Saturday, March 31, 2007

GC Announcements April 1st - 7th

  1. No Grace Groups next Sunday/Wednesday due to Easter
  2. April-June Nursery rotation list now available @ resource table
  3. New Attitude Conference for young singles or couples is May 26-29 in Louisville. If interested, see sign-up sheet @ the resource table or speak with Kevin W.
  4. Member Intro Forms due Today
  5. Next Covenant Affirmation Sunday is May 20th
  6. Continue to pray for the Nigeria mission team (April 13-22)
  7. If you are prayerfully considering giving towards the Nigeria mission trip please indicate on your envelope (available @ resource table)
  8. CD request forms for sermons preached at GC are now available and located @ the resource table.
  9. Grace groups meet either Sunday or Wednesday. If interested in attending a groups see one of the pastors

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Seven Editions of Divine Law

This is the second installment of a short series of posts coming from the study section of my Thompson Chain Reference Bible. The following "Seven Editions of Divine Law" come from pg. 1879.

1st Edition - Written on Nature - Psalm 19:1
2nd Edition - Written on Conscience - Romans 2:15
3rd Edition - Written on Tables of Stone - Exodus 24:12
4th Edition - Written in the Entire Scriptures - Romans 15:4
5th Edition - Christ, The Illustrated Edition - John 1:14
6th Edition - Written on the Heart - Hebrews 8:10
7th Edition - Christian Life, The Outward Living Epistle - 2 Corinthians 3:2-3

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

To Do Today: Breakfast With Family, Sup with Jesus

The following post is from Tim Challies' blog.

Robert Bruce

Here is Iain Murray writing on the death of the great Scottish preacher Robert Bruce:

Bruce was now some seventy-five years of age, his wife had been dead for several years and he was also ready for home. "I wonder why I am kept here so long," he would say to friends. The following year, while having breakfast, his daughter, Martha, was about to prepare him another egg when he said, "Hold, daughter, hold; my Master calleth me." He then asked that the house Bible, the Geneva Version, be brought. Unable himself to read it, he said, "Cast me up the 8th of Romans," and he began to recite much of the second half of the chapter until he came to the last two verses: "For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." "Set my finger on these words," he asked. "God be with you my children. I have breakfasted with you, and shall sup with my Lord Jesus this night. I die believing these words."
This was taken from A Scottish Christian Heritage

NCAA Division II Championship

Who won the Division II men's basketball championship this year? It took the last 0.1 second to decide. Anthony Atkinson's grandkids will be hearing about the last 45 seconds of this game...when he scored 10 points to win it all!

'To Mark Or Not To Mark?' That Is The Question

For those with biblomarkaphobia, I'd like to recommend having a bible that you make a habit of marking, even if it's not your "main" bible. I'd suggest marking at least the Bible you use devotionally. I think you will find it to be a useful means of capturing your devotional insights in a concise, yet memorable, way.

If you are already a Bible marker, perhaps you could benefit from the caution not to over-mark? You know the type, right? The can't-have-an-unmarked-page-or-else-someone-will-think-I'm-unspiritual-and-haven't-read-that-page-before marker guy/gal. We're crafty people when it comes to pride, and the dry fountain pen could be a sure sign of it.

So, how do you decide what to mark? How do you decide how to mark what you mark? How are we to remember what our marks mean when we are reviewing, or expounding upon, our most-insightful mark(s)?

For years, my favorite Bible has been the Thompson Chain Reference Bible (TCR) that my mom bought for me as a college student. The TCR Bible is built upon the premise that Scripture is the best interpreter of Scripture, and is replete with cross-references, study aids, and the like. It truly is a wonderful resource.

