Friday, November 30, 2012

Bono Interview: Grace Over Karma

Quotes taken from the book Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas

Bono: My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. Christ teaches that God is love. What does that mean? What it means for me: a study of the life of Christ. Love here describes itself as a child born in straw poverty, the most vulnerable situation of all, without honor. I don't let my religious world get too complicated. I just kind of go: Well, I think I know what God is. God is love, and as much as I respond [sighs] in allowing myself to be transformed by that love and acting in that love, that's my religion. Where things get complicated for me, is when I try to live this love. Now that's not so easy.


Further in the interview:

Assayas: I think I am beginning to understand religion because I have started acting and thinking like a father. What do you make of that?

Bono: Yes, I think that's normal. It's a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma.

Assayas: I haven't heard you talk about that.
Bono: I really believe we've moved out of the realm of Karma into one of Grace.
Assayas: Well, that doesn't make it clearer for me.
Bono: You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics; in physical laws every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It's clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I'm absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that "as you reap, so you will sow" stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
Assayas: I'd be interested to hear that.
Bono: That's between me and God. But I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I'd be in deep s---. It doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for Grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity.
Assayas: The Son of God who takes away the sins of the world. I wish I could believe in that.
Bono: But I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. I love the idea that God says: Look, you cretins, there are certain results to the way we are, to selfishness, and there's a mortality as part of your very sinful nature, and, let's face it, you're not living a very good life, are you? There are consequences to actions. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That's the point. It should keep us humbled . It's not our own good works that get us through the gates of heaven.
Assayas: That's a great idea, no denying it. Such great hope is wonderful, even though it's close to lunacy, in my view. Christ has his rank among the world's great thinkers. But Son of God, isn't that farfetched?
Bono: No, it's not farfetched to me. Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says: No. I'm not saying I'm a teacher, don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying: "I'm the Messiah." I'm saying: "I am God incarnate." And people say: No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet, we can take. You're a bit eccentric. We've had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey, we can handle that. But don't mention the "M" word! Because, you know, we're gonna have to crucify you. And he goes: No, no. I know you're expecting me to come back with an army, and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he's gonna keep saying this. So what you're left with is: either Christ was who He said He was the Messiah or a complete nutcase. I mean, we're talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson. This man was like some of the people we've been talking about earlier. This man was strapping himself to a bomb, and had "King of the Jews" on his head, and, as they were putting him up on the Cross, was going: OK, martyrdom, here we go. Bring on the pain! I can take it. I'm not joking here. The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me, that's farfetched
The Main Question
Bono: If only we could be a bit more like Him, the world would be transformed. When I look at the Cross of Christ, what I see up there is all my s--- and everybody else's. So I ask myself a question a lot of people have asked: Who is this man? And was He who He said He was, or was He just a religious nut? And there it is, and that's the question. And no one can talk you into it or out of it.

Links on Grace
Grace is the Opposite of Karma

Related Links
Why is Jesus the only way to heaven/God? - CARM
Is Jesus the only way to Heaven? - Got Questions?
Many ways to God? Aren’t all religions basically the same?
Why is Jesus Christ the Only Way of Salvation? - Kevin Alan Lewis
Is Jesus the Only Way? - Ravi Zacharias
How Can Christ Be the Only Way to God? - William Lane Craig

IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY? (5 Part Series)

  1. Is Jesus the Only Way?
  2. What Do the Religions Teach about God?
  3. Is It Humble to Think All Paths Lead to God?
  4. Is Pluralism More Tolerant Than Christianity?
  5. The Way, The Truth, and The Life
Videos
Jesus - the only way to God? Tim Keller (1:39)
Is Jesus The Only Way to Heaven? One Minute Apologist (2:05)
Is Jesus the Only Way to God? Lee Strobel (2:08)
What is Religious Pluralism? One Minute Apologist (2:09)
Why is Jesus the only way? Greg Koukl (3:14)
Is Jesus the Only Way? Mike Licona (6:25)

How do you know that Christianity is the one true worldview? Ravi Zacharias (9:30)
Pluralism: Is Jesus the Only Way to God? Norman Geisler  (52:47)

Programming for Life (video)


What are the odds of life happening by chance? Check out this 44 minute video to find out.

