Thursday, May 9, 2013

Welcome, Baby Adeline!

DPC welcomes Baby Adeline, born to Steve & Adriane at 7:22 this morning!  She weighed in at 6 pounds 14 ounces, and is 19 inches long.  Give thanks for this precious gift from God.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, 
coming down from the Father of lights
with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
James 1.17

"People who do not like children are swine, 
dunces, and blockheads,
not worthy to be called men and women,
because they despise the blessing of God,
the Creator and Author of marriage."
Martin Luther

Friday, May 3, 2013

Man Night!

Iron Men,

Think about this... in the Lord's Prayer we pray that God might give us our daily bread, right?

How exactly does God answer that prayer for you?

Well, there's the guy who sells seed to the farmer.  There's the farmer himself.  There's the banker who lent the farmer money for the tractor.  There are the people who made the tractor, and the other people who sold the tractor.  There are the harvesters.  There's the baker.  There's the cook.  There's the truck driver who delivered it all to the grocery store.  There are the grocery store employees.  There's also the lady at the checkout counter, or the kid handing you your cheeseburger through the fast food window.  And a whole lot more as well, but you get the point.

All of this... just to give you your daily bread.  All of these different people and their work... God used every last one of them (in answer to your prayer) to give you the food you ate yesterday.

This is the doctrine of vocation.  This is the dignity of all honorable work.  God provides for our needs through one another's work.  I serve you and you serve me, all through the particular work that God Himself has called us to.

God is powerfully at work in this world through the means of vocation.

That's what we're talking about tonight at Man Night.  And it's about the most practical thing you can imagine, in a thousand different ways.  Hope to see you there!

Iron Men of DPC
Forged by God; Sharpened by Brothers
Iron sharpens Iron, and one man sharpens another. ~ Proverbs 27.17

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

This is what God intended all along...

Check this out:

Genesis 1:28 ~ “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion"

Colossians 1:5,6 ~ "the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing"

Colossians 1:10 ~ "bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God"

In the first reference, God is commanding humanity (at the time of creation) to bear fruit and increase.

In the second reference, the gospel (which brings about the new creation) is now bearing fruit and increasing.

In the third reference (a prayer for God's people), we are once again bearing fruit and increasing; bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

What a great progression.  What is said about humanity is then said about the gospel and is then said about the people in whose lives and hearts the gospel is at work.

In the re-created humanity of the church, God is doing exactly that which he always intended...  He's reaping a rich harvest of image-bearers who will revel and flourish before him.

Come to Jesus Christ and become who you were made to be.  Become truly human.

All through the power of the gospel and the grace of the Savior.