Saturday, October 18, 2014

Love Does No Wrong

The way I figure it, if the one who loves his brother abides in the light (1 John 2:10), then it is pretty important to love my brother. Because it is so important, we've been fixing our attention on what it looks like to love, not in word or talk, but in deed and truth. Tomorrow, we will consider what love has to do with our morals, since "love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 12:10).

Give to Our God Immortal Praise (53)
Psalm 1
Take Time to Be Holy (469)
Christian Hearts in Love United

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 1:1-25; Psalm 15
New Testament: John 17:1-12

How to Love in Deed and Truth in Our Morals - 1 John 3:16-18; Romans 12:8-10

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Love in Deed and Truth

The Word of God tells us not to love in word or talk but "in deed and truth." We must love in actions which are true actions, actions which participate in truth. We must love in truth which issues in right actions. Now that the Scripture has taught us what it means to love in deed and truth, we need to do the hard work of applying it faithfully to every area of life, starting with our worship. Join us to practice loving in deed and truth.

Holy, Holy, Holy (3)
Psalm 148a
O Worship the King (46)
Glory Be to God the Father (72)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 36:1-13; Psalm 29
New Testament: John 16:16-33

How to Love in Deed and Truth in Our Worship - 1 John 3:16-18; 1 Corinthians 14:40

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Announcing "A Conservative Christian Declaration"

I'm delighted that A Conservative Christian Declaration is now in print, thanks to Scott Aniol's leadership. You can order the book at here, or you can go to the Religious Affections Ministries website for more information.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

How to Lay Down Our Lives for the Brothers

We want to keep the new commandment, "Love one another." But in order to do that, we must learn to love. Join us this Lord's Day, and the following ones, to pursue love.

O Worship the King (46)
May the Mind of Christ My Savior (476)
More Love to Thee (477)
Christian Hearts in Love United

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 34:1-29; Psalm 85
New Testament: John 15:1-11

How to Lay Down Our Lives for the Brothers in our Church - 1 John 3:16-18 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thine Be the Glory

Three and a half years ago we held our first service at Colorado Springs Charter Academy. Tomorrow we will hold our last service there, for the Lord has amazingly given us our own property now. We closed that first service with the song "Thine Be the Glory," and we will close our service tomorrow with the same most appropriate hymn.

Come prepared tomorrow to give God the glory for all that he has done and for all that we have to look forward to as we attempt great things for his name's sake.

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (69)
I Sing the Mighty Power of God (19)
Fairest Lord Jesus (21)
Thine Be the Glory (162)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 33:38-56; Psalm 68:11-18
New Testament: John 14:15-31

Worship in Missions - Jeff Smith

Friday, August 01, 2014

Live Like Your Father

God has lavished great love on us to make us his children, and we have the hope before us of seeing him as he is. But all who are God's children have God's character. They live like their Father. What does your life say about whose child you are?

I invite you to join us at High Country Baptist Church this Lord's Day as we seek to live up to all that we are as God's children.

Praise Him! Praise Him! (12)
Arise, My Soul, Arise (174)
Psalm 1
Lord, How Delightful (726)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 31:25-54; Psalm 126
New Testament: John 13:1-20

How the Children of God Live - 1 John 3:4-10

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Open Your Eyes

Love is at the heart of life with God, for God is love. The Scripture calls upon us to see that love which will transform our lives. Join us to pursue that vision.

Lord Jesus Christ, We Seek Thy Face (667)
How Glorious Zion's Courts Appear (631)
On Jordan's Stormy Banks (649)
Praise the Savior (17)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 30:1-16; Psalm 124
New Testament: John 12:12-26

Behold What Love! - 1 John 3:1-3

Friday, July 11, 2014

Not Ashamed

"They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, 'You are our gods'" (Isaiah 42:17, ESV).

The opposite of trusting in idols is abiding in Christ, and these two ways have opposite outcomes, being put to shame or confidence and joy, at Christ's coming. We want the second outcome in our lives, and if you want that too, join us to abide in Christ this Lord's Day.

Joy to the World (92)
I'm Not Ashamed (403)
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness (400)
Christ Returneth (187)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 29:12-40; Psalm 123
New Testament: John 12:1-11

Not Ashamed - 1 John 2:28-29

Friday, July 04, 2014

Grateful to Be an American

I am first and foremost and forevermore a citizen of the kingdom of God. That is my true homeland. That is where my loyalty lies. My heart beats for the New Jerusalem and her King.

But I am called to live out that loyalty here and now as a citizen of the United States of America, and it is because of that loyalty that I am grateful to be an American. One needs only a passing acquaintance with the history of nations to realize how kind God has been to this nation and how kind God has been to me to make me a son of this nation.

