Friday Roundup

Perseverance of the Saints – The perseverance of the saints is one of the most vital and precious truths of Scripture.

12 Myths About Calvinism – Michael Patton lists 12 myths some have about Calvinism.

Resources on the 10 Commandments – Monergism.com has updated resources on the 10 Commandments.

The 3 Transfers in Romans 5 – A sermon by John Samson that discusses the vital theme of Federal Headship.

Under the Minarets – A time lapse video

Quotes:

Our knowledge does not limit God because (1) it is grounded in him, (2) can only exist through him, and (3) especially has as its object and content God as the infinite One.

~Herman Bavinck

 

Daily Roundup

It’s that time of year when things get hectic.  My blog posts will not be nearly as steady until after things settle down after the first of the year, but from time to time, I’ll post a daily roundup and Spurgeon Thursday will continue (your welcome, Mom).

Raising Kids the World Will Hate – This is something I don’t even like thinking about, but if the Christian life is true and I want to impart that life to my children, this is the logical outcome.

Believing the Worst of Those Who Love Me Most – One area of sin that continues to baffle and disappoint is my inability to consistently think rightly about other people’s motives.

Obituary for Common Sense – A daily dose of satire.

Quote:

Those that are full of the Holy Spirit are fit for any thing, either to act for Christ or to suffer for him. And those whom God calls out to difficult services for his name he will qualify for those services, and carry comfortably through them, by filling them with the Holy Spirit, that, as their afflictions for Christ abound, their consolation in him may yet more abound, and then none of these things move them. – Matthew Henry

Daily Roundup

Christ’s Death Guarantees Justification & Glorification for the Elect – I know that in this day and age, many do not believe that Christ died only for an elect group.  I used to not believe in this doctrine, but the more I read and studied the Word of God, the more I believe it to be true.

How To Read the Bible – What is the Bible all about?  There are two ways of reading it and Tim Keller shows that the Bible is ultimately about Christ.

Who’s Worse, Oprah Winfrey or Joel Osteen? – Todd Friel takes a look at Joel and Oprah on Oprah’s Lifeclass.

Two Recommended Free Resources from Desiring God Ministries – Go grab these two resources and be blessed.

Brothers, Live a Visible, Exemplary, Everyday Life – How do we live our lives as Christians?  This ought to make you think about that, especially those who lead the Church.

To be an atheist… – It sure does require a lot of faith, and pride in that faith, to be an atheist. 

Does Hebrews 6 Teach That A Christian Can Lose Their Salvation? – Better know the backstory when you read through this passage of Hebrews.

Quote:

And shall we not rejoice and give thanks? Should we refuse, would not the stones cry out against us? Rejoice then we may and ought. But, O let our rejoicing be in the Lord and run in a religious channel. This, we find, has been the practice of God’s people in all ages. When he was pleased, with a mighty hand and out-stretched arm to lead the Israelites through the Red Sea, as on dry ground, ‘Then sang Moses and the children of Israel. And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand and all the women went out after her. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord. For he hath triumphed gloriously.’ When God subdued Jabin, the King of Canaan, before the children of Israel, ‘then sang Deborah and Barak on that day, saying, “Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel.”’ When the ark was brought back out of the hands of the Philistines, David, though a king, danced before it.

And, to mention but one instance more, which may serve as a general directory to us on this and such-like occasions: when the great head of the church had rescued his people from the general massacre intended to be executed upon them by a cruel and ambitious Haman, ‘Mordecai sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the King Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, to establish among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and the fifteenth day of the same yearly, as the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow unto joy and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy and of sending portions one to another and gifts to the poor’ [Esther 9:20-22]. And why should we not go and do likewise? – George Whitefield

Daily Roundup

Jean-Baptiste Faure – This is a website devoted to images of galaxies, nebula, and generally, all things outer space related.

Extend the Same Grace You Preach – What can I say, I have been, and am constantly reminded that I still am, guilty of this.

Three Common Areas of Neglect – Brian Croft is writing this to pastors, but it could apply to anyone who tries to be intentional in their service to God.

Four Reasons Men Don’t Read Books – I’ll admit that I cannot relate to this article as I love to read.  It is a rare day when I don’t sit down and read, but I know that I am the exception in this regard as far as men go.

Cutting Honest Throats by Whispers – An excerpt from The Power of the Tongue by Octavius Winslow.

Soli Deo Gloria – Or to put it in English, it means essentially that everything that is done is for God’s glory to the exclusion of humankind’s self-glorification and pride.

Quote:

It is in vain to teach righteousness by precept, until Christ bestow it by free imputation, and the regeneration of the Spirit. ~John Calvin

 

Daily Roundup

Dangerous Calling – A new book out by Paul Tripp. You can read the introduction and first chapter in PDF format by clicking on the link.

