Archive for March, 2009

If we believe heaven to be our country, it is better for us to transmit our wealth thither, than to retain it here, where we may lose it by a sudden removal.”

-John Calvin

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6-19-21

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There is nothing in which men resemble God more truly than in doing good to others.”

– John Calvin

It isn’t faithfully reading the Bible, praying, going to church, etc. No, it’s doing good to others. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39. This is the very way Jesus lived.

If Jesus Christ told us, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), then when we love, doing good to others, as Christ did, we thus resemble God and bring glory to His name. Jesus continued saying, “The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10) The Father living in Jesus did His work, namely laying down His life for sinners, through serving, healing, and dying. Thi is what it means to be Godlike… Loving others, doing good to others, for He is love. He is Good!

Election is the source of and beginning of all good works.”

– John Calvin

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

I just found a bunch of wonderful quotes from Calvin and I hope to share many of them in the following days… Here’s our first one.

However defective the works of believers may be, they are nevertheless pleasing to God through the intervention of pardon… Reward is given to their efforts, even though imperfect, exactly as if thy had fully discharged their duty.”

– John Calvin

I personally love those words “pleasing to God through the intervention of pardon.” Oh, how sweet is the forgiveness and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ! By grace our imperfectons are made useful, our blemishes are covered by His purity, and glory is brought to His name.

worship-matters1I thought that I’d share Bob Kauflin’s definition of a worship leader (er… uh… Music Guy).

A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by skillfully combining God’s Word with music, thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God’s presence, and to live for God’s glory.”

The Worship Leader

Posted: 03/17/2009 in Articles, Devotions

So I’ve been enjoying reading Bob Kauflin’s book, Worship Matters, which is directed to worship (in song) leaders.  Yes, I guess that’s what we have to call them. The truth is that all who are involved in the church service are our leaders in worship, that is, the preacher, the one who prays, the one who plays the guitar or organ, etc. I imagine the head pastor should be called the worship leader if indeed you are looking for someone to fill that role. Anyway, I did enjoy the quote Kauflin shared by D. A. Carson.

I would abolish forever the notion of a ‘worship leader.’ If you want to have a ‘song leader’ who leads the part of  the worship, just as a preacher leads part of the worship, that’s fine. But to call the person a ‘worship leader’ takes away the idea that by preaching, teaching, listening to and devouring the Word of God, and applying it to our lives, we are somehow not worshipping God.”

D. A. Carson via Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters

I don’t want to be picky about the terms that we use these days, and I imagine it’s nothing to divide over, but they seem to be right. We are to worship God in all the things we do, and even through our actions, our loving our neighbor or enemies, we can be leading others in worship; in prizing God more than anything else. We probably are stuck with this term “worship leader” but let us not forget that we should all be leading others in worship of God, with or without a guitar in hand.

Isaiah’s Cry

Posted: 03/16/2009 in Prayer Requests
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Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,

that the mountains might quake at your presence—

as when fire kindles brushwood

and the fire causes water to boil—

to make your name known to your adversaries,

and that the nations might tremble at your presence!”

Isaiah 64:1-2