Thursday, March 28, 2019

Epic

I like epic movies! Brave Heart, Gladiator, and Glory. All epic war time dramas of people facing massive difficulties, challenges, and victories. They inspire me. In many ways they draw me into a narrative that internally I find myself walking in. In fact, life can be an 'epic' journey of challenges, callings, and celebrations.

The narrative of Easter is Epic! It is full of drama, that is real to life for Jesus and his followers. Then and now. The implications of how Jesus journeyed in the epic experiences of His life has personal implications for me as a follower of Him. His entrance into the passion of His mission to save lost people. The epic events of His death are sobering; and His epic victory over death in the resurrection, sets Jesus aside from all others as the way, the truth, and the life, that God demanded and people can follow. 

I hope you will both take time this spring to investigate the Epic stories of Jesus, in the Gospel's of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Elevation Church will be spending three sermons on three parts of Jesus' life. First with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem (4/14/19). What did that mean for those then and now? Then a look at the Cross, Jesus' death, and the implications of it for people of all time (4/19/19). Finally, the resurrection; how this singular miracle of God, brings the necessary victory of God's salvation in Christ alone (4/21/19). Please take some time to listen to these Epic messages by linking to www.el-church.com and going to the messages page.

May your Easter 2019 be...

Going there again with Jesus

In many ways our faith in Christ, is informed many times about our 'ideas' of Him. This can cause the disciple of Christ to waffle in his/her own faith of the Christ. Oswald Chambers in his devotional, gives an encouraging word about that; I hope you will take some time to read and reflect. Looking to Jesus as the author and finisher of my faith...
Isn’t There Some Misunderstanding?
"Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to Him, "…are You going there again?"  JOHN 11:7-8
Just because I don’t understand what Jesus Christ says, I have no right to determine that He must be mistaken in what He says. That is a dangerous view, and it is never right to think that my obedience to God’s directive will bring dishonor to Jesus. The only thing that will bring dishonor is not obeying Him. To put my view of His honor ahead of what He is plainly guiding me to do is never right, even though it may come from a real desire to prevent Him from being put to an open shame. I know when the instructions have come from God because of their quiet persistence. But when I begin to weigh the pros and cons, and doubt and debate enter into my mind, I am bringing in an element that is not of God. This will only result in my concluding that His instructions to me were not right. Many of us are faithful to our ideas about Jesus Christ, but how many of us are faithful to Jesus Himself? Faithfulness to Jesus means that I must step out even when and where I can’t see anything (see Matthew 14:29). But faithfulness to my own ideas means that I first clear the way mentally. Faith, however, is not intellectual understanding; faith is a deliberate commitment to the Person of Jesus Christ, even when I can’t see the way ahead.
Are you debating whether you should take a step of faith in Jesus, or whether you should wait until you can clearly see how to do what He has asked? Simply obey Him with unrestrained joy. When He tells you something and you begin to debate, it is because you have a misunderstanding of what honors Him and what doesn’t. Are you faithful to Jesus, or faithful to your ideas about Him? Are you faithful to what He says, or are you trying to compromise His words with thoughts that never came from Him? “Whatever He says to you, do it” (John 2:5). 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Being sappy

Sap in a Christian is the illustrative comparison to having the indwelling of the Spirit of God. The brief audio clip from the devotion called morning and evening that I posted on my twitter gives great encouragement for being sappy. Enjoy! 

https://twitter.com/ericvp/status/922833947297431552

Friday, August 4, 2017



Changed lives for God's Glory @ Elevation Church 2017. Seeing God's hand at work in the body at Elevation has been wonderful. Our baptism service at the pond was nothing short of God's glory on display for all to see. Keep these new disciples in prayer and keep proclaiming Jesus' name! Check the link to see video: http://el-church.com/ make sure you scroll toward the bottom of the page!

“Cling to the cross” by Charles Spurgeon

“We owe all to Jesus crucified. What is your life, my brethren, but the cross? Whence comes the bread of your soul but from the cross? What is your joy but the cross? What is your delight, what is your heaven, but the Blessed One, once crucified for you, who ever lives to make intercession for you?
Cling to the cross, then. Put both arms around it! Hold to the Crucified, and never let Him go. Come afresh to the cross at this moment, and rest there now and forever! Then, with the power of God resting upon you, go forth and preach the cross! Tell out the story of the bleeding Lamb.
Repeat the wondrous tale, and nothing else. Only proclaim that Jesus died for sinners. The cross held up by a babe’s hand is just as powerful as if a giant held it up. The power lies in the Word itself, or rather in the Holy Spirit who works by it and with it…
Believe in Christ crucified and preach boldly in His name, and you shall see great and gladsome things. His reward shall parallel His sorrows. Let no man’s heart fail him! Christ has died! Atonement is complete! God is satisfied! Peace is proclaimed!
Heaven glitters with proofs of mercy already bestowed upon ten thousand times ten thousand! Hell is trembling, heaven adoring, earth waiting. Advance, ye saints, to certain victory! You shall overcome through the blood of the Lamb.”
–Charles H. Spurgeon

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Secular Grace vs God's Grace About Being Thankful

As many of your know, I enjoy Dr. Albert Molher. His timely, educated, and cultural assessments bring me insight and inspiration. Take a listen to his 2016 Thanksgiving address. What you need to see is the difference between being thankful in and of ourselves verse being thankful to the Lord who oversees, ordains, and organizes the hearts of mankind to be genuinely thankful. Romans chapter one is a highlight, and I would encourage you to read the whole chapter as reflection to his address. Happy Thanksgiving and thankful for the Lord is good!!
http://4ff414ae5107de3a9e18-43dbab4d73aa8c295e652f2d85e793bd.r77.cf1.rackcdn.com/media/audio/totl/Podcast/20161123_TheBriefing1.mp3

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A good word about self truth vs revealed truth

There have been times I have both heard and used for myself, "this is my truth." And though I would hope to possess truth personally, I am still bound to God's revealed truth to govern, direct, inform, and inspire my life. The slippery slide of making God's truth relative to "my truth" is an age old deception from the Garden of Eden. For the deceiver (Satan) tempted Eve, and by cowardice Adam in thinking that they could relegate truth to gain better freedoms, and this was the start and continuation of a fall that has required a rescue in Christ. Praise the Lord for His rescue to all who would both believe and apply the Truth of the Gospel in life and culture. The Gospel Coalition posted a good word about this subtle truth slide. The relativism of our lives can certainly sound good to an itchy ear. Though written by a woman, and for women; the application is for all. Here you go... https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-most-revolutionary-thing-a-woman-can-do