"Awesome Expressions” is a way of using my camera along with God’s Word to show my appreciation for God’s awesome creations. One of the ways of thanking God for all He has done for me, is to grab my camera and photograph the beautiful surroundings that God has given us. And then share them - along with the messages that God has given us in the Bible. Getting into the Bible daily and staying close to the Lord is so important today in these troubled times. Listening to the news these days is so negative and scary. But we, who have read God’s Word, can feel confident that the Lord is still in control. We have read the end of the Book . . . And it has an awesome ending!
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Daily Prayer to the Lord
(Modeled after the Lord's Prayer)
Your name is hallowed - there is no name higher than Yours. May I always (in everything I do) bring glory to Your name. You alone are Holy and I will always be in awe of you. I respect and honor You. Without You, I am nothing.
I pray that your will be done, not mine. I will always seek first Your kingdom, and not let the pressures of living in this fallen world distract me from living in your presence. Let your will be done - not mine. Jesus come quickly and establish your perfect Kingdom here on earth. That is the home I am looking forward to. This fallen world is not my home and I praise and thank You that it is just temporary. I am so looking forward to living in Your Kingdom on earth for all eternity!
I ask that you supply me with my daily needs . . . which not only consist of food, clothing and shelter, but most importantly the spiritual “bread” that only Christ can give. The spiritual food that will never let me go hungry for the guidance, comfort, strength and support from you, Lord. You help me deal with the pressures and worries of living in a fallen world. I thank You and praise You for providing all this for me.
Please help me to forgive those who have hurt and disappointed me. I pray that You will soften their hearts and draw them to You. Only You have the power to change hearts. I will not hold grudges. I will let You deal with those who have trespassed against me. I forgive and love them and pray for them.
Christ came into the world not only to reconcile us to God, but to one another.
Help me to achieve victory over sin. Protect me from the attacks of the devil.
Psalm 141:4 -
“Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!”
Psalm 27:11 -
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path.”
Thank You Lord, for drawing me to you and giving me the faith and belief I need for salvation. I will always praise and worship you.
Theology of the Cross
by Burk Parsons
One of my greatest fears for the church today is that we will become bored with the cross of Christ. I am concerned that any mention of Christ and Him crucified is leading many professing Christians to say to themselves: “Yeah, I know all about Jesus dying on the cross for my sins—let’s move on to something else. Let’s get past the basics, and let’s deal with bigger theological issues.” I firmly believe that Satan is set on trying to destroy us, but he’ll settle with just getting us to lose our astonishment regarding Christ and Him crucified. Such loss of astonishment usually begins in the pulpit, and it quickly trickles down into the hearts and homes of those in the pew. When pastors stop preaching about the cross or mention it only when they have to, the people of God can easily begin to see the cross as a perfunctory matter that only needs to be considered occasionally.
The cross should not just be at the top of our theological priority list; it should be at the center of all our theological priorities.
All professing Christians know that the cross is important, but we often fail to grasp the all-encompassing significance of it—that the cross is not only at the heart of our faith, but it encompasses the entire existence of our faith, our life, and our worship. In order for us to possess a proper theology of the cross, the reality of Christ and Him crucified must possess us in all that we believe and in all that we do. The cross should not just be at the top of our theological priority list; it should be at the center of all our theological priorities. If we become bored with the cross of Christ, and if we lose our astonishment of Christ and Him crucified, we will quickly begin to lose the entirety of Christian doctrine and practice.
The question is, then, Why is it that many Christians do not hear much about the cross of Christ? Why is it that some preachers do not dig into the depths of the theology of the cross? Some preachers do not spend much time addressing the cross because if they do, they will have to talk about sin, the wrath of God, the holiness of God, and God’s eternal condemnation in hell of all those who do not repent at the foot of the cross. Rightly, we do well to focus on the love of God demonstrated at the cross, but if we don’t grasp the wrath of God not just against sin but against sinners, then we cannot grasp the love of God for sinners. If we fail to understand what God is saving us from—namely, wrath, judgment, and hell—we will never understand His mercy. If we are not confronted with the wretchedness of our sin, we will not be able to rest in His amazing grace. For it is only when we grasp that we in our sin put Jesus on the cross that we can begin to see what God did for us at the cross.
Dr. Burk Parsons (@BurkParsons) is editor of Tabletalk magazine, senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He is cotranslator and coeditor of A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin.