Archive for April, 2010

28
Apr

Names and Attributes of God

   Posted by: jmueller    in Miscellany

Use the following list of God’s names and attributes to guide your time set apart for Him.  Read the daily description about God and the accompanying passage.  Worship God, focusing on Him and His qualities.

God is Jehovah. The name of independent being – “I AM WHO I AM” – only begins to Jehovah God.  As we consider His greatness, we fall down in fear and awe of this One who possesses all authority.  Exodus 3:13-15

God is infinite. We cannot speak of measure, amount, size, or weight and at the same time be speaking of God, for He is beyond measurement.  God has no beginning, no end, and no limits.  Romans 11:33

God is omnipotent. God has power.  Since God is also infinite, whatever He has must be without limit; therefore, God has limitless power.  Jeremiah 32:17-18, 26-27

God is good. The goodness of God is what disposes Him to be kind, benevolent, and full of good will toward all creation.  Psalm 119:65-72

God is love. God’s love is so great that He gave His only Son to bring us into fellowship with Him.  God’s love not only encompasses the world, but embraces each of us personally and intimately.  1 John 4:7-10

God is Jehovah-jireh. This name means “the God who provides.”  Just as He provided yesterday, He will provide tomorrow.  He grants deliverance from sin, the oil of joy for the ashes of sorrow, and eternal citizenship in His Kingdom.  Genesis 22:9-14

God is Jehovah-shalom. This name means “the God of peace.”  God could never give to others a peace that exceeds understanding if He Himself were not perfect, unfailing peace.  Judges 6:16-24

God is immutable. All that God is, He has always been.  All that He has been and is, He will ever be.  He cannot change because He is perfect and will remain perfect.  Psalm 102:25-28

God is transcendent. We must not think of God as highest in an order of beings.  This would be to grant Him eminence, even pre-eminence, but this is not enough.  He is transcendent – existing beyond the created universe.  Psalm 113:4-5

God is just. God rules with absolute justice.  Not fooled by appearances, Gos is fair, equitable, and impartial in all of His judgments.  Psalm 75:1-7

God is holy. God’s holiness is not simply the best we know made infinitely better.  God is absolutely untainted.  His holiness stands apart – unique and incomprehensible.  Revelation 4:8-11

God is self-sufficient. He is the One who contains all, who gives all that is given, buut who Himself can receive nothing that He has not first given.  Acts 17:24-28

God is omniscient. God knows all that can be known.  His knowledge includes every possible thing that exists, has ever existed, or will ever exist.  Psalm 139:1-6

God is omnipresent. God is everywhere – close to everything, next to everyone.  “‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.”  Psalm 139:7-12

God is merciful. God’s compassion is infinite and inexhaustible.  In the mercy of His provision in Christ, He took upon himself the judgment that was due us.  He waits and works now for all people everywhere to turn to Him, not wanting any to be lost.  Deuteronomy 4:29-31

God is sovereign. God is in control of our lives.  His sovereignty is the attribute by which He rules His entire creation.  To be sovereign, God must be all-knowing and all-powerful.  1 Chronicles 29:11-13

God is wise. All God’s acts are done in infinite wisdom.  He always acts for our good, which is to conform us to Christ.  Our good and His glory are inextricably bound together.  Proverbs 3:19-20

God is faithful. Our hope for the future rests upon God’s faithfulness.  Because He is faithful, His covenants will stand and His promises will be honored.  Psalm 89:1-8

God is our Comforter. Jesus called the Holy Spirit the “Comforter”.  Paul writes that the Lord is “the God of all comfort”.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

God is El-Shaddai. This name means “God Almighty”.  It is best understood as God who is all-sufficient and all-bountiful – the source of all blessings, fullness, and faithfulness.  Genesis 49:22-26

God is our intercessor. Knowing our temptations, God the Son intercedes for us.  He opens doors for us to boldly ask Him for mercy.  Thus, God is both the starting point and ending point of true prayer.  Hebrews 4:14-16

