Who is Being Promoted?

He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30

How contrary to self-promotion this truth is.

I like to increase, but Jesus is calling me to decrease. He is calling me to be humble and serve.

Jesus is not asking me to do something He didn’t do.  He decreased when He left heaven.  He decreased when He became a carpenter’s Son.  He decreased when He healed people.  He decreased when He washed the disciples feet.

My self-promotion must be crucified on the cross.  In reality, it was crucified when Jesus was crucified (Romans 6; Gal 5:24), but I must accept it to be true and live in its effects.

Lord, help me to decrease, so you can increase.

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Why You Should or Should Not Start a Blog

Blogs are great tools.  I’m about one month into posting on this site.  I’ve enjoyed the ride!

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I’ve also been reading some blogs for a while now.  I’ve found that (and I know this is obvious) you can read good and bad stuff online.

That being said, I want to say to you that you should start a blog.

Why?  You should start a blog because of the following:

  1. You have a story. God is doing something in your life that is unique.  Other people need to be encouraged by it.  I think this falls under “provoke unto love and to good works.” (Hebrews 10:24)
  2. You have a perspective. God’s truth is doing something in you, and that perspective can be helpful to others… if shared with them. It can breath courage into someone else. They’ll see God is working in you and can do the same in them.

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Don’t Turn Off the Light

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1:9

Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

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It’s no secret… none of us like to be shown that we are wrong.  Let me be more specific… I don’t like to be shown that I’m wrong.

But often I’m wrong.  I sin.  I have pride.  I can be selfish and unloving.  That is my condition as a human being.  For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Jesus is called the Light in John 1:9.  He is the truth.  He exposes darkness.  He shines into it and reveals what is really there. When I read the Bible, I see Him, and His light shines into my heart.

When the Light shines in my heart, I don’t like what I see.  I don’t like the light to shine into my heart.  It’s like the back room where you’ve stashed all your junk for years.  “Let’s not go there!  Don’t shine the light there!”

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A Love So Great

I would like to let you know about Eastside Baptist Church’s Easter Sunday program, A Love So Great.

Come with us as we walk through the passion of Christ through song.

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A Fresh Look at the Cross

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True revival comes from a renewed focus of God’s people upon understanding and applying His Word.

There are times when our spiritual walk is dry.  Sometimes we neglect our walk with God and because of that haven’t heard from Him through His Word in quite a while.

One morning, a couple years ago, while I was reading the Word, I was in this state.  That morning,  God began a work of revival in my heart.

I was convicted about my own laziness in reading and studying the Word, and therefore took time to simply reading where I had left off last.  The place in the Bible where God spoke to me may surprise you.

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Heal my Heart

Ps. 25:1-2 “Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.  O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.”

As I read this verse, I picture a man holding up his sick heart to God.  God is the healer.  He is the only One who can heal my soul’s diseases.

Lord, I hold up my heart to you, and ask you to heal my selfishness and my pride through the cross of Jesus.  Amen.

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God – the Only Lasting Answer to Depression, Part 2

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I have had 2 people tell me in the past week that they are depressed.  I don’t think they are alone.

In a world with a declining economy, frequent natural disasters, and turbulent politics both foreign and domestic, it is no surprise that people need hope.

I am writing to try to be a help to someone who may describe himself/herself as depressed.  I went through depression as a teen, being clinically diagnosed with it.  I learned much through it and have seen the answers as to what lead to it and what rescued me from it.  God graciously delivered me from it, and, as the Psalmist said in Psalm 40, He has “set my feet upon a rock and established my goings.”

Let me give some practical advice to someone struggling with with depression:

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God – the Only Lasting Answer to Depression, Part 1

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:21-24

Update: I initially published this post with just the verse, but thought that this topic warranted some further discussion.

First off, let me say that I am sympathetic with those who have or are going through depression.  Having seen it in my family along with having experienced it as a teen, I know it’s affects are real.

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A Mind Defying Truth

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.  Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psalm 53:2-3

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

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God, how can You look down on the almost seven billion people who are alive today, and see that every one of us turns from You in sin, and yet still love us with an everlasting love?

That Psalm 53:3 is true and John 3:16 is true at the same time reveals the indefinable greatness of Your love.

Every man sins.  Every man offends Your holiness.  Every man chooses to do what is sickening to You.

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A Song for Trials

I came across this song about a year ago.  It is written by Ben Everson and is entitled “I’ll Pray Again.”  It challenges me to keep seeking God, even in the midst of hard times.

It is an encouragement each time I listen to it.  Hope it is to you as well.

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Thank you, Ben Everson, for writing this song.

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