Single-Issue Voters & Single-Issue Christians

In the spirit of the upcoming presidential election here is an idea that I’ve been thinking through and its potential ramifications:

Single-issue voters? Abortion. Economy. Health Care. Immigration. Single-issue voters are those known to either give their support or remove their support because of a strongly held belief on a specific issue. Personally, I can think of one issue where I’d consider myself a single-issue voter, but in the end if I have to choose between “the lesser of two evils” I will do so. But should this line of reasoning be the mode of operation within the church? Continue reading

Addicted to Works

Walter Marshall, a Puritan from the late 1600’s, accurately diagnoses what many times becomes our routine of Christian living and how it steals the joy God intends for us as believers in Christ:

By nature, you are completely addicted to a legal method of salvation. Even after you become a Christian by believing the Gospel, your heart is still addicted to salvation by works. In your heart you still want to make the duties of the law come before the comforts of the Gospel. You find it hard to believe that you should get any blessing before you work for it. This is the mindset you tend to fall into: You sincerely do want to obey the laws of God. Therefore, to make sure you obey the law of God you make all of God’s blessings depend upon how well you keep his law. Some preachers even tell you that you had better not enjoy the blessings of the Gospel! They tell you to diligently obey the law first and that only by doing this will you be safe and happy before God. Just keep in mind, however, that if you go this route, you will never enjoy your salvation for as long as you live in this world.

Bethel Baseball Invites You…

Bethel Baseball is sponsoring a premier showing of Milltown Pride in HD on Sunday, July 3 at 3pm. Admission is free. Don’t miss this movie for the entire family.

7 Reasons to Use Gospel Meditations for Men

Yesterday each man in our church received a copy of Gospel Meditations for Men, which means we gave out nearly 250 copies of this 31-day devotional. What would happen if nearly 250 men in our church family were to go through this booklet thoughtfully, prayerfully, and daily for the next 31 days? I would argue that our men, our families and thus our church would be more biblical in our understanding of the Gospel, humble in our relationships, and Christ-like in our actions.

Here are 7 reasons why you should use Gospel Meditations over the next month: Continue reading

Be Perfect as Your Father Is

When men will be saviors of themselves, when they look for righteousness by the law, Christ bids them go and keep the commandments…and this He does to humble them and bring them to Himself. But if men are humble and broken by a sight of their sins, then, without mention of the law at all, He comforts them with the free promises of grace, saying: “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

~ Samuel Bolton 

God as Our Father

Here are five fatherly responsibilities that God assumes toward His children.

  1. God provides for us. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
  2. God protects us. “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
  3. God encourages us. “Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.” Psalm 10:17
  4. God comforts us. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
  5. God disciplines us. “For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.” Hebrews 12:10
With Father’s Day coming on Sunday, this list is a sobering reminder, not only, of what God is to me, but of what I am to be to my children.
This list is taken from Jerry Bridges’ book The Gospel for Real Life (pp. 131-132).

Chris & Rachel DeMorrell: Utah Presentation