It Is Well

February 11, 2015

Destinations

October 14, 2014

There are some books worth nabbing. First, Elise Fitzpatrick’s Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ is $0.99 for Nook and Kindle. Union with Christ is one of the most important but least understood doctrines there is. When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart is free for Nook and Kindle. Who Am I: Identity In Christ is a free audio book. This book is written by Jerry Bridges and read by Alistair Begg.

One Thing I Want My Kids to Remember About Me is a good reminder for all parents.

In case you were wondering, pot really is bad for you.

Nancy Guthrie writes about The Best Things About the Boring Parts of the Bible.

Let Your Dim, Sin-Stained Light Shine Before The World. ‘Nuff said.

Paul Tripp’s words are directed toward pastors, but what he says is good for all of us. If nothing else, you will gain insight into the mind of the pastor.

Destinations

April 2, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_The Oldest Tricks in the Book of Motherhood” will no doubt bring back memories. Or perhaps, you are utilizing these tricks now?

How should we respond when someone confesses sin? Erik Raymond in “Are You Aiding and Abetting Apathy?” encourages his readers to not miss opportunities to encourage.

The audio book “The Truth of the Cross” by R. C. Sproul is free this month.

Robert Farrar Capon and the Anti-Heroic Church” is well worth your meditative time.

Destinations

November 5, 2013

Here is a reminder that we never know about the influence we might have. Our task is to know the Word and love the people around us. We love those around us by sharing the truth. Perhaps there is a Spurgeon in your company today.  By the way, “The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon” by Lawson is free all month long. The Nook version can be found here.

Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. How does this look in our lives? Here David Murray gives ten ways we can practically love those around us.

We are saved by works. This sounds heretical but it is true. God is a just God. Those who enter heaven will do so on the basis of perfect law-keeping.

Cross Talk” is free TODAY ONLY. I read this book several years ago and it is definitely worth the time (since money isn’t part of the equation). So, get it now.

Our kids are brain damaged:

Keep Seeking

October 30, 2013

From Jonathan Edwards:

Don’t slack off seeking, striving, and praying for the very same things that we exhort unconverted persons to strive for, and a degree of which you have had in conversion. Thus pray that your eyes may be opened, that you may receive your sight, that you may know yourself and be brought to God’s feet, and that you may see the glory of God and Christ, may be raised from the dead, and have the love of Christ shed abroad in your heart. Those that have most of these things still need to pray for them; for there is so much blindness and hardness and pride and death remaining that they still need to have that work of God upon them, further to enlighten and enliven them. This will be a further bringing out of darkness into God’s marvelous light, and a kind of new conversion and resurrection from the dead. There are very few requests that are not only proper for a natural person, but that in some sense are also proper for the godly.

– Jonathan Edwards, Advice to Young Converts

(HT: Joe Thorn)

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

September 30, 2013

Funky …

Destinations

July 26, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Once again, there is so much good stuff on the internet that I feel compelled to pass some of it on.

Here is a helpful piece on what the word law typically means in the New Testament. Understanding what is being said is vital to accurately unpacking the New Covenant.

Every read “The Screwtape Letters“? Here are 31 single sentence summaries of each chapter. This is a great way to quickly digest/remember Lewis’ thought in the book.

In The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same department, here is a fascinating look at Alexander Hamilton’s adultery and apology. Be sure to read the last paragraph.

I don’t often recommend articles from Guideposts. That said, this one is too good to miss. Sometimes God’s surprises are breathtaking.

From the When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade Department:

Destinations

March 6, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here is a good article for leaders detailing warning signs mined from the life of Peter. Here is part of the closing paragraph:

Here’s the danger for leaders today. For Peter, the process of falling occurred rapidly. It was as if he ran and leapt into disobedience. Most leaders don’t leap into trouble, though; they slide there. Sometimes the process happens so imperceptibly that leaders are in a disaster before they know it

Roger Ebert is a Catholic. You might not care but here is an interesting piece describing his antithetical views. I wonder how many other Catholics are of his ilk. He writes:

I consider myself Catholic, lock, stock and barrel, with this technical loophole: I cannot believe in God. I refuse to call myself a atheist however, because that indicates too great a certainty about the unknowable.

Denise Myhrberg passed through the office area here at church this morning and commented that many are going through difficult physical issues. With this observation in mind, Kevin DeYoung, using Calvin, gives helpful advice on what to say to those who are ill. Here is his summary:

  1. People need the gospel more than ever when they are ill.
  2. Remind the sick from the word of God that God is sovereign over their illness and has sent it for their good.
  3. If the illness is severe, comfort the sick with the sure knowledge that those who die in the Lord have nothing to fear.
  4. If the sick consider their sins to be light and trivial, teach them of the justice of God and call them to embrace the mercy of Christ.
  5. If the sick are afflicted in their consciences, help them find rest in Christ.
  6. Don’t be afraid to bring some small token of physical relief—books, flowers, balloons, games, movies, a homemade card.

Finally, here is a catchy song filled with gospel truth:

Destinations

December 12, 2012

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here are a few odds and ends worth thinking about:

First, Al Mohler interacts with a recent Newsweek article questioning the historicity of Jesus. This issue is always worth grappling with. Our faith is constantly challenged.

You’ve heard me say that I’m a packrat and a plodder. I’m always collecting ideas and nothing comes quickly for me. I’m the tortoise not the hare. Mark Altrogge reminds us that God is looking for plodders.

The inimitable Carl Trueman tells us that freedom of speech is under attack. Here is his closing salvo:

Tell someone Jesus is the only way of salvation and find that they have gone away and killed themselves, and one day you too might be subject to a criminal investigation

In my effort to walk with the Lord I root against all San Francisco teams. Rooting for the Niners is like hoping Ahmadinejad has a pleasant day. Anyway, Barry Zito, pitcher for the leftest Giants, once pitched for the team on the bright side of the Bay. This to say, perhaps there is hope for Zito. Maybe, one day, he’ll return to his pure roots. I digress. Here is an article about how God has drawn Barry to himself.

Destinations

November 15, 2012

I have three somewhat related posts this morning. Specifically, they are related to last weeks election. Knowing that many feel the sky is falling, I believe that these three posts will be encouraging.

First, in the “We’ve Been Here Before” category, this post entitled Were the 1960s when it all went wrong? reminds us that history is repeating itself. I think you will be encouraged by this piece. Here’s a quote that will give you a sense of where the article goes:

By Finke and Stark’s math, American church membership has steadily risen from 1776 to the 21st Century, with current rates approximately triple what they were in the days of the founding fathers.

Importantly, Mike Leake cautions against ungodly fear. Who is in control of all this anyway?

I care little about a discussion on Obama, Romney, or any third-party candidate. What I do care about are those professing to be believers being swept up in worldly fear.

Finally, Ray Ortlund encourages his readers to work towards a gospel culture. Isn’t the gospel America’s only real hope?

If we want this culture to thrive, we can’t take doctrinal short cuts. If we want this doctrine to be credible, we can’t disregard the culture. Churches where the doctrines of grace create a culture of grace bear living witness to the power of Jesus. I think of it very simply like this:

Gospel doctrine – gospel culture = hypocrisy
Gospel culture – gospel doctrine = fragility
Gospel doctrine + gospel culture = powerIf we want our churches to compel the attention of our mission field — and, of course, we do — then, brothers, build a gospel culture! Don’t settle for preaching the truth only. Build a relational ethos that feels like the gospel. It’s powerful.