"Abba! Father!"

23 June 2008

Articles:
When to Leave Your Church (Pulpit)

John Piper is Not an Innovator (Desiring God)

Keeping Your Mind Fresh During the Summer (Going to Seminary)

Why It Matters That God Does Everything for His Own Glory (Desiring God)

Four Non-Negotiables (Boundless) Not what you think it probably is about (hint: not about the Gospel)

Tozer’s Contradiction and His Approach to Piety (Between Two Worlds)

Readings:
Always Respond to Every Impulse to Pray (Irish Calvinist) I might have put this quote up before but I forgot and it is good enough to be put up again

But Spiritual Discernment is Wholly Lost Until we are Regenerated (Monergism) excerpt from Calvin’s Institutes

The Apotheosis of the Study Bible (Reformation 21)

From what I have seen so far, I believe it will be the world’s best complete single-volume resource for reading, studying, and teaching the Bible.

-Phil Ryken

Crossway Book Report (Between Two Worlds)

Messages:
Resolved 2008 Conference Audio (Resolved)

Verses:
Mark 15:33-39
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Galatians 4:1-7
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

If you want to hear these verses preached magnificently, listen to the two C.J. Mahaney sessions at this year’s Resolved.

In essence, Christ traded hands with us. He screamed “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” so that we could cry, “Abba! Father!” He was crushed, He had the wrath of God wrought down upon Him, so that we could be sons, so that we could be heirs. We didn’t have anything in our hands that anyone would want, we didn’t have any incentive that would encourage someone to take our hands, if we put our hands down and left them alone, no one would pick it up and take it, we didn’t even ask Christ to take our hands, if we would have it our way we would keep our sinful hands forever, but Christ said, “I am taking your hand, here is mine!”

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28 April 2008

Articles:
Are You Bored with Good Preaching? (kerux noemata)

Real-Life Sanctification: How Much Television Should a Christian Watch? (Consumed)

The Rebellion of Nudity and the Meaning of Clothing (Desiring God)

Complementarian Singles: How Can I Prepare Myself for Marriage? (CBMW) If anything this is a good reminder that those who want to get married (like me) should be prepared for it and not go into it, or even dating, hoping that you’ll learn everything on the way

How To Master A Book (The Blazing Center)

Before You Preach (Joe Thorn)

12 Ways to Improve Your Blog by Serving Your Readers (Between Two Worlds) For more serious bloggers, not me

Readings:
An amazingly insightful quote by A.W. Tozer:

      We commonly represent [God] as a busy, eager, somewhat frustrated Father hurrying about seeking help to carry out His benevolent plan to bring peace and salvation to the world…
      Too many missionary appeals are based upon this fancied frustration of Almighty God. An effective speaker can easily excite pity in his hearers, not only for the heathen but for the God who has tried so hard and so long to save them and has failed for want of support. I fear that thousands of young persons enter Christian service from no higher motive than to help deliver God from the embarrassing situation His love has gotten Him into and his limited abilities seem unable to get Him out of. Add to this a certain degree of commendable idealism and a fait amount of compassion for the underprivileged and you have the true drive behind much Christian activity today.

– A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

 

Randoms:
2 pictures, 1 Earth

Videos:
Vega 4 – Life is Beautiful (Pushing Daisies Music Video)

Verses/Messages:
Philippians 3:1-16

Treasuring Christ Together Because He Is More Valuable Than All Else (Desiring God)

Then in verse 12, Paul gives one of my favorite statements in all the Bible, because it helps me put the fight of faith in the context of absolute assurance. He says: “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” I don’t coast. I don’t drift. Christ is too precious for that. I press on. I strive. I reach. I long. I ache. I yearn to obtain the fullness and perfection of the presence of Jesus. Why? Because I don’t know if I am his? No. Because he has already made me his own. I reach for him because I am held by him. I press into him because he has enclosed me with unbreakable bands of love. This is what it means to treasure Christ together. And we help each other press on in this way—with this assurance.


21 April 2008

Articles:
5 Tips for Clear Writing and Talking (Desiring God)

Readings:
ESV study bible! Can’t wait til October 2008, here is what they list as primary features:

  • 25,000-plus notes—focusing especially on understanding the Bible text and providing answers to frequently raised issues.
  • Over 50 articles—including articles on the Bible’s authority, reliability, and interpretation; on biblical archaeology, theology, worship, prayer, and personal application.
  • Over 200 full-color maps—created with the latest digital technology, satellite images, and archaeological research; printed in full color, throughout the Bible.
  • 200-plus charts—offering key insights and in-depth analysis in clear, concise outline form; located throughout the Bible.
  • 80,000 cross-references—to encourage easy location of important words, passages, and biblical themes.
  • More than 40 new full-color illustrations—including historically accurate reconstructions of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, Solomon’s temple, Herod’s temple, the city of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time and throughout the history of Israel, and many more.