This post begins yet another brief series of posts that are found in the appendix of my TCR Bible. Page 2009 has the following advice about Bible Marking:

Its Value
Those who love God's Word will benefit from a simple system of Bible marking. A well-marked Bible becomes even more valuable to its owner over time because:
  1. It preserves the result of years of study
  2. It keeps new discoveries fresh in one's mind
What to Mark
This will largely depend upon personal taste and training. Generally speaking, it is better to select great themes and mark them consecutively through the Bible rather than mark many single verses on a wide variety of subjects.
Various Systems
Whatever system is adopted or developed should be used sparingly and with careful thought. If the book is marked impulsively the pages may soon become a mass of confusing notations that will hinder rather than help study.
  1. Underlining or circling with a pencil the passages to be remembered or emphasized is the simplest method of marking verses.
  2. The Color Scheme. Colored pencils may be used to good advantage to emphasize great themes. Selecting the Colors. Choose colors purposefully rather than arbitrarily. For example: Red (the color of blood) may be used to mark passages referring to such subjects as the blood of Christ. Blue (sky color) is appropriate for marking heavenly themes. Purple (the royal color) for subjects related to kingship (or the Majesty of God). Green (evergreen) for subjects referring to future hopes. Yellow for marking golden promises.
  3. Marking with Symbols. Those who have some drawing skills and prefer a more detailed system may want to use symbols and letters. Selecting the symbols. Scriptural symbols should be chosen whenever possible and drawn in simple, outline form in the margin of the Bible opposite the appropriate passages. Whenever possible let the symbol represent an important theme and use letters above the symbol to represent the different aspects of the subject. For example:
A drawing of an altar would represent sacrifice or consecration. Place the drawing on the margin opposite passages such as Abraham's sacrifice, Ge 22:6-14, or Paul's appeal for consecration, Ro 12:1.

The Holy Spirit could be represented by wings of a dove. Mark a letter D over the wings by passages referring to the descent of the Spirit, such as Mt 3:16 and Ac 10:38. Mark an I over the wings where the Spirit is mentioned as indwelling. Mark a T over the wings where the Holy Spirit is teaching; and L where the Spirit is spoken of as leader.

A drawing of a book would represent the Word of God. Suggestions of appropriate letters to write over the drawing of the book are: E for the enduring Word; I for the inspired Word; L for the Word loved; P for the power of the Word; S for the study of the Word.

A cross can symbolize Jesus' sacrifice, and it may be marked with different letters to represent various aspects of the subject.

A picture of a yoke opposite Mt 11:29 and similar passages would represent service.

A heart by a passage would indicate the idea of love

A sword would indicate warfare.

A censer with incense rising would represent prayer. This symbol could be marked with different letters as follows: P for prayer prescribed; A for answered prayer; U for united prayer; S for secret prayer; I for intercessory prayer.

A harp would represent praise.

This brief list of symbols could be extended indefinitely.

The value of symbols lies in the fact that they express important thoughts more strikingly and in much less space than words. This makes them especially appropriate for use on Bible margins.

Anyone have a pencil that I may borrow?

Monday, March 26, 2007

PTI, A Worthy Ministry To Support

Lord willing from May 23-June 6 Nathan and I will be in Ethiopia teaching theology to a team of God-called, church-identified, elder-qualified, church-planting Ethiopian pastors who are hungry for biblical training. Oh yeah, and these pastors are exclusively planting churches among unreached Ethiopians.

During our trip, I'm scheduled to teach two courses each day; Doctrine of Church, and Doctrine of Sin. Nathan will be teaching the Doctrine of Christ (he beat me to the sign-up schedule).

From April 16-26 (While Grace's Vision Team is in Nigeria), our friends Kurt and Scott from OH will be teaching the same group of men (Doctrine of God, History of Christianity, Christian Ethics). As of now, enough funding for 2 of the 72 pastors has come in. They are praying for the financial provision for the other 70 men to come in THIS WEEK. But that's no big deal. Actually it is not much more than skipping a few Big-Macs.

(Read more here)

Saturday, March 24, 2007

GC Announcements Mar. 25th-31st

  1. Baptism this Sunday (March 25th) @ Union Avenue BC following lunch fellowship.
    • Intentional effort to share the gospel with someone this week
    • Invite someone to Grace Church
    • Attempt to build a bridge into someone's life (co-worker, neighbor, etc) in hopes of eventually sharing the gospel with them.
  3. April-June Nursery rotation list now available @ resource table
  4. New Attitude Conference for young singles or couples is May 26-29 in Louisville. If interested, see sign-up sheet @ the resource table or speak with Kevin W.
  5. Member Intro Forms due next Sunday (April 1st)
  6. Next Covenant Affirmation Sunday is May 20th
  7. Continue to pray for the Nigeria mission team (April 13-22)
  8. If you are prayerfully considering giving towards the Nigeria mission trip please indicate on your envelope (available @ resource table)
  9. CD request forms for sermons preached at GC are now available and located @ the resource table.
  10. Grace groups meet either Sunday or Wednesday. If interested in attending a groups see one of the pastors

