Reflecting on God

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I bought a book yesterday (another one yeah I know I’m a book addict, lol), 2,002 SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT GOD AND THE BILE by Jerry MacGregor & Marie Prys. The best thing was that it only cost me $2.99 which is a great deal. As I skimmed through it before I purchased it I knew it would be a handy book to have in my library. I’ll definitely be using it a lot for this blog.

So let me share a portion of it on here today,

Reflecting on God

Pastor Charles Spurgeon once noted,

“He who often thinks of God, will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe… The most excellent study for expanding the soul, is the science of Christ, and Him crucified, and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity. Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity.”

This blog serves to bring myself and every reader to think about God. I’m reminded of what Wayne Grudem says in his Systematic Theology book,

“Fullness of joy is found in knowing God and delighting in the excellence of his character. To be in his presence, to enjoy fellowship with him, is a greater blessing than anything that can be imagined.”

The Science of God and his works is called theology. This word is derived from two Greek words, theos and logos, the former meaning “God,” and the latter, “word,” “discourse,” or “doctrine.” In a narrow sense, theology may be defined as “the doctrine of God.” However, in a broad and more usual sense, the term has come to mean all Christian doctrines that deal with the relations of God to the universe.

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Thanks!
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Sources:
2,002 SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT GOD AND THE BIBLE by Jerry MacGregor & Marie Prys

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY by Wayne Grudem

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

What Could Remove Her Sin?

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I recently preached a message titled, “The God Who Saves.” I talked about sin, humanity’s inability and unwillingness, the need of a mediator, and the great salvation found in only Jesus Christ.

“Salvation belongs to the LORD!” 

Jonah 2:9 ESV

What Could Remove Her Sin? 

At a great parliament of religions, held at Chicago many years ago, practically every known religion was represented, and many were the learned discourses delivered. 

During one session, Dr. Joseph Cook, of Boston, suddenly rose and said: “Gentlemen, I beg to introduce to you a woman with a great sorrow. Blood stains are on her hands, and nothing she has tried will remove them. The blood is that of murder, and nothing will take away the stain. She has been driven to desperation in her distress. Is there anything in your religion that will remove her sin and give her peace?” A hush fell upon the gathering as the speaker turned from one to another for an answer. Not one of the company replied. 

Raising his eyes heavenwards, Dr. Cook then cried out, “I will ask another question. John, can you tell this woman how to get rid of her awful sin?” The great preacher awaited, as if listening for a reply. Suddenly he cried, “Listen, John speaks:

“The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (I John 1:7).”

Not a soul broke the silence; the representatives of Eastern religions and Western cults sat dumb. In the face of human need, they were without message of hope. The Gospel of Jesus Christ alone could meet the need. The sin of the race demanded the blood of Calvary. 

—The Evangelist

I’m reminded of the old hymn What can wash away my sin?

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/1008#ixzz1z1U8qqgl

Picture Source: http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/6900000/Blood-of-Christ-the-bible-6970135-500-375.jpg

Read more on the gospel: http://kevinnunez.org/the-gospel-message/

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Straight To God Thy Father Hastening [Hurry]

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strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations [hardships] we must enter the kingdom of God.

Acts 14:22 ESV

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And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 ESV

I feel as if I have to constantly keep reminding myself of this truth found in God’s word.

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Christian, when thy way seems darkest,

When thine eyes with tears are dim,

Straight to God thy Father hastening [hurry],

Tell thy troubles all to him.

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Not to human ear confiding

Thy sad tale of grief and care,

But before thy Father kneeling,

Pour out all thy sorrows there.

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Symphony of friends may cheer thee,

When the fierce, wild storms have burst,

But God only can console thee,

When it breaks upon thee first.

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God with words or tears of silence,

Only lay thee at His feet;

Thou shalt prove how great His pity,

And His tenderness how sweet.

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Far too well thy Savior loves thee

To allow thy life to be

One long, calm, unbroken summer,

One unruffled, storm-less sea.

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He would have thee fondly nestling

Closer to His loving breast;

He would have that world seem brighter,

Where alone is perfect rest.

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Through His wise an loving purpose

Clearly yet thou may’st not see,

Still believe with faith unshaken,

All will work for good to thee.

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Therefore, when thy way is gloomy

And thine eyes with tears are dim,

Straight to God thy Father hastening [hurry],

Tell thy sorrows all to Him.

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-Anonymous

Be encouraged brother/sister in Christ let us go to God he is faithful and loving to us!

