Skip to main content

Journal--October 1 2009

Daily Journal

October 1 2009

Doug


Romans 1:4 →The Resurrection is the evidence of the power of God and evidence of the divinity of Christ. It's also a beautiful promise. You see in the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus that he often used the physical to demonstrate an underlying spiritual reality. He does the same with His resurrection. By showing us a completely dead physical body being brought back He shows how the completely spiritual that we are can be raised again by His power.


Joshua 1:5 → “Just as I was”: are we leaving a testimony for others to follow? Are we learning from the testimony of others? Do we realize that God has worked through those people to prepare us? Will we be strong and courageous because we know God has been faithful or are we afraid because we haven't seen it in our life yet?


Matthew 21:23-32 →We can equivocate to watch our political backs, but we'll never learn the truth that way. Is that perhaps our problem, or at least my problem sometimes in church seeking God's guidance and blessing? That I am so concerned with not offending one side or the other that the Lord responds “I will not tell you?” That we would take that stand!!


Don't forget to hit Reflections on Proverbs! Our third contributor is up and running. Give her some encouragement as we try and get her writing and sharing more.


Thoughts in my journal today:


Do we realize that we need a theological underpinning for life? That we all build a house of understanding who God is, but without at least a basic system, it's like dumping lumber on a worksite and nailing it together randomly, then calling it a house. We know the Bible is the foundation, but how do we build the house? That's our understanding, our theology, is the house we build. Some people claim they don't need theology, but all those boards are just laying there, and some of them aren't good boards, they don't match the foundation at all. Yet you don't know that, because you haven't culled the pile. Some are just slightly warped because of exposure to bad elements, and need to be properly built into the framework to bring them back to true.


Side thought: Is there really a difference in the call to preach and the call to missions? Can we find that Biblically? Or if we're called to preach, we're called to wherever and preach that God allows?


Doug


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Book: By the Waters of Babylon

Worship. It is what the church does as we strive to honor God with our lips and our lives. And then, many churches argue about worship. I have about a half-dozen books on my shelf about worship, but adding Scott Aniol’s By the Waters of Babylon to the shelf has been excellent.

First of all, Aniol’s work is not based on solving a musical debate. While that branch of worship is often the most troublesome in the local church, By the Waters of Babylon takes a broader view. The starting point is the place of the church. That place is a parallel of Psalm 137, where the people of God, Israel, found themselves in a strange land. The people of God, again, find themselves in a strange land.
Second, in summary, the book works logically to the text of Scripture, primarily Psalm 137 but well-filled with other passages. Then it works outward from how the text addresses the problems submitted in the first chapter into how worship, specifically corporate worship, should look in the 21st century Weste…

Book Review: The Heart Mender by @andyandrews (Andy Andrews)

The Heart Mender: A Story of Second ChancesEver read a book that you just kind of wish is true?  That's my take on The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews.  It's a charming story of love and forgiveness, and it's woven into the historical setting of World War II America.  For the narrative alone, the book is worth the read, but the message it contains is well worth absorbing as well.However, let's drop back a minute.  This book was originally published under the title Island of Saints.  I read Island of Saints and enjoyed it greatly.  Now, Andrews has released it under a new title, with a few minor changes.  All of this is explained in the Author's Note at the beginning, but should be noted for purchaser's sake.  If you read Island of Saints, you're rereading when you read The Heart Mender.  Now, go ahead and reread it.  It will not hurt you one bit.Overall, the story is well-paced.  There are points where I'd like more detail, both in the history and the geog…

Sermon Recap for October 14

Here is what you'll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You'll also find the embedded Youtube videos of each sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: http://eebcar.libsyn.com/rssThe video is linked on my personal Youtube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBGluSoaJgYn6PbIklwKaw?view_as=publicSermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/SermonsThanks!