29 October 2007

Abouts:
Thinking about changing the quote and maybe the whole look of this thing, stay tuned to see if I follow through

Articles:
Have you ever considered dating for a year and then getting married, well Scott Croft, elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Mark Dever’s church) and prolific writer on dating, courtship, and basically anything to do with opposite sex relationships, has written an intriguing article on why to date for only a year and then get married. His basic argument or reason would be “not acting married before you’re married.” 

Finding Reliable Men: Sober, Gentle, Peacemaking, Not a Lover of Money

I think Joe Thorn has written a clear article on the six rules of cultural engagement, which I feel is needed these days when people tend to focus on one’s self. On how to be a better me, but not seeing how that better me affects the world or should affect the world around them, and how one’s own Christianity can be applied to the sinful world

Readings:
Why do you have to do this to me?!?! Fine, I guess another book to add on to the list. More from the book

Are you looking for a BIBLE, do you want an upgrade from your old dusty ripped up student’s edition NIV, well do I have a deal for YOU, jk, well kind of. Ligonier Ministries is going to sell their hardcover Reformation Study Bible (ESV) on October 31 (Wednesday) for ONLY $15.17, CRAZY, it is usually around $30, even on Amazon.com, if you are wondering why follow the link

But if you are looking for a new bible I would also recommend checking out the new Literary Study Bible (ESV), here is a review from Tony Reinke, and if you want a little preview, here is the preface

Randoms:
Crazy good looking animal pictures, I am usually not a fan of animal pictures, or photoshopped pictures, but these are sweet

Satellite picture of the recent fires, crazy

Videos:

Verses:
Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

God must be the center point of our lives. I grew up with people saying God must be your first priority, your number 1, I was never really satisfied with that answer, not that it doesn’t make sense, it just leaves too much room for interpretation. Does it mean that my number 2 doesn’t have to deal with God? Does it mean that my priorities after God could exclude God from them, could I praise God on Sunday without me trying to evangelize to my unbelieving family after? To think of it more as concentric circles would be better, to see everything go through God first, to see what would give Him more glory (sorry for the Sunday school diagram).
decisions 
That verse just reminded of this because of how it was He who began a good work in you, and it is and always will be Him that brings it to completion. The verse is talking about salvation, so what I was talking about doesn’t really relate, it just reminded of His work and what we should be doing with it.

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22 October 2007

Abouts:
Sorry, did not do much for this post and also incomplete ideas here, I really don’t know why. I promise, deep and powerful stuff next post, ha, well maybe just stuff, but we’ll see. Midterms are coming up, so you might see more stuff on my blog…

Articles:
Thabiti Anyabwile continues the series on Finding Reliable Men: Hospitable, Able to Teach, I think my favorite one so far would be “Able to teach,” being one of the most applicable, and also the one that is most distinctly evident in a person if given the opportunity, a sort of comb you could say

Mohler on Recovering a Bold Vision for Biblical Preaching

To compliment that article here is one by Jonathan Watson, general editor of the Banner of Truth, on Spurgeon On The Goal of Preaching

Do you think you need discernment when it comes to reading the news

Tony Reinke with a response to a thought John Shore has about today’s evangelism. Shore thinks we have spread the gospel far enough and wide enough that it is now a time to ‘just’ love them

Thoughts:
God made this world beautiful for a reason, enjoy it.

This world just needs to calm down for a minute, I know I must say this so often that people are getting tired of hearing/reading it, but I guess it is a reminder to myself as well. This world is so quick, so quick to entangle someone in their busyness, to tell someone they need to be doing something to be productive to be worth something in this world.

Videos:

Verses:
Proverbs 4:20-27
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.

For me I have always been a person to just jump into things, and not think too much about my next step, whether it may be for college, my career, or work in general. This passage is just another reminder to me, to not be so stupid. Evil in waiting and to not care, to not think about where your next foot will be placed is just stupid. Would you think a solider was smart to just jump into the battle field and wait for a bullet to almost kill him to then start thinking about what to do next. Then why do we let ourselves sit around happy and cheerful “stepping”/doing whatever we want to do waiting for the devil to attack, to wait until he makes you get into a crash, makes a car swerve in-front of you, makes a friend insult you, gives you an illness, gives you too much homework to bare, gives you doubt on your salvation, well I’m sorry, you are already losing.


15 October 2007

Abouts:
I apologize before hand, but this post lacks any sort of effort because I’m tired and I’m sick

Things I just want to get over with or get to now (not saying they are not important to me, probably the opposite):
Marriage (includes family)
8-5 job
A car
A house
Loved ones to be saved

Articles:
Homeless man ranked as expert in chess?

