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Sunday, July 25 Service

Go To FileFactory.com Above is the media player that will allow you to listen to, well, most of Sunday morning's service.  Seems someone (me) forgot to start the recorder until about 15 minutes in.Here, by the way, is the sermon outline that prompted the sermon in the service above.  There are some differences, but that's part of the difference between preaching class and preaching in church: the requirement when standing before the church is to deliver God's word as the Spirit of God directs.  In preaching class, it's to deliver your sermon as directed by your professor.  Classes are about learning to sharpen and prepare tools, and it's an invaluable goal to have those classes.  Experience is necessary too.Text: Matthew 13:1-9Theme: Plant the seedsDate: July 25 2010 AMLocation: CBC MonticelloAnd He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;
4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate…

Book Review: Jungle Warfare

Sorry for the sporadic posting.  Hopefully I'll get back on routine next week, but I wanted to ahead and get my review up for Booksneeze, since I've had the book for a couple of weeks.  Jungle Warfare: A Basic Field Manual for Christians in SalesI've been kind of locked up on this book review, and that's why I've held it up for a week.  So, this is going to be a slightly split-personality review.  You'll see the split when it happens, trust me.I took this book to review, not because I'm imminently qualified to comment on Christopher A. Cunningham's sales abilities, but rather to take a look at the Christian aspect of this work.  I'm far from qualified to critique anyone's sales techniques on their own, because the time I tried to survive as a sales rep resulted in earnings of $0.00 in 5 weeks.  It was enough of an exposure, though, to see the jungle Cunningham is speaking of in this work.  As with any other profession, there are legitimate quest…

Sunday, July 25 Service

Go To FileFactory.com Above is the media player that will allow you to listen to, well, most of Sunday morning's service.  Seems someone (me) forgot to start the recorder until about 15 minutes in.Here, by the way, is the sermon outline that prompted the sermon in the service above.  There are some differences, but that's part of the difference between preaching class and preaching in church: the requirement when standing before the church is to deliver God's word as the Spirit of God directs.  In preaching class, it's to deliver your sermon as directed by your professor.  Classes are about learning to sharpen and prepare tools, and it's an invaluable goal to have those classes.  Experience is necessary too.Text: Matthew 13:1-9Theme: Plant the seedsDate: July 25 2010 AMLocation: CBC MonticelloAnd He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;
4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate…

1 Peter 1:3-5 Part II

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NASB)A few more thoughts here:1.  "Has caused us to be born again."  Our regeneration and new life in Christ is caused by the work of God.  It is really nothing at all to our credit that we've been born again, any more than a child really chooses their own birthday.  Somehow, in His mercy, God has made the starting effort to bring us to Him.2.  "To a living hope."  Not a dead hope, not a passive hope, but a living hope.  I'm taking this, personally, as a comfort that the hope we have in Christ is not just static, but able to f…

1 Peter 1:3-5

Born Again to a Living Hope3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV) A few things to note here:1.  "Blessed be" is more of an observation than a command.  It's the essence, really, of our worship of God.  We don't add anything to God by worshipping Him.  This doesn't mean we don't do it, just that we're doing is expressing realities, not inventing them.  This is why you can worship God with new songs or old ones: as long as they are connected with the truth of who God is, and He doesn't change, they're valid. It depends, of course, on where your heart is.  But you're not addin…

Lifeway hits a mark

Last year, in June, I criticized the Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Christian Resources over their advertising of a few products.  You can read it all here.  However, in the interest of fairness, I thought I should share a good thing I saw from them this past week.Last week I went to M-Fuge, part of the student summer activities Lifeway puts together.  It was a well-run camp/mission activity that we'll talk about later.  One of the activities was an adult Bible study while the youth had their own Bible studies, and as we were getting ready for this Bible study time, there was always a short video profiling some aspect of Lifeway's student ministries system.  (Ok, it was a commercial.)One of these was for the curriculum directly related to young women.  It was a video showing some of the various temptations and issues girls face, and and expressing some of those emotions.  It also shared the viewpoint, repeatedly, of "you can't protect me," addressed to…

