From the resource pages compiled by Paul Tautages
Archive for September, 2012
I love this book Wrestling with an Angel. I have posted about Jake in the past and his father Greg.
Even if you haven’t kept up with the story, you will be so encouraged to hear this huge praise about Jake and how God works in extraordinary ways in answering prayer!
Read the latest blog update on this remarkable story!
Frankly, I have always thought Jesus’ tears (11:35) were a little odd. He knew that he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead and that in 10 minutes everything would be made right. Then why would Jesus weep with Mary? Why not just tell her to wait because everything would be okay in a few minutes?
Jesus weeps with Mary to give us a picture of how he goes through suffering with us. Even when Jesus knows the pain is temporary, he knows what it feels like for you, and he weeps with you. He weeps with you because he is your friend. That’s how I know a friend loves me. It’s not that they can give me all the answers when I’m in pain; it’s that they weep when I weep.
To a God outside of time, ten thousand years is not that much different to Jesus than ten minutes. He can already see the beautiful end to each of our story. He can see all of our suffering swallowed up in the glorious resurrection. But when you are hurting, as much as you tell yourself that Jesus sees the beautiful end, it’s still painful right now. Sometimes you need not just theological answers; you need the presence of a Savior who feels your pain and weeps with you.
What a friend we have in Jesus! “He took our sin and our sorrow, and he made it his very own. He bore our burden to Calvary, and suffered and died alone.” He feels, as his own, your every broken-heart, every shattered dream, every sorrow. This does not mean that Jesus has no answers to the hard questions of suffering. It means that we can trust those questions to him.
“Cultivate the habit of fixing your eye more simply on Jesus Christ, and try to know more of the fullness there is laid up in Him for every one of His believing people.
Do not be always poring down over the imperfections of your own heart, and dissecting your own besetting sins.
Look more to your risen Head in heaven, and try to realize more than you do that the Lord Jesus not only died for you, but that He also rose again, and that He is ever living at God’s right hand as your Priest, your Advocate, and your Almighty Friend.
When the Apostle Peter “walked upon the waters to go to Jesus,” he got on very well as long as his eye was fixed upon his Almighty Master and Savior. But when he looked away to the winds and waves, and reasoned, and considered his own strength, and the weight of his body, he soon began to sink, and cried, “Lord, save me.” No wonder that our gracious Lord, while grasping his hand and delivering him from a watery grave, said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Alas! many of us are very like Peter–we look away from Jesus, and then our hearts faint, and we feel sinking (Mat. 14:28–31).”
~ J.C. Ryle
Glenn Stanton has the story–and it is an important one.
Note: FactChecker is a monthly series in which Glenn T. Stanton examines claims, myths, and misunderstandings frequently heard in evangelical circles.
“Christians divorce at roughly the same rate as the world!”
It’s one of the most quoted stats by Christian leaders today. And it’s perhaps one of the most inaccurate.
At bottom, it is used to explain that Christians are not doing well in living out their faith. But it could also be taken as a statement that redemption by and real discipleship under Jesus makes no real difference when it comes to marriage. But mainstream sociologists would tell us that taking one’s faith very seriously—in word and deed—does indeed make a marked positive difference in the health and longevity of marriage. Based on the best data available, the divorce rate among Christians is significantly lower than the general population.
Here’s the truth…
People who seriously practice a traditional religious faith—whether Christian or other—have a divorce rate markedly lower than the general population.
When we are doing everything
which life and time demand,
eternal truths may soon depart
replaced with sinking sand.
Dangerous times so test us, Lord,
when Christ we cannot see.
Steady our nerve, O living Word
and teach us just to be!
When we are fighting smiling foes
who twist your word and ways,
help us repent when our sin grows,
o’erwhelmed by stormy days:
hardening our hearts with deadly force,
and lurking power of hell.
Bow our weak minds before the cross
to break, then make us well!
When we are broken send true friends
who love us for your sake:
patiently waiting, selfless prayers,
the warmth of real embrace.
Brothers’ and sisters’ words and deeds;
your gifts so kindly sent.
Calm our deep turmoil, bring us peace
which is your pure intent!
When we are shining like the sun
in bodies made to last,
glory to hold, your face to see,
all strife and suffering passed.
Then your full purpose will unfold,
all haunting questions gone;
Christ will be ours as we were told.
Come soon, eternal dawn!
A. Peter Dickson – September 2012
Here is the description:
Fellowship among believers is more than just talking over coffee after church service. Biblical fellowship in New Testament times—or koinonia—had rich and varied meanings, including covenant relationship, partnership in the gospel, communion with God and others, and the sharing of earthly possessions.
In True Community, best-selling author Jerry Bridges guides you through koinonia and its implications for today’s church. With discussion questions at the end of each chapter, this book will help you dig deeper into what Christian community in the twenty-first century should look like. You will come away with a new appreciation for fellowship, the church, and what God intended the body of Christ to be.