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Worship Preparation

A suggested way to prepare your soul for Sunday's sermon (and service) would be praying through 1 Timothy 3.
  • Ask God for a revival of biblical leaders in our day.
  • Pray for the 1 Timothy 3 qualities to abound in your pastors
  • Ask God to gift Grace with biblically qualified elders and deacons.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Biblical Prayer - Part I

Let's consider some of the prayers of the bible...together. In this ongoing series, we will post prayers recorded for us in Scripture, and interact with them...together. What do these prayers teach us about God? What do these prayers request from God? How should these prayers inform our praying? Well, that sets the stage. Our first biblical prayer is found in 1 Chronicles. Interact away!

1 Chronicles 29:10-20:
So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, "Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours. Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You. O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.

Then David said to all the assembly, "Now bless the LORD your God." And all the assembly blessed the LORD, the God of their fathers, and bowed low and did homage to the LORD and to the king.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

GC Announcements Mar. 18th-24th

  1. Baptism service March 25th following am fellowship @ Union Avenue BC (approx. 1:30p)
  2. Foundations of Grace March 23-24 **
  3. New Attitude Conference for young singles or couples is May 26-29 in Louisville. If interested, see sign-up sheet @ the resource table or speak with Kevin W.
  4. Member Intro Forms due April 1st
  5. Next Covenant Affirmation Sunday is May 20th
  6. Continue to pray for the Nigeria mission team (April 13-22)
  7. If you are prayerfully considering giving towards the Nigeria mission trip please indicate on your envelope (available @ resource table)
  8. CD request forms for sermons preached at GC are now available and located @ the resource table.
  9. Grace groups meet either Sunday or Wednesday. If interested in attending a groups see one of the pastors
**Foundations of Grace Schedule
  • Friday March 23rd (6:30p-9p)
    • 6:30-7:15 'Why plant Grace Church?' and 'Essentials to a healthy church'
    • 7:30-7:50 'Centrality of Christ'
    • 8:00-8:50 'Member Affirmation of Faith'
    • 8:50-9:00p Q & A
  • Saturday March 24th (9a-12noon)
    • 9:00-9:20 'Vision and Mission of GC'
    • 9:20-9:50 Group prayer
    • 10:00-10:50 'The Church and God's Glory'
    • 11:00-11:50 'GC covenant'
    • 11:50-12noon Q & A

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Bingham Academy

Our friend Anthony highlights a teaching opportunity in Ethiopia.

March Madness: Bryan, Nathan, Jordan, or... ???

Anyone who knows Bryan, Nathan, and I knows also that we are avid sports fans. And every sports fan knows that March Madness is the greatest sporting event in the world. So, as you've probably done also, we've filled out our brackets and await "One Shining Moment." As always, each pastor is convinced he'll win this year's bracket challenge.

We would be curious to see which one of the three of us you all think will, four...of us? (Tracy's in too, and in typical fashion has picked based on uniform color...and historically almost always wins!?) So, who will it be this year?

FYI: Here's an ESPN article related to the NCAA tourney. The article features downtown Memphis' Rendezvous restaurant.

Our family has a little fun with the NCAA tourney as well. This year, Taylor has Davidson in the Final Four. In the event they make it that far, you heard it here...

Monday, March 12, 2007

Kenny Stokes & Marc Heinrich

This Sunday, March 18, Kenny & Marc will be leading the morning service at Grace Church, Lord willing. (Kenny preaching, Marc leading music)

A brief introduction to both of these brothers:

Kenny Stokes, Lead Pastor for Spreading (Picture here)
Kenny was born and raised in Minneapolis. He came to know the saving grace of God in Christ during the summer of 1973, while a camper at a Bible camp. After high school graduation, he enrolled at Bethel College. At Bethel, he met his wife Kathy and was married in December 1979. He graduated with a double major in Psychology and Biblical/Theological Studies in 1981. One year after graduating from college, he entered Bethel Seminary. Led by the Lord to grow in the area of pastoral counseling/pastoral care, he increasingly focused on that area in his studies. He continues to be thankful to the Lord for the internship experience God gave him at Bethlehem. As an Apprentice in Bethlehem's program for seminary students, his internship was focused on pastoral care, pastoral counseling, pre-marital counseling, and marriage and family ministries. During seminary, he was selected to receive the Gordon Johnson Scholarship for Expository Preaching (which he declined). He graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1988.

