January 2009

Last week I preached on Our LIFE Together at LBC.  It was Part 3 of a series on the mission of our church.  My particular message was aimed at how we can grow in our relationships with believers.  I spent a little time in John 13:34-35 to show how this passage is the foundation for all the other “one another” passages in the Bible.  From there I challenged our people to be involved in a LIFE class to practically do life together so others may live.

(LISTEN or WATCH here)


My friend, Jonathan, writes a helpful article on the church as a gospel community.

In keeping with the recent theme of leading and loving our wives (go here, and here), I found this list helpful.

(HT: Z)

I’ve heard it said that sanctification happens in small steps.  So if I desire to grow in my relationship with God and others this year, it matters what I do today.  Interestingly enough, I saw this truth in the Sports Page from a quote by Arizona Cardinals all-pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  He said,

I don’t look too far in the future.  I just look at today.  How can I be the best player I can be on Wednesday?   How can I be the best player I can be on Thursday?  If I can continue to chip away like that, then I can be the best player on Sunday.

If you’ve seen Fitzgerald play you know he is an extremely gifted athlete.  But his success is directly related to his willingness to work hard each day.  I want to translate that to my own life in ministry.  All I have is today.  So I want to say with the Apostle Paul,

I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.  ~ 1 Cor. 15:10b

(HT: Jonathan D.)

We had a bunch of snow last night here in Kentucky and it made me wonder, “Why did God make snow?”  I think two reasons can be seen from Scripture:

  1. To show God’s power in creation (Job 37:1-6, 38:22)
  2. To show God’s mercy in salvation (Ps. 51:7, Isa. 1:18

I’ll add a third–not from Scripture, but personal experience.  My good friend, Lisle and I got into a little car accident today.  Everybody’s fine.  It was the other guy’s fault!  The interesting thing is that the snow actually might have kept his car from flipping over on its side and obviously causing a lot more problems.

So often I come home from the office ready to relax instead of serve my wife and family.  I found C.J. Mahaney’s thoughts on “seizing your commute” to very helpful:

I saw that my commute could best be utilized as a time of transition, so that I might be prepared to finish the day by loving and serving my family well.  So I made it a practice of pulling the car over a few blocks from home so I could take a couple of minutes to make an effective transition in my soul.  There on the side of the road, I meditated on Epheisans 5 as well as some other passages.  I confessed to God my sinful tendency to be selfish and sought to prepare my heart to serve my wife and children when I arrived home.  (Sex, Romance and the Glory of God, p. 49)

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