Archive for May 6th, 2008

Albert Mohler comments on the birth of a down syndrome boy to the Governor of Alaska.  Sarah Palin and her husband, parents of four children, knew that their baby would probably be a downs baby but abortion never entered their mind.  How refreshing:  a pro-life political figure who lives what he/she has advocated all their lives.

Please take the time to read this story! It is so moving and so rare!

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22, 000.


1 million

These are the latest number dead, missing, and homeless in Mynamar or Burma which has been hit by a cyclone. Here’s the latest.

Some are predicting the final tally will be over 50,000 dead and up to 3 million homeless.

What can you do it about it? Here are some reminders from John Piper.

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John MacArthur has been blogging for over a week about biblical creationism. He is a rare voice today that believes that Genesis 1 is foudational for what we believe as Christians. I, like him, believe the earth was created in during a six-day (24 hours each) period. These explain that position clearly and show some of the holes in the man-made theories or origins.

Check them all out!

Evolution: Science or Faith?

Naturalism’s missionary zeal

Evolution and Ethics

Monkeying with the Meaning

Is Evolution Compatible with Christianity?

Genesis 1 and Biblical Authority

Taking Genesis at Face Value

Genesis 1: Fact or Framework

One Last Post on Genesis

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Is worry that bad?

Worry reveals allegiances. Fear and worry are not mere emotions; they are expressions of what we hold dear. They reveal the loyalties of our hearts. If we know Christ and have affirmed our allegiance to him, worry is a sign that we are trying to have it both ways. We certainly don’t want to renounce our allegiance to Jesus, bt we want to protect what we feel is our own. We are not sure that the Lord can be trusted with some of these things, so we look for help elsewhere. And if there is no obvious alternate source of help, we worry.”

“It is easy to tell ourselves that such worry is not a critical kingdom issue. After all, we have not become avowed Satan worshipers. But remember that Satan has forged thousands of covert alliances?

“Worry, therefore, is not simply an emotion that erodes our quality of life or a pain to be alleviated. It is misdirected love that should be confessed. It is trying to manage our world apart from God. It is making life about our needs, desires, and wants.”

“Anxiety is a string around our finger reminding us that money has become our refuge. Find anxiety about finances and you find sin; it is as simple as that. Confession acknowledges that we still invest in both kingdoms, hoping to minimize our risk. The rule of kingdom investment, however, is all or nothing. All hedged bets are deposited in the earthly kingdom–the one with “mine” written all over it. Everything must go into one account or the other.”

From Running Scared by Ed Welch

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In the final chapter of A Journey Worth Taking, the author tells the stories of several 20-30-year-olds and how they found their way into the fellowship of the church. Here is Geoffrey’s story in his own words.

Among my numerous personal failing and acts of rebellion was the fact that I never got baptized or joined a church as a member. It might seem strange to include not joining a church among a list of rotten things that we do, but it is. Its a really rude thing that we do to God.

A What were my reasons? First, I was just too busy to get baptized. I just procrastinated on it. Second, why join a church as a member? Two years ago, I started coming to Emmanuel. I took the membership class to deepen my knowledge about the Christian faith and theology, but never signed aboard as a member. I couldn’t really do it. Why would I want some other people telling me how to live my life? Why would I want to do that? First, hey, it’s between me and Jesus. Church is not filled with perfect angelic people (I mean, I’m here, right?) Why do I want to be accountable or follow guidance from imperfect people?

But about six months ago, something started to dawn on me. I had turned into a church consumer. Show up, listen to the sermon, maybe stay afterwards for coffee hour to say hi to people. It was about me, me, me. What religious warm fuzzies could I get from church? What sort of fun goody bag of intellectual ideas could I take away from the service? I was just a consumer—might as well be at a mall shopping. Is this how Christ, my Savior, Lord, and Friend would want me to relate to his church? Probably not. I started to realize that I have to trust God in all facets of my life. Not getting baptized or joining a church was an act of rebellion against Him.

This really started to weigh heavily on me. It was intellectually and spiritually dishonest. This act of rebellion was linked to my fear of accountability. For all the million ways that I fail, I didn’t want to be accountable to a community or to other people. Christ, though, makes us accountable to him. Through grace he forgives us and draws us to be a community. That’s the beauty of it. It has taken me awhile to figure out.
So this is where I am—really appreciative and grateful for his grace. I’m tired of rebelling. So I’m just taking the next step and making it more honest.

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At the very end of The Last Battle, the final book in his Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis’s young characters make a startling discovery. They suddenly realize that what they had thought had been a customary, temporary withdrawal into Narnia from England, was in fact something much more permanent. The great lion Aslan, who represents Christ in the stories, speaks:

“You do no yet look so happy as I mean you to be.”

Lucy said, “We’re so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back in our own world so often”

“No fear of that,” said Aslan. “Have you not guessed?”

There hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them.

“There was a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are—as you used to call it in the Shadowlands—dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream has ended: this is the morning.”

And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily every after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One and the Great Story which no one on earth had read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.

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