Wednesday, October 1, 2014

God's Grace Is Here If You Will Receive It

What God did at Calvary was grace. Jesus didn’t die for his friends, he died for his enemies, and he died for us. That’s grace. That’s going beyond the ordinary or what’s expected. All the human race can expect is divine wrath but God comes and says, “I’m going to give you grace instead of wrath because of my Son”.

The grace of God is here for the human race. Christ died on the cross for them. But the human race says, “No, I’m doing it my own way”. Jeremiah says, “That’s bad news because it’s not in you to direct your steps, to lead your own life”. This is the issue in man’s rebellion against God. Man thinks I can come up with my own way to save myself, I don’t have to believe in Jesus or all that Bible stuff, I can do it my own way. God says there is only one way. Jesus is the only door, he is not one of many doors. This is the struggle— the struggle for control.

You must understand this is the battle we face in presenting the gospel. To accept Christ man has to give up the control he thinks he has (which is an illusion anyway) he has to repent and believe the gospel. This issue of control is at the heart of all our struggles and still must be dealt with even after you come to Christ.

This is from the message "The Need For Brokenness And Correction"

Eric Clapton - Change the World

Eric Clapton - I'm Tore Down - Live TV Recording

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

John Mayall - Parchman Farm

The Real Jesus

A January 1959 letter from C. S. Lewis to Edward Lofstrom. At one point Lewis responds to something Lofstrom had asked him about by saying--

'Gentle Jesus', my elbow! The most striking thing about Our Lord is the union of great ferocity with extreme tenderness. (Remember Pascal? 'I do not admire the extreme of one virtue unless you show me at the same time the extreme of the opposite virtue. One shows one's greatness not by being at an extremity but by being simultaneously at two extremities and filling all the space between')
Add to this that He is also a supreme ironist, dialectician, and (occasionally) humorist. So go on! You are on the right track now: getting to the real Man behind all the plaster dolls that have been substituted for Him. This is the appearance in Human form of the God who made the Tiger and the Lamb, the avalanche and the rose. He'll frighten and puzzle you: but the real Christ can be loved and admired as the doll can't.

--Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, 3:1011

This is the real Jesus not the religious Jesus, not the fake Jesus or the weak Jesus. I will worship the real Jesus.

Mose Allison Trio 1962 ~ I Don't Worry About A Thing

Charlie Parker - I've Got Rhythm