Lots of fruitful conversations afterwards. The Lord used three Christians to engage in some bilateral encouragement, I am thankful for them.
After preaching, the Lord provided some opportunities for prayer, conversations, and Q&A.
Music ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ by Jackie Evancho.
This is an old school ‘Baptist Church Covenant.’ Look what’s not missing here, that is missing in most postmodern Baptist Covenants today. Sadly many today erased the part about alcohol. 🙁
I appreciate Reformed Theology, as it is rich in Theology, and deep in Doctrine. But what brings a great offensive to me is the pride and arrogance that I see amongst many Reformers, whom are ‘advocates for alcohol consumption.’
On my Facebook feed, in my “Suggested Pages” column, I keep seeing a page called “The Reformed Pub,” so I briefly examined the page. Take a look at their “description” in the below screenshot. There is so much wrong with this (if the font is too small, click on the full size image here).
Though I am not saying that it is a sin for every Christian to consume alcohol, however I do know that it is a sin for many Christians to do so (see my blog post & video on that).
Furthermore, the Scriptures warn that we should not allow our ‘liberties’ to offend the brethren (a sin), but to promote this on social media is over the top.
Last year I evangelized the funeral of the two Palm Springs police officers (Leslie Zerebny & Jose Vega) that were tragically slain. Officer Zerebny attended a ‘Reformed Baptist’ church in this area. During the funeral service, in the presence of over 20,000 police officers, from all over the world, one of the Palm Springs officers gave the following testimony about Zerebny. “Leslie could hang with the guys, drinking beers, shooting guns, she was a true bad ass.”
Brethren, alcoholism within the church, is such a bad witness.
I wonder how many men behind the pulpits of Reformed churches, have disqualified themselves by being ‘given to wine.’
For those of you that want to wrongfully pull the ‘legalist card,’ please watch my video on what legalism is, and what it is not. For my ‘tag’ on other alcohol related posts, click here. For my tag evangelizing bars, click here.
Only by the grace of God, so go I.
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Video of a man responding to the Gospel, after preaching on ‘heart conversion,’ from medical to spiritual
Pray that Larry contacts me. I would love to disciple him (if he would comply), and be able to examine his fruit (if any) through a test of time.
The video freezes for a few minutes, but the audio continues working properly, the video will soon correct itself. 😉
The late Dr. Robert Hawkers of the 1700’s, said this of chapter 53 ~
This may very well be called the Chapter of Chapters, concerning the Lord Jesus Christ; in which the two great features of his character are drawn to the full: the sufferings of Christ; and the glory that should follow. The Prophet, under the Holy Ghost, most blessedly sets forth the Lord Jesus, under both.
This video includes, but is not limited to ~
- The fourth suffering Servant Song (which includes five chiastic stanzas)
- Rich in the Doctrine of the ‘Substitutionary Atonement’
- Also included are many other important doctrines
- The humiliation and exaltation of Christ
- How the Hebrew language more accurately displays a violent catastrophic, prophetic, exchange of sins
- A graphic video overlay
- The Biblical appearance of Christ (according to the Hebrew language)
- The effects upon Christ
- The extent of His atonement
- The evangelism of Isaiah 53
- The importance of sharing the Gospel in Israel, as well as all other countries
- The interposition of the ‘arm of the Lord,’ and
- Gods holy hatred and wrath towards sin
It’s nice to see that Benny Hinn’s Nephew Costi Hinn, has come to realize the errs of his Uncle.
The Doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture is an essential Doctrine. Even some of my Reformed friends (whom are big on Doctrine), seemed to have forgotten this Doctrine.
They’ll read something in ‘another book’ (2 Cor 11:4) that contradicts the Scriptures, or that adds to the text; and sadly they’ll pattern their life according to ‘the other’ book. Sola Scriptura!
Below is a screenshot of a Tweet by Costi.
This morning I had a post-op examination by my Cardiologist / Electrophysiologist. He advised that I can now begin gradual measured walking for exercise, and I can resume normal activities, but without exerting myself too much.
The downside is, it appears that after this Cardio Ablation and Cardioversion, my heart is now more ‘self-reliant’ on my Pacemaker. Though I’m not happy about that, my Doctor advised it’s a much safer than the alternative before. There are still many other problems with my heart, but at least this ‘ticking time-bomb portion’ has been resolved, and I am thankful.
