Bought by the Blood

November 30, 2009

Boice On The Church Today

Filed under: Boice,Repentance,salvation,sin — cubsfan1980 @ 9:29 pm
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“The problem is that the evangelical movement in America today is shallow. It speaks of salvation, but it does not grapple with sin. And since it does not grapple with sin, there can be no true repentance.” James Montgomery Boice

 

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November 29, 2009

Repentance Vs. Public Relations

Filed under: Carrie Prejean,Conservatism,Repentance — cubsfan1980 @ 6:17 pm
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Kamilla Ludwig has a good reflection on Carrie Prejean and how she shouldn’t be the face of conservative Christianity.  (ht: Bayly Blog)

Being Where Jesus Would Have Us to Be

“The place that Christians wish to be in, is not always the place which is best for their souls…What we like best is not always best for our souls, that the seed of grace needs winter as well as summer, cold as well as heat, to ripen it for glory…That place and position is most healthful for us in which we are kept most humble-most taught our own sinfulness-drawn most to the Bible and prayer-led most to live by faith and not by sight.  It may not be quite what we like. But if Christ by His providence has placed us in it, let us not be in a hurry to leave it.  Let us therein abide with God.  The great thing is to have no will of our own, and to be where Jesus would have us to be.”

J.C. Ryle

November 26, 2009

A Thanksgiving Poem

Filed under: Creation,cross,heaven,holiness,thanksgiving — cubsfan1980 @ 10:55 am
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I could never exhaust the praise
that king Jesus rightly deserves.
Words fail to express the Thanksgiving
Which is in my heart for your death on my behalf.

All glory, honor and thanks is Jesus’
For by His blood He ransomed people for God.
You are holy, holy, holy, there is none like you.
All creation is yours and by your will we exist.

When you bring your redeemed to the new heaven and earth
We will spend all eternity giving thanks for who you are
And that you have called us to yourself
So that we can be complete and satisfied in you.

November 25, 2009

John Stott On Leadership And The Home

Here are a couple of quotes from “The Cross of Christ” that should be the anthem of every Christian husband.

“The symbol of an authentically Christian leadership is not the purple robe of an emperor, but the coarse apron of a slave; not a throne of ivory and gold, but a basin of water for the washing of feet.”

“Christian homes in general, and Christian marriages in particular, would be more stable and more satisfying if they were marked by the cross.”

I hope my kids have the courage of Jackie Robinson

Filed under: African-American,American History,baseball,Courage — cubsfan1980 @ 1:01 pm
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This article is a must-read for anyone who is a sports and American History fan.  LeBron James wants the National Basketball Association to retire Michael Jordan’s number, but what would Jackie Robinson say? – ESPN.

 

 

“What Robinson did was take black people from the background and he put them in the foreground,” the late Leonard Koppett, one of the best journalists of his era, told me years ago. “For white people, black people lived in the background, even in places like New York. You saw them. You walked past them. They were part of the wallpaper of your life. Jackie changed all that. From that day forward, when he came on the field, black people were present. Now you had to see them. You had to hear them. You had to pay attention to them. He did not integrate baseball. He integrated America.”…

What Jackie Robinson did, in one sense, is more impressive even than the election of Barack Obama. American society — black, Latino, Asian, but especially white — chose Obama to be president. Robinson was forced on a society that for the most part did not want him, either as a teammate or as a symbol of coming change.

 

God is glory

After several months off I am finally returning to my “Who is God” series. Expect to see other old favorites of the blog return soon also.

The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, – Acts 7:2

Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit,in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

I was created for glory, but so often settle for less.  The only way I can know glory is by knowing God.  His glory is what I live for and hope in.  All other promises of glory are lies.  Every deed that God does proclaims His glory.  God’ glory should give me a sense of worship and ware towards Him for no one and nothing is as glorious as Him.

God’s glory is most clearly seen at the cross where reconciles sinful man to Himself.  I am a glory thief and want His glory for myself.  I have even gone to the length of nailing God’s Son to the cross so that glory can be mine.  Despite all of this God took on flesh to die in my place so that His wrath can be satisfied.  All of God’s glorious attributes are on display in Christ atoning death for my sins.

It is hard to describe God’s glory because it so beyond our finite comprehension.  The implications of God being glory is that it radically transforms our lives.  God is glorious and therefore His call on my life is higher than any other call.  The hope that I have in His glory far surpasses anything else this world offers for me to hope in.  By choosing to wait on God I proclaim that I would rather have what comes from His good and wise will because it is for His glory instead of making things happens for my glory; if I chose the former it will always work out for my good.

November 24, 2009

Living Out A Personal Relationship With God

Filed under: Biblical Counseling,David Powlison,fear,Hope,love — cubsfan1980 @ 1:21 pm
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“People are always doing something with God.  Human beings inescapably love God – or love something else.  We take refuge in God – or in something else.  We set our hopes in God – or in something else.  We fear God – or something else.” David Powlison

November 22, 2009

Compelled by love

The ground of all our comfort and holiness, and perseverance in both, is laid in the shedding abroad of the love of God in our hearts; it is this which constrains us, 2 Cor. 5:14.  Thus we are drawn and held by the bonds of love.  Sense of God’s love to us will make us not ashamed, either of our hope in him or our sufferings for him.

– Matthew Henry on Romans 5:5

November 20, 2009

How Not To Win “Parent of The Year” Award

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Local Dad Only Spoke Klingon to Kid for Three Years

Is this taking the whole Star Trek thing a teensie weensie bit too far? d’Armond Speers spoke only Klingon to his child for the first three years of its life.
Klingon? Not Spanish, French, Mandarin? Not some gutteral genuflecting concoction from the deepest recesses of Borneo? Klingon? You heard it right. (And if you don’t know about the Klingon Empire, look it up.)
“I was interested in the question of whether my son, going through his first language acquisition process, would acquire it like any human language,” Speers told the Minnesota Daily. “He was definitely starting to learn it.”
HT: Z
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