, 7:16 am
Filed under: Quotes
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“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms around their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for. – C.H. Spurgeon.


Desire Nothing But God And I Will Shake The World
December 22, 2007, 7:32 am
Filed under: Quotes

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 “Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God and I will shake the world. I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; and such alone will overthrow the kingdom of Satan and build up the kingdom of God on earth.” –John Wesley–



The Gospel Is For Christians
December 21, 2007, 7:02 am
Filed under: Quotes

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for Christians. The Gospel is not merely something non-Christians desperately need, but something every Christian needs to hear repeatedly. It should be a part of every Christian sermon, book, pamphlet or article. Whether the subject matter concerns growing in godliness, prayer, the life of faith, walking in love, stewardship over finances, marriage and the family, or control of the tongue – name the topic – the Gospel should always be center stage. Many “practical” “Christian” messages actually leave the Gospel out, ridding us of the very power that will make its truths work in our lives. But its not at all practical and not at all Christian without the Gospel. Any sermon can only be successfully applied when we are in vital, living union with Christ on the basis of the Gospel. Therefore, as believers, we should be very eager to be shown how the Gospel applies to the subject at hand. We should read each page of the Scriptures through the lens of the Gospel, and thus avoid legalism on the one hand, or (antinomianism) the idea that God is not at all interested in our obedience, on the other. We need to preach the Gospel to ourselves everyday, for it lies at the very center of the Christian life. Applying the Gospel to every area of our lives is the way to experience God’s intended victory and blessing. If we are living below the level of our inheritance in Christ, God asks us, “what is it about the Gospel do you not understand?”

– Pastor John Samson



Made For Him
December 16, 2007, 8:25 pm
Filed under: Quotes

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“When we believe that we should be satisfied rather than God glorified in our worship, then we put God below ourselves as though He had been made for us rather than that we had been made for Him.” 
 –Stephen Charnock



Waste No More Time In Sterile Lamentations
December 15, 2007, 7:08 am
Filed under: Quotes

aw_tozer2.gif “If we cannot trust God to have dealt effectively with our past, we may as well throw in the sponge now and have it over with….But if God has indeed pardoned and cleansed us, then we should count it done and waste no more time in sterile lamentations.”  –A.W. Tozer–



Cheap Grace
December 14, 2007, 7:44 am
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 “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession.  Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”  — Dietrich Bonhoeffer —