24 September 2007

Abouts:
Not too much because I had to move back down to Irvine, which was not that eventful, a lot of cleaning and packing, and then cleaning and unpacking, so I did not get much time to update too much

I am going to guess, but I think that I will be more home sick this school year than any other year, good friends and family at home can do that too you

Articles:
The emerging church has been one of the present struggles the church has to deal with and if you do not know much about them, then why not get to the heart of the issue where we, as Christians, should be focusing on and holding on to with dear life, the gospel. Challies lays out what Brian McLaren, one of the leaders of the emerging church, thinks the ‘orthodox’ gospel and the ‘new’ gospel is

Here is another response to McLaren’s book and to what Challies wrote with a quote from Machen, from Martin Downes at Against Heresies

Audios:
Do you ever think that you always have to be productive to be considered ‘glorifying’ God? If you ever asked if watching that movie was ‘glorifying’ to God, was going for that nap, or just sitting down and listening to music ‘glorifying’ God then I highly recommend a message John Loftness gave at the 2007 Leadership Conference hosted by Sovereign Grace Ministries, Watch your Leisure

If you liked that message then I would encourage you to listen to the other messages from that conference over at Sovereign Grace Ministries store, do not worry, all the mp3 files are free, there are also tons of other resources, but I remember mentioning it before so I will not continue anymore about this

Readings:
Tullian Tchividjian, of Pure Church blog, has put a great list of books especially young believers, but can very much apply to ‘older’ believers, he sorts them out into topics as well like Church History, Theology, Devotionals, and other general topics

Randoms:
This might make me look like a bigger nerd now, but I found the photo tour of crossway books/Justin Taylor’s office really cool

Videos:

John Newton, you are the man!

Verses:
1 Chronicles 29:10-15
Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.”

All I know is that my prayers suck.

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17 September 2007

Abouts:
I need a vacation to somewhere I have never been and relax there with some good friends. I want to go camping.

Articles:
Pulpit online magazine is going through a very useful series right now on the reliability of the bible, I encourage anyone to read it, of course they are not exhaustive, but they are a good start:
1: Can we trust the New Testament Gospels?
2: The Gospels and the men who wrote them
3: Was it meant to be history?
4: The Gospels as reliable history

Al Mohler has written a nice little article on reading

While on the subject of reading, Challies comes to us with some good tips on reading more and reading better

John Piper explains the Gospel in 6 minutes

Audios:
More free stuff, added to iTunes U now are some classes from Reformed Theological Seminary

Videos:

 

Thoughts:
In the video section is a video basically about not wasting your time in life by setting your priorities right. I feel like this topic has been discussed a lot already, but I also feel that we never always remember to not waste our lives.

Readings:
Darkness before the Dawn by Charles Spurgeon

What further should we do in the dark? Well, one of the best things to do in the dark is to stand still and keep our place. “Until the day break and the shadows flee away,” let us keep our place, and firmly maintain our position. A brother who sat at the back of me, twenty years ago, dropped in again recently to hear me preach; and he said to me, after the service, that he had been back in America, and come over here again after twenty years, and he added, “It is the same old story, Spurgeon, as when I was here before; you are sticking to the same old gospel” I replied, “Yes, and if you will come in twenty years’ time, if God spares me, I shall still be sticking to the same old gospel, for I have nailed my colors to the mast, and I do not mean to have anything to do with this new-fangled progressive theology.” To me, the gospel came to perfection long ago in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it can never go beyond that perfection. We preach nothing but that gospel which has saved our own souls, and saved the souls of the myriads who have gone to their eternal rest, and we do not intend preaching anything else until somebody can find us something better, and that will not be to-morrow, nor the day after, nor as long as the world stands. It is dark, very dark, so we just stop where we are, in steadfast confidence in the Lord who has placed us where we are. We are not going to plunge on in a reckless manner, we mean to look before we leap; and as it is too dark to look, we will not leap, but will just abide here hard by the cross, battling with every adversary of the truth as long as we have a right hand to move in the name of the Almighty God, “until the day break, and the shadows flee away.”


9 September 2007

Abouts:
I have discovered two things, both connected in a way, this summer, downtown San Francisco is boring and tiring and I am an old fart. I mean sure with friends it makes downtown a little more bearable, but I rather be in the home side. Listening to one of my brothers share about his parents getting older and being more at peace, enjoying life just sitting on a couch and staring at the wall, I was thinking to myself, “That sounds relaxing.” My friends are all active and ready to do anything on a whim, always on the move, slow down people, sure I am always up for anything, but my preference would be to sit down, enjoy a nice drink and talk a bit, maybe some music playing in the background. Yeah, I am a old fart. Too bad I look like I am 12 but I feel like I am 40.

