Destinations

February 16, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I appreciated this short piece by Ray Ortlund. Indeed, Romance is not stupid.

Ever wonder about Lent? I appreciate Carl Truman’s take on this increasingly popular evangelical activity.

How we need to be praying for our brothers and sisters in Muslim lands!

Finally, don’t hate me for this, why are Christian movies so bad?

Destinations

February 13, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I know there has been a plethora of posts dealing the 50 Shades. I certainly don’t want to add my voice to the cacophony. The film seems to be a movie that further pushes our culture in the wrong direction. We can’t begin to imagine what poisonous fruit it will bear. How we must guard ourselves and our loved ones from this satanic scat. As usual, Al Mohler, adds his interpretative voice. Tim Challies points us to ten articles he’s written about the how to, and why we should, avoid pornography.

Men, What Your Wife Wishes You Knew about Valentine’s Day (and Every Other Day of the Year) is helpful. I don’t think you can go wrong heeding the insight of this post.

Here, my go to guy on the book of Revelation, Greg Beale, unpacks the meaning of the number 666. If you are drawn to the book of Revelation, Greg’s treatment of the number will help you understand other symbols in the book.

 

Destinations

February 11, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Francis and Lisa Chan’s new book on marriage is available as a free download for the next several days from Christian Audio.

Paul Tripp helpfully delineates 23 things that love is. I need to spend some time with this list.

David Murray weighs in on why Christians are hated so much. The problem, as you might guess, is Jesus.

I appreciated Al Mohler’s reflection “The President at the Payer Breakfast.” Does our esteemed president really not understand the treat from Islam?

I enjoyed Your dog is not a human being. Stop treating her like one. But she’s so cute!

Destinations

September 26, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_There are several free ebooks available today. I’m not sure how long they’ll last:

  • CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet by Michael R. Emlet (Amazon | iTunes)
  • Losers Like Us: Redefining Discipleship after Epic Failure by Daniel Hochhalter (Amazon | iTunes)

I appreciated Leo and Cynthia’s story, Together Again.

On Piles of Sand and Eating Babies is well worth the read.

Believe it or not, support for gay marriage has dropped a bit.

You probably already knew this, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a fan of aborting the poor. Read about it here and here.

I appreciated this reminder by Ray Ortlund about how God is determined to bless us:

God: “I am your God. You are my people. I will bless you.”

Sinners: “But at our best, we barely believe you.”

God: “True. But I will bless you.”

Sinners: “But we don’t deserve you.”

God: “More than you know! But I will bless you.”

Sinners: “But we don’t live up to this. We’re cowards.”

God: “You are. But I will bless you.”

Sinners: “But we’re so entrenched in this world, we’ll never change.”

God: “Not true. You are Zion, the eternal city of God. I will bless you accordingly, and everything will change.”

— Ray Ortlund

Destinations

July 9, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here are a few quick links:

Randy Alcorn’s Seeing the Unseen: A Daily Dose of Eternal Perspective is free for Kindle.

I love this: Do Prodigals Feel Welcome At Our Churches?

Both conservatives and liberals struggle with pluralism. Everyone wants everyone else to think like they do. This article picks on liberals for their disdain for Hobby Lobby, but, as I said, conservatives have their blind spots too.

This is a lengthy article in three parts. It compares the mega-churches of today with cruise ships. Interesting stuff.

Destinations

April 8, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Is mental illness actually biblical? Sometimes we struggle with this one.

The ebook 31 Days of Purity is available for free. If you are struggling with pornography this might be a good place to start.

I appreciated Paul Tripp’s “Fall in Love Again.” It is good encouragement on several levels.

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly. I never miss posts like this. I still struggle with affect versus effect.

This is a good followup to the previous link:

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:

I was reading Richard Lovelace and ran across this Edwards quote:

Spiritual pride is the main door by which the devil comes into the hearts of those who are zealous for the advancement of Christianity. It is the chief inlet of smoke from the bottomless pit, to darken the mind and mislead the judgment. It is the main source of all the mischief the devil introduces, to clog and hinder a work of God.

Spiritual pride tends to speak of other persons’ sins with bitterness or with laughter and levity and an air of contempt. But pure Christian humility rather tends either to be silent about these problems or to speak of them with grief and pity. Spiritual pride is very apt to suspect others, but a humble Christian is most guarded about himself. He is as suspicious of nothing in the world as he is of his own heart. The proud person is apt to find fault with other believers, that they are low in grace, and to be much in observing how cold and dead they are and to be quick to note their deficiencies. But the humble Christian has so much to do at home and sees so much evil in his own heart and is so concerned about it that he is not apt to be very busy with other hearts. He is apt to esteem others better than himself. (emphasis mine)

– Jonathan Edwards

Fred and Lorraine

August 28, 2013

I love stories like this …