“The Goodness Of Jesus” (Worship Wednesday)

If you have been around church circles for a long time you may have heard the old saying “God is good all the time and all the time God is good”. I believe that this is an accurate statement but I truly believe that the word “good” has been overused and its meaning diminished.

When we look into the book of Genesis, we see that the word “good” was used to describe creation:

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1:31

We see these same words written in the New Testament:

“For everything created by God is good…”

1 Timothy 4:4

Today’s Worship Wednesday song is entitled “The Goodness of Jesus” and comes from the group City Alight. (They are quickly becoming one of my favorites because of the strong theology they put into their words) Please pay close attention to the words:

Come you weary heart now to Jesus, come you anxious soul now and see. There is perfect love and comfort in your tears, rest here in His wondrous peace

Oh the goodness, the goodness of Jesus, satisfied He is all that I need. May it be, come what may, that I rest all my days, in the goodness of Jesus

Come find what this world cannot offer, come and find your joy here complete. Taste the living water, never thirst again, rest here in His wondrous peace

Come and find your hope now in Jesus, He is all he said he would be. Grace is overflowing from the Saviour’s heart, rest here in His wondrous peace

My prayer is that you will worship God today because of His goodness. 1 Peter 2:2-3 says – “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is GOOD!

Weekly Points To Ponder – May 23, 2014

Points To Ponder

“Big Hands” – Ebs and Flows

Little Welford sliding his hand into mine reminded me of the relationship that God desires with all his children: A relationship of absolute trust in all circumstances. When I think back I recall how Nick trusted me to make a bookcase for his bedroom when he was Little Welford’s age. That bookcase is still in use. Then when Nick was serving in Trinidad with a BMS Action Team in 1998 and the power supply died on an old Apple PowerBook I had passed on to him it was me he trusted to source a replacement, despite the distance between us. On that occasion I had a power supply delivered from the US within a couple of days and the four members of the Action Team were able to resume their contact with home. If anyone can fix it, Dad can!

Have You Done Your Devotions? – ThinkBiblically.com

Have you done your devotions?  How many times have you been asked that question?  I believe it is probably asked by someone who was attempting to be helpful.  How many times have you asked the same question?  I believe most people asking this question are trying to be helpful.  Their intent is to help the person be accountable to someone.  While that may be the case, often the results are rushed reading of a text with no meditating taking place on behalf of the reader.  Notice our text says, “…rightly dividing…”  There is a specific way to study the Word of God.

Actor Who Starred in ‘Rudy,’ ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ Reveals Some Very Personal Thoughts on Faith – Theblaze.com

In addition to lambasting comedian Bill Maher’s atheist activism during a recent visit to TheBlaze’s New York City newsroom, actor Sean Astin explained why his Christian faith doesn’t necessarily impact his decision to take certain acting roles.

Astin described his penchant for using interviews with journalists to openly explore his theological views. But despite having a deep faith, he said that fact doesn’t necessarily mean he’d turn down movie roles simply because they don’t align with Christianity’s traditional moral codes.

10 Things We Need to Hear from Young Church Leaders – thomrainer.com

I have the privilege of spending much of my life with young church leaders. As a seminary dean and missionary trainer, I hang out with people younger than I am. I’m the teacher, but I learn from the young generation as much as—if not more than—I teach them. Sometimes they teach me something new, as with technology and social media. In other cases, they simply remind me of something I’ve forgotten or have taken for granted.

Of course, all young church leaders have room to grow, and nothing I say here can be applied to every young leader. With that understanding in mind, here are some of those general reminders that I, and perhaps other older leaders, need to hear from young church leaders.

Ten Reasons to Memorize Big Chunks of the Bible – desiringgod.org

You can memorize big chunks, even books, of the Bible. Unless you’re part of the very small percentage of us who suffer from a traumatic brain injury or stroke or disability, you really can. And you should. But why should you?

Memorizing Scripture

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I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)

Scripture memorization is extremely important in a Christians life! Chuck Swindoll wrote,

“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).

John Piper gives us several reasons why scripture memorization is important:

  1. Conformity to Christ
  2. Daily Triumph Over Sin
  3. Daily Triumph Over Satan
  4. Comfort & Counsel for People You Love
  5. Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers
  6. Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person & Ways

John Piper and the Desiring God staff have produced a resource that is invaluable to all Christians. This resource is call “Fighter Verses”. The Fighter Verses website is designed to help Christians hide God’s Word in our hearts.

Fighter Verses are memory verses specifically chosen to help believers “fight the fight of faith.” Practically, they are verses that Christians need to remember when they are facing a trial, temptation, or battling to strengthen or maintain their faith.

If you are serious about wanting to memorize scripture and “hide it in your heart”, then the Fighter Verses website is a great place to start!

How do you memorize scripture? What techniques help you to hide God’s Word in your heart?

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