Can the gospel have any influence or position in the political world? There is perspective to be had. Join Daniel and Charles as the interview special guest Micah Cavanaugh to gain his perspective. Micah works full time in the political realm and offers biblical insight into the issue of the believer and politics. Don’t miss this special edition of CrossTalk!
My son lives in Texas, and he came home for a visit this past weekend. Oh, the joy in a mother’s heart. I began to get things ready for his arrival: cooking his favorite foods, making his favorite cookies, tying up some special books with ribbon, and writing a note that says; “Welcome home Micah, love Mom.” The anticipation mounts, and joy ﬂoods my soul. He called a few nights before and said; “Don’t start the party without me”, and I informed him; “You are the party!”
When I hung up the phone, I started thinking about what it will be like when
Jesus welcomes us, His children, home to be with Him in heaven: the spiritual
party of spending eternity with our Heavenly Father; to be forgiven and
welcomed home. He is preparing that place for us. John 14:23 says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself that where I am there you may also be.”
Oh, to see Jesus face to face – like anticipating our earthly children coming home and being face to face with us. “For now we see through a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians13:12). Oh, the glorious thought of seeing Jesus face to face.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared, but we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him puriﬁes himself as He is pure.” (1 John 3:1-3) Just think, when we go home we won’t need special stuff prepared for us, because we will have Christ face to face, and that will be enough. I am reminded of a song from long ago: “Welcome Home Children”.
A great day is coming, Heaven’s gates will open wide,
And all who love The Lord will enter in.
To join with their loved ones who in Jesus Christ have died,
Their eternal life in heaven will begin.
And The Lord Himself will greet us; Oh what joy will ﬁll that day,
When with the voice of the loving Father,
He’ll look at us and say;
Welcome home children. This is the place I’ve prepared for you.
Welcome home children, now that all your work on earth is through. Welcome home children, you who have fought on so faithfully.
Welcome home children. Welcome home children.
Here where I am you shall always be; forever rejoicing with Me!
– Adrian “Buddy” King Alex Desilets –
I write and anticipate my son’s arrival. When he walked in the door, I said,
“Welcome home!” And one day my Savior will utter this to me in eternity –
“Welcome home!” And there I will stay!
Pam Cavanaugh, Vision4Living
There are those times where it seems the Lord is making things real clear regarding an area of our life that needs refining. I do not mean the Lord is not always clear, He is. But, when our heart has been watered and tilled through the faithful preaching of God’s word coupled with the Spirit’s working, there is conviction and clarification in your life that is both sobering but refreshing at the same time. Honestly, I love it! It can be such a paradox: hard and joyful all at the same time, but the fellowship and deepened desire is so sweet.
Last week, I shared with you how the Lord spoke to me through David Platt’s message on prayer at T4G. For some reason, The Lord continues to use Platt in my life. This past Good Friday, I had the opportunity to attend my first ever Secret Church, which was a live simulcast at my local church [via Brooks Hill Church in Birmingham, AL. David Platt was the speaker.]. If you have never done it before, put it on your calendar for next year. It is well worth your time. Mind you, it is like a fire hydrant that has been released in your mouth. However, to be challenged and pushed in the word for 6 hours straight is powerful and yes even needful. And what a joy it was to spend time in prayer with the brothers and sisters at my church, along with 60,000 others who were tuning in to the live simulcast, as we prayed for the persecuted church in Turkey.
I know the purpose of Secret Church is to raise awareness and to gain a taste of the hunger the persecuted church has for the word of God. However, I was personally challenged again in the need and call for prayer. We simply do not engage in the privilege and work of prayer. My friends, we have access to the King of kings! We have access to the very throne of God! He bids His children come and beseech His face, praise, and lift every burden that is upon our weary heart. Like a child who can come to His dad any time, so can we. We can be a part of bringing about the very predetermined will of God that will glorify His great name. What a gift! What a privilege!
