>I am not a Warrenite…which is not to say I don’t agree with a lot of what he writes. But he hits it out of the proverbial park with this (I apologize in advance if an advertisement comes on that rubs you the wrong way; I couldn’t find another way to publish this:
G. Campbell Morgan offers a tremendous definition of what it means to “wait on God”…and I, for one, find this discipline of “waiting” to be a most difficult part of following after Jesus…I’d rather do just about anything than, ah, “wait…”
“Waiting for God means…readiness for any command; that sense of
perpetual suspense which listens for the word in order that it may be
immediately obeyed. Those who wait for God are pilgrim souls that have
no tie that will hold them when the definite command is issued; no
prejudices that will paralyse their effort when in some strange coming
of the light they are commanded to take a pathway entirely different to
that which was theirs before; having no interests either temporal or
eternal, either material or mental or spiritual, that will conflict with
the will of God when that will is made known.”
>Here’s a shot of the Midland Ministries quizzers/staff that participated in Bible Quiz Fellowship Nationals:
>Our two older sons (Josiah, 25; and Joel, 22) are in other states, but as much as I love traveling and speaking; it is always a joy to come home to this:
Writing in Saint Louis where 45 teams of seven teens each have competed the last two days in round-robin style at the Bible Quiz Fellowship National Tournament.
Today we begin the actual elimination tournament…Midlands’ “top” team (Messengers) begins seeded fifth! We shall see…I will be quizmastering in the top rooms all day…
Quizzing, BQF style, is an incredible tool to get the Word into students, and students into the Word. We have teams from several states competing; always room for more! I’d love to assist other communities get a quiz program started…
It is competitive (this years material is the gospel of Luke; next year 1 and 2 Corinthians and Titus)…it is difficult…and it is so hard to describe in words!
But the Lord blesses it in so many ways, and lives are changed, equipped, encouraged and edified as the Word of God does the Work of God.
Pray for the students as they undergo the stress of this day; that attitudes would honor the Lord, that, “win” or “lose” all would be focused on Jesus!
Can you tell I love Bible quizzing?
>Wise Words for Careful Thought
“What is success in evangelism? Is it when the person
you witness to comes to Christ? Certainly that’s what
we want to happen.
“But if this is success, are we failures whenever we share the gospel and people refuse to believe?
“Was Jesus an “evangelistic failure” when people like the rich young ruler turned away from Him and His message?
“Then neither are we when we present Christ and His message and they turn away in unbelief. We need to learn that sharing the gospel is successful evangelism.
“We ought to have an obsession for souls, and tearfully plead with God to see
more people converted, but conversions are fruit that God alone can give.
“In this regard we are like the postal service. Success is measured by the careful and accurate delivery of the message, not by the response of the recipient. Whenever we share the gospel (which includes the summons to repent and believe), we have
“In the truest sense, all biblical evangelism is successful evangelism, regardless of the results.”
“We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark- the imaginations of our minds, the thoughts of our heart, the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight. Character is what you are in the dark.”
“Redeeming love and retributive justice joined hands, so to speak, at Calvary, for there God showed Himself to be ‘just’, and the justifer of him who hath faith in Jesus’.
Do you understand this? If you do, you are now seeing to the very heart of the Christian gospel. No version of that message goes deeper than that which declares man’s root problem before God to be his sin, which evokes wrath, and God’s basic provision for man to be propitiation, which out of wrath brings peace.”
– J.I. Packer, In My Place Condemned He Stood (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2008), 41.
>A warm day, kids and a creek…and mud thrown:
>”…All the calls to “reclaim America for Christ” leave me cold. Our real need is to reclaim the church for Christ. When Christ is exalted in His church, when He is loved and revered and cherished with passion by those who bear His Name–in other words, when the church starts living like the church–then His body cannot help but make an impact on culture.”
— Tom Ascol