adam was the first man ever

In Luke chapter 3 when Luke is giving us the genealogy of Jesus, we see something very interesting.

Luke’s genealogy goes backward from Jesus all the way to Adam. At the very end, here is what Luke writes:

“the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”

Luke could have just ended with Adam, but for some added emphasis Luke states that Adam came from God. God made Adam. He was the first man ever.

what a perspective!

Yesterday’s sermon was on our perspective of Jesus. It needs to be a proper and healthy perspective. You can hear the sermon here.

Well let me show you the Awesome perspective that John the baptist had. This is great.

In Luke 7:28 Jesus says this about John,

“I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John.”

To repeat, Jesus says that John is the greatest person ever born.

Well check this out now. Watch what John says in Luke 3:16 about himself in comparison to Jesus,

“he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

WHAT A PERSPECTIVE! The Bible is so helpful for us people. The greatest man to ever be born is nowhere near as great as Jesus. He himself says he is not even worthy enough to undo his shoes. In comparison to Jesus, John is so lowly and unworthy.

I have several great American people in mind: Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Billy Graham, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, and so on. They are great in different ways. I wonder what their perspective is on Jesus.

How about you? What is your level of greatness? And moreover, what is your perspective on Jesus’ level of greatness?

what is repentance?

This an outstanding quote from D.L. Moody about repentance. I used it in last week’s Sunday Morning sermon. You can listen to that sermon here. The sermon was on repentance and preached from Luke 3.

Here is the quote (taken from Daily Grace for Teens):

“Let me say what it is not. Repentance is not fear. Many think they have to be alarmed and terrified, and in order to repent, they are waiting for some kind of fear to come down upon them.

Repentance is not feeling. I find a great many people are waiting to to turn to God, but think they cannot do it until this feeling comes.

Repentance is not fasting and afflicting the body. A person may fast for weeks and months and years, yet not repent of one sin.

Neither is it remorse. Judas had terrible remorse, but that was not repentance.

Repentance is not conviction of sin. I have seen people under such deep conviction of sin that they could not sleep at night or enjoy a single meal, and yet, they did not truly repent.

Neither is praying repentance. Many people say, “I will pray and read the Bible,” and yet never repent.

It is not quitting one single sin. Forsaking one vice is like breaking off one limb of a tree when the whole tree has to come down.

What is repentance? It is “Right About Face!” It implies that a person walking in one direction has not only faced about, but is actually walking in an exactly contrary direction.”

sticking to commitments – grace & discipline

If you know anything about college basketball this season, then you know about BYU and their sudden success. The Mormon Cougars, led by star player Jimmer Fredette, are ranked #3 in the nation this week and are in the discussions for a #1 seed for the NCAA tournament.

Well also this week, the school announced that starting forward Brandon Davies has been dismissed from the team for breaking the school’s honor code. The school was quick to announce that he has not been kicked out of school; he has not done any criminal offense; and he has not messed up academically. He simply broke the school’s honor code. Every student, athlete or not, at BYU commits to keeping the school’s honor code.

Davies admittedly broke the honor code. And because of that he has been dismissed from the team. (This really hurts the team. Their first game without Davies was last night, and they lost badly.)

ESPN reports today here that Davies had sexual relations with his girlfriend. This is not allowed for any student at Brigham Young University.

My thoughts race quickly to whether this is good or bad. Should they forgive him and restore him? Or should he be punished this?

In a day when integrity is lacking nearly everywhere, especially in collegiate sports, it is nice to see a school stick to their commitments and model integrity.

As BYU’s head coach said:

“A lot of people try to judge if this is right or wrong, but it’s a commitment they make. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about commitment.”

I agree. Great statement. Having sex with your girlfriend is wrong, but its not the end of the world. But also getting kicked off the team for this season is not the end of the world. He is still in school.

Discipline is a good thing. Its how people grow. Commitment is a good thing too. If you make a commitment, be committed. And if you are not going to be committed, then just know that discipline may come.

It is nice to see a good example of integrity from the school.

So so good – 5 things you wont find in Bible

R.C. Sproul has written a  very insightful article here.

It is titled ‘5 Things I’m Surprised I Cant Find in the Bible.’

If you are a Christian and member of a church anywhere, please take time to read this. It will help you relax so much about the way you think and it will also encourage you to keep loving the God who speaks to you through His Word.

He concludes “The Bible, like its author, is perfect. Praise that author that He is perfecting me through it.”

when it comes down to it – who?

When it comes down to it, who is your life and friendship and parenting emphasizing?

For everyone who knows you, do they think of Jesus when they think of you? Do your conversations leak Jesus? Are your friendships and family influenced by Him? Do your kids have an overwhelming sense that Jesus is so important?

Colossians 1:16-17 “all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

These verses are talking about Jesus. Life is unquestionably ALL ABOUT JESUS! To understand something else or to not understand that statement is really really bad and wrong.

So that brings me to asking and thinking what is it that we are really about? Him or something else?

The other night Valeria and I got to go eat at the restaurant that I worked at through seminary. That has been several years now. It was like 2003 through 2005. I got to see several people who are still working there that I have not seen in a while. They were all shocked that Val and I have three sons now. That made me proud. One of them stopped by to chat for a bit. In a 3 minute catch-up conversation, he asked me 4 different questions about sports. This really got me thinking. Did I work there for three years and all he remembers about me is sports? Not Jesus?

It could be that since he isn’t a believer, he didn’t want to bring up Jesus. I don’t know. But it got me thinking… what does my life emphasize?

When it comes down to it, lets be sure that we emphasize Jesus!

8 tips for talking to your kids about the sermon

As a father of three young boys, I am extremely nervous and prayerful about raising them well. I thank God daily for a wife who is so good with them. She makes up for the many areas where I am lacking.

But I am always eager to find a good book or article to help me improve on training my boys to trust Jesus.

Here is a great little article about talking to your kids after church.