Weekend Roundup

Law-Lite leads to Gospel-Lite leads to a watered-down Faith in the very potent mercy of God in Christ – What we hear preached makes a huge difference in our view of God’s salvation.

What Does It Mean to Abide In Christ – Sinclair Ferguson lists 4 aspects of abiding in Christ in this excerpt from In Christ Alone, which, through the 31st of August can be downloaded for free here.

Would We Know a Revival If We Say One? – J. I. Packer reflects on his longing to see a revival.

There is Nothing Common About Grace – Grace is a provision for men who are so fallen that they cannot lift the ax of justice; so corrupt that they cannot change their own natures; so adverse to God that they cannot turn to Him; so blind that they cannot see Him; so deaf that they cannot hear Him; and so dead that He Himself must open their graves.

Astronomy Images – I love images of the heavens as, for me, they remind me of the grandeur, magnitude, and shear intelligence of God.  In this set, images 1, 5, and 7 are my favorites.

 

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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

 

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10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate is Never Asked by the MSM – I read through this list and all I could say is that I am amazed that pro-choice candidates get such a pass on this issue.  It is a sign of how the MSM’s views are shaping the way they question candidates.  Whatever happened to the truth?

The Great Story and the Single Verse – Without the “whole” the meaning of the “part” would not be clear.  John Piper takes a look at Isaiah 41:10.

Counterfeit Sanctification – Sanctification isn’t easy—it takes faithfulness, hard work, and self-discipline. And even then, it’s not purely a function of your will, but the work of the Holy Spirit in you. It’s not manufactured overnight.

Seeing Yourself as a Disciple, and the Difference it Makes – The Greek word disciple means “student, pupil, learner.”

Quote:

The testimony of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers is found not to be a new revelation or communication of unknown truths. It is essentially distinct from prophecy and inspiration; it only causes us to understand the truth that exists outside and independently of us as truth and therefore confirms and seals it in the human consciousness. – Herman Bavinck

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Staying in His Lane – Al Mohler takes a look at a recent interview that Joel Osteen did this past week.

The Many Motivators For Personal Holiness – A 4 minute video interview with Kevin DeYoung on his book, The Hole in Our Holiness.

Introduction to the New Testament – Louis Berkhof’s Introduction to the New Testament in 3 formats.

Conduct Worthy of the Gospel in Corporate Worship – If there is gospel etiquette for the gathered church, it starts with evaluating my heart.

What Does Sola Scriptura Mean – Just in case you ever wondered.

When Study isn’t Study – What is proper Bible study.

Quote:

We can no longer assume that just because a church is Southern Baptist it therefore genuinely understands the gospel and knows how it works to save sinners. – Tom Ascol

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God’s Amazing Grace Part 2– Charles Quarles looks at the theology behind John Newton’s hymn.

Ligonier’s $5 Friday Sale – Ligonier has a lot of good deals today, one is Steve Larson’s book The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards.  I have read this book and it is very good.  Head on over and check out the deals.

The Man Behind the Curtain – A 22 minute sermon from Charles Roberts from Acts 13:13-33.  This is the Apostle Paul’s first sermon and no less than 16 times, Paul shows the sovereignty of God in history.

Fellowship and Conversation – An article on small group fellowship by Mike Riccardi.

How to Respond to a Complement After a Sermon – Brian Croft offers some more advice to Pastors.  If you are a Pastor, this is a site you should check out frequently as Pastor Croft offers some really good insight.

More Important Than Knowing God – Is there anything in this life more important than knowing God?  Yes there is!

Quote:  Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.  – C H Spurgeon

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School Wants to Oust Church Over Anti-Gay Sermons – A sign of the times!  SBC Church faces eviction because the pastor has the courage to preach what the Bible says about the homosexual lifestyle.

10 Books (and One Letter) Every New Calvinist Needs To Read – Keith Mathison lists some reads he thinks those who hold to the Doctrines of Grace should read.

Not Baby Talk – Frank Turk writes about how asking God for help could be like being the Tin Man and asking Oz the Great and Powerful for help.

What Happens to Infants Who Die? – Not sure I agree with everything said here, but Jesse Johnson opened a door that I need to look at and study more!

When Should I Correct and When Should I Let It Go – Justin Taylor lays out a chart and words of wisdom on the fruitfulness of conflict among us.

Some Basic Thoughts on Manhood: Worship – Thabiti Anywbwile continues with part 2 of his thoughts on manhood.

A Quote from J. C. Ryle:

Would we know, for another thing, the strength of a true Christian’s foundation for hope? Let us often read these first five verses of John’s Gospel. Let us mark that the Savior in whom the believer is bid to trust is nothing less than the Eternal God, One able to save to the uttermost all that come to the Father by Him. He that was “with God,” and “was God,” is also “Emmanuel, God with us.” Let us thank God that our help is laid on One that is mighty. (Psalm 89:19.) In ourselves we are great sinners. But in Jesus Christ we have a great Savior. He is a strong foundation-stone, able to bear the weight of a world’s sin. He that believes on Him shall not be confounded. (1 Peter 2:6.)