Showing posts from December, 2015

New book on gospel-powered parenting by Farley

In December, I started reading Gospel-Powered Parenting by William P. Farley.  Here are a few quotes from the first few chapters:
I am convinced that the gospel is sufficient to answer all our parenting questions. The gospel is the incarnation of God's Son, his sinless life, his substitutionary death, his bodily resurrection, and his ascension into heaven, from which he will someday return to the earth in glory. But the cross is the heart and soul of the gospel. As do all parents, we have learned from God's gracious discipline that we are absolutely dependent on God's Spirit to complete the parenting process...It is God's job to bring results! this book will assume that effective parents equip their children to overcome the world--not by changing and controlling their environment (things external to their children), but by going after their children's hearts. We change their hearts by teaching the gospel, modeling the gospel, and centering our homes on the gospel. …

Christ has defeated death

Because Christ has defeated death
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our…

Promises of God from Revelation, Part 1

Here are selected promises of God from Revelation compiled by Kenneth Boa:

Those who read the words of this prophecy and who hear it and take to heart what is written in it will be blessed (1:3). Jesus Christ loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father (1:5-6). Christ is the Living One who was dead, but is alive for ever and ever, and holds the keys of death and Hades (1:18). “I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with me.  To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne” (3:20-21).

Posting today at 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting

Today, I am posting over at 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting on the topic of "being a dad."  This will conclude a 3 part series on "man up".  I hope it will be a blessing and encouragement to you.  It's not what you think.  Go here

You Are A Masterpiece

“For we are his workmanship (or masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

Day After Christmas

As you have the let down from Christmas being over, be reminded the "light of the world" is still here. Enjoy this great song by Matthew West.

Merry Christmas from the Martins

The Martin family wants to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Enjoy your time with friends and family.  Remember the greatest gift of all is Jesus coming to earth because God loves us and wants to be in relationship with us.

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Enjoy this song from Mercy Me's new Christmas album.  It is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  Be reminded of the great gift of Jesus for you and me.

Christ is the Great High Priest

Christ is the great high priest
16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.17 For this reason he had to be made like them,fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:16-18)14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:14-15)
therefore in Him we are priests
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual houseto be a holy priesthood, offering spirit…

Promises of God from Jude

Below are selected promises of God from Jude compiled by Kenneth Boa:

Those who have been called are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ (v. 1). God offers believers the abundance of his mercy, peace, and love (v. 2). The Lord gives us the power to build ourselves up in our most holy faith and to pray in the Holy Spirit (v. 20). The Lord is able to keep us from falling and to present us before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy (v. 24). The only God our Savior will receive glory, majesty, power, and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord before all ages, now, and forevermore (v. 25).

Word for 2016: gospel

Over the last several years, I have chosen a word from the Bible to try and better understand.  Usually I do this by printing all of the verses that use that word.  As I read the verses, I think and meditate on that word and how it is used to grow in relationship with God.

For 2016, I have chosen the word gospel.  I look forward to better understanding how it is used in Scripture by Jesus, Paul and others.

For now, the Greek word translated gospel in English literally means "good news."  I look forward to sharing good news with you throughout 2016.  This will replace the promises of God from Scripture as we will finish in January.

May you and I better understand the gospel in the coming year!

Hallelujah (Light Has Come)

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs Bethany has done as a trio.  It is by Barlow Girl.  Jesus is the light of the world and the Savior who sets us free.

You are Loved

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”         (1 John 4:9-10)

Favorite Book Friday

I am sharing my favorite books on Fridays over the last several weeks.  Today's favorite book Friday is by Elyse Fitzpatrick titled, Found in Him. I love the focus on the incarnation of Christ and our identity in Christ.  Check it out!

God is Victorious

Because God is Victorious
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. (1 Chronicles 29:11) He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
20 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope.” (Matthew 12:19-21)
therefore we have victory
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corin. 15:57)  For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:4)

fuzion end of semester party


Celebrating who God is with fuzion tonight

Tonight our fuzion group (5th and 6th grade ministry on Wednesday nights) is headed to Get Air in Wichita for an end of semester party.  Why?  Because God is good, great and awesome.  In previous years, we have only allowed those who memorized half of the Bible verses to attend.  This year, I changed it to allow everyone to be able to attend.  Why?  Because grace is a free gift and is available to all. 

The gospel is about Jesus and not about what good or bad we do.  We all sin.  We need a Savior. So rather than focus on us, we are focusing on Jesus and what He has DONE for us.
Before we have a lot of fun on the trampolines, I will share who we are celebrating (God) and the great gift available to us in the gift of Jesus. 

Check back later tonight for pictures from the evening.

Promises of God from 3 John

Here are selected promises of God from 3 John compiled by Kenneth Boa:

Faithfulness to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is a great source of joy to other believers (vv. 3-4). When we serve and support those who are ambassadors of the truth of Jesus Christ , we become colaborers with them and participants in their ministry (vv. 5-8). Anyone who does what is good is from God (v. 11).