Gospel Quotes - Building Sandcastles


"Our rejection of God's reality for self-centred worlds of our own making has resulted in our alienation from him and from his design for our lives. Without him, we are dreaming unawares, spending our days building sandcastles on an imagined shore. 'We lost sight of what was real,' and as a result we no longer truly know who we are or what we are living for." -- Sophie Lister

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Heart of Worship - Matt Redman


The Heart of Worship - Matt Redman

When the music fades 
And all is stripped away 
And I simply come 
Longing just to bring 
Something that's of worth 
That will bless your heart 

I'll bring You more than a song 
For a song in itself 
Is not what You have required 
You search much deeper within 
Through the ways things appear 
You're looking into my heart 

I'm coming back to the heart of worship 
And it's all about You 
All about You, Jesus 
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it 
When it's all about You 
It's all about You Jesus 

King of endless worth 
No one could express 
How much You deserve 
Though I'm weak and poor 
All I have is Yours 
Every single breath 

I'll bring You more than just a song 
For a song in itself 
Is not what You have required 
You search much deeper within 
Through the way things appear 
You're looking into my heart 

I'm coming back to the heart of worship 
And it's all about You 
All about You, Jesus 
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it 
When it's all about You 
It's all about You Jesus 

Its all about you 
Jesus
All about you

Pastoring Related Posts - November 28


Here are the latest blog posts related to pastoring I have come across. If you are serving others or discipling someone you may find some good "food for thought" as well.
  1. Extend the Same Grace You Preach
  2. What are 3 Common Areas of Neglect in a Pastor's Life?
  3. The New Covenant (The Secret to Life and Ministry)
  4. Pastor to Pastor: Lessons from Bonhoeffer
  5. From the Shepherd's Nook: Prayer
  6. Confession Time for Pastors
  7. Dangerous Calling: An Interview with Paul Tripp
  8. Proclaiming Gospel: Preaching on Sunday as Practice for the Rest of the Week
  9. 5 Way to Fight Insecurity as a Pastor or Leader

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Why Did Jesus Come?


02. Why Did Jesus Come? from William Anderson

Here are the slides I used this last Friday night during our weekly outreach to the young people in Nouă area of Brașov. Last week we started a series on the gospel with them.

Gospel Quotes - It's About Jesus!


"Contrary to what many Christians have concluded, the Bible does not tell two stories: one about Israel in the Old Testament, another about the church in the New Testament. The Bible tells one story and points to one figure. It narrates how God rescues his world that we wrecked, and exalts Christ as the one who accomplishes the rescue. In the Old Testament God revealed himself through types and shadows, promises and prophecies. In the New Testament God reveals himself in Christ who is the substance of every shadow and the fulfillment of every promise and prophecy. The Old Testament predicts God’s rescuer; the New Testament presents God’s rescuer. Therefore, the whole Bible—both the Old and New Testament—is all about God’s rescuer. A gospel-fueled worship service tells and retells this unified story—highlighting the story’s infallible Hero—through song, sermon, and sacrament." -- Tullian Tchividjian

Monday, November 26, 2012

What is the Gospel? Tim Keller (video)


Tim Keller explains the gospel. The full Q&A video is available here. (5:04)

Graphics with Matthew 11:28 - English and Romanian


Here are graphics I made recently based on Matthew 11:28. They are 1712 x 1080. You can download them here: English  Romanian. If you click directly on the photo Blogger will open it and you can right click and download it but the size will be 1600 x 1009.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

What is the Gospel? Bryan McWhite


God is the rightful and sovereign king of the world. But his sovereignty has always been disputed by human beings—including you and me. We have all rebelled against his sovereignty because we each thought we would make a better king than him. We each thought we knew best about what was best for ourselves and for the world. So God gave us over to what we wanted. He let us be our own kings for a time. But the result of humanity’s attempt at self-rule has been a disaster. Hunger, famine, poverty, corruption, war, sadness, lack of fulfillment, a sense of meaninglessness in life, broken relationships—with God and with each other, discord, disease, death….

But God loves his creation and was not willing to let it destroy itself. So he launched a rescue plan. He entered the world in human flesh as Jesus. Jesus is the rightful King over all creation, and in his lifetime he launched the Kingdom of God anew on earth—a kingdom of love and justice and blessing and peace and beauty. He died for his people, and in his death he absorbed his people’s sin and guilt and shame and rebellion so that they could be reconciled to the One they rebelled against and become part of his new Kingdom—anyone who commits their life to following Jesus as a subject of his kingdom. His kingdom will one day flood the whole world as God rules over all the earth in love, justice and peace.