Messages:
Together for the Gospel Roundup (Challies) what better place to look for the T4G audio and posts on the conference

Other Sheep That Are Not of This Fold (Desiring God) A message on missions delivered recently to students of Cal Poly

Videos:
Michael Buble – You and I

T4G – Panel Discussion (Excerpt): more excerpts here

Verses:
1 Timothy 4:11-16
Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Let No One Despise You for Your Youth (Desiring God)

Be careful young people that you don’t postpone the burden and the blessing of fruitfulness in your life because you use the excuse, “I am only a youth.” God said to Jeremiah, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go.” There are some younger than you that you can lead, and there are some older than you that you can serve. But do not say, “I am only a youth,” as though the only thing you are good for is watching videos and playing games, as though there is no ministry for you to do.


25 March 2008

Abouts:
Sorry this was late and it will be short due to finals week

Random:
Do you know was Facsimile is/short-for? Don’t know, Fax! I just learned that this week…

Articles:
His Last Friday Was His Best (Blazing Center)

The Reformation and Mysticism, you think after reading the title, mysticism?! that is not relevant for me, think again, read the article

Pride in Preachers (Desiring God)

Gospel and Ministry (New Attitude) “How do I lead people into a robust understanding of gospel-centered living? How can I make sure they don’t dismiss the gospel off to the side of life for a litany of good things?”

Resources:
Remember Sinim Books, if you thought that was sweet I found this site recently, China Christian Books, it has some of the same resources, different books, and other reformed literature, but what the kicker is, is that it is all online to read for free. So if cost was an issue all you need is the internet (or a friend with the internet and printer…)

Messages:
Explosive Fellowship (Desiring God)

Verses:
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Pierced By the Word of God (Desiring God)

What then is the point saying that the “word of God” pierces to the “division of soul and spirit”? The point is that it’s the word of God that reveals to us our true selves. Are we spiritual or are we natural? Are we born of God and spiritually alive, or are we deceiving ourselves and spiritually dead? Are the “thoughts and intentions of our heart” spiritual thoughts and intentions or only natural thoughts and intentions. Only the “word of God” can “judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” as Hebrews 4:12 says.


3 March 2008

Audios:
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.

Articles:
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

What To Do When You’re Robbed (The Blazing Center)

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.

Randoms:
Mark Altrogge shares a very touching story (Blazing Center) about him and a friend he lost touch with, if I were a girl, right now I’d be crying…

How to Cram for a College Exam

Messages:
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

Verses:
Psalm 27:14
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.


11 February 2008

Abouts:
Updated a little of the “About me” section

Articles:
True Male Friendship: Part II (The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood)

Cherishing Your Marriage (CBMW) part 1, part 2

Called to Preach (Unashamed Workman) 1: Ash On the Four Criteria, 2: The Church and the Call, 3: How They Started; I especially liked the “How they started,” section because this is when it gets personal and you get to see the criteria in action

News:
Bottom Line for (Red) (NY Times), what do you think, spending $100 million on advertising and raising $18 million for the Red AIDs campaign, if you don’t know the Red campaign it is the effort to raise money for the Research center for AIDS, where company’s participate by selling red products, like Apple with their red iPod, or Dell with Red laptops

Audios:
All the audio and transcripts of the 2008 Conference for Pastors (Desiring God) has been uploaded on the website, the theme for this year was “The Pastor as Father & Son,” and had D.A. Carson as one of their speakers

Beulah, great fun indie band, there are some youtube videos of them below. Eclectic, relaxed-summer feel, fun feel that is a little reminiscent of the early 90’s alternative pop like the upbeat side of Oasis with a little Ska like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and a little Rooney and the Shins mixed in, everything that makes a sweet indie find, plus they are from San Francisco, another bonus. Of course my description doesn’t really do them justice so just listen to them.

Messages:
The Spiritual Watch (Thomas Watson)

Keep your heart as you would keep a WATCH. The heart will unwind to the world; therefore wind it up every morning and evening by prayer. The motion of a watch is not constant: sometimes it goes fast, sometimes slower. And so it is with the heart: sometimes it goes faster in vanity and sometimes it goes slower in duty. Therefore set this spiritual watch by the sundial of the Word.

