Assorted – December 23, 2014

Tim Challies has persuaded me to consider using my blog to share interesting and/or helpful information, blog posts, articles, books, videos, etc., as a way of serving those who visit or follow my blog. So, from now on, I will (from time to time), share with you such material from other blogs or websites and pray that you too will find them interesting and helpful.  I am going to call this section of my blog “Assorted.”  Each new entry will be distinguished by the date on which it is posted.  So, here we go for starters:

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Last Minute Gift Ideas:  Ligonier Ministries has some really good ideas here if you are looking for good last minute gift ideas especially for a pastor – hint, hint:)

Yours is the day, Yours also the night…” – Here is a very encouraging devotional from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening based on Psalm 74:16:  “Lord, You do not abdicate Your throne when the sun goes down, nor do You leave the world during all those long wintry nights to be the prey of evil. Your eyes watch us like the stars, and Your arms surround us as the band of planets belts the sky…” Read the rest of this devotional here.

E-books ‘damage sleep and health,’ doctors warn:  “If you curl up under the duvet with an e-book for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned…”

How To Make Christ Happy:  “Would you make Christ’s heart glad, keep your own cheerful.” Thomas Manton

A Time to Speak:  If you missed this webcast, you can watch it here and listen to a number of respected Christian leaders as they discuss the important racial issues from a biblical and gospel point of view.  I found this very enlightening, educational and encouraging.

“…You Shall Call His Name Jesus for He Shall Save His People from Their Sins.”

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 ESV)

savior_signIsn’t it interesting that people want to be saved from everything else but their sins?  Yet, this is the very reason for which Jesus Christ came.  He came “to save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).  But no, people want to be saved from financial difficulties, marital difficulties, anxieties regarding the future, etc, but NOT from sin.  Some who profess to be Christians might religiously say that they want to be saved from the consequences of sin.  They would love to keep their sins as long as they don’t have to face the consequences of their sins – as long as they can be guaranteed a “FREE PASS” to heaven, they would be quite happy to keep their sins.  But Matthew is telling us in the passage quoted above that Jesus came into the world for the specific purpose of saving His people from their sins.  He is the “Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).  “He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1 John 5:3). Continue reading