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September 26, 2011

An incredibly powerful film - "180"

I just watched this movie titled "180", which was produced by the ministry of Living Waters and Ray Comfort and it is an incredibly powerful movie that I highly recommend every person to watch and share with others too.  

This movie "180" has just deepened my conviction concerning it and I hope that it may hopefully change a lot of minds, to those who watch it.



David Platt, senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills said this about the movie, “Watch this video now…and then pass it on to everyone you can. ‘180’ is a poignant, eye-opening, heart-wrenching film that exposes the moral darkness of our hearts and the hidden horror of our culture—all through the lens of the indescribable love of our God.”



Before you watch "180", I would like to advise you that there are some pictures in this video that are graphic and may be disturbing.  PLEASE BE ADVISED There is an additional warning before the film begins, so I'm just giving you a heads up about it.

Please watch "180" and share it with others. You just might help save a child's life and even more, lead someone to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.



After watching "180", has your view of abortion changed, if so, why or why not?

Help make "180" go viral on the internet by sharing it through your social media networks, like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and your blog.

Faithfully in Christ,

Pastor Kurt

September 24, 2011

Preaching Like the Apostle Paul - A Model for Pastors

A popular focus among many pastors in churches these days is the relevance of their "sermons" so that non-believers will understand the Scripture.  The sermons are often exclusively positive, shallow in theology and doctrine and regularly omit the usage of biblical terms, again, for the sake of the non-believer to make them feel more comfortable to hear what is being said and not feel intimidated for not knowing the terms that are used.

Should that be the focus of preaching by a pastor? Should the model they follow, regarding their preaching be modeled after those that are popular on television, or known to have large attendance at their churches?

Too often though, what is being said is greatly watered-down and I might add, missing the power of the Holy Spirit behind it and within it, to really make an impact upon those that are hearing the pastor's sermon.  Certain verses are isolated and used to make a point by the pastor, which often is not related to the context of the passage the verse is taken from.

I firmly believe that as preaching is firmly grounded in a regular exposition of Scripture and lead by the Holy Spirit, people will be drawn to a church that preaches the Bible and delivers the whole counsel of God to the people (Acts 20:27), which will enable them to learn Bible more, discover God's will for their lives and also, to enable them fulfill the Great Commission too (Matthew 28:19-20).

So, what should a pastor's preaching look like to both the believing Christian and the non-believer?  Well, from Acts 20:20-21, we can learn about seven characteristics of the Apostle Paul's preaching, as a missionary and evangelist throughout Asia.

This list is not my own, but it was taken from Matthew Henry's Commentary on Acts 20:17-35.

(1.) He was a plain preacher, and one that delivered his message so as to be understood. This is intimated in two words, I have shown you, and have taught you.  He did not amuse them with nice speculations, nor lead them into, and then lose them in, the clouds of lofty notions and expressions; but he showed them the plain truths of the gospel, which were of the greatest consequence and importance, and taught them as children are taught.  “I have shown you the right way to happiness, and taught you to go in it.”

(2.) He was a powerful preacher, which is intimated in his testifying to them; he preached as one upon oath, that was himself fully assured of the truth of what he preached and was desirous to convince them of it and to influence and govern them by it.  He preached the gospel, not as a hawker proclaims news in the street (it is all one to him whether it be true or false), but as a conscientious witness gives in his evidence at the bar, with the utmost seriousness and concern.  Paul preached the gospel as a testimony to them if they received it, but as a testimony against them if they rejected it.

September 18, 2011

There are some who cultivate faith and forget holiness

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  
Galatians 5:25, ESV
The two most important things in our holy religion are the life of faith and the walk of faith. He who shall rightly understand these is not far from being a master in experimental theology, for they are vital points to a Christian. You will never find true faith unattended by true godliness; on the other hand, you will never discover a truly holy life which has not for its root a living faith upon the righteousness of Christ. Woe unto those who seek after the one without the other! There are some who cultivate faith and forget holiness; these may be very high in orthodoxy, but they shall be very deep in condemnation, for they hold the truth in unrighteousness; and there are others who have strained after holiness of life, but have denied the faith, like the Pharisees of old, of whom the Master said, they were “whitewashed sepulchres.” We must have faith, for this is the foundation; we must have holiness of life, for this is the superstructure. Of what service is the mere foundation of a building to a man in the day of tempest? Can he hide himself therein? He wants a house to cover him, as well as a foundation for that house. Even so we need the superstructure of spiritual life if we would have comfort in the day of doubt. But seek not a holy life without faith, for that would be to erect a house which can afford no permanent shelter, because it has no foundation on a rock. Let faith and life be put together, and, like the two abutments of an arch, they will make our piety enduring. Like light and heat streaming from the same sun, they are alike full of blessing. Like the two pillars of the temple, they are for glory and for beauty. They are two streams from the fountain of grace; two lamps lit with holy fire; two olive trees watered by heavenly care. O Lord, give us this day life within, and it will reveal itself without to thy glory.

Morning & Evening, Devotional reading for Sunday, September 18 by Charles H. Spurgeon


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church (formerly pastored by the famous Baptist theologian John Gill). The congregation quickly outgrew their building, moved to Exeter Hall, then to Surrey Music Hall. In these venues Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000—all in the days before electronic amplification. In 1861 the congregation moved permanently to the newly constructed Metropolitan Tabernacle.


Reference 

e-Sword. Meyers, R. (2006). The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Version 9.8.3) [Computer software]. http://www.e-sword.net/index.html
 
English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.