In August 1988 the Lord called Kenny to Oak Hill Baptist Church in Humboldt, IA. After ten years preaching and pastoring in the local church, the Lord then called Kenny back to Bethlehem as Pastor for Urban Ministries in September 1998. Then, in March 2003, in response to the elder's growing sense the God was calling Bethlehem to develop an intentional church planting strategy, Kenny was appointed the Pastor for Church Planting and Strategic Mobilization. He currently is the Lead Pastor for Spreading, overseeing the outreach ministry departments at Bethlehem.

Since 1979 Kenny and Kathy have been happily sustained by grace in their marriage and are the parents of four wonderful children: Michael, Elliot, Andrew, and Kathryn. Kenny plays the guitar, swims, and coaches baseball and soccer.

Marc Heinrich, Worship Ministry Apprentice
Marc is married to Becky and has two children, Holly (12) and Connor (6). He works in sales full-time and is on staff 1/2 time in the worship department of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Marc enjoys reading, playing guitar, writing songs, spending time with his children (especially walking through the woods near his house), and going out (or staying in) with Becky.

Sunday, March 11, 2007


Thank you for the Word today. Jesus has ALL authority, therefore we shall obey Him.
Jt, for the rest of GC

Saturday, March 10, 2007

GC Announcements Mar. 11th -17th

  1. Baptism service March 25th following am fellowship @ Union Avenue BC (approx. 1:30p)
  2. Foundations of Grace March 23-24 **
  3. Kenny Stokes and Marc Heinrich from Bethlehem BC will be with us next Sunday (Kenny preaching; Marc leading in music)
  4. New Attitude Conference for young singles in Louisville. If interested, see sign-up sheet @ the resource table or speak with Kevin W.
  5. Member Intro Forms due April 1st
  6. Next Covenant Affirmation Sunday is May 20th
  7. Continue to pray for the Nigeria mission team (April 13-22)
  8. Grace groups meet either Sunday or Wednesday. If interested in attending a groups see one of the pastors
**Foundations of Grace Schedule
  • Friday March 23rd (6:30p-9p)
    • 6:30-7:15 'Why plant Grace Church?' and 'Essentials to a healthy church'
    • 7:30-7:50 'Centrality of Christ'
    • 8:00-8:50 'Member Affirmation of Faith'
    • 8:50-9:00p Q & A
  • Saturday March 24th (9a-12noon)
    • 9:00-9:20 'Vision and Mission of GC'
    • 9:20-9:50 Group prayer
    • 10:00-10:50 'The Church and God's Glory'
    • 11:00-11:50 'GC covenant'
    • 11:50-12noon Q & A

Daylight Savings Time

Don't forget to set your clocks forward tonight!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Growing in Love to Christ

Christian growth is evidenced by a greater love for Christ and His work for our salvation on the cross.

The four points from Sibbes in this post frame this truth well.

Again, remember this, that Christ rules us by a spirit of love, from a sense of his love, whereby his commandments are easy to us.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Gospel of Christ in Nahum 1 & Psalm 97

The Marion small group at Grace Church walked through God's self-description in Nahum 1, this past Sunday. The Millington small group at Grace Church walked through God's self-description in Psalm 97, last night. The longer we conversed, the more clearly Christ appeared throughout these chapters. I encourage all to read the chapters, and perhaps those attending the small groups could even post some specific verses or phrases that point to the gospel. Praise be to God, Everlasting!

Sermon Prep for Sunday

Read this helpful synopsis of Matthew written by William Hendriksen entitled "The Beauty of Matthew's Gospel". See you Sunday!

Note: The link to Hendriksen's article is now working.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Hello, My Father Just Died

John Piper writes a must-read journal entry after his father died.

God's Global Glory

I was radically embarrassed each time I "played" this "game." I suppose if I prayed more faithfully for the peoples of God's world I'd know my geography much better!

