Bought by the Blood

September 25, 2011

The Sacrifice God Will not Despise

[17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
(Psalm 51:17 ESV)

“It is a sharp work wrought there, no less than the breaking of the heart; not in despair (as we say, when a man is undone, His heart is broken), but in necessary humiliation and sorrow for sin. It is a heart breaking with itself, and breaking from its sin; it is a heart pliable to the word of God, and patient under the rod of God, a heart subdued and brought into obedience; it is a heart that is tender, like Josiah’s, and trembles at God’s word. Oh that there were such a heart in us!…

The breaking of Christ’s body for sin is the only sacrifice of atonement, for no sacrifice but that could take away sin; but the breaking of our hearts for sin is a sacrifice of acknowledgment, a sacrifice of God, for to him it is offered up; he requires it, he prepares it (he provides this lamb for a burnt-offering), and he will accept of it. That which pleased God was not the feeding of a beast, and making much of it, but killing it; so it is not the pampering of our flesh, but the mortifying of it, that God will accept. The sacrifice was bound, was bled, was burnt; so the penitent heart is bound by convictions, bleeds in contrition, and then burns in holy zeal against sin and for God. The sacrifice was offered upon the altar that sanctified the gift; so the broken heart is acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ; there is no true repentance without faith in him; and this is the sacrifice which he will not despise.”

Matthew henry

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September 3, 2011

Four Questions For Those Who Labor For Jesus in the Marketplace

In honor of the Labor Day weekend, I think the following four questions are essential for Christians who work in a secular environment to meditate on:

Do you see your work as nothing more than a necessary evil, or only as the context for evangelistic opportunities? Or do you see it as a means of glorifying God through participating in his purposes for creation and therefore having intrinsic value? How do you relate what you do in your daily work to the Bible’s teaching about human responsibility in creation and society?

Where in all your activity is the deliberate acknowledgement of, and submission to, the divine auditory? In what way does accountability to God impinge on your everyday work?

How do you perceive the governance of God in the marketplace (which is another way of seeking the kingdom of God and his justice), and what difference does it make when you do? Is it really the case that “Heaven rules” on Sundays, but the market rules from Monday to Friday (with Saturday as a day off for gods and humans)?

In what ways is your daily labor transformed by the knowledge that it is all contributing to that which God will one day redeem and include with his new creation?

Christ Wright from “The Mission of God’s People”

September 1, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday Mommy from Baby Micah

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 3:48 pm

Mommy,
I was late coming out of the womb and I am late with this birthday greeting. Thank you for carrying me in your belly for 9 months. I know I hurt your back and made life kind of uncomfortable, but personally I thought it was great bonding time. I love the sound of the beat of your heart and since I’ve been out of the womb all I want is to be held by you.

Mommy, I know it seems like I only think about two things, eating and pooping. I do think about more then that, most importantly, how much I love you. If God asked me what I wanted in a mommy I couldn’t ask for anyone better then you. Thank you for the ways you care for me and sacrifice sleep for me.  I know you don’t get much beauty sleep, but you don’t need it because you are the most beautiful woman in the world (daddy reminds me of that all the time).

Some people don’t like being gassy. Honestly, though, gas gives me a chance to smile and tell you in my non-verbal way that you are an A+ mommy. I am thankful for birthdays where poppa write cheesy things on the web on my behalf because you deserve it and so much more.

Love,
Baby Micah

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