So I decided to celebrate my progress. On the way home I bought two new summer shirts, another new Bible commentary for my resuscitated library (pun intended since I needed to be resuscitated), and a new mug for hot chocolate (no more caffeine). And the best way to redeem my time, for however much time the Lord has given me, is to share the glorious Gospel. Until I am stronger, I will limit my preaching to small groups like this.
By the grace of God, for the glory of God.
Both Pastor Chuck and Tozer are correct. I researched that quote, and backed it up one more paragraph.
It is doubtful whether we can be Christian in anything unless we are Christian in everything. To obey Christ in one or two or ten instances and then in fear of consequences to back away and refuse to obey in another is to cloud our life with the suspicion that we are only fair-weather followers and not true believers at all. To obey when it costs us nothing and refuse when the results are costly is to convict ourselves of moral trifling and gross insincerity….
Again, the pastor when facing his congregation on Sunday morning, dare not think of the effect his sermon may have on his job, his salary or his future relation to the church. Let him but worry about tomorrow and he becomes a hireling and no true shepherd of the sheep. No man is a good preacher who is not willing to lay his future on the line every time he expounds the Word. He must let his job and his reputation ride on each and every sermon or he has no right to think that he stands in the prophetic tradition. – A.W. Tozer – The Size of the Soul, 146-147.
Ever since the 1970’s, a church movement that began right here in So Calif, have feminized and romanticized who Jesus is. They have turned the LORD Jesus into a cool dude.
Sad thing is, most of their sheep do not know any better. I am thankful that I spent a good portion of my Christian life moving from ‘church to church,’ to better enable me to discern these differences.
I believe it is important to have a consistent employment record with the same place of employment. But staying in the same ‘church’ all of your life, can be hazardous to your spiritual health; lest you become like the “modern church.”
Disclaimer: IPOC Ministries makes an effort to share excerpts from various sermons (aka sermon jams,) from various pastors. However, this does not mean that IPOC endorses all views of every pastor shared here. – Chaplain Bill 🙂
A video Praise Report on my Heart Surgery (Ablation & Cardioversion) – Heath Update re AFib with RVR
The following are additional remarks that I forgot to mention in this video. I’ll be resting this week. My Ejection Fraction has increased from 20% to 40%, I am so thankful for that progress. But I still have Cardiomyopathy, COPD, Congestive Heart Failure / Systolic Heart Failure, and I still rejoice in that. Lord willing He may take that away as well, or He may not.
Though this video is a secular video, it has an important message. My Christian-Biblical worldview has helped me in my Law Enforcement career, but my career has also helped me in the ministry. One of those attributes (through the school of hard knocks), was to “never quit” or demonstrate ‘perseverance’ through trials and temptations.
One of my shootings became a ‘spiritual epiphany.’ The morning before that shoot-out, Romans 6:23a kept haunting me “For the wages of sin is death.” I knew then that I was a false convert, and had I died in that state, I would have gone to hell.
Buy only God knew that just hours later, He would summon me to a church, to engage in a gun battle for my life, and the life of others. I still remember during that shooting, after reloading with another magazine, as my bullets were running out; I was certain that my death was near, but worse, hell was waiting for me. So I ‘cried out’ to the LORD begging Him for mercy, and to save me from my sins.
During that ‘Divine intervention’ on a bloody church parking lot, the Lord was merciful and gracious. Not only did He save my soul (thru regeneration, the born-again experience), He even saved my natural life. He allowed me to experience the second part of verse 6:23, “but the gift of God is eternal life through the LORD Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23b). I was radically saved, and radically changed, by a radical God. To God be all the glory!
For born-again Christians “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:1-5)
Videos like this aren’t easy for me to watch, but I am thankful that they remind me of that day of salvation, and to continue to work-out my salvation with fear and trembling.
As always – Ye must be born again. Christians love ‘biblically’ – repent – be salt and light – be holy – be sanctified – fear God – pray without ceasing – keep His commandments – walk circumspectly – believe in and trust Jesus – obey the Gospel – share the Gospel – preach the Gospel – contend for the faith, – hate the things that God hates, and love the things that God loves – keep the faith, work-out your salvation, and endure to the end!