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The “How” in how we know Jesus

So, if we would have met last Wednesday I would have asked you about your Jesus, more specifically “how” you know him? …

So now we proceed!

In between are some rough notes…

The Great caper to kill Jesus

+ Arrest Him… Failed

+ Invalidate Him… Failed

+ Humiliated Him…Failed

+ Deny Him


Cannot see beyond their own pride.., Abraham as the end and not the means!

My comments: BTE: Luke 9:57-62

— Foxes have houses but I don’t! Put a price on your possessions- Is the cost too high?

— Let me bury my father! What priority will people, even important people have in my life?

— I’m really thinking about following God! What goals in my life will I consider non-negotiable?


1. His calling above and beyond earthly honors

2. Believed God in spite of circumstances (Rom.4:19,21)…all the difficulties and lack of the one thing that really mattered in life.

3. The connection of Abraham with Jesus. He rejoiced at Jesus’ presence.

To know God like Jesus is to know Him by experience.


… I would have concluded by sharing some truth from John 8, and pointing out that Jesus not so subtly, confronted the leaders with the fact that the way He knows the Father is categorically different from the way they “know” Him.

It’s the difference between knowing someone “intellectually” and knowing someone by “experience.” SO I’LL ASK THAT NOW!

Which one describes you?


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The importance of beginnings can hardly be overstated. The first day of a new venture, maybe it’s addition to the NY stock exchange is exciting (QVC mompreneur). The first day of a marriage relationship is magical, I know mine was. The first child we hold in our arms as parents is overwhelming; filled with wonderment and uncertainty. What then might the first day of glory look like for those you know? ( on waking up in glory: finally home?

Sometimes, beginnings bring an ominous flavor to life. In his book, seeking Allah, finding Jesus, Nabeel Quresh asked his mother about the animosity between Christians and Arabs. He writes,

I asked my mother, but why would Christians treat Muslims that way? Didn’t they also follow “the respected Jesus”? “Son, they weren’t following the respected Jesus; they stopped following him a long time before. They turned Jesus into a God and so they dishonored the respected Jesus and blasphemed Allah. That is why Allah sent Muhammed and Islam is the final message for all mankind (46).

The messages we hear at the beginning are transformational..what Nabeel heard?

God is not a Father, and He has no son.

Illustration of physician

So how you begin something is tremendously important: and that’s why, 

Big I: Genesis 1: in the beginning, God exists, and because He exists, we have a future.

That future has two strands 


Created a world habitable to man. 

  1. The creation reflects God’s care for the crown of his creation. (Examples). The air that you breathe, the sun that warms your body … His prescription for an orderly creation.
  2. He is present in the principles He establishes to manage His creation: No deism here: An active creator:  The presence of water/ seas shall prove to be an instrument of salvation (exodus) and judgment(flood).
  3. He is the priority in His creation. Nothing  that He puts his hand to should reflect anything other than His glory. (1:15-19).
  4. His creation reflects his power over life (authority). The land may produce the living creatures but it’s God who gives them life :(1:24-25). 
  • With man, the focus is personal (Let us…). 
  • Not after their kind, but specified man and woman, made in God’s image
  • They are male and female… Emphasized in their humanity
  • And their given dominion over all other creatures


The great plan of God in Genesis is to carve out a relationship with man. (3 characteristics)

  1. A relationship that is eternal: outlast the death rattle of sin.
  2. A relationship that is durable: outlive the sins of the patriarchs. 
  3. Personal: outshine even the relationship with the first couple which was based on perfection in innocence.

A people who will love God, disciples who will follow him, and stewards who will serve him.


  1. A conviction to begin correctly. And that means in faith. Come to Christ, acknowledge your sin, and repent of it. Believe him, receive him and trust him for your future… That’s what Adam/Eve/ Noah/ Abraham…
  2. A burden to end faithfully! Trusting in the perseverance of God to do what God asked them to do… Hold on to the end: Hebrews 11. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Finished well. Closed their eyes in faith and died in the arms of God. That’s what you want- that’s what your children will remember! (Not man tights)


The older I get, the fewer people left who remember my beginning– something unsettling about that.  But God does !


