Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

Rett Copple really knows how to stir up some fun at the Richmond Ice Rink.  About halfway through this video you’ll notice that the police officer wants in on the fun too.  Happy Friday everyone!


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One of my favorite places to stop on the internets is An Eye For Redemption, a blog by Kansas Bob.  I was reading through some of his entries yesterday and came across a great post titled Blessed are the Meek.  In this entry, which I highly recommend you read, Bob alerts me to how Albert Barnes defined meekness.  Barnes said meekness is “patience in the reception of injuries”.

This definition comes from Barnes’ work, Barnes Notes on the New Testament.  I think this definition of meekness is the most accurate I’ve read.  Barnes goes on to write about meekness, “It is neither meanness, nor a surrender of our rights, nor cowardice; but it is the opposite of sudden agner, of malice, of long-harboured vengeance.”

Meekness is a quality that we should all strive for, with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Christ claims that the meek will inherit the Earth in His sermon on the mount in the Gospel of Matthew. 

What I like about Barnes’ definition of the meek is that it’s complete.  We are not to react negatively to those that harm us by harboring hatred or plotting vengance, but we’re not to lay down when we see a wrong being committed.  If you are serving in the name of Christ, good things are going to happen, however, in the process trials are guaranteed to come.  Pray for the spirit of meekness to be a part of your response to any injury that comes your way, especially an injury that comes as a result of the name of your Savior.

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This past year was overall a pretty good year for me and my family.  My brain really started to hurt towards the end because I read challenging books like Radical by David Platt, Crazy Love by Francis Chan, and Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski.  I recommend each of these books highly as each of them talk about taking Jesus at His word.  Actually do what He says.  That’s simple yet difficult to do, all at the same time.’

My church is getting ready to do a church wide study of Radical.  Since I’ve already read the book once, I decided to revisit Platt’s challenge that he issues in final chapter of the book.  He calls the challenge the Radical Experiment.  Below are the 5 things that make up this experiment:

  1. To pray for the entire world
  2. To read through the entire Word
  3. To commit our lives to multiplying community
  4. To sacrifice our money for a specific purpose
  5. To give our time in another context.

To think on these 5 things is an interesting exercise.  At first, second, and even third glances, the experiment seems pretty easy.  Read the bible, give, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Well, after further review, this guy is seeing how tough each component of this challenge can be.

Please pray for us as a family as we start on this new adventure in growing closer to God.  Please also let me know if you’ve ever embarked on the Radical Experiment before and what your experience was like.

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Well, this whole “event” has really taken on a life of its own.  I wanted to take a brief minute to clear some things up. 

I do not have any animosity towards anyone at the mall.  The wiccan, the security guard, the head of security all need prayer.  Do I feel that the wiccan singled us out because she doesn’t like our message?  Yes.  Does that mean I wish her ill or want revenge on her? Nope.  Did the security guard act unprofessionally by lying to us and to his supervisor?  Indeed.  Do I have anger or hatred towards him?  No way.  Did the head of security get completely out of line by asking me if I was stupid several times when I was talking with him over the phone yesterday?  He did.  Do I think he would bend the rules for us because we were spreading God’s word?  Not a chance.

Let me be clear, Ron and I broke the rules of the mall, which is private property.  We were punished for those actions.  Whether we think, you think, or anyone else thinks a 1 year banning from all mall property (except Panera) is harsh doesn’t matter.  We accept our consequences like the adults we are.

Finally, I’ve had a couple of people ask what we were talking to people about.  Plain and simple, we were explaining the Law and the gospel to folks.  We were explaining that without Christ, when you die, you will end up in hell. 

Let me use this opportunity to spell out in detail the message that Ron and I always stick to when discussing the gospel with folks.

What do you think a person needs to do to get to heaven?  Do you basically have to be a good person and hope that God overlooks any wrongdoing you’ve done here on Earth?  Hope that the good outweighs the bad?

Well, consider this, have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen? Have you ever taken God’s name in vain? Have you ever murdered in your heart by hating another person or by being angry without cause? Then, according to God’s perfect and holy standard, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous, murderer at heart. The Bible says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31)—the God who created you and before whom you will one day stand.

If God finds you guilty of breaking His Law, then He must punish you. And the punishment for sinning against God is eternity in hell (Revelation 21:8). But there is good news! God has provided a way for you to be rescued from His wrath to come.

Two thousand years ago, God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ (fully God and fully man) to this earth (John 1:14). He lived the perfect life that you cannot live. He was nailed to a cross, shed His blood, and died taking upon Himself the wrath of God sinners deserve (Mark 15:22-26). Three days later, He rose from the dead defeating sin and death. As a result of Jesus Christ’s perfect life, shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection, God grants forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who believe (John 3:16). But in order for this to happen, Jesus said you must be “born again” (John 3:3). Being born again is a supernatural work that only God can do when He gives you a new heart and dwells in you in the person of the Holy Spirit. This change results in a hunger for righteousness that will cause you to repent, turn from your sins, and put your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

We are but specks on a planet that is a mere speck, in a vast Universe that God holds in the palm of His hand. Your life is but a vapor. You have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Will you even awake in the morning? Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ while you still have time. Read the Bible every day and obey what it says.

Consider our motives.  We never ask people to join a church, give money, or make any decisions.  We give them the truth and let them consider it until they are ready to repent and trust in Christ alone for salvation.  In the past 3 years of actively sharing my faith, I can tell you that only 1-2 people have acted aggressively towards me when I’ve shared the above message. 

I hope this clears up any misconceptions or questions anyone might have.  I also pray that Christ is exalted through this and through anything that I’ve done and will continue to do.

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