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Archive for July 6th, 2012

Luke Gilkerson documents 7 dangers are children face as they log on to the internet.  Parents should read this and take appropriate pre-cautions.

Note this was part two of a four part series–the remaining links can be found by clicking forward or backward on the arrows at the tope of the article.

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Chris Brauns:

Given the recent discussion on the problems that flow out of a position of unconditional forgiveness, it is a good time to point to another excellent resource. Since Unpacking Forgiveness was published, Ardel Caneday published his booklet, Must Christians Always Forgive? A Biblical Primer and Grammar on Forgiveness of Sins

With the tragic case of the murder of Pastor Fred Winters in view, Caneday unfolds the biblical logic for conditional forgiveness. Caneday reasons:

  1. Forgiveness always concerns sin.
  2. God forgives confessed sin.
  3. God’s forgiveness correlates to our forgiveness.
  4. Our forgiving must be like God’s forgiving of our sins.
  5. God’s forgiveness of sin is for the repentant and so is ours.
  6. Not to grant forgiveness of sins to the unrepentant is not the same as being unforgiving

Caneday takes the time to explain some of the problems that result from unbiblical teaching on forgiveness. Here is one quote:

If we “unconditionally forgive” the sins of unrepentant people we subvert the gospel of Jesus Christ mock God, and diminish the glory of the cross. Those who advocate and practice “unconditional forgiveness” do so out of misunderstanding the gospel’s teaching. While thinking that they embrace the magnanimity of God’s mercy and grace, without realizing it, they actually sabotage the magnanimous grace of accomplished through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ (p. 15).

One of the more helpful distinction Caneday makes is his point that, “Not to grant forgiveness of sins to the unrepentant is not the same as being unforgiving.” Hence, Caneday stresses, “We must always be ready to forgive, eager to forgive, praying that the Lord would grant repentance to the unrepentant person in order that both he and we may grant forgiveness of sins.” (p. 16)

Caneday’s primer is concise, well reasoned, and practical. It is affordable and recommended reading for anyone who wants to understand what the Bible teaches about interpersonal forgiveness. You can order it here.

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Jesse Johnson shares his response when a man asked him this question.  He reminds the man of two foundational truths and then seven concrete steps this man could take to attempt to rescue his marriage.

“What can I do to save my marriage” may answer the question you are asking or it may help you to pass on some rock-solid advice to a friend.

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These words–“I can’t wait for heaven”–were uttered by a 49-year-old Christian man who was dying from brain cancer.  His son Ian is permanently disabled. Larissa, Ian’s wife, is certain that if her father-in-law could see them today he would whisper, “Keep on going.  It’s worth it!”

Read Larissa’s moving post on “Heaven.”

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This is one of my favorite English words and one of the lesser known truths about Scripture:

The doctrine of the perspicuity of Holy Scripture… means only that the truth, the knowledge of which is necessary to everyone for salvation, though not spelled out with equal clarity on every page of Scripture, is nevertheless presented throughout all of Scripture in such a simple and intelligible form that a person concerned about the salvation of his or her soul can easily, by personal reading and study, learn to know that truth from Scripture without the assistance and guidance of the church and the priest. The way of salvation, not as it concerns the matter itself but as it concerns the mode of transmission, has been clearly set down there for the reader desirous of salvation. While that reader mmay not understand the “how” of it, the “that” is clear.

~ Herman Bavinck

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Denny Burk:

Last night, there was a mishap at San Diego’s 4th of July fireworks show. Through some really bad malfunction, all the explosions went off at once. What was supposed to be an 18 minute firework show set to music was reduced to 15 seconds of pyrotechnic pandemonium. In the video above, you can hear when spectators begin to realize what happened, and a little kid says “Aww!” Classic.

I feel sorry for the folks who carted their families out for a show that lasted a mere 15 seconds. The upside is that the spectacle—brief as it was—looked something like the death star exploding at the end of Star Wars.

Click here for the video. . .

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