May 14, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here are some links for your spiritual digestion:

We have all heard that Abba means “daddy.” Is this true?

What about the History Channel’s recent series on the Bible? Is it factual? Andy Naselli offers his assessment.

Mark Altrogge weighs in on the importance of the first beatitude, spiritual poverty. Most of our everyday relational sins come from getting this wrong, thinking that other people are the problem and that we’re spiritually okay. If we understand the wickedness of our own hearts we’ll be amazed that we are treated as well as we are.

Here is a helpful piece by Kevin DeYoung about rhythm in our lives.

Dane Ortlund highlights Jonathan Edward’s take on Romans 8:28.

Though it is to the eternal damage of the saints, ordinarily, when they yield to, and are overcome by temptations, yet Satan and other enemies of the saints by whom these temptations come, are always wholly disappointed in their temptations, and baffled in their design to hurt the saints, inasmuch as the temptation and the sin that comes by it, is for the saints’ good, and they receive a greater benefit in the issue, than if the temptation had not been, and yet less than if the temptation had been overcome.


May 8, 2013

Last week studying Isaiah I ran across this quote by John Oswalt:

That is true humility: self-forgetfulness. It is the ability to go about the tasks God has given, secure in his love and his valuing, without wondering if others appreciate us as much as they should. It is the ability to see others being praised and not need to belittle them, either silently or aloud, in an effort to make oneself look good by comparison. To paraphrase a popular saying: “Humility is to know there is a God, and to know you are not him!”

I need more “self-forgetfulness.” To complement the above quote here is a helpful chart by Nancy Demoss highlighting the difference between proud and broken people.