Month: August 2011

Five marks of revived churches


Five marks of revived churches J. I. Packer, writing in God in our Midst (Ann Arbor, 1987), pages 24-35, proposes that, among the variety of God’s ways, five constants appear in all biblical revivals: 1. Awareness of God’s presence: “The first and fundamental feature in renewal is the sense that God has drawn awesomely near in his holiness, mercy and might.” 2. Responsiveness to God’s Word: “The message of Scripture which previously was making only a superficial impact, if that, now searches its hearers and readers to the depth of their being.” 3. Sensitiveness to sin: “Consciences become tender and a profound humbling takes place.” 4. Liveliness in community: “Love and generosity, unity and joy, assurance and boldness, a spirit of praise and prayer, and a passion to reach out to win others, are recurring marks of renewed communities.” 5. Fruitfulness in testimony: “Christians proclaim by word and deed the power of the new life, souls are won, and a community conscience informed by Christian values emerges.” via Five marks of revived churches – Ray …

William Carey at 250


Aug 19 2011 Timothy George|8:13 AM CT William Carey at 250 Earlier this week, William Carey’s 250th birthday arrived. Born on August 17, 1761, he was the son of a poor school teacher in the tiny village of Paulersbury. Taught to patch shoes in a cobbler’s shop, he was converted to Christ as a teenager. Soon he was gripped with a passion for sharing the gospel with those who had never heard the name of Christ.In those days, missions was a naughty word, something obsolescent, restricted to the days of the apostles long ago. But Carey read the Great Commission differently. “Go ye,” he said, “means you and me, here and now.” He challenged his fellow Baptists to respond to this call, to “expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God.” The result was the first missionary society organized by evangelical Christians with the aim of carrying the Good News of Christ to all parts of the world.So on June 13, 1793, William Carey, his wife, Dorothy, and their four children—including a …

The Oldest A/G house of worship in the USA. Oldest church in northern california


The church is entirely constructed of California oak and redwood siding. I stands as sturdy and strong today as when it was first built.The pews in this church circular in build and amazingly beautiful. Made of eastern oak they are as hard and heavy as iron. In her book, Tehama: Little City of Big Trees, Clara Hough Hisken claims that “six pews would form a complete circle.” She also claims that they were especially ordered and designed by a firm in Michigan. But other stories of the pews coming to the USA over the horn is usually told by older church goers.

Fan into Flames


I recently discovered a simple but very thought-provoking poem over the internet entitled ‘Fire.’ It’s a poem written by Judy Brown. I will let you read it first and then share something very simple thought: Fire… What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space. Too much of a good thing, too many logs packed in too tight can douse the flames almost as surely as a pail of water would.So building fires requires attention to the spaces in between, as much as to the wood.When we are able to build open spaces in the same way we have learned to pile on the logs, then we can come to see how it is fuel, and absence of the fuel together, that make fire possible.We only need to lay a log lightly from time to time. A fire grows simply because the space is there, with openings in which the flame that knows just how it wants to burn can find its way. She said “building fires requires attention to the spaces between, as much as the wood.” If we …

Beware of Nigerian Religious Junk


Check out this interview with Pastor Conrad Mbewe as he answers questions from Don Carson about his post(Beware of Nigerian Religious Junk) on the spiritual state of the church in africa. Over the next few days I would like for us to examine the post and see how it can help change the present climate of confusion over the african continent. To read the post in it entirety… you can find it on pastor Conrad’s Blog Related articles How the prosperity gospel invaded and infected the African church (pjcockrell.wordpress.com)

Peace Within


Emefa is the middle name of my oldest daughter. This is an African name given to a girl. It is a name that is quite popular among the Ewe, Mina people of Togo and Ghana. The meaning of the name is “peace within” and speaks of the prince of peace coming to live in our heart. The only true and lasting peace to be found in this world is found in Jesus Christ. Even before Jesus was born, it was prophesied that he would bring peace (Isa. 9:6; Ps. 72:7). At Jesus’ birth the heavenly host announced that he would bring peace to earth (Luke 4:18). Throughout Jesus’ ministry he brought peace to others. 1. He interpreted his preaching as a mission of peace (Luke 4:18). 2. He taught his disciples that they could know peace in a world of tribulation (John 16:33). 3. He instructed his disciples to spread peace (Luke 10:5). 4. In times of despair, he brought peace to his disciples (John 14:1 – 2). 5. He promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would …

Simply Redeemed


Let me begin with the chorus of a beautiful song written by Heather Headley entitled Simply Redeemed: While I was yet in my transgressions Somebody paid the price for me I offered up my life to Him And now I say again I am not perfect Simply redeemed We are simply redeemed. Look at what Paul says to this effect… Ephesians 2:9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Here is an outline of this truth in chapter 1 of Eph. Ephesians 1 HE BLESSED US – with every spiritual blessing. Whatsoever I need spiritually he has already provided. HE CHOSE US – we were worthless when he chose us… if he loved you while you were playing in your dirt, how much more does he love you now that you belong to him? But, you must understand that his goal is that you become like him. HE LOVED US – to shower his affection upon us! HE PREDESTINED US – we have been set apart from our mother’s womb. HE ADOPTED …

Follow Me… the Master calls


Jesus gave the command “Follow me” to many. He gave this command to Philip, the spiritual seeker (John 1:43). He gave this command to Peter, Andrew, James, and John, who were fishermen (Matt. 4:19). He gave this command to Matthew, the hated and traitorous tax collector (Matt.9:9). In responding to this command, Matthew gave up a comfortable job butfound a destiny. He lost a good income but found honor and self-respect. He lost financial security but found spiritual security. He gave this command to the rich young ruler (Matt. 19:21). Because he had great riches, and because they had first place in his heart and life, he declined our Lord’s invitation and went away lost. Today He is calling you… Check out the lyric of this old song: Softly and gently He’s calling Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me; see, on the portals he’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me. Come home, come home; ye who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, …