VIDEO Your Presence

Dec 27, 2014

Planetshakers – Your Presence, Album: This is our time, Year: 2014

Verse I
All of my life I’ve searched for You Lord
You called me to Your side
With all of my heart, I’m desperate for more
Your presence is my life

The cry of my heart
Is to be where You are

I love Your presence
I love Your presence
Father where You are is where I wanna be
Hidden in Your courts is everything I need

Verse II
You are my strength, You are my shield
Surround me with Your song
All that my soul will know is Your peace
You hide me in Your love

The cry of my heart
Is to be where You are

I love Your presence
I love Your presence
Father where You are is where I wanna be
Hidden in Your courts is everything I need
I love Your presence
I love Your presence
I can hear You call, I run into Your arms
Jesus You are all, my heart is longing for

Father You are my heart’s desire
Overwhelmed I will worship You
I will dance to the dance of heaven
All my heart be enthralled by You

Repeat Bridge

I love Your presence
I love Your presence
Father where You are is where I wanna be
Hidden in Your courts is everything I need
I love Your presence
I love Your presence
I can hear You call, I run into Your arms
Jesus You are all, my heart is longing for

ETS Biblical based resolutions on human sexuality, marriage, nature of male and female identity

It is a shame that we need anything but the Written Word of God to define God’s unchangeable stand.
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The Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), the nation’s premier body of Evangelical Protestant scholars, professors, teachers, and students, this morning adopted four resolutions on human sexuality consistent with the Bible’s teaching on marriage and the nature of male and female identity. ETS is holding its annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

The resolutions were authored by Family Research Council’s Senior Vice President Rob Schwarzwalder and Dr. Owen Strachan, Chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and Associate Professor of Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“At a time when some advocates of court created same-sex marriage and the conflation of genders are claiming there is a shift in the Evangelical community concerning these matters, today’s vote in favor of affirming Scripture is a distinct refutation of their assertion,” said Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC’s Senior Vice President. “The conviction of America’s leading Evangelical scholars that the Bible’s clear teaching on marriage and human sexuality must not be compromised signals that those favoring a redefinition of these things are not within the mainstream of historic Protestant teaching and, more importantly, are departing from some of the distinctive teachings of the Christian faith. Professing Evangelicals who hold heterodox views on matters of human sexuality must reconsider their allegiance to Scripture’s teaching. We pray they return to it,” said Schwarzwalder.

“Owen and I are particularly grateful for the strong support of former ETS President Dr. Gerry Breshears (Western Seminary) and Dr. Denny Burk (Boyce College) in supporting the resolutions from the floor, and to ETS President Dr. Scott Rae and former ETS President Dr. Clint Arnold, both of Talbot Seminary, for their assistance in bringing the resolutions before the Society,” Schwarzwalder concluded.

The resolutions are listed below:

(1) We affirm that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and thus possess inherent dignity and worth.

(2) We affirm that marriage is the covenantal union of one man and one woman, for life.

(3) We affirm that Scripture teaches that sexual intimacy is reserved for marriage as defined above. This excludes all other forms of sexual intimacy.

(4) We affirm that God created men and women, imbued with the distinct traits of manhood and womanhood, and that each is an unchangeable gift of God that constitutes personal identity.

Victory Over Unforgiveness – The Master’s Job

Matthew 18:21-35

Immediately after teaching His followers to pray, Jesus gave a warning about allowing unforgiveness to reside in the heart. He said that those who refuse to forgive others won’t be forgiven by the Father.

Do not misunderstand Jesus’ meaning here. Believers don’t lose their salvation when they refuse to forgive. Rather, they break fellowship with God because their unrepentant attitude gets in the way of regular confession and repentance. The Lord cannot ignore sin, and His Spirit will bring wrong behavior to the believer’s attention until he or she deals with it.

Forgiveness is an act of will more than an act of the heart. Often people don’t feel like being merciful to someone who has wronged them. But a resentful spirit grows into a terrible burden. The Lord knows that forgiveness is best, even when it is difficult.

You won’t deal with a sin until you see it as God does. So assume full responsibility for your unforgiving attitude, and acknowledge that it is a violation of His Word. Claim the divine mercy He offers, and ask Him to enable you to lay aside anger and resentment. As part of the decision to move forward in grace, make a habit of praying for those who hurt you. And if God so leads, seek their forgiveness for your wrong attitude.

A bitter and resentful spirit doesn’t fit who we are in Christ. Nor is it healthy to carry an angry attitude through life. That’s why Scripture emphasizes the need to forgive. Choose to be liberated from your burden; Jesus promised to make us free when we confess our sins to Him (John 8:36).

The Master’s Job

Now may the God of peace… make you complete in every good work to do His will. Hebrews 13:20-21

The big idea of stewardship in Scripture is built on a fundamental premise: It was the responsibility of the master to furnish his steward with everything needed for his assigned task. The master’s job was to provide the resources; the steward’s job was to use the master’s resources according to his will.

