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Bible Reading Marathon

I’m helping to organize a Bible Reading Marathon at the Kentucky State Capitol. If you would like more information about this and how you can volunteer to be a reader just respond to this post.

I received this email from Mark Harrell, the pastor who is organizing this marathon state-wide, yesterday.

Dear County Leader for the Bible Reading Marathon,
I have some exciting news.  State Representative Tom Riner has drafted a meticulous “Proclamation” in regards to the Bible Reading Marathon that Governor Bevin will be signing tomorrow.  This just adds even more validity to the purpose of bringing us into “one accord” over God’s Word as final authority.  Open the link and feel free to copy this or use it in your communication.  Thank you for your part.  Some are having to do an abbreviated version which still accomplishes much.
Praying for you as you get “The Word” out in your county,
Mark Harrell

To read the proclamation drafted by Representative Tom Riner and signed by Governor Matt Bevin click here.

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An Open Letter To You About Your Racism

Dear you,

You are a racist.

You may be thinking, “Oh I’ve got to share this with this person or that person”, but no. This letter is meant for you. You are a racist.

You say, “But I have _____________ friends.” Still for you. You are a racist.

You say, “But I am working towards racial reconciliation.” Good. But you are a racist.

You say, “You tell all those red/yellow/black/white -skinned people!” No, this is for you, you red/yellow/black/white -skinned racist. And listen, I understand. I am a racist too. It’s just the way it is. So, before you write another word on social media about race, remember, you are a racist. You need to repent and believe the Gospel. Now write whatever you want.

Yours In Christ,

Jeremy

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New Audio

Just finished uploading some new audio of my sermon series through the book of James.

 

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New Content

Added new sermons to the audio page.

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Not ‘Just’ A Prayer Meeting

Some thoughts on why you should attend prayer meetings at your church from 2 Corinthians 1:3-11.

First, God uses prayer to accomplish His work. 1:11

Second, Praying together is a reflection of our sharing together both in Christ’s sufferings and comfort. The context of the verse is the sharing of Christ’s comfort through his death and resurrection. 1:5, 8-11

Third, Praying together is a way that we can share in the sufferings and joy of our brothers and sisters in Christ. 1:6-11

Fourth, Praying for one another is a practical way that we can comfort one another.  Paul had been helped by the prayers of Christians and received comfort from God through their intercessions for him. 1:8-11

Fifth, Praying together produces more praise to God for answered prayer.  Imagine that I make a request in our prayer meeting.  God answers that request and I bring the report back to those who were with me in the prayer meeting.  If three people were present to help me pray and receive the report of answered prayer, then God gets three times the praise than if I alone were praying and praising.  If ten people helped me pray and received the report of answered prayer, then God gets ten times the praise for answering my request. The more Christians that are gathered to pray, the more praise that God gets for answered prayer. 1:11

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Encouragement For Perseverers

It’s been a while, so I’m going to try to ease back into the blog with something that I hope isn’t too controversial.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Over the past four weeks at church, I have been teaching on the three ‘omni’s’ of God.  Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence.  For those who may not know, the prefix ‘omni-‘ means ‘all’.  So when we say that God is Omnipresent we mean that God is everywhere.  When we say that God is Omniscient we mean that God knows everything.  And when we say that God is Omnipotent we mean that God has all power.

Studying these three attributes of God have been a great comfort to me in my own petty afflictions and so I hope these thoughts will give greater comfort to His children who are suffering under more intense afflictions and even in the weight of those afflictions are persevering in the hope of eternal life.

First, God is ‘Omnipresent’.  He is fully and completely in all places, all the time, and in all times.  He is past, present, and future are all present to Him equally (Psalm 139).  He exists outside of time and space as well as within time and space and He is actively working to sustain the whole of His Creation.  So no matter what you are suffering, God is there with you.  More than that, God is working in your situation and He has promised to be with you.  Before Jesus ascended into Heaven He gave His followers a promise: “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)  What this means for us is that not only is God with us simply because He is everywhere, He is especially with His followers in a special way.  Jesus, who endured all the same kinds of struggles that we face is always present with you as a faithful High Priest ready to comfort you, strengthen you, sustain you, and plead for you before the Father.  God’s Omnipresence is a source of comfort for believers.

Second, God is ‘Omniscient’.  God fully knows all things, past, present, and future.  Far from being a Rolodex of information, God does not need to recall anything.  He knows all things perfectly at once.  God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).  He knows you and I, when we sit down, when we rise up, our thoughts, our paths, when we lie down, and our words before we speak them (Psalm 139:1-6).  God knows everything about us because He created us and also created the days allotted for us to live (Psalm 139:16).  The word ‘days’ here does not only mean the number of days that we will live, but also the contents of those days.  God knows all of these things because He ordained them to be so!  This would be a scary thought if we were speaking of an evil being ordaining our days, but with God we know that whatever He ordains is right.  The reason we know this is because God is infinitely Good, Loving, and Righteous.  But also because He is All-Wise.  The definition of wisdom is knowing the best goals and knowing the best means to accomplish those goals.  In the case of God, we know that whatever He ordains is in accordance with His infinite Wisdom.  He who knows all perfectly must perfectly know the best goals.  And the One who knows all perfectly must also know the best way to accomplish those goals.  God goal for those of us who trust in Him is to bring us to glory (1 Corinthians 2:7).  So, what ever situation you find yourself in, whether persecution, wealth, sickness, health, traffic, green lights, marital problems, marital bliss, life, or death, we know that God as an infinitely wise God has the best goal in mind for us and He is using this to bring us to glory.  Affliction is our friend, sent from God, to accompany us in this life so that we may be presented faultless before His throne with great joy (Romans 8:28-39, Jude 24-25).

Finally, God is ‘Omnipotent’.  God has all power and He’s not afraid to use it.  He has the authority and the freedom to use His power and He is willing to use it to accomplish His  wise goals (Isaiah 46:8-13).  The God who created the Heavens, the Earth, stars, planets, galaxies, and you and I is the same God with the same power to strengthen us when we suffer.  He can put our enemies in the dust, exalt us above our circumstances, bring life out of death, and whatever else you can imagine.  This is the God who loves us and cares for us.  Nothing will ever thwart His plan to bring us to glory, because He is the first cause behind all that happens and all that happens is designed for His plan for His people.

So whatever circumstance you find yourself in, be comforted in these three truths concerning your God.  He is Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent.  He is always near, He hasn’t been taken by surprise in your situation, He has a plan, and He is using His power for your good (Romans 8:28).

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Maybe I will start blogging again…

…but I doubt it.

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What I Didn’t Post

I didn’t post that last entry, and I don’t know how it got into my feed, and it’s not here now.  Anyway, this is a good time to tell you that if you were coming or linking here through http://www.doxoblogy.com, I let that address expire.  Now the only way to the blog is through this address: http://www.doxoblogy.wordpress.com.  Thank you and good day.

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The Venerable Bede on ‘God is Love’: L

The Venerable Bede on ‘God is Love’: Let no 1 say that when he sins he sins against other people but not God,4 how can U not B sinning against God when U R sinning against love?

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Just signed up for HootSuite. Shouldn’t

Just signed up for HootSuite. Shouldn’t someone have told me about this before?

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