Praise the Name of Jesus

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Let all creation praise the Name of Jesus;
May He be glorified as the one True King
In all the earth.
His Word is True
He holds the keys to eternal life.
He is the Way of Salvation, redemption-
the meaning of Life.
His judgments are true.
His discipline is perfect.
He takes what is wrong in us
and makes it right.
He, the Potter, molds us, the clay,
into what we are meant to be.
He removes our impurities,
as painful as that may be,
that we may be holy.
He convicts us of our sin,
and helps us to remove it.
For His glory! For His Name’s sake.
Praise the Name of Jesus.

Born of a virgin
Lived as a man
Crucified for our sins
Raised from the dead
Taken up to heaven
Our Savior
Our King
Our Lord and our God
Praise the Name of Jesus

Pursue Righteousness

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Let us take joy in pursuing righteousness. The Christian life is not something we do idly. We are called to daily become more like Christ. Let us persist in faith, prayer, service, the reading, study, memorization and preaching of the Word, and always repenting of our sins and asking God what needs to be worked on.

May we do all this for the glory of His Name and not for our own. May we be content to allow Him to “become greater” and we “become less”, and take great joy in seeing this happen in our lives. May our eyes continually and always be fixed on Christ.

Amen.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
-2 Timothy 2:15‬

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

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Church,
may our eyes continually
be taken off of ourselves
and pointed to Christ.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
‭‭-Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬

Does Your Church Preach the Gospel?

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This week I overheard some people saying they liked my church because it is “the coolest church in the area”. And it actually made me sad. I wanted to say, “and because we preach the Gospel, right?” Because we do preach the Gospel- the whole Gospel, and we preach it often. Weekly.
I did not hear their whole conversation, and I cannot judge their hearts, but this is a grave reminder:
Do not pick a church because of what instruments they use, what lights they use, what videos they use, how dynamic the preacher is, if they have coffee in the foyer, and so on.
Do They Preach The Gospel?
Do they preach the Bible? The whole Bible, unapologetically? If the answer to these questions is no, then all the other stuff will never matter. It just becomes a concert, or a self-help group.
I am proud to say that my church, Cornerstone Church in Garden City, Kansas, preaches the Gospel, and preaches the Bible. If you want to hear about Jesus, come visit us. We would love to have you. ❤️

Peace and Completion

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“…I wished people could realize all their dreams and wealth and fame so they could see that it’s not where you’re going to find your sense of completion. That peace that we’re after lies somewhere beyond personality, beyond the perception of others, beyond invention and disguise, even beyond effort itself.” -Jim Carrey

He is so close to the truth. Our sense of completion and peace can only be found in Jesus Christ, the true King and Lord of all, and our very reason for existence.

Be Good. Be Humble.

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Let us be careful to not seek man’s praise.
Do what is right because it is right- not because you may get a pat on the back.
Serve people because God tells us to serve people- not because you may get a thank you, or be recognized.
Persevere because God urges us to persevere- not because your reward may be great.
Follow Christ in humility, always pointing to Him. It is not about you, not about us. We should not seek praise and notoriety. We should serve out of loving gratefulness and obedience to our Savior, always giving glory to Him.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
‭‭-John‬ ‭3:30‬

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
‭‭-1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31

Stop Believing the Lies about Christ

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Let us remember that Jesus IS God (John 1), and that to believe in and love Him is to believe in and love the Father, because God sent Jesus, and Jesus is doing the will of the Father (John 5:30). They are one (John 10:30). Satan is the liar and the deceiver (Gen. 3:1, John 8:44). Anyone who says differently than the above Biblical truths is a liar, and according to Scripture, is condemned to hell (Galatians 1:8-9).
The Gospel is not something to be tampered with, not something to dumb down to not offend people, or to be tolerant of “their truth”. No. There is a heaven, and there is a hell. There is a good, and there is an evil. Satan is real, and he is out there deceiving the nations with lies, half truths, feelings that sound good but lead to death and destruction. God knows the best way in every instance: life, character, faith, sexuality, gender roles, ambition, humility, hard work, a quiet spirit, preaching the gospel! Love! Faith! Baptism! The list is endless. Know Him. Know His Word. Cling to Him, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:15-16). Know the Bible so you can recognize when someone is lying to you concerning Christ, and shut it down immediately, before it takes root in your heart and leads you astray. Hold fast to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in these evil, evil days. He is the One. He is the Way. He is the Answer. He is the Author of life (Jn. 1:3) and of our Faith! (Hebrews 12:2)

May all the glory abound to Him alone, and may He be magnified in all the earth. Praise God. Glory be to Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Who is Your Master?

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“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
-Galatians 5:16

In my experience, I am more inclined to sin, whether in my thoughts or in my deeds, when I am not walking in the Spirit- when I am not close to Christ. When I let the Spiritual disciplines slide, or when I am not diligent in keeping certain boundaries put in place to guide me closer to Christ. The further my mind is from Him, the more my actions, words and thoughts slide toward sin. He is the anchor that keeps us grounded in morality. He is the One who shows us what it means to live in true freedom- freedom from sin, who is a cruel, insatiable master. We must learn to walk in the Spirit. To think on Him, to change our habits so that they lean on Him. To practice the Spiritual disciplines in order to be increasingly close to Christ. Everyone must daily choose: Will I be a slave to sin? Or a slave to Christ? There is no other option. We are all a slave to someone or something. Christ is the more patient, compassionate and loving Master. He pushes us to be better, and disciplines us for our good and growth. But sin desires our death and destruction, and is constantly pulling us away from Christ.

“For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
‭‭-Galatians‬ ‭5:17-25

Which list do you recognize as being closer to what your life looks like? Let us strive to walk by the Spirit- being increasingly close to Christ.