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some things to think about

Piper speaking about the gospel driven, gospel focused movement.

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Jesus Paid Taxes

Here is a very helpful message on the christian and government for you all by Mark Dever. Great stuff to consider heading into the election next Tuesday. Click here to listen.

Most people do not see clearly the evils of their own century

I came across this great article over at first things, that chronicles the work an undercover abortion activist. I was particularly moved by the following two quotes:

One cold, wet day in San Jose, California, I was stuck inside my childhood home, looking for a book to read. Because I was homeschooled, the daughter of passionate book lovers, and one of eight children, our home was full of books of all kinds. It was my goal, at the age of nine, to read all of them. On the bottom shelf of a bookcase, I found something called the Handbook on Abortion by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke. Curious, I opened it. And there they were: pictures. In shock, I quickly shut the book and pushed it away. And then I opened it slowly and looked again. I was looking directly at the picture of a tiny child, maybe ten weeks old, with tiny arms and legs, who had been the victim of an abortion.

Right then I knew it was ugly and wrong. But over the next decade I grew in my understanding of the gravity and urgency of this holocaust of unborn children, of our duty to protect them, and of my desire to help.

When I was thirteen I wrote in my journal, “God, it’s time I actually do something about abortion.”

I found this quote so moving because I myself had such a moment in my life with abortion. For me it was the 2008 anniversary of roe vs. wade. I was walking to the Main library at ASU to study and I saw all these girls having a party. I read their shirts and they said “choice” on them. The most troubling thing I saw was a sign that said,” roe v. wade, never go back.” I went into the library and prayed, “lord whatever I have to do to never see such a sign again I’ll do.” That moment changed my life.

The second quote is as follows:

Most people do not see clearly the evils of their own century, their own age. It is the history makers, the revolutionaries, and the visionaries who identify the failings, injustices, and opportunities of their century and work tirelessly to address them.

Amen. Abortion is the most horrific injustice of our day. We have created a way to make money from, to have women pay to kill their children. Lord, forgive us.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Reading the Church Fathers, Writing Well For God’s Glory and Bridges on our Power

Justin Taylor has a great post on Reading the Church Fathers: A Beginner’s Guide.

Over at TGC Reviews site there is a great interview with Justin Taylor, Collin Hansen, Kevin DeYoung, and John Starke on Clarity Seeking God’s Glory: A Discussion on Writing Well.

Lastly, a great quote I saw at this great blog I read:

The Christian is not like an automobile with a self-contained power source; rather, he is like an electric motor that must be constantly connected to an outside current for its power. Our source of power is in the risen Christ, and we stay connected to Him by beholding Him in His Word and depending on Him in prayer.- Jerry Bridges, from The Fruitful Life

Preach the Gospel to Yourself (and 13 questions to diagnose your idolatries)

At our church this past Sunday, our pastor, Smedly Yates, preached on the importance of preaching the gospel to ourselves. He summarized the Gospel, briefly, as “the good news that God saves sinners.” And we who are believers in Jesus Christ must understand and delve deeply into how God feels about our sin (in general) and sins (in specific), what God has done about our sin (Jesus on the cross), and what the results are of what God has done for about sin (our justification, sanctification, and glorification). I highly recommend you check out this sermon—I have benefited greatly from Smedly’s Biblical breakdown of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how I am to preach it to myself in order to live in light of it’s amazing work and benefits in my life.

In light of the first part, how God feels about our sin, it’s important that we see our sin rightly—how God sees our sin. And the first step is to identify the sin our lives.

As a supplement to the above sermon I highly recommend these questions from Kenny Stokes’s sermon at Bethlehem Baptist Church as a very practical help in identifying the sin in our lives so that we can address our sin with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Check out the link below for the list of questions:

Click here to view the questions.

Tim Keller’s Ministries of Mercy Book for FREE!!!

This month’s free audiobook from Christian Audio is Tim Keller’s Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road.

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Hope as a Moral Imperative

Because Christ lived and lives, hope is not only reasonable but morally imperative. – Glenn Tinder

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