May the Truth Set us Free

In a world promoting freedom through relativity it would seem that the truth is constricting; but the truth of Jesus Christ actually sets us free (John 8:32) - and is given freely (1 Corinthians 2:12) to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Westmister Shorter Catechism #1)

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Pastor for Westminster PCA in Butler; Husband of Jen-ergy; Father of three girls; Set free by the Truth - Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lord Stanley's Cup - Round 1

Eastern Conference
N.Y. Rangers in 5 over the Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins in 6 over the Washington Capitals
New Jersey Devils in 5 over the Florida Panthers
Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 over the Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference
Vancouver Canucks in 6 over the L.A. Kings
St. Louis Blues in 6 over the San Jose Sharks
Chicago Blackhawks in 6 over the Phoenix Coyotes
Detroit Red Wings in 7 over the Nashville Predators

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hooray, I'm Fat!

I am no longer "obese" - but simply "overweight" - according to BMI calculations.

It's been 2 1/2 years since I was last "overweight."

Two months of consistent exercise and healthy diet. God has been incredibly gracious in helping me stick to this - surrounded by great accountability partners (including my wife & kids, and some friends).

I think I'll go celebrate with a bowl of ice cream...or maybe instead I'll go play with my kids.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Charles Spurgeon Speaks Truth - Again

"The Lord our Righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:6).

It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are "perfect in Christ Jesus." It is no wonder that those who are dwelling upon their own corruption should wear such downcast looks; but surely if we call to mind that "Christ is made unto us righteousness," we shall be of good cheer. What though distresses afflict me, though Satan assault me, though there may be many things to be experienced before I get to heaven, those are done for me in the covenant of divine grace; there is nothing wanting in my Lord, Christ hath done it all. On the cross he said, "It is finished!" and if it be finished, then am I complete in him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, "Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." You will not find on this side heaven a holier people than those who receive into their hearts the doctrine of Christ’s righteousness. When the believer says, "I live on Christ alone; I rest on him solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy, I am still saved in Jesus;" then there rises up as a motive of gratitude this thought-"Shall I not live to Christ? Shall I not love him and serve him, seeing that I am saved by his merits?" "The love of Christ constraineth us," "that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto him which died for them." If saved by imputed righteousness, we shall greatly value imparted righteousness.

Charles Spurgeon Morning & Evening Devotional (Morning - January 31).

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

First Catechism #71-73 [November]

Here are Q&A #61-70 of the First Catechism, published by Great Commission Publishing. We have catechism booklets available for our church's families. Talk with Pastor Dan, or the church office, to get your ccopy. Here are the questions for November [October #61-70; September #55-60; August #43-54; July #35-42; June #25-34; May #14-24; April #1-13].

November 14
Q.71 - How is Christ your priest?
A. Christ died for my sins, and continues to pray for me.

November 21
Q.72 - How is Christ your king?
A. Christ rules over me, the world and Satan, and he defends me.

November 28
Q.73 - Why do you need Christ as your prophet?
A. Because I am ignorant by nature.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

First Catechism #61-70 [October]

Here are Q&A #61-70 of the First Catechism, published by Great Commission Publishing. We have catechism booklets available for our church's families. Talk with Pastor Dan, or the church office, to get your ccopy. Here are the questions for October [September #55-60; August #43-54; July #35-42; June #25-34; May #14-24; April #1-13].

October 10
Q.61 - What does it mean to believe in Christ?
A. To trust in Christ alone for my salvation.

Q.62 - Can you repent and believe in Christ by your own power?
A. No. I cannot repent and believe unless the Holy Spirit changes my heart.

Q.63 - How can you get the help of the Holy Spirit?
A. God has told us to pray for the Holy Spirit's help.

October 17
Q.64 - How long ago did Christ die?
A. About two thousand years ago.

Q. 65 - How were sinners saved before Christ came?
A. By believing in the promised Messiah.

October 24
Q.66 - Before Christ came, how did believers show their faith?
A. By offering the sacrifices God required.

Q.67 - What did these sacrifices represent?
A. Christ, the Lamb of God, who would come to die for sinners.

October 31
Q.68 - How many offices does Christ fulfill as the promised Messiah?
A. Christ fulfills three offices.

Q.69 - What are they?
A. The offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king.

Q.70 - How is Christ your prophet?
A. Christ teaches me the will of God.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First Catechism #55-60 [September]

Here are Q&A #55-60 of the First Catechism, published by Great Commission Publishing. We have catechism booklets available for our church's families. Talk with Pastor Dan, or the church office, to get your ccopy. Here are the questions for September [August #43-54; July #35-42; June #25-34; May #14-24; April #1-13].

September 12
Q.55 - What does God the Father guarantee in the covenant of grace?
A. To justify and sanctify all those for whom Christ died.

September 19
Q.56 - How does God justify you?
A. God forgives all my sins and accepts me as righteous through Christ.

September 26
Q.57 - How does God sanctify you?
A. God makes me more and more holy in heart and conduct.

Q.58 - What must you do to be saved?
A. I must repent of my sin and believe in Christ as my Savior.

Q.59 - How do you repent of your sin?
A. I must be sorry for my sin, and hate and forsake it.

Q.60 - Why must you hate and forsake your sin?
A. Because sin displeases God.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

First Catechism #43-54 [August]

Here are Q&A #43-56 of the First Catechism, published by Great Commission Publishing. We have catechism booklets available for our church's families. Talk with Pastor Dan, or the church office, to get your copy. Here are the questions for August [July #35-42; June #25-34; May #14-24; April #1-13].

August 8
Q.43 - Can anyone be saved through the covenant of life?
A. No. No one can be saved through the covenant of life.

Q.44 - Why can't anyone be saved through the covenant of life?
A. Because all have broken it and are condemned by it.

Q.45 - How did you break the covenant of life?
A. Adam represented all people, and so I fell with Adam in his first sin.

Q.46 - How, then, can you be saved?
A. By the Lord Jesus Christ through the covenant of grace.

August 15
Q.47 - Whom did Christ represent in the covenant of grace?
A. His elect people.

Q.48 - How did Christ fulfill the covenant of grace?
A. Christ obeyed the whole law for his people, and then suffered the punishment due for their sins.

Q.49 - Did Jesus ever sin?
A. No. He lived a sinless life.

August 22
Q.50 - How could Christ suffer?
A. Christ, the Son of God, became a man so that he could obey and suffer in our place.

Q.51 - For whom did Christ obey and suffer?
A. For all whom God the Father gave to Christ.

Q.52 - What kind of life did Christ live on earth?
A. A life of obedience, service and suffering.

Q.53 - What kind of death did Jesus die?
A. The painful and shameful death of the cross.

August 29
Q.54 - What is meant by atonement?
A. Christ satisfied God's justice by his suffering and death as a substitute for sinners.