God has richly blessed the C&MA with an amazing history to what it is today.  It’s all about Jesus and obedience to the Great Commission he has called every fully-devoted disciple of Christ to make disciples, both locally and globally. I’m pleased that the C&MA has put together an excellent video series to be used in local churches to explain and rediscover the C&MA movement’s “Spiritual DNA”. Look for it coming soon to Atlanta Road Alliance Church!  In the meantime, watch the promo video below.

To me, insects are the dragons and monsters I grew up playing with as a kid.  I’m just glad God didn’t make them huge.  It would be their foot not mine that might have crushed me.  But I was crushed by the fierce reality of the glory of God while I looked at, of all things, a bunch of pill bugs in my compost the other day.

I was shoveling the compost pile to prepare my garden (I have to grow something alongside all these farmers here in Sussex County!) and a myriad of pill bugs started to appear out of the dirt.  I got down and observed small and large ones, and a centipede would slide by from time to time.  And then I remembered.  You can take a small stick, poke them, and watch them curl up in a perfect ball.  It was amazing and I worshipped God right then and there by my compost pile.  I was lost in wonder again at my God just as I did when I was a boy playing with dragons  and monsters.

Do you look at creation that way?  Does it point you  to the majesty and wonder of God?  I was reading Psalm 104 today and the entire Psalm points to the enjoyment God has over His creation.  Why would He do that?  The reason is this: God rejoices in the works of creation because they point us beyond themselves to God Himself.

And if God’s world has not caused you to enjoy Him on such a beautiful day (such as today and this past week that we’ve been having), then repent and drink deep of His glory.  Or maybe, just maybe, the world looks gray like an old black and white TV and not in color, because you haven’t come to Jesus Christ.  Come to Christ and you gain a whole new set of eyes.

And if this hasn’t caused you to ponder enough… check out N.D. Wilson’s (author of the 100 Cupboard series for children) promo video for a DVD series off of his book Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl.  It echoes the same thing I pondered over a pill bug above…

We had a great time at District Youth Retreat with other Christian & Missionary Alliance Mid-Atlantic District churches.  My heart is full from watching Jesus meet with each of the students.  …There was also a funny video shown at the retreat in which I didn’t know whether it was cute or creepy… you be the judge!  I introduce you to Marcel the shell…

I’ve never heard of this group until previewing this video and their site.  They are called The Joy Eternal and their lyrics and music sounds pretty good.  Plus, it’s based off of a favorite author of mine! Check out the video.

For whom does Rob Bell’s view on hell toll?  I know this post is ringing late in light of all the news on the blogosphere and cable news networks concerning Rob Bell’s book Love Wins, but I figured I’d point you to 2 good worthy responses to his book.

Bottom line, Rob Bell’s view on hell is not biblical.  And for the sake of brevity…

-The reality for the non-Christian… Hell is real. Repent of your sin and turn to Jesus Christ.

-The reality for the Christian… Hell is real.  Spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

For the sake of those who need a larger discourse on these two…

-Read Kevin DeYoung’s review of Rob Bell’s book.

-Watch David Platt’s (pastor and author of the book Radical) comment.

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