Archive | March, 2012

The Cross

29 Mar

The place we run from when ashamed by our sin is the same place to where we are brought to find our sin and shame completely wiped away.

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain—
Free to all, a healing stream—
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.

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The Inconvenience of Sunday

22 Mar

I was perusing CNN this morning which is part of my before 8am routine and an article caught my eye simply because it had the word “Christians” in the title. Generally articles with that terrible “C” word in the title are articles I avoid given my current location on the world wide web, as they are generally treated in the lowliest of manners. Buuuut feeling adventurous this morning I click using the left mouse button. The article was about Tebow and his move from Denver to the Jets, a topic on which my interest moves towards zero in an exponential fashion. What caught my attention was a info-statement (if you will), about a pastor the author of the article had interviewed, as seen below.

“Mackey’s church meets Tuesday nights, not Sunday mornings, because Mackey believes Sunday is a day for people to do Colorado things – skiing, hiking and Broncos games.”

Firstly let me get right out and say I am deeply saddened by the implication of this statement, it’s a statement and a thought that is rooted in some not so great stuff, aka sin. But before the rant (im not really ranting) begins let me qualify what I am NOT ranting about. I don’t really have a problem with meeting on Tuesday for worship, I don’t think there is a thou shalt for worshiping on Sundays contained within scripture. But here is what saddens me, the church’s justification for moving Sunday was so they could conveniently hike, ski, and watch Denver football. Devoting a whole day to the worship of their God was evidently too inconvenient, Tuesday night was evidently much better. So to start I don’t want this to come across as a finger pointing, “look what those people did” kind of a thing, although I’m not going to lie, my self righteousness flared up there for a moment after reading the above statement. But here is what I want to bring as a challenge from this article based on the sinfulness I find in my own heart, how often do we treat Sunday like Tuesday night? For myself I can think of a plethora of Sundays I wiggled out of applying my entire energy to the worship and praise of God and fellowship with the saints. I chose to treat the day like its Tuesday night. My sinful selfishness continually turns Sunday into a day I rest in myself rather than in Christ. So I don’t want a haughty condemnation to come fourth from this challenge, I want instead to point and push towards the only thing that can ultimately change my heart with respect to worship on Sunday, that being Christ. I pray that our mindset on the Sabbath (Sunday for us) will be renewed and refreshed, and that our focus may be on Christ and Christ alone. I don’t want to turn Sunday into Tuesday night in my heart. Not that Tuesday nights are so bad, I mean there are new episodes of Southland, that makes for a decent evening.

href=”http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/21/denver-christians-mourn-tebows-departure-say-theyll-root-from-afar/”>;;Original Article from CNN

Original Article from CNN

Coincidentally this just got posted, and is much better than what you see above.
Doug Wilson Quote/Post