Thursday, February 23, 2017
I may make a brief mention of this presentation in this week's sermon, but allow me to use this venue as well to encourage you to set aside some time, make yourself a cup of coffee, tell the kids to go read a book, and then enjoy this 53 minute presentation:
It's a fascinating and rich demonstration of how the Scripture is very much rooted in real history.
If the Bible is just someone's literary invention for private religious experiences, let's not waste too much time with it. But if it's an eyewitness account of God's invasion of space and time, revealing himself to his people... then let us honor it above all. (Psalm 138.2)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Come join us this weekend for PART I of the 2017 DPC MISSIONS CONFERENCE!
Our first special speaker will be Muche Ukegbu, pictured above with his beautiful family. I met Muche and his wife and heard them both speak back in the summer. They are wonderful, and I'm so thankful they're coming to DPC.
The first few words of Muche's bio... "Muche was born dead in every sense of the word. The doctors frantically rushed to resuscitate him as his family begged God to spare his life. God in His mercy restored his life, thus he was named Onyemauchechukwu (imagine how kindergarten was for him!). Translated this name means "no one knows God's mind." Though he ran from the God that gave life to his body, Jesus wouldn't let him get away...".
SATURDAY, 5:30 PM
- Church Dinner, presentation by Muche
- 9:30 AM, presentation by Much
- 10:45 AM, Worship Service, sermon by Muche
Thursday, February 9, 2017
C.H. Spurgeon, the great British preacher from the 1800's, who lived and ministered in a society strewn with suffering, once said this:
"Some cannot receive Christ because they are so full of anguish, and are so crushed in spirit that they cannot find strength enough of mind to entertain a hope that by any possibility salvation can come to them.... the mere struggle to exist exhausted all their energy, and destroyed all their hope.... I do not wonder that a great many are unable to receive the gospel in this city of ours, because their struggle for existence is awful. I am afraid that it gets more and more intense, though even now it passes all bounds. If any of you can do anything to help the toil-worn workers, I pray you, do it.... And yet, dear friend—if such a one has come in here tonight—I pray you do not throw away the next world because you have so little of this. This is sheer folly. If I have little here, I would make sure of the more hereafter."
Isn't this the same kind of choking darkness that kept the Israelites from hearing the good news from Moses?
"Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery." Exodus 6:9
We'll see what the Word of God has to say to this situation on Sunday morning at DPC. Come join us.
The Lord has not left us at the mercy of broken, crushed hearts.
He has spoken.
Friday, February 3, 2017
There is no such thing as an untested faith.
A few words from the Scriptures about the place and purpose of suffering & unmet expectations in the life of the Christian...
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed." ~The Apostle Peter
- do not think of suffering as something strange and foreign
"What credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." ~The Apostle Peter
- your calling is to be made like your Savior, in his sufferings
"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." ~The Apostle Peter
- suffering has a purpose: that your faith may be proved genuine, to result in praise and glory and honor when Christ is revealed
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." ~The Apostle James
- this is part of growing into maturity
"It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?" ~ The Epistle to the Hebrews, quoting Deuteronomy 8.5
- this growing into maturity is inseparable from being a beloved child of the Father
"Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” ~Satan to God, in the book of Job
- Satan, with mockery and scorn, told God the only reason Job loved God is because God took it so easy on him
"But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." ~ Job
- but Satan was wrong
- Job's faith proved true
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." ~Jesus
- don't despair
- Jesus will conquer all
"For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake." ~The Apostle Paul
- this is somehow at the heart of what it means to be a Christian, living in between the coming of his kingdom and the full revelation of his kingdom. To share in his sufferings, his stripes, his rejections, his afflictions is a sure sign that we belong to him. And if we belong to him, we'll also share in his glory. (See the first verse again, at the top.)
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." ~The Apostle Peter