July 4, 2014
I know that almost everyone is out and about today, but I’m not. Here are a few links for those stuck at home on this hot, uncomfortable day:
First, a series of links about America. Kevin DeYoung discusses life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Ultimately, he is thankful that he can call himself an American. Gene Veith discusses some of what he loves about America. Finally, Russell Moore compares Jefferson’s wonderful legacy with impact of Christ’s empty grave.
Paul Tripp walks through two kinds of anger, one good and one bad. Anger lurks in many of our hearts.
Every now and then I get asked if cremation is okay. Nick Batzig attempts to deal with the issue from a Biblical perspective. The short answer for me that burial is best, yet I wouldn’t say cremation is wrong.
May 22, 2014
Yesterday Al Roberts transitioned into glory soon after failing to negotiate a turn on Highway 36 in the area of Basler Road. Al is now in the presence of his dear Savior. I know, based on Philippians 1:23, Al is in a “far better” place. Not only has he escaped the experience of sin and the frustrations of life, but he is in the glorious presence of Jesus. While I rejoice for him, I grieve for his wife, Kathy, and all his many friends. I track with the men who buried Stephen in Acts 8 who “made great lamentation over him.” Personally, I lament Al’s home going.
Al’s death makes Jesus all the more precious to me, and I trust to you. This old world is overwhelmingly deadly. I’m looking forward to the new world, the new heavens and the new earth. We’ll then have bodies that won’t die and spirits that won’t sin. We’ll laugh, play, work and feast forever. The greatest joy will be the feast of Jesus’ presence. “What a day, glorious day, that will be.”
One of my favorite hymns is “The Sands of Time Are Sinking.” My favorite verse of that many versed hymn is this one:
The Bride eyes not her garment, but her dear Bridegroom’s face;
I will not gaze at glory but on my King of grace.
Not at the crown He giveth but on His pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory of Immanuel’s land.
Right now Al is eyeing his “dear Bridegroom’s face,” he is gazing on his “king of grace.” And for that I’m envious.
March 26, 2014
December 18, 2013
I know my posts have been rather light (in number and content) this week. I could have discussed Harold Camping’s death, or repentance Ted Haggard style, or the problems with the updated NIV, or how to read the Bible in a more meaningful way. But, I’ve chosen the lower road and am satisfied with feel-good stories.
December 5, 2012
I’ve been sort of AWOL lately. I typically say I’m running two days behind. This week I’m three or four days behind. On an unrelated note, today is my wonderful wife’s birthday. I always say I married over my head. God blessed in inexpressible ways by bringing Debbie into my life. Happy birthday, Dear.
J.D. Greear interacts with a New York Times article about how people change. He hears and echo of the Gospel in the Times piece. Here is the concluding paragraph:
Not surprisingly, Brooks doesn’t end his article with a gospel proclamation. At least not completely. But he does close by reminding his readers that the most effective way to engender change is not by “bludgeoning bad behavior” but by “changing the underlying context.” In many ways, this is what the gospel does. The gospel is not a message to “go and do,” but a message that salvation has already been done. The underlying context has been changed. We are changed not by being told what we need to do for God, but by hearing the news about what He has done for us.
Mark Altrogge offers 13 Scriptures To Meditate On When Your Future Is Uncertain. Your future is out of your hands. Start meditating.
Speaking of an uncertain future, this website visualizes deaths and births in real time. Fascinating.
This video fits perfectly with the preceding reference to death.
May 3, 2012
Sometimes “I’M Fine” doesn’t really mean I’m fine.
March 23, 2012
Andrée Seu writes about how affairs begin. We need to be alert to the devil’s schemes.
“I personally know of an affair that started when a married woman I know told a married man I know that she had had a dream about him. That was one foot on the banana peel. It could have been nipped in the bud at that point but was not. Each small subsequent decision sealed their fate, and great was the destruction in the final scene.”
Here Doug Wilson reminds us that half of all pastors are below average. Sorry folks. I don’t know if I should be encouraged or discouraged.
“Great sermons will always be in short supply. Even in the case of first-rate preachers, the church occasionally has to settle for third-rate performances. And in the case of second-rate preachers . . . well, let’s just say that there are more of them than any other kind. That’s not a criticism. It’s one of the facts of church life … The world’s supply of top-notch saxophonists is miniscule compared with the army of honkers who live down the street from you — and the same goes for plumbers, professors, and for you as a preacher.”
Who incited David? In one verse Satan incites David and in a parallel verse God incites David. Here Tim Challies tackles the sticky problem.
“God is sovereign over every aspect of human history, and he uses others to accomplish his perfect plans, regardless of whether or not that is their intention.”
Here are the top ten rationalizations about death. Without the truth of the gospel, all one can do is think of the best way to spin the end of life.