Peace with God As the Means for Obtaining the Peace of God 

Why is it that though I have been saved by such amazing grace through Jesus' death and resurrection do I continue to be a bitter, or irritable, or irate, or frustrated, or petty person? Why do I still struggle with things that I should have moved past by now? Most importantly, why do I not have the peace of God? I have asked myself these questions many times because I'm a sinner and continue to sin, hurting people I love, though I hate the sin that is there. You may have asked yourself this too. And the answer is that at the core of your being you need the peace of God reigning in your heart to change you from the inside out, the peace given by the Holy Spirit, given freely to us through Christ's work alone.

However, we are met with a problem, because all of us naturally want to merit the peace of God through our own works and make a right-standing for ourselves on our own strength and power (which fails all the time). But in our most quiet, intimate moments when we are alone, even if we think we've done things "right" for the most part, we still know that we fall infinitely short, that we must continue to work to make ourselves right, to give ourselves meaning. There's despair, fear, and no peace, but some form of turmoil, unsettledness within our souls. So how is it that we obtain the peace of God? It is through seeing that in Jesus Christ through His perfect life and work on the cross on your behalf, He has given you peace with God by bearing the weight of guilt for you, through faith. And this itself is the heart of how we change: by continuing to keep our eyes fixed on Christ and His work and letting that reality change you. Once you give up working to try and be your own savior and fix your broken, messed up, sinful heart, and instead see Christ as sufficient, only then will you begin to change. You change through giving up on yourself and your works and your righteousness and asking for the mercy of God to come and change you from the inside out, through Christ's work, the Gospel.

Romans 5:1-2 shows us exactly how it is we are changed to live lives in glory to God. It states:

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


Notice that Paul doesn't say we have the peace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ (though that is true), but he specifically says we have peace with God. Before we were saved, we were all naturally objects of wrath, God's face was turned against us, and we were without hope. But then Christ intervened with His blood as an offering to turn away the wrath of God that was against any who believe in Him. Once you see the value of this work in Scripture and through spending time in relationship with the God of the universe, this itself is what produces true heart change, your own works will never save you or change you into a godly person. "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ ... and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God." The glory of God revealed in the face of Jesus Christ, through His perfect moral record on your behalf and His perfect sacrificial death to give you peace with God, is the only thing that will save you and change you. Never take your eyes off of Christ, because as soon you do, just like Peter walking on the water and sinking because he took his eyes off of Him, so you will sink and give into your flesh that still desires sin and wickedness and become a person of fear, pettiness, and wickedness. There will be times that you will sin, but never give up that fight to keep Christ's work central and remember to preach the Gospel to your heart every day, because it wants to stray at every opportunity.

Seeing that you have peace with God through Christ's work is what will give you the peace of God and thus change you, and nothing else.
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Just an Update 

If you wonder why I haven't written in a while, it's because I've been working on my new site www.westerfunk.net whenever I get the chance. In addition, I have been super busy at work which makes me dead tired most of the time. Anyway, I'll be back soon to post something worth while.
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Celebrity Atheists 

http://www.nbc5i.com/slideshow/entertai ... s&tn=b

It is really no surprise that Hollywood is increasingly becoming more and more corrupt and pushing as many boundaries as possible when you read this list of celebrities who openly and firmly deny the existence of God. What else would you do but pursue the depths of depravity if you didn't have a relationship with the greatest treasure in all the universe, Jesus Christ? The One through whom the universe came to be? Thank you Lord for having mercy on my soul and inclining my heart toward you when I wanted nothing to do with you, and would have gone to the same lengths many in our culture do. Lord, it is You alone and your grace in the cross that has made me to differ, I am no better than any, I am a sinner saved by sheer grace. All credit to you Lord ... I praise You.
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These Quotes Really Speak to the State of the American Church 

"If we play down harsh doctrines, we will gut our pleasant and comfortable beliefs too."
- Tim Keller, Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age

"We must not suppose that if we succeeded in making everyone nice we should have saved their souls. A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world."
- C.S. Lewis

"There is a sad irony in the seeming success of many Christian churches and schools. The irony is that the more you adjust obscure Biblical doctrines to make Christian reality more attractive to unbelievers, the less Christian reality there is when they arrive... If you adjust your doctrine to fit the world in order to attract the world, sooner or later the world realizes that they already have what the church offers. That was the story of much of mainline Protestantism in Europe and America in the 20th century. Adjust your doctrine – or just minimize doctrine – to attract the world, and in the very process of attracting them, lose the radical truth that alone can set them free."
- John Piper, My Anguish, My Kinsmen Are Accursed
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A Scandalous Attack on the Cross 

http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/arti ... il.php?654

Although this teaching can sound correct in appealing to the character of God as being so full of love that the Father couldn't, and in fact did not, pour out His wrath on Jesus at the cross, it absolutely guts the heart of the Gospel, substitutionary atonement, and ultimately strips Christianity of all its unique meaning. Every heresy that has emerged in the history of the church is full of just enough truth to make it look palatable (this is the craftiness of the work of Satan), and yet it is the few drops of poison that are administered that make it spiritually deadly (in the eternal sense). Substitutionary atonement: that is on the cross, Jesus bore the guilt and blame (the wrath of God) for the sins of anyone who would believe in Him and are given the very righteousness Christ earned for them in His life and death, sealed with power in His historical resurrection.

