Monday, February 27, 2012

By Faith



We sang this in church Sunday. Loved it!

Here's a slightly different version that is just as good:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Revelation: Symbolism and Idolatry

Our church is honored to have Dr. Gregory Beale speaking to us in three sessions at this year's Winter Bible Conference Weekend.

Session 1, Sat. 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, includes dinner (reservations required).
“A Key to Understanding Symbolism in the Book of Revelation.”

Session 2, Sun. 9:30-10:30am during the Sunday school hour.
“The Two Witnesses in Revelation 11.”

Session 3, Sun. 10:45am-12noon in the worship service.
“We Become Like What We Worship: Isaiah 6.”

If you are in the Newark, DE, area on the weekend of March 3rd-4th, sign-up and come join us for one (or all) of Dr/ Beale's  sessions on Revelation: Symbolism and Idolatry.

More about Dr. Beale
G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. An accomplished scholar, he is the coeditor of the acclaimed Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament; editor of The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts? Essays on the Use of the Old Testament; and the author of six books: The Temple and the Church’s Mission, The Use of Daniel in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and in the Revelation of St. John, Book of Revelation (NIGTC), 1-2 Thessalonians (The IVP New Testament Commentary Series), We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry, The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism: Responding to New Challenges to Biblical Authority, and A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Gospel-Powered Humility

Gospel-Powered Humility by William Farley is a wonderful read so far -- and one that I almost completely ignored. I remember reading a recommendation a while ago on www.challies.com , but with all the "gospel"-focused, "gospel"-centered, "gospel"-driven, "gospel"-you-name-it books and articles flooding the market, my initial attention span, based on the title alone, was about 10 seconds.

However, thanks to Amazon.com's great Look Inside functionality, I was able to browse through the beginning of the book and got hooked. Well, not "hooked" in the typical way that books or articles or commercials and such things "hook" you, which often comes through a veiled appeal to our own self-interest or an affinity to something we desire. Rather, I was hooked because I found in the preface and in the early part of chapter one an answer to prayer that I've had for some time.

For a while now, I've had a distant and rather ambiguous feeling about my faith and relationship with the Lord. Despite my committment to regular attendence at my church's functions and my diligence in studying the great doctrines of Grace, the Bible, and heavy Biblical theology, I simply have felt that something was standing between God and me. I've been praying lately that God would just get this pruning season over with, so I can get back to my close fellowship with Him and be able to live with a sense of true joy once again.

In Gospel-Powered Humility, Rev. Farley has reminded me of my great propensity toward pride and how insidious and deceiving it is in the life of the believer. Pride is the one sin that God hates most and the one sin that we want to consider in ourselves the least. Here is just one of the many points the author makes that is worth quoting:

"Pride is the opposite. It is spiritual blindness. It is a delusional, inflated view of self. It is unreality on steroids. And the scary part is this: The thing to which we are most blind is our pride. A demonic Catch-22, pride causes us to chase our spiritual tails. We cannot see pride - even though it is our most grievous, disabling sin - because its very nature is blindness, and the first thing to which it is blind is its own existence."


Fighting pride is a major spiritual battle - not an external battle against circumstances and other people, but very much internal spiritual warfare. Waking up from pride-induced absorbtion is an experience that leaves one feeling at the same time free and trembling before our Creator God. It is the perfect place to be - contrite in spirit, empty-handed and facedown before the foot of the cross. After reading Part 1: The Problem, with so many excellent scripture references, quotes from the Puritans, the church fathers, the reformers, and contemporary authors like Ed Welch, I can't wait to get started on Part II now: The Gospel that Humbles.

Even though I've not read more than 1/3 of the book, I can already say with confidence that this should not be missed, especially by those looking for something different. We simply do not hear enough about the sin of pride in this culture of ours where self is king. Recommended!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Smart is Not a Fruit

This is a great article from Ligonier's February 2012 edition of TableTalk Magazine, from R.C. Sproul, Jr. Enjoy!

Smart is not a fruit>>> 

Excerpt: "We will not begin to get better until we embrace this obvious truth: smart is not one of the fruits of the Spirit. Of course we are to love God with all our minds. But we are to love God with all our minds, not merely understand Him. When our knowledge cannot traverse the distance from our heads down to our hearts, we are suffering from spiritual emptiness. We will not begin to get better until we come to embrace this obvious truth: we come into the kingdom not as scholars or students, but as children."

Welcome to the Christian Carnival!

Welcome to the February 2, 2012 edition of Christian Carnival!

Apologetics
Sharon Hoover presents Socrates and Jesus: Proof in the Writers | Journal of Missional Living posted at Journal of Missional Living, saying, "This article confirms the truth of Jesus Christ using the standards applied to historical people, such as Socrates. First in a trilogy verifying the person and teaching of Jesus."


Devotionals
Melanie Grant presents And then there was silence.... posted at Mel's Mouthful on Mothering.

Matthew Hyde presents Martin Luther King Day 2012: Dreams and Visions posted at Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, saying, "Dreams and Visions was a post inspired by Martin Luther King Day 2012."

Sheri presents How to Be A Christian Wife - Step 2 posted at Humbled Living, saying, "Being a Christian wife today is tough if we live by the world's standards. But God calls us to live by His standards which is always freeing. Join me for the next helpful step in being a Christian wife."

Rebecca LuElla Miller presents The Thing About Household Chores posted at A Christian Worldview of Fiction, saying, "Spiritual disciplines such as reading Scripture and praying have a lot in common with household chores -- they are both so daily!"

Ridge Burns presents Bad News posted at Ridge's Blog,

Finance

Tim @ Faith and Finance presents 101 Biblical Proverbs About Money posted at Faith and Finance, saying, "If you're looking for proverbs about money, this comprehensive list will be helpful to you."


Theology

Ridge Burns presents Preparing the Way posted at Mission Blog/

Henry Neufeld presents The Cross is an Offense Today posted at Threads from Henry's Web, saying, "An excellent quote from a book I'm editing at the moment."


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