Saturday, December 20, 2008


This is a part of a sermon by Paris Reidhead call "Ten Shekels and a Shirt". What motivates our lives? What motivates our Christianity? Is the happiness of man the end of all things or is it the Glory of God. We are so ingrained by bad theology that the church of Christ has become utilitarian. Meaning that we use God as a means to get our happiness. This story illustrates the opposite of humanism and the utilitarian. These two men became mission with God to bring Christ Glory with their lives.

Two young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2000 to 3000 slaves. And the owner had said, "No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on this island. If he’s shipwrecked we’ll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave; but he’s never going to talk to any of us about God. I’m through with all that nonsense." Three thousand salves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Atlantic and there to live and die without hearing of Christ.Two young Moravians heard about it. They sold themselves to the British planter and used the money they received from their sale, for he paid no more than he would for any slave, to pay their passage out to his island for he wouldn’t even transport them. As the ship left it’s pier in the river at Hamburg and was going out into the North Sea, carried with the tide, the Moravians had come from Herrenhut to see these two lads off, in their early twenties. Never to return again, for this wasn’t a four year term; they sold themselves into life-time slavery. Simply that as slaves, they could be a s Christians where these others were. The families were there weeping, for they knew they would never see them again. And they wondered why they were going and questioned the wisdom of it. As the gap widened and the housings had been cast off and were being curled up there on the pier, and the young boys saw the widening gap, one lad with his arm liked through the arm of his fellow, raised his hand and shouted across the gap the last words that were heard from them, they were these: "MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN, RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!" This became the call of Moravian missions. And this is the only reason for being, That the Lamb that was slain, may receive the reward of His suffering.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Buck Stoves and Other stuff

The stove is now in the house, thanks to the help of my buddy Shane. We have not used any propane heat in about three days. The savings should be substantial. I have burnt myself about thirty times putting in wood. The hardest part is getting the stove regulated. It is very sensitive and efficient, thus you can overheat the house very easily. Beth and I are very pleased with the stove. I have enjoyed a few great cups of coffee around the fire already and I look forward to many more. Here is a picture of what I put in. I will have actual photos of the stove in my house soon.
On a more spiritual note........
So this is christmas, and we are in the "spirit" of giving. Or is is the spirit of spending? Well whatever the case they are both wrong. Christmas is about the creator of the universe, the LORD of lords and the KING of Kings leaving his throne for a womb, leaving the womb for a manger, and the leaving the manger for the cross. Christ became a man to die for men. He became sin so that we could be forgiven. He took the punishiment of a just God so that I wouuld be reconciled. Christmas is the Gospel.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Wake up!!!

Wake up call
Colossians 1.21-23
I. Condition of Depravity
a. Alienated-non participate of Grace, estranged, under the law and prisoned by sin
b. Bent toward sin- mind is swayed to sin
c. Contaminated actions
This wake-up call is for Christians a reminder of their once depraved condition. It goes into a detailed description of our depravity. It should sober us to our true condition without Christ. We must realize that we were totally estranged, sin sick, and our actions are contaminated with our depravity. Can you describe how are sinfulness alienates us from God? How are our actions contaminated by sin?
II. Cost of Reconciliation
a. Humanity—(Christmas’s importance)
b. Brutality- death, crucifixion sacrifice
c. Fidelity- faithful, sacrificial
Here we have the cost of reconciliation that Christ purchased for us. Man sinned, man must atone for sin. This is why Christ had to become a man and die. You see,sense we were depraved we could not atone for our sins. Even if we were given the opportunity to save ourselves on the cross it would not be enough!!! It is impossible to save yourself. Christ suffered for us, in place of us, for the Glory of God. (key in on this section) What does this mean to you? How can we live a life worthy of his sacrifice?
III. Call to Accountability –life doesn’t stop at salvation
a. Foundation (stability)
b. Steadfast-unmovable, unshakable
c. Hope- finding your pleasure in Him
Paul ends by letting them Know that life doesn’t stop at salvation. You see, we are to continue on in the faith. Salvation is not insurance from hell, it is a life, it continues. We should be founded in the faith, or stable. This means that we should build our life on the Word of God. Our life should be unshakable and unmovable. We are called to live with our hope totally in him. Would you say that you are unshakable when it comes to your relationship with Christ? Why do we seem to put our hope in the wrong things? What does an unshakable life look like?