Audios:
C.J. Mahaney interviews Mark Dever on “Life and Ministry

John Piper recently gave a few messages on suffering at Wheaton College, if you have listened to Piper before, you have probably heard him touch upon suffering, but give part 4 and the questions and answers some attention

How Can Christians be bold in their Workplaces?” by John Piper, this is from the semi-new podcast/resource from Desiring God, Ask John Piper

Articles:
John Piper reflecting on 200 years of missions in China missions

Challies on bludgeoning with providence, insightful article on God’s will

Sam Storms over at Enjoying God ministries discusses the important aspect of discipline in church today

I read this before and thought about it lately and thought that others might find it informative to say the least (click for original, larger size), if you are interested in the publishers, the magazine it came in is published by the HeartCry Missionary Society, Paul Washer sound familiar (“So Shocking & Biblical the Preacher Was Never Invited Back” message audio and video), he is the founder and director, you can sign up for it for free, or download the PDF version for free, it is worth it

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Thoughts:
It has sadden me to see prayer diminished, thought of as salt and pepper to our food, something that is added on to our life, something that is not big enough to be thought as important enough to give it it’s own time in one’s daily life. I mean to read the Bible and not see that prayer is so interwoven into all their aspects of ministry is just absurd.

Kind of going back to the Abouts section on growing up, I find that activities like sports, board games, movies, and what else is just an excuse to get together and “hang out” but what is the purpose. I mean, to me, it seems that it is something to refresh the friendship, so that that friendship can talk at the end of the day, but I just seem to see less of the latter being true, and more of a former to distract us from what is true and real. Of course I am not saying that those things are useless or that the purpose I stated was the only purpose for them.

Videos:


I want a panda now!

Verses:
Colossians 1:28-29
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

You may have asked yourself why you were not able to handle some difficult questions, why it hurts so much when someone rejects you, why am I not bold enough to talk to my friend of co-worker about Christ. May I ask where your focus/motivation is? Verse 29 clearly points out where your focus should be. When your focus is on your glory, on your knowledge of scientific facts, on pleasing man, on our physical strength I think that is when it goes totally askew. When we seek for another source other than the over abundance that is from God, we are searching for essentially something that is encompassed with sin, saturated with pride, deceit, greed, and lust, and that is when we struggle and fall on our knees and ask, “Why God?!” But if we do rely on that power that I think Philippians shows the immenseness of, we should be excited, joyful in our struggles.

Phillippians 3:20-21
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

That power that “enables Him even to subject all things to Himself,” that power is the power that we should be relying on.


3 September 2007

Abouts:
Sorry, I did not have much time to update, or another reason could be I am lazy, or it could be that I do not feel like updating on a holiday, but simply I do not have as many entries as I usually do

Story Time kids!! So I was cutting my hair last week, just like any other time, but this time when I was done with the 2, I usually move to the 1 to fade it into the top. Searching and searching through all the clipper products, I could not find the 1, but before I went searching for the 1 I took off the 2. Then forgetting that I took it off, I decided to just shave a little of my head with the 2… yeah… (click on the picture for a bigger version)

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here is what it should look like
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This is what impatience costs
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That is when I figured I should have waited patiently for my mom to “fix” it
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As my friend said, it looks like I put a bowl on my head and messed up following the lines…

Articles:
Answered with any these objections lately?

Here is an insightful interview with Josh Harris on his discipleship under C.J. Mahaney

Over at Shepherd’s Scrapbook Tony Reinke quotes a very relevant article on “Entertainment: the Gospel of Avoidance

Randoms:
The Monergism T-Shirt is out and available now

Win all 6 volumes of the Reformed Expository Commentary Series just by subscribing to Challies.Com at the link I have provided for you

Verses:
Genesis 1

To ever say or think that God does not care about you would be one of the saddest persons in the world. To realize how big God actually is would be to realize how big the ocean is if you were an ant’s leg. It is just not comprehendable, but to read Genesis and to my limited capacity of knowing how big God is, to care about the animals of the land and sea, to not just say, “I’ll just put some brown stuff there and some yellow stuff there,” He, the maker of heaven and earth, the maker of planets, the maker of galaxies, has made us with the greatest of details that we even have not figured out ourselves. To read that he cared enough to say, I want my glory to be magnified by these “things,” called Man. What a great honor, what a great honor. What a pity we do not realize enough of this privilege.