Round Up

Using Discernment with Entertainment – Though we are in this world, we are not of this world (John 17:14-16). That means we can’t watch every movie, laugh at every joke on television, download every new music album, click on every online video, or visit every Internet page. Taking a stand for righteousness in your own life and family is not being legalistic. It’s being Christian.

Don’t Stain Glass the Bible – Lots of Christians have a habit of “stained glassing” Bible characters.  Sometimes it seems like pretty much anyone other than Jezebel and Judas Iscariot will get a free pass and find their actions vindicated by believers. The Bible is full of real people with real issues and real messy mixed up faith responses.

Divine Mathematics – If a person wants to maximize their life by living for the glory of God, then that person needs to be passionate about evangelism. If the Lord has saved you, he has saved you for a purpose: to live for the glory of God.

Weekly Highlights at Monergism – A list of links to some really good reformed articles.

Quote:

“In the very beginning, when this great universe lay in the mind of God, like unborn forests in the acorn cup; long before the echoes awoke the solitudes; before the mountains were brought forth; and long before the light flashed through the sky, God loved His chosen creatures. Before there was any created being — when the ether was not fanned by an angel’s wing, when space itself had not an existence, where there was nothing save God alone — even then, in that loneliness of Deity, and in that deep quiet and profundity, His heart moved with love for His chosen. Their names were written on His heart, and then were they dear to His soul. Jesus loved His people before the foundation of the world — even from eternity! and when He called me by His grace, He said to me, ‘I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee’” – Charles H. Spurgeon

There is a Fountain

Fragments of GraceCity Hymns has a great album called Fragments of Grace that I have listened to quite a lot lately.  You can download the track I’ve included below or buy the album, which I recommend, by clicking the above link.

God & Sinner Reconcile

Ran across the album called God & Sinner Reconciled by Stephen Miller this morning and thought I’d share the link to it.  If you don’t know who Stephen Miller is, don’t feel like you are all alone.  I had never heard of him before this morning either.  After a little digging, I found out Stephen is a Staff Elder and Worship Leader at The Journey in St. Louis, Missouri.

I really like the title of this album.  When I first glanced at it I read it as “God and Sinners”, as in plural, but then I looked at it again and saw that it was just “Sinner” and that is the way it truly is.  Each of us will stand before the throne of God individually and be judged individually.  Even the titles of some of the songs seem to show a distinct slant towards the doctrine of God’s sovereignty and the work of justification.

O My Soul is my favorite song from this album thus far.  It is a lot like some of the Psalms in that the singer is encouraging his own soul to lifted up in praise and adoration to the the God who lives forever.

The album, at least at the moment, is free to download and I recommend you give it a listen and if you like it, download it.