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Message Monday: Disciplines of Devotion – Discipline 3: Humble Witness

Originally Preached 07/02/17


  • The ink was still drying on the Declaration of Independence as General Washington and the Continental Army entered into battle with the British in August of 1776.
  • The British had developed a superior battle plan trapping Washington and all of the 8000 Continental troops on Brooklyn Height, New York. Should they have pressed the battle into the evening the War would have been over.
  • With confidence and pride General Howe ordered a halt until the morning. After all the rebel army was trapped so that the British Navy would intercept them by sea and the British army would intercept them by land.
  • It was then that a near supernatural fog descended onto the Heights and the East River. So thick was the fog that through the night Washington was able to ferry the entire army across the river and to escape that they might fight another day.
  • Had it not been for that critically timed fog, the Battle of New York would have ended the revolution and today we would sing “God Save the Queen” rather than “God Bless America”


  • I mention that miracle of the Revolution not to say that God chose sides in the Revolution, but to point out how even in our own Revolution there were those who sought and recognized God’s providential help in their personal lives.
  • For Washington this event, along with the numerous times that he would ride out of battle, inspect his cloak and discover bullet holes, as well as other critical events in the revolution cemented in his mind that the Hand of Providence which guided his steps.
  • Listen to these words from his first Inaugural Address, “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency… We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”
  • Not all of us can be a Washington or a Daniel, but all of us can display the humility and bold witness of these men.
  • My goal with today’s message is to show you how to be that kind of witness in a three simple points.

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Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Ministry of the Word


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Message Monday: Practical Humility


  • In His book Humility C.J. Mahaney offers this definition for humility: “Humility is honestly addressing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness”.
  • From this definition Mahaney then spends the remainder of his 200 page book exploring and explaining that definition and is biblical basis.
  • While we do not have that kind of time this morning, we do want to consider whether or not we are humble biblically.
  • Most of us know how to act humble, but humility is just an act if we do not have an inwardly humble heart.
    • People will congratulate us on a job well done and we will say it was really nothing, but on the insider we relish the accolades.
    • We will not volunteer for jobs in the church, but wait on someone to ask us to serve, so that we will not look braggadocios. Secretly we enjoying the affirmation of someone coming to us, and expect that people will ask us to take that job again.
    • In the south we are masters of the polite insult, and the tactful complaint.
      • Have you ever heard a southern lady say something like this, “I wanted to check and make sure that you received the gift because I never received a thank you note.”
      • Or maybe when someone offends us we will say a phrase like, “Well bless their hearts.”
      • On the surface phrases like that sound very humble and kind, but we all know that they are veneers for a seething outrage that we could be treated that way.



  • We may allow others to go before ourselves, we may hold doors for every person, we may never take credit, and we may wait for others to ask us to serve but do we do any of this because we honestly evaluate ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness?
  • Today I would like to help you see four ways to practice genuine humility in your heart and mind.

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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Ministry of the Word


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How Should Christians Say Hello? (Part 2)

To read Part One of this series click here.

The Reason for This Regard


Jesus’ example of greeting includes an extreme moment when he even washed the disciples’ feet.

If Romans 12:16 affirms unity in Christ as the necessary means from which believers learn to regard others enough to greet them, Romans 15:7 speaks to the reason that one believer should welcome another believer. After pointing out in Chapter thirteen the way Christians submit to authorities and how they refrain from judging different brothers or causing weak brothers to stumble; Paul begins to close this section of his letter by reminding the believers that he asks them to live in this way due to the example of Christ.[1] The greater context of this verse mentions living in harmony in such a way that believers glorify God together, with one voice. Paul repeats the sentiment of Romans 12:16 in such a way that he makes this occasion sound like the believers have joined in worship singing his praise together. Then Paul draws this conclusion of welcoming one another in the form of command. The Greek words command believers to receive one another with kindness.[2] Since believers do this in order to follow the example of Christ, one must ask, “How did Christ “welcome” believers?” Christ welcomed believers in spite of their sin (Rom. 5:8) in order to lead people to repentance (Rom. 2:4). Thus as believers “welcome one another” they should do so in such a way that each one also receives encouragement to continue in a lifestyle of repentance and faith. Notice as well that the prepositional phrase “for God’s glory” aids and confirms the conclusions thus provided. Believers, like Christ should “welcome one another” so that God can be glorified through that greeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Shepherding


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How Should Christians Say Hello?

Introduction: No Time for Greeting?           

Imagine an ordinary Sunday morning. The congregation gathers as it normally does. As the pastor makes his way around to greet members who have arrived early one older member grabs his hand and pulls him in close so no one else can here. “Pastor, I think we need to stop this greeting time at the beginning of the service. And I’m not the only one. Hugging and shaking hands like that and talking; well it makes us look like a social club. Is this church a social club?” How should the pastor respond? Does greeting one another really matter to the Lord? In fact this question has many facets. Does it matter if a committee meeting, small group or board meeting begins with a warm greeting towards one another? Particularly as it relates to biblical counseling, does it matter how a counselor greets his counselee both inside and outside of the counseling room? While this paper does not provide adequate room to address this issue throughout the Bible, the book of Romans at the very least teaches plainly that it does matter how believers display their loving care to one another.    Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Shepherding


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Making Sure the Foundation Has not Cracked…

1st Peter 5:1-5

Let me take just a moment to present to you the message of 1st Peter. Throughout the book the message is that we have a firm foundation for our faith and living. That firm foundation is a crucified Christ. When we are looking to him, there is no suffering, no trouble, or no hardship we are not willing to endure because we know that this world is temporary, our sufferings are worthwhile if they uplift him, and our trials even in the fellowship with other believers can be God honoring because they serve to make us more like Christ.

Thus this title may seem to contradict that message since there is no way that Christ and him crucified can be defeated, destroyed or “cracked”. Even so this question is not about Christ this question is about us. If you have cracks in the foundation of your faith and living Christ is not your foundation. Think with me. Do you have any sin that you love to do more than Christ? Do you look at doing what you know is right as a burden instead of a joy? Do you find yourself unwilling to share your faith? Do you think if you pay enough to the church that someone will do the ministry? Do you think that since you lead a Sunday School class, a ministry, a program, or are a deacon that people should just do what you say? Do you think that just avoiding people you have conflict with or quitting church is the right way to handle things? All these are cracks in the foundation of you faith and your living. All of these are places in your life that you have not trusted that Christ as sufficient to meet your needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 28, 2009 in Christian Worldview, Shepherding


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