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Morning Coffee – 09/17/14

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

  • What Does Repentance Look Like?
  • The Bible tells us explicitly and shows us implicitly that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. David knows this to be true. As broken as he is, he knows God and how God relates to penitent people. He understands that God never hates or despises a broken and contrite heart. This is what God desires from us.

  • God’s Sufficient Spirit
  • Only the Holy Spirit can work fundamental changes in the human heart. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is the necessary agent in all effective biblical counseling. The counselor, armed with biblical truth, can offer objective guidance and steps for change. But unless the Holy Spirit is working in the heart of the counselee, any apparent change will be illusory, superficial, or temporary, and the same problems or worse ones will soon appear.

  • Give the Blessing of Rebuke
  • If we really believe that we all are sinners, and that unchecked sin leads to pain and misery and eternal destruction, love will constrain us to give the gift of loving reproof.

  • What’s All this ‘Gospel-Centered’ Talk About?
  • Every generation must rediscover the gospel for itself. “Gospel-centered” happens to be the label attached to this generation’s recovery of grace. When we tire of the label, get a new one. But keep the reality.

  • Built On a Single Behavior
  • God does not measure by a single behavior, but by complete and utter conformity to his perfect law. This truth will either drive you to despair or drive you to Christ, the One who lived a completely righteous life and offers his righteousness to those who have none of their own.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Links

 

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Look at the Book Preview

The folks at Desiring God have put together a sweet demonstration from John Piper’s new Bible reading and sermon prep series.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Video

 

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Morning Coffee – 07/26/14

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

  • Danger: Ministry Idolatry
  • Ministry idolatry is not just a threat to those who are in fulltime Christian ministry — though the danger there is especially acute. Whether evangelism or disciplemaking or meeting others’ needs through acts of service, Christian ministry is such a wonderful and worthwhile pursuit that when idolatry creeps in, it can scarcely be recognizable.

  • Soli Deo Gloria: To God Alone Be the Glory
  • Soli Deo gloria is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation and was used on every composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. He affixed the initials SDG at the bottom of each manuscript to communicate the idea that it is God and God alone who is to receive the glory for the wonders of His work of creation and of redemption.

  • “If We Build It They Will Come” No Longer Works
  • There was a time, they suggested, when their churches were full. One could expect those in the neighborhood to either walk to church or make a short drive to arrive. All you needed was a building in the community and people came. Now, more people walk by the church than attend.

  • J.I. Packer on Living to the End “Flat Out”
  • No mature Christian of any age is exempt from the twin tasks of learning and leading, just because they do not inhabit the world of wage and salary earning any longer, and for aging Christians to think of themselves in this way, as if they have no more to do now than have fun, is worldliness in a strikingly intense and, be it said, strikingly foolish form.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 07/12/14

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

  • 200 Words: Why We Believe in the Trinity
  • Although the term Trinity does not occur in Scripture, the concept is inherently biblical. The Trinitarian nature of God was revealed implicitly in the Old Testament and explicitly in the New Testament.

  • The Foundation of Christian Joy
  • That is the master plan of God’s redemptive providence. He brings good out of evil. He brings glory out of suffering. He brings joy out of affliction. This is one of the most difficult truths of sacred Scripture for us to believe.

  • Blindness and Heaven
  • When it comes to Heaven, my deepest longing is not for sight. It is rather for moral and spiritual wholeness. I long for a time when what I say and sing in praise of God is never contradicted by my intentionally or unintentionally unkind words to others.

  • In Praise of the Quiet Time
  • While affirming the whole of life as worship, and also proclaiming the primacy of corporate worship, we sometimes neglect to press ourselves and others to daily private worship.

  • Is My Suffering Meaningless?
  • I understand it sounds cruel to say that God willed my infant son’s death. But believing that my son died against God’s will is far worse. That would mean that God is not in control, evil can ultimately win, and my future is uncertain. Moreover, it would mean that my son’s death was random. Meaningless. Without purpose.

Bonus:

  • Why Soccer is Contrary to Biblical Ethics
  • The average world cup player runs 9 miles a game, and ends up exactly where he started. The average world cup player also never even scores, so that running didn’t do him a lot of good.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2014 in Links

 

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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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Complimentary Lessons

The Chandlers briefly discuss the lessons they have learned from 15 years of marriage.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Video

 

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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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