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The King Who Finished Well

I’m reading 2 Chronicles right now and I’ve been saddened and sobered by how many of the kings start well but fail in the end.  Of course the best example is Solomon, who begins by seeking God for wisdom and building the temple, and ends worshiping false gods neglecting the Scriptures.  So many of his descendants followed his example. Reading this book has moved my heart in two ways.

First,  it has made me see my need for self-suspicion and vigilance.  I don’t want to fail in the second half of my race like Solomon did.  No degree of past faithfulness makes up for future indifference to conviction and complacency about God’s Word.

Second, it has made me grateful for Jesus, my Savior King.  He was faithful to the very end.  The words “it is finished” have new value after reading 2 Chronicles.  He is better than the best of the beginning of the kingships of Solomon, Joash, Uzziah, and Hezekiah, but without their failure in the end. He finished faithful.  He is the King to be trusted, who will establish God’s kingdom in righteousness and preserve the worship of God without fail until the kingdom of this world comes to an end.

Praise him.  Thank God that one greater than Solomon has come here.

Biblical Fellowship Should Be Biblical

I’ve heard many different names–accountability groups, growth groups, d-groups, men’s and women’s groups, cell groups, core groups….and the number of names I haven’t heard could probably go on forever.  Whatever they are called,  these groups normally exist for Christians to help one another be faithful and growing Christians.  The Bible is very clear that we are not on this Christian pilgrimage alone, that we were recreated to be members of a community, and these groups are practical expressions of that Biblical truth.   Of course groups have different formats, meeting times, regularity, and emphases.    My burden for these kinds of groups in our church, both now and into the future, is that they be Biblical.  Here are a few kinds of group caricatures that I think stray from that fundamental priority. Read more

Encourage Your Wife

To all of my fellow husbands, let me a give a simple recommendation: encourage your wife.  Speak words that point out to her a few very important truths.

1) God loved her before the foundation of the world.  Her most important past event took place when God chose to love her before she was born.

2) God has paid for all her sins through the death of Jesus Christ.

3) God has prepared good works for her to do.  Whether she is discouraged by a perceived lack of fruitfulness or distracted by temporary concerns,  her path ahead has been laid by the hands of her Father in heaven, filled with good, hard, joyful, sacrificial effort for the sake of his glory and to produce eternal fruit.

4) God has promised her an inheritance in heaven that will never spoil, perish, or fade.

These encouragements are needed whether your wife is currently elated or discouraged, convicted by sin or conquering a historic habit.  Seasons of joy that are not directed toward God can become tests of complacency. Seasons of struggle without the encouragement of these truths can become bogs of despair and condemnation.  So, husbands, let us wash our wives in the water of the word, speaking words of grace that will give the strength of God-centered joy and gratefulness to these women, these treasures that God has created.

If our conversation has become primarily about the bills, the kids, the house, the car, the vacation, the schedule, the laundry, the job, the neighbors, the relatives, the movie, or even the diagnosis, the disappointments, or the fears of life–let our words begin to infuse the good news of God’s provision in Jesus Christ.  Let us encourage our wives.

Recent Sermons

Living Sent Seminar: Embracing the Mission of Everyday Evangelism

Speaker: Rob Tombrella

Who is called to do evangelism, and how should one go about doing it? In this seminar, Rob helps us to biblically define our identity and responsibilities.

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Living Sent Seminar: Putting Together an Action Plan

Speaker: Rob Tombrella

In session two of our Living Sent Seminar, Rob takes us through some practical steps for stepping out in evangelism.

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Living Sent Seminar (Q&A)

Speaker: Rob Tombrella, Aaron Mayfield

After sessions one and two of our Living Sent seminar, Rob answers some questions from the audience.

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