Monday, March 30, 2009

Still prayin'! Still prayin'! Gettin' right with Jesus!

My sermon yesterday at Providence Church was on Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."

(click to listen)

Peacemaking is a characteristic of those who have been born again and are children of God, with all the rights, privileges thereunto from "sonship." I broke our peacemaking obligation up into two varieties, the vertical and the horizontal.

Yesterday we focused on making peace between people and God (i.e., vertically):
Next week we'll focus on making peace between people (i.e., horizontally).

The following are a few quotes I shared in yesterday's sermon:

"It's been said that peace is that glorious brief moment in history when everyone stops to reload."
-John F. MacArthur, Jr.

"My pappy was a pistol; I'm a son of a gun. Dang me. Dang me. They oughta take a rope and hang me. High, from the highest tree. Woman would you weep for me?"
-Roger Miller, “Dang Me”

"even though by nature we are rebels against God and have committed high treason and are worthy to be eternally court-marshaled and hanged by the neck until dead, nevertheless God has sacrificed his own Son and now declares amnesty free and clear to any who will lay down their arms of independence and come home to faith."
-John Piper

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At 30 March, 2009 17:28, Blogger Oilcan said...

Green Mile

I appreciate you posting your post-sermon post on the blogosphere.

Great opportunity for reinforcement.

At 30 March, 2009 18:28, Blogger GUNNY said...

Danke, Oil.

I was hoping it might be a good reminder for those bagging it and/or those who missed the sermon all together.

It's helpful to know the love is appreciated.

So ... appreciate and ... uh ... evangelize.

At 02 April, 2009 22:40, Blogger Jade said...

Commenting on Romans 4:20, Calvin wrote:
"Let us also remember that we are all in the same condition as Abraham. Our circumstances are all in opposition to the promises of God. He promises us immortality: yet we are surrounded by mortality and corruption. He declares that he accounts us just: yet we are covered with sins. He testifies that he is propitious and benevolent towards us: yet outward signs threaten his wrath. What then are we to do? We must close our eyes, disregard ourselves and all things connected with us, so that nothing may hinder or prevent us from believing that God is true.”

It is not to say that Calvin is suggesting that we live ungodly lives ... we should live up to our calling. The fact is we will continue to still struggle with the flesh ... but it cannot stop us from believing in the promises of God!


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