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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Morning Coffee

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

  • Celebrating Reformation Day
  • The Word of God has the power to change history and transform continents. It has the power to change hearts, including yours and mine. The best way to celebrate Reformation Day is to remember that truth.

  • What Christians Should Know About Halloween
  • Sin indeed corrupts, but the sin is not so much “out there in the world” as is in the heart of every person. The reject position falsely assumes sin is mostly what we do rather than who we are.

  • Christianity and the Dark Side—What about Halloween?
  • Visually, the subject is unparalleled, if only considered in terms of costume design and art direction. Dramatically, Halloween’s ancient roots evoke dark and melodramatic themes, ripe for transformation into film’s language of shadow and light.

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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Links

 

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Happy Monday: Nobody’s Perfect

Cut it in two. Boom. Wisdom.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Video

 

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Cosmic Treason

Thabiti Anyabwile briefly describes the treasonous nature of sin.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Video

 

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The Truth of God

The Truth of God

This morning’s Morning and Evening carries a personal tone. There are no cross references, no great metaphors from nature… just the heart of a man who has felt “the vital power of the Gospel” and known “the strength of the Holy Spirit as He opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word.” This fulfilling, enduring, and hopeful disposition springs from one source… the truth of God.

As Spurgeon points out, it is vital for us to remember that we never outgrow divine truth. That which excited us at the beginning should still ring loud in our hearts today. He concludes with a tremendous exhortation to war against error, defend the truth, and abstain from making casualties of others for the sake of the fight. Rather, our love and knowledge of the truth should continue to expand our sympathies and exercise our love. Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.

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…because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever…
— 2 John 2

Once the truth of God has obtained an entrance into the human heart and subdued the whole man to itself, no power, human or infernal, can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house. This is a Christian necessity, and whoever does not believe this is not a Christian.

Those who feel the vital power of the Gospel and know the strength of the Holy Spirit as He opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word would rather be torn to pieces than be torn away from the Gospel of their salvation. A thousand mercies are wrapped up in the assurance that the truth will be with us forever, will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory. This is Christian privilege, and without it our faith is worth little. Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are but rudiments and lessons for beginners, but this is not so with divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babies, it is in the highest sense strong meat for men. The painful truth that we are sinners is with us to humble us and make us watchful; the more blessed truth that whoever believes on the Lord Jesus will be saved remains with us as our hope and joy. Experience, far from loosening our hold on the doctrines of grace, has tied us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now stronger and more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will remain this way until in death we clasp the Savior in our arms.

Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to share in fellowship and to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies; our communion of heart must be as wide as the ocean of grace. Error may be found mingled with truth received; let us go to war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth that we see in him. Above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Devotional

 

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Morning Coffee

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

  • Jesus Doesn’t Love You Like That
  • Softly and tenderly tip-toeing around the doors of our heart, giving his life to give us a chance, crossing his fingers that we will invite him into our lives… no, Jesus doesn’t love us like that.

  • A Whole World Hangs on a Word
  • To believe this changes everything. You live in a different world if you believe this. We will be discovering the wonders of this world for all eternity.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Links

 

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Applied Theology

A clinical psychologist shares the impact biblical counseling had upon her life.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Video

 

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The Divine Magnet

The Divine Magnet

When the semester gets busy, I write less and share more. That’s just the nature of it. (Seminary is often demanding… who knew?)

As I was reading this morning’s Morning and Evening, more than a few passages kept coming to mind. Certainly, Galatians 2:20 and Romans 5:8 were there. But this famous conclusion to one of the greatest chapters of Scripture tops the list:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For Your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:35-39

The love of Christ is the most powerful force in all creation. Nothing is able to separate us from it. Our Savior’s love demands and delivers everything. It gives us the strength we need to face tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and the sword itself. As Spurgeon conveys below, “Love should give wings to the feet of service and strength to the arms of industry.” Jesus paid it all. Those of us who are His, owe Him everything.


Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.

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For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this:
that one has died for all, therefore all have died.
— 2 Corinthians 5:14

How much do you owe to my Lord? Has He ever done anything for you? Has He forgiven your sins? Has He covered you with a robe of righteousness? Has He set your feet upon a rock? Has He established your goings? Has He prepared heaven for you? Has He prepared you for heaven? Has He written your name in His Book of Life? Has He given you countless blessings? Has He laid up for you a store of mercies, which eye has not seen nor ear heard?

Then do something for Jesus that is worthy of His love. Do not give a mere wordy offering to a dying Redeemer. How will you feel when your Master comes if you have to confess that you did nothing for Him but kept your love shut up, like a stagnant pool, neither flowing out to the poor nor to His work? Be done with that kind of love! What do men think of a love that never shows itself in action? Why, they say, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.”1 Who will accept a love so weak that it does not stir you to a single act of self-denial, generosity, heroism, or zeal?

Consider how He has loved you and given Himself for you! Do you know the power of that love? Then let it be like a rushing, mighty wind to your soul to sweep out the clouds of your worldliness and clear away the mists of sin. For Christ’s sake let this be the tongue of fire that sits upon you: For Christ’s sake let this be the divine excitement, the heavenly empowerment to bear you up from earth, the divine spirit that will make you bold as lions and swift as eagles in your Lord’s service. Love should give wings to the feet of service and strength to the arms of industry. Fixed on God with a constancy that is not to be shaken, determined to honor Him with a zeal that is not to be turned aside, and pressing on with a passion that doesn’t waver, let us display the constraints of love for Jesus. May the divine magnet draw us toward heaven itself.

1 Isaiah 40:27

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Devotional

 

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