Archive for the ‘sin’ Category

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Good Friday

April 7, 2007

Good Friday services aren’t really done in the independent Christian Churches very often.  This year, I decided to do one.  We really didn’t know what to expect, but all in all it went pretty well.  One of the Elders said that at anything on a Friday night in the past would pull in maybe a dozen people.  We had about 80 for the service tonight.  We have been running in the 130’s the past several weeks, so I feel that was good response!

I tried to stay away from people after the service, because I didn’t want the empty platitudes, I wanted them to be meditating on what Jesus actually went through for them.

I stole the idea for the sermon from Terry Bowland at Ozark Christian College!  He had said in class one day that “There they crucified Him” would make a great 4 point sermon, and sure enough it does!

  1. There – The most unholy place
  2. They – The most unholy people
  3. Crucified – The most unholy death
  4. Him – The most Holy Person!

I gave each person a carpenter’s nail as a reminder of the spikes that were driven into the hands and feet of Jesus to take on our sin. 

I hope people encountered God!

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A Selfish Prayer

March 31, 2007

I just laid down the newborn, hoping that she falls asleep now!  (I think she is a little gassy)

My 7 year old daughter who has the cyclical vomitting syndrome went to bed tonight feeling “a little queasy.”

My other 3 children struggled going to bed tonight because they were so tired! (strange, I know)

My parents are in town.

I still have some sermon work to do for Sunday.

My selfish prayer tonight is for sleep!  Sleep for my beautiful bride, sleep for my incredible children, and selfishly, sleep for myself!  I guess Jesus prayed for himself one time, but it was only after being ultimately concerned about those around him.  Although, even Jesus’ prayers for himself involved honoring God! 

I pray that my life somehow bring glory to the almighty God, yet I fall so miserably short every time!  I know that I am not Jesus, but I hope that I can reflect the glory of the Son in some way so that the Father may be glorified!  If it is about me, God will not be glorified.  Father, forgive me for the selfish prayers!

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As a Dog

March 27, 2007

I got to thinking last night!  Yes, it did hurt, but that is not the point.  I actually was thinking about my username and blog name.  I didn’t actually realize that I was putting my user name as cyclicalvomit, I thought I was naming the blog, but that is ok, it creates a buzz.  Anyway, yesterday I was called cynical vomit.  I thought, well, I hope I don’t always come across as cynical.

While I was thinking about the name, I realized that it fits on so many levels.  Not only is my daughter’s disease cyclical vomiting syndrome, and I will regurgitate thing over and over again, it is biblical.  I was thinking about the sin in our lives, and why we always seem to come back to it.  Of course, that got me thinking about Proverbs 26:11 “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”  A dog keeps going back to the his own vomit, the very thing that his body had expelled because it was vulgar to him, we keep going back to our sin despite its vulgarity to us.

Paul struggled with this when he said, “I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15)  We know it is wrong…we have already bowed our knee before God and called it sin just like he calls it, but we struggle with it, we keep going back to it.  I remember asking a group of adults in a Bible Study to share what their greatest sin struggle was.  I pointed to someone, and asked them to share.  The look on their face was priceless.  Of course, I was kidding, but the point was that each one of us struggles with sin in our life.  Why do we do it?  Why can’t we stop?  Does this give us license to continue in that sin?  Of course not!  Paul addresses that when he uses the strongest Greek negative, ‘may gnoita’, “By no means” in the NIV is probably a little weak.  “Heck no” (probably not heck) would be about as strong as it gets. 

I guess what it comes down to is this…no matter who you are, preacher, sunday school teacher, worship leader, pew warmer, person outside the church completely, we are lost without God!  We have nothing if we don’t have redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ.  His work on the cross took our sins, and forgiveness is offered. 

Praise God we are forgiven and free!