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A reformed PCA church serving greater San Diego
A reformed PCA church serving greater San Diego

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This is your story. You have royal blood in your veins. You are made in the image of the king. It is through the sinful rebellion that we you have suffered a fall just like Mephibosheth. But yours wasn’t a physical like Mephibosheth but more serious, a spiritual fall. You have become enemies of God himself.

Yet from eternity, God made a promise to his son Jesus. That God the father would give his son Jesus a people, a nation for himself. God was faithful to that promise like David and took the initiative. He began seeking out and did everything absolutely necessary to seek you and bring you to this table of the king. Not because you have earned it, did Mephibosheth earn anything? He couldn’t earn it and that was the point. Neither do we, we have no way of owning that promise. As you stand before the king of kings, the lord of lords, there is nothing you argue that will make you deserving of a seat at the king’s table. What would you stand before him and hold as evidence as your right for his love? What would you hold before him and say because of this I deserve eternity. There is only one answer, nothing. We are poor, broken, lame and crippled in need of grace. We need the king to intervene in our life. The king is the one who did the seeking. It is only by the work of God that we are here, and we come to him broken and in fear of our guilt. We come as sinners poor and wretched, weak and wounded, sick and sore. It is his love. And that is the only argument we have. That’s what qualifies us, and the only thing that brings us to the table is the covenant faithfulness of God.

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Let us stop procrastinating the enjoyment of God's blessings in Christ. Timothy Ferriss defined laziness in this insightful way: "To endure a non-ideal existence…" (The 4-Hour Workweek). He points out how people choose unhappiness over any changes they may have to make to get out of it! How tragic it would be for us to live like that as Christians! Let us start obeying God's word and His commandments! I know it's overwhelming when we think about all that God requires of us. But let us start with whatever the Spirit of God has brought to our attention and go from there. Let us not let another day go by in missing out the wonderful blessings God has in store for us. Great is the joy of God's forgiveness. But I dare say that greater still is our joy in being united to Him and conformed to His will through our grateful and joyful obedience to His Word!
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By being baptized with John's baptism of repentance, Jesus entered into alliance with His sinful people as their Representative and Substitute and Savior. His baptism at the Jordan foreshadowed the ultimate baptism He would have to undergo on the cross for the sins of His people as their Representative and Savior.

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Urgent vs Important

There are 24 hours a day. For little children, it may be a long time. They even need naps in between to last through the day. But as we grow older and take on more responsibilities, 24 hours don't seem enough.  So much to do, yet so little time to do everything.   As we approach the end of each day, or the end of each year, we often wonder, "Where has all the time gone?"

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"Can Education Make us Good?"

If our problem were just ignorance, our knowledge should be directly proportional to our goodness--that is, the more degrees we have, the better we should be as people. Is that true? C.S. Lewis, who taught both at Oxford and Cambridge, once said, "Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil." President Teddy Roosevelt also expressed a similar sentiment: "A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." This may be why so many professional schools are adding ethics courses in their curriculum.

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Ephesians 2:1-10 "But God..."

He "faced all the subtle forms of temptation that beset humankind, and one by one He put His conquering foot upon the neck of them, until the last was baffled and beaten, and His enemies were palsied by the strong stroke of His pure right arm" (George Campbell Morgan, "The Hidden Years at Nazareth, pp. 38-39). He did this for us. And He has given us the credit of His victory as well as the power of His victory to us. We are to receive it by faith, by declaring at the face of all our temptations and problems in the present, all the painful memories of our failures in the past, all our fears and anxieties about our future, "But God…!" "But God in Jesus Christ…!" May this be a turning point in your life as you commit yourself to live by faith in the Son of God, in the God of redemptive reversal!

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Ephesians 2:1-10 "But God..."

While we were dead in our trespasses and sins, He made us alive. Being dead is as hopeless as it can get. And we were not just dead. We were dead actively, defiantly, sinfully, and proudly. But He made us alive, being rich in mercy, with His great love, by His grace (which we did not deserve at all)! If the God of redemptive reversal has raised you from being dead in sin, how can we feel helpless and hopeless about our problems? We have this sure assurance from God: "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Cor. 10:13).

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Ephesians 2:1-10 "But God...."

Some of us may be feeling discouraged by the (lack of) progress in our Christian life. We may have been in a spiritual rut for a long time and we are beginning to think that this is how it's going to be for the rest of our life. Consciously, or even unconsciously, we may think of our life as beyond repair. I hope you realize how wrong that kind of thinking is! I hope the gospel of "But God" has penetrated your mind and heart! I hope God has revealed Himself to you as the great God of redemptive reversal!
 
 Our sin may be horrible and disgusting and ugly and inexcusable even in our own eyes. But God is rich in His mercy and His grace is greater than the worst of our sins! We may think that our temptations are too great and our will is too weak to resist them. But God is greater than our temptations and His weakness is more powerful than our strongest will. We may feel overwhelmed by our problems. But what are they to God? He is bigger than our biggest problem!

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Ephesians 2:1-10 "But God...."

"But" is a powerful word. It negates and reverses whatever went before it. A lot of reversals can happen as long as we are alive. So we love stories of great reversal, especially those, in which people overcome all kinds of odds and succeed. We get thrilled by the stories of rags to riches. However there is a place where the reversing power of "but" doesn't work--the grave. So if we are dead, what hope can there be? Can there be any reversal after death? Can there be any "but" after "you were dead in the trespasses and sins…"?
 But does it matter how bleak or hopeless our condition is IF it is followed by, "But God…"? What can stand before God to frustrate His almighty power? Listen to what Paul says in vv. 4-6: "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved--and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus!"

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James.  "Review of James"

One aspect of being wise means knowing the proper time and season of history, in which we find ourselves. As James concludes his letter, he brings our attention to the imminence of God's judgment. This knowledge that we are living in the last days is central to living wisely.  It is one thing to slack off and play around at the beginning of school year; it is still wholly another to continue to do so until the paper is due and the final exams are given. James reminds us that, not only will we have to face our Maker and Judge, but also the Day of Judgment is near. For we are living in the last days of redemptive history, during which Christ can come like a thief any time to judge the living and the dead!

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