Jottings – Theological Arguments

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I beg leave, in my turn, to give you a few advices,

 

1. Be calm. Do not venture into the field again till you are master of your temper.

 

2. Be good-natured. Passion is not commendable; but ill nature still less.

 

3. Be courteous. Show good manners, as well as good nature, to your opponent, of whatever kind.

 

4. Be merciful. When you have gained an advantage over your opponent, do not press it to the uttermost. Remember the honest quaker’s advice to his friend a few years ago: ‘Art thou not content to lay John Wesley upon his back, but thou wilt tread his guts out?’

 

5. In writing, do not consider yourself as a man of fortune, or take any liberty with others on that account. Men of sense simply consider what is written; not whether the writer be a lord or a cobbler.

 

6. Lastly, Remember, ‘for every idle word men shall speak, they shall give an account in the day of judgment.’ Remember, ‘by thy words shalt thou be justified; or by thy words shalt thou be condemned.’

 

John Wesley, “Some Remarks on Mr. Hill’s Farrago Double Distilled,” quoted in Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley, Vol. 3. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 162.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – A Godly Man Is A Praying Man


Commenting on Psalm 32:6 ~~

 

A godly man is a praying man. ‘Every one that is godly shall pray unto thee .’ As soon as grace is poured in, prayer is poured out.

 

Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture; accessed on 8/11/13 here: http://www.gracegems.org/Watson/godly_mans_picture3.htm

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Wonderful Reminders of What it Means to Break Bread

Rethinking what church growth means. Is small the new big?Shane Johnson has an excellent post over at the assemblyHUB blog today entitled “How NOT to Break Bread.” If you have not seen his post yet, I suggest heading over there and checking it out.

In his post Shane beautifully expresses why the Lord’s Supper is precious to both himself and the Lord Jesus Christ. Shane writes:

The Lord’s Supper is precious – both to the Lord and to the believer. Most of what I have learned about the person of Christ, His peerless character, and priestly work on the cross I have learned during that joyous hour we call the breaking of bread.

 

The bread and cup re-fix my eyes on the Lord better than any sermon can ever do, re-anchoring my heart on the hope-filled empty tomb.

Shane also reminds us that the Breaking of Bread is not about us:

Whenever I attend a wedding, it also helps me appreciate the meaning of the breaking of bread in a greater way. The best man’s speech is always focused on the groom, never on anyone or anything else. The best man speaks of the groom’s qualities – his loyalty, his selflessness, his humility, etc. The best man does not speak about what he has done for the groom.

 

To center our attention directly on the groom is the best man’s job, to heighten our appreciation and evaluation of him, and to reveal things about him that we may not have known or have forgotten. The best man does not speak about other interesting things, facts about history, or his own personal interests, which only serve to take the focus off the all-important groom, but solely on the bridegroom’s glory. After all, it’s his day not ours.

The Breaking of Bread is really all about Him… The Lord Jesus Christ…

We should filter our thoughts. Only those thoughts that reveal, remember or refine our understanding of His character and work should receive “air time” at the meeting. All other thoughts should be kept to ourselves. The Holy Spirit seeks to glorify Christ (John 16:14) not us.

 

When we speak at the Lord’s Supper, we influence and direct the worship of the entire congregation and should be careful not to disrupt the incense of adoration being raised up to the Lord. Before we share we should ask ourselves: does this reveal something about His character? Does this cause us to remember or revisit what He did for us? How does this refine our understanding of Him?

I encourage you to check out the entire post over at assemlbyHUB.

Link: How NOT to Break Bread

 

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Jottings – The Devil Says Do It! Get It Out of Your System

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Commenting on Jeremiah 13:21 ~~

“Habits — ingrained habits — how hard they are to break! Because what happens is, it becomes a part of you and its not easy. You see, the devil says to you, ‘go ahead and do it and get it OUT of your system.’ But you do it and get it INTO your system. And the more you do it the more it becomes a way of life until eventually you say, ‘Well, I just can’t break this habit!'”

 

Nicholson, J B, Jr. “Jeremiah The Prophet Who Weeps – part 2.” Northside Chapel Conference. n.d., n.p. Address. Available here at the 54:38 mark. Accessed on September 21, 2014

 

 

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Lessons From The Epistle To Philemon

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Commenting on the Epistle to Philemon:

Paul – illustrates the important business of intersession on behalf of a brother or sister who is in the wrong.
Philemon – teaches us the importance of forgiving those who have wronged us.
Onesimus – serves as a reminder to us of all those who have left.

 

Mike Attwood, Lessons from 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon Series of Addresses at Greenwood Hills Second Family Conference, July 26 – August 2, 2014.

 

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Events: Shepherding Conference 2014


 
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One of the greatest needs in the assemblies today is for gifted shepherds (pastors – Ephesians 4:11) to do the hard work of an elder (1 Timothy 3:1, 5:17). So many today desire a “position,” however very few are actively doing the work.

The Shepherding Conference will be held, Lord willing, September 18-20 to encourage and equip brethren to do the work of a shepherd. In past years the conference has been well attended by concerned brethren and very well received.

Teachers: Brian Gunning (ON), Bruce Hulshizer (PA), Keith Keyser (PA), Joe Reese (ON)
When: September 18-20, 2014
Where: Greenwood Hills Bible Conference & Camp, 7062 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, PA 17222
Who: Men of all ages
Details: Here

 

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Related Digital Sojourner posts:
Which Church? New Testament Churches Were Guided By Overseers
Titus 1:6-9 A Closer Look At Elders
Titus 1:10-11 Why Such High Standards For Elders?

 

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Jottings – Choices, Freedom, and Consequences

 

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“You have the freedom to make choices. However, you do not have the freedom to choose the consequences… and consequences go on for a long, long time.”

 

Joe Mikhael, The Appearances of Christ Before His Birth and After His Resurrection: The Theophanies and Christophanies. Series of Addresses at Greenwood Hills First Family Conference, June 28 – July 5, 2014.

 

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Hitting The Sanctification Gym

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My good friend Keith Keyser recently posted on his blog an excellent exhortation entitled Becoming A Spiritual Heavyweight.

In the article brother Keith addresses the need for intentional self discipline. Drawing heavily on scripture, Keith demonstrates that the way in which we live our daily lives not only impacts our Christian life now, but also throughout eternity.

Keith’s call to a disciplined life is highly relevant for the digital sojourner. The digital world is a deadly minefield… one misstep online can easily destroy one’s testimony.

I encourage you to check it out…

 

Link: Becoming A Spiritual Heavyweight

 

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Jottings – The Preacher’s Life

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“A preacher’s life should be a commentary upon his doctrine; his practice should be the…[counterpart] of his sermons. Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life.”

 

Thomas Brooks, “The Crown and Glory of Christianity,” in The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart, Vol. 4. (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert, 1867), 24.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Audio: King Saul’s Incomplete Obedience

And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God” 1 Samuel 13:13a ESV

It is said of King David that he was a man after God’s heart. King Saul, however, was a king after the flesh. When we examine Saul’s life we find that he meant well, but he often fell short of the mark. His life was characterized by incomplete obedience to God’s will.

In this message we look at three time’s in Saul’s life where he almost obeyed. Sadly, incomplete obedience is really disobedience.

What can we learn from King Saul? Take a listen…

 

Recorded: Sunday August 25, 2013 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

 

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