I leave your with this question that brings much encouragement to my soul in the midst of troubles,

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:32 ESV

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Picture source: http://wallpaper4god.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/prayer-on-my-knees4.jpg

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

A Quick Thought On Worship

Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I just wanted to share a quick thought on worship today,

To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.
-William Temple 
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But the time is coming–indeed it’s here now–when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 
John 4:23 NLT
Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.

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For we live by believing and not by seeing.

2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT

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If I really, really trust Him,

Shall I ever fret?

If I really do expect Him,

Can I e’er’ forget?

If by faith I really see Him,

Shall I doubt His aid?

If I really, really love him,

Can I be afraid?

-anonymous

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For we walk by faith, not by sight. 

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV

For we walk – To walk, in the Scriptures often denotes to live, to act, to conduct in a certain way; (see Romans 4:12; Romans 6:4.) It has reference to the fact that life is a journey, or a pilgrimage, and that the Christian is traveling to another country. The sense here is, that we conduct ourselves in our course of life with reference to the things which are unseen, and not with reference to the things which are seen.

By faith – In the belief of those things which we do not see. We believe in the existence of objects which are invisible, and we are influenced by them. To walk by faith, is to live in the confident expectation of things that are to come; in the belief of the existence of unseen realities; and suffering them to influence us as if they were seen.

The people of this world are influenced by the things that are seen. They live for wealth, honor, splendor, praise, for the objects which this world can furnish, and as if there were nothing which is unseen, or as if they ought not to be influenced by the things which are unseen.

The Christian, on the contrary, has a firm conviction of the reality of the glories of heaven; of the fact that the Redeemer is there; of the fact that there is a crown of glory; and he lives, and acts as if that were all real, and as if he saw it all. The simple account of faith, and of living by faith is, that we live and act as if these things were true, and suffer them to make an impression on our mind according to their real nature.

It is contradistinguished from living simply under the influence of things that are seen.

God is unseen – but the Christian lives, and thinks, and acts as if there were a God, and as if he saw him.

Christ is unseen now by the bodily eye; but the Christian lives and acts as if he were seen, that is, as if his eye were known to be upon us, and as if he was now exalted to heaven and was the only Saviour.

The Holy Spirit is unseen; but he lives, and acts as if there were such a Spirit, and as if his influences were needful to renew, and purify the soul.

Heaven is unseen; but the Christian lives, and thinks, and acts as if there were a heaven, and as if he now saw its glories.

He has confidence in these, and in kindred truths, and he acts as if they were real. Could man see all these; were they visible to the naked eye as they are to the eye of faith, no one would doubt the propriety of living and acting with reference to them.

But if they exist, there is no more impropriety in acting with reference to them than if they were seen. Our seeing or not seeing them does not alter their nature or importance, and the fact that they are not seen does not make it improper to act with reference to them. There are many ways of being convinced of the existence and reality of objects besides seeing them; and it may be as rational to be influenced by the reason, the judgment, or by strong confidence, as it is to be influenced by sight. Besides, all people are influenced by things which they have not seen. They hope for objects that are future. They aspire to happiness which they have not yet beheld. They strive for honor and wealth which are unseen, and which is in the distant future. They live, and act – influenced by strong faith and hope – as if these things were attainable; and they deny themselves, and labor, and cross oceans and deserts, and breathe in pestilential air to obtain those things which they have not seen, and which to them are in the distant future.

And why should not the Christian endure like labor, and be willing to suffer in like manner, to gain the unseen crown which is incorruptible, and to acquire the unseen wealth which the moth does not corrupt? (GOOD QUESTION!) And further still, the people of this world strive for those objects which they have not beheld, without any promise or any assurance that they shall obtain them. No being able to grant them has promised them; no one has assured them that their lives shall be lengthened out to obtain them. In a moment they may be cut off and all their plans frustrated; or they may be utterly disappointed and all their plans fail; or if they gain the object, it may be unsatisfactory, and may furnish no pleasure such as they had anticipated. But not so the Christian. He has:

(1) The promise of life.

(2) he has the assurance that sudden death cannot deprive him of it. It at once removes him to the object of pursuit, not from it.

(3) he has the assurance that when obtained, it shall not disgust, or satiate, or decay, but that it shall meet all the expectations of the soul, and shall be eternal.

Not by sight – This may mean either that we are not influenced by a sight of these future glories, or that we are not influenced by the things which we see. The main idea is, that we are not influenced and governed by the sight. We are not governed and controlled by the things which we see, and we do not see those things which actually influence and control us. In both it is faith that controls us, and not sight.

Source: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez