Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
I have decided to highlite one mission each week. So to start off this hopefully soon to be tradition, I decided to pick a domestic mission that is rarely glamourized by the Church.
When one thinks of a rescue mission, immediately a picture of skid row enters your mind where drunken bums lie in filth, intoxicated by any numbers of mind numbing drugs. Our initial reaction is to turn away in disgust not wishing to become stained by their filthiness and rank odour.
I remember when as a boy while waiting for the bus one time, a drunken man who had obviously urinated in his clothing came into the bus shelter and lay down on the bench to take a nap. Of course I was immediately taken back at his appearance wondering why on earth people would stoop to such a state. Of course, we were no worse than these visibly sin racked individuals. Perhaps the only difference being our sin was hidden and carefully manicured. But underneath it all, the depravity of the human heart can lead each one of us to this miserable state.
Pacific Garden Mission is the longest continuous running rescue mission in America. Since 1877, the "Old Lighthouse" has been meeting the spiritual needs of some of Chicago's most down and out individuals.
Famous evangelists such as Billy Sunday and Mel Trotter were both won to Christ through the faithful preaching of men serving there. D.L. Moody was also involved in the early days of PGM.
I first heard about this mission through a weekly radio program they produce called "Unshackled", dramatizing the lives of men and women who came to Christ. Incidentally, Unshackled is also the longest running radio show in history. I was very impressed with the quality of both the show and the content of the message.
I encourage you to check out for yourself the ministry of Pacific Garden Mission. You can listen to a past drama online right here.
Praise God for faithful men and women who were willing to go and minister to the outcasts of society.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Why did Jesus forbid his disciples from revealing who He was?
Was Satan actually in Peter when Jesus rebuked him?
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A Banquet Table
Monday, November 20, 2006
1. Who are the demons, and what is their origin?
2. What does the verse "they shall be saved, yet so as by fire" mean?
3. What habitation did the angels in Jude 6 leave to be bound in everlasting chains?
4. Who are the Nephilim in Genesis, and where did they come from?
5. What colour was Adam's skin?
6. Why were the Rechabites commended by God?
7. Is the millenium a literal thousand years?
8. In Luke 4:6 Satan claimed to control all the glory and power of the world. Was there validity in his claim?
9. Why did Jesus stop in mid sentence when quoting Isaiah 61:1-2.
More to come as they pop into my head....
Friday, November 17, 2006
What are you waiting for? A personal invitation?
The command has been given, go into all the world and preach the gospel.
Lord, free us from our feeble excuses and fear of the unknown!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
note to politicians: I apologize in advance to those of you who genuinely seek to represent yourselves and your constituents with integrity, honesty, and morality.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
1. Giving above and beyond our tithe to support missions, and specifically the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Giving to relief organizations is fine, but it must be coupled with the saving news of Christ's atoning work on the cross.
2. Helping out our brethren who are in desperate need.
3. Caring for widows and orphans in our community.
4. Supporting businesses run by Biblical principles even though it means paying a bit more.
These are just four ideas, I would love to hear yours.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
May God continue to bless America and Canada!