Life Before Death: The Antidote to Spiritual Restlessness

  • 2 June 2012
I listened as a Christian friend exchanged the usual pleasantries with a friend he hadn't seen in several years and probably wouldn't for several more. They offered updates on family, pets, jobs, churches, and health. Then the first friend decided to get real.
 
"I've always believed in life after death," he said. "But I'm wondering about life before death. Is this all there is?"
 

Jesus in Every Book of the Bible

  • 9 May 2012

Here is the transcript from the video we watched a couple of weeks ago. Similarly, it's also worth checking out this recent blog post from Kevin DeYoung on Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and promise.

Genesis He is the seed of the woman.
Exodus He is the Passover lamb.
Leviticus He is our high priest.
Numbers He is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.
Deutoronomy He is the prophet like unto Moses.
Joshua He is the captain of our salvation.
Judges He is our judge and lawgiver.

8 Reasons Why My Anxiety Is Pointless and Foolish

  • 4 May 2012
Some great reminders here from Justin Taylor:
 
1. God is near me to help me.
 
Philippians 4:5-6: “The Lord is at hand; [therefore] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
 
2. God cares for me.
 
1 Peter 5:7: “. . . casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
 
3. My Father in heaven knows all my needs and will supply all my needs.
 
 

Jesus of Nazareth

  • 21 February 2012

Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mahomet, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and schools combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke words of life such as never were spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of any orator or poet; without writing a single line, He has set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and sweet songs of praise, than the w

Why Studying the Bible Won’t (Necessarily) Change Your Life

  • 3 February 2012

From Trevin Wax:

“Bible study won’t change your life.”

OK, I admit to indulging in a bit of overstatement to shock you into recognizing what should be obvious: just because you know the Bible doesn’t mean the Word will bear fruit in your life. It is possible to know the Scriptures, read the Scriptures, revere the Scriptures, and study the Scriptures and miss the point entirely.

Take the liberal scholar who knows the Greek New Testament better than most orthodox pastors. He can quote whole sections of the Bible in its original languages. Definitions of biblical words tumble out of his mouth as he effortlessly places everything in historical context. And yet he does not believe in the Jesus he reads about in the pages of the Bible. Sure, he is endlessly fascinated by the communities that gave us such an interesting artifact of study. But to him, his job is to immerse himself into a world of fables and dreams. The Bible is an epic story with no bearing on reality today.
 

6 Reasons Theology Matters

  • 28 January 2012

Theology is simply the study of God. We are all “theologians” in this sense. Every time we open our Bibles or reflect upon some aspect of Christianity (or any religion for that matter) we are “doing theology”. Yet many in the church feel theology is only for the academics. In this blog Kevin DeYoung offers 6 good reasons why theology is important for everyone.

 

Right Desires

  • 16 January 2012

The desire to acquire treasures is not wrong, as long as we are storing them in heaven and not on earth.

[19] “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, [20] but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
(Matthew 6:19-20 ESV)

The desire for joy and pleasure is not wrong, as long as we seek it in God and not in the world.

Christmas in a nutshell

  • 24 December 2011

When you want to die for Christ, but he won't let you

  • 10 December 2011

Good advice from Michael Patton:

You know what it feels like: you are on fire; you are ready, willing and able; you don’t need any more sermons on Rom 12:1. You are a living sacrifice. You have read Radical. You have read Crazy Love. You are ready to die. You are ready to die for Christ, the Gospel and whatever other mission God puts you on.

Wherever, whatever, however God, I am ready to sacrifice it all.

Killing Sin by Abiding in the Word

  • 20 November 2011

Last Sunday, Pastor Carson pointed to John’s exhortation to ‘young men’ in 1 John 2:14, to encourage us to have God’s word abide in us:

[14] I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:14 ESV)

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