Cultivating awe with Dr. Packer…
Thanks to EricL for the help this week…support his work at top right.
Cultivating awe with Dr. Packer…
Thanks to EricL for the help this week…support his work at top right.
Tomorrow, we will have a look at GFA from the inside as a former employee speaks.
The question before the house is still whether pastors are informing their congregations about this news…if not, why not?
Why have we not heard from the evangelical celebrities on the GFA board?
I will offer one.
Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, a gun control advocate or opponent, we all want to find ways to stop the shootings.
No one is unaffected by these tragedies, none are callous in the face of the losses.
None of us have the answers… the answers will only come if all of us stop trying to “win” and start trying to live, act, and think, as members of one community.
2. I think if communities always treated each other the way we do in the aftermath of a tragedy, there would be less tragedies in the first place…
3. There is no single law that could be passed in a free society that would have prevented the shootings. It will take more than legislature passed to prove that we’re trying to make a difference to actually find solutions.
4. In the providence of God I’m teaching through the Beatitudes now…last night was on “blessed are those who mourn”. “Blessed” mourning isn’t just about the loss of loved ones, it’s about mourning the state of our individual souls and the culture we live in. Perhaps if we replaced our cultural addiction to anger with true mourning we would be able to find some real resolutions to our problems…
5. In case you missed it…the ECFA has terminated the membership of Gospel For Asia. Membership in this organization was often offered as proof of their accountability. Now, it appears they have been accountable to no one.
6. The Apostle Peter said that we are to be a peculiar people in relation to the world. I believe what makes us peculiar is that we are to model sacrificial love and the kingdom that is here, but not in it’s fullness. How peculiar are you?
7. It’s been said before and bears repeating. The biggest lie that Satan has sold is that he does not exist.
8. The besetting sin of the evil one was narcissism. Remember that before you snap the next selfie…
9. How peculiar would it be to pray for those who hate us and wish us harm? Maybe that would be a good place to start…
10. Our local community college has just been evacuated…God help us all to make this stop.
Why do I keep looking for popularity, respect from others, success, acclaim, and sensual pleasures ?
Why, Lord, is it so hard for me to make you the only one ?
Why do I keep hesitating to surrender myself totally to you ?
Help me, O Lord, to let my old self die, to let die the thousand big and small ways in which i am still building up my false self and trying to cling to my false desires.
Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words, thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you.
I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self and to a new life in and for you.
I know and trust that this is the road to freedom.
Lord, dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend.
Hebrews 4:14 – 5:2
Jesus is the Great High Priest
One of the major thoughts of this epistle is that Jesus is our great High Priest. The writer proceeds to reinforce his exhortation to enter the rest with a reminder of the character of our High Priest.
Jesus is one with his people and for them he offers the perfect sacrifice.
This is seen largely in terms of the Day of Atonement ceremonies in which the role of the High Priest (not simply any priest) was central. Note; Good Friday was the last Day of Atonement.
Here is the BIG question – Do we need a priest today to go to God? Yes, Jesus is that High Priest.
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Go daily in the power & confidence that comes with the power of Jesus.
1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.
The charity was found in violation of five different accountability standards.
Under the stewardship of K.P. Yohannan, Skip Heitzig, Gayle Erwin, and others the charity has been removed from the ranks of trusted evangelical organizations.
The battle isn’t over, but this is a significant victory.
I bless the name of Warren Throckmorton for his tireless work on behalf of truth.
I bless the brave members of the GFA Diaspora and the donors, pastors, and missionaries who risked their own reputations and ministries to help present the truth so that others would not be defrauded and abused.
Those leaders who have chosen to remain silent have their reward.
Every pastor who has supported GFA from the pulpit has the responsibility to pass this news on to the congregation as well.
If you won’t…I will.
Feel free to make your own application…
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12–13 ESV)
I’m very comfortable in my own skin, as long as my skin is covered in layers of clothes.
I’m not comfortable being exposed.
The examination would demand that I was very exposed.
A mass had been found where a mass was not supposed to be.
It could be relatively benign or it could be something that would contribute to my demise.
The only way to find out would be through procedures and examinations that left me without privacy or dignity.
Any attempt to cover myself would result in misdiagnosis that would keep me from being cured.
I had to be naked and exposed.
Though the process was very uncomfortable and very embarrassing, it was necessary to preserve life.
When God examines a person, the process can be even more excruciating.
The worldly physician sees the naked body, the Lord sees the naked heart as well.
That can be far more embarrassing and painful.
The heart is full of masses benign and cancerous that threaten the spiritual life of the believer.
Physical cancers terrify us, we love some of the ones that infest our souls.
Covering ourselves, whether in piety or lies…is fruitless.
The Great Physician can see them, only He can remove them.
The surgery is often more painful than the discovery.
The mass in my body was benign.
The ones in my soul are not.
There will be surgery…
Regular checkups are necessary for health.
I will be exposed again.
So will you.
Make your own application…
Roseburg is about an hour and a half from Phoenix, the northern border of what is considered Southern Oregon.
It’s part of my homeland.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, let me share what those who do would affirm about me.
My first identity is as a Christian, my second is as an Oregonian.
I sometimes get the order reversed.
This is a deeply personal tragedy to me and to scores of others here in Southern Oregon.
Something like this was not supposed to happen here…
Social media exploded before the victims were even removed from the scene.
Before the shooter was identified, social media identified four different people as the shooter.
He was a Muslim for sure, no he was an atheist… he was black, he was white…he was a conservative, no, he was a leftist…the government is lying to us again.
Gun control advocates and gun control opponents wrote emotionally charged words with blood not their own.
Everyone wanted the shooter to be a representative of those they despise, that they might despise them all the more.
In the meantime we waited for the names of the victims…and the high school just south of us was locked down from another threat.
We no longer have the decency to mourn with those who mourn before looking for someone to blame that we might be “right”.
We no longer value decency, period.
The shooter was sick of mind and soul.
Those sicknesses became terminal for him and his victims.
What I saw last night makes me wonder what stage our societal sickness of mind and soul is at.
I said it last night, I’ll say it again.
Oregon doesn’t need you pontificating or your politics…it needs your prayers.
So does where you live…
Let me put this in perspective for you.
That is the combined average annual income for three attorneys working full time in the Philippines.
In places like the Philippines and India, cash talks.
It will buy you out of trouble and it will buy trouble for your “enemies”.
Men like Randall and K.P. Yohannan have lots of cash, every dime given by someone who believes in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I tell you this because you can’t read my email…email from people who don’t have cash and don’t have a voice.
Email from people who have witnessed the corruption of both men first hand.
Email from people who have devoted their lives to bringing the Gospel to places where it wasn’t before.
Email from people who are not known by their name outside of their work, families, and heaven.
Email from people who want to bear witness to the truth but are terrified of the consequences that come from telling the truth about men who have the cash and the names to destroy them.
You can’t read it…I read it every day.
They count on people like Warren Throckmorton and myself to speak for them.
It should not be this way.
There is now sufficient documented evidence against these organizations that every donor should suspend giving until every question is answered.
The well known and well heeled should be in the forefront of the investigations.
Instead, they are circling the wagons to protect those with power and wealth.
There are many men who know the truth…who know even more truth about these things than has been brought to light.
They are silent cowards who would subject Gods people to fraud and those working the harvest of God to abuse.
Silent, simpering, cowards who prefer the approval of men to that of God.
They will answer for every dollar taken, every child neglected, every brother or sister abused, because of their silence.
They will not answer to me, but to God.
God will not be mocked.
Their only hope is to stand now or bow later as God burns their “works” in front of them.
It’s time to stand for the least of these while they still can.