David Cook preaching at Lakeshore

31 05 2009

David Cook ,one of my good friends and one of the men who have helped shaped my understanding and practise of ministry and preaching will be speaking evangelistically on Sunday June 14 at LakeshoreSUCCESSFUL-LIVING. He is an exceptional preacher and I am praying my friends at Lakeshore will take the oppurtunity to invite their friends to hear him and that God will use him to draw people to himself.


Quotes from ‘The Cross of Christ’

31 05 2009

The Cross of ChristHere are a handful of quotes from John Stott’s book ‘The Cross of Christ’ worth reading. They are from the chapter on ‘The Problem of forgiveness.’ (Cahapter 4)
Quoting Emil Brunner (Man in Revolt)- “Responsibility is not an attribute, it is the “substance” of human existence. It contains everything…, [it is] that which distinguishes man from all other creatures…’. Therefore ‘if responsibility be eliminated, the whole meaning of human existence disappears’.
Stott – “A full acknowledgment of human responsibility and therefore guilt, far from diminishing the dignity of human beings, actually enhances it. It presupposes that men and women, unlike the animals, are morally responsible beings, who know what they are, could be and should be, and do not make excuses for their poor performance.”
“When, on the other, we have glimpsed the blinding glory of the holiness of God, and have been so convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit that we tremble before God and acknowledge what we are, namely ‘hell-deserving sinners’, then and only then we are astonished we never saw it before.”
“We learn to appreciate the access to God which Christ has won for us only after we have first seen God’s inaccessibility to sinners. We can cry ‘Hallelujah’ with authenticity only after we have first cried ‘ Woe to me, for I am lost’.”

My soul finds rest

24 05 2009

Here’s a song I’ve found to be good for the soul.

What hinders community?

24 05 2009

busy christian's guide to busynessWhen asked the question:- What is the greatest hindrance to cultivating community in the American church?

Paul Tripp said:- “The first thing that comes to mind is frenetic western-culture busyness” He goes on to say:-” I read a book on stress a few years back, and the author made a side comment that I thought was so insightful. He said that the highest value of materialistic western culture is not possessing. It’s actually acquiring. If you’re a go-getter you never stop. And so the guy who is lavishly successful doesn’t quit, because there are greater levels of success. “My house could be bigger, I could drive better cars, I could have more power, I could have more money.” And so we’ve bought an unbiblical definition of the good life of success. Our kids have to be skilled at three sports and play four musical instruments, and our house has to be lavish by whatever standard. And all of that stuff is eating time, eating energy, eating money. And it doesn’t promote community. I think often that even the programs of a local church are too sectored and too busy. As if we’re trying to program godliness. And so the family is actually never together because they’re all in demographic groupings. Where do we have time where we are pursuing relationships with one another, living with one another, praying with one another, talking with one another? I’ve talked to a lot of families who literally think it’s a victory to have 3 or 4 meals all together with one another in a week, because they’re so busy. Well, if in that family unit they’re not experiencing community, there’s no hope of them experiencing it outside of that family unit.”

“So we’ve just been confronted with how all of those things that aren’t evil in themselves become the complications of life that keep us away from the kind of community that we need in order to hold on to our identity.”

If you want to explore some more for yourself read The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness by Tim Chester

Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

22 05 2009

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual SecretOn my recent holiday I read a book about the devotional life of Hudson Taylor. It was a means of grace from God to refresh my soul. I share some excerpts to help you see why.
“I thought that holiness, practical holiness, was to be gradually attained by a diligent use of the means of grace. There was nothing I so much desired as holiness, nothing I so much needed; but far from in any measure attaining it, the more I strove after it, the more it eluded my grasp, until hope itself almost died out…
When my agony of soul was at its height, a sentence in a letter from dear McCarthy was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed to me the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known if before.”
Here is the sentence:- “But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.”
Hudson Taylor continues:- ” Ah, there is rest!” I thought. “I have striven in vain to rest in him. I’ll strive no more. For has not he promised to abide with me – never to leave me, never to fail me? And he never will.”
“How then to have our faith increased? Only by thinking of all that Jesus is and all he is for us: his life, his death, his work, he himself as revealed to us in the Word, to be the subject of our constant thoughts. Not striving to have faith…but looking off to the Faithful One seems all we need; a resting in the Loved One entirely, for time and for eternity.”

Sunshine Coast Bible Convention

21 05 2009

scbc-Ad1Sunshine Coast Bible Convention 2009 from Lakeshore Church on Vimeo.

Promo video for the convention. Early Bird regos close May 30.

No Mr President

21 05 2009