There are many, many things to be grateful for on this Independence Day, but I want to specifically thank the Lord for making me an American.

The Great Teacher

Our brother Jeff will not be able to bring the Word to us this Lord's Day, as originally planned, since he is with his parents, ministering to them in their time of need. Therefore, we will continue meditating upon 1 John 2:27 and the anointing that God has given to us to know him in this last hour.

Holy, Holy, Holy (3)
Amazing Grace (247)
Jesus Loves Me (719)
Now Thank We All Our God (5)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 29:1-11; Psalm 136
New Testament: John 11:28-57

No Need that Anyone Should Teach You - 1 John 2:27

Friday, June 27, 2014

Abiding in Christ

"Abide in him." This is a command from God to all of us who believe in Jesus. But what does that mean?

I asked myself that question this week as I repaired decks, cleaned the house, trained children, talked to pastors, counseled, studied the Word, met with saints for prayer, went on a date with my wife, brushed my teeth, and went to bed. What does abiding in Christ have to do with all these things?

When the Son of God came in the flesh, he bridged the gap between mankind and God. He united in himself God and man, effecting a relationship that had never before been possible. Man could now dwell in God, and God's Spirit could pervade man. A mutual abiding goes on in the living relationship between God and his people. This abiding is the antidote to antichrists. It is the core of all Christian living. Come join us this Lord's Day to learn to abide in Christ.

Praise the Savior (17)
Psalm 42 (Genevan Psalter)
How Glorious Zion's Courts Appear (631)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 28:16-31; Psalm 20
New Testament: John 11:1-27

Anointed Ones Overcome Antichrists by Abiding in Christ - 1 John 2:18-27

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Crisis of Confidence

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter faced a crisis of confidence in this nation. Gas shortages, inflation, and high unemployment produced an uneasy feeling among Americans that the future was not so bright. President Carter’s approval ratings dipped lower than Richard Nixon’s had during the Watergate scandal. On July 15, the President gave a speech, sometimes called the most important speech of his presidency, hoping to inspire the nation. It didn’t work. The next year, the country looked elsewhere for hope by electing Ronald Reagan as the 39th president of the U.S.  

Nations are not the only entities to have a crisis of confidence. Churches do. Christians do. Perhaps you have. Tomorrow, we will gather to hear what God has to say to people faced with a spiritual crisis of confidence, and we will find that he has provided precisely what we need for living in the last hour.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past (49)
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (495)
Psalm 27b
A Sovereign Protector I Have (615)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 28:1-15; Psalm 119:105-112
New Testament: John 10:22-42

Confidence in the Abiding Anointing - 1 John 2:18-27

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Antichrists vs. Anointed Ones

If you wanted to give someone confidence and joy, would you bring up antichrists? Sounds apocalyptic, not assuring.

Part of the problem, no doubt, has to do with our diseased imaginations of "antichrists," something along the lines of a diabolical character in a horror movie. But part of the problem, as well, may have to do with our assumption that confidence and joy come in the absence of opposition and danger.

If that is what we assume, we won't have much confidence and joy in our Christian lives. God knows this, so he doesn't try to hide from us the reality of the world in which we live. We live in the last hour with many antichrists. But God also reveals to us his perfect provision for just such an occasion. You can have confidence and joy in knowing that you have the true God and eternal life.

Come, Christians, Join to Sing (67)
Eternal Spirit! Praise We Bring (207)
Come, Holy Ghost, Our God and Lord (209)
Our Great Savior (434)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 27:1-23; Psalm 113
New Testament: John 10:1-21

Confidence in the Last Hour - 1 John 2:18-27

Friday, June 06, 2014

Pursuing the Love of God

"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you...." (Psa 63:1)

Being alert to the world's allure is only the defensive side of "do not love the world." Taking the offensive means we must pursue the love of God. Join us this Lord's Day in that pursuit.

Psalm 95
God Is the Treasure of My Soul (632)
Not I, But Christ (537)
Take My Life and Let It Be (560)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 26:35-65; Psalm 111
New Testament: John 9:24-41

Pursuing the Love of God - 1 John 2:15-17

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The World's Wooing

If you are not to love the world, then it would be wise to know how the world will woo you. How will it attract your delight and awaken your desires? How will it speak with a smooth tongue? How will it seduce you with promises of love? Only a fool would walk through life unprepared for the world's wiles. Don't be one.

Holy, Holy, Holy (3)
He Who Would Valiant Be (507)
Rejoice, Believer, in the Lord (627)
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (243)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 26:1-34; Psalm 108
New Testament: John 9:1-23

The World's Wooing - 1 John 2:15-17