Round Up

Understanding The Times – For many who live in high alpine terrain, mountain sports like skiing are a way of life. As with any such sport, carnage comes with the territory.

When Evil Dug It’s Own Grave – When you’re in the middle of intense suffering, it’s easy to lose your bearings. Questions arise reflexively: Is God really in control? How can a good God allow so much pain? Is God good?

What’s Wrong With Producing A “Worship Experience?” – Is the Church becoming a consumer driven commodity?

Predestination:  Don’t Say A Word About It Until… – There’s no more surefire way to create awkward silence among family and friends than to say, “Hey everyone, let’s talk about predestination.”

Quote:

“What a wonder is it, that two natures infinitely distant, should be more intimately united than anything in the world; and yet without any confusion! That the same person should have both a glory and a grief; an infinite joy in the Deity, and an inexpressible sorrow in the humanity! That a God upon a throne should be an infant in a cradle; the thundering Creator be a weeping babe and a suffering man, are such expressions of mighty power, as well as condescending love, that they astonish men upon earth, and angels in heaven.” – Thomas Goodwin

 

Round Up

Presupposed Pain – Those who are truly in Christ must acknowledge the full counsel of God. Knowing persecution is at the doorstep should always revert the believer’s soul towards one comfort that is God Himself.

God’s Scissors And The Cloth of Creation – The potter God handled his clay and set the wheel spinning. The artist God grasped his brush and put it to the canvas. The composer God opened his musical score and put down the first notes.

Christians, We Are Repenters – Are we dissatisfied with the idea of being Christian in name only, and passionate about living as “repenters” who have tasted the goodness and grace of God and can never be the same again.

A Practical Understanding Of The Sufficiency of Scripture, Part 2Part 1 was outstanding, and this one is a good read also.

Quote:

“Whether you can see it or not – and often we cannot – everything is being used of God for your good as well as the good of others…This knowledge is by faith. It is not always by sight. But it is nevertheless certain, because it is based on the character of God, who reveals himself to us as both sovereign and benevolent…We are not to be anxious about the unknown future or to fret about it. We are to live in a moment-by-moment dependence upon God.” – notes from a late 1980′s sermon of Dr. James Montgomery Boice

Round Up

Preaching is Dangerous – A preacher’s authority does not come merely from his calling or anointing, but he has authority only to the degree that he correctly interprets and clearly proclaims the truths of Scriptures.

A Practical Understanding Of The Sufficiency of Scripture – Part 1 – I can’t wait for Part 2!

Where Did All These Calvinists Come From – A visual to show you where they have come from.

Celebrity Pastors:  A Retrospective – In retrospect, the critics were to be treated as the problem, but the band was to play on.

A Time Lapse – I love these things and would like to create my own one day.

Quote:

Phil Johnson on the Imminence of God from the sermon Providence is Remarkable:  God personally and constantly and permanently and exhaustively pervades and sustains and governs every aspect of His creation.  God is personally present and meticulously at work in everything that happens, even when He is not manifesting His presence by miracles.

Daily Roundup

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