Assorted – January 15, 2015

Conference-BannerPage14-462x241Christ, Our Wisdom – live-stream this conference out of Westminster Seminary in California for FREE!

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – watch John Piper, Lecrae, and John Ensor talk about abortion.

Boko Haram – here are some helpful facts about Boko Haram that you may not know.

Wanna be Productive? – here are some tips from R. C. Sproul.

Struggling with Worry? – Kevin DeYoung gives 7 good reasons not to worry.

 

 

The Importance of Singing in the Life of A Christian

I came across this story below which illustrates the uniqueness of the Christian faith – and also the importance of singing in the Christian life.  The story comes from a book entitled, Spiritual Warfare and Missions:  The Battle for God’s Glory Among the Nations by Jerry Rankin and Ed Stetzer (p. 20).  Here it is:

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Don’t Waste Your Life – Octavius Winslow

Life is too short guys!  Whether you are young or old, read this story and it will do your soul great good for you will be reminded of the fleeting and elusive nature of worldly pursuits on one hand and the permanence and definiteness of the glories of heaven in Christ!  Pass around and keep someone you know (a friend; a son or daughter; a grand-son or grand-daughter; a husband or wife, etc) from wasting his or her life.

The story below comes from Octavious Winslow who lived from 1808-1878 and is entitled “And Then?”Psalm39vs4

A young man, whom he had known as a boy, came to an aged professor of a distinguished continental university, with a face beaming with delight, and informed him that the long and fondly-cherished desire of his heart was at length fulfilled – his parents having given their consent to his studying the profession of the law. As the university presided over by his friend was a distinguished one, he had repaired to its law school, and was resolved to spare no labor or expense in getting through his studies as quickly and ably as possible. In this strain he continued for some time; and when he paused, the old man, who had been listening to him with great patience and kindness, gently said, “Well! and when you have finished your career of study, what do you mean to do then?” “Then I shall take my degree,” answered the young man. “And then?” asked his venerable friend. “And then,” continued the youth, “I shall have a number of difficult and knotty cases to manage: shall attract notice by my eloquence, and wit, and acuteness, and win a great reputation.” “And then?” repeated the holy man. “And then!” replied the youth, “why then there cannot be a question- I shall be promoted to some high office in the state, and I shall become rich.” “And then?” “And then,” pursued the young lawyer, “then I shall live comfortably and honorably in wealth and respect, and look forward to a quiet and happy old age.” “And then?” repeated the old man. “And then,” said the youth, “and then- and then- and then I shall die.” Here his venerable listener lifted up his voice, and again asked, with solemnity and emphasis– “And then?” Whereupon the aspiring student made no answer, but cast down his head, and in silence and thoughtfulness retired. This last “And then?” had pierced his heart like a sword- had darted like a flash of lightning into his soul, and he could not dislodge the impression. The result was, the entire change of his mind and course of his life. Abandoning the study of the law, he entered upon that of divinity, and expended the remainder of his days in the labors of a minister of Christ. 

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:5-6).

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Killing Sin Before It Kills You

bekillingsin (1)The Christian life is WAR!  If you don’t know that or don’t agree with that, then you are not a Christian.  Every Christian knows from God’s Word and from personal experience that there is a war going on!  It is a war over your soul.  The flesh against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh (Galatians 5:17).  This is why so many times in the Bible we are called to “fight.”  To be a Christian is to be perpetually committed to, and engaged in a life-time battle against sin and the devil.  Thank God, we don’t have to fight alone or in our own strength.  The battle is the LORD’s (1 Samuel 17:47).  It is the LORD who works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

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Announcing RefNet: 24-hour Christian Internet Radio – New from Ligonier Ministries

We live in a time where there is a proliferation of edifying media available on the web for the Christian, but there isn’t a clear way to aggregate this media into a produced, filtered format. Simply putting everything on the web doesn’t mean everyone will find it. Yes, some people want an à la carte approach with choosing from a multiplicity of podcasts or searching through long lists and that works well for them. Yet others want an always-on streaming approach. As we see it, the Christian community has only just begun to tap the internet’s potential for spreading trustworthy biblical teaching to every nation, tribe, and language on this earth.

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This Momentary Marriage – The Story of Ian & Larissa

Desiring God posted the story and video of Ian & Larissa which I found to be amazing and beautiful because it depicts for us all what Christ-like love looks like in a marriage.  We need strong Christ-centered marriages especially in our day where divorce is so rampant.  Unfortunately, many (including Christians) choose the “easy-way-out” when marriage gets difficult or tragedy hits as is the case in Ian & Lisa’s story.  But it is important for couples to realize that the foundation to a strong, enduring and thriving marriage relationship must be built on the things that are primary and NOT on things that are secondary.  To put it another way, Christ, His purpose for marriage, and His will and work in our personal lives should be the foundation as well as the goal of every Christian marriage.

I recommend this video to you along with John Piper’s book on marriage, This Momentary Marriage:  A Parable of Permanence.

Watch this video, learn from it, be challenged and remember to pray for Ian & Larissa.

10 Results of the Resurrection

Desiring God posted this article below entitled, “10 Results of the Resurrection” which I think is excellent and very helpful as we think of and celebrate the resurrection of Christ (the bedrock of our Christian faith).  Christ, the Lord is risen today, Hallelujah!

Here is the post from Desiring God:

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Get a free download of this new poster (PDF) from John Piper’s article on ten results of the resurrection:

  1. A savior who can never die again. “For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again.” Romans 6:9
  2. Repentance. “The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel.” Acts 5:31
  3. New birth. “By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
  4. Forgiveness of sin. “If Christ has not been raised, your hope is futile and you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17
  5. The Holy Spirit. “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear.” Acts 2:32–33
  6. No condemnation for the elect. “Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God.” Romans 8:34
  7. The Lord’s personal fellowship and protection. “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Matthew 28:20
  8. Proof of coming judgment. “God has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:31
  9. Salvation from the future wrath of God. “We wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:10Romans 5:10
  10. Our own resurrection from the dead. “We know that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.” 2 Corinthians 4:14Romans 6:48:111 Corinthians 6:1415:20