Kellie, Isabella, Isaiah, and Pastor Chris

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Daily Word March 30, 2011 - Galatians 5:13

Galatians 5:13
“For you were called to freedom, brothers.  Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
A simple lesson that the students and families will learn tonight.  We were saved, set free from sin that we might serve one another.  It is a great privilege to serve the great people of Cornerstone Baptist Church.  Humbling most of the time, as we serve one another and learn to deal with each other's faults and failures.  For sure, they deal with a lot with me.  But with that said, it is one of the greatest privileges the Bible gives us, to be able to actually serve and help one another.  But this service must totally be rooted in one litte word - love.  What we do for one another, we do because we are committed to each other.  The only way we shall progress the gospel, is if love for one another is our theme.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Daily Word March 25, 2011 - John 3:29

John 3:29
"The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice.  Therefore this joy of mine is now complete."
-          In John 3, some people come asking John the Baptist about this man named Jesus.  They are upset because John baptized Jesus, but now everyone is following Jesus instead of John.  In other words, they were unhappy because First Baptist Jesus is outgrowing First Baptist John.
-          John begins to explain this move by showing them a picture of a typical Jewish wedding.  In this wedding, the groom would come after the bride at the appointed time.  Having picked her up, a ceremony would take place.  The typical exchanging of vows and so on.
-          Now after the wedding, all of the attendants and guests would remain at the reception area, while the bride, groom, and best man would go off to the bridal chamber.  Once at the bridal chamber, the groom and bride would go in, while the best man would stand outside the door.  What was he doing there?  Well, the groom and bride would have their first relations, sealing the covenant of marriage.  If the bride was found not to be pure, the wedding was off.  But if she was pure, the groom would let out a shout and the best man hearing the shout, runs back to the reception and announces “A covenant has been made!”
-          Vs. 29-30 say, “The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.  Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.  He must increase, but I must decrease.”
It is the call of every believer to announce to the world, "A covenant has been made", through the death of Christ.  Is your joy complete?  Have you born that testimony?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Daily Word March 24, 2011

As we look to revival:
"Hark to the tramping feet of doomed souls as they march to a never-ending eternity.  Can you still sleep comfortably, preacher?"
A little different word tonight.  Normally, we pick a passage of scripture, today I have contemplated on these words from Leonard Ravenhill, in his book "Revival God's Way, A Message for the Church."  They are dynamic words.  They remind us that our task is not one of triviality.  Instead, our success is not measured by the numbers in our pews on Sunday mornings, nor by the attendance at our latest fellowship event.  Our success is not measured by the right staff, programs, or meetings.  In fact, success is not measured at all - lives are the measurement.  Countless souls are breathing their first breaths in hell, mean while we sleep.  Meanwhile I sleep.  "Can you still sleep comfortably, preacher?"
Revival (and judgment) begin in the house of God.  Lord, have your way with us.  Amen.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Daily Word March 22, 2011 - "I Turn My Hope To You"

Psalm 25:1-6
"Lord, I turn my hope to You.  My God, I trust in You.  Do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me.  Not one person who watis for You will be disgraced; those who act treacherously without cause will be disgraced.  Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths.  Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long."
If you haven't noticed already, it seems that so many of the psalms are written out of a heart in distress.  They often are saturated with pain and anguish.  And yet, they quickly are turned from psalms of mourning to psalms of praise.  Why is that?  Because the writer so quickly recognizes that God's people are never really hopeless.  God's people are never really worn down.  Because????  They "turn their hope to You, Lord."  With no hope remains in anything the world offers, hope remains in the one thing that is totally out of this world - God!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Daily Word March 18, 2011 - "Making Your Life Count"

Joshua 14:6-12
This is the subject matter of my sermon for the youth conference in Hermitage this weekend.  If we could impress one thing upon the heart of every young person it would be this one simple truth - "You are destined for greatness".  In our passage, God has brought Caleb back to the very place he had been years before.  He and 11 other men were sent as spies into the promised land, to report back to the people whether the land was good and whether God was going to give it to them.  He and Joshua reported that the land was great and God had given it to them, while 10 others made the people's hearts melt.  They were afraid of the descendants of Anak, who were known to be giants and great warriors.  The people did not trust God to deliver them and so they wandered around in disobedience for 40 years.  But in Joshua 14, Caleb says to Joshua, 'I have not fogotten what the Lord put in my heart.  Now give me this land as my inheritance and we will see if God is able to deliver.'  Apparently the Lord had placed this certain piece of the promised land in Caleb's heart and it became his burning passion to conquer this land for the rest of his days.  I wonder, what has the Lord placed upon your heart?  What are you doing for the kingdom that will not pass away?  The truth is that most of the time we spend our lives toiling for things that simply do not matter.  But God did not destine us for a meaningless life, He destined us for GREATNESS!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Daily Word March 16, 2011 - John 14:6

John 14:6
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father but through me.'"
A simple message that I will be sharing tonight at family night, and yet so profound.  A message that there are not many ways to God, there are not even a few ways to God, there is only one way to God.  Recently, I heard someone use this picture:
God is on a mountain.  There are many ways to the top of the mountain.  Each person must pick out the path that they want to take.
However, what they did not take into account was that God came off that mountain.  You see God came off the mountain and came to man, in the form of Jesus Christ, a carpenter's child.  This is the good news of Christ.  God knew we couldn't find the way, so He came to us.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dailly Word March 15, 2011 - "Who Is The King of Glory?"

