Archive for February, 2011

That’s Some Tire Store

Posted: February 28, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

I received this e-mail from a friend a few days ago and had to pass it on.  Who knew that there were Puritan tire stores?

Went into a tire store in Naples for a tire balance and rotation and while waiting, found on the table The Cross by J.C.Ryle, For whom did Christ Die, by Charles Spurgeon, and Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility by J.I. Packer. Now that’s some tire store……

What direction is culture taking today’s boys?

Posted: February 28, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, The Christian Life

James Dobson writing in 2001, Bringing Up Boys, p. 54:

…we as parents are raising the next generation of men who will either lead with honor and integrity or abandon every good thing they have inherited. They are bridges to the future. Nations that are populated by largely immature, immoral, weak-willed, cowardly, and self-indulgent men cannot and will not endure. These types of men include those who sire and abandon their children; who cheat on their wives; who lie, steal, and covet; who hate their countrymen; and who serve no god but money. That is the direction culture is taking today’s boys. We must make the necessary investment to counter these influences and to build within our boys lasting qualities of character, self-discipline, respect for authority, commitment to the truth, a belief in the work ethic, and an unshakable love for Jesus Christ.

(HT:Buzzard Blog)

Anxiety and worry are a burden that “weigh a man down” (Prov 12.25) and produce a daily pressure that affects our emotional, mental, and physical health.  All of us from time to time carry the heavy burdens of worry and anxiety, some more than others.  The question is, how (if at all!) can these burdens be relieved?

Here are three simple questions that will help direct you as you seek to deal with the daily pressures that life throws at you. (more…)

“He that . . . wants relief must come to Christ himself.  He must not be content with coming to His Church and His ordinances or to the assemblies of His people for prayer and praise.  He must not stop short even at His holy table or rest satisfied with privately opening his heart to His ordained ministers.  Oh no! . . . He must go higher, further, much further than this.  He must have personal dealings with Christ Himself.  All else in religion is worthless without Him.  The King’s palace, the attendant servants, the richly furnished banqueting house, the very banquet itself — all are nothing, unless we speak with the King.  His hand alone can take the burden off our backs and make us feel free. . . . We must deal directly with Christ.”

J. C. Ryle, Holiness (Old Tappan, n.d.), pages 266-267.

If we go to church just to be with one another, one another is all we will get.  And it isn’t enough.  Eventually, our deepest unmet needs will turn to anger at one another.  Putting community first destroys community.  We must put Christ himself first and keep him first and treat him as first and come to him first and again and again.  He can heal as no other can.  Can, and will.  If we come to him.

(HT:Ray Ortlund)

How to Have Gracious Relationships (Matt 5.38-48)

Posted: February 23, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

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preached by Rob Sturdy on Feb 20th.  The baptism of Tindale Claire Jordan is at the very end of the video.

Matt 5.21-37

Posted: February 21, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

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preached by Iain Boyd on Feb 13th, 2011

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Luke 22:19-20 ESV)

Of the Lord’s Supper John Chrysostom wrote “The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of the greatest blessing that ever the world enjoyed.”  At Trinity we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, this commemoration of the greatest blessing every week.  Weekly communion with God through the bread and wine of His supper was important to the early church as Scripture demonstrates (Acts 2.42).  In terms of our own specific spiritual heritage in Anglicanism, nothing in Scripture stirred our own English Reformers to write more eloquently, or with so much passion as did their writings on the Lord’s Supper.  Thomas Cranmer called the Lord’s Supper “Christ before our eyes…by inward faith.”   Nicholas Ridley declared that those who feed on Christ in their hearts by faith eat nothing less that the “food of life and immortality.”

In terms of my own spiritual development, I look back on my early days as a Christian taking the Lord’s Supper at St. Andrew’s, Mount Pleasant as an especially sweet and encouraging time in my life.  My classmates from the Citadel and I would take the Lord’s Supper together, then kneel, grasp hands and pray for the mission of the Gospel on the Citadel Campus.  During these times I knew that I was not only having deep spiritual fellowship with my classmates, but I was also communing with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who had nourished my soul through the preaching of the word and the giving of the bread and wine.

Now as a Pastor, I not only continue to feast on the Lord’s Supper with God’s people, but I find myself in the humbling position of presiding over the banquet.  One of my great desires for this church is that you and I fully appreciate just what it is that we are feasting on.  For this reason, after much prayer and council with the pastoral staff, we have decided during the Season of Lent (March 13-Arpil 10) to abstain from the Lord’s Supper.  Our worship will be Morning Prayer, a simple order of worship common in the Episcopal Church before 1979.  Over the course of those five Sundays in Lent, our preaching will focus on the Lord’s Supper.  My hope is, as a good waiter can make the mouths of the guests water so too will your pastor’s make your souls thirst for the spiritual food and drink of the Lord’s Supper.  On Palm Sunday (April 17th), Trinity will host a banquet for the soul as we gather together for the first time since Ash Wednesday to take bread and wine together.

We wish to be sensitive to those visitors who we only see for a few weeks a year, who long to take the Lord’s Supper with us here at Trinity.  For that reason, we will hold a communion service throughout Lent at the 8:00 a.m. service in the Chapel.

My hope is that absence will make the heart grow fonder.  When we gather together on April 17th we will do so with great expectation and hopefully, by God’s grace, a greater understanding of an act so central to our worship here at Trinity.

If you or your small group would like a supplement to study the Lord’s Supper as a Lenten devotional, I could not recommend anything better than Thomas Watson’s little book, The Lord’s Supper.  You can buy it by clicking here.

blessings,

Rob