JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE: God's Wonderful Surprise

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2010
  • A question I am often asked is for recommendations for children's bibles. My number one answer is The Jesus Storybook Bible, Every Story Whispers His Name written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and published by ZonderKidz. Enjoy with your children from this Bible the video version of God's Wonderful Surprise in celebration of Resurrection Sunday. This Bible is available in an audio version as well.


  • Monday, March 29, 2010
  • We must not be content with a vague belief that Christ’s sufferings on the cross were vicarious. We are intended to see this truth in every part of His passion.

    We may follow Him all through, from the bar of Pilate to the minute of His death, and see Him at every step as our mighty substitute, our representative, our head, our surety, our proxy – the divine friend who under took to stand in our place and, by the priceless merit of his sufferings, to purchase our redemption.

    Was He flogged? It was done so that “by His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

    Was He condemned, though innocent? It was done so that we might be acquitted, though guilty.

    Did He wear a crown of thorns? It was done so that we might wear the crown of glory.

    Was He stripped of His clothes? It was done so that we might be clothed in everlasting righteousness.

    Was He mocked and reviled? It was done so that we might be honored and blessed.

    Was He reckoned a criminal, and counted among those who have done wrong? It was done so that we might be reckoned innocent, and declared free from all sin.

    Was He declared unable to save Himself?
    It was done so that he might be able to save others to the uttermost.

    Did He die at last, and that the most painful and disgraceful death? It was done so that we might live forevermore, and be exalted to the highest glory.

    ~ from “The Sufferings of Christ” by J.C. Ryle


  • You can't go through the Passion Week without one listen to Dr. S. M. Lockridge's classic sermon "That's My King" that he gave in 1976.

    10 THINGS CHRIST ACCOMPLISHED AT THE CROSS (There are plenty more but here are 10 to meditate on)

  • Monday, March 22, 2010

  • 1.
    Jesus is our victor who conquered Satan and demons on the cross so that we could live a life free of slavery to sin, of vain regrets for past sin, of condemnation and torment. Colossians 2:13-15, “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him."

    2. Jesus is our redeemer who freed us from slavery to sin and death, not unlike the Old Testament saints who were liberated from tyranny and oppression in Egypt to live new lives of worship, joy, and holy freedom. Titus 2:13-15, "waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you”.

    3. Jesus is our new-covenant sacrifice and our great high priest who offered his own body as a sacrifice in our place for our sins in fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrificial system. 1 Peter 1:18-19, “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

    4. Jesus is our justification who takes away our sin and gives us his righteousness as a gift by exchanging places with us on the cross so that we can be justified in the sight of God. Gal 2:16, “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

    5. Jesus is our propitiation who stood in our place to divert the just wrath of God away from us by enduring it himself in love. 1 John 4:10, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

    6. Jesus is our expiation who cleanses us from the sins we have committed and the sins that have been committed against us, which co-mingle to make us dirty and defiled. 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

    7. Jesus is our ransom who has mediated between us and God and paid the price for our sins. 1 Timothy 2:5-6, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

    8. Jesus is our example who has shown for us the perfect human life, which includes laying down our lives for brothers and sisters by the power of the Holy Spirit. 1 John 3:16, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 Peter 2:21, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”

    9. Jesus is our reconciliation who has taken away our sin and reconciles us back into loving relationship with God and others. Ephesians 4:31-5:2, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

    10. Jesus is our revelation, and on the cross we see God’s wrath and love, justice and mercy, holiness and compassion revealed in perfection. John 1:18, “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.” Colossians 1:15, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”

    The church is the people who have benefited from Jesus’ work on the cross, live in light of it, and gladly proclaim it.

    ……Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church

    DO NOT EVER ASSUME THE GOSPEL! A message by Matt Chandler

  • Thursday, March 4, 2010
  • In a recent article I read, the way we lose our way with the gospel begins when after hearing and embracing the gospel we begin to assume it. Soon after assuming it, we will start to confuse the message which leads to losing the message. Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village in Dallas Texas gave this message to the students at Southeastern Seminary. He had to do it from his home church for earlier this Fall he was diagnosed with brain cancer. This is about 30 minutes that will nourish your heart and remind you to never, ever assume the gospel. Preach it everyday to yourself and bring it to your home everyday.

    Matt Chandler - 20/20 2010 Session 1 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.



    Assuming the gospel can be dangerous to your child’s spiritual health and what William Farley calls “your biggest parenting mistake.”

    In the book “Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers,” the authors Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton, surveyed 3,000 teens about their religious beliefs and summed it up with the phrase, “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.”

    What they revealed was that many of these teens had a works-righteousness religion based on a psychological well-being and a distant, non-interfering god.

    What a parent needs to grasp is that a compliant, well-behaved, Sunday-going and youth group socializing child has little to do with the reality of a heart that really grasps the gospel. In fact, in several studies the values of evangelical church attending children were substantially no different than their unbelieving friends.

    There is much written about why this is so, but I agree with William Farley that the main reason this happens is that many parents assume that affiliation equates to regeneration. New birth is a radical change of heart that does usher in new desires, new loves, and a new direction (1 John 3:9). A “decision” for Christ is not necessarily the same thing as new birth in Christ. It is God through the Holy Spirit that regenerates someone who is dead in their trespasses to new life in Christ. You do not decide that process.

    The tool for this to happen is the hearing of the gospel and the vehicle is faith. Parents are God’s means of grace to effect a child’s conversion by the gospel message.

    Do you see signs of hunger for holiness in your child? Are they growing in obedience to you? Are they showing a desire for the Word? You can influence this by the preaching of the gospel to them in various ways and through your example.


  • Monday, March 1, 2010

    Deb and I had the privilege to be the speakers at the annual Maranatha Bible Camp's Couple Retreat this past weekend (Feb 26-28). 58 couples joined us as we shared how the gospel of Jesus Christ is the pattern for our marriage and gives it meaning and purpose. If you are one of those who attended the conference and reading this, Deb and I thank you for your gracious attention and fellowship. We trust you discovered or rediscovered the unfathomable riches of God's grace as found in the person and work of Jesus Christ and his deep, deep love for His church. And then discovered new ways to live in that grace in your marriage.