Your Serve

7 08 2009

“And a scribe came up and said to Him, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever You go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.'”
(Matthew 8:19,20)

stain_glass“Jesus has many who love His kingdom in heaven, but few who bear His cross. He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire suffering. He finds many to share His feast, but few His fasting.

All desire to rejoice with Him, but few are willing to suffer for His sake. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of the bread, but few to the drinking of the cup of His passion. Many admire the miracles, but few follow Him to the humiliation of the cross. Many love Jesus as long as no hardship touches them.”

–Thomas a Kempis





Adios

28 07 2009

money fadesSimply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.
(Luke 14:33, The Message)

“This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus”

— John Newton





What’s In Your Wallet?

30 03 2009

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 
(Matthew 13:44)  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Christ is a jewel more worth than a thousand worlds, as all know who have Him. Get Him, and get all; miss Him and miss all.

–Thomas Brooks





Whatever

6 10 2007

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“And they immediately left the nets and followed Him.”
(Matthew 4:20) 

“Lord, I am willing
To receive what You give,
To lack what You withhold,
To relinquish what You take,
To suffer what You inflict,
To be what You require.”

–from an ancient hymn
quoted in Jerry Bridge’s Transforming Grace, p185





The Plumbline

24 06 2007

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Every doctrine that is not embedded in the Cross of Jesus will lead astray.christoncross.jpg
Oswald Chambers





Another Religion

17 06 2007

“Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.”
(1 Timothy 4:16)

I once had another religion, mincing, lisping, baited breath, proper, hunting the Bible for hidden truths, but no obedience, no sacrifice.

ct-studd.jpg–C.T. Studd (1860-1931), English missionary to China, India and Africa





Fool’s Gold

31 05 2007

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
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The people of Israel sacrificed so that they could enjoy their golden calf. They donated their wealth and they even got up early in the morning to eat and drink and play (see Exodus 32:6). I’ve met church people who complain about missionary offerings (“Are they begging again?”) but never think twice about spending thousands of dollars to enjoy a “Christian vacation” or purchase another “adult toy.” People who would find it difficult to get up early for a prayer meeting have no problem getting up for a time of “fun.” Individuals sacrifice for the things they really love.

–Warren Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, p89