About That Holy War…

As we run into the topic of divine war or “holy war” in the book of Joshua,  here are 2 articles that I have found very helpful concerning the morality of God’s actions in waging war against the people of the land of Canaan.  This is a topic often raised by skeptics of our faith.  Hopefully these resources can help you help your friends with their concerns and questions:

Forsaken And Cursed For Us…

On Sunday (3/11/18) we explored the significance of Jesus’ cry in Matt. 27, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  If you would like to read more about the forsakenness/cursedness of Jesus on our behalf on the cross, this link to a sermon by R.C. Sproul is a powerful and weighty exploration of those themes.
You can read it here:
Or you can watch it here:

Short Scripture Prayers

Over the years I have complied a list of short Scripture Prayers that are useful in my own praying.  You can easily write the ones you would like to use onto a 3X5 and carry them with you or you can pull them up on your phone or even commit them to memory!  They are good stimulus to praying God’s good and perfect will for our friends and family and for our own souls.

Enjoy!

Short Prayers for Meditation

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Vll:  the Last Words of Jesus

This is the title to our new series on Sunday mornings at NW. During the season of Lent (which began this past Wednesday), we will be reflecting together on the last sayings of Jesus while on the cross.  They are, as you would imagine, words that reveal to us the very heart of Jesus for us that we are then to share with others.

I’ve linked a short devotional on the seven last words of Jesus written by the folks at Breakpoint.org.  I hope it will help you ready yourself for worship each Sunday as we consider together…”that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3.117-19)

In addition, we have a boatload of resources available to you and your family to use during lent.  You can access them here.

If you are looking for a daily Lenten devotional to use personally, here is one I am using:

 

Rahab’s Lie

This past Sunday (1/21/18) I quoted David Howard’s article on Rahab’s lie.  It’s a helpful short overview of  Christian perspectives on whether or not it is ever acceptable for a Christian to lie.  Here’s the whole article:

http://whyteridgebaptist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Scripture-Studies-Joshua-2-Side-Remark-on-Rahabs-Life.pdf

I also shared the testimony of Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim who came to faith in  Christ.  You can read his entire testimony here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/january-february/christ-called-me-off-minaret.html

Priority for 2018

The fall of each year our elders go away for a retreat to discern what we believe should be our top priority in terms of focussed spiritual growth for the coming year.

This past Sunday (1/7/18) I presented that priority in the morning’s sermon.  You can give it a listen here:


Here it is in writing:

2018 NW Annual Priority

Key Word:  Bought

  • Bumper Sticker: Bought: We Belong to Christ!
  • Full statement of priority: to be captivated by the truth that we belong to Christ and that we are His people…
      • such that, (these are the markers we are looking for increase in this year)
        • …we would be in awe of this privilege (delight)
        • …we would respond in willing obedience
        • …we would invite others to join us! (evangelism)
  • Key verse:
    • 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
  • Prayer:
    • pray for apprehension of the privilege of being in God’s family and for increased delight in that!
    • pray for increased obedience in response to the privilege of belonging to Christ!
    • pray for an increased desire and opportunity to invite others into this relationship with Christ

Here’s another good resource on this theme that was brought to my attention:

This idea of being “bought” by God and being slaves of God will be coming up a lot this year!  Pray for an open heart for you and for our whole church family to this challenging teaching.   Pray that we we gladly submit to the lordship of our good Master, King Jesus!

Larry