Law Before and After Gospel

Here is a good quote from Ursinus on the role of the law both before and after the preaching of the gospel:

The preaching of the law goes before, preparing and leading us to a knowledge of the gospel: “for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Rom. 3:20) Hence, there can be no sorrow for sin without the law. After the sinner has once been led to a knowledge of sin, then the preaching of the gospel follows, encouraging contrite hearts by the assurance of the mercy of God through Christ. Without the preaching there is no faith, and without faith there is no love to God, and hence no conversion to him. After the preaching of the gospel, the preaching of the law again follows, that it may be the rule of our thankfulness and of our life.

The law, therefore, precedes, and follows conversion. It precedes that it may lead to a knowledge and sorrow for sin: it follows that it may serve as a rule of life to the converted. It is for this reason that the prophets first charge sin upon the ungodly, threaten punishment, and exhort to repentance; then comfort and promise pardon and forgiveness; and lastly, again exhort and prescribe the duties of piety and godliness (Ursinus, Commentary, 472).   HT: Ref21

Related post: Past, Present and Future Grace

Goalie Tim Howard Talks about His Christian Faith

Yes, there is another Christian football player named Tim. Tim Howard, goalie for the U.S. National Team at the 2010 & 2014 World Cup, talks about his Christian faith.

Tim Howard

Tim’s years of American soccer helped prepare him for England, professionally and spiritually. “I came to a crossroads,” says the 27-year-old. As he tasted success on the field, he realized he had two choices: strive to be a sports idol, or give God the glory. Tim vowed to give credit to the Creator.

“The most important thing in my life is Christ. He’s more important to me than winning or losing or whether I’m playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus.” – Goalie Tim Howard

You can read more about Tim in this 2006 article from Athletes in Action:
Tim Howard: The Goal Keeper

Ebook – The Psalms of David in Metre (John Brown)

I am excited to announce the ebook release of The Psalms of David in Metre: with Notes by John Brown of Haddington This is a project my son has been working on for over a year now. He loves the Psalms, and this is clearly the new definitive ebook edition of this important work. The ebook is easy to navigate with extensive links and notes and is perfect for singing, study, devotion and worship.

This ebook edition includes:

  • Brief Historical Background for the Psalms of David in Metre
  • Explanation of Metrical Psalms and Tips for Singing Them
  • Textual and other Notes on this Work and its ebook Format
  • John Brown’s Preface, Notes, and Common Table of Psalms
  • Links to First Lines of each Psalm
  • Tune Recommendations
  • Subject Index
  • Glossary of Unfamiliar Terms

This project has truly been a labor of love requiring hundreds of hours of work. I encourage you to purchase your copy today!

Click here for Kindle version: The Psalms of David in Metre: with Notes by John Brown of Haddington

Click here for Nook version: The Psalms of David in Metre: with Notes by John Brown of Haddington

Happy Mother’s Day from Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant to his mother in his MVP acceptance speech on May 6, 2014:

We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe, you kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.

Happy Mother’s Day Moms! I agree – you are the real MVPs!

National Day of Prayer 2014

National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer for the United States. The purpose of the National Day of Prayer is to gather the people of our country to come together and pray, particularly for our nation and for those in leadership on all levels of local, national, church and educational areas of influence.

Let me encourage you to participate in this special day of prayer for our nation. Over 40,000 prayer events are scheduled to take place this year across the country — at churches, schools, government buildings and other public gathering places. We will be hosting an event here in Plantation, FL at City Hall during the lunch hour. Click here to find an event near you.

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 4/20/2014

Our last message from the Lead Me to the Cross series was an Easter Sunday message called The Other Side of the Cross, taken from Matthew 28:1-10. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The other side of the cross for the women at the tomb
   A. Joy mixed with fear (Matthew 28:8)
   B. Worship (Matthew 28:9)
   C. Commission (Matthew 28:10)

II. The other side of the cross for Jesus
   A. Satisfaction (Isaiah 53:11)
   B. Reunion (John 13:1)
   C. Glory (Revelation 5:12-13)

III. The other side of the cross for you
   A. Salvation (John 3:18)
   B. Perseverance (Hebrews 12:1-3)
   C. Resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death

Note: Click on the Sermons tab at the top of the blog for this and other messages.

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 6

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. Here’s the last one for the week – happy Easter!

B.C. Johnny Hart Star Shadow

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 5

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. Here’s one on Good Friday.

B.C. Johnny Hart Good Friday

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 4

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. Here is “Nail a Man.”

B.C. Johnny Hart Nail a Man

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 3

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter. This one is a riff on T.G.I.F. (Thank God it’s Friday!)

B.C. Johnny Hart Good Friday TGIF

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart

Top 50 Christian Blogs

Blog Rank ranks the top 50 blogs in various categories. Right now they have my blog listed in first place for Christian blogs under the Ultimate Ranking. Which doesn’t make any sense, because my blog is definitely NOT the top Christian blog. Not even close! (I haven’t even been doing much blogging lately outside of posting sermon recaps.)

But even though it is clearly a mistake, I went ahead and grabbed a screenshot for the fun of it. We’ll see how long it takes them to correct it.

Update (4/18/2014): Ha! That didn’t take long! Someone discovered the mistake and fixed it. But I enjoyed three days at the top first! (Glad I took the screenshot!)

Top 50 Christian Blogs

B.C. Easter Cartoons – Part 2

If you enjoy the B.C. comic strip, and you have an interest in the Christian faith, I would highly recommend this book: I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips. I love these cartoons because they make you laugh, but they also make you think. I am sharing some of my favorites this week for Easter.

B.C. Johnny Hart Three in One

(Click here for more B.C. Easter cartoons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id. When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith. Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board. “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

Related post: A Final Easter Cartoon from B.C. and Johnny Hart