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Doing A 180

It is amazing how the truth can change hearts and minds when people willingly confront it. I had the privilege of viewing a documentary entitled 180 with evangelist Ron Comfort. In that documentary, Comfort respectfully and patiently confronts people on the street about the Jewish holocaust, abortion, and the need for Christ. I was very encouraged to see many of them come off their preconceived prejudices and consider the message of the truth that is right in front of them.

I strongly urge you to watch the 180 documentary. It only takes 33 minutes but the shocking power of truth will open your eyes. If you know Christ as savior it will encourage you and open your eyes. It will also be a powerful witnessing tool that you can share with your unbelieving friends.

The Lord of the Wine

A glass of red wine

Lord of the Wine

Jesus Invites You To A Party Like No Other!

I recently have tried to invest more time into listening to good sermons instead of spending time in front of the television. It is so tempting to come home from work and inadvertently make an idol out of entertainment. In the process of being led to this grace, I have come across some great teachings about Jesus that I would like to share with you. One in particular is a sermon from Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, entitled Lord of the Wine. I have taken the liberty of posting the sermon audio file below along with a set of notes that I took while listening. I strongly urge you to invest the 38 minutes or so to listen to this sermon. I especially urge skeptics who think of Jesus and Christianity as a dull, dead, religion to consider what Pastor Keller is saying.

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Lord of the Wine

Tim Keller – Redeemer Presbyterian – New York City

John 2:1-11

1. Jesus reveals who He was – the true Lord of the feast
• I come to invite all who will believe to a feast like no other – Is. 25:6

2. Jesus reveals what He came to do – give His blood for our wine – John2:4
• In the midst of joy (a wedding) Jesus is sipping the coming sorrow so that in the midst of sorrow (life here), we might sip of the coming joy

3. Jesus reveals what He came to offer
• Powerful sensation – Not just believing the beauty but actually tasting the beauty of Christ Ps. 34:8; Ps.119:18
– Hunger for the beauty of Christ
– Satisfied by the beauty of Christ
• Complete reception – You are my beautiful bride and I want to give myself to you

How do you receive all of this?

• Admit that you are out (your glass is empty)

• Take the credit for what Jesus is done (receive His righteousness)

Practical hooks to this passage:
• Go to Jesus with little things – even a wine shortage is not too small – v.3
• Submit to His timing – v.4-5
• The perfect marriage is yet to come – Rev.19
• You have power over your joy



After 38 Years The Mask Is Slowly Slipping

You can put a pretty face on it but abortion on demand is murder.

38 years ago this past Saturday,The supreme court handed down its decision in the landmark Roe v. Wade case. It’s ruling opened the door to virtually unrestricted access to abortion. Since that time hundreds of thousands of little babies have been aborted and washed down the drain or stored in trash bags. The recent arrest of a Pennsylvania abortion doctor and the light shed on the “procedures” he performed demonstrate to us the grisly affects of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Despite the horrific nature of abortion procedures, many of its defenders have attempted to mask its ugliness for years. Whether these pro-abortion defenders are sinister or misguided is irrelevant. To cover evil is to be complicit in its practice. One of the greatest defenders of abortions over the last few years is President Obama. Here are his remarks punctuating a celebration of the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

I would seek to refute the Presidents logic but I defer to my betters and ask you to view the response of Pastor John Piper:

To emphasize the reality of the immorality and murderous nature of abortion, I urge you to watch this grisly but informative video:

HT: Justin Taylor

A Slick Presentation

The gospel doesn’t require a marketing strategy.

I am amazed at some of the attempts made to make the gospel more palatable. There are no ends to the games, gimmicks, and ploys that some people use to dress up the gospel. The whole mess can easily leave you wondering as you drive home for Sunday lunch whether you have been in church or a used car lot.

The gospel that Jesus taught, the gospel that He passed on to His disciples, the gospel that jumps off the pages of God’s word is much less complicated and infinitely more convicting. The gospel is truth and this truth includes statements like, “You were born a sinner”, “Jesus had to die an awful death to free you from sin,” and, “To be free from sin you must deny yourself and die”. How does that rate as a sales pitch?

The truth is that the gospel doesn’t need a “pitch”. Jesus is not offering a set of steak knives or a luxury sedan. He is offering something infinitely far better; He is offering himself. Either a person receives this blessed truth because of a work of the Holy Spirit or they don’t. It is just that simple. Our job is not to dress it up, our job is to present it in such a way that they see its author in the offering.

Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to give a whiz-bang gospel presentation? Good, that’s a great place to start. When you realize that the power is not in the messenger but in the message and the one who sent the messenger, you are well on your way to garnering the following accolade:

“…How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
(Romans 10:15b ESV)