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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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Morning Coffee – 08/01/14

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

  • You’re Using it Wrong: Matthew 7:1
  • The blanket statement that Jesus said, “Don’t judge,” is a distortion of God’s Word. The truth is, as believers, not only are we commanded to judge in Scripture, but as Christians, we are identified as judges!

  • Christ the Image of God
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect embodiment of the very image of God. He is the supreme revelation of the Father—the very radiance of the Father’s glory and the exact representation of His essence.

  • What Does it Mean to Fear God?
  • The focus here is on a sense of awe and respect for the majesty of God. That’s often lacking in contemporary evangelical Christianity. We get very flippant and cavalier with God, as if we had a casual relationship with the Father.

  • Preaching Job
  • In the congregation I serve there is cancer, abandonment, the wreckage of childhood abuse, wayward children, Lupus, economic devastation, the death of loved ones, and much more. Preaching to suffering people about this man Job and the God who was sovereign over his calamity is a tricky thing.

  • God’s Purpose and Pleasure in Your Sanctification
  • Paul’s point is that true spiritual growth is not one-sided. No amount of man-made effort can produce righteousness, nor does the Lord sanctify His people by osmosis. Only when the two work in concert is sanctification possible.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 07/03/14

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

  • 5 Questions and the 5 Solas
  • These five solas still live on to this very day. They define what the gospel is for evangelicals worldwide, and also provide a helpful summary—a cheat sheet even—of what marks the true gospel from a religion of works. But historically, these five solas make the most sense when viewed from the perspective of answering the question: what do Protestants believe?

  • It Wasn’t My Fault!
  • It’s a cunning dance—a sly two-step that prevents having to take public responsibility for widely promoting and defending questionable leaders. It’s pleading ignorance in order to mask negligence. In today’s celebrity-homage ministry culture, very few are willing to admit ignoring or excusing early warnings and glaring signs of weakness.

  • The Apparent Paradox of Sanctification
  • How do you overcome sin and live the Christian life? Is defeating sin something God does in you, or do you defeat it by obeying the commands of Scripture? In other words, is the Christian life an exercise in passive trust or active obedience? Is it all God’s doing, all the believer’s doing, or a combination of both?

  • The Second-Most Important Book for Every Christian
  • Christians are not isolated pilgrims on a journey to heaven. Rather, we are all members of his body (1 Cor. 12:27), children in his family (1 John 3:1-2), and sheep of his flock (John 16:10). These descriptions show that God intends Christians to be part of a tight-knit community.

  • Get a Basic Overview of the Bible
  • Virtually every Christian at some point has resolved to read the entire Bible. If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, it’s natural not to want to miss a word of it. If God delivered a letter to your mailbox, I am sure you would read it. But the Bible is a pretty big letter, and its sheer bulk is somewhat daunting, even to the person with the best of intentions.

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  • Jesus the Evangelist — Free eBook
  • Until the end of July, Reformation Trust is giving away the ebook edition of Richard Phillips’ Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 06/26/14

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

  • Lawless Christians?
  • What is the difference between the sins of believers and unbelievers? When a believer sins, is it the same as when an unbeliever sins?

  • Naming the New Calvinism
  • To identify the current Reformation-oriented crowd as “neo-Calvinist” is to confuse a venerable movement that focuses on God’s sovereignty over creation with a current movement that focuses on God’s sovereignty in salvation.

  • What Does It Mean to Be An “Unprofitable Servant”?
  • When Jesus said that we are unprofitable servants, He did not mean that our service is of no value. Jesus frequently called His disciples to be productive. Rather, He meant that we gain no “bonus points” or merit from our service.

  • Sustainable Preaching
  • An expository message translates a text from the original, analyzes its structure, and draws on literary and cultural contexts to discover and communicate what the text meant both to the author and also the first audience and then what it means to believers through the years, including our day.

  • True Love – 1 John 4:7-13
  • We love them enough to share the hope of Christ. And they might reject us or our message. But we don’t do it for acceptance. We do it because we love them.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 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 – 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.

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  • 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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