Archive for July, 2009

A mission world map

A fun, interactive tool for you and your children to learn about what is happening around the world in missions.

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Singing perfectly

Singing_3This is just for fun, especially for you music-lovers, those who love to sing, as well as those who wish you could sing.  Wouldn’t it be great to have perfect pitch.  Most of us are too old to learn this method, but Gene Veith says one teacher has devised a method to teach kids how to sing perfectly. This looks even better than the Suzuki method of teaching piano!

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I read “The Guy’s Guide to Marrying Well” with my oldest son.  Now I will have to read and discuss (with my soon to be 18-year-old daughter) the “The Girl’s Guide” that has been released by Boundless. Here’s what is is about:

Most women hope to marry, but for many, it’s not happening like they thought it would. It seems too far away, or too unlikely, given the men they know and those they’re meeting. Some wonder if their standards are too high. Others suspect all the good men are already taken.

It’s not enough to just coast along, counting on today’s dating culture, and our culture’s definition of marriage, to deliver a God-honoring and timely marriage to a good man. If you hope to marry well, you need to do more — and less — than what the culture says.

By understanding and embracing God’s design for marriage — as well as a principled approach to it — you have a better shot at not only getting married, but marrying well.

That’s where this booklet comes in. Based on the counter-cultural, biblical concepts of intentionality, purity, community and Christian compatibility it’s designed to encourage and equip you for marriage. Not marriage at all costs, but marrying well for your good and God’s glory.

Here’s how to get the FREE downloadable booklet.

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I came across this blog called “The Daily Spurgeon” which offers a “daily reflection and inspiration from the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Haddon Spurgeon.”  Bookmark and feed your soul!

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This emphasis in this post is not on “I” but on “thinking” about.  We are all thinking about something or more than likely some things.  Here are some of my musings that come basically from the episode on “Social Order” from the Truth Project.

  • “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” (James 3:16, ESV). Oh, how true this verse.  It seems as if in every sphere of life there is disorder because of selfishness or jealousy.  If you have lived long at all you have seen disorder in the spheres of law, politics, economics, church, family, and labor.  We almost talk about disorder as if it is “natural” because it seems like everyone lives with this “disorder” or that “disorder.”  When we don’t follow God’s design in these spheres, we go against His nature and character. The result: sin and disorder.
  • The first time that any one in all of the universe experienced “aloneness” was after God created Adam and before he created Eve.  Up until then, there had been no “aloneness”,  for the Trinity has eternally experienced perfect community and fellowship
  • If you believe in evolution, could you tell me how long it took the chicken to figure out how to make the incredible edible egg that has three main parts and is designed ideally for the protection and the hatching of the chick?
  • The truine structure of the Godhead is stamped on so much in our world, especially in God’s design of social order (think of the the family, church, etc.)

Now that I’ve told you what I’ve been thinking about, what have you been thinking biblically about lately? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from some of my readers.

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When lightning strikes

lightning“Under the whole heaven he lets it go,and his lightning to the corners of the earth.”–Job 37:3

I love to see lightning!  Late Sunday night there was an awesome display of lightning in the West county area of Erie, PA.

There are 1.3 billion lightning strikes a year, so someone has figured out. Click here to see 26 pics of lightning in recent months!

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I listened to this message by Voddie Bauchman that was preached at the True Church Conference earlier this year.  He preached from Psalm 51 on why we should be broken over sin.  Here are his main points. We should be broken over sin because:

  • Sin stains and scars my soul (51:2)
  • Sin creates memories that stay with us (51:3-5)
  • Sin is an affront to God (51:4-6)
  • Sin is a hindrance to the true worship of God (51:7-9)

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Be slow like God!

JT explains:

God is:

Exodus 34:6
“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.'”

Numbers 14:18
“The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Nehemiah 9:17
“You are a God ready to forgive,gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.”

Psalm 86:15
“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

Psalm 103:8, Psalm 145:8
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

Psalm 145:8
“The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

Joel 2:13
“Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.”

Jonah 4:2
“That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.”

Nahum 1:3
“The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

Therefore:Proverbs 14:29
“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”

Proverbs 15:18
“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.”

Proverbs 16:32
“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

Proverbs 19:11
“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

James 1:19
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

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Purposes in prayer

In Book 3, chapter 20 of the Institutes, Calvin notes that there are at least six purposes of prayer:

(1) to fly to God with every need and gain from Him what is lacking in ourselves to live the Christian life;

(2) to learn to desire wholeheartedly only what is right as we place all our petitions before God;

(3) to prepare to receive God’s benefits and responses to our petitions with humble gratitude;

(4) to meditate on God’s kindness to us as we receive what we have asked for;

(5) to cultivate the proper spirit of delight for God’s answers in prayer;

and (6) to confirm God’s faithful providence so that we may glorify Him and trust in His present help more readily as we witness Him regularly answering our prayers.

All of these purposes are designed to foster communion with God so that “the promises of God should have their way with us.”

May these purposes motivate us to pray even more!

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In this video Ed Welch sensitively shares the story of his own father’s depression and gives some thoughts on how to think about depression biblically:

Those interested might want to pick up a copy of his book, Depression–A Stubborn Darkness: Light for the Path. You can also read the first few pages of chapter 1.

From JT

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