Archive for April, 2006

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Apr
06

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29
Apr
06

Five Essentials of the Gospel

Thursday night at the “Together for the Gospel” Conference I heard John Piper deliver a powerful message on the topic of “Why Expositional Preaching is Particularly Glorifying to God.”
Piper’s message was so timely. It was like he was speaking directly to me, while I was surrounded in a hotel ballroom by 3000 other pastors from around the globe.

One portion of his message that helped me particularly was John’s five essentials of the Gospel message. Piper’s essentials included:

1. The Gospel is a message about historical EVENTS—the life, death and resurrection of Jesus (See 1 Corinthians 15:3).

2. The Gospel is a message about what those events ACHIEVED. Five achievements he mentioned included: Christ’s fulfillment of a perfectly obedient life; payment for our sins; the removal of God’s wrath from our life; the installation of Jesus as Lord of the universe; and, the destruction of death.
3. The Gospel is a message about the way God TRANSFERS those particular events and achievements. This transference, by the way, is by faith alone.

4. The Gospel is a message about the GOOD THINGS we receive when the achievement is transferred by the process of being born again. Some of the good things include:
a.) Propitiation: having God’s wrath removed and never again held against us.
b.) Justification: complete righteousness before God.
c.) Redemption: freedom from the power of sin
d.) Sanctification: holy and pure standing before God
5. The Gospel is a message about the glorious God Himself as our final, eternal, all satisfying TREASURE.

For these reasons, and so many others, I am truly glad I drove to Louisville last Wednesday morning. It was an awesome experience.
29
Apr
06

Good News From Friday

I returned from the “Together for the Gospel” Conference this morning. I will write about the conference later in my blog. Before I do so, however, I want to share some good news with you. The good news comes from visits to two different hospitals.
First at Baptist Montclair, my assistant, Tammy Lasagna learned from her doctor this morning that the breast biopsy revealed no problems or concerns. Tammy and Bob were both relieved. Thank you for praying for her. We prayed a prayer of thanksgiving.

My next visit took me to an entirely different scene at Brookwood hospital. There I found Vaughn and Ambre Harris, along with Debbie Burdette(Ambre’s mom), her boys, Vaughn’s parents, pastor Randy and his wife, and just about everybody else in the world, celebrating with them the arrival of their second son, Gavin Randall. I held him in my arms. He is a beautiful baby, just like his parents.

God is good, isn’t He?
27
Apr
06

Spread the Word!!

Please spread the word about our new blog. I am excited about the awesome opportunity this blog will present us. Tell your friends, along with your family members as we use this part of the internet to keep us more informed and educated.

Keep the faith!

27
Apr
06

Speaking of Healing

Last Sunday during the 9:30 AM worship we prayed for another CrossPointer by the name of Anita Daugherty. A blood test from last Friday revealed that she may have Leukemia. That test came back positive. Yet God is good. The doctor told her he could treat this disease with medicine, and he even said it was curable. That is great news.

Keep the faith!

27
Apr
06

Please Pray for My Assistant

My Assistant, Tammy Lasagna is having a breast biopsy performed this Friday. Please pray for Tammy, Bob and their children. She and I prayed this morning before I left for Louisville. She’s okay.She’s strong, and her faith is activated.

Tammy is a tremendous asset to me, and as a result she is a tremendous asset to CrossPoint. I trust you will agree with me in prayer for her to be healed.

Keep the faith!

27
Apr
06

Together for the Gospel

I am in Louisville, KY today through Friday, attending the “Together for the Gospel” Conference. What makes this conference so unique is that it is a collection of 2800 pastors from across the world, representing multiple denominations. There is a group of pastors from a “family group” of churches called Sovereign Grace Churches. Get this: a Sovereign Grace Church is a reformed, charismatic church. Wow, that is something new and different.

Speaking of around the world, there are several pastors from Autralia, one from Bolivia, and another from India. I would estimate half of the crowd is less than 45 years of age, which is encouraging.

I am here with my friend, Buddy Gray. If for no other reason, I am glad I came to fellowship with Buddy and several of his men from Hunter Street.

Keep the faith!