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Posted by on Feb 16, 2010 in News | 0 comments

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There You Were

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in News | 0 comments

I found this amazing song for communion a few months back and immediately fell in love with it.  Wonder if Greg or Steve would want it included in the next communion?

There You Were (Link | MP3 | PDF)

Here we are with the wine and the bread
We remember Your life, we remember Your death
There You were with Your body and blood
Broken and spilt and given for us
So here we are… because there You were

Here we are with our guilt and our shame
That was laid on Your back for You to carry away
There You were for the world to see
The record of our debt has been nailed to the tree
So here we are… because there You were

We gather at this Holy Table
We have come to meet with You
These tensions that pull within us
You will wash away with truth

Hallelujah, the Lamb has been slain
He has spoken “It is finished”
He is risen from the grave
No sacrifice can be added to the cross
Final and complete, once and for all
Hallelujah, the Lamb has been slain

The Lord be with you, lift up your hearts
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give Him thanks and praise
Join with those in heaven to sing the glory of His name
So here we are… because there You were

Christ has died
Christ is risen
Christ will come again

(Repeat Chorus)

May the peace of the Lord be always with us
We can stand before God because of where He was
The grace of Christ and the love of God
Fellowship with the Spirit be with us all
So here we are… because there You were

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We do not have to be crucified on pieces of wood!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2010 in Grace Gems, J. R. Miller | 0 comments

“I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1

The godly life is not one of ease, pleasure and self-indulgence.

We are taught to present our bodies, as a living sacrifice unto God. Ancient offerings were brought to the altar, and presented dead. But the Christian sacrifice, instead of being poured out in a bloody oblation, is to be a living sacrifice–of service, of love, of devotion.

The great sacrifice of Christ is both the model for all Christian life, and also its inspiration. We look at His six hours on the cross–as if that were its only act and expression. But the cross was not endured by Christ merely during those six hours on Calvary; it was in all His life, in every day and hour of it. Everything He did was in love, and love is always a living sacrifice. He was always sacrificing Himself. On Calvary, He only wrote the word out in capital letters!

The cross stands not merely for the sufferings of Christ endured in redeeming sinners–but also for the law of love and of sacrifice in every department of Christian living. It is not enough to have the cross on our churches, as a symbol of redemption; or to wear crucifixes as ornaments; the cross and the crucifix must be in the heart–and manifested in the life!

We talk a great deal about the love of Christ–but we must strive to illustrate it and reproduce in our own lives, in our own measure–the sweetness, the charity, the kindness and the helpfulness of Jesus Christ. The cross is everywhere. The more of the ‘sacrificial’ quality we get into our life–the diviner and the lovelier our life will be.

We do not have to be crucified on pieces of wood–to bear a cross, and make a living sacrifice. The cross must be in the lives of those who follow Christ; not branded on their bodies–but wrought into their character, their disposition, their conduct, their spirit! We cannot live a Christian life for a day, without coming to points of sacrifice. The cross of Christ does not take our own cross from us–Christ does not bear our cross for us. His cross becomes the law of our life, and makes it all sacrificial. Every sacrificial thing we do, reveals the cross. The Beatitudes are all sacrificial. No one can live the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, and not crucify self continually.

All sacrifice at length blossoms into Christlike beauty, sweetness and joy.

(J. R. Miller, “The Wider Life” 1908)

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Who Are Your Friends?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2010 in Steve Lawson, Videos | 0 comments

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A most valuable lesson for every Christian to learn

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in Grace Gems, J. R. Miller | 0 comments

“I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.” Ex. 16:4

They were not to lay up in store–but were taught to live simply by the day. When night came, they did not have a supply of food left over for the next day–but were entirely dependent upon God’s new supply to come in the morning.

In this method of providing, God was teaching all future generations a lesson. When the Master gave the disciples the Lord’s Prayer, He put this same thought of life into it, for He taught us to say: “Give us this day–our daily bread.”

This is a most valuable lesson for every Christian to learn. We should make a little fence of trust around each day, and never allow any past or future care or anxiety to break in. God does not provide in advance for our needs. We cannot get grace today–for tomorrow’s duties; and if we try to bear tomorrow’s cares and burdens today–we shall break down in the attempt.

TIME comes to us, not in years, not even in weeks–but in little days. We have nothing to do with ‘life in the aggregate’ –that great bulk of duties, anxieties, struggles, trials and needs, which belong to a year or even to a month. We really have nothing to do even with tomorrow.

Our sole business is with the one little day now passing, and the one day’s burdens will never crush us; we can easily carry them until the sun goes down. We can always get along for one short day–and that is really, all we ever have.

(J. R. Miller, “Devotional Hours with the Bible” 1908)

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Free Book from Grace to You!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Books, John MacArthur, News, Resources | 0 comments

Grace to You (John MacArthur’s Ministry) is giving away a free book! Right now the sign up is only for those who are not currently signed up for GTY’s mailing list.  However, if you are signed up, you will receive the offer by mail in March.  Who all is excited about getting this book?

Not on the mailing list and want to get Ashamed of the Gospel for free?  Sign up now!

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Saturday Quotes 2/6/10

Posted by on Feb 6, 2010 in News | 0 comments

“The gospel is to be preached, and that not partially and by piece-meal, but the whole of it… An ambassador is to deliver the whole message with which he is charged. He is to omit no part of it, but must declare the mind of the sovereign he represents fully and without reserve.” – Augustus Montague Toplady

“To say that we are able by our own efforts to think good thoughts or give God spiritual obedience before we are spiritually regenerate is to overthrow the gospel and the faith of the universal church in all ages.” – John Owen

“The Providence of God is like Hebrew words–it can be read only backwards.” Flavel

“God the Holy Ghost must illuminate us, or all the suns in the milky way never will.” – C.H. Spurgeon

“Soft, smooth, oily words are most plentiful where truth and sincerity are most scarce. ” – C.H. Spurgeon

“True faith is not a mere passive impression, or an inoperative notion. It is a holy principle wrought in the soul by the Spirit of God, producing gracious habits, holy affections, filial reverence, and obedience.” — Thomas Reade

“God the Holy Ghost must illuminate us, or all the suns in the milky way never will.” – C.H. Spurgeon

“He best knows himself who best knows the Word.” – C.H. Spurgeon

“nothing happens but what he has knowingly and willingly decreed.” – John Calvin (Institutes)

“Adoption is a mercy spun out of the bowels of free grace. All by nature are strangers, therefore have no right to sonship. God is pleased to adopt one, and not another; to make one a vessel of glory, another a vessel of wrath.” – Thomas Watson

“It cannot be over-emphasised that we have not seen the full meaning of the Cross till we have seen it as the divines of Dort display it—as the centre of the gospel, flanked on the one hand by total inability and unconditional election, and on the other by irresistible grace and final preservation. – J.I. Packer

“You will certainly carry out God’s purpose, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” C.S. Lewis

“If we put our confidence in the law, the only thing we can hope to gain by it is the wrath of God. If we seek to base our salvation on our merit, the only thing we will ever merit is God’s wrath.” – R.C. Sproul on Romans 4:15

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