>Revival – What Does It Look Like?

>Here is how J. I. Packer answers that question in his essay, “The Glory of God and the Reviving of Religion” in “A God-Entranced Vision of all Things”:http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1581345631&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Revival is God touching minds and hearts in an arresting, devastating, exalting way, to draw them to himself through working from the inside out rather than from the outside in.
It is God accelerating, intensifying, and extending the work of grace that goes on in every Christian’s life, but is sometimes overshadowed and somewhat smothered by the impact of other forces.
It is the near presence of God giving new power to the gospel of sin and grace.
It is the Holy Spirit sensitizing souls to divine realities and so generating deep-level responses to God in the form of faith and repentance, praise and prayer, love and joy, works of benevolence and service and initiatives of outreach and sharing.

What is the pattern of genuine revival? Packer suggests the following ten elements:

  1. God comes down.
  2. God’s Word pierces.
  3. Man’s sin is seen.
  4. Christ’s cross is valued.
  5. Change goes deep.
  6. Love breaks out.
  7. Joy fills hearts.
  8. Each church becomes itself—becomes, that is, the people of the divine presence in an experiential, as distinct from merely notional, sense.
  9. The lost are found.
  10. Satan keeps pace.

>The Secret to Living Like Jesus!

>There isn’t a secret:

“It is no good giving me a play like Hamlet or King Lear, and telling me to write a play like that. Shakespeare could do it — I can’t. And it is no good showing me a life like the life of Jesus and telling me to live a life like that. Jesus could do it — I can’t. But if the genius of Shakespeare could come and live in me, then I could write plays like this. And if the Spirit could come into me, then I could live a life like his.”
– William Temple

>What is Essential to Church Health?

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It was true when first written; it remains true today…no matter how much conversation we have about “relevance” or “emergent” or “seeker-sensitive” etc etc etc:http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1581343582&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

“A preaching ministry is absolutely essential to the health and prosperity of a visible church. The pulpit is the place where the chief victories of the Gospel have always been won, and no Church has ever done much for the advancement of true religion in which the pulpit has been neglected. Would we know whether a minister is a truly apostolical man?

“If he is, he will give the best of his attention to his sermons. He will labor and pray to make his preaching effective, and he will tell his congregation that he looks to preaching for the chief results on souls.

“The minister who exalts the sacraments, or forms of the Church, above preaching, may be a zealous, earnest, conscientious, and respectable minister; but his zeal is not according to knowledge. He is not a follower of the apostles.”
~ J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)

>Seven Principles of Finance for the Believer

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Seven Principles of Finance for the Believer

by Jim & Pam Elliff
One of the most recognizable differences in the believer and the world he lives in is his unusual relationship to money and possessions. However, even serious believers sometimes balk at the seeming extremities in the teaching and lifestyle of Christ and the leaders of the New Testament church. Can we duplicate this New Testament lifestyle in our day?
This outline provides the diligent believer with some key principals preparing him/her for radical, other-worldly financial behavior. Alone, or if married, with your spouse, take some time for reading the Scripture texts and thinking through the obedient thing to do in each area. Then write out what you find. There is only one thing for you to do after this meditation … obey!

  1. The Principle of Non-Attachment
    I will purchase or receive nothing that I cannot give away. And He said to them, “Beware and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions. Luke 12:15
    Luke 12:32-34; 16:13-25; 1 John 2:15-17
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  2. The Principle of Liberty
    I will owe no man anything but to love him. Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. Rom. 13:8
    Pro. 22:7
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  3. The Principle of Liberality
    I will constantly seek to give away possessions for God’s glory. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability they gave of their own accord, begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 2 Cor. 8:3-5
    2 Cor. 9:7; Luke 6:38
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  4. The Principle of Recall
    I will keep accurate records of God’s dealings with me financially in order to show others that God answers prayer and provides for His own. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Mat. 5:16
    Prov. 27:23-27
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  5. The Principle of Security
    I will save and invest only if God is leading, with the understanding that I will give it all away at His slightest instruction. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and dust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up your treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal. Mat. 6:19-20
    Prov. 28:8; 1 Tim. 6:9-11
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  6. The Principle of Compassion
    I will not pray for someone’s needs financially unless I am willing to be the instrument God uses to meet that need if He should desire. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 1 John 3:16-18
    James 2:15-17; Luke 6:30, 38; II Cor. 9:6-15; Prov. 28:27
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  7. The Principle of Contentment
    I will be content to live on whatever God chooses to provide, whether little or much. Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:11-13
    Prov. 30:7-9; Matt. 6:24-34; 1 Tim. 6:8
    What must be done to obey these verses?

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>Digging "Dug Down Deep"!

>Joshua Harris’ “Dug Down Deep” is a fantastic book, filled with challenge! Here are a couple sentences to whet your appetite…Honestly can’t recommend this book more highly; considering leading a group of 20-somethings through it on Sunday evenings:


What is ‘humble orthodoxy’?  “It’s standing for truth with a tear in our eye.”


“We should strive to hold our beliefs with a charity and kindness that won’t embarrass us in heaven.”http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1601421516&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
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>Don’t Need the Gospel to Get Saved (only)

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“There is nothing in us or done by us, at any stage of our earthly development, because of which we are acceptable to God. We must always be accepted for Christ’s sake, or we cannot ever be accepted at all. This is not true of us only when we believe. It is just as true after we have believed. It will continue to be trust as long as we live. Our need of Christ does not cease with our believing; nor does the nature of our relation to Him or to God through Him ever alter, no matter what our attainments in Christian graces or our achievements in behavior may be. It is always on His “blood and righteousness” alone that we can rest.need this reminder moment-by-moment:”  B. B. Warfield