A Resplendent Valentine’s Day Trilogy…

Whether you face the trepidation of being alone on Valentine’s Day, or the trepidation of transforming yourself into a romantical beast: you no doubt need a Gospel recalibration for Valentine’s Day.  

The Cross of Christ teaches us that Love is sacrifice, forgiveness, and long suffering.  

By way of a Valentine’s Day Recalibration EvanWelcher.com happily offers a trio of articles composed of my humble thoughtlings concerning Christian Marriage as it pertains to my Resplendent Bride’s fight against the cancer.

Enjoy! 

 

Love,

~ Pastor Evan

 

1.  In “The Cancer, 15 Months, And The Sovereignty Of God”  I wrestle with practical implications of being essentially Reformed while asking myself, “What if God did take her away?”

2. “The Cancer & The Christ (Where Was God During The Cancer? Everywhere He Needed To Be.”  is new to the Internet, and is a sermon I gave at First Christian Church on 3.21.13.  This sermon aimed to answer the question: Where is God when we suffer?  I hope this is useful to both those whom are married as well as those whom wish to be married, one fine day.

3.  In “How To Keep Your ‘I Do’ In The Present Tense” I flesh out how a Cross shaped marriage is key to covenant keeping.

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The Cancer & The Christ (Where was God during the Cancer? Everywhere He needed to be.)

            This is the text of a sermon I gave at First Christian Church on 3.21.2013.  My Resplendent Bride’s Lymphoma was gone, and this sermon was meant to answer the question, “Where was Christ during the cancer?”.  Later that year her Lymphoma returned with Leukemia on its coattails.  I still stand by this sermon in answering the question, “Where was God during the cancer?  Everywhere He needed to be.”

The Cancer

&

The Christ

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5 Reasons To Love Advent

 

advent |ˈadˌvent|

noun [in sing. ]

the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event: the advent of television.

• (Advent) the first season of the church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.

• (Advent) Christian Theology the coming or second coming of Christ. ~ Oxford American Dictionary

 

He is coming.

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Hiking In The Dark

My Resplendent Bride, Danielle Welcher, is my guest contributor today.  Danielle is an alumnus of Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque Iowa, as well as a graduate of Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.  She has served as a missionary teacher in the Republic of South Sudan with Africa Inland Mission, and is a middle school social studies teacher by trade.

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3 Things We Can All Do From Romans 12

The unfolding tragedy of this world is mind numbing.

As the Christian is faced with brutality piled upon the unspeakable he often feels helpless.  What shall we do when the cancer diagnosis comes, or perhaps more importantly: what do we do after years of unsuccessful treatment?  What shall we do to comfort our sister facing the unspeakable tragedy of being married to an unrepentant covenant breaker?

In the song entitled “Plowed” the rock band Sponge describes a “world of human wreckage”.

What shall we do in this “world of human wreckage”?

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A prayer for Evangelicals

As I work through the prayer book for the rest of us, “The Valley Of Vision” I came across today’s reading according to Joe Thorn’s reading plan, titled “Paradoxes”.  This is a prayer for all of us dwelling and existing, here and there, in the safe theology connoisseur West.

 

 ” O CHANGELESS GOD,

Under the conviction of thy Spirit I learn that

the more I know, the less I know,

the more holiness I have, the more sinful I am,

the more I love, the more there is to love.

O wretched man that I am!

O Lord,

I have a wild heart,

and cannot stand before thee;

I am like a bird before a man.

How little I love thy truth and ways!

I neglect prayer,

by thinking I have prayed enough and earnestly,

by knowing thou hast saved my soul.

Of all hypocrites, grant that I may not be

an evangelical hypocrite,

who sins more safely because grace abounds,

who tells his lusts that Christ’s blood

cleanseth them,

who reasons that God cannot cast him into hell,

for he is saved,

who loves evangelical preaching, churches,

Christians, but lives unholily,

My mind is a bucket without a bottom,

with no spiritual understanding,

no desire for the Lord’s Day,

ever learn but never reaching the truth,

always at the gospel-well but never holding water.

My conscience is without conviction or contrition,

with nothing to repent of.

My will is without power of decision or resolution.

My heart is without affection, and full of leaks.

My memory has no retention,

so I forget easily the lessons learned,

and thy truths seep away.

Give me a broken heart that yet carries home

the water of grace. “

~ “The Valley Of Vision” p. 128-129,  The Banner Of Truth Trust, 2012

Amen, and Amen.

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