Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
P.S. While the Eads are stateside, the Dan Huffstutler family will be living in their house in TZ while transitioning to their ministry in Kenya. Keep up with the Huffstutlers on their Facebook page.
While I am puttering around, working on projects which don't require a lot of thought (like chicken feeders), I will occasionally listen to lectures on a wide variety of topics. Yesterday, I listened to a very good lecture entitled "Educating for Liberty" by Peter J. Leithart. I commend it to you. [Go to this page and then scroll down to the lecture referenced above.] Since Christ commanded us to make disciples, and since education is essentially discipleship, understanding education rightly is crucial to accomplishing the mission of Christ.
Leithart basically makes the case that education which is for liberty must be education in love, that which trains the students to love what is good, true, and beautiful. But he goes on to point out, quite correctly, that this is "precisely what liberal democracy, at least in its current form, prohibits. Rooted as it is in Enlightenment renunciation of unchosen tradition, American public education, at least, explicitly renounces all religious ends and sometimes operates on the pretense of promoting no ends at all. If I am correct, this kind of education cannot be education for liberty."
I wonder how many Christian parents who send their children to be trained in the public school system realize that they are subjecting their children to an education which destroys liberty? I wonder how many Christian parents who homeschool their children do so out of a false and unbiblical view of liberty, namely, "I can do what I want"? I fear that many, many Christian young people are being discipled into spiritual bondage because their parents and pastors do not understand the ends of education.
Listen to the lecture. I'll look forward to discussing it with you.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Having been, as we trust, brought by divine grace to embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and to give ourselves wholly to Him, and having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit upon our profession of faith, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We purpose, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other, and faithfully warn, exhort, and admonish each other as occasion may require. We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but will devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the ordinances of the church, and to prayer. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the ministry and expenses of this church and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations. We will reject all heretical beliefs and practices, contending for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. We will both submit to the church’s discipline upon ourselves and assume our responsibility to participate in the discipline of other members, according to the teachings of Scripture.
We will strive by God’s grace and power to live as Christ in the world, and denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we will seek to fulfill our calling to lead a holy life and to be salt and light. We purpose to maintain family and private devotions; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our relatives and acquaintances; to walk carefully in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our commitments, and exemplary in our conduct. We will abide by the standards of sexual purity, ethical integrity, and spiritual fidelity taught in the Bible. We will watch over one another in brotherly love, remember one another in prayer, rejoice with one another in blessing, and bear one another’s burdens in times of trial.
We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith and order where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. If there is no such church, we shall seek, with the Lord’s help, to establish one.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
Join us this Lord's Day to worship.
Holy, Holy, Holy (#3)
How Sad Our State (#333)
Not What These Hands have Done (#347)
Salvation! O My Soul Rejoice! (#291)
Old Testament: Genesis 10:1-32; Psalm 9
New Testament: Matthew 7:1-14
Christ Sees Us - John 2:23-3:21
Don't forget! We will rejoice together at Aaron's baptism at 1 p.m. at the facilities of Rustic Hills Baptist Church (1927 N. Murray Blvd).
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Join us tomorrow to behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, as he reveals himself to be the place where the life-giving presence of God dwells with men. You say you have never seen such a thing? All the more reason to come.
Arise, My Soul, Arise (#174)
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
O Sacred Head Now Wounded (#139)
Hark! the Voice of Love and Mercy (#134)
Christ Is Risen! Hallelujah (#167)
Old Testament: Genesis 9:18-29; Psalm 65
New Testament: Matthew 6:19-34
Seeing Christ's Glory through Raising Up the Temple - John 2:13-22
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Dale A Goetz Memorial Fund
The Bank at Broadmoor
155 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Friday, September 03, 2010
And if Eusebius piques your interest in the early church (which I hope he does), here are some recommendations from church historian Michael Haykin for beginning to learn more about our forefathers in the faith.
"Reading the Church Fathers: A Beginners Guide"
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (#156)
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness (#400)
There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood (#267)
Jesus Loves Me (#719)
For My Sake and the Gospel's, Go (#695)
Old Testament: Genesis 8:20-9:17; Psalm 33
New Testament: Matthew 6:1-18
Seeing Christ's Glory through Good Wine - John 2:1-11
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Keep us, Lord, O keep us cleaving
To Thyself and still believing,
Till the hour of our receiving
Promised joys with Thee.
Then we shall be where we would be,
Then we shall be what we should be;
Things that are not now, nor could be,
Soon shall be our own.