Purchase A Laptop…For the Global Glory of God

31 03 2008
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Two Great Examples at Grace!

31 03 2008

I don’t do this sort of thing often for obvious reasons. But after watching Piper’s (no) retirement video, I couldn’t help but rejoice in light of the fact that God has given little Grace Church such wonderful examples of what “retirement” ought to look like in our two “more seasoned” covenant member couples! Thanks for paving the way Cupples and Naves!

(HT: Marc)

You Must Be Born Again

29 03 2008

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You had nothing to do with your physical birth. Yet your birth was a requisite for you to experience life. The same holds true spiritually as well. If you will live, you must first be born…again!

After last week’s sermon on Christ’s miraculous raising of Jairus’ 12-year-old daughter in Mark 5, which serves as an illustration of the gospel’s power to make spiritually-dead sinners alive in our resurrected Christ, Pastor Nathan will begin a three-part series on the theme of regeneration from John chapter 3. The series will start this Sunday, March 30.

You will not want to miss it. As always, before you come you will want to be daily in heart-preparation that you may appropriately hear, receive, and respond to the the truth of the gospel.

Looking forward to worshiping with you all!

Ryle… On Mark… Online

25 03 2008


(by: jt)

I’ve been intending to point our congregation to an excellent online resource since I was pointed there myself several months ago by a good friend.

J.C. Ryle is one of my all-time favorites, and his commentaries on the gospels are available free online. Though I’m not much for extended online reading, gracegems has done an admirable job of formatting their commentaries very well for online use.

Ryle’s comments on each chapter of the gospels are brief, power-packed, and filled with devotional flare. For those of you who are able to find an extra moment or two to engage in worship preparation for our Mark sermons, you may want to check out Ryle’s commentary on Mark.

* Related Commercial—Packer & Ryle’s Faithfulness & Holiness is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

When People Laugh at God, He Changes The World

24 03 2008

(by: jt)

It feels strange admitting that I failed to mention a point in yesterday’s sermon (which was roughly an hour long)…but I did. It had to do with the fact that a group of people laughed at Jesus when He suggested that Jairus’ daughter was sleeping rather than dead.

The first time somebody laughed at God’s assessment of a situation, He proceeded to create an entire nation from a 100 year old man and a 90 year old lady (Even though that lady tried to deny that she laughed, there’s no fooling God). When folks laughed at Jesus in yesterday’s sermon text, Jesus chose to foreshadow the gospel through the resurrection (resuscitation?) of a 12 year old girl.

Let’s just say there was a slight bit of world-changing going on there in the little girl’s bedroom (and especially in the gospel which was pictured there!).

While I’m at it, I failed to mention another point too. Jesus believes that children’s ministry should be directly related to the child’s parents.

No pun intended.

Connecting The Resurrection of Christ & Wa, Ghana

23 03 2008

A team from Grace’s local partnering church are currently ministering the gospel in Wa, Ghana where Pastor Daniel Seidu (who spoke at Grace last Fall) serves the unreached peoples.

This morning at 6a CST,  my father-in-law who is part of the mission team, was privileged to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ in one of the villages in Wa.

Our risen Christ said, “Go make disciples of all nations.” Including Ghanaians!

Good Friday? Great Sunday!

21 03 2008

(by: jt)

Yes, that dark Friday was good. Through the greatest possible evil (Christ’s crucifixion), God brought about the greatest possible good (God glorified through sinners being reconciled to Himself)!

Today (Friday) would be a great day to go to the gospels and read the crucifixion accounts. Then, let them land until Sunday morning…then, early Sunday morning, read the resurrection accounts. Then, come to church and worship with other believers in light of His risen reality!