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Archive for May 10th, 2008

John MacArthur reminded me (through a book) this week, “God makes leaders by taking people with the right raw material, putting them through the right experiences, and teaching them the right lessons. . . .There’s no higher calling in the world than to be an instrument of God’s grace. ”

Yes, God is transforming you and me just like he transformed Peter from an impulsive, shoot-from-the-hip, fisherman into a powerful proclaimer of truth!”

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6, ESV).

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Mahaney on modesty

CJ Mahaney has been publishing helpful words on women and modesty on the Sovereign Grace blog. Read his words–he has some of the most helpful, practical counsel you’ll find on matters like this, and he anchors it in stout theology.  Kudos to Crossway books for allowing him to publish this chapter from his forthcoming book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. Here is his seven part installment of short takes from the book.

Modesty: God, My Heart, and Clothes

The Attitude of the Modest Woman

The Appearance of the Modest Woman

Modesty: A Pastor’s Concern

Modesty:  A Word to Fathers

The Right Adornment of the Modest Woman

The Allegiance of the Modest Woman

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What have ben the eras of the Church’s greatest influence?  What have been the moments of its most powerful impact on the world?  Not the epochs of its visible might and splendor; not the age of succeeding Constantine, when Christianity became imperialistic, and all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them seemed ready to bow beneath the sceptre of Christ; not the days of the great medieval pontiffs, when Christ’s vicar in Rom wielded a sovereignty more absolute than that of any secular monarch on the earth; not the later nineteenth century, when the Church became infected with the prevailing humanistic optimism, which was quite sure that man was the architect of his own destinies, that a wonderful utopian kingdom of God was waiting him just round the corner, and that the very momentum of his progress was bound to carry him thither.  Not in such times as these has the Church exercised its strongest leverage  upon the soul and  conscience of the world; but in days when it has been crucified with Christ, and has counted all things but loss for His sake; days  when, smitten with a great contrition and repentance, it has cried out to God from the depths–James Stewart

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Here’s a moving hymn by Ora Rowan (1834-1879) about the beauty of Christ vs the vanity of idols. It can also be sung to the tunes “‘Tis So Sweet.”

1. Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?
Is not thine a captured heart?
Chief among ten thousand own Him;
Joyful choose the better part

2. Idols oft they win thee, charm thee
Lovely things of time and sense
Gilded thus does sin disarm thee
Honeyed lest thou turn thee hence

Chorus: Captivated by His beauty
Worthy tribute haste to bring;
Let His peerless worth constrain thee
Crown Him now unrivaled King.

3. What has stripped the seeming beauty
From the idols of the earth?
Not a sense of right or duty
But the sight of peerless worth

4. Not the crushing of those idols
With its bitter void and smart
But the beaming of His beauty
The unveiling of His heart

5. Who extinguishes the taper
Till they hail the rising sun
Who discards the garb of winter
Till the summer hath begun

6. ‘Tis the look that melted Peter
‘Tis the face that Stephen saw
‘Tis the heart that wept with Mary
Can alone from idols draw

HT: Lydia Brownback

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From Chuck Swindoll:

Someday when the kids are grown, things are going to be different.The garage won’t be full of bikes, electric train tracks on plywood, sawhorses surrounded by chunks of two by fours, unfinished school projects and the rabbit cage. I will be able to park both cars in the garage and never again have to stumble over the skateboards or the bag of rabbit food.

Someday when the kids are grown, the kitchen will be incredibly neat. The sink will not be filled with dirty dishes, the garbage disposal won’t be clogged with rubber bands and paper clips. The refrigerator won’t be crammed with five gallons of milk or last night’s casserole. The ice trays won’t be left out over night and the blender won’t stand six hours with the remains of a midnight malt.

Someday when the kids are grown, my lovely wife will actually have some time to herself—a long hot bath without interruption, time to get a manicure, even a pedicure if she likes—without trying to squeeze it in between racing a sick dog to the vet and the trip to the orthodontist.

Someday when the kids are grown, I will actually be able to see through the car windows—finger prints, tongue licks, sneaker footprints, the dog and cat tracks will be conspicuous by their absence. The backseat won’t be a disaster area. We won’t sit on crackers and crayons anymore. The tank will not always be somewhere between empty and fumes.

Someday when the kids are grown, we won’t run out of toilet paper. We won’t loose car keys or forget to shut the refrigerator door. I won’t have to dream up ways to divert attention from the gum ball machine or have to answer the question, “Daddy, is it a sin to drive 47 mph in a 25 mph zone,” or promise to kiss the rabbit good night.

Yes, someday when the kids are grown, things are going to be a lot different. One by one, they will leave our nest and the place will begin to resemble order and a touch of elegance. The clink of china and silver will be heard on occasion. The crackling of the fireplace will echo through the hallway. The phone will be strangely silent. The house will be quiet and calm and always clean—and empty. And we will spend our time not looking forward to someday but looking back to yesterday and thinking maybe we can babysit the grandkids and get some life back into this place for a change.

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