Abiding in Scripture: Week 6

8 Oct

Hey everyone. We’ve been memorizing scripture together for one month and a half now and I feel like God is really using this program to draw us closer to Him.

Since it’s the first time we memorize scripture together and we’re on our sixth week, I think a review week is in order.

So for this week, there will be no verse to memorize, but we must go over the last verses from the previous weeks and make sure that we know them perfectly well. If we don’t go over verses, we might forget them so make sure you take full advantage of this week.

Blessings.

Abiding in Scripture: Weeks 4-5

24 Sep

We’re already three weeks into the program and things are going pretty well. So far, we’ve memorized Psalm 73:25-26 and John 6:35. Let’s continue to abide in the word together as God conforms our minds to Him through it.

Since we have no service next Friday, we will have two verses to memorize for the Friday two weeks from now. The passage comes from one of the most beautiful chapters in the bible, Romans 8.

Use this verse daily to not forget that we are never too far from God’s love, no matter what we do. Don’t let anything distract you and lead you away from that truth.

Romans 8:38-39For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Abiding in Scripture: Week 3

17 Sep

Alright everyone, we are two weeks into this program. Let’s make an effort to abide in God’s word.

For the past two weeks, we’ve been memorizing Psalm 73:25-26. This week, it’s a verse that Jesus himself said to the crowds of people who were following him and asking him questions.

This week’s scripture: John 6:35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

Let’s never forget that we don’t thirst or hunger when we go to Jesus. He satisfies everything. So make sure you don’t go to anything else because you can have Jesus.

Animation, Music and Theology

10 Sep

You rarely hear those three words in the same sentence. But a series of videos on YouTube is proving how powerful animation can be in the right context.

Here are a couple samples. I defy you to watch these videos and not be moved. It’s quite amazing how the theology in the song and the music blends perfectly with the images. Words and music by the wonderful people at Sovereign Grace Music.

The Prodigal

The Gospel Song

Talking to Myself

8 Sep

I tend to talk a lot. If you were to ask someone who knows me if I am talkative, you would get an answer along the lines of “He’s quiet”. But I do talk a lot. I talk to myself all the time. Some people might think that does not count as talking. Well, what is talking anyway? Isn’t it just conversing with someone? Can’t I converse with myself?
But that’s besides the point.

I talk to myself so much because I think too much. Whenever I have a decision to make, whether minor or major, I think of every possible outcome and the consequences of all those outcomes. It’s a long process, believe me. Sometimes it’s profitable, but other times it just over-complicates everything for no real reason at all.

I do that a lot with spirituality as well. My rational side discusses with my spiritual side about a certain topic in the bible and very soon I’m having conversations with myself. I’ve done this a lot in the past with the gospel.

Here’s a snippet of what I mean. (I paraphrased a lot. I don’t use this kind of vocabulary when talking to myself.)

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Rational: Because of God’s sovereignty, He allows Satan to do certain things, correct? God “allowed” sin to happen in the garden. God “allowed” Satan to enter the garden in the form of a serpent and God “allowed” Satan to tell vicious lies to Eve about the forbidden fruit. But how can God, a supposedly loving heavenly Father, let such malice and evil enter and torment His creation? Does He not want the best for His children? Does He not love His creation? Our faith is blind if we worship a deceitful God.

Spiritual: We were made for the son to be glorified. We were made to lift our eyes to the heavens and say “My help comes from You”. We have no good besides Him who molded us in our mother’s womb.

The next question is, “How does sin factor into our lives which must be fully devoted to glorifying Christ?” What you do not see, Rational, is that sin is both the ending of something terrible and the beginning of something magnificently beautiful. Because of our sin, we fail. Because of our old nature, we fall short of glory. But it is by the tragedies of our sin that we turn to God for everlasting righteousness. The life full of sin with no reason to boast in itself is the most likely to accept Christ and all his Father’s promises. A life with little sin and many accomplishments will reject righteousness in Christ. It believes that it can obtain righteousness itself without God’s intervention.

So you realize now how important sin is for God to receive glory? Without it, there would be no motivation to turn to Him and render Him glory.

This however does not mean that we are to continue living in sin to give Him even more glory. With His son’s sacrifice, we have new life and are dead to the sinful life we lived before coming to Christ. Sin is done with. We are victorious in His name and nothing, especially more sin, can separate us from the love of God.

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Well this is part one. Maybe I’ll write a part two next week, or maybe not. For now, I think  I’ll just continue to blab away… to myself.

Abiding in Scripture: Weeks 1-2

3 Sep

Hello everyone,

Our youth group has started memorizing scripture every week. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a very important part of being a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must abide in God’s word.

Every week, we will be memorizing a different passage of the bible. We will be, more or less, following the Fighter Verse Program that Bethlehem Baptist follows (John Piper’s church). Here’s the link to all the fighter verses if you’re interested. If you want to memorize the verses along with us, go to the “Scripture of the Week” page on the top right of our site.

This week’s scripture: Psalm 73:25-26

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

May the word of God abide in us and may we abide in it for His supreme glory.

A Truth is a Terrible Thing to Waste

28 Aug

I think Christians don’t practice evangelism as much as they should. Maybe it’s because we feel awkward telling other people how to live their lives. Maybe it’s because we believe people will come to salvation by God drawing them to Himself and not by some street preacher. Whatever the reason is, I’m convinced we’ve got it wrong.

Why does Jesus tell his disciples to be “fishers of men” as a last commandment before he leaves for heaven? Why does David say, “I will teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will turn to You” after he repents from his sin with Bathsheeba? Why does Psalm 73, the very middle of the bible and of the psalms and often regarded as the pinnacle of the bible, end with, “I will tell of all your deeds”?

I am by no means telling Christians what to do. I hardly ever evangelize and if I do, it’s usually a short one-minute conversation. I’m probably not the only one for whom this rings true. We’ve become so caught up with things in the church that we’ve forgotten the people who walk by the chapel window on Sunday mornings. They are looking for truth. We have the answer. But we keep it in our pockets.  That makes a lot of sense…

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