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The Plague of Busyness.

The Plague of Busyness Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church How often do we hear: “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have time for that” or “I have too much going on today!” Undoubtedly you’ve heard others say that but you have probably also said that yourself -- perhaps even today! Nothing is inherently sinful with being busy. But busyness can take our minds off of Christ, cloud our hearts from meditating on Him, distract us from serving our local church, and prevent us from communing with God in prayer and study of His Word. I ask you: has the busyness in your life become a plague that has caused you to lose your wonder of God’s magnificence, the privilege of bathing in Jesus’ ravishing and redeeming love, and the supernatural power available to you through the power, filling, and fellowship with the Spirit? How Busy is Too Busy? You’re busy. I’m busy. Everyone is busy. But how busy is too busy? How do you know whether you’re too busy? Is it possible to even tell? Pe

What Is a Christian?

WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN? Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church A Christian has been redeemed by the blood of Christ and lives for the renown of Christ. He has submitted to, lives surrendered to, and is sanctified to his God. A Christian comes after Christ and denies himself, takes up his cross daily and follows Christ (Luke 9:23). In this brief write-up, I will elaborate on the question: what is a Christian? A Christian is a... 1. Holy man. A Christian is positionally holy for he has been united to Christ by faith and because of His new heart, and his new position before God, and His new nature granted by divine favor, he longs to live out in his conduct what he has become in his position. He repents of his sin and trusts in Christ. He is positionally righteous and justified because He is in Christ and he longs to live a holy, set apart, distinct, Christ-filled, Christ-enthralled, Christ-centered, and Christ-pursuing life. He hates sin & loves his God! 2. Prayerful ma

Arrows.

ARROWS. Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church Psalm 127:4 — "Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. 1. Children, like arrows, are sharp, powerful & can accomplish great things! An arrow, carefully and diligently sharpened, can accomplish powerful results if shot rightly, powerfully, accurately, and precisely. Let us remember that our children, in a similar way, can accomplish great tasks and effect tremendous results if we would sharpen them diligently and in biblically. 2. Children, like arrows & unlike a sword, can go where the warrior cannot go (v.4)!  Parents must remember that our children can go to places in the world, in the region, in the city that we ourselves are unable to go. Just as an arrow that flies from the hand of the warrior goes swiftly to a location where the warrior himself cannot go, so our children can accomplish great things far and wide! 3. Children, like arrows, are to be offensive weapo

O Satisfy Us in the Morning with Your Steadfast Love [Ps 90:14].

O SATISFY US IN THE MORNING WITH YOUR STEADFAST LOVE —A meditation on Psalm 90:14— Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church The Text of Ps 90:14— Hebrew: ‏שַׂבְּעֵנוּ בַבֹּקֶר חַסְדֶּךָ וּנְרַנְּנָה וְנִשְׂמְחָה בְּכָל־יָמֵינוּ׃ Author’s Translation: “O satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love so that we will sing for joy and we will be glad all our days!” What does it mean to be satisfied in God’s love in the morning? In this wisdom psalm, Moses records the everlasting nature of God, the brevity of man’s life and the thrilling reality that God’s love remains constant all through the lives of His people. In fact, Moses prayed: O satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast, covenant-keeping love [ ‏חֶסֶד , hesed ]. But what does it look like for us as God’s people to be satisfied with God’s love? What needs to happen? Where do we begin? Here, I’ll provide six brief remarks about God’s great love for us! Let us satisfy our souls in Him each morning afresh. God

Pastoral Advice...

If I were asked to provide advice to people in various seasons of life, what would I say? If I could only give one brief word of counsel to believers in various life-situations, what would I say? 1. Advice to MILLENNIALS [20's and 30's]  |  audio 2. Advice to ENGAGED PEOPLE  |  audio 3. Advice to HUSBANDS  |  audio 4. Advice to WIVES  |  audio 5. Advice to CHILDREN  |  audio 6. Advice to PASTORS/ELDERS  |  audio

The Slavery of Unforgiveness

Helpful comments by John MacArthur on Unforgiveness: "Unforgiveness imprisons people in their past and makes those they refuse to forgive their jailers. Those who refuse to forgive continually pick at an open wound, never allowing it to heal. Having chosen to embrace hate, they become tortured prisoners of the offense and the offender. Such behavior is foolish, lacks common sense and is self-destructive. It consumes unforgiving people’s lives, robs them of their well-being, and deprives them of happiness and joy." — John MacArthur, Luke 11-17, MacArthur New Testament Commentary, p.42

The Exposition & Application of the "Disciples' Prayer" in Luke 11:1-4 [eBook]

This week to help with my sermon preparation, I've compiled some thoughts in an expositional and applicational eBook: " The Exposition & Application of the 'Disciples' Prayer' [Luke 11:1-4] . You may read/download it HERE .