RSS

Monthly Archives: September 2013

Happy Monday: I Want What He’s Having

But we have to write in calligraphy…

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Video

 

Tags: , , , ,

Rest For The Weary

Rest For The Weary

Few bands have impacted my young adulthood as much as Cool Hand Luke (this not this). I have fond memories of attending many of their Midwest shows, opening for them a time or two, and engaging in light theological discussions with their singer/drummer, Mark, from time to time. That was over ten years ago. Mark is currently a few semesters ahead of me towards completing his M.Div. and attends Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Good for him. The world will miss his music for a while, but benefit greatly from his preaching (or whatever scholarly pursuit he adopts). I say this… while eagerly anticipating his new project which releases in a few days.

Last night, I was working on my first syntactical analysis paper for Hebrew Exegesis class and feeling sorry for myself. (Biblical languages have not been my strongest suit in seminary so far.) After spending a few hours on two ancient words, Cool Hand Luke’s song Rest for the Weary came on in the background of my headphones. I never cry, but almost publicly lost it.

Immediately, I was taken back to some of the blackest days of my life. I remember listening to that song (and others like it) over and over again while weeping in the dark and praying through the psalms. My troubles in life are comparatively light at the moment and God has blessed me beyond imagination. Thankfully, as the bride of Christ, we have so much more to ultimately look forward to. The sufferings of this life are temporary. Morning’s joy will come. Maybe not right away, but it will come.

Jesus has always been my closest friend, comforter, and hope. The song below addresses all three realities of our relationship with Him. He knows our pain and has suffered greater. Christian, as we walk through the fires of life, let’s keep our eyes fixed on Christ and Him alone. No one else provides rest for the weary.

* * * * *


Rest for the Weary

Hey, it’s me
I’m sorry it’s so late
I can’t sleep I knew you’d be awake
You’re always home
Waiting by the phone
For nights like these when I’m feeling all alone

I wish it didn’t always have to be this way
I wish that I could talk to you face to face
But nothing compares to the way
You always listen and know just what to say

Hold my hand
I can’t stand alone
Here I am
Waiting for you to take me home

Oh, I just want to sing
I only wish there was a word
For what you mean to me
I would only say it once
In hushed tones so it would not grow old
But all I have is, “I love you”

You’re my Jesus, You’re my hero
You’re everything I wish that I could be

You’re the one who comforts me
When everyone has gone away

I can’t stand alone
Here I am
Waiting for you to take me home

And I will keep on singing because you hear me
And I will keep on smiling because you’re near me

I’ll sleep well on a promise tonight

 
1 Comment

Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Article, Video

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

I Got You Covered

John Piper responds to a question about death threats with a reminder of God’s sovereignty.

 
1 Comment

Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Video

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Morning Coffee

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • Don’t Do God’s Will Like an Atheist
  • Doing right for right’s sake is atheistic. Christians should do what’s right for God’s sake; because the Bible teaches us to do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

  • From Hitler’s Wolves to Christ’s Lambs
  • The scandal of Christianity is not that these men went to heaven; it is that God loved them so much that he was willing to die to get them there. Had it been a human decision, many would have thrown these men, guilty of such atrocities, into the flames of hell.

 
1 Comment

Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Links

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

If God Is Just…

If God Is Just…

This morning’s Morning and Evening is particularly good. So thankful for the timeless truth of Christ’s substitutionary atonement! Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.

* * * * *

Just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
— Romans 3:26

Being justified by faith, we have peace with God. Conscience no longer accuses. Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory looks back upon past sins with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet without dreading any penalty to come; for Christ has paid the debt of His people to the last jot and tittle and received the divine receipt. Unless God can be so unjust as to demand double payment for one debt, no soul for whom Jesus died as a substitute can ever be cast into hell.

It seems to be one of the principles of our enlightened nature to believe that God is just; we feel that it must be so, and this terrifies us at first. But is it not marvelous that this very same belief that God is just later becomes the pillar of our confidence and peace! If God is just, I, a sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished. But Jesus stands in my place and is punished for me; and now, if God is just, I, a sinner, standing in Christ, can never be punished. God must change His nature before one soul for whom Jesus was a substitute can ever by any possibility suffer the punishment of the law.

Therefore, Jesus having taken the place of the believer-having rendered a full equivalent to divine wrath for all that His people ought to have suffered as the result of sin-the believer can shout with glorious triumph, “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?”1 Not God, for He has justified; not Christ, for He has died, yes, has risen again. My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, He is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am or shall be or feel or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. Hallelujah!

1Romans 8:33
 
1 Comment

Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Devotional

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Happy Monday: How To Fit In

Trouble fitting in at church?

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Video

 

Tags: , , , , ,

Why Pray?

D.A. Carson answers the ancient question, If God knows everything, why pray?, while sitting in front of a giant screensaver.

Good answer. I would ask the inquirer this question, “If God does not know everything, why pray?” If God is not the sovereign King of all He creates… if He is just as surprised by our experiences as we are… then what assurance do we have that He will hear our prayers at all (let alone do anything about them)? I would rather pray to a God who knows all things, controls all things, and rules over all things. That God has the ability to answer prayer in alignment with His perfect wisdom, power, and authority. The fact that God knows everything should be a great comfort to us when we pray. If He didn’t, our hope would be fastened to the inadequate abilities of an imperfect deity who wishes he could do more for us than he can. Thankfully, our God is better than that.

 
2 Comments

Posted by on September 21, 2013 in Article, Video

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,