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This should give us hope:

“Christ died for all our sins. Every single wicked thing we’ve done.

Every command we’ve broken – every violation. Every sinful thought, word and deed we’ve done – every “sin of commission.”

But he died for even more than these.

Christ also died for all the good things we should do but fail to do.”

–Read the rest of Mark Altrogge’s “What About All Those Things We Should Do But Fail to Do!”

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WORLD reports:

A 17-year battle over the right for New York City churches to rent and use public school buildings for weekend worship services appears to have come to a close.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska issued a permanent injunction against the New York Department of Education, calling its policy that prohibits church access to school property after hours a violation of the religious groups’ First Amendment rights.

There’s more here–“A Sigh of Relief”

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D. A. Carson sums it up well here (2 min video worth your time).

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Mike Riccardi explains what it means for us to pray, “Thy Kingdom Come.”

Here’s just a brief quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones that summarizes what Mike is teaching about praying for the “already” aspect of the kingdom and the “not yet” phase of it–the latter which we are longing for.

“When we pray, ‘Thy kingdom come’, we are praying for the success of the gospel, its sway and power’ we are praying for the conversion of men and women; we are praying that the kingdom of God may come today…everywhere in the world. … But it goes even further than that. It is a prayer which indicates that we are ‘Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God’ (2 Pet. 3:21). It means that we should be anticipating the day when all sin and evil and wrong and everything that is opposed to God shall finally have been routed.”

Read “A Cry for Those Who Long for His Appearing.”

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A free ebook From Desiring God:

Skillful listening is a non-negotiable skill for everyone who enters a church building on Sunday or plays a sermon through headphones during the week. Scripture calls us not only to consider carefully what sermons we listen to, but also how we listen to those sermons.

It is very easy to slip into what Scripture calls “dullness of hearing,” to hear the weekly sermons without faith, and to see little or no moral fruit in our lives as a result. As Jesus makes clear, ultimately it is how we hear that reveals who we are (John 8:434710:427).

Take Care How You Listen is an ebook on listening well. It is comprised of five unedited sermon manuscripts from the preaching ministry of Pastor John. We pray this resource will serve your personal reflection as you heed Jesus’ command to “take care how you listen” (Luke 8:18).

 Download in various formats here.

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Challies is up to 12 now:  12 great visual theology infographics that you can download for free and even get in prints for a cost.

The series has now visited the ordo salutisthe attributes of Godthe books of the BiblePhilippians 4:8the genealogy of Jesus Christthe TrinityPhilippians 2:5-11, the Old Testament tabernacle, the fruit of the SpiritReformed Theology and the One Anothers of the New Testament. Today it continues with a look at the atonement.

Very well done!  Worth checking these out!

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Fools show their annoyance at once.Prov. 12:16 
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.Prov. 29:11
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evilPs. 37:8
     Dear Lord Jesus, of all the prayer-worthy things I can think of, “annoyance” has never made it onto my supplication list until now. Through the pastoral pestering of your Spirit, I see and grieve that I’m too easily annoyed. Have mercy on me, Prince of Peace. Free my foolish, fretful, fitful spirit. How can I possibly reveal the magnificence of the gospel when I’m showcasing the arrogance of my annoyance?
     I’m annoyed by the guy who races me when two lanes are becoming one. I’m annoyed when the bar code reading machines in the self-checkout lanes can’t read my items. I’m annoyed when the gas pump trickles way too slowly. I’m annoyed by waiters who fish for a bigger tip. I’m annoyed by fish that won’t bite. I’m annoyed by humidity when I want to jog.
     I’m annoyed by low talkers and over talkers. I’m annoyed at people easily annoyed. I’m annoyed when there’s not enough milk for a late-night bowl of cereal. I’m annoyed when I have to repeat myself. I’m annoyed at whiners, so much that I start whining. I’m annoyed at people preening in front of mirrors at the YMCA, as though I never peek. I’m annoyed when people use way too many words and way too big of words to say something very simple, as though that’s not me.
     I’m annoyed at ever having to wait in line for anything. I’m annoyed by the color orange. I’m annoyed at any box that has the words “requires some assembly” written on it. Oh, Jesus, if only those were the only things that annoyed me!
     My prayer? Gentle my demanding, impatient heart with your kindness and grace. Grant me much quicker repentances. Help me to slow . . . way . . . down. Help me to live in the moment and not simply live to get somewhere on time or get something done. Let me see people with your eyes and respond to them with your heart.
     There are no ordinary people around me. Everybody matters. Everybody has stories of heartache, foolishness, fear, and longing, just like me. Jesus, thank you that you died for all of my sins, including my “annoyability.” I love being loved by you, Lord Jesus. I have no greater hope than knowing one day I will be as lovely as you and will love like you forever (1 Jn.3:1-1). So very Amen I pray, in your gracious and patient name.

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