Tuesday, November 22, 2011

IN MEMORY OF DR. JOHN STOTT

I encourage you to take a break and listen to Tim Keller's memorial message to honor John Stott. As a young evangelical I know that Dr. Stott has touched my life and ministry more than I realize.  We have much to learn from our brother and one of the saints.


Here are the main points of Tim Keller's message:
  1. We need to be convicted by his kingdom vision.
  2. We should be cautioned by his cultural learning curve.
  3. We should be chastened by his leadership controversies.
  4. We need to be instructed by his great innovations: 1) expository preaching; 2) invented the modern center-city church; 3) willing to organize and use institutions and organizations to put Evangelical Anglicans on the map; 4) forced Evangelicals to deal with social ethics social justice issues; 5) created Evangelicalism, the great center between fundamentalism and liberalism, he was prophetic from the center.
  5. We should be empowered by the knowledge of his present glory.
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Monday, November 07, 2011

THE ORIGINAL HALLELUJAH CHORUS!

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LAST ADVENT SEASON Linda and I had the privilege of joining a couple from our church for dinner in San Fransisco and then to attend the San Fransisco Symphony's Christmas production of Handle's Messiah.  It was a grand evening.  We were blessed!
Tradition has it that when you get to the Hallelujah Chorus the audience is supposed stand, and stand we did. Truthfully, I don't know how one could sit through that inspiring selection.  It certainly moves the heart.

This coming Sunday's message is on Revelation 19:1-21. Some might say herein lies the basis for Handle's Hallelujah. It is here that we read, "Hallelujah! For the LORD God Almighty reigns!" (Revelation 19:6) And later we read that written upon the Messiah's robe and thigh is the declaration of His name, "King of Kings and Lord of Lords!" (Revelation 19:16) John records of his vision that a great multitude stood and declared these truths, and the sound of their proclamation was like that of the rushing of many waters and loud peals of thunder (Revelation 19:1 & Revelation 19:6) Is it any wonder that even today, in an auditorium in the center of San Fransisco, a place I am sure was filled with people from a multiplicity of belief systems, we all stood in honor, respect, and for some even declaration of the truth being sung about  the One who is the Truth. 

This Sunday's message will focus upon that truth, that the Lord Almighty reigns. Sometimes we fail to live under that truth. We are overcome by the hard times in which we find ourselves. We even find ourselves believing that the "other side" is winning.

Well, if chapter 19 has anything to remind us, it's that we are not only going to see victory, but the victory is already ours!

Here's a question for you to ponder, or even respond to if you so desire, "What gives you reason to stand with the multitudes and declare, 'Hallelujah, the LORD Almighty reigns!'?" As Advent season again approaches, ushered in by this month when we focus upon thanks-giving, what better time to stop and "ponder anew what the Almighty can do" (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty).

Hallelujah!  What a Savior!  I am looking forward to what God will have to say to me this week as I prepare for this message?  I wonder what He will have for all of us?
 
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