My first score was a measly 42%?!!?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Daylight Saving Time

This Sunday.

For those like me who are always confused by the change, this means you lose an hour of sleep this weekend.

Monday, March 05, 2007

New Latest Grace Announcements Link

Is on the sidebar just under our mug shot.

Names, Titles, & Descriptions of God

Grace's Grace Groups are currently looking at God's Self-Descriptions. The following list of Names, Titles, & Descriptions of God comes from the last pages of the Experiencing God workbook. (As found in the NIV)

Perhaps you would want to print this list and slowly chip away at finding the Scripture references to each one? Most importantly, meditate on the Triune Person of God as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures. Enjoy!

  1. A faithful God who does no wrong
  2. A forgiving God
  3. A fortress of salvation
  4. A glorious crown
  5. A jealous and avenging God
  6. A Master in heaven
  7. A refuge for His people
  8. A refuge for the needy in distress
  9. A refuge for the oppressed
  10. A refuge for the poor
  11. A sanctuary
  12. A shade from the heat
  13. A shelter from the storm
  14. A source of strength
  15. A stronghold in times of trouble
  16. An ever present help in trouble
  17. Architect and Builder
  18. Builder of everything
  19. Commander of the Lord's army
  20. Creator of heaven and earth
  21. Defender of widows
  22. Eternal King
  23. Father
  24. Father of compassion
  25. Father of our spirits
  26. Father of heavenly lights
  27. Father to the fatherless
  28. God
  29. God Almighty (El Sabaoth)
  30. God Almighty (El Shaddai)
  31. God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  32. God Most High
  33. God my Maker
  34. God my Rock
  35. God my Savior
  36. God my stronghold
  37. God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
  38. God of all comfort
  39. God of all mankind
  40. God of glory
  41. God of gods
  42. God of grace
  43. God of hope
  44. God of love and peace
  45. God of peace
  46. God of retribution
  47. God of the living
  48. God of the spirits of all mankind
  49. God of truth
  50. God our Father
  51. God our strength
  52. God over all the kingdoms of the earth
  53. God the Father
  54. God who avenges me
  55. God who gives endurance and encouragement
  56. God who relents from sending calamity
  57. Great and awesome God
  58. Great and powerful God
  59. Great, mighty and awesome God
  60. He who blots out your transgressions
  61. He who comforts you
  62. He who forms the hearts of all
  63. He who raised Christ from the dead
  64. He who reveals His thoughts to man
  65. Helper of the fatherless
  66. Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine
  67. Him who is able to keep you from falling
  68. Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead
  69. Holy Father
  70. Holy One
  71. Holy One among you
  72. I AM
  73. I AM WHO I AM
  74. Jealous
  75. Judge of all the earth
  76. King of glory
  77. King of heaven
  78. Living and true God
  79. Lord (Adonai)
  80. Lord Almighty
  81. Lord God Almighty
  82. Lord is Peace
  83. Lord (Jehovah)
  84. Lord Most High
  85. Lord my Banner
  86. Lord my Rock
  87. Lord of all the earth
  88. Lord of kings
  89. Lord our God
  90. Lord our Maker
  91. Lord our shield
  92. Lord who heals you
  93. Lord who is there
  94. Lord who make you holy
  95. Lord who strikes the blow
  96. Lord will provide (Jehovah Jireh)
  97. Love
  98. Maker of all things
  99. Maker of heaven and earth
  100. Most High
  101. My advocate
  102. My Comforter in sorrow
  103. My confidence
  104. My help
  105. My helper
  106. My hiding place
  107. My hope
  108. My light
  109. My mighty rock
  110. My refuge in the day of disaster
  111. My refuge in times of trouble
  112. My song
  113. My strong deliverer
  114. My support
  115. One to be feared
  116. Only wise God
  117. Our dwelling place
  118. Our judge
  119. Our lawgiver
  120. Our leader
  121. Our Mighty One
  122. Our Redeemer
  123. Our refuge and strength
  124. Righteous Father
  125. Righteous Judge
  126. Rock of our salvation
  127. Shepherd
  128. Sovereign Lord
  129. The Almighty
  130. The compassionate and gracious God
  131. The eternal God
  132. The consuming fire
  133. The everlasting God
  134. The exalted God
  135. The faithful God
  136. The gardener (husbandman)
  137. The glorious Father
  138. The Glory of Israel
  139. The God who saves me
  140. The God who sees me
  141. The great King above all gods
  142. The just and mighty One
  143. The living Father
  144. The Majestic Glory
  145. The Majesty in heaven
  146. The One who sustains me
  147. The only God
  148. The potter
  149. The rock in whom I take refuge
  150. The spring of living water
  151. The strength of my heart
  152. The true God
  153. You who hear prayer
  154. You who judge righteously and test the heart and mind
  155. You who keep your covenant of love with your servants
  156. You who love the people
  157. Your glory
  158. Your praise
  159. Your very great reward
  1. A banner for the peoples
