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Archive for February, 2009

Growing old well

Jay Adams, the “father” of biblical (nouthetic) counseling turned 80!  What is his advice to us as we face old age:

Prepare for old age. True, you may never make it; there are former students of mine who have died already. If you don’t have some activity that you can engage in for the Lord, you will probably end up a sour and regretful old person. There’s always something one can do so long as he has control of his basic faculties. If he is bedridden, he can pray. My son, Todd, is in a wheelchair with MS, but he studies Greek and Hebrew and writes. He’s a man who, when he’s old, will have not only a legacy, but also something worthwhile to do in the Lord’s service.

Older people, I’m told, tend to look back. I never have been one to do so. Perhaps that’s yet to come. I told you in another posting about my sieve-like mind. Perhaps that’s the way it is because I have always had a forward look. What is next to do? To learn? To experience? That orientation, I think, has kept me as current as I can be—given my physical limitations. Inwardly, I don’t think of myself as old. I just think, “Here’s another day—what shall I make of it? How shall I use it to honor God, and how can I be a blessing to someone else?” So long as I can continue that orientation, I think I’ll be able to carry on reasonably well for another few years. If God wills. We’re all immortal until God is through with us.

Read the rest of his brief entry here.

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See it here!

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At midweek prayer this week I was given an article that Chuck Spacht, my dear friend and brother who is with the Lord, wrote on heaven.  Along with it his wife gave me a CD Chuck had listened to on what happens when Christians die. Attached to a the CD was a sticky note with a question–based on Peter’s challenge.

” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,” (1 Peter 1:3-6, ESV).

Chuck wrote, “Is my joy found in my protected inheritance?  Quit looking for my satisfaction here!”

Amen, Chuck! Praise God, your joy is full and you are enjoying pleasures forevermore!

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Lincoln and God!

I am reading Ronald White’s best-selling work on A. Lincoln currently and gleaning more than I could ever imagine from this man’s life.   I have always appreciated much about Lincoln but have never read a full account of his life.

I was discussing the book with a friend the other day and he asked the question,”Was he a genuine Christian or not?”  It is hard to give a definitive answer but if you look at his final years, it appears as if he was. Marvin Olasky speaks to that issue here.

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Watch this 12-year-old persuasively argue against abortion.

Read the story behind this speech here.

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Driven to my knees

“I have been driven many times upon my knees with the overwhelming conviction I had nowhere else to go.” Abraham Lincoln

I find I have two big battles regarding prayer: Getting started doing it and then perservering in prayer.  So I am thankful for John Hendryx who challenge me that the busier I am, the more I should pray. He also graciously provides some prayer starters and thoughts to help guide our prayers.

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I have seen this story in several places recently. A story of what true sportsmanship is all about.   Perhaps you have as well.  If not, you can read about it and watch the video clip here.

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