VIDEO Jesus Name Above All Names

Oct 25, 2013

Each day I pray, thankful for the way,
The truth and life, the risen Christ.
Jesus name above all names
Not long ago, the story unfolds.
He set the captive free, on Calvary

A grain of faith, is all we need
To cast a mountain to the sea.
Believe – Receive – Him now

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
As the choir sings in praise
In one accord, we glorify His name
Yesterday, today and forever
He is our God, Lord and Savior
Jesus name above all names

I can’t explain or comprehend
where would I begin?
On my knees, years of shame washed away

Without the Lord I know, I’m a broken man
A wave tossed by the sea, a leaf blown in the wind
I understand, footprints in the sand
He carries me, when I am weak

A mystery, not all will see, in the twinkling of an eye
Unbelief will never see paradise
Many will say in that day, (Lord, Lord)
We prophesied in your name, we did miracles and cast out devils
He will say to these I never knew you, those things you did were not of me

Don’t walk away, led astray, a sheep lost in the night
Straight is the gate, narrow the way
That leads to life, but few will find
With all your heart, seek the Lord our God
Ask, you will receive faith to Believe

If I fall, may it be into your arms, or on my knees
When I’m weak you are strong, help me carry on
I need your, presence to remain
I want you, guide me day by day
My life I give to you,
Lord I do, lay it down for you,
Jesus Name Above All Names.

The Gospel: We Can’t Improve Upon Jesus

charles spurgeon

There is nothing more important than the gospel message entrusted to us by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. And there is nothing more imperative than the proclamation of that message. Yet too often today our church leaders are watering down the message and giving up on its proclamation.

‘Jesus was a cool cat and all that, but hey, we gotta get with the times man. While he was OK in his day, things are different now, so we gotta get hip or lose out. What he did and said back then was neat, but times change so we gotta move on and do a lotta new stuff.’

This tragically is no exaggeration, but is how far too many Christian leaders feel and think. Whether the hipsters in the submerging church or the trendies in much of the evangelical church, many of these folks actually think Jesus can be improved upon.

They will insist that we have to leave behind all that talk about repentance for example. While it may have worked in earlier times it is not something we can run with now. In fact, we have to dispense with talk about hell and judgment to come, and just focus on love, acceptance and tolerance.

I have actually heard pastors insist on this, claiming such “negative” emphases might have worked for a Billy Graham or some other earlier preacher, but we can’t run with them today, and we must update our messaging. I am flabbergasted that any church leader would say something so patently untrue.

No one can improve upon the message of Jesus. If he spoke on judgment, wrath to come and the need for repentance – and he did, regularly – then we need to be preaching on this as well. How in the world can we think that we can improve upon Jesus and the message he proclaimed?

That is the height of arrogance and impiety. Yet contemporary Christian leaders really seem to think they can do better than Jesus. Sorry, but I will stick with Jesus and the disciples any day of the week. Sure, we can adjust our methods, but we must never alter the message.

We can alter the way we present the gospel message, we can use differing methods, and we can experiment with new technologies, etc, but the message itself is not subject to change, nor can it be. To change the message is to proclaim a “different gospel” – something Paul roundly condemned (see 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; Galatians 1:6-9, eg).

As bad as it is to foolishly think we can just change the gospel to suit changing times, it is even more ludicrous and unbiblical to think we can dispense with preaching altogether. Plenty of trendy pastors today have actually abandoned sermons in church, replacing them with stories or entertainment or discussions or feedback sessions.

Paul dealt with that nonsense long ago in Romans 10:14-15 where he declared that the preaching of the message must always be part of our ministry: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

And of course the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and most of church history show us that was just what believers have always done. They proclaimed the message and they did not alter the message. That is our calling and we dare not shy away from it. As Paul put it in 1 Corinthians 9:16: “For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

All this of course should be common knowledge for believers – it is really Christianity 101. Yet sadly for many it is not, so we need to keep restating the obvious. And while many leaders today disdain the preaching and preachers of old, I do not – and never will.

Indeed, give me these great preachers and teachers of old, instead of so many false gospellers of today. Let me finish with their words – words which we must continually remind ourselves of:

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth.” John Wesley

“The true minister of Christ knows that the true value of a sermon must lie, not in its fashion and manner, but in the truth which it contains.” Charles Spurgeon

“The sermon which does not lead to Christ, or of which Jesus Christ is not the top and the bottom, is a sort of sermon that will make the devils in hell laugh, but make the angels of God weep.” Charles Spurgeon

“Since Satan cannot destroy the gospel, he has too often neutralized its usefulness by addition, subtraction, or substitution.” J.C. Ryle

“Do you know the message of this gospel? Do you know why Paul gloried in it? It is because he had come to see that God had got a plan for this miserable, wretched, failing sinful world. And it is a plan that he had planned before the very foundation of the world itself. I know of nothing so wonderful in the whole world today. That is why I do not preach topical sermons, I have something to tell you that is worth listening to!” Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“We are called to the sacred task of Biblical exposition and are commissioned to proclaim what God has said, not what human beings want to hear. Thus, we have no liberty to scratch the itch of our listeners or to pander to their likings.” John R.W. Stott

“If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.” Leonard Ravenhill

“They ought to kick most pastors out of their practice because, out of cowardice or self-preservation, they will not preach the Gospel.” Paul Washer


Strength Comes With Waiting

Isaiah 40:28-31

Exhaustion is a by-product of overcommitted schedules and never-ending responsibilities. In an effort to accomplish all that is expected, we often try to move faster and cram in more by multitasking. But in the process, we end up emotionally and physically fatigued. The Lord offers a radically different mode of living and grants renewed strength and stamina.