New book I am reading by Elyse Fitzpatrick

This past week, I started a new book by Elyse Fitzpatrick titled, Counsel from the Cross which she has written with Dennis Johnson.  I loved Elyse's book, Found in Him and have already enjoyed the first few chapters.  Here are a few quotes from the opening chapters:

Our need of Christ does not cease with our believing...It is always on His "blood and righteousness" alone that we can rest.(Warfield)

When we lose the centrality of the cross, Christianity morphs into a religion of self-improvement and becomes about us, about our accomplishments, and about getting our act together. We become become who ask WWJD (What would Jesus do?) without ever considering the gospel or WDJD (What did Jesus do?).

We need to hear the gospel again because if we have forgotten his work on our behalf, it will skew the way we think of God, the way we think of ourselves, and the way we think of others.

God's disposition toward us is entirely different because we are beloved. As long as I hav…

Give More Gospel

Today I preached on the topic of "Give More" from Advent Conspiracy.  Below are my notes from my message which tied in with our kid's Christmas program.

My theme is Give More. I have one point this morning-Give More Gospel

Define the gospel or draw a picture of what the gospel is.

How people understand gospel
§It’s what you say or what is shared at end of sermon that gets people saved
§It’s what starts the Christian life, then we move on to something deeper
§It’s a philosophy. For example, the gospel according to JL.
§It’s a genre of music
§It’s evangelism-It’s door to door, shouting from street corners (Repent)
§It’s a lifestyle or how we live (be the gospel or live the gospel) You might be the only Jesus someone sees. It’s being good. It’s WWJD.

Quotes on the gospel

§We are not only saved by the gospel, but we also now grow by the gospel…We never leave the gospel behind. (Tim Keller in Galatians For You)
§The gospel is an announcement, not about what we are to do for God, but abo…

Kid's Christmas Program Today

Today at Hesston MB is our annual kid's Christmas program.  I am excited for the program as we decided to base the program around Christmas hymns. There are so many great Christmas songs to sing during the year and often we run out of time during Advent. 

As always, anything can happen on Kid's Christmas Program day.  I am also preaching a message entitled, "Give More" and my notes will post later this afternoon. 

Join us at 10:10 a.m. to see the kids sharing their gifts through music and words. 

O, Holy Night

Bethany told me about listening to this version of "O, Holy Night" while driving the other day.  It is by David Phelps and worth your time. This is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever.

Favorite Book Friday


Happy Birthday, Mitchell!

Today, my oldest son turns 16.  Happy Birthday, Mitchell. I look forward to celebrating this weekend with you.  Here are a few pictures of him through the years:

You Are Holy

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselveswith compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)

God Adopts and Cares

God Cares For & Adopts Us
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love5 he predestined us for adoption to sonshipthrough Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:4-6)7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
therefore we are adopted
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,Father.” (Galatians 4:4-6)  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)

Sex. Do I have your attention?

We as a people are fascinated with sex.  The church over the years has not always handled the topic very well.  In Scott Sauls book, Jesus Outside the Lines, he has some great thoughts for us to consider. Below are some quotes:
Like fire, sex can be incredibly life giving, comforting, and healing when handled with care. It is among the most delightful of all human activities. It is also among the most dangerous. Like fire, when sex is taken outside its natural and created boundaries, it becomes destructive, leaving burn marks and scars. That's why God is in favor of chastity, or sexual abstinence, for those living outside the covenant of marriage. Biblically, the most interesting and attractive women and men are those whose hearts are at rest because they know that God loves them. Until we learn to see people as people instead of things, as image bearers to be loved instead of objects to be used, sexuality will only become more confused and broken.  God is favor of sexual freedom-…

Promises of God from 2 John

Here are selected promises of God from 2 John compiled by Kenneth Boa:
The truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ “lives in us and will be with us forever” (v. 2). As those who know Christ, we have received grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son (v. 3).  When we walk in obedience to God’s commands, we are walking in the truth and in love (v. 6). Whoever abides in the true teaching of the incarnate Christ has both the Father and the Son (v. 9).

O Come All Ye Faithful

Here is another song I love during Advent.  It is a great rendition with addition of "Sing to the King" as well. Be reminded of our Faithful God.

Favorite Book Friday


You are Gifted

“We have different gifts,according to the grace given to each

of us.” (Romans 12:6)

The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification

I finally finished The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall. It is a book that was recommended by my friend, Russell, in Texas. We had a great gospel conversation outside of Starbucks this summer while I was on sabbatical.  Here are some quotes from the final chapters:
assurance is very important for you to have if you want to grow in your faith and grow in holiness.Jesus tells you first about the work of believing.  Faith is the work of works, because all other good works proceed from faith. Many other people ruin their souls because they seek to have their sins forgiven through faith in Christ, but then they try to produce holiness in their lives by their own efforts. This is the truth of the gospel: no matter how sordid your life has been, no matter how many your sins have been, they are small compared to the grace of Christ. Don't "just do it." Instead, continually go to Christ first, by faith. Then, you will receive a gospel motivation to live a holy …

God is Blessed

God is blessed
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen. (Psalm 41:13)Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. (Psalm 72:18)  Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases, (Psalm 103:1-3) So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:13)therefore in Him we are blessed
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2) T…