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Morning Coffee – 06/21/14

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

  • Bitter Pills: 4 Unpleasantries that Make for Healthy Churches
  • I’m not saying all good churches leave a constant bitter taste lingering on your palette. But if you find these attitudes to be too bitter to swallow, perhaps its time to consider whether you’re looking for a biblical, healthy church that please Jesus, or if you are looking for a social club focused on keeping its clientele comfortable.

  • What Is Hell?
  • There is no biblical concept more grim or terror-invoking than the idea of hell. It is so unpopular with us that few would give credence to it at all except that it comes to us from the teaching of Christ Himself.

  • The Deep Joy of Self-Denial
  • And therefore, we silence those false claims that the old person inside us would otherwise promote. We renounce them, and we set our eyes on heaven, even through the things of this earth, for behold, “[our] reward is great in heaven.”

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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 06/13/14

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

  • Upon This Rock
  • To paraphrase Jesus’ words, the Lord told Peter, “I say to you that you are a small stone, and upon this bedrock I will build My church.” It was a play on words that made a significant spiritual point.

  • A Passion for Preaching: An Interview with Steven J. Lawson
  • As the pulpit goes, so goes the church. The deeper the preacher takes his flock into the Word of God, the higher they will rise in worship. The stronger they are in the Scripture, the stronger they will be in the pursuit of holiness.

  • When Sin Looks Delicious
  • Do you ever have those days where you just want to sin? Sin looks delicious while righteousness looks distasteful. Sin looks satisfying and holiness looks frustrating. You wake up in the morning with a desire to do what you know you should not desire to do.—What do you do on a day like that?

  • How to Overcome Sin
  • Yes, we are given the Holy Spirit who conforms us into the image of Christ. But our old nature, our built-in-at-conception sinful nature still lives within us. So what do we do with these sins? How can we overcome our sin?

  • The Difficulties Of Being Honest About Our Sin
  • Despite the somewhat recent host of preachers and teachers suggesting that the gospel frees us to be responsibly transparent about our sin, I still wonder how free some people have actually become.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 06/04/14

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

  • Who Will Go?
  • Millions have never heard the Name of Jesus. Hundreds of millions have seen a missionary only once in their lives, and know nothing of our King. Shall we let them perish?

  • Joseph: His Role in a Bigger Story
  • Three times, Joseph emphasized that God’s hand was behind it all. Joseph was not excusing his brothers’ sin—he was emphasizing the fact that the Lord uses even the wicked choices of sinful people to accomplish His sovereign purposes.

  • A Practical Help for Bible Study
  • If I don’t like something I read in Scripture, perhaps I simply don’t understand it. If so, studying it again may help. If, in fact, I do understand the passage and still don’t like it, this is not an indication there is something wrong with the Bible. It’s an indication that something is wrong with me, something that needs to change.

  • Was Jesus a Party Animal?
  • Conservatives need to be challenged by Jesus’ willingness to socialize with “sinners.” Indeed, they were powerfully drawn to him. Liberals, on the other hand, need to be cautioned against depicting Jesus as an easy going, always-affirming dude’s dude who loved to blast religion and hang out at frat parties.

  • Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)
  • In this two-minute video, Moore talks not only about getting over “writer’s block,” but about the reading and reflection he finds essential to writing well.

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  • Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow
  • Just as Olympic athletes work hard to achieve their best performances, our diligence in attending to these aspects of the Christian life will help determine our effectiveness in serving our Lord.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 05/29/14

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

  • God and Controversy
  • But that is not all Jude describes. He goes much further, showing not just how the false teachers speak and behave, but how, in response and as a defense, we are to contend for the faith.

  • Grace Is Not a Thing
  • The great American theologian Al Pacino once said, “I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.”

  • The Tone Deaf Singer
  • You can be utterly tone deaf and sing beautiful music in the ear of God when the gospel is dwelling richly within and when you are singing to exult in the Savior.

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 05/22/14

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

  • A Hope Worth Dying For
  • Death is not termination but initiation—the start of an existence far better than anything we can imagine.

  • Back to Basics: The Church
  • If the church has a wrong view of its purpose in the world, its ministries will be ineffective, and its members will be poorly equipped and spiritually immature.

  • 8 Lessons on Evangelism from Proverbs
  • Solomon is not a lecturer, he’s a pleader. Solomon is not simply reciting facts, he’s persuading souls. . . He’s calling, alluring, beseeching, appealing, and imploring.

  • Another Try
  • There are times when the best place to stand is on the margins and the best place to play is in the second division.

  • Bonhoeffer and Blind Spots
  • We easily identify blind spots in contexts other than our own while nurturing our own forms of blindness. Our own blind spots would not be so if we could see them (that’s why they are aptly named).

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 05/15/14

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

  • Learning from Liberals
  • But, in the midst of the chaos and carnage, are there lessons that we can learn from the German liberal theologians and higher critics, even if it is almost entirely from their negative example? I think so.

  • Witnessing to Homosexuals
  • How do you witness to homosexuals? The answer is, “Like anyone else,” but perhaps for some that is an over simplification.

Music History Bonus:

  • Isaac Watts: His Rhymed Sermons
  • Because they were undiluted theology conveyed to the mind and heart through Watts’ poetic imagination and gifted wonder, his people—and all who sing Watts’ hymns today—were dazzled with the splendor of Christ and the gospel.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 04/16/14

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

  • Why Did Methuselah Live So Long?
  • From the time God revealed the reality of that judgment to Enoch, it was almost a millennium before raindrops of wrath started to fall in the days of Noah.

  • The Assumption We Cannot Afford
  • We must teach the Bible, and we must do so in such a way that those sitting under our teaching learn to feed themselves rather than rely solely on us to feed them.

  • Discerning Correction
  • Where there is little genuine desire for purity there will also be little desire to deal with impurity.

  • So What Is An Elder, Anyway?
  • Therefore, what we see is that these three synonymous terms emphasizes a different aspect of the office of elder and the man who serves in this way – we learn of his function, his character, and his attitude.

  • Spy Wednesday
  • The church has long called it “Spy Wednesday,” as the dark conspiracy against Jesus races forward, not just from enemies outside, but now with a traitor from within.

Passion Bonus:

  • Holy Week Resources
  • These are worthy topics for our consideration. Jesus’ accomplishment on the cross was not—as some suggest—simply God’s “Plan B” after the Fall.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Links

 

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