Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tullian Tchividjian from Liberate 2014

In April I went to the Liberate Conf. at Coral Ridge in Fort Lauderdale. This is a segment from Tullian's powerful message. (liberate.org)


Monday, June 2, 2014

Two things I remember

"Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior." (John Newton)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Extravagant Grace

Extravagant Grace by Barbara Duguid is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  She addresses the question of why do mature Christians still sin so much? and how does grace work in regards to my sanctification? She uses John Newton's writings as her basis.  Read this quote below and prepare to be blown away by God's amazing grace:

“God could have saved us and made us instantly perfect.  Instead, he chose to save us and leave indwelling sin in our hearts and bodies to wage war against the new and blossoming desires to please God that accompany salvation.  This is a raging battle that we often lose, and that often leaves us feeling defeated and joyless in our walk with God.  Yet Newton also points out that since we know God does all things for his own glory and the good of his people, his decision to leave Christians with many struggles with sin must also somehow serve to glorify him and benefit his people.  This is shocking news, isn’t it?”
“Think of what this means.  God thinks that you will actually come to know and love him better as a desperate and weak sinner in continual need of grace than you would as a triumphant Christian warrior who wins each and every battle against sin.  This makes sense out of our experience as Christians.  If the job of the Holy Spirit is to make you more humble and dependent on Christ, more grateful for his sacrifice, and more adoring of him as a wonderful Savior, then he might be doing a very, very good job even though you still sin every day.” (p. 30-31)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Remembering Action Park

If you grew up in NJ in the 80's and 90's Action park was a big part of your summers. I can remember all of these rides in the video. I especially remember seeing the loop slide right when you walked in but it was never open. In the beginning of the video you see people riding it! (and actually surviving!) Every summer we would hear about the severe injuries and deaths that happened at the park but we kept going. I actually almost drown in the wave pool once, and remember crashing into the wall on the huge water slide run and getting hurt. I can remember all the bruises and cuts people got from the alpine slide too. And remember how freezing cold the water was on the Tarzan swing! But my best memory of action park was it was where tammy (my wife) and I had our first date. This video brings back a ton of memories.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heaven Is For Real

check out this short video by David Platt before you read the book or see the movie 'Heaven is for real'


Curse Motif of the Atonement

Powerful video by RC Sproul


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Noah the Movie

For some reason (one that I now cannot remember) I went with my wife to see the movie Noah last week.  While there was a character named Noah and an ark not much else lined up with the Bible.  it looked like the director just stole ideas from other movies.  I left with a lot of questions like:




1. Why are the Nephilim in Genesis 6 huge rock monsters? They look and sound like Optimus Prime from transformers. 

2. Melthuselah is a Wizard? but nowhere as cool as Gandalf from LOTR

3. A Stowaway on the ark?

4. Noah wanted the human race to die off so innocent animals could live in peace?

sad that they did not stick to the biblical story that would have been more compelling than making up all this other Hollywood movie stuff.

If you want a fuller review of the movie check out:
http://gospelspam.com/a-review-of-aronofskys-noah/

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bono: Who Is Jesus?

Its amazing to me how skeptical the interviewer is, its not like Christianity is a new religion, Bono is simply giving an orthodox presentation of who Jesus is, (based on CS Lewis' Liar, Lunatic or Lord argument), and yet the interviewer seems blown away. anyway it seems Bono is getting more and more bold about his faith which is a good thing



Monday, March 17, 2014

God's Not Dead

Awesome video! Very encouraging!


Monday, March 10, 2014

everything sad will become untrue

Great Quote from Tim Keller in his book, 'The King's Cross' He expands on JRR Tolkien's quote that when Christ comes everything sad will become untrue
 
If you can't dance and you long to dance, in the resurrection you'll dance perfectly.  If you're lonely, in the resurrection you will have perfect love. If you're empty, in the resurrection you will be fully satisfied. Ordinary life is what's going to be redeemed. There is nothing better than ordinary life, except that it's always going away and falling apart. Ordinary life is food and work and chairs by the fire and hugs and dancing and mountains - this world. God loves it so much that he gave his only Son so we - and the rest of this ordinary world - could be redeemed and made perfect. And that's what is in store for us.

And if you know that this is not the only world, the only body, the only life you are ever going to have - that you will someday have a perfect life - who cares what people do to you? You're free from ultimate anxieties in this life, so you can be brave and take risks. You can face the worst thing, even life in a wheelchair, with joy, with hope. The resurrection means we can look forward with hope to the day our suffering will be gone. But it even means that we can look forward with hope to the day our suffering will be glorious. When Jesus shows the disciples his hands and feet, he is showing them his scars. The last time the disciples saw Jesus, they thought those scars were ruining their lives. The disciples had thought they were on a presidential campaign. They thought their candidate was going to win and that they were going to be in the cabinet, and when they saw the nails going into the hands and feet and the spear going into the side, they believed those wounds had destroyed their lives. And now Jesus is showing them that in his resurrected body his scars are still there.

Why is this important? Because now that they understand the scars, the sight and memory of them will increase the glory and joy for the rest of their lives. Seeing Jesus Christ with his scars reminds them of what they did for them - that the scars they thought had ruined their lives actually saved their lives. Remembering those scars will help many of them endure their own crucifixions.

On the Day of the Lord - the day when God makes everything right, the day that everything sad comes untrue - on that day the same thing will happen to your own hurts and sadness. You will find that the worst things that have ever happened to you will in the end only enhance your eternal delight. On that day, all of it will be turned inside out and you will know joy beyond the walls of the world. The joy of your glory will be that much greater for every scar you bear.
(Keller ‘King’s Cross Pages 223-225)
 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kelly Clark

It was awesome to hear about Gabby Douglas' faith during the summer Olympics.  Here is Kelly Clark a snowboarder in the winter Olympics this year.  Its a bit edited I'm sure but its good to see 'Jesus' written on here snowboard.
(Here is link since I can't embed it for some reason)

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=91074&sitesection=breitbartprivate&VID=25616217

Friday, January 31, 2014

Lifehouse's Everything Skit

I've watched this video about a hundred times and it still brings me to tears



Thursday, January 9, 2014

Our Father is Younger than we are

Great Quote by GK Chesterton that I'm using in my sermon this week on Ecclesiastes 1:1-11.  You can check out the sermon on www.fccofchester.org under sermons.

 
“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Sermon on the Mount

I Just finished preaching through the Sermon on the Mount
Check the sermons out on the youtube channel:
FCCCofChester

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Cross - Billy Graham's Message To America

We watched this in our Wednesday night Bible Study.  Very well done.

Monday, July 22, 2013

C.S Lewis Audio

For those of us who love CS Lewis' books it is interesting to hear how he talked.