Posts made in August, 2011


From sinking to swimming


Posted By on Aug 30, 2011

This is sermon #13 in the Psalm series. In this sermon on Psalm 13 Dave preaches on casting burdens on the Lord and praising the Lord through trials and difficulty.

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The Murder of the Owner’s Son


Posted By on Aug 27, 2011

This is sermon #82 in the Luke series. In this sermon on Luke 20:9-18 Dave preaches on the exclusivity of Christ, leadership that glorifies God, dealing with persecution, the purpose of Jesus coming to die and the way God deals with sinners.

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King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power is written by Philip Graham Ryken, the President of Wheaton College. In this book, Dr. Ryken explores the three themes of the life of Solomon: the love of money, the pleasures of sex, and the powers of an earthly kingdom.  This is a well-written, biblical, Christ-centered, Gospel-saturated book that gets right to the point by addressing the heart of the matter man’s sin and the hope of the Gospel.

One of the things I appreciated most about Dr. Ryken’s approach whether he is preaching, teaching or writing is that he gets right to the point and helps the reader understand what he is saying. The life of Solomon has much to teach us but nothing greater than how his life points to Christ. Jesus makes this point in Luke 11:31, “Behold, something greater than Solomon is here.” Solomon teaches us both what a life that fears God and a life that doesn’t fear God looks like. Solomon’s life also shows us what a life lived for pleasure for the sake of itself looks like.

Even with all that one can learn from the life of Solomon ultimately there is one greater than Solomon who has a greater kingdom than did Solomon. The kingdom greater than Solomon’s kingdom is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is greater than Solomon as Jesus is the risen King, the true and righteous Solomon of the believer’s salvation. By the power of His resurrection, the believer can serve God to the end of one’s days. After death, the believer will rise with Solomon and all the children to offer the Savior an eternity of praise.

I recommend you pick up King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex and Power by Dr. Ryken and learn from the wisdom, sin and folly of Solomon. Reading this book will help you to learn how your own pursuit for money, sex, and power needs to be viewed through the lens of the Bible for the sake of the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ultimately this book will help you address heart attitudes you have towards money, sex and power issues that affect touch on every sphere of the believers’ life. Addressing issues of the heart is never easy, but Dr. Ryken as a skilled Pastor, and scholar does so masterfully in this book, which is why I recommend you pick it up so that you can grow even more in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review of Day of War


Posted By on Aug 25, 2011

Day of War is written by Cliff Graham a chaplain in the United States Army National Guard, and graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Day of War is the first book in a series titled Lion of War. This book explores a man named Beniah and David’s mighty men of Israel in 2nd Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. This book is a novel not a verse by verse treatment of 2nd Samuel 23 and 1st Chronicles 11.

As I read this book I was encouraged by the courage David’s men took in the face of many battles, great danger. I was reminded in reading this book that the Christian life is a life of war against the flesh, the devil and the world. Reading this book will help you appreciate not only the struggles David’s men went through on his way to being the King of Israel, but it will also help you to understand and frame your own struggles in light of the war you are engaged in presently as a believer living in a sinful world.

Reading fiction has never been my favorite genre to read as I prefer reading biblical and theological treatments, but I am slowly warming up to this genre.  For a long time now, my wife has been encouraging me to read fiction not to get away from reading biblical and theological books but to get a break from all the heavy reading. I am thankful I listened to her advice, because Day of War is a well-written book and engaging book. Reading fiction I’ve noticed has helped my reading of other genres also.

I encourage you to read Day of War in order to be reminded afresh that the Christian life is a life of war against the flesh, the world and the devil. The Christian is no longer in bondage to sin, but now serves a new lord– Jesus Christ and is a new creation because of Jesus death, burial and resurrection. As a result of being a new creation in Christ the believer can serve Jesus our Risen Savior who defeated death and now empowers believers to live lives empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to engage as His soldiers in the work of the Great Commission. I recommend you pick up Day of War by Cliff Graham and be encouraged that the Lord we serve is truly victorious over sin and death, and now empowers His people to serve in His power for the sake of the advancement of the Gospel for His glory.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan  as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Jesus in Jerusalem


Posted By on Aug 23, 2011

This is sermon #81 in the Luke series. In this sermon on Luke 19:41-20:8 Dave preaches on the justice of God, zeal for the worship of God, prayer,  and dealing with religious people.

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