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Asleep In The Light

This Thanksgiving Eve, I’m thankful for the incomparable songs Keith Green left behind. What a tremendously talented and prolific songwriter! He was 28 when he died, but gave us a remarkable legacy of worship.

Here is a short snippet from a live performance (audio). Both songs are great. My favorite of his starts at 7:48.

The only music minister to whom the Lord will say,
‘Well done, thy good and faithful servant,’ is the one
whose life proves what their lyrics are saying…
and to whom music is the least important part of their life.
Glorifying the only Worthy One has to be a minister’s most important goal! — Keith Green

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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Video

 

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Get It Done

Get It Done

This morning’s Morning and Evening is full of practical advice. It is a great reminder for me… as my hands keep finding semester projects to finalize in the coming weeks.

I also like the line, “One good deed is worth more than a thousand brilliant theories.” I need that reminder. No one has ever been declared righteous for sitting on a rock and ironing out their plans while the world burned. Planning is important, but not at the expense of active obedience.

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

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…
— Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatever your hand finds to do” refers to works that are possible. There are many things that our heart finds to do that we will never do. It is good for it to be in our heart; but if we would be eminently useful, we must not be content with forming schemes in our heart and talking of them; we must practically carry out “whatever your hand finds to do.”

One good deed is worth more than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large opportunities or for a different kind of work, but just do the things we “find to do” day by day. We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we will never have any time but now. So do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve God.

Endeavor now to bring forth fruit. Serve God now, but be careful about the way in which you perform what you find to do—”do it with your might.” Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do tomorrow as if that could repay today’s laziness. No one ever served God by doing things tomorrow. If we honor Christ and are blessed, it is by the things that we do today.

Whatever you do for Christ, throw your whole soul into it. Do not give Christ a little halfhearted labor, done as a matter of course every now and then; but when you serve Him, do it with heart and soul and strength.

But where is the power of a Christian? It is not in himself, for he is perfect weakness. His power lies in the Lord of Hosts. Let us then seek His help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we have done what our “hand finds to do,” let us wait upon the Lord for His blessing. What we do in this way will be well done and will not fail in its effect.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Devotional

 

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Happy Monday: The Manslater

The latest in translation technology…

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Video

 

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Bring the Books

Al Mohler talks about the time spent in the chair and the importance of study.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Video

 

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God Is Enough

John Piper is not a fan of the prosperity gospel.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Video

 

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Morning Coffee

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

  • The Human Dilemma
  • Our righteousness is a myth, but by no means a harmless one. Nothing is more perilous than for an unrighteous person to rest his future hope in an illusion.

  • The Word of God: How Does It Work in My Life?
  • In the words of the Puritan Thomas Watson, “The word is both a glass to show us the spots of our soul, and a laver to wash them away. The word has a transforming virtue in it; it irradiates the mind, and consecrates the heart.”

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Links

 

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Foolish Controversies

Foolish Controversies

This morning’s Morning and Evening provides an excellent reminder.

Contrary to popular elementary school idioms, bad questions do exist. Not all wooden inquiries are profitable or even worth our time. The best question to ask when studying our Bibles does not come from the white spaces between sentences, but from the inspired ink that marks the page. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

The Scriptures are totally sufficient to provide absolutely everything we need in Christ. Distraction is an easy temptress. Today’s devotional provides a short list of helpful questions to ask when worthless inquiries invade our senses. Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.

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But avoid foolish controversies…
— Titus 3:9

Our days are few and are far better spent in doing good than in disputing over matters that are, at best, of minor importance. The old scholars did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our churches suffer too often from petty wars over obscure points and unimportant questions. After everything has been said that can be said, neither party is any the wiser, and therefore the discussion promotes neither knowledge nor love, and it is foolish to sow in so barren a field.

Questions about issues on which Scripture is silent, on mysteries that belong to God alone, on prophecies of doubtful interpretation, and on mere modes of observing human ceremonials are all foolish, and wise men avoid them.

Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether; and if we observe the apostle’s precept (Titus 3:8) to be careful to maintain good works, we will find ourselves occupied with so much profitable business that we will have no time to take much interest in unworthy, contentious, and needless strivings.

There are, however, some questions that are the reverse of foolish, which we must not avoid but fairly and honestly meet, such as these: Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Am I renewed in the spirit of my mind? Am I walking not after the flesh but after the Spirit? Am I growing in grace? Does my behavior adorn the doctrine of God my Savior? Am I looking for the coming of the Lord and watching as a servant should who expects his master? What more can I do for Jesus?

Such inquiries as these demand our urgent attention; and if we have been given at all to frivolous arguments, let us now turn our critical abilities to a much more profitable service. Let us be peacemakers and endeavor to lead others both by our precept and example to “avoid foolish controversies.”

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Devotional

 

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