Archive for September, 2013

Heavenly pictures

Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten more than a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the planet to win the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Click here to see these pictures from the heavens which declare the glory of God!

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Quick. . .where in the Bible will find the command to “forgive yourself”?  Where is this either clearly commanded or even illustrated or exemplified? Can you think of any passage or verse?  Why is it that many times people are told they have to forgive themselves or you hear people say, “I know God has forgiven me, but I just can’t forgive myself.”  Is that biblical language?

Rick offers some biblical reflection and counsel when you struggle to forgive yourself.

The Gospel came to take care of my sin problem because I could not. My job should be simple: apply the Gospel to my life. I must ask, receive, and apply God’s forgiveness to my life.

If you are like me, a person who can become overly shocked by sin, then maybe you need to repent of self-righteousness. This is what I have to do when I think my sin is greater than God’s ability to forgive.

Sometimes I can forget how Jesus is enough for all my sin. How about you? Are you able to rest in God’s forgiveness? Why do you feel the need to forgive yourself when infinite God gave an infinite gift to pay for your infinite offense against Him?

Read Rick Thomas’ article “The Danger of Forgiving Yourself” 

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Molly Hemmingway pleads with journalists especially:

In recent weeks, we have Muslims killing Christians in Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan and Syria. Again.

It’s time to ask an important question that many of us have successfully avoided for far too long:

Can we finally start talking about the global persecution of Christians and other non-Muslims?

Finally? Please?  . . . .

However much we may wish Muslim violence against Christians would resolve itself or go away, being in denial serves no purpose. To combat the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities, we must first acknowledge its existence. And we need to be clear about exactly who is perpetrating violence against Christians and what is motivating them.

Read the rest of Mollie’s article here.

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Randy Alcorn lists sixteen biblical truths about sexual purity.  It is a good list to look over and re-visit from time to time, especially since we live in a world where every day our consciences are assaulted with cries that promise that impurity is OK.

Here’s Randy’s conclusion:

Even if you are no longer a virgin you can and should commit yourself to secondary virginity—to remain sexually pure from this day forward, preserving yourself only for your marriage partner, should God choose to give you one. You need more than good intentions to maintain your purity—you need a plan. If you are committed to a relationship with a growing Christian discuss it honestly and formulate a plan to prevent falling back into premarital intimacy.

Live in such a way as to hear your Lord say to you one day, “Well done.” Get on the right side of the universe’s moral system. Honor God by living in sexual purity. If you do, you’ll experience His blessing and rewards not only today, tomorrow, and ten years from now, but throughout eternity.

Read and mark “16 Things to Know about Sexual Purity”


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Here’s a neat way for moms and dads of  both small and grown up sons to pray in October.  Mike Leake is forming a group that will add focus, accountability, challenge, and encouragement to your prayers as you  join others in praying for your sons!  Join today and start praying for your sons. Who will join me?

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From Jon Bloom:

Private devotions aren’t magic. We know that (for the most part).

But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord. And if that doesn’t happen, our formula must be wrong.

The danger of this misconception is that it can produce chronic disappointment and discouragement. Cynicism sets in and we give up or whip through them to alleviate guilt because devotions don’t seem to work for us.

Our longing for intimate communion with God is God-given. It’s a good thing to desire, ask for, and pursue. The Spirit does give us wonderful occasional tastes. And this longing will be satisfied to overflowing some day (Psalm 16:11).

But God has other purposes for us in the discipline of daily Bible meditation and prayer. Here are a few:

1.  Soul Exercise (1 Corinthians 9:24, Romans 15:4)…
2.  Soul Shaping (Romans 12:2)…
3.  Bible Copiousness (Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:97, Proverbs 23:12)…
4.  Fight Training(Ephesians 6:10–17)…
5.  Sight Training (2 Corinthians 5:7, 2 Corinthians 4:18)…
6.  Delight Cultivation (Psalm 37:3–4, James 4:8, Psalm 130:5)…

There are many more benefits. You could certainly add to this list. But the bottom line is this: don’t give up on daily devotions. Don’t whip through them. Don’t let them get crowded out by other demands.…

Read the entire post: Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions.

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Whose will be done?

“The will of man is the terrestial throne of God.  It is there that He must reign.  The will is to rule all inferior faculties; and God is to rule the will. And shall self presume to dethrone the Lord, and sit down in its place? He that rules the will rules the man.”–Richard Baxter, Practical Works, 3:400.

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Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Proverbs 15:18

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Proverbs 13:10

By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Proverbs 16:28

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:1

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.

Proverbs 17:14

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Proverbs 17:19

Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.

Proverbs 20:3

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

Proverbs 22:10

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.

Proverbs 23:29

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?

Proverbs 26:21

As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

Proverbs 28:25

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.

Proverbs 29:22

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Proverbs 30:33

For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

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“Do you want to know the will of God to do it or to vote on it?”–Lou Priolo

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