Those who wait upon the Lord are promised His supernatural energy. In fact, Scripture says it will surpass the natural strength and endurance of the young. Access to this divine power is achieved not by moving faster but by going slower—stopping to take time to focus on the Father, seek His direction, and ask for His strength to accomplish what He is calling you to do.

Earlier in my life, I wore myself out by impatiently pushing ahead, trying to do ministry in my own way and my own time. Since then, I have learned that when I pause and humble myself, admitting that I have no strength without Him, the Lord sustains me with both emotional and spiritual energy. There is no earthly explanation for what God is willing and able to do in a yielded human being. His Holy Spirit is like the wind beneath our wings, enabling us to soar like eagles.

The next time you are at the point of exhaustion, take some time to focus on the Lord. Are you walking in step with Him, or have you gone ahead on your own? Align your pace with His, taking the time to rest when He wants you to, and receive the energy He freely offers to those who walk obediently in His will.

Family Structure: Husbands and Fathers

“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. . . . Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” (Colossians 3:19, 21)

The creation of the first couple set the standard for everyone that follows. “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh . . . . Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:23-24). The Lord Jesus quoted from that passage when He answered the question about divorce, insisting that since they were created from the same body, no one should attempt to separate them during marriage (Mark 10:5-9).

Now, in addition to the created order, we have the model of love demonstrated by the Lord Jesus Christ on behalf of the Church (Ephesians 5:25-27) and instructions on how men should “dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).

The “honor” that men are to grant to their wives includes a conscious effort not to be “bitter” against them. That word, pikraino, describes an attitude of exasperation, even including a tendency to become indignant or irritated.

Furthermore, godly fathers must be careful not to stimulate “strife” (contention, wrangling) among their children. Fathers who engender strife in their home guarantee that the children will become discouraged. The father must control his own “passion” while encouraging strength of character and a drive to excel among his children.

Without a strong commitment and willing obedience to God’s Word by the husband and father, the family will suffer turmoil and may be torn apart. In contrast, God’s standards provide the “rock” that withstands the storm (Matthew 7:24-25). HMM III

Be Ye Holy

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them: Ye
shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
—Leviticus 19:1-2

No one whose senses have been exercised to know good and evil but must grieve over the sight of zealous souls seeking to be filled with the Holy Spirit while they are yet living in a state of moral carelessness or borderline sin. Such a thing is a moral contradiction. Whoever would be filled and indwelt by the Spirit should first judge his life for any hidden iniquities; he should courageously expel from his heart everything which is out of accord with the character of God as revealed by the Holy Scriptures.

At the base of all true Christian experience must lie a sound and sane morality. No joys are valid, no delights legitimate where sin is allowed to live in life or conduct. No transgression of pure righteousness dare excuse itself on the ground of superior religious experience. To seek high emotional states while living in sin is to throw our whole life open to self-deception and the judgment of God. “Be ye holy” is not a mere motto to be framed and hung on the wall. It is a serious commandment from the Lord of the whole earth.

Father, deliver me from “moral carelessness” and “borderline sin.” I commit myself today, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to a holiness of life that will be pleasing to You. Amen.

Our Lord Still Demands New Testament Standards

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10

Not the naked Word only but the character of the witness determines the quality of the Christian convert. The church can do no more than transplant herself. What she is in one land she will be in another. A crab apple does not become a Grimes Golden by being carried from one country to another.

God has written His law deep into all life; everything must bring forth after its kind! It would appear logical that a subnormal, powerless church would not engage in missionary activity, but again the facts contradict the theory. Christian groups that have long ago lost every trace of moral fire nevertheless continue to grow at home and reproduce themselves in other lands.

There is a weakness too in world missionary activity carried on by the evangelical wing of the church. That weakness is the naive assumption that we have only to reach the last tribe with our brand of Christianity and the world has been evangelized! This is an assumption that we dare not make.

Evangelical Christianity is now tragically below the New Testament standard. Worldliness is an accepted part of our way of life. Our religious mood is social instead of spiritual. We have lost the art of worship. We are not producing saints. We carry on our religious activities after the methods of the modern advertiser. Our literature is shallow and our hymnody borders on sacrilege. And scarcely anyone appears to care!

What Really Matters?

For what hath man of all his labour… wherein he hath laboured under the sun? ECCLESIASTES 2:22

It is all but impossible these days to get people to pay any attention to things that really matter. The broad cynic in our modern civilization is likely to ask: “What really matters, after all?”

It is our personal relationship to God that really matters!

That takes priority over everything else, for no man can afford to live or die under the frowning displeasure of God. Yet, name one modern device that can save him from it. Where can a man find security? Can philosophy help him? or psychology? or science? or atoms or wonder drugs or vitamins?

Only Christ can help him, and His aid is as old as man’s sin and man’s need.

A few other things matter to be sure. We must trust Christ completely. We must carry our cross daily. We must love God and our fellow men. We must fulfill our commission as ambassadors of Christ among men. We must grow in grace and in the knowledge of God and come at last to our end like a ripe shock of corn at harvest time.

These are the things that really matter!

Lord, the world tells me that fitness and finances are the measures for success and happiness. But I know in my heart that my personal relationship with You is the one thing in my life that really matters!