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A walk down memory lane… (part 1)

August 23, 2010
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It’s been a while since this Sunday School blog was updated.  I was looking through some old posts and was just amazed at how God is working in the lives of members of the YMYF Sunday School class.  In 2006 Devin and I really felt God calling us to start a newlywed class at LBC.  Here’s a picture of the first group. 🙂 {October 2006 at the Whittington’s…side note…no one had kids!  Now just the people in this picture have a total of NINE children! ha ha!}

A year later the class had doubled in size.

{July 2007 at the lake with the Glovers.}

{October 2007 – Halloween at the Mathias’}

In 2008 a few more couples joined our YMYF class and more babies were coming into the picture!  This was a challenging year for our class.  God was really showing us how important it is to be there for one another as we had a family deal with the death of a child while another was struggling with major marriage problems.

{May 2008 – Baby shower for the Mathias family – I think 4 people are pregnant in this picture. 🙂 }

{July 2008 – Lake with the Glovers}

Check back next week for Part 2…2009 and 2010!  These were major years of growth for YMYF at LBC.  God is so good!!!  I am so thankful for you all!

How did the YMYF class begin?

May 6, 2010
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Below is this first in a series of interviews with myself, Todd, and others in the Sunday school class about various topics.  Look out for the upcoming videos soon.

College Class

April 19, 2010

Something for you and your spouse to consider: I heard today that the college ministry is looking for two couple teachers to take over teaching duties since Jerry Freeman is now working with senior adults.  We love sending people from our class back out into the ministry of the church. If you and your spouse are interested in serving our church by teaching the college class and want some more information, let me know.  Kathy and I did it for two years before starting our YMYF class and had a great time teaching there.

Will you and your spouse consider jumping in and getting your hands dirty?

– Devin

J.C. Ryle – Growth in Grace

April 1, 2010

“When I speak of growth in grace, I do not for a moment mean that a believer’s interest in Christ can grow. I do not mean that he can grow in safety, acceptance with God, or security. I do not mean that he can ever be more justified, more pardoned, more forgiven, more at peace with God than he is the first moment that he believes. I hold firmly that the justification of a believer is a finished, perfect, and complete work and that the weakest saint (though he may not know and feel it) is as completely justified as the strongest. I hold firmly that our election, calling, and standing in Christ admit of no degrees, increase, or diminution. If any one dreams that by growth in grace I mean growth in justification, he is utterly mistaken about the whole point I am considering. I would go to the stake (God helping me) for the glorious truth that, in the matter of justification before God, every believer is complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10). Nothing can be added to his justification from the moment he believes and nothing taken away.

When I speak of growth in grace, I only mean increase in the degree, size, strength, vigour, and power of the graces which the Holy Spirit plants in a believer’s heart. I hold that every one of those graces admits of growth, progress and increase. I hold that repentance, faith, hope, love, humility, zeal, courage, and the like may be little or great, strong or weak, vigorous or feeble and may vary greatly in the same man at different periods of his life. When I speak of a man growing in grace, I mean simply this: that his sense of sin is becoming deeper, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, his love more extensive, his spiritual mindedness more marked. He feels more of the power of godliness in his own heart; he manifests more of it in his life; he is going on from strength to strength, from faith to faith, and from grace to grace. I leave it to others to describe such a man’s condition by any words they please. For myself, I think the truest and best account of him is this: he is growing in grace.”

– J.C. Ryle

Mark Driscoll – The Importance of Theology

March 25, 2010

This is Crazy…so check it out!

March 5, 2010

C.S. Lewis quote

February 12, 2010

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ” – C.S. Lewis – (“Is Theology Poetry?”)

Scripture Memorization

February 5, 2010

 

I’ve been on a scripture memorization kick for the last few weeks.  Teaching Sunday school has really pushed me to not only know more of the bible, but to recall where certain verses are in the bible.  Knowing your bible is so practical when you are having conversations with believers and unbelievers.  It really helps when you are discussing a bible topic and you can quote verses that illustrate your point!

