Archive for March, 2009

Tour of Flanders This Sunday

Posted: March 31, 2009 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

Yes, I know most you don’t care.  But this race is freakin’ awesome, one of the best on the calendar.  I plan on watching it Sunday afternoon with a nice Belgian Ale and “frites avec mayonaise.”  Cobbles, Steep hills, lots of wrecks and high drama.  Gonna be a great day!

The infamous "Koppenberg" climb.  Can you believe a bicycle can go up something that steep?

The infamous "Koppenberg" climb. Can you believe a bicycle can go up something that steep?

Below, a youtube video of people actually riding up that sucker

This story reminded me a lot of a thought provoking post by Iain Boyd over on his blog.  Check it out hereThe basic point of this is how far does the blood of Jesus go?  Could it prevail even for this man

khmer-roughKaing Guek Eav is an elderly former math teacher and a born-again Christian. 

He is also — prosecutors contend — a former prison chief with Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge movement who oversaw the torture and killing of more than 15,000 men, women and children three decades ago.

The trial of the 66-year-old man, better known as Duch, began Monday in front of a U.N.-backed tribunal just outside the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

Duch faces charges that include crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and murder.

Spectators, many of them survivors of the abuse, watched the start of the trial from an auditorium separated from the courtroom by a large glass window.

While he has admitted his role in the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal reign, Duch won’t be spared weeks of evidence, much expected to be shocking.

read the whole thing here or watch the video here

mosesI would recommend reading this in preparation for Holy Week. Overall, I would say it is one of the best sermons on the atonement that I have ever read, and I ‘ve read lots! Enjoy

Thus have I led you to consider the person who made the atonement: let us now consider for a moment or two THE MEANS WHEREBY THIS ATONEMENT WAS MADE. You read at the 5th verse, “And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.” And at the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th verses, “And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.” The first goat I considered to be the great type of Jesus Christ the atonement: such I do not consider the scapegoat to be. The first is a type of the means whereby the atonement was made, and we shall keep to that first.
Notice that this goat, of course, answered all the pre-requisites of every other thing that was sacrificed; it must be a perfect, unblemished goat of the first year. Even so was our Lord a perfect man, in the prime and vigour of his manhood. And further, this goat was an eminent type of Christ from the fact that it was taken of the congregation of the children of Israel, as we are told at the 5th verse. The public treasury furnished the goat. So, beloved, Jesus Christ was, first of all, purchased by the public treasury of the Jewish people before he died. Thirty pieces of silver they had valued him at, a goodly price; and as they had been accustomed to bring the goat, so they brought him to be offered: not, indeed, with the intention that he should be their sacrifice, but unwittingly they fulfilled this when they brought him to Pilate, and cried, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Oh, beloved! Indeed, Jesus Christ came out from the midst of the people, and the people brought him. Strange that it should be so! “He came unto his own, and his own received him not;” his own led him forth to slaughter; his own dragged him before the mercy seat.
Note, again, that though this goat, like the scapegoat, was brought by the people, God’s decision was in it still. Mark, it is said, “Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats: one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat.” I conceive this mention of lots is to teach that although the Jews brought Jesus Christ of their own will to die, yet, Christ had been appointed to die; and even the very man who sold him was appointed to it—so saith the Scripture. Christ’s death was fore-ordained, and there was not only man’s hand in it, but God’s. “The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.” So it is true that man put Christ to death, but it was of the Lord’s disposal that Jesus Christ was slaughtered, “the just for the unjust, to bring us to God.”
Next, behold the goat that destiny has marked out to make the atonement. Come and see it die. The priest stabs it. Mark it in its agonies; behold it struggling for a moment; observe the blood as it gushes forth. Christians, ye have here your Saviour. See his Father’s vengeful sword sheathed in his heart; behold his death agonies; see the clammy sweat upon his brow; mark his tongue cleaving to the roof of his mouth; hear his sighs and groans upon the cross; hark to his shriek, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” and you have more now to think of than you could have if you only stood to see the death of a goat for your atonement. Mark the blood as from his wounded hands it flows, and from his feet it finds a channel to the earth; from his open side in one great river see it gush. As the blood of the goat made the atonement typically, so, Christian, thy Saviour dying for thee, made the great atonement for thy sins, and thou mayest go free.

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Preached by Rob Sturdy on 3-29-09. Watch this sermon in full audio and video. Cleck here

Cool New Feature on AwakeningGrace

Posted: March 30, 2009 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

From now on all sermons at Trinity Church will be shown here in FULL VIDEO!  We’re also working towards moving all teaching to audio only format.  To access this feature look for the new page at the top of your screen called AWAKENINGGRACE T.V., just to the right of “Friends of Awakening Grace and Approved Resources.”  You can access last Sunday’s sermon with full video now.  Stay tuned for audio teachings to be updated later this week.

My second sermon at Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue. Listen to it by clicking hereIf you only have time to listen to one of my sermons from my time at Beth Israel, listen to this one.  I think it is a better preparation for Holy Week and will deepen your understanding of what is taking place on Good Friday.  Enjoy!

I preached this sermon at Rabbi David Levine’s Messianic Synagogue in Jacksonville Fl.  I had a wonderful time.  The worship was vibrant the people were great.  I also coveted my time with David and his wife Sandy. They are both filled with grace and wisdom.  Anyway, below is the link to my sermon.  I left my notes in Myrtle Beach by accident so that is why my Scripture references were vague (and sometimes misplaced!) and some of my facts were off (like Origen!).  Nevertheless, I thought you might want to see what I was up to.  If they post the other sermon I’ll be sure to post it as well. Enjoy!  To hear the sermon simply click here.