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For Your Consideration 1.24.12

Six or seven inches from OK-to-kill to murder if you kill her… Many blogs and articles have been posted this past week due to the infamous Roe vs. Wade ruling 39 years ago. Justin Taylor posts one of the best in Attacks on Incremental Pro-Life Legislation: Unfair and Dangerous.

Do we really trust God in all situations? Mark Altrogge says, “We’re funny creatures, us humans. We ask our heavenly Father to provide for us then we try to figure out how he’s going to do it,” in his post, Don’t Rent That Clown Suit Just Yet…

If you are a parent, this is a must-read from Barnabas Piper: Vehicle, Obstacle, or Passenger?

And if you are a women with regrets, you have to read this — Kristina Haury trusted God in a very difficult situation and shares how He responded. Get out your tissue — she posts on Gracefull WomenGod’s Grace in My Great Loss Part One and Part Two.

If you missed my FB post of this movie trailer, it’s worth the watch: 200 Million Girls Missing in the World Today. Can you say “gendercide”?

An then sometimes, you just gotta laugh. Mark also offers a great alternative to the lyrics of “American Pie” with “Bye, Bye Mrs. Chicken Pot Pie.”  🙂

 

~ Blessings on your week!

 

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Current Events, The Journey

 

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

‎”Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow lights for fools the way to dusty death.” ~Shakespeare

“Please don’t say anything to me about tomorrow. Tomorrow is the word the Bible does not know. If you can find me any place in the Scriptures where the Holy Spirit of God says ‘tomorrow.’ I will step down from this pulpit and never step into it, or any other pulpit, for as long as I live. The Holy Spirit’s word is the word ‘today.'”             ~ Bruce Thielemann

We just completed session four in our “not a fan” book/DVD study. The key passage was Luke 9:57-62 where Jesus calls three different people to follow Him but each has something else to do first. They want to follow Him, but not right now. Maybe tomorrow. The second one, for instance, wanted to wait until his parents grew old and died and he collected his inheritance. Then he’d follow. The third one wanted to get his party on first.

What about us? After work isn’t so demanding, I’ll follow. When I’ve got my financial ducks in a row, maybe then. Once I’ve sowed my wild oats and settle down, then I’ll follow. But God says the time is now. He says, today if you hear His voice…

I’ve wasted a good many “today’s” because I said, “tomorrow.” Life is short—a breath. In Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper says:

“We waste our lives when we do not pray and think and dream and plan and work toward magnifying God in all spheres of life. God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. . . . .Life is wasted is we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. . . . The opposite of wasting your life is living life by a single God-exalting, soul-satisfying passion. the well-lived life must be God-exalting and soul-satisfying because that is why God created us. . . .What a tragic waste when people turn away from the Calvary road of love and suffering. All the riches of the glory of God in Christ are on that road. All the sweetest fellowship with Jesus is there. All the treasures of assurance. All the ecstasies of joy. All the clearest sightings of eternity. All the noblest camaraderie. All the humblest affections. All the most tender acts of forgiving kindness. All the deepest discoveries of God’s Word. All the most earnest prayers. They are all on the Calvary road where Jesus walks with his people. Take up your cross and follow Jesus. On this road, and this road alone, life is Christ and death is gain. Life on every other road is wasted.”

My prayer is to be a “today person” and remove ‘tomorrow’ from my thoughts and words. To not look back on the second half of my life and feel that it was wasted. Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in God's Word, Priorities, Purpose, The Cross, The Journey

 

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For Your Consideration 1.15.12

I love the blogs to which I subscribe and the bloggers who take the time to write them. I will also continue to post these when I don’t have as much time as I want to research and post my own. Here are some good and challenging reads this lovely Sunday evening for your consideration and edification:

This video has gone viral on FB and blogs with debates on doctrine and orthodoxy raging. I like this best: Stephen Altrogge In Defense of the Video That No One Seems to Like.

Related, Barnabas Piper has this to say about the definition of the word, religion: Religion: Why’s Everybody Always Picking on Me?

Justin Taylor posts a brief quote from John Stott: Don’t Be Scandalized When Christians Debate One Another in Love as well as another piece summarizing Jared Wilson On the Cross and the Giving and Receiving of Criticism.

Related to #1 and #3 above, Kevin DeYoung posts some emails between he and Jeff Bethke, Following Up on the Jesus/Religion Video.

At the risk of adding to the Tim Tebow posting overdose, Nathan Busenitz attempts to do the impossible: stake out some middle ground in Tebow Time: 10 Thoughts and a Cloud of Dust.

Finally, an article about New York City Pastors arrested for doing the right thing in peacefully protesting a very wrong thing.

Blessings!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in The Journey

 

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For Your Consideration 1.12.12

Are you feeding your mind and soul? OK, well you are — but with GOOD stuff? There is a good deal of great stuff to be read by today’s bloggers who are Christ-followers. Also, not a few good articles… Here are some good and challenging reads this week for your consideration and edification:

A great friend passed this one on: Leanard Lee ponders childlike faith in See a Penny Pick it Up.

Does God Care Whether Tim Tebow Wins on Saturday? A Christian theology professor tries to answer the question that’s dominated conversations in bars, dorm rooms, and the pages of ESPN.

