|Mini Devotional||The Serving God|
"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe," (Heb. 12:28).
Our position with God is so secure in Christ, that it cannot be shaken. Our position was purchased for us by the son of God who died on the cross and shed his blood for us. In Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. Therefore, in gratitude for what we have received in Christ, we are to serve the Lord with reverence and awe.
Our reverence is towards God. Reverence is proper honor, appreciation, and devotion to God. To be in awe means to be reverent, but also speaks of godly fear. Though we are safe in the arms of Christ, we should be awestruck at the majesty and perfection of God's holy character. Remember, God deals with sin appropriately and we receive the benefit of His work in the person of Christ.
Therefore, our reverence and awe are coupled with service. The word "service" in the Greek is latreuo which is also used to designate worship. in other words, we are to worship, to serve God, appropriately with reference and godly fear. We are not to take for granted opposition with Christ and become complacent in our emotional response to the work of the cross. He must always be mindful of the price of our redemption that emanated from an awesome God who calls us to serve him in truth.
|Honorable Mention||Cal Thomas the conservative commentator who's been on radio and TV cited CARM in one of his articles last week. Mr. Thomas was dealing with President Bush's statement that Muslims and Christians serve the same God. We don't, of course, and Cal Thomas rightfully pointed this out and cited CARM as a source to see the differences between Islam and Christianity.|
As a result of CARM being mentioned in the Cal Thomas article, last week's page views on the home page increased from an average of about 34,000 to just over 50,000 for a one week period. The spike was quite welcome.
|Oneness Debate||The Mississippi debate with the oneness pastor has been called off. Now it looks like it might happen in California. It turns out that my schedule is too busy. But, in dialogue with the oneness person, we've agreed to look into debating in California. He will be in the Bay Area in mid November. Therefore, we are both trying to locate a church that would host a debate.|
If you know of a church in the bay area, or even Sacramento, that would be willing to host a two night debate (Trinity on the first night and Justification by faith alone on the second), could you please contact me at [email protected]? Thanks.
|Emerging Church||Doug Pagitt, a leading emerging church proponent, was on my radio show on the 11th of October. It was interesting to say the least. He is scheduled to be on again November, 15th. I have more questions to ask him and our next show should be a little more "lively". www.carm.org/radio/radio.htm.|
|Programming help for CARM||I'm looking for a volunteer programmer who can help me develop some code snippets for the CARM website. I would like to enable people to sign into CARM, develop a personal favorites ability, etc. If you're interested, please contact me at [email protected]|
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