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Take a Look – 4/19

If you have a minute or two, check out these posts. My prayer is that your mind will be engaged and your heart encouraged.

Mothers, Embrace the Mess

When the house is clean, I hear a hallelujah chorus in the background. It’s amazing. The sky is bluer, my head is clearer, and I feel like I have the mind space to dream and plan and focus on what I actually care most about in life.
But having kids and keeping the house continually clean is like oil and water.


Proudly Humble

Sometimes pride looks an awful lot like humility. There are times that our pride convinces us to put on a great show of what looks to all the world like humility so that we will be seen and acknowledged by others. We swell with pride when we hear, “He is humble.” It is a tricky thing, the human heart—prone to deceive both ourselves and others.

Has He Forsaken You?

No other place displays the griefs of Christ like this, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as when His cry rends the air—”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” At this moment physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy through which He had to pass; His grief culminated in suffering the spiritual agony beyond all telling that resulted from the departure of His Father’s presence. This was the black midnight of His horror—when He descended the abyss of suffering.

9 Things You Should Know About Notre Dame Cathedral

On Monday more than 400 French firefighters attempted to save Notre-Dame Cathedral from a devastating fire. Here are nine things you should know about one of Europe’s more historic and iconic religious landmarks:

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2019 in Take a Look

 

Take a Look – 4/12

God Watches the Way You Work

One common motivation is simply to work in order to get money to live. On the other hand, Jesus says that the believer should “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” in the process of gaining the wherewithal to live. The things necessary for living will be added as well, and here is the point—they are no longer the main motive for doing the work. For the believer, the main motive is to experience God’s kingdom, that is, his rule in our everyday lives. In practical terms that will mean seeking his righteousness. Every job, every kind of work, whether paid or not, whether in a hospital, a factory, or a church, gives rise to moral problems, issues of personal and corporate probity.

Strong Churches Speak the Language of Lament

It became clear that most people didn’t know how to walk with us in our grief. I know every person had good intentions. I don’t blame them or hold resentment. But it was as if they didn’t speak our language. Looking back, I can now see that the missing element in our grief was a familiarity with lament—heartfelt and honest talking to God through the struggles of life.

How Universalism, ‘the Opiate of the Theologians,’ Went Mainstream

Universalism isn’t just a theological mistake. It’s also a symptom of deeper problems. In a culture characterized by moralistic therapeutic deism, universalism fits the age we inhabit. As I argue in the book, universalism is the opiate of the theologians. It’s the way we would want the world to be. Some imagine that a more loving and less judgmental church would be better positioned to win new adherents. Yet perfect love appeared in history—and he was crucified.

Does God Hate Sin but Love the Sinner?

The beauty of the cross is that when Jesus went to Calvary, He did not just pay the price for our lusting, our lying, our cheating, or whatever sin that we do—He stood in our place. He took the holy hatred, holy judgment, and holy wrath of God that was not just due our sin but due us. Jesus stood in our place and He took it upon Himself. So let us be very careful not to lean on comfortable clichés that sound good to us and rob the cross of its power.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2019 in Take a Look

 

Take a Look – 4/5

“Take a Look” is a new addition to the Grace in Truth blog. Each week links will be posted from different sources to engage your mind and encourage your heart. Take a look at the links below.

No, the Church Didn’t Create the Bible

In this TGC podcast, Don Carson and Michael Kruger have a brief discussion on the Canon. Only 6 minutes and 45 seconds long, it is a quick listen that is worth your time.

7 Evidences of a Spirit-Led Life

James Williams gives a list from Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s commentary on Romans 8:5-17. “What comes to mind when someone says they are Spirit-led?” Lloyd-Jones’s responses to the question are invaluable to the believer. If you don’t have time to read it, check out the audio linked at the bottom of his post and subscribe to his podcast.

10 Reasons Why the Bible Regards Women Higher than All Other Systems

Eric Davis does an exceptional job of sharing truths our current culture does not consider. What does the Bible say about the value of women? Eric’s list is an edifying read for men an women.

10 Serious Problems with Jesus Calling

When we read a book, we should read it with discernment and listen to what others are saying about the book. Jesus Calling has swept through the evangelical church, and many have accepted it with open arms. As a pastor, I continuously hear praises from Sarah Young’s readers. I appreciate the thought and care that Tim Challies put into this book review. It is worth your time and thought.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2019 in Take a Look