In the meantime, his kingdom people live as “outposts in time.” We live the life of the new creation right here in the middle of the old creation. We proclaim the good news that God’s kingdom of love and justice is both here and is arriving. We invite people to lay down their rebellion against God and be reconciled to him by choosing to follow Jesus as their true and only king. And we wait for the return of the King to finish what he began and make a heaven of this world.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Does Archaeology Support the Bible? | TrueLife


Have you ever wondered what archaeological evidence exists for the Old and New Testament? In this video, the highly esteemed archaeology expert , Dr. Randall Price, will take you on a truly biblical adventure filled with rare artifacts, incredible stories and memorable perspective. For more info: TrueLife

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gospel Quotes - Holiness Starts in the Heart


“You will cleanse no sin from your life that you have not first recognized as being pardoned through the cross. This is because holiness starts in the heart. The essence of holiness is not new behavior, activity, or disciplines. Holiness is new affections, new desires, and new motives that then lead to new behavior. If you don’t see your sin as completely pardoned, then your affections, desires, and motives will be wrong. You will aim to prove yourself. Your focus will be the consequences of your sin rather than hating the sin and desiring God in its place.” -- Tim Chester

Window13 - November 2012 | Paul Tripp


Paul Tripp answers questions showing how the gospel applies to the problems and struggles we experience every day. Window13 is a once a month video program on the 13th of each month.

Here is a quote from the web page:
Human beings, made in the image of God, don't live life based on the facts of their experience, but based on the interpretation of the facts. The window you look through shapes your interpretation. What window are you looking through?

Called by Name - Luke 19:1-10


Here is the video of my teaching at Calvary Chapel Bucharest last Sunday. I taught on Luke 19:1-10 which tells the story of Zacchaeus. In the story of Zacchaeus' encounter with Jesus we see God's amazing grace in action and the impact in had in changing his life. English with Romanian translation.

Calvary Chapel Bucureşti, 18 Noiembrie 2012. În povestea întâlnirii lui Zacheu cu Isus vedem mărețul har al lui Dumnezeu în acțiune și impactul pe care acesta l-a avut asupra lui, schimbându-i viața.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grace Like Rain - Todd Agnew


Grace Like Rain - Todd Agnew

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I'm found
Was blind but now I see so clearly

Chorus:
Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Chorus

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We've no less days to sing Your praise
Than when we first begun

Chorus

Chorus

The Goal of the Gospel - Skye Jethani



Here is some good "food for thought" about the goal of the gospel by Skye Jethani. I would encourage you to take the time to watch this video.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gospel Quotes - What the Gospel Does to Sin


"The gospel saves us (once and for all) from the penalty of our sin. But a continual exposure to the gospel is the means by which Christ delivers us from the power of sin and prepares us for the day we will be delivered from the presence of sin as well." -- Trevin Wax

Pastoring Related Posts - November 20


Here are the latest blog posts related to pastoring I have come across. If you are serving others or discipling someone you may find some good "food for thought" as well.

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Someone Will Pay" Graphics - English & Romanian


Here are recents graphics I made that are HD sized (1920 x 1080). You can download them here: English  Romanian If you click on the photo Blogger will open it and you can right click and download it but the size will be 1600 x 900.


Gospel Quotes - Infinite Debt


“Since we have offended an infinite God, we owe him an infinite debt. But as finite creatures, we are incapable of repaying that debt. It is a debt that man owes, but that only God can pay. In other words, we have a God-sized debt, but we are only man-sized. How can we pay? We need a God-sized man to pay. Jesus, the God-sized man, has paid the God sized-debt.” -- Anselm of Canterbury, Monk, Archbishop, Theologian, 11th century.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

What is the Gospel? Jonathan Pennington


“Consistently throughout the New Testament Epistles the ‘gospel’ refers to the oral proclamation about Jesus the Christ (meaning the anointed Davidic King) – who he was; what he accomplished through his life, death, and resurrection; the promise of his future return to establish God’s reign; and the concomitant call to repent and have faith. This is not a message of moralism or a call to greater religious obedience but rather is a proclamation of God’s grace and the invitation to hope. This is why it is rightly called ‘good news.’

The New Testament authors, building especially on the Isaianic vision, define the ‘gospel’ as Jesus’ effecting the long-awaited return of God himself as King, in the power of the Spirit bringing his people back from exile and into the true promised land of a new creation, forgiving their sins, and fulfilling all the promises of God and the hopes of his people. This Isaianic vision is itself based on God’s work at the exodus, which the prophets take up and reappropriate to describe God’s future work. Because of this vision, described as the proclamation of good news, the apostles call their kerygma ‘gospel,’ and it is why the evangelists likewise describe the work of Jesus and the narratives about him as euangelion.In this there is univocality; Paul and the Gospel writers all understand their message to be one of God’s reign coming in the person of Jesus through the power of the Spirit. The ‘gospel,’ whether in oral or written form, is the message of God’s comprehensively restorative kingdom.” -- Jonathan Pennington

Friday, November 16, 2012

Why Believe? Why Unbelief?


