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1. Suffering deepens faith and holiness.
2. Suffering makes your cup increase.
3. Suffering is the price of making others bold.
4. Suffering fills up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.
5. Suffering enforces the missionary command to go.
6. The supremacy of Christ is manifest in suffering.
Let's reconsider our thinking about suffering versus prospering in a world full of sinful decay.
Read the whole post here.
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T4G 2010 -- Session 5 -- John MacArthur from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.
John Macarthur's book The Jesus You Can't Ignore: What You Must Learn from the Bold Confrontations of Christwas one of the free books given away at T4G this year.
14 May 2010
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12 May 2010
*Be able to see what God is calling you to do
*Be able to see God clearly working in your life
*Be able to experience greater joy from these blessings
*Be able to glorify Him with a more thankful heart
This is worth giving it a try. It's worth looking at your prayer life and for the electronically minded, a way of giving your prayer life a boost. And, it's free. You'll find it here. Let me know what you think.
11 May 2010
It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon Him who abides for ever faithful to thee. Build not thine house upon the moving quicksands of a deceitful world, but found thy hopes upon this rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably secure. My soul, I charge thee, lay up thy treasure in the only secure cabinet; store thy jewels where thou canst never lose them. Put thine all in Christ; set all thine affections on His person, all thy hope in His merit, all thy trust in His efficacious blood, all thy joy in His presence, and so thou mayest laugh at loss, and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world's garden fade by turns, and the day cometh when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth. Death's black extinguisher must soon put out thy candle. Oh! how sweet to have sunlight when the candle is gone! The dark flood must soon roll between thee and all thou hast; then wed thine heart to Him who will never leave thee; trust thyself with Him who will go with thee through the black and surging current of death's stream, and who will land thee safely on the celestial shore, and make thee sit with Him in heavenly places for ever. Go, sorrowing son of affliction, tell thy secrets to the Friend who sticketh closer than a brother. Trust all thy concerns with Him who never can be taken from thee, who will never leave thee, and who will never let thee leave Him, even "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." "Lo, I am with you alway," is enough for my soul to live upon, let who will forsake me. - C.H. Spurgeon
Can you laugh at personal loss? I'm not sure I'm all the way there yet either. Yet we are called to do just that. The things of this world are passing and one day will be no more. Where is our treasure? Here? Or in heaven with our Lord?
10 May 2010
07 May 2010
You can’t be everybody’s friend, and keeping a blog is not a way of pretending that you can. It’s simply a way for your people to know you as a human being, even if you can’t know them back. This is valuable, not because you’re so extraordinary, but because leadership is more than the words you say. If you practice the kind of holiness that your people expect of you, then your life itself opened before them is good leadership—even when you fail.
Pastors: You lead and guide us but we want to know you better. We want to know what makes you tick. We want to know where we connect with you and maybe where we don't. We want to see how God works in your life and not just on Sunday morning. We want to see you as a person, redeemed by God yet imperfect.
So start blogging already.
06 May 2010
1. Read every chapter, article or sermon recommended by professors, pastors and theologians that you hold in high esteem.
2. Make the level of your reading to vary. Be reading more difficult and less difficult books.
3. Don’t neglect the footnotes or endnotes .
4. Ask friends what they are reading and what they have found most helpful.
5. Read those chapters that appear to be most closely related to the subject you are currently studying.
6. Read chapters that are relevant to a particular theological issue with which you are wrestling.
7. Find compilation volumes and familiarize yourself with the contributors and chapter titles.
8. Find and read doctoral dissertations.
9. Guard your heart and mind from intellectual pride.
This is a great post. Read the whole article here and check out the website, too. Thanks, Nick.
The elders are called to “direct the affairs of the church” (1 Timothy 5:17), and deacons are called to support that direction. In our churches, then, elders should make directional decisions while deacons facilitate congregational involvement to make that vision a reality.
When standing diaconal committees begin to feel that they “own” specific ministry areas of the church, it becomes difficult for them to avoid making direction-setting decisions that should be left to the elders. After all, even things as “worldly” as the building or the budget have highly spiritual dimensions in their administration.
Well said. Many of us are aware of this type of conflict arising in churches today.
Read the entire article here and the e-journal here. Be blessed as you put this info to use for God's glory.
04 May 2010
It has been said, "Familiarity breeds contempt." Familiarity is a wonderful thing, especially when it describes one's relationship to God. But when twisted by sin, it can trigger a despicable response. Our culture's general disdain for anything Christian is an illustration of this. It scorns those ideas and convictions that served to undergird our nation's structure. Familiarity with our founding principles has bred contempt. The alarming result is an erosion of the collective commitment to what is true, honorable, just, commendable and excellent (Php 4:8). Sadly, the contemporary Church is not immune from such attrition. While regularly handling sacred things she seems to have lost much of her appreciation for those hallowed privileges entrusted to her by Christ.
Jesus taught that those who saw gospel works and heard gospel words would be truly blessed. This has been fulfilled in our day. Our generation enjoys the blessings of which He spoke. More blessed are we than many prophets and kings who desired to see and hear gospel things, and did not (Lk 10:24). The best, the brightest and the most influential of the Old Testament longed to behold the fulfillment of ancient promises. But they were unable because they did not live to see the gospel age. Today, even the humblest Christian has access to these glorious mysteries. The most unassuming believer is in a more exalted position than John the Baptist himself (Mt 11:11). By grace alone we are living in the latter days. We regularly see proof of God’s miracles of grace in human lives. We routinely hear glad tidings of great joy about Christ's cross and resurrection. Do we cherish these amazing gospel privileges? Do we fully appreciate our place in history? Oh, let not sin pervert the familiarity we have with Jesus. Consider His Person. Ponder his benefits. Deal not falsely like the other familiar friend (Ps 55:13).
Rev. Scott R. Wright is pastor of Redeemer Church (PCA) in Hudson, Ohio. To learn more visit www.redeemerohio.org. Copyright reserved.
03 May 2010
But like all memories it will fade. The money earned will be spent. His career will go on for good or bad and life will continue on for him, his colleagues and for the rest of us. It was just a few outstanding moments in his life. Tiger Woods also won a prestigious tournament at a young age - a little piece of history the network announcers were very keen to share with their audience. I wondered if Rory would make the same foolish mistakes, commit the same dreadful sins that Tiger did. A horrible thought I know. But somehow reaching fame and achieving the monetary status all means very little after a time. Victories are just that way. Golf, like much of life, is like war. You never win the war; you can only win a battle. The next week or day, hour or moment the war resumes. The struggle continues and so does the internal battle within us.
I’ve had my victories as well. Oh, nothing like a winning a golf tournament. But, I’ve had my moments. The memories have faded so much, however, that I can’t remember the feeling. All I have is a piece of paper commemorating the achievement and the vague recollection of the victory meal. I’m glad my life is not made up of these moments or more importantly, searching after these moments. I’m not seeking the next achievement, the next success. My happiness is grounded in my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose finished work was a victory for all who believe. That is the one true victory of all time.
Let’s all enjoy those victories we can in this life, but let us never forget the victory over sin that has been won for all time by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:51-58