It is not a message paralleling the heart with a watch, this is just a paragraph I liked; what it is, is a exposition of Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Readings:
Mohler: Top 10 Books Every Preacher Should Read in 2008 (Between Two Worlds), even if you are not going to preach I think there are a lot of books that anyone can benefit from

I don’t like how the indent for the block quotation makes it seem that that quote has something to do with the topic above it so I wrote this so it wouldn’t look that bad

The true Christian is the only man, because he has sources of happiness entirely independent of this world. He has something which cannot be affected by sickness and by deaths, by private losses and by public calamities, the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding.” He has a hope laid up for him in heaven; he has a treasure which moth and rust cannot corrupt; he has a house which can never be taken down. His loving wife may die, and his heart feel rent in twain; his darling children may be taken from him, and he may be left alone in this cold world; his earthly plans may be crossed; his health may fail: but all this time he has a portion which nothing can hurt. He has one Friend who never dies; he has possessions beyond the grave, of which nothing can deprive him: his nether springs may fail, but his upper springs are never dry. This is real happiness.

-J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion

Videos:

Verses:
Galatians 6:1-3
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Recently reading Respectable Sins (Jerry Bridges) while in the envy, jealously, and competitiveness chapter I was directed to this passage. The feelings of envy, jealously, and the related all have something in common, if nurtured enough will divide brothers and sisters. These are the sins that look at others and start comparisons. Now what does it have to do with the passage, this passage leads us to humility when dealing with others, it is easy to find someone who isn’t as good as you in something, there is always that person who just isn’t that smart as you, or as mature as you are; so what does it say “if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him,” of course being human we stop reading there and finish that sentence in our own minds. “you who are spiritual should restore him,” because you are so great, now pat yourself on the back because you did something good, and they better appreciate it because they should be begging for someone like me to help them. Of course the Bible won’t have it that way, so continuing we read, “in a spirit of gentleness.” Of course rarely do we admit or say such things out loud to the person we are helping, but if you read the message up there by Thomas Watson he points out that even if you don’t verbally announce your feelings it begins with the heart, it comes from the condition of the heart and spirit, you could look perfectly clean on the outside but your heart could be a black abyss . Paul didn’t write “in the voice of gentleness,” but the “spirit.” After figuring that out we stop once again and feel that we have done right which you would not be wrong about, you have done right, but he continues “keep watch on yourself,” what?! Why do you need to address me, the other person is caught in transgression, not me?! Well, “lest you too be tempted.”


14 January 2008

Abouts:
I finally started my flickr site, although I don’t really have any of my SLR pictures on there yet, I have some pictures I took with my camera phone

Chuck (NBC) is one of my new favorite TV shows

Articles:
As it is cold season here is a list of Cold-Fighting Foods (Health)

Christless Christianity: Getting in Christ’s Way (Modern Reformation) by Michael Horton

The God of either/or (97secondswithGod), this is Prodigal Jon’s second site, I really don’t know why he has a second site, but I don’t care as long as the content is there and it is

Advice to Pastors: How to Help Your People Be More Satisfied in God (Desiring God), I think it is relevant to any serious Christian personally and it can be used to know what to expect from their own pastor

4 myths on God’s will (The Purple Cellar)

Considering Marriage? Can You Respect Him? (Making Home), an interesting article for ladies and finding the “right” guy, to the men, can you be respected? She lists a few questions at the end that a guy can take as a check list sort of and I encourage not just the ladies to read this article.

Audios:
Explosions in the Sky (Myspace), I don’t really know how to describe this style of music but it is instrumental/rock/ambient/chill kind of style, no singing, just a background soundtrack to life

Videos:

Verses/Messages:
Amos 6:4-6
Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music, who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!

When Grieving May Save Your Life
The Poor of the Land and the Pride of Jacob

Listen to Amos’ slam at the lovers of comfort in [Amos] 6:1, “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria.” Verse 4: “Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches.” Verse 6: ” . . . who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.” Does that refer to anyone today: people who live for comfort, and do not grieve over the lost; people who are experts in loving themselves, but have not thought the first thought about what it means to love your neighbor as yourself? What governs your getting and spending? Is it the desire to fill your little three score and ten with as much comfort as you can? Or is it the God-given desire to do as much good for others as you can to the glory of Christ? There is a warning in [Amos] 3:15 which hits so close to home in middle-class Minnesota that I hesitate to read it. But it’s here, so I will: the Lord says, “I will smite the winter house and the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall come to an end.” Take heed and guard your hearts diligently, lest you find yourselves enslaved to comfort and addicted to luxury. (Desiring God)