Learning and Living the God-centered life

One Biblical Doctrine at a time…
Feb 2012

Geneology of Jesus

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The impact of the King James language

You don t have to be a Christian to hear the power of those words—simple in vocabulary,cosmic in scale, stately in their rhythms, deeply emotional in their impact. Most of us might have forgotten its words, but the King James Bible has sewn itself into the fabric of the Language. If a child is ever the apple of her parents eye or an idea seems as old as the hills, if we are at deaths door or at our wits end, if we have gone through a baptism of fire or are about to bite the dust, if it seems at times that the blind are tending the blind or we are casting pearls before swine, if you are either buttering someone up or casting the first stone, the King James Bible whether we know it or not, is speaking through us. The haves and have-nots, heads on plates thieves in the night, scum of the earth, best until last, sackcl and ashes, streets paved in gold, and the skin of ones teeth: All of them have been transmitted to us by the translators who did their magnificent work 400 years ago.

This article clip from National Geographic’s December 2011 The King James Bible - making of a masterpiece

Don't despise small things...

From The Ordinary Pastor blog site:

Don’t despise the small things of prayer, by means of which God changes people’s hearts.

Don’t despise the small things of service in the local church, by which God is glorified and people encouraged.

Don’t despise the small things of working in the seemingly insignificant place like the church nursery, by which you reflect Christ like love and compassion.

Don’t despise the small things like daily bible reading, by which your heart is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Don’t despise the small things of daily obedience and sacrifice through which your heart is trained and molded after the Savior.

Don’t despise the small things of putting sin to death, by which you are responding to the victory Christ has won for you.

Don’t despise the small things like a true quotient of gospel joy, these things indicate you are alive and God is thrilling your soul with his son!

Don’t despise the small things like not getting bitter and walking in the Spirit, by which you promote the power of the gospel!

Don’t despise the small things like not lusting after women or quickly glancing at them, by which you continue to cling to and magnify grace!

Don’t despise the small things like daily loving, leading and learning your wife, through them you begin to more clearly reflect Christ’s love for the church.

Don’t despise the small things like respecting and submitting to your husband, by them you showcase the beauty of Christ’s submission to his Father.

Don’t despise the small things like honoring your parents, by them you demonstrate that there is a God who is bigger than you, whose authority you value.

Don’t despise the small things like working hard at your job or school everyday, in these things you show that there is something more profound, more powerful, more worthy than the fluctuating value of the American dollar.

Don’t despise the small things like speaking of Christ to others, by which unbelievers may come to trust and treasure Jesus.

Don’t despise the small things of corporate worship, the singing of songs and preaching of the word, through which there is an announcement of the kingdom and conquest of our Lord Jesus! And there is a growing, a swelling group of constituents in his kingdom!!

Don’t despise the small things like little church plants, it is by such things that God depopulates hell through the preaching of the Gospel!

Don’t despise the day of small things, but rejoice! Rejoice!

Spiritual Amnesia

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Elyse M. Fitzpatrick writes in her book Because He Loves Me the following:

Let me give you a little more help. What I’m calling spiritual amnesia might best be understood in this way:even though we believe the gospel, the occasions in which the gospel (the incarnation, sinless life, death, bodily resurrection, and ascension of the Son of God) actually intersect and powerfully affect our daily life are infrequent.








The practice of corporate prayer

1. THE PRAYER OF ADORATION.

Jeremiah 10:6-7 – There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you.

Psalm 145:10-11 – All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power

2. THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Dan 9:5 – we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.

Isa 64:6 – We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

3. THE PRAYER OF SUPPLICATION

Psa 67:1 – May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah

Psa 85:7 – Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.

4. THE PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Psa 67:3 – Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

Psa 7:9 – Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous– you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

5. THE PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

2Cr 9:15 – Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Eph 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

6. THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Isa 26:13 – O LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone we bring to remembrance.

Isa 63:19 – We have become like those over whom you have never ruled, like those who are not called by your name.

7. THE PRAYER OF DOXOLOGY

Phl 4:20 – To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Rev 7:10 – and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Courtesy of BlueLetterBible website

How Paul introduces his letters

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Courtesy of the Bible Knowledge Commentary