Hospitality and the Great Commission – In a progressively post-Christian society, the importance of hospitality as an evangelistic asset is growing rapidly. Increasingly, the most strategic turf on which to engage the unbelieving with the good news of Jesus may be the turf of our own homes.

A Thirst for Hermeneutics – Would you let a surgeon, two weeks out of medical school, perform brain surgery?  Our Pastors need to be properly trained in the art of Biblical Interpretation (Hermeneutics) because they are dealing with eternal issues, not just temporal ones.

Elements of Productive Bible Study: Meditate – John MacArthur’s post continue on studying the Bible.  These are very informative articles.

Quote:

“The purest joy in the world is joy in Christ Jesus.  When the Spirit is poured down, his people get very near and clear views of the Lord Jesus.  They eat his flesh and drink his blood.  They come to a personal cleaving to the Lord.  They taste that the Lord is gracious.  His blood and righteousness appear infinitely perfect, full and free to their soul.  They sit under his shadow with great delight. . . . They lean on the Beloved.  They find infinite strength in him for the use of their soul — grace for grace — all they can need in any hour of trial and suffering to the very end.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Daily Roundup

The Heritage of Atheism – Without belief in God we not only have a crisis of morality, we have a crisis of meaning.

Revisiting Inerrancy – Al Mohler and friends sit down to talk about the inerrancy of the Word of God.

God’s Plan Before the Ages Began – An Excerpt from John Pipers message, Why Did God Create the World.

Degrees of Sin – It is not uncommon to hear Christians suggesting that every sin is equal in God’s sight.

Abortion and the Campaign for Immorality – John MacArthur rarely ever gets into the political arena in his sermons, but this election year is different.

How Jesus Made Disciples – Could our struggle to make quality disciples come from focusing so much on what Jesus said that we miss what Jesus did?

Quote:

This first promise must certainly be but dark to our first parents, in comparison of that great light which we enjoy. And yet, dark as it was, we may assure ourselves they built upon it their hopes of everlasting salvation and by that faith were saved. – George Whitefield

 

Daily Roundup

A Strange Thirst – Here is some food for thought on what we desire from God.

God’s Amazing Grace Part 3– Charles Quarles looks at the theology behind John Newton’s hymn.

Why The Sovereignty of God is Important – Even in the midst of tragedy, our outlook on God’s sovereignty should be our calm in the midst of the storm.

The Baptist Catechism with Notes by John Piper – Written in 1677, “The Baptist Catechism” was patterned after the Heidelberg and Westminster catechisms to teach Reformed doctrine from a Baptist perspective.  Download it from Desiring God.

All Hail the Power of Chance? – What kind of power does chance actually have?  Here is an interesting perspective.

In What Ways Can The Younger Compromise With The Older in The Local Church? – Brian Croft, as usual, offers up some good advice.

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Hence we learn how absolutely we are dependent on God in this great matter of the eternal salvation of our souls. We are dependent not only on his wisdom to contrive a way to accomplish it, and on his power to bring it to pass, but we are dependent on his mere will and pleasure in the affair. We depend on the sovereign will of God for every thing belonging to it, from the foundation to the top-stone. It was of the sovereign pleasure of God, that he contrived a way to save any of mankind, and gave us Jesus Christ, his only-begotten Son, to be our Redeemer. Why did he look on us; and send us a Saviour, and not the fallen angels? It was from the sovereign pleasure of God. It was of his sovereign pleasure what means to appoint. His giving us the Bible, and the ordinances of religion, is of his sovereign grace. His giving those means to us rather than to others, his giving the awakening influences of his Spirit, and his bestowing saving grace, are all of his sovereign pleasure. When he says, “Let there be light in the soul of such an one,” it is a word of infinite power and sovereign grace. – Jonathan Edwards

 

 

Daily Roundup

Rob Bell Comes Out Gay Affirming? – A Video of Rob Bell answering a question asked by an audience member in which he recalls a story of a gay childhood friend and tells how that friend helped him realize that “…they’re passionate disciples of Jesus, just like I’m trying to be.”  Not a fence I would want to straddle. 

Don’t Get Organized, Get Enthralled – Learning how to say “no” to good things so you can be passionate for God.  Download the free eBook.

That Place in Wales – Interesting little story about the town in Wales with the longest name in the world.  I wouldn’t even attempt to try and pronounce it!

The Extraordinary Logic of Romans 5:9-10 – The a fortiori argument found in this passage.  Don’t know what “a fortiori” is, have a read and learn.

Mark’s “What Would You Do” Ethics Question – I really wonder where Mark Lamprecht gets all these questions.  Does he just dream them up?  I think he must because he doesn’t look old enough to have experienced all of them!

5$ Friday Sale – Head on over to Ligonier and check out their Friday sale.  Lots of good deals.