October 2008


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I’ve kept a journal off and on since my senior year in high school.  It’s hilarious looking back on the things I wrote.  Here’s one example of what I mean taken from one of my prayers:

Lord, I know I can’t make it without you by my side, so please help me to believe in myself and live out this great adventure of life.            ~ March 9, 1994.

Funny, huh?  Senior year is when God saved me, and this entry shows how I was beginning to take baby steps as a new Christian.  Since then I’ve kept about 20 other journals filled with my thoughts, prayers, and things I learned from the Bible.

Here’s 7 reasons why I journal: (feel free to add to this list if you journal)

  1. Journaling helps me clarify my thoughts about God and life
  2. Journaling helps me see direct answers to prayer and increases my faith
  3. Journaling reveals God’s sovereign grace on my life over the years
  4. Journaling is an outlet to express my joy and pain
  5. Journaling reveals the spiritual journey God is taking me on
  6. Journaling helps me apply God’s Word as I write down what I’m learning
  7. Journaling reminds me of where I’ve been and where I want to be

Today our pastoral team is headed to Lexington, KY, for our staff retreat.  So, blogging will be light this week.  If you are a member of LBC, we especially covet your prayers for this time.  As Pastor Tony reminded us from Psalm 86, we are poor and needy but God is good and gracious to answer us and teach us his ways as we call out to him in prayer.

Thank you for the continual love and support you show to us and our families.

Serving with you,

Doug on behalf of your pastoral team

Randy Alcorn: I’ve heard prolife people say “I don’t like either candidate, so I’m not voting at all.” Well, ask yourself who you’re willing to punish by not voting. If it’s political parties who will pay, fine, I really don’t care about them. Sure, it would be better not to vote than to vote against God’s children’s right to live. But if instead of abstaining you have a chance to vote for God’s children’s right to live, why would you not do that? (Don’t vote for the man, vote for generations of children who will have a chance to live if he’s elected, even if he’s just a mediocre president in other areas.)

Can you believe Christmas is only two months away?  Last Christmas I had the opportunity to hear my friend, Eric Schumacher, preach a sermon from the book of Ruth.  He ended the service with this song he wrote below entitled, A Sweet and Pleasant Providence.  The tune is “Carol” to which we typically sing the Christmas song, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” 

A Sweet and Pleasant Providence

Events that seem unfortunate
May often line the way
That God has paved to guide his saints
To bright and happy days.
Naomi’s dismal hopelessness
Was shown to be untrue.
Remember this the next time God
Deals bitterly with you.

In faith let your heart learn to trust
That ’round the corner lies
A sweet and pleasant providence
Designed through sov’reign eyes.
Like Ruth, take refuge in the Lord
And rest beneath His wings,
You do not know what God intends
Nor what his kindness brings.

The cloud is black before it breaks
And dark before it yields
A flood of kindness over you
To bloom your barren field.
So turn your eyes upon the One
That ev’ry good flows from,
For in his great redemptive plan
The best is yet to come!

Tune: Carol
Text: (c) Eric M Schumacher
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Here’s a great parody (3 min. video) meant to poke fun at Christians who spend so much time with other Christians that we rarely move beyond the Christian bubble.  I can identify with that … how about you?

After you watch the video, let me know how you (personally) get out of the bubble and be a “friend of sinners” without making friends with this world.

Spurgeon and Luther sure did.  Shouldn’t we follow their example?

Spurgeon:

If I am understood by poor people, by servant girls, by children, I am sure I can be understood by others.  I am ambitious to preach for all people, especially the simple, the rag-tag, the castoffs.  I think nothing greater than to win the hearts of the lowly.

So, too, is it with regard to children.  People occasionally say of such a one, “He is only fit to teach children: he is no preacher.”  I tell you, in God’s sight, he is no preacher who does not care for the children.  There should be at least a part of every sermon and service that will suit the little ones. 

~Taken from Spiritual Parenting, (Whitaker House, 1995):

Luther:

When I preach I don’t look to the doctors and magistrates of whom there are about forty in this church.  I have an eye to the many young people, children and servants of whom there are more than two thousand.  I preach to these, addressing myself to their needs.  If other people don’t want to listen to this approach then they can always walk out!  An upright, godly and true preacher should direct his preaching to the poor, simple sort of people. 

~ Adapted from Martin Luther, Table Talk (H.G. Bohn, 1857)

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