We can pray for our persecuted brothers across the world. We can pray that the Gospel will take hold, by the Holy Spirit, of the lost we encounter every day. We can pray for the Lord to work among our churches and cities that we work in every day. We can pray, and pray we must. I am asking you to join me. Let us lift up our voices to the Lord and let us do it often. He longs to hear from His people. He delights in hearing from His people. He will listen to His people. So, let us be His delight and fill His ear with our cries, for he does not turn a deaf ear to the pleas of the saints.
Is “the Church” relevant? We know the New Testament has a lot to say, but does the Old Testament have anything to offer on the church? Locality does matter by the way. And, the epistles were written to address church practice. All of this on this weeks CrossTalk. Join Charles and Daniel as they discuss “The Church”…
The health care discussion in the United States has, if nothing else, highlighted how much we value, even worship our health. Some have operated and even built their agenda on the premise that good health, and thus health care, is a right. Wellness, which our forefathers never assumed, has graduated from the status of privilege to that of a right.
This also serves to show us how we are attached to the now and ourselves. But in this week after resurrection Sunday, we must be reminded that the Passion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is about much more than temporal happiness, selﬁshness, and physical health. The clamor over health care is evidence that people live with a fear of death and an inordinate love for and attachment to this life and this world. But the empty tomb is about much more than health, wealth, and happiness. It is about freedom from sin and self. It is about the power to live life to the glory of this risen Lord. “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live unto The Lord,…”
Our Lord did not die to assure His people of something as mundane as physical health. The blessings of the cross and the realities of the resurrection are far greater than this; “whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” The resurrection assures us of the very life of Christ Himself, and “If you then were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above… Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”
And Sunday morning is not where this resurrection life is primarily lived. It is on Monday morning that the realities of this resurrection life hit the wall of a very real world. Remember, the truth of the resurrection is, at least in part, that we do not live unto ourselves but unto Him Who loved us and gave Himself up for us. That must show to those we rub shoulders with at work and other places. The resurrected Christ means to show Himself through people just like you and me. And may it be so. May the reality of our Lord not be hidden behind our fallen shell but burst forth to the glory of His great name and the salvation of the lost.
For Christ’s Glory,
Last week, I had the privilege to attend, yet again, another conference…with the elders and leadership from my church. The conference was T4G [Together for the Gospel] in Louisville, KY where 7000 plus gathered at the KFC Yum Center to sing the simple praises of our God and be equipped through the exposition of God’s word – John Piper, John MacArthur, Matt Chandler, and David Platt were among the featured speakers. Oh, and did I mention that we got 14 free books?! Yes, you heard right…
However, I was unprepared for what I would experience during the course of those three days we spent at T4G. And no, it was not because of the home run line-up of speakers. The messages challenged me to the core – unlike any conference I have attended. As I reflect, it was fundamentally different because the word of God was upheld and faithfully expounded on – giving us what the text was saying not man’s ideas or thoughts. The value of something like this cannot be overstated.
Yet, time will not afford me to speak about all the messages so I will just focus on one: David Platt’s message on prayer. And I will not give you all the details of the message – you can listen to the message online. But, the call and plea was to pray. Pray fervently and frequently. This is the work. In fact, it is a privilege that God has given us to storm boldly the throne of grace to be a part of the sovereign will of God coming about. Prayer is not a work it is THE work that we, and I know myself, forget often. I have left prayer off frequently. And I do not want to be unashamed to pray and therefore go forth and be a part of sharing the gospel to the lost world. He who prays for God to work and move will assuredly be emboldened and passionately aroused to be the means to live and share the gospel.
So, I was biblically challenged and encouraged and if you would like to taste a little bit of this conference take some time to click on the link below and be emboldened to be unashamed of the gospel!
Sola Fide, Scriptura, Christus, Gratia, Deo Gloria…Latin? Seriously? What does this have to do with my life and the church today? A lot actually! Join Charles and Daniel as the discuss how these five Latin phrases have incredible implications for us today…
This past week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the “Together for the Gospel” conference in Louisville, KY. I truly was unprepared for what The Lord was going to do that week. I am convinced I got a glimpse of what heaven will be like.
