Archive for January, 2011

Challenging Video

Posted: January 31, 2011 in thoughts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnN2PrIQijw

This is a challeging clip.  It speaks volumes to the “man” problem we have today in our culture.  It also mentions that we need to have godly pastors in our churches.  We need to be thankful that we have that @ Lynwood.  The Greater Things Vision is a bold vision, and Mark and our staff have a great dream for Lynwood and for Cape/Jackson. 

I don’t have time to be doing this post…but today was a great day.  Great class, great sermon, awesome worship, seeing John and Jennifer going forward this morning and how God has been working…great stuff, and glad Brandi and I are at Lynwood.

mg

Sunday Sermon and Class Lesson

Posted: January 31, 2011 in thoughts

Mark’s sermon from 2 Corinthians was great.  There are some pastors who would not mention church discipline b/c sin is not taken seriously.  Remember that church discipline is about restoration and when someone repents, we are to forgive, comfort, and love them.  God rejoices when someone repents of sin, and so should we. 

Below are some video clips on the “lighter side” of church discipline.  They show what church discipline is NOT! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbzkU7npWDg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHwQ0SwI3K8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O9P7vFFuzA

The second one is my favorite.

Also remember our lesson from class.  God used Moses in a mighty way at a special point in history.  Moses gave excuses, but finally got beyond them, and was used in a great way.  Moses was not perfect, and neither are we.  But God still wants to use us.  At this point in history, what is God wanting to do through you.  It may not be bringing a whole nation of people out of slavery, but we know that He desires to use us to as agents of His grace and mercy to help deliver people that are enslaved to sin.  Remember what we learned about God as well in the lesson–He is in control of all things–He is faithful and trustworthy–He hears our cries–and He is a personal God who desires to have a relationship with us.

Have a great week!

mg

Upcoming…

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Class Activities

Gang…

Here are some upcoming dates to remember:

January 29th:  Testimonies from our class @ Upward Basketball

February 4th/5th:  Men’s Retreat @ IL–food, spiritual challenge, guns, races–details from Alex on Sunday

February 6th:  Superbowl Fellowship @ the Lancasters immediately following MCST Sunday evening

February 1oth:  Men’s Group @ 6:00 am @ Panera–will cover ch1 and ch2 of Disciplines of a Godly Man

February ????:  Ladies Fellowship

mg

Sunday Lesson

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Sunday we will discuss/study Exodus 1-4 as we all continue to read through the Bible.  I have enjoyed this…hope you have as well. 

This week we are reading the story of God’s call to Moses and how God was beginning to fulfill His promises made long before to Abraham.

Think about the following questions for Sunday…

  • Read 1:1-7, 12, 20. How is God’s promise to Abraham being fulfilled?
  • How do fulfilled promises and prophecies glorify God and His Word?
  • Read Exodus 2:1-10. Review 1:15-22.
  • Describe all the factors that had to come together for baby Moses to be protected and ultimately saved?  Who is in control here, God or the pharaoh?
  • Review Exodus 3:7-9. Was God unaware of their sufferings earlier? Did prayer tell God something He didn’t know? Who is ultimately the Deliverer of Israel? How does this passage reinforce Job’s statements in Job 19:25-27?
  • Who is our Deliverer? What has He delivered us from? How is Moses a foreshadowing of Christ?
  • Did God give up on Moses after he killed an Egyptian? Did God give up on Moses when he was tending sheep in the wilderness? Did God give up on Moses when he made excuses? Why not? What does this tell us about God?
  • Does God give up on His people when they fail, when they sin? Is God patient with us? What are the results of our disobedience? What are the results of our obedience?

See you Sunday!

mg

Men’s Group

Posted: January 26, 2011 in Men Stuff

Thursday morning @ 6:15 the men will meet @ Panera.  We will discuss chapter 1 of Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes. 

If you have not purchased the book yet, do not worry about–come on anyway.  

We had good fellowship and conversation two weeks ago, and look forward to more of the same.

See you Thursday.

mg

Great Sermon!

Posted: January 25, 2011 in thoughts

I highly encourage you to listen to Mark’s sermon from 1/23 again.  You can go to http://www.lynwoodbc.org/media and click on God’s Promise to listen.

It is neat that we have been talking about Abraham and how in Genesis 3:15 God says “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.”  Then in Genesis 12 is the calling of Abram/Abraham and the promises God makes to him and you see the beginning of a nation.  The stage is now set and the search is on for the remainder of the Old Testament, to discover who this very special offspring will be that was referred to in Genesis 3:15.

Mark’s sermon spoke of this “offspring” and mentioned that all the promises of God are found in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 1:20).  All of God’s salvation promises–peace, joy, forgiveness, hope of eternal life, etc come true in Jesus Christ.  Paul says in verse 19 that Jesus Christ is not Yes and No, but…Yes.  As you listen, pay special attention to verses 21 and 22–“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”

God establishes us…He anoints us…seals us…and gives us the Holy Spirit as a down payment of our eternal inheritance.  The Holy Spirit in us is the first installment of future glory.

Tremendous theology and meat in verses 21 and 22.  Listen to them…chew on them…digest them…study them…own them…and praise God for it.

Paul was legit…just like Jesus is legit…what were those people thinking calling Paul out like that?

Thanks Mark.

mg

Funny Stuff

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Fun Stuff

Brandi and I highly recommend the Word of Promise Audio Bible to you. 

Recently we have been having our kids go to bed listening to the Word of Promise.  Emma has recently started in Matthew, and Andrew in Genesis.  They do this each Sunday night, and sometimes wake up listening to it.  They really like it.

Andrew always asks what a word means when he first hears a word–this boy is curious.  Here comes the “funny”…Brandi and I are in the basement and I am watching football, and Andrew comes out of his room and says, “Hey, what does circumcision mean?”  I thought, hmmm…this is a good father/son teaching time.  Circumcision means “to cut”, so I told him that it means to cut the “boy part”…to which Andrew said, “Whooaaa”.  We went into some of the detail from Scripture, and it sure was funny. 

Parenting…fun stuff. 

Genesis can be fertile ground for questions from curious kids…maybe we should fast-forward!

mg