Monday, December 29, 2008

What is the Gospel? (Dr. Alan Cairns)

I have heard many sermons from Alan Cairns and have enjoyed his preaching for years.

Here is Alan Cairns giving a brief explanation of the Gospel:

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tomorrow May Be Too Late!

"Here me! Every church without a prayer meeting condemns us; every Bible daily unopened condemns us; every promise of God unused condemns us; every lost neighbor condemns us; every lost heathen condemns us; every dry eye among us condemns us; every wasted minute of our time condemns us; every unclaimed opportunity for God condemns us. Next year is not ours. Tomorrow may be too late. Unless we repent now, unless we return and fire the prayer alters now, unless we fast and weep now, woe unto us at the judgment!"

--Leonard Ravenhill, Revival Praying, 1961

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Soul Saving Testimony

I love the clarity of the Gospel. Here is an example:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Green Letter Christians?

Brian McLaren promotes the "Green Bible". Why am I not shocked?

I've got to say... this really annoys me.

With our society's fervent obsessive green frenzy, leave it to some savvy entrepreneur to come up with a Green Bible. Isn't it just like us, to take the latest social trends and stuff our version of God into it?

Take a look at some of the "devotionals" (I guess that's what you call them) or the articles, listed in this Bible:

Forward, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Power of a Green God, J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D.

Reading the Bible Through a Green Lens, Calvin B. DeWitt

Peace With God the Creator, Peace With All of Creation, Pope John Paul II

Why I Am Green, Brian McLaren

Creation Theology, A Jewish Perspective, Ellen Bernstein

Learning Our Place On Earth: Learning Environmental Responsibility, Ellen F. Davis

Jesus: Savior of the Earth, James Jones

Jesus is Coming-Plant a Tree!, N.T. Wright

The Dominion of Love, a Sermon by Barbara Brown Taylor

Loving the Earth is Loving the Poor, Gordon Aeschliman

Just the titles gives me the willies.

Why doesn't someone come up with a "White Letter" version of the Bible which highlights the verses on Righteousness or Holiness? Oh yeah, I guess neither Righteousness nor Holiness has made the top 10 trendy list in the latest tabloid. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

I think it will be over for us as a human race when someone comes out of the closet with the "Rainbow Letter" version of the Bible.


Here's something to read from a different point of view. A point of view we don't see very often:

Green Lies and Amazing Truths

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Danger of Thoughtlessness

Thoughts for Young Men
by J.C. Ryle

warnings about thoughtlessness and contempt of Christianity

Another danger to young men is THOUGHTLESSNESS.

Not thinking is one simple reason why thousands of souls are thrown away forever into the Lake of Fire. Men will not consider, will not look ahead, will not look around them, will not reflect on the end of their present course, and the sure consequences of their present days, and wake up to find they are damned for a lack of thinking.

Young men, none are in more danger of this than yourselves. You know little of the perils around you, and so you are careless how you walk. You hate the trouble of serious, quiet thinking, and so you make wrong decisions and bring upon yourselves much sorrow. Young Esau had to have his brother's stew and sold his birthright: he never thought how much he would want it in the future.

Young Simeon and Levi had to avenge the rape of their sister Dinah, and kill the Shechemites: they never considered how much trouble and anxiety they might bring on their father Jacob and his house. Job seems to have been especially afraid of this thoughtlessness among his children: it is written, that when they had a feast, and the "period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, 'Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.' This was Job's regular custom" (Job 1:5).

Believe me, this world is not a world in which we can do well without thinking, and least of all do well in the matter of our souls. "Don't think," whispers Satan: he knows that an unconverted heart is like a dishonest businessman's financial records, they will not bear close inspection. "Consider your ways," says the Word of God--stop and think--consider and be wise. The Spanish proverb says it well, "Hurry comes from the devil." Just as men marry in a rush and then are miserable with their mate, so they make mistakes about their souls in a minute, and then suffer for it for years. Just as a bad servant does wrong, and then says, "I never gave it a thought," so young men run into sin, and then say, "I did not think about it--it did not look like sin." Not look like sin! What would you expect? Sin will not come to you, saying, "I am sin;" it would do little harm if it did. Sin always seems "good, and pleasant, and desirable," at the time of commission. Oh, get wisdom, get discretion! Remember the words of Solomon: "Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm" (Proverbs 4:26).

Some, I dare say, will object that I am asking what is unreasonable; that youth is not the time of life when people ought to be grave and thoughtful. I answer, there is little danger of their being too much so in the present day. Foolish talking and kidding, and joking, and excessive amusement, are only too common. I don't argue the fact that there is a time for all things; but to be always flippant and joking is anything but wise.

What does the wisest of men say--
"It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure" -Ecclesiastes 7:2-4

Matthew Henry tells a story of a great statesman in Queen Elizabeth's time, who retired from public life in his latter days, and gave himself up to serious thought. His former merry companions came to visit him, and told him that he was becoming somber: "No," he replied, "I am serious; for everyone around me is serious. God is serious in observing us--Christ is serious in interceding for us--the Spirit is serious in striving with us--the truths of God are serious--our spiritual enemies are serious in their endeavors to ruin us--poor lost sinners are serious in hell--and why then should you and I not be serious too?"??Oh, young men, learn to be thoughtful! Learn to consider what you are doing, and where you are going. Make time for calm reflection. Commune with your own heart, and be still.

Remember my caution--Do not be lost merely for the lack of thought.