Photo by Warren Berg
I'm also interviewing Mike Scheuchzer, guitarist for MercyMe, next Tuesday. Guess that determines what I'll spend my weekend doing! (Interview prep!)
Photo by Warren Berg
|Photo By: Jered Scott (jeredscott.com)|
I don't take lightly the fact that I have this incredible belssing of getting to play music, and I don't take lightly that I get to witness what it means to some folks. Music is so powerful and I'm so grateful to be a part of it. … Jesus, all praise, glory, blessing and honor goes to You my friend.
|Jess left her car in KS, so we took the El. It was my first time on a subway.|
|We got touristy and saw the Liberty Bell.|
|Constitution Hall. We went on a tour in the afternoon.|
|I can't remember who this guy is ... I think he started the Navy or something. |
The weather was beautiful. I love how many parks Philly has.
|We walked downtown toward Love Park. Cool architecture.|
|Love! This was a lot smaller than I imagined!|
|Fountain in Love Park|
|Reading Terminal - This cool indoor marketplace with tons and tons of stores and people.|
I thought it'd be good to chop it up about certain terms that we throw out a lot but never really define. So why don't I give you some words and you can give us the definition?
Who is God?
God is the universe's Creator and Sustainer, plus the only Savior. There is no one greater. He's triune, holy, omnipotent, omniscient, absolute. Loving, sovereign, and righteous are a few of His attributes.
How do we know this?
We know this from the Bible, where God has revealed Himself. Anything else is just an idol.
What's the Bible about?
Man's complete ruin and sin and what God has done in Christ to bring us to Him again.
What is sin?
Sin is the breaking of God's law, plus our condition which means from birth we all got flaws.
What's the result?
The result is by nature we're God's enemies and must pay the penalty unless God provides the remedy.
What's the remedy?
The remedy is the cross of Christ, where He suffered all the strikes for the lawless type.
I've been rescued by the Lamb, I'm convinced that He's risen and blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven.
Regeneration: the Holy Spirit's true work in His love to the elect who receive new birth from above.
Expiation: Expiation means God's removed my filthiness. The Old Testament type was the goat into the wilderness.
Redemption: We've been freed from slavery to sin and His very own blood is the price He paid, my friend.
Propitiation: Propitiation means since the Lamb has died, His work is finished. God's wrath is satisfied.
Adoption: Adoption means God is now my Father. I've got the hottest Poppa and by the Spirit holler "Abba!"
Reconciliation: means there's no more enmity. God is now a friend to me; we're no longer enemies.
Justification: God declares us righteous.
Sanctification: We're being made into His likeness.
Glorification: That's what happens at the finish when God conforms believers perfectly to Christ's image.
God's grace is magnificent. He slayed His innocent Son. Through faith and repentance we get the benefit.
What is faith?
Faith is a gift from God; when we receive this, we trust and treasure the person and finished work of Jesus.
Repentance is turning from your sin and trusting Christ as the Spirit cleanses you within.
What is grace?
Oh, grace is unmerited favor. Our inheritance major 'cause we cherish the Savior.
Right, and if I may quote again, we were doomed with Satan, but believers get Jesus' righteousness through imputation.
God takes Jesus' righteousness amount; through faith He credits it into the Christian's account.
Well, I guess this overview must suffice, but none of this is possible apart of union with Christ. And finally, once you know the way of the Lord then the only thing that you can say is Soli Deo Gloria.
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it.
Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in.
Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—
that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.
And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.
When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG)
It would be easier if you were just a thought in my head
Simply something that I once read
A belief needing my defense
And it would be easier if you were something I once knew
A hope just to hold on to
But you're holding out your hands.
(c) 2010 Song/ATV Timber Publishing/West Main Music/Formerly Music/Windsor Hill Music (SESAC)
|Ceiling fan in home office/gym/2nd bedroom|
|Dr. Rainer and me, September 2009|
|I have pepper plants!|
|The final copy. Check out the stack of previous edits. Sorry, trees!|
|Not Mom's favorite|