I know I have posted several videos recently, but this, my friends, is spectacular. It is a rendition by Jimmy Needham of the classic song, It is Well. While his musical ability is good, what makes this song spectacular is the middle where John Piper retells the story of what moved Horatio Spafford to write this song (make sure and listen past the 3-minute mark). Listen and be moved!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
As I hope you know, it is Passion Week. It is the week the church has traditionally set aside to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One aspect I love of this week is the array of songs I am introduced to by different people. Beautiful Terrible Cross by Selah is one of them I heard this past week. Read the words and then listen to the song as you prepare your heart for the celebration of the death of Jesus Christ.
There is a beautiful terrible cross
Where though you committed no sin
Savior you suffer the most wicked fate
On the cruelest creation of me,
Yet on that beautiful terrible cross
You did what only you could
Turning that dark inspired evil of hell
Into our souls greatest good.
We see the love that you showed us
We see the life that you lost
We bow wonder and praise you
At the beautiful terrible cross
There on that beautiful terrible cross
Though darkness was strong on that hill,
You remain sovereign Lord still in control
Your perfect plan was fulfilled
O, we gain the riches of heaven
Jesus, you paid the horrible cost
We stand forgiven and praise you
For the beautiful terrible cross
Friday, April 11, 2014
So the movie, Heaven Is For Real, based on the book by the same title, is coming out soon. In honor of this momentous occasion, I thought I would share these wonderful thoughts from David Platt.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
As the team makes their way home, check out these other videos that they put together that helps explain their trip. I will try to write more next week once they are home.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I have not had much time this week to write much on the blog. My wife left last Friday as part of the Cambodia Missions team our church sent to minister to military families of that country. Here are two short videos the team has put together the past few days, highlighting their ministry there.
If you are interested in more of these the rest of this week and other things they are saying about their trip, you can check out their daily blog at our church website.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I shared the other day the news that World Vision had adopted a new policy regarding acceptance of same-sex marriage. Well, it seems as though the reaction from the Christian community has made an impact upon their decision. Just yesterday, the board of directors reversed their decision. Here are some of the comments from president Richard Stearns.
"The last couple of days have been painful. We feel pain and a broken heart for the confusion we caused for many friends who saw this policy change as a strong reversal of World Vision's commitment to biblical authority, which it was not intended to be.
Rather than creating more unity [among Christians], we created more division, and that was not the intent. Our board acknowledged that the policy change we made was a mistake...and we believe that [World Vision supporters] helped us to see that with more clarity...and we're asking you to forgive us for that mistake."
Now the question remains:
How Should The Christian Community Respond To This Reversed Statement?
On the one hand, this reversal in their policy stinks. At some point, I wonder if the amount of supporters lost in those two days will ever be revealed. I have to think it is significant. I personally know many people who canceled their support. Therefore, this reversal stinks that it is not based on conviction of truth, but on financial reasons.
But on the other hand, I can't read their heart. Neither can you. People throw around the "Don't judge, lest you be judged" (Matt. 7) all the time. They use it for all sorts of excuses for why we are not to give evaluative statements on the lifestyles and morals of people (for example, I heart his all the time in the same-sex marriage debate). But let me encourage you to think that THIS IS EXACTLY what Jesus is talking about. We cannot judge motives or heart issues. We can and should judge external things, but we cannot and should not judge internal things.
And since, we cannot see their heart, we need to accept their forgiveness. We need to forgive them for their initial crazy decision and support them that they have come back to a more biblical stance on biblical authority and the family. The last statement in John Piper's blog that I linked to on Tuesday said this:
"I pray they repent and turn back to their more faithful roots."
That was my prayer at the moment. And it seems as though it has happened. Let's not worry about the reasoning right now. Let us rejoice that they have changed their stance on this very important issue.
If you were thinking of canceling your account with them, would you please reconsider. If you did cancel your account with them, would you reconsider what it might look like to sign back up with them, for the sake of the children.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In case you haven't heard, there is a new movie releasing this Friday on the biblical story of Noah.
Christian, please don't waste your time on this movie!
Please do not support this film. I have not seen the movie and I do not plan on seeing it. While the trailers look interesting, they do raise a few questions as I watched one with my boys.
I could go into a lot of reasons why the Christian community should not support this film. But let me give you just one. One reason from the voice of the director of the movie. Director Darren Aronofsky, who is a vocal atheist, has said that this movie is "the least biblical biblical film ever made." Do you want more reason to not drop $10 to go see it. An atheist producer is proud of the fact that he has taken a biblical storyline and made it anti-biblical! Enough said in my book.
But there is an alternative. Ray Comfort, along with Living Waters Ministries, has released a short movie this week on the story of Noah. It will not have the flash of the Hollywood production. It will not have action. But it tells the story of the Bible. It explains the meaning of life and how to have eternal life. It is worth your time much more than seeing the Hollywood production.