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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Sutera Update

Ralph and Lou Sutera are holding revival meetings in Winnipeg at the moment. On Friday (the 16th) the organizers and church leaders met with them to familiarize ourselves with one another. On Saturday, the churches involved met for a potluck supper (though we called it a pot-blessing to avoid using the doctrinally incorrect concept of "luck!" After the supper Ralph gave a sermon on what it means to be a Christian - it was very good.

On Sunday night we watched the
My House Shall Be Called A House Of Prayer (Video) where Jim Cymbala speaks about the importance of prayer in God's house (the church). I had seen the video before, but it was perhaps even more powerful watching it again in the context of revival. Ralph implored us as believers to get right with God and understand that if we are not praying right, there is something wrong.

On Monday Lou gave the sermon - and continued to hammer home the importance of prayer. If you hadn't seen the video on Sunday night, it could have left you a little
confused

Tuesday Lou preached again, and once again his focus was prayer - but he did touch upon the motive of our repentance - God's glory. Really, the motive of our prayer, the motive of the genuine Christian. He exposited Romans 3:23 (For all have sinned (missed the mark) and fallen short of the glory of God. In this we see the purpose of our existence is to glorify God - quoting from the Westminster Confession of Faith to emphasize his point. He was bang on, and I was glad to have come that night.


Today we get a "break" - that is a day to meditate upon what we have heard, to pray and to rest.

I have invited a few people to come on Thursday - my brother in law and sister (He is new in his faith but growing like crazy, and she, while saved a while ago, has a lot of doctrinal error to clean up - I am not sure where she is at spiritually, but I assume she is coming around.) Also I invited a fellow I met on the bus - Wayne - great guy, reformed in his faith, belongs to a closed Plymouth Brethren assembly - he and his wife live near us.

I would like to invite more people, but I don't have enough room in my van!
posted by Daniel @ 10:14 AM  
4 Comments:
  • At 1:23 PM, September 21, 2005, Blogger JIBBS said…

    Your friend Wayne--Plymouth Brethren and Reformed??

    That's an odd combination.....I assume he is highly dispensational and similar to a John MacArthur type?

     
  • At 1:33 PM, September 21, 2005, Blogger Daniel said…

    Indeed.

    We haven't pranced about in our eschatological finery just yet, but I get the impression that he is either undecided or possibly a hodge-podge.

    I must be careful, there are several definitions of "reformed" out there - when you say reformed, some people immediately assume you mean "covenant theology" as opposed to calvinist and five solas. I mean it in the calvinist five sola's way, and not necessarily in the adhering to the WCF way. if that makes any sense.

    Dan
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  • At 3:07 PM, September 21, 2005, Blogger Bryan said…

    Most dispensationalists are 4 point Calvinistis although they insist they hold to all 5 points. To the best of my knowledge it wasn't really until MacArthur came around that there have been true Dispensational Calvinistis. Grestner focuses a lot of time in his book on dispensationalism on this (except he doesn't give MacArthur credit for being both and others who have followed in his footsteps).

    Naomi told me today that I missed a really good night yesterday. I would have loved to be there, the glorification of God IS my favorite subject, but alas I didn't get home from school until after 6:30 and had homework. The next night I will be able to come out will be Sunday.

    Bryan
    SDG

     
  • At 3:15 PM, September 21, 2005, Blogger Daniel said…

    It -was- good. I think he explained himself well, and I get the impression that many of the people there were hearing this truth for the first time.

    Very timely.

    Dan
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