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Have you ever wondered why churches meet every Sunday? Why can’t we all just sleep in and do whatever we want on a Sunday and still worship God. Well, for starters God said, “not to forsake your gathering together.” But why is it so important we get together?

This quote helped me think it through these very questions.

Why then does the church exist as a gathered community? The church is to become a mature organism through the process of edification, and this maturity is reflected, first of all by the degree of love that exists in the body of Christ, and the second, by the degree of corporate faith and hope that is manifested. – John Stott

The church is to become a mature organism through the process of edification to honor and glorify God, and in the process become a dynamic witness in the world.- John Stott

We meet together to build each other up in order so we can better proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness and into the light. (I Peter 2:9)

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Here is a post I wrote for my former camper’s blog, Devoted Generation. Click the following link to read the entire article.  http://devotedgeneration.com/comparison-and-complacency/

…This story illustrates many of our lives as we fall in and out of motivation. The right motivation can drive us to improve. But far too often the storehouses for motivation often seem to run out when we seem to need it the most. As a result we inevitably roll in and out of seasons of depression and devotion. I believe fluctuation can be subdued as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus.  I have found that increasing the devotion for Jesus in our lives comes about by comparing yourself to him and nothing else. The key to building everlasting motivating sources for our lives is found in something that may surprise you. You see, comparison can be harmful. It can be a deadly poison seeking to numb us into submission and ultimately regress away from God. But comparison can be a life giving anecdote to rejuvenate a stagnant soul. The key is found in the target of your comparison.

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Jesus and Religion

jordantmoody —  January 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Some good thoughts here.

Simple Christianity

I was reading through John 8 recently and was really impacted by what Jesus did. But before we see what Jesus did, we have to see how the story unfolds.

There was a woman who had a reputation of being a little on the promiscuous side. Ok, a lot. So the Pharisees, in order to find a fault in Jesus go in and take her, WHILE she is having intercourse…. hold up. That’s ridiculous. Anyways, they take her and throw her down in the street and stand surrounding her. Now you must understand, this woman rightly deserves to die for the act she has committed. The Jewish Law states that anyone caught in the act of adultery is to be stoned. So when the scribes and Pharisees make this statement to Jesus, they have a legitimate point.

But I love what Jesus does. He bends down in the dirt with…

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Canada Prezi

Click on the link above to review through the Prezi on Canada. Test on Friday.

Haystack Revival

jordantmoody —  December 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

More Than Just Raking (Raking is easy, and you get leaves. Digging is hard, but you may get diamonds. Mathis on Bible-digging.)

2 Corinthians 6:16-18

16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

I read this in my devotions this morning and I was struck by the word temple. The ESV Study Bible says “the word for temple (Gk. naos) refers to the MOST HOLY PLACE, where God’s presence was manifested over the ark of the covenant, not to the more general temple complex or building. (The hieron).

This reflects the amazing reality of the New Covenant, in which God dwells directly and immediately in the midst of his people, a reality inaugurated by his Holy Spirit (see 2 Cor. 3:3)

Praise God for his loving proximity to my life. You are not a God a far off but rather if we draw near to him he will draw near to us.

2 Cor. 2:12-17
 

I. Victory March 

     A. Christ is the general 
     B. God is the sovereign victor 
     C. Christ spreads his fame
          1. Christians are his means
          2. Fragrances (aroma) are his mode
 
Transition: We have this brilliant contrast highlighted in this passage of scripture. The believers apparent (temporal) defeat vs the believers actual (Spiritual) victory. 
 
II. Defeated Victory
     A. Contrasting themes
          1. Death is here but Christ delivers 
               (2 Cor. 1:8-9 / 1:10)
          2. My spirit is not at rest but God leads me in a triumphal procession 
               ( 2 Cor. 2:12-14)
          3. Struck down but not destroyed because we have life in Jesus 
               (2 Cor. 4:8-10) 
          4. Outer self is wasting away but our inner self is being renewed
                (2 Cor. 4:16-18) 
          5. A thorn was given to me to harass me but God said my grace is sufficient 
               (2 Cor. 12:7/ 12:9)
     B. Constructing themes
          1. Christ builds me into a fragrant vessel
          2. Christ turns me from a loser into a winner
 
Conclusion: Through Christ’s death on the cross I can now offer up my life on the sacrificial alter to be consumed for his glory. The aroma of my life will spread to those around me whether they be saved or unsaved. I give myself to be the sweet smelling fragrance of life for all see.  Oh Lord, let the aroma of salvation permeate the world around me so others may see more of you and less of me. 
 “For who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Cor. 2:16) 
“For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10)
 
 
         
 

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