Friday is for Preachers

April 27, 2012

Today I want to share a quote from Adrian Rogers in his forward to Anointed Expository Preaching by Stephen Olford. If this quote doesn’t get you ready for the pulpit on Sunday I don’t know what will:

We need God-called men who will take the Book of God and preach the Son of God with the anointing of the Spirit of God. We need men with warm hearts, wet eyes, clear heads, and tongues aflame.

Blessings,
Wade


Mightier than Your Chaos

April 25, 2012

I recently read Psalm 93 and was blessed by the emphasis on God’s power. The Psalm begins in v.1 by speaking of God’s greatness:

The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes the world is established; it shall never be moved.

In verse 2 the Psalmist focuses on God’s eternal nature as the sovereign God:

Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

Then the Psalm takes a dramatic turn in verse 3 as it begins to describe the fury of the raging sea:

The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.

Why does the Psalmist begin to describe raging waters? The ESV Study BIble explains:

  • To an Israelite, the raging sea (also called floods and many waters) was the most vivid emblem of uncontrollable chaos.

Maybe you can identify with that verse right now. Maybe you feel like your life is uncontrollable chaos. Maybe you feel like you are about to go under. Maybe you have been wounded badly by the storms of life. If so, take heart at the next verse:

Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!

Did you get that? God is mightier than the problems we face in life. He is stronger than the pain we experience. His sustaining and healing power is unlimited. When you feel like your life is in turmoil, remember that God is King over the flood. He is in control. He rules. He reigns. He has a purpose. He will make the storms cease and the flood waters recede in His perfect timing.

When you feel like life has become a mighty flood, remember that God is stronger. You can trust Him through it all. If you know Jesus, He is your Father! Our Father will never abandon us even when chaos is all we see. 

Praying for all of the hurting in our faith family,

Pastor Wade


Weekend Thoughts for Preachers

April 20, 2012

I’m going to start a new weekly feature that is meant to encourage preachers of the Word. These posts are for several young men in our church that are sensing a call to vocational ministry, the church planters we work with, and anyone else that preaches the Word that happens to read the blog. My goal will be to post something at the end of each week that will encourage and inspire as pastors prepare to preach on Sunday.

This week I was reading through the articles at the back of my ESV Study Bible. There are some really helpful articles that you should check out! I was especially encouraged by an article titled “Reading the Bible for Preaching and Public Worship” by R. Kent Hughes. I loved what he had to say about the sermon preparation process:

This is what should routinely happen to the preacher: the message should work its way through his whole intellectual and moral being as he prepares for and practices the proclamation of God’s Word. When the message has affected him deeply, then he is ready to preach. Sermon preparation is twenty hours of prayer. It is humble, holy, critical thinking. It is repeatedly asking the Holy Spirit for insight. It is the word penetrating into the depths of the preacher’s own soul. It is ongoing repentance. It is utter dependence. It is a singing heart. (emphasis mine)

I’m praying that the Word of God that will be preached Sunday will affect me deeply and affect you deeply for the glory of God and the good of His people.

Blessings,
Pastor Wade


Making Him Shine

April 18, 2012

I meet with a group of men every week and right now we are working our way through The Resolution for Men by Randy Alcorn. I came across this quote recently and was moved by it:

Ask yourself: “Is my life about me or about Him? Is it a picture of honor or dishonor toward God? Do my business practices, actions at church, and goals in life make Him shine or bring Him shame?”

The idea of making God shine is compelling. We are called to do all things to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). We should desire to live in such a way that His greatness becomes known more and more through our lives (Psalm 96:3). We should live to make the name of Christ famous. His renown should be our intense focus (Is. 26:8).

So, are you bringing Him shame or making Him shine? I leave you with that food for thought.

Blessings,

Pastor Wade


Easter Tuesday?

April 10, 2012

It has been two days since we celebrated Easter as a faith family. It was a glorious day as the name of Jesus was lifted high. The Cross and the Empty Tomb were central in our worship and central in our thoughts. But here’s the question I want you to ponder for a moment; Shouldn’t the death and resurrection of Jesus be central in our thoughts everyday? Surely, the implications of the Gospel should affect our lives more than one day a year.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:3 that the Gospel message is a message of first importance. That means we should celebrate the Gospel and live in light of the Gospel everyday. If Jesus had not satisfied the wrath of God on our behalf and then risen from the dead we would still be in our sins, lost and far from God. But, because we embraced the crucified and risen Lord, we have complete forgiveness of our sins, we have the unfailing presence of God in our lives, and we have the confident expectation of heaven. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Easter Sunday was wonderful but remember that the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus are realities that should be treasured everyday. So, today is Easter Tuesday, tomorrow is Easter Wednesday, the next day is Easter Thursday, and so on. Let’s not wait for the calendar to give us our cue for the celebration of the resurrection. Every day is a day of hope, peace, and joy because of the finished work of Christ.

Blessings,

Pastor Wade


Thoughts for Passion Week

April 2, 2012

I love the week leading up to Easter Sunday. It’s the time when we remember the events of the last week of Jesus’ life before His crucifixion. It’s the week that we anticipate celebrating the risen Lord Jesus! In my family we are focusing on two ideas this week that I want to share with you.

1) The cross is the supreme demonstration of the love of God.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The cross of Christ declares over your life that you are loved. Jesus willingly took our sins and satisfied the wrath of God that we deserve. Jesus willingly laid down His life even though He was completely innocent. So, if you ever wonder if God loves you, all you have to do is look to the cross.

2) The resurrection is the supreme demonstration of the power of God.

In Romans 1:4, the Bible says that Jesus, “was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by His resurrection from the dead.” Paul, in speaking of the power of God wrote in Ephesians of, “…the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead…” The resurrection exhibits the power of God in breathtaking fashion. God is more powerful than the grave! He has defeated our last enemy, death!

I’m glad that God is a God of love and power. If He was a God of love but didn’t have power He might want to save us but He would be unable to do anything about our desperate condition. If God was a God of power but He wasn’t a God of love; He would have the power to save but not the desire. The idea of God possessing the attributes of love and power is an idea that is found throughout the Bible. Consider Psalm 62:11-12, “Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this; that power belongs to God, and that to You, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.”

I’m grateful that the power and love of God are both central in the Gospel message! I want to encourage you to meditate on these two ideas. When you think of the cross, think deeply of the love of God, and when you think of the empty tomb stand in awe of the power of God. How can we do anything other than give God the glory He deserves?

Blessings and Happy Easter!

Pastor Wade