The first date I had with my wife was back in late August of 1994. We went to a concert that was held at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Just five years later gunshots would ring out in that same sanctuary. Watch this video…
The thief on the cross repented at the very last, but as a wise Puritan put it, God gave us one last minute conversion in Scripture so that no one would despair, but only one so that no one would presume.”
– Douglas Wilson
This account (circa 1740) of a farmer’s desire to hear the Word proclaimed in might by the popular evangelist George Whitefield causes my heart to well up with strong desire for our nation to again be touched with another spiritual great awakening:
Now it pleased God to send Mr. Whitefield into this land and my hearing of his preaching at Philadelphia, like one of the old apostles, and many thousands flocking after him to hear the gospel and great numbers converted to Christ, I felt the Spirit of God drawing me by conviction . . .
Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Texas:
Do you know how this ends? With you and me in front of Him with the Kingdom of God, new heaven, new earth coming down, no more injustice, no more pain, no more sorrow, God’s redeemed, God’s elect, God’s Kingdom, Kingdom of God, established! Now do you think anybody is going to give a trash how much money you have right now? How much comfort you have right now? Who’s cool and who’s not? Who drove what and who didn’t? Who was well liked in the neighborhood and who wasn’t? You think ANY of that is going to matter? No one will care! But a lot of people will be embarrassed.”
Hear the whole sermon HERE.
I’ve often heard people say something to the effect of, “You know, you can be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.”
Sounds pretty good, but is that really sound advice? I think not. God’s Word commands us to be as heavenly minded as we can be:
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3.2 (ESV)
…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith… – Hebrews 12.2 (NASB)
C. S. Lewis reminds us that being so heavenly minded actually makes us the most fit for life on earth:
If ou read history you will find that the Christians who did most of rhte present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
From Dietrich Bonhoeffer to John Piper to Me to You:
Today, sixty-four years ago, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged for his part in the conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He is known by many for one main sentence. It is worthy of Holy Week.
Here is the context of his most famous quote:
For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. – James 4.14
I am reminded of the brevity of life this morning. Three reasons:
1. I found out last night that Abbie Adams, a six-year-old from Southern Illinois, passed away on Saturday afternoon. Abbie went with her family to the same church as my parents and was the niece of one of my close long-time friends. A month or so ago Abbie caught a virus and tragically the virus went to her heart. She ended up losing her heart and being kept alive through a Berlin heart.