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.

Sinclair Ferguson Shares 4 Principles Regarding the Exercise of Christian Freedom

I thought these were good, straight forward and simple.  Found them very helpful.  Here they are:

Principle 1: Christian liberty must never be flaunted. “Whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God” (Rom. 14:22, NIV).

Principle 2: Christian liberty does not mean that you welcome fellow Christians only when you have sorted out their views on X or Y (or with a view to doing that).

Principle 3: Christian liberty ought never to be used in such a way that you become a stumbling block to another Christian (Rom. 14:13).

Principle 4: Christian liberty requires grasping the principle that will produce this true biblical balance: “We … ought … not to please ourselves… . For even Christ did not please himself ” (Rom. 15:1–3).

To read Ferguson’s entire article, click on this link:  4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty on the Ligonier blog.