There were over 7,000 people singing the praises of the Lord in one accord, men of God rightly dividing the Word of God, unashamed of speaking the truth of the Scriptures for our souls, stirring my heart for a stronger prayer life. They also laid out the practical need to send Bibles to Nigeria where you can hardly find a Bible.
This conference sent several pallets of Bibles, because everyone could buy the Bibles inexpensively here to send there. It is hard to believe that a country has so few Bibles, while I am blessed to have so many.
I was renewed and reminded of the power of the cross, that I serve a sovereign God, a great God, of our responsibility as a church to arise and put our armor on, and of the need to be unashamed of reaching out to those in darkness with the Gospel.
The last day of the conference I stopped by the room where there were free books and displays of ministries. I stopped at a display of very old Bibles. You could get a brief tour of the booth. I was standing there alone and totally unprepared for what happened next. I looked up at a simple grey plaque that said; “William Tyndale, Martyred 1536”. I can’t explain it, but I began to weep, and I could not control it. I guess the conference had brought my heart to this point. This was a man who gave his life (he was strangled and burned on a stake) for translating the Bible into English. O Great God,You have brought the Scriptures to us so we could know You and know Your love for us.
My sin, O the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole;
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;
Praise The Lord, praise The Lord, O my soul.
-It is well With My Soul; Phillip P. Bliss-
I hope I never get over that moment, realizing what God has done for me by giving me His written Word, especially as we will soon celebrate “Resurrection Day”, as I like to call Easter.
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb!
My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I Am,
The King of glory and of grace.
One with Himself, I cannot die.
My soul is purchased with His blood.
My life is hid with Christ in high,
With Christ my Savior and my God.
-Before the Throne of God Above;
Charities Lees Bancroft; Lyrics-Vickki Cook-
We have all heard the question, “What is the chief end of man?” And most of us can answer it. But do we let it sink in? Do we know the ramifications for our lives. In the whole scheme of things, why is it so important? Join Daniel and Charles as they hash it out…
In his role as Captain Jack Aubrey, Russell Crow faces the challenges of leadership head on, even under seemingly impossible circumstances. Under his command, one young ofﬁcer becomes the object of the crew’s disdain. As pressures mount on the young and inexperienced ofﬁcer, he tragically decides that suicide is the only answer and jumps into the sea to his untimely death. Captain Aubrey says some last words of eulogy before the somber crew and makes this sobering observation. “The truth is that many of us are not the man we once hoped we would become.” Such a thought should cause each of us to walk in humility before our friends, our fellow-believers, and our families.
If we are to be men of God, we all should walk with increasing measures of Biblical humility. We must, by God’s grace, be Gospel-motivated husbands, fathers, and men. We must make it our prayerful plea to our Heavenly Father to make us men of Christ. Our attitudes towards our wives and children must be ﬁlled with grace and the forgiveness of Christ. We are told; “love your wives, and do not be bitter against them.” We are instructed, “do not provoke your children,…” I have jokingly said in the past; “I could be a good Father if it were not for my children.” Truth is that my children’s struggles are largely due to living with a fallen father. Patience, forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, gentleness, and love are much easier to exercise with compliant children and faultless spouses. That is where the Gospel and Gospel living come in. Christ did not come to die for slightly ﬂawed but otherwise good people. He came to give Himself a ransom for the ungodly, the unworthy, the unlovely. And we do not live with slightly ﬂawed but otherwise good people. And neither are we. “And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and given Himself for us an offering and a sacriﬁce to God as a sweet smelling savor.” This is Christ-centered, Gospel living.
Yes, Captain Aubrey, I am not the man I once hoped I would become. But by God’s grace, I am not the man I would have been without Christ. And in that grace I stand and still “press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Press on with me looking to our “Master and Commander”.
By the Grace of God,