Posts Tagged ‘Chief End’

Audio Sermon Ecclesiastes 1:12-17 (2004)

Ecclesiastes 1,12-18small

When you have faith in Jesus – well, that means A LOT

2 Corinthians 1:24

Below is a good addition to the subject of how the Cross of Christ is to be, as Piper puts it, the Blazing Center of the life not wasted – a proper life, a life lived for the purpose for which it was given. This is what saddens me regarding those who get caught up in the Lordship/Free Grace debate who say something like, “all you have to do is ‘believe’ in Jesus – anything else is works.” As if believing is so shallow, so sterile. Believing in, or having faith in (Greek, pistis is the same root for both “believe” and “faith”) is profoundly exhaustive as a total-life change/revolution/redemption/directive. He is everything and to have faith in Him is to connect to the One who is the center of life. To believe is whole life – the means and the end.

Don’t Waste Your Life – Week 1

Here is the first week in our study through the New Life ABF. The first step to living a life that is not wasted is to realize:

1. Everything is His (God’s)

2. He is our Purpose

3. He is our Life

This is a starting point for a proper view, not just of Christianity, but reality. We are enamored in our culture with “reality shows”, which are clearly not real. They are the marketed perversions of life that are based upon illusionary, perceived realities – they are only fulfilled idolatry. Christ is real. God is real. Eternity is real.

Slideshow here: DWYL Week 1

Prayer, Open Theism and a really hard Sunday School Lesson

Sometimes I really want to stop in the middle of a lesson and take a picture and then show everyone I am teaching what they look like and then ask, “So, what are you thinking?”

Well, at the apex/end of a short overview of the Old Testament wisdom literature and the biblical teaching on wisdom in general, we took two weeks in my Sunday School class on the will of God – defining and determining, last week and this week respectively. As I bit off a 16lb bite of the hamburger this last week, I realized that it would be better if I wrote a bit more to explain a bit more clearly.

Get slideshow here if you want: Will of God

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DailyTheocentrism: If this is your best life now, you must be bound for Hell

The very nature of seeking “our best life” is folly here, in this world, at this time. Ecclesiastes as a book speaks toward that very concept, that if it is this world that we seek satisfaction in, then:

24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.      25     For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?      26     For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind. NASB                      (Eccl. 2:24-26)

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