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Archive for July 29th, 2012

Granted Ministries is now offering a free study guide for Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ class Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure.

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“Precisely because Jesus didn’t have to be afraid, precisely because the Father is faithful to his Son, we don’t have to be afraid either — so long as we are in Christ. The decisive work has been done. The life of fearless faith has been lived for us, in divine-human perfection. And when we embrace this Jesus, when we trust him and are made new creatures in him, then all of his fearlessness is rightfully ours. All of the Father’s faithfulness to him — the shield and refuge — is ours.

Psalm 91 has been perfectly embodied, in time and space, by the very Son of God in human flesh. You don’t have to be afraid.”

Read the rest of Jonathan Parnell’s post on Psalm 91, fear and Jesus!

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Jared Wilson in “The Four-fold Curse . . . “–a post on Ephesians 2:1-10

It doesn’t get worse than this. We are dead, belly-ruled, world-following, devil worshipers. The curse we both suffer and embrace has us hemmed in on all sides. There is no escaping. We are much, much worse than we think we are.

Oh! But verse 4! Two sweet words start the reversal of our will and fate. Two words. Not “be still” but with the same effect — the ten-hutting of a storm. Two words that part the sea, roll back the darkness with violent force, like the jolting, snapping up of window shades. Two little words like wings of a seraph, breaking through our tomb with a bright ray of light and lifting us up and through the spiritual aether, seating us in the heavenlies (v.6).

“But God.”

Two words: the crash cart, the smelling salts, the sweet manna, the dagger in the devil’s neckbone.

 

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Ten reasons to read Job

I just finished reading Job recently and I learn something new every time I do.  Here are ten reason from John Piper to be well-acquainted with this book by reading it often:

 

  1. Hundreds of you have suffered or are suffering and are looking for light in your darkness.
  2. Suffering is coming, for sure. Basic discipleship means tribulations.
  3. Persecution, disease, war, disability, disaster, freak accident, assault — all are alike in this: Satan aims to destroy your faith, but God aims to strengthen it.
  4. Natural disasters put [the subject of God’s relationship to evil] in the news. Consider the tsunamis, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and avalanches.
  5. God is rejected by many because of the suffering in the world.
  6. There are Christians who openly question the sovereignty of God over all suffering.
  7. God’s wise, good, just, absolute sovereignty is pastorally precious beyond measure. Being able to say, “Satan meant it for evil, but God…” gives hope and strength. Nothing is wasted. Nothing surprises God.
  8. Suffering is appointed as one way the gospel is spread.
  9. The supreme value and glory and admirableness of Christ is shown most clearly when Christians treasure Christ more than they treasure what they’re losing — health, wealth, family, or life.
  10. Job is the main book in the Bible dealing with suffering. It can help us in all these ways.

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Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart (Psalm 119:2 )

“Oh! how many seek, and seek in vain, for no other reason, than because they do not “seek Him with the whole heart!” The worldling’s “heart is divided; now shall he be found faulty.” The professor “with his mouth shows much love; but his heart goes after his covetousness.” The backslider “has not turned unto Me with his whole heart, but feignedly, says the Lord.” The faithful, upright believer alone brings his heart, his whole heart, to the Lord: “When You said, Seek my face, my heart said unto You, Your face, Lord, will I seek.” For he only has found an object, that attracts and fills his whole heart, and, if he had a thousand hearts, would attract and fill them all. He has found his way to God by faith in Jesus. In that way he continues to seek. His whole heart is engaged to know and love more and more. Here alone the blessing is enjoyed, and the promise made good: “You shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart.”

But let me not shrink from the question, Do I “keep His testimonies” from constraint, or from love? Surely when I consider my own natural aversion and enmity to the law of God, and the danger of self-deception in the external service of the Lord, I have much need to pray-”Incline my heart to Your testimonies. Give me understanding-save me, and I shall keep Your testimonies.” And if they are blessed, who seek the Lord with their whole heart, how am I seeking Him? Alas! with how much distraction! with how little heart-work! Oh! let me “seek His strength” in order to “seek His face.”

Charles Bridges, Exposition Of Psalm 119 via Aaron

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