God is Adonai. This name means “Master” or “Lord”.  God as Adonai calls all God’s people to acknowledge themselves as His servants, recognizing His right to command them as the Lord of their lives.  2 Samuel 7:18-20

God is Elohim. This name means “Strength” or “Power”.  He is transcendent, mighty, and strong.  Elohim is the great name of God, signifying supreme power, sovereignty, and a covenant relationship that He is ever faithful to keep.  Genesis 17:7-8

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28
Apr

This is the ‘hell’ of hell

   Posted by: jmueller    in Dead Theologians

I have copied this post from a Grace Gem that I received. This is powerful.  If you don’t already get them, I highly encourage you to sign up.  They are emailed to you everyday.  There is no advertising, you won’t begin to receive a bunch of spam because of it.

This is the ‘hell’ of hell

(Samuel Davies, “The Resurrection of Damnation“)

“Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come out; those who have done good–unto the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil–unto the resurrection of damnation!” John 5:28-29

Alas! Multitudes shall come forth from their graves, not to the resurrection of life–but to the resurrection of damnation! What terror is in the words!

See them bursting into life from their subterranean dungeons! Horror throbs through every vein–and glares wildly and furiously in their eyes. Every joint trembles and every countenance looks downcast and gloomy! Now they see that tremendous Day of which they were warned in vain–and shudder at those terrors of which they once made light. They now experientially know the grand business of the Day and the dreadful purpose for which they are roused from their slumbers in the grave:
to be tried,
to be convicted,
to be condemned, and
to be dragged away to execution!

“And they will go away into eternal punishment!” (Matthew 25:46) They must go away into the bottomless pit! There they are confined in chains of darkness, and cast into the burning lake of fire and brimstone forever and ever!

In that dreadful word “forever” lies the epitome of torment! This is the ‘hell’ of hell. If they might be but released from suffering, though it were by annihilation after they have wept away ten thousand millions of ages in extremity of pain–it would be some mitigation, some encouragement. But, alas! When as many millions of ages are passed as the stars of heaven, or the sands on the seashore, or the atoms of dust in this huge earthly globe–their punishment is as far from an end–as when the sentence was first pronounced upon them!

FOREVER! There is no exhausting of that word! When it is affixed to the highest degree of misery–the terror of the sound is utterly insupportable!
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We have published Samuel Davies 6 page article, “The Resurrection of Damnation“. Must reading–please forward this powerful gem on to others!

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25
Apr

Emerging Leader Grads Meeting April 25, 2010

   Posted by: jmueller    in Emerging Leaders

We started our meeting with a discussion of the current sermon series on money. We talked about some of the discussions about giving a full 10% to the church for one week.

We talked about some of the things going on in some of our lives.

Pastor Matt handed out the second CD on the Therapeutic Movement from CJ Mahaney.
CJ Mahaney – Another Gospel-The Challenge of the Therapeutic Movement Part 2′

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24
Apr

Patristics

   Posted by: jmueller    in Dead Theologians, Miscellany

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24
Apr

Who is God?

   Posted by: jmueller    in Dead Theologians, Miscellany

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12
Apr

Are You Really A Christian?

   Posted by: jmueller    in Podcasts, Salvation

Todd Friel has this message on his website at Wretched Radio.  It is a very good message based in 1 John.

Todd Friel – ‘Are You Really A Christian?’

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12
Apr

Emerging Leader Grads Meeting April 12, 2010

   Posted by: jmueller    in Emerging Leaders, Podcasts

Our meeting began with a discussion about some of the things going on with John Piper inviting Rick Warren to the 2011 Desiring God Conference as a speaker. There has been a tremendous buzz about this on many of the Discernment Ministry Websites.

We discussed the CD handed out at the last meeting on Sovereign Election, Israel, and Eschatology from John MacArthur. We discussed Amillennialism and looked at some of the passages from Revelation that apply to this.

We went part of the way through Week 2 of the Precept Study.

Pastor handed out a CD from CJ Mahaney on the Therapeutic Movement. I have posted it here for you to listen to.
CJ Mahaney – Another Gospel-The Challenge of the Therapeutic Movement Part 1′

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