So, I’ve made a little challenge for myself to memorize at least 100 verses before my birthday (April 22).  I dunno, I probably know 50 or so random verses already (?) so I should only have 50 or so to go.  My goal may be way too low (or high – I have no idea…) so I might adjust on the fly, but for now I’m going for 100.

What inspired this was watching a YouTube video of a few pastors I respect a lot quote a sick amount of scripture from memory. Take a look:

 

John Piper quotes Romans 8 (awesome!) –

John Bloom quotes the book of Hebrews –

 

John Piper quotes the book of Philippians –

 

Sam Crabtree quotes the Sermon on the Mount –

 

My approach is going to be to memorize some small passages, maybe one big chunk of a great chapter in scripture like Romans 8, Galatians 4, John 3, etc., and maybe 20 or so random verses I use often.

 ***If there are any takers, I would love some fellow competitors with the 100 verse challenge (or a modification of where you are in your walk – 50 verse challenge, 150 verse challenge, or 10 verse challenge)!!

– DEVIN

Poem For Providence

February 4, 2010

“God Moves in a Mysterious Way”

 God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants his footsteps in the sea,

And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines

Of never-failing skill,

He treasures up his bright designs

And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,

The clouds ye so much dread

Are big with mercy, and shall break

In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust him for his grace;

Behind a frowning providence

He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour;

The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan his work in vain:

God is his own interpreter,

And He will make it plain.

 

By: William Cowper (1731-1800)

jsb

Super Bowl Party

February 4, 2010

Here is a copy of the email from Danny & Catherine:

Hey everyone, 

Catherine and I wanted to invite everyone over to our house this up coming Sunday evening to watch the Super bowl. The game is at 6:25 and you don’t want to miss Carrie Underwood singing the national anthem so make sure you are there on time. Catherine and I will provide the paper products and drinks (And a baked brie as requested by Michael Mathias) if everyone could just bring a tailgate/appetizer type dish we should have plenty to eat. Feel free to bring the kids we have enough room for everyone.

Hope to see you there
 
Danny and Catherine Higginbotham

jsb

Commentary on John 3:16, Part 1

February 3, 2010

One of my favorite Writers wrote a commentary on John’s Gospel some years back. Why share this? Because there is alot more to John 3:16 than just being a verse you memorize in Sunday School.

From D.A. Carson’s “The Gospel According to John”

As the new birth, the acquisition of eternal life, has been grounded in the ‘lifting up’ of the Son (vv. 14–15), so also that ‘lifting up’, the climax of the Son’s mission, is itself grounded in the love of God. The mission of the Son and its consequences is the theme of this paragraph, but John begins by insisting that the Son’s mission was itself the consequence of God’s love. The Greek construction behind so loved that he gave his one and only Son (houtōs plus hōste plus the indicative instead of the infinitive) emphasizes the intensity of the love, and insists that the envisaged consequence really did ensue;16 the words ‘his one and only Son’ (cf. notes on 1:14) stress the greatness of the gift. The Father gave his best, his unique and beloved Son (cf. Rom. 8:32). Both the verb ‘to love’ (agapaō) and the noun ‘love’ (agapē) occur much more frequently in chs. 13–17 than anywhere else in the Fourth Gospel, reflecting the fact that John devotes special attention to the love relationships amongst the Father, the Son and the disciples. The Father loves the Son (3:35; 10:17; 15:9–10; 17:23–24, 26; using another verb, 5:20), the Son loves the Father (14:31); Jesus loves his own, his true disciples (11:5; 13:1, 33, 34; 14:21; 15:9–10, 12; 21:7, 20), and they must love him (14:15, 21 23f., 28; 21:15–26). They must also love one another (13:34–35; 15:12–13, 17; 17:26). Sometimes John speaks of the Father’s love for the disciples (14:21, 23; 17:23), but more frequently the Father’s love for the disciples is mediated through his Son. The world, fallen and rebellious human beings in general, does not and cannot love God (3:19; 5:42; 8:42).