Steve Chalke would have us believe the work of the cross was merely an expression of how far God was willing to go for us; now, it is that, and yet infinitely so much more! Of course it is that, but when the work of the cross is explained as we see it in Scripture, we see that it is redundant to even say that. This guy, Steve Chalke, is attacking the heart of the very divine act that has brought us peace with God, Christ actually and effectually bearing our eternal guilt, in our place, and giving us His perfect record so that we may stand before God and love Him for eternity. And this heresy is spreading like a wildfire among many who call themselves evangelicals even. He is quoted as saying in this article, how have we "‘come to believe that at the cross this God of love suddenly decides to vent his anger and wrath on his own Son?'" This is a blatant attack on the very Gospel itself. If Christ did not bear the wrath of God in our place (might I add, willingly), we would still be under eternal condemnation. This picture of God that emerges from theology like this is a picture simply of a God of love and not a God of justice. In addition, the picture of God he is painting is of a God who simply sweeps our sins under the rug and doesn't deal with them. He is both fully a loving God and a just God, with all of His attributes reconciled in the work of the cross. O The Wonderful Cross!

This error has crept up once again as it has in the history of the church, just in our postmodern cultural context. We would all do well to pay very close attention to what we have seen and heard in the Scriptures, testified to us by the Holy Spirit.
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"I've found the coffin of Jesus, says film director" 

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/arti ... article.do

This guy is claiming he has proved with DNA and excavation evidence, that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, had a son, and that they were all buried next to each other, thus allegedly proving Jesus never rose from the dead, in hopes that he can turn Christianity on its head. And as much as we as believers want to say, "What an idiot, how could he," we must remember first that we are no better and the only reason we differ from this guy is the grace of Christ. In fact, the Scriptures have something to say concerning all of us. Psalm 14:1-3 says:
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

We are all in the same state apart from the inward work of regeneration by the Holy Spirit to turn our hearts from rebellion to seeing Christ as beautiful and embracing Him. Had God left us to our natural desires, we would run head first straight into hell. As the Scripture says, God looks down upon all of us, and from His perspective (the only one that counts), no one seeks after Him. Sure, they may seek after a god of their choosing, made in their likeness, thought up in their own minds, but in no way do they seek after Him, the true King of the universe. How offensive must that be? And this is all of us. Apart from the work of Christ to transform our dead hearts bent on destruction, we would be doing the exact same thing, rejecting God, bent on eternal destruction. By nature our hearts and our will are in bondage to sin and are predisposed to using all of our energy to reject Him. And so before any of us start getting so upset about how absurd this is, just remember that should be you had God not intervened in your will and cut you to the heart by revealing His glory as seen in Christ. Otherwise, you would have despised Christ just like everyone else. I absolutely think this is absurd, but not surprising. Man naturally hates and despises Christ and wants to reject and suppress the truth as much as they can. During this whole thing, remember this thought from Scripture:
"For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins."
- 1 Corinthians 15:16-17

There is no hope apart from the life, death, resurrection, ascension, work, and return of Christ to raise us from the dead, giving us life in Himself.
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hMailServer MySQL Database Files Locked After Power Outages 

I had an issue where my "hMailServer" email servers (both incoming and outgoing) locked a MySQL database table file resulting from the continuous power outages. I looked up on the www.hmailserver.com forums for an answer and came up with this for anyone who uses hMailServer. This applies to those who installed hMailServer with the built-in MySQL database.

1) Open up the "my.ini" file within your \hMailServer\MySQL directory on your server. The default location is "C:\Program Files\hMailServer\MySQL".

2) Add the following line at the bottom of the list of entries:
myisam-recover=FORCE,BACKUP

The entries within the file should look like this:

[mysqld]
bind-address=localhost
basedir=C:\Program Files\hMailServer\MySQL
datadir=C:\Program Files\hMailServer\MySQL\data
port=3307
skip-innodb
myisam-recover=FORCE,BACKUP

3) Go into your Administrative Tools within the Control Panel, open up Services, first stop the "hMailServer" service and then the "hMailServerMySQL" service. Then start up "hMailServerMySQL" first, and then start "hMailServer". This should fix the problem by automatically repairing the corrupt database file(s).

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Solution Origin:
http://www.hmailserver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6913
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New Monergism.com is Here! 


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The Cambridge Declaration: Why is it Important? 

http://www.alliancenet.org/partner/Arti ... 64,00.html

In the modern church in the West, there has been a large shift away from believing core, essential, orthodox truths and a turn to adopt the methods of the culture to try and reach the culture for Christ. In the process, Scripture and its divine authority gets put on the shelf, collecting dust. While this may seem wise on the face to try to reach the culture with modern cultural ideologies and techniques, what ends up happening is that the church becomes so indistinguishable from the world that it no longer possesses the doctrinal distinctiveness it needs to spread the Gospel with clarity that people may be saved. This is very dangerous, 1) because you begin coddling people into the church that may never be converted (because of the indistinguishable, worldly message being preached), all the while assuming they are converted because they take the name "Christian," and 2) the light of the Gospel gets snuffed out because of worldly doctrine being taught, and 3) ultimately God's glory is suppressed as a result (Romans 1:18-19).

The Cambridge Declaration is simply a modern reassertion of core, essential doctrines that must be affirmed by every believer. In fact, they are really not speaking of anything new, but reasserting the very doctrines the Reformers themselves recovered from the dead Roman Catholic church. This statement basically goes through the Five Solas of the Reformation, explains them, and then applies them to the modern crisis the evangelical church in the West is facing. And the crisis is that we are on the verge of becoming totally irrelevant to our culture (just as it has already happened in Europe to a great degree, what is it now, 2% confessing Christianity?)
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Interesting to See How This Turns Out 

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