It could be said that stewardship is the defining theme of the God-human relationship. In Genesis 1, God made man the steward of His creation (Genesis 1:28). The New Testament calls followers of Christ His servants—another way to define a steward (Romans 1:1). Paul says that bishops are stewards of God, meaning overseers of His Church (Titus 1:7). Paul called himself a steward “of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1). In every case, God as Master provides what the steward needs to fulfill his or her calling. Paul writes that the Bible can make the Christian “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). And the writer to the Hebrews praises God for making Christians complete “to do His will” (Hebrews 13:21).

Whatever God has called you to do, He will furnish you completely with the resources to do it.

God’s purposes always have God’s provision. John Blanchard

Godly Examples

“Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.” (Colossians 4:15)

The pastoral epistles, which included the letter to the church at Colossae, were written during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome approximately 60 through 62 A.D. Three cities (Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossae) were close together and were near Laodicea. Paul instructs Nymphas to read the Colossians letter to the church at Laodicea.

There is a group labeled “fellow workers” (Colossians 4:11)—Tychicus, Onesimus, Aristarchus, Marcus, and Justus. They were the men who ministered to Paul in Rome. There were also friends from the third missionary journey: Epaphras, Demas, Nymphas, and Archippus from the cities around Colossae who kept in close contact and probably supported Paul financially. Luke, the “beloved physician,” apparently joined Paul on the second missionary journey on the trip to Rome (Acts 16—the “we” passages).

Several godly attributes are identified. “Beloved brother” is used to emphasize the intense relationship that Paul had with some of these men. “Faithful minister” (a “deacon”), along with “fellow servant” and “fellow worker,” stresses the service Paul enjoyed with them. “Fellow prisoner” is an obvious identification.

“Labouring fervently” (the Greek word agonizomai) is used to speak of Epaphras (Colossians 4:12), who was always praying for the church at Colossae with great zeal. This and other lists such as the 16th chapter of Romans give us precious insight into the lives of godly men and women who shared the lives of key leaders and made their ministry more effective.

May it please the Lord Jesus to have us so named in “the books” of eternity (Revelation 20:12). HMM III

Examine Yourself

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. —Psalm 139:23-24

The philosopher Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” If a common philosopher could think that, how much more we Christians ought to listen to the Holy Spirit when He says, “Examine yourself.” An unexamined Christian lies like an
unattended garden. Let your garden go unattended for a few months, and you will not have roses and tomatoes but weeds. An unexamined Christian life is like an unkempt house. Lock your house up as tight as you will and leave it long enough, and when you come back you will not believe the dirt that got in from somewhere. An unexamined Christian is like an untaught child. A child that is not taught will be a little savage. It takes examination, teaching, instruction, discipline, caring, tending, weeding and cultivating to keep the life right.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.

It Is Best to Cooperate with the Inevitable

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. Psalm 57:2

A simple-hearted man was once asked how he managed to live in such a state of constant tranquility even though surrounded by circumstances anything but pleasant.

His answer was as profound as it was simple: “I have learned to cooperate with the inevitable!”

The idea here set forth is so wise and practical that it is hard to see how we Christians have managed to overlook it so completely in our everyday living. That we do overlook it is shown by our conduct and conversation. Some of us “kick against the pricks” for a lifetime, all the while believing that we are surrendered to the will of God.

What wicked men do should not disturb the good man’s tranquility. The inner world consists of our thoughts and emotions, presided over by our will. While we cannot determine circumstances we can determine our reaction to them. And that is where the battle is to be fought and victory won!

This is not to teach fatalism or to deny the freedom of the human will. Quite the contrary, it is to assert that freedom unequivocally.

Though we cannot control the universe, we can determine our attitude toward it. We can accept God’s will wherever it is expressed. If my will is to do God’s will, then there will be no controversy with anything that comes in the course of my daily walk. Let God make the alterations as He may see fit, either by His own sovereign providence or in answer to believing prayer!

Saved from Idolatry

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God. EXODUS 20:5

It has been proven often in history that whoever entertains an unworthy conception of God is throwing his or her being wide open to the sin of idolatry, which is in essence a defamation of the divine character.

It is vitally important that we think soundly about God. Because He is the foundation of all our religious belief, it follows that if we err in our ideas of God, we will go astray in everything else.

We would like to believe that there are no longer false gods in the world, but actually we recognize some of them in our own society. What about the glorified “Chairman of the Board” of the modern businessman? Or the storytelling, backslapping god of some of the service clubs? Think of the dreamy-eyed god of the unregenerate poet—cozy, aesthetic and willing to fellowship with anybody who thinks high thoughts and believes in moral equality. We often encounter the tricky, unscrupulous god of the superstitious; and the list goes on!

Thankfully, we have found that to know and follow Christ is to be saved from all forms of idolatry!

Lord, it is definitely a challenge not to be swept up by the latest media craze or the hot-selling electronic gadget or the most recent fitness or diet program. I pray, Lord, that none of these “things” will ever supplant You as the focus and purpose of my life.