Carson, D. A. (1991). The Gospel according to John (204–206). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans.

jsb

Music-Needtobreathe

February 1, 2010

Hey guys, just thought I would recommend some music if you were looking. The band is Needtobreathe. I bought 2 of their albums from iTunes. “The Outsiders” is my favorite of the two. For you secular music listeners, imagine Kings of Leon and Virginia coalition put together. I think they get play on WMHK and WXRY. You can listen to it at the band’s website before you buy. www.needtobreathe.net. Hope you enjoy.

Jsb

Quotes

February 1, 2010

“The revelation . . . of Christ . . . deserves the severest of our thoughts, the best of our meditations and our utmost diligence in them. . . . What better preparation can there be for [our future enjoyment of the glory of Christ] than in a constant previous contemplation of that glory in the revelation that is made in the Gospel.” – John Owen

jsb

Romans

November 8, 2009
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The Henson class is beginning a study on Romans. Sinclair Ferguson is a pastor at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia who is taking A WHOLE YEAR to go through Romans during their evening services.  Dr. Ferguson is a prolific writer and a worldwide known pastor (not quite sure how he wound up in Cola SC…) and I think we can all learn something from his exegesis of Romans. You may enjoy listening to the mp3s of his Romans sermons:

 

First Pres Romans Study

 

By the way, I love downloading mp3 sermons or conference talks or passages of scripture and listening to them in the car. I have found that with such limited time in our lives, car rides can be an awesome time to meditate on the things of God. If you haven’t tried it before, give it a shot…

 

– Devin

 

**EXTRA: Here are two additional Romans resources…

Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written – Desiring God Ministries (this is a sermon series on Romans by John Piper – very good)

Mark Driscoll on Predestination (Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church tackles one of the tougher issues in Romans: predestination.  I agree with his perspective)

Bible Reading Plans

October 18, 2009

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In Sunday school today, we talked about some different plans for reading through the bible in a year (see the link below).  It is very difficult to start in Genesis and make it through Revelations. These plans all do a good job of approaching the task with with a different focus.  If you’ve ever had the ambition to read through the entire Word, hopefully this resource can help!

 

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2008/12/30/bible-reading-plans/

 

Justin Taylor compiled all of these plans from various resources; I am simply passing it along.  Justin maintains a blog for The Gospel Coalition which is a group of around 50 or so pastors. Some of these pastors and authors you know well; Buster Brown (the pastor at East Cooper Baptist in Charleston – which some of you guys attended as well as myself), Mark Driscoll, John Piper, DA Carson, etc. etc.

 

*One quick plug – There is one link in particular you can find where it will actually email you the chapters to read each day, or you can read each day on your smartphone (Blackberry, Iphone, etc.)!

 

 

– Devin

SAVE THE DATE!!!

October 12, 2009

FRIDAY October 30th – Halloween Party (if you didn’t already receive the evite, let us know)

SUNDAY November 15th – Fall Festival 5pm @ the Yarborough’s … more details to come

SATURDAY December 5th – Christmas Party … more details to come

Also … see Todd’s previous post about apple picking next weekend!

Remote From Mexico

October 5, 2009

hey guys. Just wanted to send a quick prayer request. We have the oppurtunity to meet with the mayor of the town we are in. He is not a Christian. Please pray for him and us as we continue to share the gospel and minister to this town.

JSB

October 5, 2009

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It’s Apple Picking Season!

On October 16 and 17, Beth and I are going up to Sky Top Mountain Orchard to pick Apples.  We did this last year…it’s a great family outing.  It’s easily done in one day or you can do a quick overnight like we’re doing.  If you’re interested in going, let us know and we’ll coordinate schedules.  You can check out their website at http://www.skytoporchard.com.    -Todd and Beth