Sunday, February 24, 2008

5am Study

This week at 5am, we were discussing the origin of sin and how we are all under the condemnation of Adams sin, unless we are born again. One of the things we were trying to figure out is the question of what sin did Adam commit? Was it disobedience by eating the fruit? Or was it letting Eve eat it? Then, we moved on to the question: where did sin come from? The big question is did God create sin, for he is the creator of everything? A verse that was brought up was Isa. 45:7: “I form light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things”. I looked at eleven different translations and six of them contain the word evil. The other five use different words such as calamity, bad times, disaster, and woe. This is a big difference to me, so the question still remains, Did God create evil? For me I would have to say yes. Now I know that some people say that he did not create it but that he allowed it. I just don’t get that statement, where did God allow it to come from? God allows satan to tempt his children and to rule here on earth, but he created satan. Did satan try to one up God and create evil/sin? Why was the tree of knowledge even in the garden? Did God give them a choice to sin or not to sin? That brings up another point. Adam and Eve only had one commandment, "that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat of it." After being disobedient, the next sin that was committed was murder. In my eyes that is a big difference. But I have to think that God knew this was going to happen before he even created Adam and Eve. I realize thatI can go on and on about this topic. I just thank God we can look at the cross, and see where sin stops. The one who was perfect, the one who I love, the one who I point to, the one from above. JESUS! We cannot keep God's commandment. We must put our faith in Christ. Adam and Eve only had one, and they could not keep it. The study of sin helps us realize we need a savior desperately, that there is no good that is in us. Examine your heart, you are a sinner. Do not ever forget it, for when you do, you can boast in yourself and not in the Lord.

Next week we will still be talking about sin at 5am so please comment to help us out.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

John Piper: Getting Saved

Have you seen the LIGHT?

This is what I plan on talking about at Upward basketball, please be in prayer for me.

Pray for Mohler

Mohler to undergo additional surgery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will require additional surgery after a scheduled colonoscopy on February 11 revealed a tumor in his colon. An initial biopsy indicated that the tumor is pre-cancerous and further tests are to be scheduled, along with surgical options.

Mohler, 48, underwent major abdominal surgery in late December 2006, complicated by the development of bilateral blood clots in his lungs. Doctors will take special precautions to prevent a recurrence of the blood clots with this new surgery. Specialists are consulting on the case, and a decision on the date and location for the surgery is to be made in the very near future. The procedure is likely to require an extensive period for recuperation and recovery.

Mohler expressed gratitude to God that medical personnel found the tumor this early.

"Sometimes we take it for granted that we live in an age like this one, in which God has given us the blessing of medical technology," Mohler said. "For most of human history, a tumor such as this one would have gone unnoticed until it was too late. I am thankful for modern medicine, but I am even more thankful that we live in a world in which our God hears us when we pray, a Father who listens to his children."

Mohler said that Southern Seminary "would not skip a beat" during his recuperation.

"I have absolute confidence in the seminary leadership team. We will move forward with momentum," Mohler said. "God has blessed and is blessing Southern Seminary. We do not take that for granted, and we pledge to be good stewards of that blessing, even through this time."

Mohler said that his time of recuperation would necessarily alter some of his plans as he gives first priority to his health and his family.

"Some have asked how this new development affects my nomination to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis this June," Mohler said. "I have decided to give my greatest attention right now to addressing this new challenge and to ministering to my wife and children. This is clearly not the right time for me to accept this nomination. I have asked my good friend Robert Jeffress not to proceed with nominating me for president of our Southern Baptist Convention this year.

"Frankly that decision is made much easier by my knowledge that there is at least one strongly conservative, committed pastor who intends to be nominated in Indianapolis," Mohler said.

Southern Seminary will release additional information as it becomes available. The Mohler family has expressed appreciation for all concern, prayer and encouragement.

Monday, February 18, 2008

What are we doing?

I am such a prayer warrior I pray so many times a day. I mean I’m up to 5 to 6 times a day. Once in the morning before I go to work, that’s about a 1 to 2 minute prayer, then I pray before every meal that’s 30 seconds max. Oh yea guess what I even pray before I go to bed sometimes. Is this what having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is all about? Just spend 5 minutes a day in prayer and God will use you.

Thank you God for your grace on our lives!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Verse to think about!

John 1:37-38
And two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
And Jesus turned and beheld them following, and said “What do you seek”?
And they said to him “Rabbi where are you staying”

Does anybody else see this as avoiding the question? Or is this their way of saying that they are seeking after Him?

Friday Bible study

A group of us have been meeting on Friday morning for a bible study. Last week we talked about Prayer, which Barry walked us through some points about why, how, and where do we pray. This Friday coming up Eric will be walking us through the doctrine of sin. Please help us walk through this doctrine by given us scripture or any quotes you might have. We need all the help we can get to expose sin for what it really is. I hope that as you comment that we all can help each to grow; I am going to try to have something like this up every week. My prayer is that this will be a tool to bring God glory each week.

Spreading the Gospel

My friend Steven Swain is going on a mission trip to Spain. Steven has a passion for The Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is a man committed to sharing it. Steven is self-employed and has a wife and two kids. Please keep Steven in your prayers, for God must prepare the hearts to receive the Gospel. If you would like to support Steven with a donation please call me for details