Archive for April 15th, 2013

Resources on suicide

Here are a number of resources that will help us grow in ministering God’s grace and truth… (scroll to the end for one more)




Thanks to Paul Tautages who compiled these resources. And here is one more called the SLAP DIRT assessment.

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Several years ago Paul Crouch announced to America on television that, in his view, any person indwelt by the Holy Spirit is as much the son of God as Jesus Himself. A friend of mine wrote a polite letter to Paul Crouch and asked him to retract that statement and pointed out how utterly heretical it was. On the next broadcast, Crouch held up the letter and said, “I just received a letter from a theologian, and he didn’t like what I said in my last message, but I will say it again: if you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, you are as much the incarnation of God as was Jesus Christ.” God has one incarnate Son, and though we are indwelt by His Holy Spirit, and by God’s grace we are able to partake of His presence, let us not ever deceive ourselves into thinking that we are little gods or, even worse, big gods. It is the grace of God that keeps us from deity.

Sproul, R. C. (2011-03-02). 1&2 Peter: St Andrew’s Expositional Commentary (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary) (p. 216). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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“Our first priority in times of adversity is to honor and glorify God by trusting Him. We tend to make our first priority the gaining of relief from our feelings of heartache or disappointment or frustration. This is a natural desire, and God has promised to give us grace sufficient for our trials and peace for our anxieties (2 Corinthians 12:9Philippians 4:6-7). But just as God’s will is to take precedence over our will (Jesus Himself said, “Yet not as I will, but as you will”Matthew 26:39), so God’s honor is to take precedence over our feelings. We honor God by choosing to trust Him when we don’t understand what He is doing or why He has allowed some adverse circumstance to occur. As we seek God’s glory, we may be sure that He has purposed our good and that He will not be frustrated in fulfilling that purpose.”

Jerry Bridges – Trusting God, p. 52.

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“What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God. What is the eternal life that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. “This is life eternal, that they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment than anything else? Knowledge of God. “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me” (Jeremiah 9:23). What, of all the states God ever sees man in, gives him most pleasure? Knowledge of himself. “I desire . . . the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings,” says God (Hosea 6:6). . . . Once you have become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.”

J.I. Packer, Knowing God.

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