  2. A Nazarene
  3. All
  4. Alpha and Omega
  5. Ancient of Days
  6. Anointed One
  7. Apostle and high priest
  8. Author and perfecter of our faith
  9. Author of life
  10. Author of their salvation
  11. Blessed and only Ruler
  12. Branch of the Lord
  13. Bread of God
  14. Bread of life
  15. Bridegroom
  16. Chief cornerstone
  17. Chief Shepherd
  18. Chosen and precious cornerstone
  19. Christ Jesus my Lord
  20. Christ Jesus our hope
  21. Christ of God
  22. Consolation of Israel
  23. Covenant for the people
  24. Crown of splendor
  25. Eternal life
  26. Faithful and True
  27. Faithful and true witness
  28. First to rise from the dead
  29. Firstborn from among the dead
  30. Firstborn over all creation
  31. Firstfruits of those that have fallen asleep
  32. Fragrant offering and sacrifice to God
  33. Friend of tax collectors and "sinners"
  34. God of all the earth
  35. God over all
  36. God's Son
  37. Great high priest
  38. Great light
  39. Great Shepherd of the sheep
  40. Guarantee of a better covenant
  41. He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world
  42. He who searches the hearts and minds
  43. Head of every man
  44. Head of the body, the church
  45. Head of the church
  46. Head over every power and authority
  47. Heir of all things
  48. Him who died and came to life again
  49. Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins
  50. His one and only Son
  51. Holy and Righteous One
  52. Holy One of God
  53. Holy servant Jesus
  54. Hope of Israel
  55. Horn of salvation
  56. Image of the invisible God
  57. Immanuel (God with us)
  58. Indescribable gift
  59. Jesus
  60. Jesus Christ
  61. Jesus Christ our Lord
  62. Jesus Christ our Savior
  63. Jesus of Nazareth
  64. Judge of the living and the dead
  66. King of the ages
  67. Lamb of God
  68. Light for revelation to the Gentiles
  69. Light of life
  70. Light of men
  71. Light of the world
  72. Living bread that came down from heaven
  73. Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
  74. Lord (Kurios)
  75. Lord of glory
  77. Lord of peace
  78. Lord of the harvest
  79. Lord of the Sabbath
  80. Lord (Rabboni)
  81. Man accredited by God
  82. Man of sorrows
  83. Master
  84. Mediator of a new covenant
  85. Messiah
  86. Morning star
  87. My friend
  88. My intercessor
  89. One who makes men holy
  90. One who speaks to the Father in our defense
  91. One who will rise to rule over the nations
  92. Our glorious Lord Jesus Christ
  93. Our God and Savior Jesus Christ
  94. Our only Sovereign and Lord
  95. Our Passover Lamb
  96. Our peace
  97. Our righteousness, holiness, and redemption
  98. Physician
  99. Prince and Savior
  100. Prince of Peace
  101. Prince of princes
  102. Prince of the hosts
  103. Ransom for all men
  104. Refiner and purifier
  105. Resurrection and the life
  106. Righteous Judge
  107. Righteous man
  108. Righteous One
  109. Rock eternal (Rock of ages)
  110. Ruler of God's creation
  111. Ruler of the kings of the earth
  112. Savior of the world
  113. Second man
  114. Shepherd and Overseer of your souls
  115. Son of Man
  116. Son of the Blessed One
  117. Son of the Living God
  118. Son of the Most High God
  119. Source of eternal salvation
  120. Sure foundation
  121. Teacher
  122. The Amen
  123. The atoning sacrifice for our sins
  124. The Beginning and the End
  125. The bright and Morning Star
  126. The exact representation of His being
  127. The First and the Last
  128. The gate (door)
  129. The good shepherd
  130. The Head
  131. The last Adam
  132. The life
  133. The Living One
  134. The living Stone
  135. The Lord Our Righteousness
  136. The man from heaven
  137. The man Jesus Christ
  138. The most holy
  139. The One and Only
  140. The only God our Savior
  141. The radiance of God's glory
  142. The rising of the sun (Dayspring)
  143. The stone the builders rejected
  144. The testimony given in its proper time
  145. The true light
  146. The true vine
  147. the truth
  148. the way
  149. the Word (logos)
  150. True bread from heaven
  151. Wisdom from God
  152. Witness to the peoples
  153. Wonderful Counselor
  154. Word of God
  155. Word of life
  156. Your life
  157. Your salvation
  1. A deposit (earnest)
  2. Another Counselor
  3. Breath of the Almighty
  4. Holy One
  5. Holy Spirit
  6. Holy Spirit of God
  7. Seal
  8. Spirit of Christ
  9. Spirit of counsel and of power
  10. Spirit of faith
  11. Spirit of fire
  12. Spirit of glory
  13. Spirit of God
  14. Spirit of grace and supplication
  15. Spirit of his Son
  16. Spirit of holiness
  17. Spirit of Jesus Christ
  18. Spirit of judgment
  19. Spirit of justice
  20. Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord
  21. Spirit of life
  22. Spirit of our God
  23. Spirit of sonship (adoption)
  24. Spirit of the living God
  25. Spirit of the Lord
  26. Spirit of the Sovereign Lord
  27. Spirit of truth
  28. Spirit of wisdom and of understanding
  29. Spirit of wisdom and revelation
  30. The gift
  31. The promised Holy Spirit
  32. The same gift
  33. Voice of the Almighty
  34. Voice of the Lord

