Awesome video by Tim Keller. Check it out.
My friend Clint Clifton shared this post on his blog last week and would like to draw your attention to it….”Just wanted to draw attention to Mike McKinley’s new book, “Am I Really A Christian?” from Crossway. This book has tremendous potential in the hands of the people who make up our churches….” Check out more from Clint at http://dirtyclint.com/
At Aletheia Norfolk, we make a big deal and get pumped about the resurrection of Jesus. There are many reasons why we are so excited about the resurrection of Jesus but to list all the reasons would “stretch from sky to sky” as the hymn writer Frederick Lehman penned in 1917,
“The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
“God met our guilt with His grace.”
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.”
“God met our guilt with His grace.” BELIEVE IT and GET PUMPED ABOUT IT!
Over the past 35+ years, Dave Proffitt (my friend and mentor) has dedicated his life to Jesus Christ and His church. I don’t know too many people who can make this claim. God has used this man to plant churches all over this nation and all over the world. Tens of Thousands of people have been impacted by the personal ministry of Dave. These years have been difficult to say the least…full of hardships, challenges, and really painful moments. But if you ask my friend Dave, the reward of seeing Christ transform lives is worth all of the trials in ministry.
With all that being said, you don’t go through 35+ years of doing something and not learn anything about it. In fact, Dave has learned a lot about ministry…specifically, church planting. Let me tell you, the man knows his stuff. He has a great biblical understanding of what Christ’s church should look like. And with all of that knowledge, why not put it down on paper? Well, that’s exactly what he did.
The title of the book is “In the Trenches: Ten Vital Reminders to Assist Church Planters”. You will be able to get a first hand look into the mind of a man who has developed a proven biblical model for church planting. Also, you will be able to read about the humor and the horror that often accompanies church planting as Dave recounts dozens of stories from all of his ministry experiences. And, if you are looking for a strategic church planting guide, look no further.
Get your copy of this amazing book at: www.daveproffitt.com
This past week ,at Aletheia Norfolk, we celebrated the most significant moment in all of history…THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. We cried out to God prior to Sunday that He would move greatly on our behalf and He overwhelmingly answered. We had our largest crowd to date at our worship gathering and we saw 9 people make a profession of Faith in Jesus. As thankful as we are in this, we know that there is much more to be done. There are still people who are far from God that need to come to new life in Christ and there many more that desperately need to become true disciples of Him. There are churches that need to be planted on/near the campuses of Norfolk State, Hampton U., CNU, and W&M. There are churches that need to be planted in the country of Togo where we have our missions partnership. There are lives that need to be restored, addictions that need to be broken, marriages that need to be restored, friendships that need to be mended, and people mobilized all for the sake of the Gospel and the glory of God. With that being said…there are greater things to be done. Let’s get busy and let’s take to the streets and love this city for the sake of the Gospel and for the Glory of Him.
Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things have still to be done here
If you have been around Aletheia Norfolk very long you have probably heard me make a particular statement about relationships about the character of individuals in dating relationships. The statement is that often who a person is on day one is who that person will be on day 1001. This doesn’t mean that we can’t change. This doesn’t mean that by God’s good grace and through the process of sanctification that the Holy Spirit through the Word of God can’t shape us into the person that we are suppose to be. What this does mean is that character is important and if you are dating and are finding serious character flaws early you should be very cautious and seek wise counsel about your relationships. The truth of the matter is that change is hard and often is arduous process. For those of you that are dating or thinking about dating, My hope and prayer is that you would consider this theory of Day 1= Day 1001. There is a great amount that I could write on this and one day hope to but in the mean time watch this video and consider Day 1= Day 1001. Grace and Peace.
This past Sunday,at Aletheia Norfolk, we looked at how we can love God while suffering from 1 Peter 4:1-6;12-19. Often times in the midst of our suffering we become reflective and ask questions. The answers to why often are what we want most but are needed the least. Why? is a fair question but is not the end of where we need to be. The question of what is even more important. What is God doing. What do we need to learn. What is God producing in us in the process. What will be the outcome of this for the greater good. These are all the growth factors that we need to press towards. Often times, however, our pain, discomfort, selfishness, idolatry, or even just wanting to self-loath keeps us from getting the answers to the what and keep us in the why. The encouragement we have is that suffering will not last forever and is temporary. Though our situations may loom over us and seem very large at the moment, rest in the fact that your Sovereign and loving God cares for you and wants to help you get to the what. On the other side of the what and who is a loving Father who sent His only Son to suffer for you and understands what you are going through. We want you also to know that we care and want to help you and pray for you at Aletheia Norfolk. If you missed the message from Sunday on suffering you can download it here.
GRACE AND PEACE