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March 30th “Morning” with Charles Spurgeon

So impacted with reading “Morning & Evening” by Charles Spurgeon for March 30th. Read on!

Someone gave some great advice, “For every book you read from a living person, read three from a dead person.”

“He was numbered with the transgressors.”
Isaiah 53:12

Why did Jesus suffer himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character he could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looked upon in the eye of the law as apart from one another.

Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there himself.

He stands to answer the accusation. He points to his side, his hands, his feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom he represents;

he pleads his blood,
and pleads so triumphantly,
being numbered with them and having a part with them,

that the Judge proclaims,
“Let them go their way; deliver them from going down into the pit, for he hath found a ransom.”

Our Lord Jesus was numbered with the transgressors in order that they might feel their hearts drawn towards him. Who can be afraid of one who is written in the same list with us? Surely we may come boldly to him, and confess our guilt.

He who is numbered with us cannot condemn us. Was he not put down in the transgressor’s list that we might be written in the red roll of the saints? He was holy, and written among the holy; we were guilty, and numbered among the guilty; he transfers his name from yonder list to this black indictment, and our names are taken from the indictment and written in the roll of acceptance, for there is a complete transfer made between Jesus and his people.

All our estate of misery and sin Jesus has taken; and all that Jesus has comes to us. His righteousness, his blood, and everything that he hath he gives us as our dowry.

Rejoice, believer, in your union to him who was numbered among the transgressors; and prove that you are truly saved by being manifestly numbered with those who are new creatures in him.

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Articles


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Love Wins Review by Kevin DeYoung

Read the lengthy, and good, review of Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins from Kevin DeYoung here.

Also, since it is a bit long, you can download the pdf as well.

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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Articles


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Love Wins by Rob Bell Review

Tim Challies over at has read through and reviewed Rob Bell‘s new book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

I found it clear, concise, and well done.

You can find the post here.

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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Articles


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Grace Amazing – Jimmy Needham ft. Trip Lee

People who know me know that I like music. I enjoy music that evokes thought through lyrics and/or beats.

I grew tired of the same acoustic guitar playing the same chords, using the same riff, with the same, in my opinion, shallow lyrics. I thought that I wasn’t a good Christian if I wasn’t listening to Passion or Hillsong or Jeremy Camp – because that was the music that every Christian was listening to.

About five years ago my wife introduced me to the music of Jimmy Needham. Mr. Needham’s music was differently. Although his main instrument of choice was an acoustic guitar, I was fascinated with his jive style and kind of Stevie Wonder-esk beat. His lyrics are thought provoking and real.

I also became a fan of Trip Lee‘s music as well.

A different genre, HipHop, which usually one thinks of drugs, sex, love of money, or big crosses around the neck laced with diamonds. But Trip Lee was different. His lyrics and beats came from a different source. A great source that changed the world with his death, burial, and resurrection. Of course, I’m referring to Jesus the Christ. Trip Lee’s music is dripping with Christ. It’s obvious that he has put in a lot of thought into his lyrics and beats – challenging believers in Jesus to understand what they believe and what to do with that belief. His recent album, Between Two Worlds is now on Amazon.

The two have recently come together on a couple of songs that are phenomenal. Jimmy Needham on his album Nightlights made a video that debuted just hours from this post being published. The song is called Grace Amazing.

Watch this twice – you’ll see why.

Watch the video here.

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Articles


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Adoption = A Constant Reminder of the Gospel

“Adoption mean God is not my Father
I got the hottest Poppa and by the Spirit holla Abba!”
Shai Linne, Song: Atonement Q & A, Album: The Atonement

My wife and I are considering adoption once our son gets a little bit older. In an effort to bless our city (Denver), we are thinking of going with either a local adoption agency or being a part of the local foster care system with the hopes of one day adopting a child of any ethnicity.

It would be a beautiful thing to bring a small child home with us and call him/her our child – and for him/her to call me, father, and Rebecca, mother.

Similarly, God looked at us before the beginning of time and called us our son & daughter.  The “earthly” view of adoption is a great reminder of what God has done for us – and – the price Jesus paid for adoption to be accomplished.

John Piper, Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, along with Desiring God talk about this idea more in full. Enjoy!

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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Articles


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Hebrews 6

Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY gives a great explanation of Hebrews 6:1-8.

You can find the online message here.

The text has been known to some Christians as  the verses that explain away eternal security. When I was confronted with Hebrews 6 for the first time, I was taken back and had to study up on the doctrine of perseverance of the saints (or eternal security. That is, once you’ve been considered by God to be redeemed, or saved, you can fall completely away from the Christian faith. Your once secure eternal state with Jesus will be altered back to received God full wrath because of sins committed while you were a Christian.

(Hebrews 6:1-8 ESV)

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Articles


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Contemporary Art + The Bible

Since my wife and I have moved to Denver to begin Park Church Denver, our elders have always had a desire to be a church where the arts can fully flourish. I share with this desire, although I do not possess the artistic gift that can accurately evoke thought.

Especially when it come to Jesus or the Scriptures.

Contemporary art meets the Bible.

My eyes were satisfied when viewing the works of Makoto Fujimura.

“We, today, have a language to celebrate waywardness, but we do not have a cultural language to bring people back home.”
-Makoto Fujimura

Mr. Fujimura has brought one of the most treasured manuscripts in the world, the Bible, and illuminated the words with his modern approach.

What was created was The Four Holy Gospels. Here is the copy from the press release by Crossway Publishing:

Renowned artist and writer Makoto Fujimura is not shy about the importance of his latest project. “Whether I like it or not, this is what I will be remembered by,” Fujimura asserts. “I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that it is a commission of the decade, if not more,” says Valerie Dillon, whose Dillon Gallery is Fujimura’s main exhibitor.

The commission is an illuminated manuscript published by Crossway, to commemorate the four hundred year anniversary of The King James Bible, set to be released January 2011. The leather-bound English Standard Version of the Bible, printed with a six-color metallic process, will comprise the four Gospels as designed and illustrated by Fujimura. Five major new works, painted in the artist’s Manhattan studio, will be the volume’s main images, making this the first such manuscript to feature abstract contemporary art in lieu of traditional representational illustrations. It is this unprecedented marriage of a modern, usually secular art form with ancient scripture that most interests Fujimura, who aims to depict “the greater reality that the Bible speaks of… for the pure sake of integrating faith and art in our current pluralistic, multicultural world.”

Desiring God has made these collections available as a  discounted price here.

You can also download an excerpt of The Four Gospels.

I am encouraged to see churches throughout the country welcome this form of expression. So long have churches shunned artists and their ability to communicate. Thanks be to God for artists that communicate Christ well.

Follow Makoto Fujimura on Twitter @iamfujimura

–Follow me on Twitter @Armando923

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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Articles


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