Friday, April 18, 2014

This is So Important To Remember on Good Friday

David Burnette:
It only makes sense on Good Friday to shine the spotlight on Jesus. 
Christ’s death is, after all, the climax of the Gospel accounts (along with the resurrection, of course). That the the Son of God willingly took our punishment is the foundation of our hope and it should be the object of our deepest gratitude. But if God’s wrath is what Christ shielded us from, then how can we rejoice in the Father’s intentions on Good Friday? 
The cross certainly reminds of God’s holiness and of his hatred of sin. However, unless we take a step back to consider what was going on at Calvary, our view of God the Father can become distorted. He can become a cold and angry Deity who in his quest for justice is just itching to wipe us out. Until, thankfully, Jesus intervenes. 
Gratefully, this is not how Scripture presents God the Father. 
In The Cross of Christ John Stott cautions us against characterizing the Father as Judge and the Son as Savior. It is one and the same God who saves us in Christ (140). This error may at first sound subtle, but it’s always a big deal when we have a wrong view of God. Just as we honor the Son by thanking him for his sacrifice on the cross, so too we should honor the Father by responding rightly to his role in our salvation. To this end, here are three things to remember about God the Father on this Good Friday …
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The Hole In our Holiness
Kevin DeYoung




The Unexpected Jesus
R.C. Sproul




A Call To Spiritual Reformation
D.A. Carson




Preaching to a Post-Everything World
Zack Eswine




The Work of Christ
R.C. Sproul

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Urban Dog Sledding

This is so cool, until you wipe out hard.

Resurrection = You Can Be Made New

Christianity Packs Its Office and Leaves the Building

Very interesting piece of writing here from Jonathan Leeman.

Does Christianity have anything to offer in the public square?

One of the Best Easter Quotes I Have Read

On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.
- G. K. Chesterton,  The Everlasting Man

(HT:  Randy)

Terminally Casual Relationships

Paul Tripp:
If I were scroll through the contacts on my phone or search through my Facebook friends or look at the people I follow on Twitter, I could come up with a fairly long list of people I know. I could tell you where they lived, what they did for work, who they were married to, what their kids were doing, and even a few personal preferences or hobbies.

The opposite would also be true - there's a fairly long list of people who would know where I live, what I do, who my wife and kids are, and a few things that I enjoy in my free time. But here's the real question - how many people do I actually know, and how many people really know me?

I'm afraid that, in the body of Christ, we settle for terminally casual relationships all the time. Sure, we have acquired some superficial data on people we call friends, but we don't actually know them. We participate in weekly or monthly "church fellowship" but there's actually very little fellowship going on.
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Captivated: Beholding The Mystery of Jesus' Death and Resurrection
Thabiti M. Anyabwile




An Approach To Extended Memorization of Scripture
Andrew M. Davis

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prayer When It's Most Profound: Getting The Answer We Didn't Want

Powerful testimony here from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Makes Sense When You Put It That Way

Awesome.  Musicians and artists of all kinds can relate.


The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Perspective

Justin Holcomb:
The resurrection of Jesus is central to the Christian faith. Without the resurrection, there would be no Christianity, as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Cor. 15:14).

Historically, Jesus’ resurrection (along with his claims to be the Son of God and the Son of Man) has always been the point of contention that separates Christians and Jews. However, the Orthodox Jewish theologian Pinchas Lapide (1922–1997), in his book The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Perspective, turns that expectation on its head. Though he does not believe Jesus is the Messiah, Lapide does believe that the resurrection of Jesus was a historical event. Recognizing that Jesus and his disciples were faithful Jews, he seeks to understand it from a Jewish perspective.
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Dear son: your dad is messed up

Daniel Gardner:
Your mother and I are counting down the days until you shake the hospital room with your first wail. Our home is a small one, and sometimes our bouncing dog makes it seem smaller, but you are most welcome to fill it with your little giggles, abrasive screams and tender tears. We love you.

Here’s something you should know: much of our world is made up of appearances. From advertising, to entertainment, to the small talk of social interactions, it seems that putting on masks and pretending to be a different ‘you’ is quite common. Most everyone has a shinier version of themselves which they put on and off, depending on who’s taking notes at the time.

But I don’t want you to see me in my shiny armor. (I’d rather get rid of it, really.) Instead, I want you to see me the way my Saviour sees me. It’s the only accurate portrayal of who I am. When you look up at me, look for these things:
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Love People, Not Evangelism

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Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection
Jonathan K. Dodson and Brad Watson


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Monday, April 14, 2014

This Dude is Good With a Deck of Cards

And you'll learn where to go on your next vacation as well.


Amazing Website For Missions


The Joshua Project has a brand new website.  This is truly an amazing resource for the cause of reaching the unreached.

How To Avoid Burnout

Great wisdom here from Brian Howard.  I don't know many guys who know how to rest well.  We need to work really hard and rest really hard.  Laziness should never be part of the discussion.  This article contributes greatly to the resting part.

Brian writes:
These kinds of collapses are common in leaders:
  • Physical Collapses - Sickness, Exhaustion, Insomnia, or Lack of energy.
  • Spiritual Collapses - Spiritual discouragement, Lack of spiritual interest, Moral failure.
  • Emotional Collapses - Anxiety, Depression.
Burnout might seem to come out of nowhere, but it really doesn’t. Burnout is often the by-product of poor choices on the part of a leader. There are patterns that lead to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Collapses. These patterns involve not paying attention to what your body and soul really need. 
One of the most important strategies in avoiding burnout is to get rest. Without rest, burnout is inevitable. Without rest, collapse is certain.

Consider the following 4 strategies for rest that will help you to fight against Burnout.
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Crazy Love
Francis Chan





The Gospel & Person Evangelism
Mark Dever





Multiply
Francis Chan





Atheism Remix
Al Mohler




Erasing Hell
Francis Chan




Preaching The Cross
Various Authors (Dever, Piper, MacArthur, etc.)





Forgotten God
Francis Chan





Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Peter Scazzero




Young, Restless, and Reformed
Collin Hansen

Friday, April 11, 2014

Here is Your Mindless Chuckle For The Day


A Beautiful Explanation of the True Nature of Repentance


Kevin DeYoung:
Repentance has never been easy. No one likes to be told “Die to yourself. Kill that in you. Admit you are wrong and change.” That’s never been an easy sell. It’s much easier to get a crowd by leaving out the repentance part of faith, but it’s not faithful. It’s not even Christianity. Of course, there is a whole lot more to following Jesus than repentance, but it’s certainly not less. “Repent,” Jesus said, or “you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5).

Repentance has always been hard, always will be hard.
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