If you did not catch it a profile of Joel Osteen was on 60 Minutes, there is a transcript and a 11-minute video segment of it on there site and it featured an interview with Michael Horton of White Horse Inn, a Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California and a prolific writer with books like God of Promise, Putting Amazing back into Grace, Where in the World is the Church, and many more, too bad they didn’t add more of Horton

At Pure Church the first article I mentioned seems to be in a small series on that 1 Timothy passage, anyone looking to be a elder, interested in what an elder is, or just interested for any reason Thabiti Anyabwile has written on Finding Reliable Men: Those Above Reproach, One Woman Man, and Temperate, Self-Controlled, Respectable, hopefully there are more to come

Randoms:
This is a really neat look at 5 thousand years of faith in 90 seconds

Verses:
Genesis 39:6b-9
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”

Lately I have been wondering how do I notice and change my motives. It is one of the hardest things to do, because of how sometimes motives are so much apart of the basis for everything and so deep that it is hard to distinguish, but this comment isn’t about me, this is about Joseph and how clearly do we see his motives. As Potiphar’s wife was trying to get Joseph to lie with her, he explains how he cannot. He could of easily said, “Potiphar has put me in charge of everything he has and has given me everything, I cannot betray my master,” but he doesn’t he goes on and says, “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” I don’t think Potiphar’s wife would care if he had just said the former without saying the latter. Joseph wasn’t motivated with pride to look like a holy man infront of anyone, he wasn’t trying to seem holier than he was, he just said what he felt. He felt that if he did this act of adultery he would be doing a very wicked evil act and sin against God. His motives were clear, but my charge is if you see yourself being fine with the former excuse for not sinning. I think it would be sufficient for a time being, but when more trials come, when depression comes, when anger comes, when something hits you where will you turn to. Your own self-discipline? Your own will-power? Your own reasoning?


8 October 2007

Abouts:
IMPORTANT: Who is driving up to NorCal OR L.A. (LAX, Torrance side) thanksgiving weekend? This is kind of sad what I have been reduced down to, although I doubt no one will respond to this, hopefully I can get home for thanksgiving, without having to spend $300

Sorry but this post is heavy on videos

Articles:
For those in the youth department the Resurgence blog has an article on teenager’s doubt

Pretty interesting article on the Top 5 Things Every Extrovert Should Know About Introverts, I don’t really agree with everything in it but still I must say it’s neat

Thabiti Anyabwile on the 9 Marks blog has given a nice short answer for those looking for a healthy church

Thabiti has his own blog actually, Pure Church, which I just added to the Links page as well, and just to show you his stuff here is a recent article he wrote on 1 Timothy 3:1-2a, Finding Reliable Men: Those Above Reproach

Randoms:
Found an old edition of Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology at our Irvine “street” fair thing for $8, very happy boy here

While in class, things I noticed (Please, Please DO NOT take this seriously):
Mac = I’m stylish, I’m cool, you’re not, I don’t know how to use computers
Dell = I’m not rich enough for a Mac, but I still fit in, right?
HP = I’m not following the crowd by getting a Mac or Dell, but I still don’t know much about computers
Sony = I’m spoiled, I’m cool, you’re not

Audios:
Meiko/Myspace (just because I am not over her…music yet)

Videos:

 

Readings/Verses:
Luke 13:24
“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

I know not in what sate of soul many readers of this paper may be. But I warn you to take heed that you do not perish for ever for want of “striving.” Do not suppose that it needs some great scarlet sin to bring you to the pit of destruction. You have only to sit still and do nothing, and you will find yourself there at last. Yes! Satan does not ask you to walk in the steps of Cain, and Pharaoh, and Ahab, and Belshazzar, and Judas Iscariot. There is another road to hell quite as sure,—the road of spiritual indolence, spiritual laziness, and spiritual sloth. Satan has no objection to your being a respectable member of the Christian Church. He will let you pay your tithes, and rates, and pew rents; he will allow you to sit comfortably in church every Sunday you live. He knows full well, that so long as you do not “strive,” you must come at last to the worm that never dies, and the fire that is not quenched. Take heed that you do not come to this end. I repeat it, you have only to do nothing, and you will be lost.
– J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion


1 October 2007

Abouts:
I really like fishing now, it is calming, relaxing, quiet and totally exciting when you actually catch a fish.

Muni > OCTA

Articles:
Challies has a great article by a pastor in the 1800’s who talks about the beauty of old age

Summing all up in one word, only Christ can make any life, young or old, truly beautiful or truly happy. Only He can cure the heart’s restless fever and give quietness and calmness. Only He can purify that sinful fountain within us, our corrupt nature, and make us holy. To have a peaceful and blessed ending to life, we must live it with Christ.

Mohler on Church Planting Movements and the Great Commission

At the same time, we also need this generation of young pastors to go into established churches and revitalize a Gospel ministry through expository preaching and energetic leadership. Giving up on the established church is not an option. Some young pastors see church planting as a way of avoiding the challenge of dealing with the people and pathologies of older congregations. This is an abdication of responsibility.

Randoms:
Monergism has made the 2nd place T-Shirt design in their contest available for purchase now, although I still like the first one way more

Audios:
Meiko

You know I am a sucker for interviews, here is a Q&A session with Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds asking John Piper and John MacArthur some questions at this years Desiring God National Conference

While on the subject of the conference, “Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints” the 2007 Desiring God National Conferece has ended and now all the audio and video is up and available for download

 

A couple of highlights from the podcast “Ask Pastor John:” The Bible and Prayer, Dangers of being in the Middle-Class, Discouraged by the Lack of Passion

Videos
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Verses:
Psalms 95
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.”
Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.