December 29, 2011
December 23, 2011
December 10, 2011
I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:8-11)
Psalm 16:8-11 is the single clearest prophecy concerning the resurrection of the Messiah. It is identified by both Peter and Paul as such, in the following passages respectively:
God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, "'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.' (Acts 2:24-28)
And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, "'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.' And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, "'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.' Therefore he says also in another psalm, "'You will not let your Holy One see corruption.' For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. (Acts 13:32-37)
- Psalm 22:22 (referenced in Hebrews 2:12)
- Psalm 118:22-24 (referenced in Matthew 21:42)
- Isaiah 53:10
- Hosea 6:1-2
- Genesis 3:15
- 1 Samuel 2:6
- Matthew 12:38-40 (the sign of Jonah)
- Matthew 16:21
- Matthew 17:9
- Matthew 17:23
- Matthew 20:19
- Matthew 26:32
- Matthew 27:63
- Mark 9:9
- Mark 9:31
- Mark 10:33-34
- Mark 14:58
- Luke 9:22
- Luke 18:31-33
- John 2:19-21
December 9, 2011
"The atonement springs from the fountain of the Father’s love; He commends His own love towards us. We must not think, however, that the action of the Father ended with the appointment and commission of the Son. He was not a mere spectator of Gethsemane and Calvary. The Father laid upon His own Son the iniquities of us all. He spared not His own Son but delivered Him up. He made Him to be sin for us. It was the Father who gave Him the cup of damnation to drink. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. Here is love supremely demonstrated." - John Murray
November 30, 2011
November 26, 2011
November 24, 2011
September 17, 2011
September 16, 2011
September 15, 2011
September 14, 2011
September 11, 2011
There are so many books to read. Some are good. Some, not so much. One very popular book in Christian bookstores now is called Heaven is for Real. Please, do not judge this book by its cover, but rather, by its content. Kevin Miller gives a thought-provoking review of this popular work.
September 10, 2011
August 28, 2011
August 6, 2011
July 24, 2011
Is there peace to be found in the midst of a busy time when it seems, as it were, that God sets you aside? When you have precious little energy to devote to focused study & prayer and even less time, does the light go out? Has God forgotten you?
I remain convinced that God is faithful. His grace and mercy never run dry. While the desert might seem harsh, He guides you there for a purpose. Challenges and failures are tools in the Master's hand, molding you as He sees fit, purposefully and with great care.
July 16, 2011
June 29, 2011
June 28, 2011
June 25, 2011
June 23, 2011
June 18, 2011
I am a dad only because of my children. I love being a dad because I love them. It's not about me. It's about them. I love being a dad because of the special people God has gifted into my life, for me to care for and provide for and support and love and be loved by.
I'm far from perfect, much closer to broken, but I still love being a dad. Thank you kids, for all that you do. I love you.
May 25, 2011
May 15, 2011
April 30, 2011
After a hearty breakfast and some meaty discussion, we made a quick trip to the local Christian book store. I was pleasantly surprised to find a single copy of Tim Challies new book, The Next Story. I picked it up and started reading it today. I have finished part 1. I enjoy Tim's writing and plan on sticking closely to the book for a few more days to finish reading it. I recognize much of myself in what he writes. I think we're relatively close in age (within a decade), so Tim writes of digital transition points that echo my own experience. He raises questions that most of us need to ask but rarely take the time to. Get the book, read it, and ponder what he proposes.
I thank the Lord for the blessing of these brothers and my home church. He has dealt richly with me, from the depth of His grace.
April 24, 2011
April 17, 2011
April 13, 2011
April 10, 2011
- I'm currently reading through some of John Murray's shorter articles. I like Murray. The portrait on the dust cover presents a sober visage. I am sure many students beaded up under his... oversight. :-) One thing that truly encourages me as I read Murray is his admitted debt to the work of B. B. Warfield in the area of inspiration. It is strengthening to see someone of Murray's spiritual and intellectual stature reaping the benefits of another's work.
- It's good to see several conservative theologians taking on Rob Bell's book. I'm sure it will prove to be short-lived, but then again Bell has a committed audience and has already been around for several years with controversy swirling at various times. Nevertheless, I hope the current focused controversy on universalism (and lesser-so Bell's attack on substitutionary atonement) will be used to deliver helpful responses for the church at large.
- The Lord has been rich in mercy towards me, allowing me to serve my local church in several ways over the years. It has been a joy and continues to be a high-point in my life - both the preparation time and teaching/mentoring opportunities. While I enjoy online ministry, witnessing, and apologetics; it is in the life flow of the church and direct, personal ministry and friendship that brings the most joy and the better harvest. In my mind's eye, I hope to have time to research and write in the coming years - God willing. But if it is not to be, I rest in my Savior's mercies and will walk with my family and church family, resting in Jesus.
- I started reading Tom Schreiner's book on the apostle Paul over a year ago. In the last three years, I have tried to take to heart the advice of several prolific readers to not get bogged down in footnotes and references on the first read of a book. I was enjoying Schreiner's work but then mis-stepped and fell into the morass of footnotes and references. It killed my reading of the book, or, I should say, it was at least partially the cause ... my job also has seriously impacted everything I've been able to do for the last 8 months. I don't know what your reading habits are, but if you're struggling to stay connected with a good work, read the main text and keep moving.
- My pastor started a new men's Bible study recently. We are walking through one chapter of Ephesians every two weeks. I'm really enjoying the study and getting to know the men better. We have a dozen men ranging from 18-60+ years. Much to be learned from these brothers.
- Prayer. Yes, prayer. Many thanks my church for holding up my family in prayer.
It is back to work tomorrow, so will be a few days before I can write again. It feels like my job is starting to return to something more 'normal'. Hoping the trend continues.
March 19, 2011
March 12, 2011
March 6, 2011
There comes a fire! Get out! Get out to safety in Jesus!
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
"How can we help our pastor? We can help him by talking about what he says; not talking about the performance and about the performer and all that, which, if it is appropriate anywhere, is surely all inappropriate when we turn away from the solemn worship of God, and from listening to sermons intended to do us good -- but talking about the thoughts that he has given us, recalling them sometimes to one who has heard them like ourselves, repeating them sometimes to some one who has not had the opportunity of hearing them. Thus may we multiply whatever good thoughts the preacher is able to present and keep them alive in our own minds and the minds of fellow-Christians."
-- John A. Broadus, Sermons and Addresses
January 29, 2011
Let me therefore exhort you to love Jesus Christ. Is his heart set upon having all his people with him where he is? Surely we ought to return love to him back again. Most of those that pretend to the name of christian, think they make some conscience of it as being a most just debt and duty to him; and will be ready to say with Paul, 'If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema maranatha," 1 Cor. xvi 22. But as the love that Christ bears to his people, is not so well known and believed as it ought to be; so the love his people owe to him is not so well paid as it ought to be."
January 1, 2011
I have been consumed by my employment for the last few weeks. A critical project is nearing completion. Many hours of overtime and stresses on the heart and mind. I hope to be back online in the next month. No excuses... simply reality.