Why should I believe in God?...the Bible?...Jesus? What are the reasons why people don't believe?
  1. Why Should Seekers Consider the Gospel?
  2. Sexual Immorality and Five Other Reasons People Reject Christianity
  3. Why Do Famous Atheist Believe that God Does Not Exist?
  4. All Truth is God's Truth
  5. Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?
  6. YouTube Playlist of Debates and Documentaries

The Secret to a Rich and Satisfying Life


Dying to Self + Living for Jesus = Rich & Satisfying Life 
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. (Mark 8:35 NLT)
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10 NLT)
If this is true why is it that so few Christians ever experience it? Why do we hold on to our idols and our selfish ways when only Jesus and living for Him can give us the life we were created to have? Lord help our unbelief! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Discipleship Links


Here are some more discipleship links:
  1. Community Shaped Discipleship: A Plea to Youth Workers
  2. The Challenge of Making Disciples on Campus
  3. Imitation: Getting Beyond Information-Based Discipleship
  4. How to Create a Discipling-Making Culture in Your Church
  5. From Moralism to Evangelism

Gospel Quotes - God's Expected Reign


“In summary, the Old Testament should be seen as preparation for and anticipation of the King’s coming. The New Testament should be seen as the proclamation that God’s expected reign has come in Jesus, with the cosmic and ethical implications of this fact worked out in many new contexts. The New Testament’s thrust is: now that God has established his kingdom, what are the implications of this gospel (good news)? That’s why each book of the new Testament doesn’t simply rehearse or rehash the barest essentials of the story — Christ died, Christ was raised, Christ will come again (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3). No, rather than playing the exact same melody again and again, the New Testament writers transpose it and arrange it for new contexts and audiences. But the narrative anchor point is always Jesus and his kingdom, and the subsequent pouring out of the Spirit upon the church at Pentecost.” -- Michael R. Emlet

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What is the Gospel? Mark Stevens

One of the great things about the internet is that we have access to the thinking of many excellent Bible teachers and scholars, both past and present. Of course there is a lot of bad stuff out there as well. But if you are careful and discerning you can find many resources to help you grow in your understanding of the gospel.  Personally, I really enjoy and am blessed by  the conversation that is going on about the gospel on the internet.

We all need to be challenged to think deeply about the gospel and one of the ways to do that is to see what others say about it. Especially people who come from different traditions and backgrounds. It doesn't mean we have to agree with them but just maybe they will help us to see some of our own blind spots and biases. 

Our goal in the end is to understand what God is saying the gospel is in His Word and then to let that truth permeate our thinking, our hearts and our lives. In order for that to happen we need not only His Word but the Holy Spirit as well. So search the scriptures, see what others have to say and pray and ask the Lord for discernment and understanding and ask Him also for help to get it deep into your heart and out into your life. Take a hold of the gospel so Jesus can take a hold of you!

Here is a blog series done by Mark Stevens, a pastor of a church in Australia, in which he answers the question "What is the Gospel?".  I think this is a question that all believers should be able to answer. Check it out.
  1. What is the Gospel? An Introduction
  2. What is the Gospel? A Soterian Approach
  3. What is the Gospel? A Social Justice Approach
  4. What is the Gospel? A Historical/Contextual Approach
  5. What is the Gospel? The Gospel of McKnight!
  6. What is the Gospel? The Gospel According to Mark

Cabernet - Getting Rid of the Stain



While waiting for his first date with Michelle, young professional Brett discovers a wine stain that just won’t disappear.  Can you explain the connection to Jesus?


