Sunday, August 14, 2011

CFC: Sunday August 14th Church service

Today we kicked off the worship time with a kicking drum lead in. The cores "you are ever faithful" other than that most of the words eluded me...

Would You Bow Dow?
Pastor Carl Green
Daniel 3
1) never bow down
     going through the text of the three who would not bow down to the idol. There response was twofold, 1st God can deliver us from the fire, but if not we still will not bow down.

Then we looked at the end of Hebrews 11:32ff.

Has the potter no right over the clay? Sovereignty has its privleages


3) God can turn your story into great grace
Three where thrown in yet there was four men in the fire walking around.  The king called them out by declaring that they serve the Most High God.

God could of rescued them before the fire but chose not to.

Application question:
What would you have done on the plain of Dura?

Every day we have a chose to stand or bow down for God!

We ended in prayer followed by communion.

Elder Jeff Carmon
New elder
he's over spiritual formation with mike edleman.

pastor Bill Bateman did a great job for our time of communion. Followed by a couple of songs with a rocking drum beat that fit the tone of the service.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Saga cometh to an end

Finally the three year saga cometh to an end... over three years ago I purchase the book, "Don't Waste Your Life," by John Piper. I was a proud owner of the book for about a day, when mysteriously it disappeared, vanished and to appease all you dispensationalist is was Raptured! Hence for the last three plus years I've been wasting my life....But now, just today, not even 10 minutes ago, "it" reappeared in my mailbox! Now off to reading and not wasting my life, and may God redeem and forgive me for the last three years...Thanks Phoebe!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Will or no Will-that is mans question

In the movie Batman:Beginnings, there is phrase that is said, "your training is nothing, the will is everything..." Over-all I think it's a good film, but I take issue with some of the underlining philosophies of the movie. The philosophy is reveled in the phrase above, and that is that man's will is everything. That man move's/creates his own destiny by some unseen force within himself. In this case Brus Wayne's ability to fight and survive.

Yet the Bible doesn't teach that man's will is everything, it is God's will that cannot be thwarted. It is God who works all things according to the counsel of his will...not mans. Mans will is free in one direction, and that direction is to sin. Sin brings the wrath of God. Man left to himself will die under the wrath of God, which plays out in hell for eternity. Unless the Spirit blows in your direction, and unless God opens your are lost.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Easter Sunday: Well maybe next year...

We were visiting a Church out of state on Easter morning. It looked like a good size country type church, people were busily coming in and going out, all dressed up for Easter Sunday. The worship service was a little week technical speaking. But people seemed to join in and sing, although it seemed reserved. The message was on a "New Life," yet it failed to mentioned why Christ came, why he did, and what Jesus accomplished on the cross, never mind the reason why this is all important to sinners.

I pray that this was an "off" Sunday and that the Pastor is faithful to the living word of God and not one who just tells stories...

Monday, March 16, 2009

The New calvinist.: From Time.

Original article can be found here.

If you really want to follow the development of conservative Christianity, track its musical hits. In the early 1900s you might have heard "The Old Rugged Cross," a celebration of the atonement. By the 1980s you could have shared the Jesus-is-my-buddy intimacy of "Shine, Jesus, Shine." And today, more and more top songs feature a God who is very big, while we are...well, hark the David Crowder Band: "I am full of earth/ You are heaven's worth/ I am stained with dirt/ Prone to depravity."

Calvinism is back, and not just musically. John Calvin's 16th century reply to medieval Catholicism's buy-your-way-out-of-purgatory excesses is Evangelicalism's latest success story, complete with an utterly sovereign and micromanaging deity, sinful and puny humanity, and the combination's logical consequence, predestination: the belief that before time's dawn, God decided whom he would save (or not), unaffected by any subsequent human action or decision.

Calvinism, cousin to the Reformation's other pillar, Lutheranism, is a bit less dour than its critics claim: it offers a rock-steady deity who orchestrates absolutely everything, including illness (or home foreclosure!), by a logic we may not understand but don't have to second-guess. Our satisfaction — and our purpose — is fulfilled simply by "glorifying" him. In the 1700s, Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards invested Calvinism with a rapturous near mysticism. Yet it was soon overtaken in the U.S. by movements like Methodism that were more impressed with human will. Calvinist-descended liberal bodies like the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) discovered other emphases, while Evangelicalism's loss of appetite for rigid doctrine — and the triumph of that friendly, fuzzy Jesus — seemed to relegate hard-core Reformed preaching (Reformed operates as a loose synonym for Calvinist) to a few crotchety Southern churches.

No more. Neo-Calvinist ministers and authors don't operate quite on a Rick Warren scale. But, notes Ted Olsen, a managing editor at Christianity Today, "everyone knows where the energy and the passion are in the Evangelical world" — with the pioneering new-Calvinist John Piper of Minneapolis, Seattle's pugnacious Mark Driscoll and Albert Mohler, head of the Southern Seminary of the huge Southern Baptist Convention. The Calvinist-flavored ESV Study Bible sold out its first printing, and Reformed blogs like Between Two Worlds are among cyber-Christendom's hottest links.

Like the Calvinists, more moderate Evangelicals are exploring cures for the movement's doctrinal drift, but can't offer the same blanket assurance. "A lot of young people grew up in a culture of brokenness, divorce, drugs or sexual temptation," says Collin Hansen, author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists. "They have plenty of friends: what they need is a God." Mohler says, "The moment someone begins to define God's [being or actions] biblically, that person is drawn to conclusions that are traditionally classified as Calvinist." Of course, that presumption of inevitability has drawn accusations of arrogance and divisiveness since Calvin's time. Indeed, some of today's enthusiasts imply that non-Calvinists may actually not be Christians. Skirmishes among the Southern Baptists (who have a competing non-Calvinist camp) and online "flame wars" bode badly.

Calvin's 500th birthday will be this July. It will be interesting to see whether Calvin's latest legacy will be classic Protestant backbiting or whether, during these hard times, more Christians searching for security will submit their wills to the austerely demanding God of their country's infancy.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009