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Archive for May 1st, 2008

Al Mohler writes,

The release this week of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV is predicted to be the biggest event in the entertainment industry this year, with some authorities predicting more than $400 million in sales over the next few weeks.

While other sectors of the entertainment industry are struggling, video games have seen a 57 percent jump in sales since last March, according to The Washington Post. Forbes reports that the video game market in the U.S. alone is worth $18.8 billion a year.

This game is rated “M” for “mature”, which means only 17 year olds on up are legally able to buy the game. The label warns of “blood,” “intense violence,” “partial nudity,” “strong language,” “strong sexual content,” and “use of drugs and alcohol.” And the name itself is promoting sin: grand theft! Why would any parent even think of buying this for their child.

And yet–get this: it is expected to be the #1 game among 12-14 year-old boys in the US. (That is not a misprint). This statistic is shocking even to one of its creators who said, “If you let your boy play this game, you are a bad parent.”

Video games are big business today. Christian parents, beware of what is coming down the road.

Read the rest of Mohler’s article here.

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“Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.” (Isaiah 44:7, ESV).

“. . . or who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd can stand before me?” (Jeremiah 49:19, ESV).

“O Lord, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?”” (Psalm 35:10, ESV).

“Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?” (Psalm 71:19, ESV).

“Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?” (Psalm 77:13, ESV).

“O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you?” (Psalm 89:8, ESV).

“Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,” (Psalm 113:5, ESV).

““Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11, ESV).

“Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him?” (Job 36:22, ESV).

“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?” (Deuteronomy 4:7, ESV).

“‘O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?” (Deuteronomy 3:24, ESV).

“But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?” (2 Chronicles 2:6, ESV).

“what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:4, ESV).

“For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,” (Psalm 89:6, ESV).

“To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?” (Isaiah 40:18, ESV).

“To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.” (Isaiah 40:25, ESV).

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Charles Drew in his final chapter of A Journey Worth Taking gives this process to help you figure out what God wants you to do with your life. His advice is helpful to young people as they think through their lifework.  (But even if you are older, we can benefit–if not for our lives but for our children and other younger adults in the church).

How do figure out our purpose in the grand scheme of things?

  • First cultivate the habit of thinking biblically about what is going on in and around us: Believe and hold together in our minds the four Big Ideas: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation.
  • Look upward: ask the Father for direction
  • Look inward: What am I good at? What do I love to do? What draws my interest? This will include possible self-evalutions, honest discussions with friends and colleagues
  • Look outward: Ask yourself, “What needs in this fallen world grab my attention, and what opportunities and obligations present themselves to me?
  • Keep moving: act! Press on. Don’t bury your talent—however insignificant you consider it to be. Do whatever is obviously obedient today. Leave the big picture in God’s hands and move out 1
  • Keep your eyes on the calling you have from a Person! God is full of surprises often!

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Of Psalm 46, Martin Luther remarked, “We sing this psalm to the praise of God, because God is with us, and powerfully and miraculously preserves and defends His Church and His Word, against all fanatical spirits, against the gates of hell, against the implacable hatred of the devil, and against all the assaults of the world, the flesh, and sin.”

In America we often do not experience first-hand “the implacable hatred of the devil” in the form of persecution, but all around the world our brothers and sisters are in bonds, martyred, or exposed to other sorts of deprivation.  You can read and pray about them every day at this site.

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