Psalm 24:10
"Who is this King of glory?  The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!" Selah
Ever sat back in wonder?  Just quieted your soul and began to be amazed by that which was in front of you?  And as you did, you began to analyze that which you were looking at.  Pouring over ever fabric and framework of its structure and existence.  This, I think, is where the psalmist finds himself.  He begins with the wonder of the world that the Lord created (vs. 1 & 2), then moves to the righteous expectations of the Lord (vs. 3 & 4), and finally to the question he asks twice - "Who is this King of glory?"  'I was never told about him!' 'Where has he come from?' 'How is he so great and strong?!'  Then the psalmist concludes - "The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!"  Jesus Christ the Righteous, He is the king of glory to be crowned with wonder and splendor.  A the end of the psalm the word "selah" appears.  We believe that it means 'to give pause and meditate upon'.  Today, give pause and meditate upon who Christ is.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Daily Word March 10, 2011 - "The Lord is My Shepherd"

Psalm 23
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul, he leads me in the paths of righteousness, for his name's sake..."
The most common of funeral texts because indeed, "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil."  But the psalm is so much more than the common words spoken at the loss of a loved one.  The shepherd was responsible to provide for the sheep when he needed nourishment.  Protect the sheep when he needed protecting.  Lead the sheep to the next pasture.  Most of all, to discipline the sheep when he needed disciplining.  If God is our shepherd, we must solely trust in Him for provision, protection, leading, and discipline.  A good shepherd does such things for his sheep.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Daily Word March 8, 2011-"Praise the Lord"

Yesterday we looked at Psalm 111:10 and discussed the fear of the Lord. It is the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom. When we know God for who He truly is we can't help but be afraid of His mighty power and glory. It is not until we know God in this way that we can truly praise Him. When we finally realize how great our God is, we will realize that He above all things deserves our praise. Today's verses can be found in Psalm 135:3-7.

3      Praise the Lordfor the Lord is good;
      sing to his namefor it is pleasant
4      For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
      Israel as his own possession.
5      For I know that the Lord is great,
      and that our Lord is above all gods.
6      Whatever the Lord pleaseshe does,
      in heaven and on earth,
      in the seas and all deeps.
7      He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
      who makes lightnings for the rain
      and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

Today's application is simple. Praise God for how great He is.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Daily Word March 7, 2011-"Fear the Lord"

Psalm 111:10
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!"

Stop for a moment and think about God....Who He is....what He is like....what He has done.....God created this world and the heavens above. Everything from the speck of dirt you tracked into the house, to the stars in the sky. God knows everything and God created everything. When we think about God we should have a sense of fear about us. After all God is in control and could take our life away at any moment. We need to remember who God is, whether it's when we pray or when we make decisions in our everyday life. The psalmist tells us that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom". If we do not fear the Lord then we probably do not know who He truly is. We need to recognize that God is greater, wiser, and stronger than anyone or anything. It is only after we see God for who He truly is that we can understand how marvelous and wonderful He is. Take time today to realize how great God is and let it show through your actions and your prayers.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Missouri Baptist Evangelism Conference

Next Tuesday (March 8), I will be speaking at one of the Missouri Baptist Evangelism Conferences in Maryville, Missouri.  Pray for me as I continue to seek God's guidance on the message for our convention.  I believe that Missouri Baptists face a spiritual crisis today as baptisms and professions of faith continue to decline in our state.  But don't lose hope, we serve a BIG God who is still at work.  It is now time for us to be faithful!

Daily Word March 3, 2011 - "The King Trusts in the Lord"

Psalm 21:7
"For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved."
With all of the political news circulating around, I thought it would be interesting to look at how the Bible describes a ruler.  It is interesting that so often we vote based on "common sense" considerations, and we should.  But if the Bible is our standard and God's Word our road map, then shouldn't we look to its counsel before making any decisions about our elected officials?  This is not meant to be a political statement to any degree, only a thought process to be considered as each of us prays about the official we choose to represent us.  Listen to what the psalmist says he looks for in his ruler.  "For the king trusts in the LORD..."  Today, we vote certain ways for many reasons, and it is the Christian responsibility to exercise his right to vote.  However, we must always make sure that our reason of vote lines up with a Biblical word - we should look for candidates whose hope and trust is in the Lord.  If a ruler's hope is in the Lord, then we can have assurance (not that they will not make mistakes) is in God and not the ruler.  The highest offices in the land should be first privately governed by the Most High God.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Debbie Cassinger

Debbie Cassinger went to be with the Lord on Sunday night.  She was a faithful member of our church.  Visitation will be at the church at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and the funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning.  We will be serving a meal for the family following the graveside service on Friday.  If you are available to help serve and prepare this meal, please notify the church office as soon as possible.

Daily Word March 1, 2011 - "The Heart's Desire"

Psalm 20:4-5
"May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!  May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!  May the Lord fulfill all your petitions."
A great time of celebration David sees as the Lord is about the business of answering the prayers of His saints.  It is important to remember as we read such passages that the reason God fulfills the plans and grants the desires is because of something much deeper than the petition itself.  James says that the reason we have not is because we "ask amiss".  In other words, we ask not according to the will of God.  God grants our heart's desire and fulfils our plans when our hearts line up with His, and when our plans are His.  This week, as you pray for specific matters, first pray that God will allign you with His will, then pray for the burden of His heart.