Friday, December 21, 2012

My Quote of the Year


"It (the Story of Christ) does not exactly work outward... It is rather something that surprises us from behind, from the hidden and personal part of our being... It is rather as if a man had found an inner room in the very heart of his own house, which he had never suspected."
- GK Chesterton "Everlasting Man"

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

HOW TO BACKSLIDE IN 9 EASY STEPS



1. Stop meditating on the gospel. “They draw off their thoughts, all that they may, from the remembrance of God, death, and judgment to come.”

2. Neglect your devotions and stop battling sin. “Then they cast off by degrees private duties, as closet prayer, curbing their lusts, watching, sorrow for sin, and the like.”

3. Isolate yourself from Christian fellowship. “Then they shun the company of lively and warm Christians.”

4. Stop going to church. “After that, they grow cold to public duty, as hearing, reading, godly conference, and the like.”

5. Determine that Christians are hypocrites because they continue to sin. “They then begin to pick holes, as we say, in the coats of some of the godly, and that devilishly, that they may have a seeming color to throw religion (for the sake of some infirmities they have espied in them) behind their backs.”

6. Trade Christian community for distinctly unChristian company. “Then they begin to adhere to, and associate themselves with, carnal, loose, and wanton men.”

7. Pursue rebellious conversation and fellowship. “Then they give way to carnal and wanton discourses in secret; and glad are they if they can see such things in any that are counted honest, that they may the more boldly do it through their example.”

8. Allow yourself to enjoy some small, sinful pleasures. “After this they begin to play with little sins openly.”

9. Admit what you are and prepare yourself for everlasting torment. “And then, being hardened, they show themselves as they are. Thus, being launched again into the gulf of misery, unless a miracle of grace prevent it, they everlastingly perish in their own deceivings.”

this came from John Bunyan
via Tim Challies http://www.challies.com/

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

“God takes everyone he loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden...
The best gift of the desert is God's presence... The protective love of the Shepherd gives me courage to face the interior journey.” 

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“According to Jesus, acknowledging our neediness opens the door to genuine and lasting happiness. Religions usually talk about what a person has to "do", but Jesus talks about what we "can't do". He says that our weakness, not our power or what we bring to God, enables us to know God.” 

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“If you wait, your heavenly Father will pick you up, carry you out into the night, and make your life sparkle. He wants to dazzle you with the wonder of his love.”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mark Sermon Series

We just finished our sermon Series in the Book of Mark - Many of the sermons are available as videos on youtube channel FCCCofChester or follow this link:
http://www.youtube.com/user/fcccofchester