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Immediate and Endless Happiness

In Seekers,Soul Food on March 1, 2012 by The Spillover

The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you.

Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul.

Why not?

–Charles Spurgeon, All of Grace, p. 24 (HT: Dane Ortlund)

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There’s an Answer for Sin

In Seekers,Soul Food on January 27, 2012 by The Spillover

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Why Should You Join a Church?

In Seekers on December 7, 2011 by The Spillover

Erik Raymond provides five reasons to join a church as a full-fledged member:

1) It reflects the Gospel. Church membership is essentially the outward demonstration of the spiritual reality of being united to Christ and his body. Being a part of Christ’s body means that we identify with other disciples, learn the Scripture, submit to God’s authority structure, and serve others. Church membership openly demonstrates the reality of the Body of Christ.

2) It follows the New Testament pattern. While it is true that the term “membership” is not explicitly used in the NT it is certainly inferred. Remember that most of our NT books were written to people who have chosen to self-identify with a group of people in a local community. The ministerial structure established in 1 Timothy and Titus presuppose pastors and members who are in community together. Consider that needs and numbers were kept track of (Acts 1.15, 2.41, 4.4), shepherds knew who they were accountable for (Heb. 13.17), widow-roles were kept (1 Tim. 5.9); and formal discipline among members was practiced (1 Cor. 5.12-13).

3) It shows that you are not ashamed to identify with Christ or his people. This world is hard and it is tempting to retreat into a shell of personal discouragement. Church membership reminds you of the fact that you are not alone, the value of Christ, and the priority of faithfulness to him.

4) It undermines independent, non-committal Christianity. Accountability to one another, submission to biblical authority, and practice of the “one-anothers” are all elements of a church united upon Christ and his gospel (Heb. 10.19-25; Matthew 18.15-20).

5) It is a context for using your spiritual gifts. The local church is the community of believers who are aiming to live faithful to Christ. It is in this context that we serve one another according to God’s gifting. God uses this service, in and through the local church, to build up the body of Christ into maturity (Eph. 4.11-15; 1 Cor. 12-14).

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Pure, Poignant, Creative, Effective, GOSPEL

In Seekers,Soul Food,Videos on December 5, 2011 by The Spillover

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Jesus is God

In Seekers,Soul Food,Videos on November 2, 2011 by The Spillover

If you’re a seasoned Christian, may the gospel penetrate your heart anew today, atoning for your sins as well as your shortcomings and smashing your idols to pieces. Jesus died for you!

If you’re a young Christian, may the gospel lift you high and hold you, transcending your opinions and doubts, and filling you with faith until you overflow. Jesus died for you!

If you’re not a Christian, may the gospel of Jesus Christ arrest you today! Oh, that you would stop searching for the truth and come to the One who IS truth! Jesus died for you!

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Don’t Do It

In Seekers,Soul Food on October 20, 2011 by The Spillover

From Jared C. Wilson:

Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
— Isaiah 55:1

I have accomplishments galore, religious and otherwise. I am good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like me. I am brimming with excellence!

Don’t bring it. Don’t do it.

The deal is all Christ is for all your nothing. Don’t cheapen the treasure with your currency.

Come buy the unsearchable riches of grace with your poverty of spirit. That’s all he’ll accept.

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Thoughts About Following Jesus

In Perspective,Seekers,Soul Food on August 29, 2011 by The Spillover

Here are a few thoughts about following Christ which I believe we can be dogmatic about:

Will following Jesus necessarily make your life comfortable? No.

If you follow Jesus, will it pretty much guarantee that you won’t fall ill with some sort of terminal disease, early in life? No.

Can you at least guarantee that you won’t fall into some terrible financial difficulties if you give your life to Jesus? No.

There are preachers on TV promising “total victory” in health, wealth and relationship because of following Jesus…is that always true? No.

Will you certainly increase your number of friends by following Jesus? No.

Generally speaking, is it “safe” to follow Jesus?

No.

Spiritually speaking, is it safe to follow Jesus, because your eternal safety transcends anything that could happen to you while on earth? YES.

If God is for us, who can be against us?  -Romans 8:31

Is it a joy to follow Christ straight toward persecution, because you have Him and He Himself is the ultimate possible reward? YES.

Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.  -Luke 6:22-23

When you become a true disciple of Christ, is it a joy to give away everything you have, including your own self, to follow Him? YES.

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.  -Matthew 13:44

Jesus Christ is not the means by which we attain something great. Jesus is that something great.

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Go To Jesus

If you want to believe but can’t, stop looking inside. Go to Jesus and say, “Help me believe.”

Tim Keller

Posted June 1, 2011 by The Spillover

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Absolute Truth

In Perspective,Seekers on May 16, 2011 by The Spillover

Absolute truth exists as an independent entity.
It is not reliant upon your personal life experiences, opinions, or input.
Your feelings and emotions do not cause it to sway or bend.
For one to maintain disbelief or apathy toward Jesus Christ as the only Savior by which sinful man can be reconciled to Almighty God because of a certain series of events in their life is nonsensical.
Absolute truth does not ebb and flow based upon feelings.
Your experiences in life can provide you with a personal straw-man case against God, but they do nothing to negate His existence or His longing for you to be reconciled to Him.
Your perspective in life can be a vantage point from which you view truth, or it can be a smudge on your glasses which you refuse to wipe clean.
Barriers and challenges in life can be convenient excuses which will go up in smoke, or they can be adornments on your testimony of a life lived for the gospel of Christ.
The truth was the Truth, is the Truth, and always will be the Truth, whether you accept or deny it.
This fact is either eternity’s greatest tragedy or eternity’s greatest comfort.
Your choice.

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