Book Review: Beyond Opinion

Up next from Booksneeze: Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias.  Well, it's primarily by Ravi Zacharias.  There are other contributors, but he's the general editor, so he gets both credit and blame for the whole work.  Here's what it looks like:Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend(Just a note: this book is a re-issue, originally published in 2008.  I didn't read it then.)There is much talk today about being Christians in the midst of a multi-cultural and pluralistic world.  Some of the talk comes from within the family of faith, some from outside, and it raises good questions.  What are those questions?Well, there are questions like: "Why is there evil?" or "How can Christians claim that their God is the only right one?"  Within the church, we ask similar questions, like "How can I insist I'm right? Is that not disrespectful?"Unfortunately, we in the American church aren't generally well-equipped to answer these questions.  Over t…

A detour to Jonah

For those of you who don't know it, I'm with the youth from Calvary Baptist Church at M-Fuge Camp.  We're in Birmingham, Alabama, on the beautiful, spacious campus of Samford University.  Anyway, I'm living a youth camp schedule this week which includes: 1. getting up crazy early to shower; 2. running like crazy throughout the day; 3. eating in a college cafeteria; 4. worship that would be awesome if I hadn't gotten old enough that it's a bit loud; 5. being up insanely late, since I have to make sure all my guys are back and in their rooms.Anyway, with all of this, blog posting is not as easy as I'd like it to be.  I meant to have this up yesterday, and it didn't happen.  Yesterday's Bible study was about Jonah.  I had some thoughts on Jonah, and I want to share them.1.  We tend to think of Jonah as a story of God's missionary calling, even in the Old Testament.  At one level, that's part of why we have the book of Jonah.  Another reason to …

This week

Just to let you know, I'm headed out to M-Fuge with the youth of Calvary Baptist Church this week.  I'm both thrilled and dreading the experience.  I'll be in Birmingham, Alabama on the campus of Samford University.  The President of Samford is Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, who was the President at Ouachita Baptist University when Ann and I were there.  I doubt he'll remember me.Anyway, blog posting will be sporadic this week.  I'm taking my laptop under the heading of "pastoral privilege" since I might need email and church directory access, but I don't know how much time I'll have to keep up.Coming up, though, I've gotten Ravi Zacharias' new book, Beyond Opinion, from Booksneeze.  So, that review is coming.  There may be a few other reviews to address, and then some updates on Hibbard world as I get ready to start school this fall.For those of you that are wondering, I'm going to Alabama.  My wife, children, and loaded firearms will be he…

Sermon Outline July 4 AM

Text: Psalm 67
Theme: Why God puts up with the US
Date: July 4, 2010
Location: CBC Monticello
Text:Psalm 67: Traditionally used by some Jews as the Sabbath was ending and normal life was returning
Sung/said prior to closing prayer
It's a declaration of what they wanted to see happen in the coming week
Starting how?
Verse 1: A request for God's favor:
Asking for grace
Blessing
Shining of God's face:
Evokes Numbers 6:24-26: [24] The LORD bless you and keep you; [25] the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;[26] the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV)
We have seen these blessings these past 230 years as Americans
Even in our recessions and depressions
Even in our wars and conflicts
God's blessing of liberty has continued to abound on our nation
Continued why?
Verse 2: That His…

1 Peter 1:2

Thought I'd abandoned this line of thought, didn't you?  Not quite.I'd like to focus on the closing line of Peter's greeting: "May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure."  (1 Peter 1:2)What is he talking about here?  Well, let's break it down.  I'm seeing, as us preachers are typically taught to see, 3 major points:1.  Grace:  Grace is being treated differently than we deserve to be.  Too often we are caught up in our own rights and privileges, as if we have earned these.  Whether we take God's word for it or Jefferson's, our rights are ours not by merit or effort, but by the endowment of our Creator.  Now, certain rights are secured by the efforts of mankind, but others are not subject to human effort at all, but come only through the work of God.  This is the grace of God: that for the rights we need, He provides them.  What right is that?  For the image of God in all of us to be loosed to come out past the corruption of sin.  This…