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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.

Free eBook Bonus:

  • 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 – 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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Morning Coffee – 04/11/14

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

  • The Neutrality of Bigness
  • Bigness is not a necessary sign of sell-out, smallness not a necessary mark of purity, any more than bigness is a necessary indicator of excellence or smallness a necessary indicator of faithlessness.

  • What is Legalism?
  • A Christian is not only one who has repented of his immorality, but, even more importantly, has repented of his morality. The more self-righteous one is, the worse it is for him.

  • The New Jerusalem
  • According to Revelation 21:15–17, the measurements of the New Jerusalem are immense, approximately 1,500 miles long on each side. By way of illustration, if one corner of the city were placed on Los Angeles, a second corner would sit on Mexico City, a third corner on St. Louis, Missouri, and the final corner on Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Predestination: Don’t Say a Word About It Until…
  • Before you speak a word about predestination, you need to emphasize the biblical teachings of humanity’s sin before God, God’s just punishment upon that sin, and the deep and high love of God. Then, and only then, does the biblical doctrine of predestination make any sense.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 04/03/14

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

  • Pastors and Blogs
  • I’m sure that a mere twenty years ago, aspiring pastors never thought that reading or writing blogs would be a valuable resource to their ministry.

  • Are You Obeying the Third Commandment?
  • This is not a point that good Christians can and do disagree on, like the use of alcohol, or celebrating Halloween, or using off-color words like crap. This one is more black and white than whether you should designate that receipt as a tax deduction or not.

  • Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”
  • We are given all that we need to know about Noah in the Bible – and we need every word of the Bible. We cannot expect Hollywood to tell that story for us, or even to tell the story well. Our response to Noah should not be castigation and cultural outrage, but rather a sober realization that the story is ours to tell, and to tell faithfully.

  • Do You Like Snow?
  • Remember, it doesn’t matter if how badly someone may want to be in the ministry. No doubt there are a lot of privates that want to be generals, but it would be disastrous to appoint them as such if they don’t meet the necessary qualifications.

  • Six Lessons in Good Listening
  • According to Bonhoeffer, there are many times when “listening can be a greater service than speaking.” God wants more of the Christian than just our good listening, but not less.

Resource Bonus:

  • Top Commentaries on Every Book of the Bible
  • To help as you select biblical commentaries for your study, Reformation Bible College’s Dr. Keith Mathison has put together a list of his “Top 5” commentaries for each book of the Bible.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 03/26/14

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

  • Is It True That Natural Man Cannot Do Any Good?
  • The Bible is asserting that even acts of civic kindness done by an unbeliever fail to meet the requirement of God’s law—namely, that all our actions must be done with a view to glorifying God. In that sense, even the unbeliever’s good acts are evil.

  • The Old and the New
  • We are not concerned about building mass movements; rather, we are concerned about impact at a local and then a denominational level.

  • When the Bible Is Hard to Understand
  • But surprisingly, over time, my personal struggle to understand God’s word had the effect of increasing my appreciation for my pastors who wrestled week after week to bring greater clarity to God’s word, and increase our affection for it.

  • World Vision Roundup
  • For some reason, World Vision still believes adultery is a sin, presumably because the Bible says so. Why they don’t believe what the Bible says about homosexuality is anyone’s guess.

Movie Bonus:

  • Darren Aronofksy’s Noah
  • Their film will, I think, provoke heated biblical and theological conversations in restaurants and coffee shops after patrons see it. Christians might find it helpful to go see the film with people they know who have a lot of questions.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 02/27/14

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

  • Whitefield’s Sin Exposing Spotlight
  • He implored them, “You are lost, undone, without Him; and if He is not glorified in your salvation, He will be glorified in your destruction; if He does not come and make His abode in your hearts, you must take up an eternal abode with the devil and his angels.” None who heard Whitefield were put to sleep with a false sense of security.

  • We All Ban (sort of) Books
  • I truly do not have the power to ban books. I can warn people that certain books are filled with error and will lead them into those same errors. I can warn that some books are divisive because of their doctrinal error. But I cannot actually ban books. Although I must say that the power to do so seems rather tempting.

  • Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus
  • The resurrection is an already but not-yet reality for the Christian because of our union with Christ. Jesus’s resurrection means that those who have faith in him have been raised from the dead because they are in Christ, and yet we still await the full experience of the resurrection to come (Romans 8:22–23).

  • What Does “Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread” Mean?
  • We have a tendency to pray in general. When we pray in general, the only way we will see the hand of God’s providence is in general. As we enter into prayer, this conversation and communion with God, and put our petitions before Him, pouring out our souls and our needs specifically, we see specific answers to our prayers.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Links

 

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