Justin Taylor found this: The Most Riveting Description of the Goal of Christian Living I’ve Ever Read.

If you would like to know How To Disagree Online Without Being A Total Jerk check out this post by Stephen Altrogge.

I was saddened beyond words to read this article in the Hindu News posted by a friend on FB. Could this happen in a Christian nation? Will this happen in America before too long? Dignity Denied in Death Even for Widows. God forbid…

And for something just plain beautiful-beyond-words but for the beautiful words of Ann Voskamp: When You Feel Pulled & Torn.

It’s an eclectic collection, I know. That’s just the kinda gal I am. 😉

~Blessings on you!

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in The Journey

 

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OMG: What’s With All the Blasphemy?

I have friends who speak the name of Jesus more than I do. But they aren’t talking to Him or about Him. When the name of Jesus Christ is spit out of someone’s mouth as a curse word, we universally recognize this as blasphemy. Christ-followers have no problem refraining from this horrible disrespect and it grieves us when we hear it from others. Yet how often do you hear “OH MY GOD!” in a conversation or see “OMG!!!” posted on FaceBook by devoted Christians?

Are we thinking clearly about what we’re saying? Listen to R.C. Sproul:

We need to define blasphemy, and this verse from Luke [12:10] gives us a clue as to what it is. The two phrases “who speaks a word against” and “who blasphemes” are parallel. Blasphemy, then, involves speaking a word against God. It is a verbal sin, one that is committed with the mouth or the pen. It is desecration of the holy character of God. It can involve insulting Him, mocking Him, or dishonoring Him. In a sense, it is the opposite of praise. Even casually using the name of God by saying, “Oh, my God,” as so many do, constitutes blasphemy.

What’s in a name?

More than any of us can imagine! The name of Jesus “is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” The name of the LORD is more than a name. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” When we see the name LORD in all caps in the Old Testament, that is the Hebrew name YHWH (what we now say as “Yahweh”) — it was a name God’s people wouldn’t even pronounce or speak out loud. What do we think we’re doing treating the holy names of the Creator of the Universe and the One who gives us our very next breath as if they are common exclamations?

A challenge for us: Do a word study on the names of God to restore the respect, awe and honor it deserves in our minds and hearts. Here are some online options:

BibleStudyGuide.org

JesusWalk.com

BlueLetterBible.org

Bible.org

AgapeBibleStudy.com

Michal Hunt says it well at the end of the last link above:

Whatever word you use when you call upon the name of God, remember to call in reverence and in love for the word that expresses the essence of God in His most intimate relationship with you is LOVE, for God is love.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in God's Word, Jesus, The Heart

 

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For Your Consideration 1.10.12

There is some pretty great stuff to be read by today’s bloggers who are Christ-followers. Also, not a few good articles… Here are some good and challenging reads this week for your consideration:

Are you Too Tired to Pray? So is Wendy Pope.

In Blessed are the Un-Cool, Rachel Held Evans longs for a church with a coolness factor of zero.

A very good word from R.C Sproul on What Is The Unpardonable Sin?

Biographies Are Good for the Soul. Just read this by Jason Helopaulos if you need convincing.

Another great reminder about new beginnings, Julie Moore writes about Leaving It All Behind.

Aaaand, just a little blast from the past: Ann Coulter admonishes If You Can Find a Better Deal than Jesus Christ offers every single human being, left OR right, Take It.

Blessings!

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in The Journey

 

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Delight in the Law?

Since I used to be a rabid legalist and still struggle to exorcise legalism completely from my inner soul, the word ‘law’ always produces a nice, bright, red flag for me. So I almost didn’t read Kevin DeYoung’s blog today because it’s titled, Why Lewis Loved the Law. But of course DeYoung wrote it well and I came away with a confirmed sense of “rightness” about it:

In his Reflections on the Psalms, C.S. Lewis pondered how anyone could “delight” in the law of the Lord. Respect, maybe. Assent, perhaps. But how could anyone find the law so exhilarating? And yet, the more he thought about it, the more Lewis came to understand how the Psalmist’s delight made sense. “Their delight in the Law,” Lewis observed, “is a delight in having touched firmness; like the pedestrian’s delight in feeling the hard road beneath his feet after a false short cut has long entangled him in muddy fields.” The law is good because firmness is good. God cares enough to teach his decrees and direct our paths. He reveals his holy character in laying out his holy way. How awful it would be to inhabit this world, have some idea that there is a God, and yet not know what He desires from us. Divine statutes are a gift to us. God gives us law because he loves.

I say “confirmed” because also today, our Senior Pastor delivered the first message of the first series of the new year, called “Start NOW: Keys to a Happy New Year” in which he also discussed delight in the Lord. One of three keys, sandwiched between two others (DEAL with your disappointments and watch as the Lord provides the DESIRE of your heart) DELIGHT was the meat of the message and centered on Psalm 16.


I loved putting together Lewis’s epiphany with Pastor John’s. The Law and the whole of God’s word is a firm foundation providing stability and confidence. Psalm 16 tells us we can delight in the LORD Himself–His person; His people–our brothers and sisters in Christ; His portion–no matter what size; His principles–we can praise Him for His good counsel; and His protection–we cannot be shaken!

Reflect on the firm foundation He has provided His children and delight in it!
 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Contentment, God's Word, Joy

 

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