Daily Roundup

When Jesus Offends You – The question is not whether Jesus will offend you, but what you will do when he does.

Sometimes the Lord Slays His Loved Ones – We should spend our lives soaking in the Scriptures so that we grow into the kind of people who feel loved by whatever the Bible portrays as loving.

The Christian Celebrity – We cross into a culture of celebrity when we assume that merit in one field or one discipline necessarily carries that merit to other fields or disciplines.

The “Duty to Have Designer Babies” – An article in this months Readers Digest that will lead down a very slippery slope!

The Pitfalls of Biblical (Mis)Interpretation, Part 1 – Whenever you’re speaking on behalf of someone else, it’s important to get the message right.

The Pitfalls of Biblical (Mis)Interpretation, Part 2 – A continuation of the above link.

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From The Body Formed in Eternity Past, Part 1, a message preached by John MacArthur in 1978:

Speaking on Ephesians 1:4 – “Look, the terms here, He hath chosen, it’s an aorist middle of eklego, which means to choose out, to pick. And the middle voice is reflexive which means that God is picking for Himself. And nobody else is involved in this. God didn’t have anybody, you know, whispering in His ear – Well, I’d like it if You can include so-and-so. No. And there wasn’t anything for us to do with it. God chose for Himself. He did it for Himself that it might be for His glory. It says that in verse 6, to the praise of His glory. It says it in verse 12, to the praise of His glory. It says in verse 14, to the praise of His glory. You see, when God chose the church, He chose it for His own glory before He ever chose it for the church’s own good. In fact, it says in chapter 3 verse 10 that the reason He put the church together was that He might display it to the angels that they might see how wise He is. Not how wonderful we are.”

Daily Roundup

Adapting To Culture…Or Not – Here is a message preached by Voddie Baucham at The Masters College.

Faith is Action – Is faith like rappelling?

The Beauty of Holiness and the Miracle of Sanctification – Do we see Holiness as Beautiful? 

Ligonier 5$ Friday Sale – More good deals from Ligonier Ministries.

Christianity & Islam – Dr. Michael Horton explains the differences between Islam and the gospel, the Koran and the Bible and how we should relate to and love our Muslim neighbors.

A Puritan Preacher Remembered – William Bates remembers Thomas Manton at Manton’s funeral.

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For even if it [Scripture] wins reverence for itself by its own majesty, it seriously affects us only when it is sealed upon our hearts through the Spirit. Therefore, illumined by his power, we believe neither by our own nor by anyone else’s judgment that Scripture is from God. But above human judgment we affirm with utter certainty (just as if we were gazing upon the majesty of God himself) that it has flowed to us from the very mouth of God by the ministry of men. – John Calvin

Daily Roundup

Whatever Happened To Sin? – I have had this topic on my mind a lot lately.  Why is it we don’t want to talk or preach about sin today?

Not Your Mothers Kind of Tolerance! – Jonathan Parnell starts this post off like this:  Views that advocate same-sex marriage are free to exist, but they are wrong. How is that for “in your face?”

How to Cultivate Holiness – Joel Beeke’s Sermon over 1 Peter 1:15-16 that was preached on 22 July 2012 at Reformed Presbyterian Church N.A. Pittsburgh, PA.

Can a Creature Create? – David Murray continues his “Created to Create” Series.

What Would You Do Wednesday – Yeah, yeah, I know it’s Friday, and I’m late, but these are some really good Church Polity questions that Mark Lamprecht asks.  Head on over and weigh in with your opinion, or just read and learn.

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Experience by itself is not sufficient. Scripture is the norm also for our emotional life and tells us what we ought to experience.  ~Herman Bavinck~

 

 

The Message of the Bible in 221 Words

I found this on the desiringgod.org website this weekend and thought that it pretty much says it all:

God is the sovereign, transcendent and personal God who has made the universe, including us, his image-bearers. Our misery lies in our rebellion, our alienation from God, which, despite his forbearance, attracts his implacable wrath.
But God, precisely because love is of the very essence of his character, takes the initiative and prepared for the coming of his own Son by raising up a people who, by covenantal stipulations, temple worship, systems of sacrifice and of priesthood, by kings and by prophets, are taught something of what God is planning and what he expects.
In the fullness of time his Son comes and takes on human nature. He comes not, in the first instance, to judge but to save: he dies the death of his people, rises from the grave and, in returning to his heavenly Father, bequeaths the Holy Spirit as the down payment and guarantee of the ultimate gift he has secured for them—an eternity of bliss in the presence of God himself, in a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
The only alternative is to be shut out from the presence of this God forever, in the torments of hell. What men and women must do, before it is too late, is repent and trust Christ; the alternative is to disobey the gospel (Romans 10:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17).

This was written by Donald A. Carson and if you are not familiar with him, I would suggest that you get to know him. He is a fine scholar and an outstanding Christian teacher.