Saturday, March 03, 2007

GC Announcements March 4-10

  1. Baptism service March 25th after am fellowship (Time and location TBD)
  2. Membership Intro forms for next Covenant Affirmation Sunday due April 1st
  3. Next Foundations of Grace (formerly called Interest Mtgs) will be Fri .Mar. 23rd (6:30p-9p) and Sat. Mar. 24th (9a-12p) @ the Thomas’
  4. Next Covenant Affirmation Sunday May 20th
  5. Pray for Nigeria team (Jordan, Chris, Paul,Pat, Kelly & Nathan)
  6. Contribution envelopes located at the back table
  7. Please turn in nursery application to Bryan

Friday, March 02, 2007

"And Enlarge My Coast"

Where's Jordan been lately? I'd like to think I've been "enlarging my coast." More on that momentarily.

Although I can think of few joys more enjoyable than the joy of expository exultation, these first two weeks of my current five-week stint out of the pulpit at Grace have,
on several fronts, proven good for my soul. During these weeks I've intentionally limited my output, but I've managed to stay busy enough.

I've often wondered how pastors did it all without being drained? Or worse, doing it all while being drained. And how much more effective they might be if they didn't have to wait until they were drained to take a much-needed sabbatical in order to seek the Lord's face? Not to take a break from the people, but for the people.

To state the obvious, pastors (and all believers) should always be following the Lord and leading His people to nourishing pastures. But when a pastor is afforded a special season to feast upon the Lord apart from his weekly responsibility to feed the flock from the
pulpit it is a double-good; first for his soul, and secondarily, for the people he leads. As he is refreshed, he is more usable in the Master's hand to feed and lead the people. I can only hope more pastors and congregations will enjoy this double-good.

Of course, I'm delighted to be in the midst of just such a season. If you're not at Grace, maybe you will consider the blessing that both he and you might receive by arranging for him to take some much-needed time to repent and be refreshed by the presence of the Lord? (And if you do, let us know. We'd like to join you in serving him by giving him some books (e.g. 1, 2, 3) from old dead guys which may encourage him as he seeks the Lord's face :)

One significant blessing during this season has been hearing (and heeding) both of Nathan's sermons. May God heighten our knowledge of, and love for, our Good Shepherd, as well as our gladness to be built upon the foundation of Christ "For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

Another massive blessing, and certainly the greatest so far, has been 1 Chronicles. Pow. That's what the punch feels like when I read of the laborious preparations that were made by David for the building of the Lord's temple...even though the preparer never saw it happen! The prayer has become, "May God make GC willing to prepare - even for a lifetime - for the manifest nearness of God among His people in the Mid-South...even if we never experience it!" But, by all means, let us long to experience it during our lifetime, and pray expectantly.

