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Archive for September, 2011

He rewards good for evil

“I saw my sin most barbarous and a filthy crime.  I had to conclude, with great shame and astonishment, that I had horribly abused the holy Son of God.  I felt my soul greatly to love him and my heart to yearn for him, for I saw that he was still my friend and did reward me good for evil. . . . I thought, had I a thousand gallons of blood within my veins, I could freely have spilled it all at the feet of this my Lord and Savior.”

John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (Edinburgh, n.d.), page 75.  Style simplified.

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If you go to church every Sunday morning and attend an adult Bible fellowship you will hear approximately 100 sermon/lessons every year. If you are a Christian for 10 years that means you will have listened to 1000 in that time.

But how often do we really listen as we should.  The Constructive Curmudgeon has a challenge for us:

Listen . . . with all your might; hear the living and active word. The teaching and preaching of God’s imperishable word is truly a sacred event whereby the Truth penetrates hearts and minds, consciences are quickened, sin is disclosed, salvation is offered, wisdom is imparted . . . if we listen, if we actively engage ourselves in hearing, if we participate as the Holy Spirit works in our midst.

We are all too accustomed to being entertained and passively amused. Television often hypnotizes or anaesthetizes us; it demands little response and by its very nature stimulates stagnation, not spiritual encounter. Video games, cell phones, and internet access offers an endless source of possible distraction. But when we come together as the Body of Christ we come as participants not as spectators, we come to hear and obey the Truth not to be entertained. Neither Moses nor Paul captured their audience through eloquence or style. They were not entertainers but Truth-tellers: they spoke God’s word with a power that provoked response. Our Lord, when teaching by parable, alerted his hearers: “Therefore, consider carefully how you listen” (Luke 8:18). We are to be engaged in listening, intent on hearing.

The rest is so good!  So before you head off to church for another week, read the whole article here!  It won’t hurt you and it will likely help you to listen better this Sunday!

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Please join me today in appealing for the acquittal of an Iranian pastor who may be executed today for his faith in Jesus Christ.

Here’s the story.

Follow this link to make your voice heard.

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Courageous!

Andy Naselli and John Piper have reviews of the movie Courageous that we have been hearing about for some time and releases today!

Looks like one great quote from the movie will be this:  “I don’t want to be a ‘good enough’ father. We have a few short years to influence our kids, and whatever patterns we set for them will likely pass on to their kids.”

 

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Have we, at any time in our own experience, failed of any thing all our life long hitherto? have we wanted any thing? Our want arises because we will not admit, we will not receive, or we long after other things, which God is not pleased we should have.

There is in God an all-sufficiency of grace and mercy to pardon us; there is an all-sufficiency of spiritual strength to support us and carry us through all our difficulties; there is an all-sufficiency of goodness and beauty to satisfy us; and there is an all-sufficiency of power and glory to reward us.

~John Owen, from a sermon entitled The Everlasting Covenant, The Believer’s Support Under Distressvolume 9 of Works, page 430

(HT: John Owen)

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Russell Moore on Pat Robertson’s response to the firestorm on his advice that it’s OK to divorce a spouse with Alzheimer’s:

Pat Robertson says his comments about divorce and Alzheimer’s disease were “misinterpreted.” The problem is, his clarification doesn’t clarify.

According to Sarah Pulliam Bailey in Christianity Today, Robertson addressed the controversy over his advice to a questioner to his 700 Club television program by telling the man he could divorce his wife in order to date another woman. Robertson said he was merely “saying, adultery is not a good thing, and you might as well straighten your life out, and the only way to do it is to kind of get your affair with your wife in order.”

This is nonsense.

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Incredible eyes!

Next to the brain, there is nothing in our body more complex than the eye!

Our eyes are part of God’s design!  But it’s not just our eyes that are attractive and unusual. So are these!  Got see these pics and show them to your kids!

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