Baptism Book Giveaway

31 08 2006

amazon-baptism-image.jpgIf you are a pastor or involved in church ministry, specifically in evangelism and/or baptism, I have a resource that may prove helpful to you.

I have a limited number of a book entitled, The Truth About Water Baptism, to give away.

This book is a great resource for prospective baptism canidates or others who may be coming from a Sacramentalist background and struggling with the concept of New Testament water baptism; we find the book quite useful here in Catholic Omaha.

The Truth About Water Baptism is written by my Senior Pastor, Pat Abendroth, and is free for the asking until the stash is gone.

UPDATE: ok the stash is now gone! Thanks to all who expressed interest and were encoruaged by the book.

If you would like a copy please email me ejraymond AT gmail DOT COM or just leave a comment here. The price of the book is only $3.99. We, along with other churches, have found the book to be a good tool for those preparing for baptism or for those coming from a Sacramentalist background. ::ENJOY::

Jesus is able to sympathize

31 08 2006

Hebrews 4.15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses

Often times, particularly during tough times, we struggle with the thoughts that people do not understand what we are going through. I cannot count how many times I have heard people say, “But you don’t understand what I am going through!” The good thing for us who are Christians is that we don’t necessarily have to understand or identify with what each person is going through in order to help or to be consoled.

Why? Because Jesus does.

This is so good, so rich and so life changing!! In God’s infinite wisdom and design he has organized things to exalt his Son. Within this context we have Christ’s sympathy and compassion exalted. There is nothing that anyone has gone through, are currently going through, or will go through that Jesus cannot relate to, sympathize with or encourage his children in. Jesus is so gloriously and marvelously sufficient!!

When I read a passage like the one above I am driven to the gospels to analyze the context of some of the days within the context of Christ’s earthly ministry. I am left with an open mouth and enriched praise when I consider that Jesus was under no obligation to become a man and deal with the junk that comes as a result of our sin in this fallen world. He did this because he loves his Father. Jesus is loving his Father as he is loving his sheep.

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Doing Family Devotions

30 08 2006

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

The Scripture is pretty clear on the fact that we have a responsibility to be training our children in the truth. Christian fathers in particular have a responsibility to be leading and training their families in the Revelation of God.

Many men struggle in the area of family devotions. It is kind of like evangelism, we know we have to do it but it is the doing it that is the problem.

Because I have echoed the Scriptures command for you and me to act like men and because some folks have requested that I talk about it, this is a quick guide to doing family devotions.

What follows is not an exhaustive how-to manual but rather some things that we do in trying to “teach them diligently” (Duet. 6.4) as God has commanded. Most of these things are things that we do, I am not saying that everyone has to do them, but rather supply suggestions in effort to be helpful.

-1- Be in the Word yourself

If you are going to teach your family to love the Word of God you better love the Word of God yourself. God’s design in commanding men to lead their families in the truth is to be preserving faithfulness throughout generations not modeling self-dependence and hypocrisy.

If you have not gone to the well of truth to draw fresh water from heaven than do not pretend to have something to say to your family. Instead, retire to a place where you can open up the Bible and drink from the fountain of grace that you might be fueled to speak of how impressed you are with Christ. You must know the Jesus you speak of, and not just know him but love him; this love is birthed by divine grace through the word of God and sustained by the same means.

-2- Choosing a Topic

In our family we usually go through books or sections of books of the Bible. We have been most recently going through Mark’s gospel, but I felt the need to work on teaching my family to pray more biblically, so we have been working on the Lord’s prayer in Matt. 6.

I have found that narratives are great for our family due to their ages. This also forces me to continually explain the context and themes of the book. I am learning too!!

You may have something that needs to be dealt with in your family. Family devotions are a great place to do this. Study as the leader and communicate what the Bible says and apply it to specific circumstances.

-3- Open the Bible

This is always a good thing! When you as the leader open the Bible you show your submission to what God says and you are modeling faithfulness to the Word. You may have the text memorized, it doesn’t matter, open the book and read it. Show your family you love the Bible.