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pastoring Related Posts - November 13


Here are the latest blog posts related to pastoring I have come across. If you are serving others or discipling someone you may find some good "food for thought" as well.
Here's a quote from a Christianity Today article on the importance of the gospel for pastors that I read a long time ago but did not keep the link:
There's been a lot of talk about how the gospel is for Christians. Have we forgotten that the gospel is for pastors too?
Yes! I mean it has to be for pastors first. There's absolutely no way that our people will experience the liberating now-power of the gospel if the pastor doesn't even know what the liberating now-power of the gospel looks like. When I speak to pastors I say, "There is only one thing that will enable you to survive, and that's the gospel. It's not whether your church grows or not. It's not having the right leadership principle. All of those things might be helpful, but the gospel is the only thing that will save you in ministry." You inevitably face crises, slander, unfair criticism, pressure to perform in your professional and personal life. You have to have a model marriage. You've got to have the model children. You've got to be the one logging hours of private prayer every day. I mean there is heavy-duty pressure on pastors to be spiritual giants. What I love about the freeing, liberating power of the gospel is I can stand up on a Sunday morning without fear or reservation and be able to identify my own idols in front of my people. I'll say things like, "I hate to admit this, but part of my motivation for preparing the sermon that I am preaching today is because I want you to think I'm a good preacher. It accentuates my sense of worth." Is that embarrassing to admit? Absolutely! But it's incredibly liberating. I don't have to feel like I have to always be on, that I always have to be performing well, that every sermon's got to be a homerun, that I've got to be modeling perfect piety before all of our people. The pressure's off. Jesus measured up so I wouldn't have to live under the enslaving pressure of measuring up for others. And that's good news.

Send Us Out!


Let this be our heart cry!

Mission's Flame - Matt Redman

Let worship be the fuel for mission's flame
We're going with a passion for Your name
We're going for we care about Your praise
Send us out 

Let worship be the heart of mission's aim
To see the nations recognize Your fame
'Til every tribe and tongue voices Your praise
Send us out

You should be the praise of every tongue (Jesus)
You should be the joy of every heart
But until the fullness of Your kingdom comes
Until that final revelation dawns
Send us out

Every tribe, every tongue
Every creature in the heavens and the earth
Every heart, every soul
Will sing Your praise, will sing Your praise
Every note, every strain
Every melody will be for You alone
Every harmony that flows from every tongue
We'll sing Your praise, we'll sing Your praise
We'll sing Your praise, we'll sing Your praise 

Grace - More Than We Deserve (Video)

Do you understand what grace is? Watch as Moira Brown speaks with Max Lucado about his book, "Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater than We Imagine".
Part One (19 min)



Part Two (15 min)




Part Three (18min)




Monday, November 12, 2012

Gospel Quotes - What the Gospel is Saying


“The gospel is saying that, what man cannot do in order to be accepted with God, this God Himself has done for us in the person of Jesus Christ. To be acceptable to God we must present to God a life of perfect and unceasing obedience to his will. The gospel declares that Jesus has done this for us. For God to be righteous he must deal with our sin. This also he has done for us in Jesus. The holy law of God was lived out perfectly for us by Christ, and its penalty was paid perfectly for us by Christ. The living and dying of Christ for us, and this alone is the basis of our acceptance with God” --Graeme Goldsworthy

Graphics with Philippians 1:21 - English and Romanian


Here are recents graphics I've made based on Philippians 1:21. They are 3072 x 1880. You can download them here: English  Romanian If you click on the photo Blogger will open it and you can right click and download it but the size will be 1600 × 979.


Lecture on the Resurrection of Jesus (Video)



Dr. Peter Williams' lecture Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of  Jesus. (1 hr 40 min) Peter speaks on the resurrection for an hour after which a few men share their thoughts about Peter's lecture then Peter finishes by answering questions.

Peter does an excellent job of showing evidence for the truth of the resurrection from non-Christian historical sources as well as evidence from the scriptures themselves. His lecture is very enlightening and well worth the time to watch.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What is the Gospel? Scott McKnight


"It is the work of God to restore cracked Eikons, in the context of the community of faith, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Spirit, and this restoration is to both union with God and communion with others for the good of others and the world."

The gospel is the work of the (triune) God to form a community of faith in order to restore cracked Eikons through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Pentecostal Spirit to union with God and communion with others for the good of others and the world.

First, the gospel is a narration of the saving events in the life of Jesus as they bring to fulfillment the Scriptures of Israel.

Second, the events in Jesus' life are his life, his death, his burial, his resurrection and his appearances.

Third, this narrative forms the basis for salvation, understood here to include the forgiveness of sins. These events accomplish that salvation and the gospel therefore involves the appeal to believe in God's redemption through these events

My proposal has been that 'the gospel' is not, for Paul, a message about 'how one gets saved', in an individual and a historical sense. It is a fourfold announcement about Jesus:
  1. In Jesus of Nazareth, specifically in his cross, the decisive victory has been won over all the powers of evil, including sin and death themselves.
  2. In Jesus' resurrection the New Age has dawned, inaugurating the long-awaited time when the prophecies would be fulfilled, when Israel's exile would be over, and the whole world would be addressed by the one creator God.
  3. The crucified and risen Jesus was, all along, Israel's Messiah, her representative king.
  4. Jesus was therefore also the Lord, the true king of the world, the one at whose name every knee would bow.

