The first picture shows Roy, a very funny and joyous man. He is deaf and his sign language interpreter was not there. Desiring to worship, he put his hands on the stereo to feel the vibration. Very humbling to watch.
The second picture shows Dede worshiping to "Jesus Paid It All." She was new to the home and the love and joy of Christ was flowing through her. She left for a short time to try to bring her friend to the study and she told me that she has been "working" on others so that they would come hear the Word. During the sermon, she raised her hand several times to comment, ask questions, and provide insight on the text. She is a great blessing and encouragement.
Praise the Lord!
I counted dollars, while God counted crosses;
I counted gains, while God counted losses.
I counted my worth, my things gained in store;
And He sized me up by the scars that I bore.
I counted honors and sought degrees,
He counted the hours I spent on my knees.
I never knew until one day by the grave
How vain are the things that we spend life to save.
That is something to think about for sure.
I work at Norco High School.
I am completing my undergraduate education at CBU.
I am taking transferable elective units at RCC.
3 different schools all at once.
Today was the first day of working at Norco High School. I am officially a freshmen all over again! I enjoy being at school and I know that the Lord has me in school, both for work and education, for a specific reason. It is sweet to be a student, to work with students, and also to minister to students (high school ministry).
The following is a summary of "Plexiglas Preaching: The Devastating Consequences of a Watered-Down Message," in the book Fool's Gold?: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error, edited by John MacArthur. He offers 15 points that list the "negative effects of the superficial brand of preaching that is so rife in modern evangelicalism." He says, "I offer them as a warning against superficial, marginally-biblical preaching--both to those who stand behind the pulpit and to those who sit in the pew."
1. It usurps the authority of God over the soul.
2. It removes the lordship of Christ from His church.
3. It hinders the work of the Holy Spirit.
4. It demonstrates appalling pride and a lack of submission.
5. It severs the preacher personally from the regular sanctifying grace of Scripture.
6. It clouds the true depth and transcendence of our message and therefore cripples both corporate and personal worship.
7. It prevents the preacher from fully developing the mind of Christ.
8. It depreciates by example the spiritual duty and priority of personal Bible study.
9. It prevents the preacher from being the voice of God on every issue of his time.
10. It breeds a congregation that is as weak and indifferent to the gory of God as their pastor is.
11. It robs people of their only true source of help.
12. It encourages people to become indifferent to the Word of God and divine authority.
13. It lies to people about what they really need.
14. It strips the pulpit of power.
15. It puts the responsibility on the preacher to change people with his cleverness.
Therefore, we need to preach the word (2 Tim 4:2) and listen to those who do the same!
- The War Against Your Soul - Rick Holland
- Blessed Bankruptcy - Steve Lawson
- Who’s Really at Work? - C.J. Mahaney
- Blessed Purity - Steve Lawson
- A Theology of Creation - John MacArthur
- God’s Sovereignty Over Satan’s Fall - John Piper
- A Biblical Strategy For Fighting Sexual Sin - Rick Holland
- The Sanctifying Shepherd - John MacArthur
- The Troubled Soul - C.J. Mahaney
- How Sin Serves the Glory of Christ - John Piper
Now it is time to make the best use of my summer, even though I am still in school at night!