Your own handling of the Scriptures expresses your view of the Scripture. Is it authoritative? Then you must open it up, interact with it and submit to it as you endeavor to apply it.

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Father, Son, Spirit . . . or . . . Rock, Paper, Scissors

29 08 2006

–here is an article that ran last friday by Mark Driscoll. His humor and truth telling are worth the read, particularly the last paragraph–

The One God has kindly told us who He is—Father, Son, and Spirit. But some chicks and some chickified dudes with limp wrists and minors in “womyn’s studies” are not happy because two persons of the Trinity have a dude-ish ring. So, in an effort to copy-edit God, some folks at the Presbyterian Church (USA) who have free time because no one is going to their church have decided to consider new names for God. The entire fiasco can be found at USA Today.

The gist is that a committee (yet another problem) is compiling alternative language for the Trinity. Then churches in the denomination can have the freedom to call God whatever works for them because, of course, the most important aspect of worship is that the worshipper not be forced to deal with the real God. Some of the names being considered include the following:

  • Mother, Child, Womb
  • Rock, Redeemer, Friend
  • Lover, Beloved, Love
  • Creator, Savior, Sanctifier
  • King of Glory, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Love

Never mind that the Ten Commandments start with the order not to mess with whom God has revealed Himself to be. And never mind that Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father,” because Jesus never went to college and didn’t even know what a liturgy or a committee was.

But if the committee is still taking suggestions, maybe we could call God one of the following:

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Larry, Curly, Moe
  • Beast, False Prophet, Antichrist
  • Chocolate, Peanut, Nougat
  • Judas, Herod, Pharaoh
  • Paula, Randy, Simon
  • Fastball, Curveball, Changeup
  • Momma Bear, Poppa Bear, Baby Bear

And maybe we could start calling mainline Protestant pastors who despise God’s Word something new and compile a new series of title options for them, too, such as:

  • Heretics
  • Nutjobs
  • Wingnuts
  • Tools
  • Kindling

Lastly, I am truly sorry for all the real Christians stuck in this dysfunctional family because the denomination owns their buildings. It must feel like living with an ex-wife. Our prayers to God the Father through God the Son by the power of God the Spirit are with you. One day they will see that they have been messing with the Judge, Jury, and Executioner.

100 Posts…man time flies

29 08 2006


Somewhere in the middle of the How to Live a Miserable Christian Life series this blog hit its 100th post. This number has been a bit of a road marker for me. I had wondered if I would keep things going or not and the hundredth post seemed like a good place to measure things.

Many of the regular readers of this site have asked how the site got started. It is kind of a funny story. Back in March (’06) I subscribed to some RSS feeds through Bloglines and then subscribed to some more and then some more. And then tried to get a pulse on what is being written in the Christian blogosphere.

When I signed up with Bloglines they gave me a blog. I wasn’t down with their stuff so I looked around and thought WordPress was pretty innovative. After reading a lot of blogs and not finding very much in the way of devotional writings out there I began writing some things that flowed out of my daily journaling from my devotions and meditations and publishing them on this site.

Around the same time I found myself doing a lot of meetings with guys in Starbucks or Caribou or somewhere similar and drawing upon something that I had read in my devotions or studied. It seemed that God was pleased to encourage these men with our meetings so I figured I’d try to broaden the impact. I have been humbled to consider that God has used this site to help some of his children’s hearts to become more impressed with the Savior. So I was encouraged and kept plugging away.

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Great John MacArthur Audio

28 08 2006

mac.jpgIf you have not already heard this audio make it a priority to do so. Of particular interest is MacArthur’s radio interview with Pat Abendroth when John visited Omaha Bible Church.

Here are direct links to the radio interview: listen download

Gmail invites

28 08 2006

If you do not have a Gmail account and would like one let me know. I have a stack of unopened Gmail invites…first come first serve. I know that some folks have had difficulty getting signed up since it is an invite only system.

Just trying to be a full service blogger.