You don't need me to remind you that Jabez's prayer has gotten some serious mileage in recent years. You may have recognized my reference to it in the title to this post?
1 Chronicles 4:10-Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.
The name-it-claim-it folk have claimed a nice mint on their exploitation of this verse. For that they will give an account before the Righteous Judge, and it will not be a fair meeting. I'm not happy with what prosperity preachers have done to make our efforts in downtown more difficult by duping the poor to believe their lack of faith is the root cause for their poverty. Its simply not true. The Son of Man was at times homeless. Well, back to Jabez.

During this five-week quest to seek the Lord's face apart from my part of the pulpit responsibilities at Grace I've enjoyed being discipled by J.C. Philpot. After his death, his daughters complied some of his selected writings and combined them into a daily devotional book (which I've found no better) called Through Baca's Vale. It is literally worth its weight in gold. Just the other day, I was reading the entry for February 28 which happens to be taken from Jabez's prayer, and have been praying accordingly ever since. Suffice it to say that Philpot was not milking the verse to his financial advantage. Here's a snippet:
A coast means a boundary line such as divides one territory from another, or terminates a country, as the sea coast is the boundary of our island. Every quickened soul has a coast; that is, a territory of inward experience, which is limited and bounded by the line that the Holy Spirit has drawn in his conscience... But the living soul cannot but earnestly desire to have his coast enlarged. He wants more light, more life, more liberty, more knowledge of God in Christ, more faith, more hope, and love, and to have his narrow, contracted, shut-up heart enlarged in prayer, in meditation, in communion, in affection to the people of God. He is not satisfied with the scanty pasture alloted him, but wants a larger measure of heavenly teaching, to be indulged with the more filial confidence in, and access unto God, and be more delivered from that fear which hath torment...

A marked difference wouldn't you say from contemporary applications of the same text? Perhaps SC will hear from me again before this five weeks is past. Either way, Lord, enlarge my coast!

Redeem the Time

The following quote was emailed to me by my wonderful wife. I think she came across it on the girltalk blog.
"Let us 'redeem the time.' Desultory working, fitful planning, irregular reading, ill-assorted hours, perfunctory or unpunctual execution of business, hurry and bustle, loitering and unreadiness,--these, and such like, are the things which take out the whole pith and power from life, which hinder holiness, and which cat like a canker into our moral being."
- Nineteenth century Scottish pastor and poet, Horatius Bonar

New Attitude = Humble Orthodoxy

We would be encouraged if an army of young Mid-Southerners were able to make it to this conference.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

GG#2 Group(s) Interaction

This past week we focused primarily on God's attributes. We looked at 25 attributes of God, as described in His Word.

This post is designed for groups to interact with other groups. So, post away with scripture, and application of scripture pertaining to what God is saying about Himself that is (currently) making deep impacts on your view of Him.

It thrills me to know that this week there were 5; little, insignificant groups gathering across the mid-south to talk about and worship a gloriously infinite God!

Father, may it be Your good pleasure to give us much grace in pursuing You!

GG#2 guidance in seeking the God of the Bible

Guidance in Seeking the Lord this week
  1. Read each of the passages on the attributes of God journaling thoughts and notes of how God is God.
  2. Repent of any views of God less than how He has described Himself in His Word.
  3. Spend some time in prayer that praises God for who He is and how He has described Himself in His Word
  4. With Christ-like humility, worship the God of the Bible in every aspect of your life.

Memory Work
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy,"I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Corresponding Works
  • Bible
  • Systematic Theology Wayne Grudem (section on God’s Incommunicable and Communicable attributes)
  • Knowledge of the Holy A.W Tozer
  • Attributes of God A.W Pink
  • Legacy of a Legend Edward Payson
  • Existence and Attributes of God Stephen Charnock