Something that has been in browser sitting next to future blog articles recently is the addition of Pandora, it’s a pretty sweet music player that is essentially a really good radio. All you do is type in the artist/song name that you really like and it gives you a station that has that artist/song and also plays similar artists/songs, it does a real good job and matching styles. Also it is a clean format that feels lightweight, so all it is is the station player so there is no fluff. If you make a profile, then you can save the stations you have loaded before.
Five Rules for Choosing a Commentary (The Road To Emmaus), how many times have you looked for a commentary and been daunted with the task to pick one out of hundreds of different titles, or you don’t want to only have the commentary a friend suggested but don’t know which other commentary to get, well Chad has the answer (sounds like an infomercial), well more like guidelines
In addition here are Ligonier and Desiring God’s recommendations of commentaries, I would suggest going to Ligonier’s first because it is also helpful in explaining the different commentary series that are out (e.g. EBC, NICOT, etc…). Also here are Calvin Theological Seminary’s recommendations
The reason Paul and Silas could worship in the blockhouse was because they didn’t derive their joy from their circumstances, but took joy in the God of their salvation.
So the Resurgence conference was available live on the internet this past week, but if you happened to miss it, here are some quick little videos from the speakers (Resurgence) of the conference, and of course John Piper has his messages on his site for download: Why I Trust the Scriptures, How My Pastoral Ministry Shapes My Pulpit Ministry, and How I Distinguish Between the Gospel and False Gospels (Desiring God), I really wish they had the Q & A too, I caught most of John Piper’s session and it was both informative and funny
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
I was pointed to this passage during the Sunday message while going through Psalm 27. It was a little surprising that this statement was made after the whole chapter. In the beginning, David is presenting his present position as confidence in the Lord while going through pain and opposition of all sorts. The psalm is filled with the praise of God, “The LORD is the stronghold of my life,” “my head shall be lifted up above my enemies,” and petitions for God’s protection, “Give me not up to the will of my adversaries,” “Teach me your way, O LORD.” So all in all it goes along with our logic to how someone with David’s heart would trust in the Lord and ask for guidance in times of trouble, but what is unusual is that in verse 14 he says “Wait for the LORD.” What does trust entail, according to David it requires us to wait, though we be in anguish, in pain, we are to “wait for the LORD,” but the waiting the world thinks is one of sitting on the couch watching TV until someone tells them that God is ready. What Psalm 27 shows us is that the waiting is focused on the stronghold of the Lord, on prayer towards the sovereignty of God, and trust in the Lord’s promises which strengthens us.