  • Jeremiah 1:5
  • Psalm 139


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February 27, 2015
A Stunning Pro-Life Documentary
Go See ‘The Drop Box’
John Stonestreet
The Attractiveness of Truth Telling
By Eric Metaxas
Do It Now!
By Eric Metaxas
The Rise of Totalitarian Science
By John Stonestreet
If Uncle Sam Giveth
By Eric Metaxas

A couple of years ago on BreakPoint, I told you about a South Korean pastor who rescues abandoned babies. Well in March, you can see his amazing story in theaters across the country.
In Seoul, the capital of South Korea, hundreds of infants are abandoned on the streets every year. The problem became so severe that one Korean pastor decided to take unprecedented action.

It’s a story that’s now the subject of an award-winning documentary by film maker Brian Ivie, which will be shown in theaters nationwide March 3-5. Please mark it on your calendar, March 3-5, because you and your church are going to want to see it.

Stirred several years ago by a report in the Los Angeles Times about Pastor Lee Jong-rak’s unique solution to infant abandonment, Ivie—then a film student at the University of Southern California—raised enough money to lead a team to Seoul to capture this tiny but inspirational ministry.

Well, Pastor Lee Jong-rak calls it his “Drop Box.” The concept is simple. Instead of aborting or abandoning their infants, mothers who either can’t keep or don’t want their babies bring them to the wooden box affixed to Pastor Lee’s house; they say goodbye, and they shut the door. The box, which is equipped with lights and heat, has a sign in Korean, “Please don’t throw away unwanted or disabled babies, or babies of single mothers. Please bring them here instead.”

When the box opens a bell rings, and Pastor Lee, his wife, or a volunteer, comes and takes the child inside. Since Pastor Lee installed the Drop Box in 2009, as many as 18 babies a month have arrived at his home, which doubles as an orphanage. He and his wife have even adopted ten as their own—that’s the maximum number local authorities will allow.

Sometimes he speaks to mothers face-to-face. One told him she intended to poison herself and her newborn before hearing about the Drop Box. Another simply left a note, which read:

“My baby! Mom is so sorry. I am so sorry to make this decision…I hope you meet great parents… Mom loves you more than anything else. I leave you here because I don’t know who your father is. I used to think about something bad, but I guess this box is safer for you…Please forgive me.”

Brian Ivie’s movie, aptly entitled “The Drop Box,” has already won awards at the Jubilee and Independent Christian Film festivals. And now, Focus on the Family, Pine Creek Entertainment, Kindred Image and Fathom Events will present the movie in selected cinemas for three nights only, March 3-5.

“The Drop Box” is the second installment of Focus’ Reclamation Series, documentaries that focus on the importance of marriage, family and a Christ-centered response to the social ills presented in each film. The film “Irreplaceable,” which Eric Metaxas and I were both a part of, was the first film in that series.

“The Drop Box” is the kind of story that change lives. Forever. Just ask Brian Ivie. When accepting one of the awards for the film, he said, “I became a Christian while making this movie. When I started to make it and I saw all these kids come through the drop box—it was like a flash from heaven, just like these kids with disabilities had crooked bodies, I have a crooked soul. And God loves me still.”

Friends, the fight for life is more than just political. In so many ways, it’s decided in the cultural imagination. And that’s why it’s critical that Christians support films like this: high-quality films that don’t preach, but show how precious life truly is, and how otherwise ordinary individuals will go to extraordinary lengths to save and protect the most vulnerable among us.

So here’s what I would like you to do. Come to BreakPoint.org and click on this commentary. I will link you to “The Drop Box” movie website. First, watch the trailer. You’re gonna say, “I’ve got to see this movie.” Second, check out the resources that you and your church can use to promote this moving, beautiful pro-life film in your community. And third, use the theater locator to find the film closest to you. I hope you’ll attend—and that you’ll take church members, friends and family with you.

