Archive for April 13th, 2013

I probably don’t have a favorite Bible prayer but I’d have to agree with Justin that this is one is one of my favorite prayers in the Bible:

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

2 Chronicles 20:12

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When making a significant decision someone has said you should ask:

  • How will you feel about it 10 minutes from now?
  • How about 10 months from now?
  • How about 10 years from now?

Worth chewing on whether the decision involves something big like a job change, marriage, or a big purchase as well as when we face temptation which usually promises pleasure for a season but the end thereof can lead to death.

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Abraham was waiting for a child. Joseph was wasting away in prison. Moses was wandering in the wilderness. . . . [my insertion: and they did so for a long time].

Can you believe that God has something good in store for you? Will you trust that someday when you see your beginning and middle with the ending in view that it will all make sense? Can you hope against hope that God has not forgotten you, that his promises are true, and that he is up to something? He was for Abraham and Joseph and Moses. Why not you too?

–Kevin DeYoung in “Waiting, Wasting, and Wandering”

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The words of worship flow so easily from our lips that we seldom stop to think about them: we casually talk about knowing the Lord; we say we talk to God and in one way or another hear from God. We attend churches on Sundays to have, as we say, fellowship with God and each other. There we celebrate the belief that he is our God with songs and hymns, but even these have become so familiar to us that our minds drift to other, more immediate concerns. And when we approach the Lord’s Table, to eat with God as it were, we often do not have enough time to appreciate what it means. In short, our worship services have become time-bound and routine. We have been so successful in fitting God into our important schedules that worship is often just another activity. But it should be anything but routine and ordinary.

After all, this God we say we know is the sovereign Creator and Lord of the whole universe, the eternal and ever-living God, all wise, all powerful, and ever present. Our attention to the Lord must not be an ordinary part of life; our worship of him should be the most momentous, urgent, and glorious activity in our lives.

~Allen P. Ross~Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship From the Garden to the New Creation (Grand Rapids, MI; Kregel Publications; 2006) p. 35.

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