Monthly Archives: March 2010

Out of the mouth of babes

Our family was sitting on the floor together Sunday night, when I asked my three children what they learned/did during our AM and PM gathering times.

Karis, (2 years old), said that she cried at church.

Chloe, (just turned 5), said that they cut out Jesus.  We were puzzled about what she meant so Chloe ran into her room and returned with a picture of Jesus cut and glued onto a plate.

During the PM gathering, Chloe’s class was asked what Jesus did at Easter.  Chloe answered that Jesus hid easter eggs.  The teacher said that was not the answer she was looking for, so undaunted Chloe said Jesus’ blood was shed for us.

Lydia, almost seven, said that the disciples waived branches in honor of Jesus as he came into Jerusalem.

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Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


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What is worse than death?

12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14  The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave  and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand? (Revelation 6:12-17)”

Those not redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ on the day of God’s final judgment will cry out for death because they do not want to face the one who sits on the throne.  What is worse than death?  Answer: To face a Holy God not covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Uncategorized


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“The devil will not be ugly…”

The devil will not be ugly, but he sets forth all his words with the color of truth, and with the name of God.  Herein is sprung that common proverb among the Germans: “In God’s name begins all mischief.”  Wherefore let us learn, that this is a special point of the devil’s cunning, that if he cannot hurt by persecuting and destroying, he does it under a color of correcting and building up.

Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians, Revell edition, p 46.

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Posted by on March 16, 2010 in Uncategorized



Shouldering Heavy Burdens

Westwood Baptist Church lost a wonderful member this week.  His name was Lewis Baker.  Not only did he serve the church well, but he served in the Firefighter Profession for 51 years.  For over thirty years he was the Chief Instructor at the Tennessee State Fire School where he trained many of the state’s firefighters.

I was asked to co-officiate his funeral with a fireman chaplain.  I had been prepared to expect a massive turnout with respect to firefighters.  Truly, over half of those present at the funeral were indeed firefighters from all over the state.  The processional of cars to the cemetery had around 60 fire vehicles.  Half the city of Murfreesboro stopped that afternoon as we made our way to the cemetery.

Although I am generally nervous before I preach every funeral, this one I was especially so because I wanted to serve the Lord, Lewis, and his family well.  As I was begging the Lord for his help that day to help me through the burden (a good burden), I was overwhelmed as the Lord brought to the very forefront of my soul, the burden that Jesus carried all by himself when he paid the debt of my sin on the cross.

My Savior knows how to carry burdens.  And my Savior knows how to see me through mine.


Posted by on March 6, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Asylum for Homeschooling

Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr. recently wrote about a fascinating case of a German family being provided with Asylum in the United States for Homeschooling.  The family is Christian.  And in Germany homeschooling is illegal.

You can find Mohler’s blog post here.  The New York Times article is found here.

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Posted by on March 4, 2010 in Uncategorized