Learning and Living the God-centered life

One Biblical Doctrine at a time…

Helpful tools for Website

Here are two software application tools that you will need to load on your computers as we continue into 2010. Most of you probably have them already installed but this is for those who do not.
Both of these downloads are FREE and can be used on both Windows and Mac based computers.

For a video tutorial on what is needed and how to download simply click on this LINK

In case you are interested...

From Wired Magazine:
We’re gluttons for infographics, and a team at Kansas State just served up a feast: maps of sin created by plotting per-captia stats on things like theft (envy) and STD’s (lust)

If you would like more information and stats just click on this LINK.

Reflecting on Sunday's message

I was so encouraged by Dr. Poplin's message this past Sunday in regard to communion. If you missed the worship service may I recommend that you listen to the message online this week. He taught us about the taking of the Lord's supper from 1 Corinthians 11:27-29. When Dr. Poplin was through with the message it put me in the proper frame of heart and mind before I took communion. As I listened to Dr. Poplin's teaching there were two things that I became consciously aware of regarding our God, and that was a fear of Him and a reverence for Him! This is not a God who wants me to be casual or luke warm when I come to the Lord's table. Also this is not a God who wants me to be negligent or tolerant of the sin that is presently in my life. There was someone on our row weeping, and though I do not know why I sensed a time of deep confession in this person before the Lord.

As we continue in our study of the doctrine of God the two things that naturally flow from this are His transcendence and His immanence. But the order here is so important and these categories are essential when it come to learning and living the God-centered life. And yesterday, if you were in the worship service, both of these things were exhibited wonderfully in message and practice. We first got the picture of a God whose holiness and righteousness require that our attitudes and coming before Him be in a proper way. But then when that is communicated we recognize that God Himself lives within each of us who have received Him as Lord and Savior. The church must proclaim both because both are shown clearly to us and revealed for us in His word.

Oh by the way...for those in the Corinthian church who took the Lord's supper in a way that was inappropriate the apostle Paul wrote about those people in 1 Corinthians 11:30 "For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep." At the end of the sentence you could paraphrase by saying they died!
When I read these sections of Scripture it is as if I hear God shouting from the top of the mountain "Do I now have you full and undivided attention?"

Don't forget...

We’re Moving - This Sunday to the Uptown Auditorium

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Our SS Community will begin meeting in the Uptown Auditorium next Sunday, September 13. The set up will allow us to have some tables for those who like to spread out and take notes. Thanks to Russ Rosser, and all of the staff who have worked so closely with us during this past year. It has been a real privilege and joy to teach God’s word in a community where there is such a desire to learn and live the God-centered life.

A trip down memory lane

The Learning and Living God-centered Life Community is coming up on its first year anniversary in August. As I was reviewing some of the photos from the first year it was reminding me of the leadership planning, community outreach, women’s ministry, monthly luncheons, care groups, missions and the joy of being the one another’s of the New Testament church.

As we head into the summer may I encourage each of you to be faithful in your Bible reading, devotion and study. This year we have talked a good bit about the difference in a heart that delights in the word of God and one that sees it as a duty.

I will be praying for you specifically that God will give you the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Also praying that you will walk in a manner to please Him as the Spirit empowers you and in all things, yes even the hard things that you will give Him thanks.

Nancy and I are enjoying a bit of vacation time but still studying,praying, planning and preparing for teaching the “DOCTRINE OF GOD” for the remainder of the 2009 year. Even though communication will be limited on the website until we are back, I will be twittering away while in Charleston. Have you had your tweet today?

Nancy and 4 Theologians

Can you name all four? And no smart comments like “I only see 3 theologians in that picture.”

Heroes of the faith

This morning in SS class our discussion will be on the Trinity in church history. One of the heroes of the faith is a man named “Athanasius.” Here is a paper that I wrote which will give those of you especially interested in church history, a good overview of this man’s life and contribution to the church.

Great Christian Minds

Spiegel: Ten Lessons from Great Christian Minds
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From philosophy professor James Spiegel:

1. Augustine (5th century): Remember that you are a citizen of another kingdom.
2. Martin Luther (16th century): Expect politicians to be corrupt.
3. Thomas Aquinas (13th century): God has made himself known in nature.
4. John Calvin (16th century): God is sovereign over all, including our suffering.
5. Jonathan Edwards (18th century): God is beautiful, and all beauty is divine.
6. Thomas a’Kempis (15th century): Practice self-denial with a passion.
7. John Wesley (18th century): Be disciplined and make the best use of your time.
8. Fyodor Dostoevsky (19th century): God’s grace can reach anyone.
9. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (20th century): Beware of cheap grace.
10. Alvin Plantinga (21st century): Moral virtue is crucial for intellectual health.

The Christians Bill of Rights

From the Camponthis blog site, for the entire article click on this LINK

1. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we have only one right: and that is to give up all rights to ourselves (2 Cor. 5:14-16; Romans 14:7-9).

2. We have the right to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him (Mt. 16:24-26).

3. We have the right to esteem others more highly than ourselves; and love our neighbor as ourselves (Mt. 22:39; Phil. 2:1-5).

4. We have the right to fulfill the law of Christ in bearing one another's burdens of sin (Gal. 6:1-3).

5. We have the right to be wronged and to maintain a faithful testimony (1 Cor. 6:1-8).

6. We have the right to live in unreciprocated, self-sacrificial love (Eph. 5:1-2).

7. We have the right to forgive others the smaller debt, as God in Christ has forgiven us the larger
debt (Eph. 4:31-32; Matthew 18:12-35).

8. We have the right to suffer for the gospel and to take the blows for the One who took the blows for us (1 Peter 2:21-24)

9. We have the right to be "subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men" (Titus 3:1-2).

10. We have the right to not be political agitators trading the truth of His Word to play politics with men's souls; thinking that true spiritual change occurs through legislation rather than the transforming power of the gospel of grace. (1 Peter 4:10-16).


Become a legalist in 20 easy to follow steps

1. Stay totally away from the local church and the fellowship of believers.

2. Get isolated from others except close family and do nothing but study, remember you are trying to obtain more information NOT transformation.

3. Always demand either orally or silently that you are right no matter what you say or do.

4. Learn to be critical of everyone else and their puny theological takes on the Scripture.

5. Tell others that church history for 2000 years is virtually unimportant and you have some new and very unique takes on God's word.

6. Talk about yourself at every opportunity, your favorite words are I, me and my.

7. Write letters to constantly correct leadership in the church in order to get those dummies back on track, remember you are right!

8. Never submit to anyone, especially pastors or elders even if it is Biblical.

9. Constantly talk about those around you in a way that is condescending and negative way.

10. Learn the best way to twist Scripture so that when you are confronted with sin you can justify it in your own mind. Read More...

We're moving March 8

Please make a note on your calendars that our community is moving on March 8th to the choir room.
Thanks again to the leadership team that met last night and their ongoing service in our class to be sure all that is done is to the glory of God!