(This commentary originally aired February 10, 2015).

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Next Steps:

For more information, resources, and theater locations, click here to visit “The Drop Box” movie website. And here’s an opportunity to see the producer, Brian Ivie, in person: He’ll be joining John Stonestreet and Warren Smith on the Restoring All Things tour. Meet John and Brian in Grand Rapids, Atlanta, or Dallas during the month of April. Click here for details and registration information.


‘The Drop Box’ Documentary Takes Home Grand Prize at Christian Film Festival
Dana Lovelady | The Christian Post | February 28, 2013

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Carl’s discussion of TOZER

OK, first of all Tozer would be very unsuccessful today in the world of TV Evangelism…lol! At first impression of the thought of doing this study, I may not have been necessarily too enthused, but have changed my opinion. The word “insightful” may describe his work , but is obviously not solely based on his own attributes .

I believe the first part of the lesson may be describing election and our response to His calling. I didn’t use to believe in election, but that was based in part on my ignorance of scripture : Ephesians 1:5,11. I am not clear on where our free will and God’s will meet. Tozar seems to lean towards God’s foreknowledge of our response to His will.

I like it when he talks about God molding us with heavy tools in the third paragraph. I can definitely relate to that! I also appreciate paragraph 4 when he talks about God through His grace taking all of our Idols away. All the things we put first before Him. I think Paul talked about an affliction he had and that he prayed to have it taken away, but God chose not to do so to keep him humble, not conceded.

A line that really stood out to me is when Tozar says at the end of the seventh paragraph: “And you will learn , probably to your astonishment, that it is possible to live in all good consciousness before God and men and still feel nothing of the “peace and joy” you hear so much by immature Christians.” Tozar reminds me that man’s behavior/condition 50+ years ago are basically the same issues that are present today. When I watch some of Billy Graham’s old sermons from the 1950’s, the sins that he talks about are the same sins that we struggle with today, just different channels available.

I’m grateful that he points out in the last few paragraphs that spiritual growth through God’s love will involve certain sufferings, not only “its power to purify, to detach, to humble, to destroy the fear of death and, what is more important to you at the moment, the fear of life”. The latter part has been real in my life as of late. Things aren’t necessarily that much “fun” right now and sometimes feel like drudgery, but I believe God is teaching me the bigger picture.


Mark J. Congrove
Pastor, Bethel Baptist church

Adjunct instructor:
Cornerstone University
Grace Bible College

Follow me on Twitter @ vicarc1

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Tozer Study

For study, comment, and reflection

~Mark~Mark J. CongrovePastor, Bethel Baptist church

Adjunct instructor:
Cornerstone University
Grace Bible College

Follow me on Twitter @ vicarc1

Begin forwarded message:

From: Mark Congrove <mcongrove>
Date: January 9, 2015 at 9:13:13 AM EST
To: Ron and Carol Oliver <rcoliver49>, Mike Sweet <mjkasweet>, Larry and Judy Heinig <heinigl>, Ron Wise <rwise>, Richard Burlingham <richjenb>, Congrove Mark <mcongrove>, Phil/ Rebecca Durden <bigpants32>, Dean Gilmer <wdgilmer>
Subject: Fwd: Tozer Study

Hi guys,
I thought I would pass around some of Carl’s thinking from this week’s Tozer installment.
Enjoy and pass around any thoughts you had…
Great discussion forum

~Mark~Mark J. CongrovePastor, Bethel Baptist church

Adjunct instructor:
Cornerstone University
Grace Bible College

Follow me on Twitter @ vicarc1

Begin forwarded message:

From: carl hatch <quality90>
Date: January 8, 2015 at 10:25:24 PM EST
To: “mcongrove” <mcongrove>
Subject: Tozer Study

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