September 3, 2011
Tomorrow at Bowman and across our land, God’s truth will be proclaimed in His churches. Let’s pray that the Spirt will empower the articulated gospel so that both the saved and unsaved will hear and believe the truth.
We might not be able to speak in any pulpit we choose, but we certainly can pray for any pulpit. People may not be willing to listen to us, but they cannot stop us from praying for them. We can only be in one place at one time, but our prayers can cover more than one continent. What an awesome opportunity to realize that you can cooperate with God and lift the spirit of an individual half a world away from you. — Bill Trasher
August 27, 2011
Let’s be in prayer for tomorrow. Let’s pray that God’s truth would be clearly communicated in the songs we sing and in prayers and in the sermon. Also, let pray that God’s name is glorified.
Here’s a great encouragement to be ready to sing tomorrow. Greg Gilbert says:
It’s amazing, really. When we as a church show up prepared to engage in the service, excited to worship Christ and hear from his Word, our music succeeds in a big way—the voices fill up our sanctuary like a flood, and it’s beautiful to hear.
You probably remember singing “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” How about a free MP3 of the song done well?
August 13, 2011
Tomorrow is Sunday. It is my hope that the Lord feeds us through his truth that will be communicated through various means (song, prayer, scripture, preaching, etc.). Let’s pray that the Lord sends his Spirit in a powerful way.
Luke 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
July 16, 2011
“So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 2:17
The sooner we get and apply this truth, the sooner well run after God. I pray we’ll get it soon!
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
July 9, 2011
As I’ve said in the past, we’re always looking for perfection. We look for it in the landscape we live in. We might try that new restaurant we just heard about in hopes of finding an exquisite concoction. Young people look for it in the hunt for a mate.
The hope is that if we find perfection we’ll find fulness. Again, the unmarried person hopes to find perfection in a mate. Of course, the reason for this is the implicit belief that the perfect person will bring a happy life. People build their homes as close as possible to the crashing surf believing that the view next to the water’s edge will connect deeply on a daily basis. Some people seek to become park rangers in hopes of going to work everyday in a natural sanctuary. When we hear a song we really like we go home and download the album.
You see, it isn’t just that we crave beauty, it is that we have to capture it in some way. We believe so strongly that perfection brings fulness that we have to find some way to not let it escape. Have you ever felt that it was more important to get a good picture than it was to experience the place you were visiting? We can attempt to capture perfection even to our detriment. There is a beautiful home several miles from here that is perfectly nestled in amongst the trees. The boughs of the trees lightly dance on the roof. While the home is in a picturesque setting, it is in a particularly dangerous location. Firefighters would be unable to stop an advancing fire. We have to have our beauty, our perfection fix. After all, perfection brings life.
Of course, when we believe that the perfection found in creation is what we’re really looking for, we have a functional idol. It might not be a sinful thing like immorality, but if we believe that anything other than God will satisfy, we have an idol, a broken cistern. Idols never ultimately satisfy. This explains why we work so hard to get beauty and why we’re always willing to trade up. We can enjoy the goodness of this creation but we must always do it realizing that it is simply a glimpse of the perfection found in our God.
The One our hearts really crave is God. David models this quests for beauty in Psalms 27:4: “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” Deut 32:4 reminds us of God’s perfection: “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” God is the One we’re all really looking for. Everyone and everything else is potentially a broken cistern.
July 2, 2011
There are those times in all of our lives when it seems that our sin is getting the better of us. Like an enemy lying in wait, sin defeats us before we have an opportunity to draw our sword. Here’s a verse of great encouragement during those times of defeat:
Ps 65:3 When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.
How precious it is to know that our sin is covered through the work of Christ.
June 18, 2011
In case you haven’t heard, Lyle Munson slipped into the presence of the Lord this morning. Paradise, how wonderful it will be! Lyle is there ahead of us. Let’s pray for Betty and the family as they deal with Lyle’s home going. She’s pleased that Lyle is the presence of his heavenly Father for Father’s Day.
Every now and then I get asked about crowns. Here’s Justin Taylor’s view. This has been my view for years.
“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
—2 Timothy 4:8
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
(My view would be that the golden crown of life/glory/righteousness is referring to one “crown” and that this has to do with final salvation not rewards.)
Finally, as everyone in America knows, tomorrow is Father’s Day. Here’s a poem by Edgar Guest. It’s a great implicit encouragement for Dads to be involved first and foremost with their families. Father’s don’t miss your opportunities! Be faithful to your God and precious family.
My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day
Just what should now be done.
He knows the way to fix the trusts,
He has a simple plan;
But if the furnace needs repairs,
We have to hire a man.
My father, in a day or two
Could land big thieves in jail;
There’s nothing that he cannot do,
He knows no word like “fail.”
“Our confidence” he would restore,
Of that there is no doubt;
But if there is a chair to mend,
We have to send it out.
All public questions that arise,
He settles on the spot;
He waits not till the tumult dies,
But grabs it while it’s hot.
In matters of finance he can
Tell Congress what to do;
But, O, he finds it hard to meet
His bills as they fall due.
It almost makes him sick to read
The things law-makers say;
Why, father’s just the man they need,
He never goes astray.
All wars he’d very quickly end,
As fast as I can write it;
But when a neighbor starts a fuss,
‘Tis mother has to fight it.
In conversation father can
Do many wondrous things;
He’s built upon a wiser plan
Than presidents or kings.
He knows the ins and outs of each
And every deep transaction;
We look to him for theories,
But look to ma for action.