Ultima mea zi (My Last Day) - Isus Anime


This is the story of the crucifixion from the viewpoint of the repentant thief who was crucified next to Jesus. It has been subtitled in Romanian but I expect and hope it will be dubbed it into Romanian like it has been in fifteen other languages. If anyone knows that this has been done already please let me know. 

Here is the link to the English version without subtitles: My Last Day You can download it for free from Global Short Film Network.

Gospel Reflections


It is good for those who are disciples of Jesus to think deeply about the gospel and it's implications for living on a regular, if not daily, basis. Here are links to some blog posts to help you do just that.
  1. Nobody’s Perfect (yet): The Inevitable Messiness of Being Human Pt 3
  2. The Gospel's Antidote for Envy
  3. Two Ways the Gospel Changes Your View of Sin
  4. How the Gospel Makes Us Generous and Content with Our Money
  5. Grace - More Than We Deserve, Greater than We Imagine (Video)
  6. Things Which Ought To Be Better Known About The Resurrection Of Jesus (Video)

Friday, November 09, 2012

Gospel Quotes - Forgiveness Must Go Before Sanctification


“A sense of having our sins forgiven is the mainspring and life-blood of love to Christ. . . . Would the Pharisee know why this woman showed so much love?  It was because she felt much forgiven.  Would he know why he himself had shown his guest so little love?  It was because he felt under no obligation, had no consciousness of having obtained forgiveness, had no sense of debt to Christ. . . . The only way to make men holy is to teach and preach free and full forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  The secret of being holy ourselves is to know and feel that Christ has pardoned our sins.  Peace with God is the only root that will bear the fruit of holiness.  Forgiveness must go before sanctification.” -- J. C. Ryle


Pastoring Related Posts - November 9, 2012

Here are the latest blog posts related to pastoring I have come across. If you are serving others or discipling someone you may find some good "food for thought" as well.
  1. It's Dangerous in There, Pastors
  2. Brothers, Train Up the Next Generation
  3. 4 Liberating Truths for Those Who Pastor
  4. Leaders are Defined by the Insignificant
  5. Shepherding God's Flock (video)

Thursday, November 08, 2012

It's About Jesus!


Here are links to some blog posts and a short video about Jesus. The first three deal with how we should understand and apply the Bible and the other two give us some "food for thought" about Jesus.
  1. What is the Bible Basically About? (video)
  2. Jesus Christ is the Keystone
  3. Moralism vs. Jesus-Centered Preaching
  4. The Radicality of Jesus
  5. FactChecker: Is the 'I Only Need Jesus!' Declaration Christian?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Discipleship Links | Oct 26 - Nov 7


Here are the best blog posts I came across lately on being and making disciples.

The Gospel Is A Complete, Whole View Of Life



“The gospel is not something partial or piecemeal: it takes in the whole life, the whole of history, the whole world. It tells us about the creation and the final judgment and everything in between. It is a complete, whole view of life, and many are unhappy in the Christian life because they have never realized that this way of life caters for the whole of man’s life and covers every eventuality in his experience. There is no aspect of life but that the gospel has something to say about it. The whole of life must come under its influence because it is all- inclusive; the gospel is meant to control and govern everything in our lives.” -- Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

What is Grace? Joseph R. Cooke


“Grace is nothing more or less than the face that love wears when it meets imperfection, weakness, failure, sin. Grace is what love is and does when it meets the sinful and undeserving. It’s what enables us to see beyond one another’s faults so that we can love one another without reference to whether that love has been earned or deserved. It’s what God does when He reaches out in love–sinful as we are–and welcomes us into a relationship with Himself.” -- Joseph R. Cooke, Celebration of Grace

Monday, November 05, 2012

What is the Gospel? Chandler, Geiger, Patterson


“In its simplest form, the gospel is God’s reconciling work in Christ – that through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, God is making all things new both personally for those who repent and believe, and cosmically as He redeems culture and creation from its subjection to futility.” -- From the Book Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, Eric Geiger.

All I Have is Christ - An Animation

"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21 (NKJ)

Graphics with John 15:5 - English and Romanian


Here are graphics I've made based on John 15:5 but never posted to my blog. They are 1280 x 960.  You can download them here: English  Romanian If you click on the photo Blogger will open it and you can right click and download it as well.