Archive for December, 2010

The Gift Part III

Posted: December 22, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
preached by Rob Sturdy on Dec 12th, 2010
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”  (Colossians 1:19-20 ESV)
A great Christian apologist once remarked that Jesus was one of the only people in history that prompted not only the question “Who is he?” but more importantly “What is he?”  Paul teaches us in his letter to the Colossians that in the tiny child born in Bethlehem the “fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”  As if this were not incredible enough, Paul goes on to say that through this child all things have been reconciled to God through the peace that he would eventually purchase on the cross.
What impact might this have on our prayer life?  We might think we’re too insignificant for God to pay much attention to our prayers.  Others might believe that their own sins and shortcomings will prevent God from hearing their prayers.  But the Christmas promise is that the child in Bethlehem draws the insignificant to the heart of God and makes peace with the sinner.  Thus each can pray with the full assurance that not because of who we are, but because of who he is, our prayers will be heard.  I invite your prayers this week for the following things:
Answered Prayers:
  • A few weeks ago I asked you to pray that God would help us pay for an unexpected expense concerning new heating and air conditioning units.  God has mercifully provided the funds and the new units will be installed soon.
Prayer Requests:
  1. Sebron Hood died last Friday.  I invite your prayers not only for his family but for his friends, that the comfort of Jesus would be known in the midst of grief.
  2. Pray for Tracy Winters, our Communications Coordinator.  She has been experiencing some severe back pain.  Pray that God will relieve the pain and heal her back.
  3. Pray for our Christmas Eve services and for those serving in them.  Pray that the hearts of our Trinity family will be lifted to love and adore the Savior.  Pray also for our visitors, that they would find Trinity a welcoming and hospitable place and if they do not already know Jesus that we would assist in an introduction.
  4. Pray for safe travel
  5. Continue to pray for Bruce Geary, who will worship with us for the first time on Jan 2nd.
  6. Continue to pray for our search process for Pastor for Children and Families.  We have received many applications.  Pray for wisdom in sorting through them and discerning who deserves a follow up.
Blessings and Merry Christmas to you all!
Rob Sturdy

 

 

Who is this Jesus?

Posted: December 20, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Apologetics, Christianity

“And so he was lifted up upon a tree and an inscription was attached indicating who was being killed. Who was it? It is a grievous thing to tell, but a most fearful thing to refrain from telling. But listen, as you tremble before him on whose account the earth trembled!
He who hung the earth in place is hanged.
He who fixed the heavens in place is fixed in place.
He who made all things fast is made fast on a tree.
The Sovereign is insulted.
God is murdered.
The King of Israel is destroyed by an Israelite hand.
This is the One who made the heavens and the earth, and formed mankind in the beginning,
The One proclaimed by the Law and the Prophets,
The One enfleshed in a virgin,
The One hanged on a tree,
The One buried in the earth,
The One raised from the dead and who went up into the heights of heaven,
The One sitting at the right hand of the Father,
The One having all authority to judge and save,
Through Whom the Father made the things which exist from the beginning of time.
This One is “the Alpha and the Omega,”
This One is “the beginning and the end”
The beginning indescribable and the end incomprehensible.
This One is the Christ.
This One is the King.
This One is Jesus.
This One is the Leader.
This One is the Lord.
This One is the One who rose from the dead.
This One is the One sitting on the right hand of the Father.
He bears the Father and is borne by the Father.
“To him be the glory and the power forever. Amen.”

-Melito of Sarvis, ( translated by Dr. James White in his book,”The Forgotten Trinity”

Every kind of good abounds in him

Posted: December 18, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Discipleship, The Christian Life

“We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ.  We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else.   If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is of him.  If we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing.  If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth.  For by his birth he was made like us in all respects, that he might learn to feel our pain.  If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross; if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent into hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgment, in the power given to him to judge.  In short, since rich store of every kind of good abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other.”

— John Calvin
Institutes of the Christian Religion2.16.19

(HT: Ray Ortlund)

a very cool video

A surfer’s testimony (Jesse Hines)

Posted: December 16, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
Jesse Hines’ testimony

The Gift Part II

Posted: December 16, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
preached by Iain Boyd on Dec 5th, 2010