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A Christian can defeat himself in two ways

A Christian can defeat himself in two ways: one is to forget the holiness of God and the fact that sin is sin. The Bible calls us to an ever deeper commitment in giving ourselves to Christ for him to produce his fruit through us.

The other is to allow himself to be worn out by Christians who turn Christianity into a romanticism. The realism of the Bible is that God does not excuse sin, but neither is he finished with us when he finds sin in us. And for this we should be thankful.

– Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (HT:WAX)

I find that I am at times troubled and defeated by both. The First is easier to see in retrospect when I go back and look at my heart and my actions and why I fell for the sin in question. The second is much harder to detect. Lord guard us against them both!



A great blogger friend of mine is giving away the following books:

1) The Truth of the Cross – R.C. Sproul
2) Christ For Real: How to Grow Into God’s Likeness – Charles W. Price
3) Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald S. Whitney
4) Finally Alive – John Piper
5) The Treasury of David (Volume 1 only) – Charles H. Spurgeon
6) Christ’s Call to Discipleship – James Montgomery Boice
7) Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
8 ) The Fruitful Life – Jerry Bridges
9) The Beauty of Holiness: The Book of Leviticus Simply Explained – Philip H. Eveson
10) Daily Readings from the Life of Christ: Volume II – John MacArthur
11) The Holiness of God – R.C. Sproul
12) Encountering God in the Psalms – Michael E. Travers
13) The MacArthur Study Bible (NASB)
14) Morning by Morning and Evening by Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on the ESV Bible – Charles H. Spurgeon (edited by Alistair Begg)

THIS IS A GREAT GROUP OF BOOKS! All you have to do is comment here.

some things to think about

Piper speaking about the gospel driven, gospel focused movement.

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.

Three Thoughts on the Election

I hadn’t plan on writing on the election. I’ve tried to keep out of it but I can’t anymore. I just see so much wrongheadedness taking place that I can’t help but offer some parting shots for your consideration. I start today with a longer quote from Doug Wilson, who is offering three points to consider as you head into the voting booth:

1. C.S. Lewis said there were two basic approaches to democracy. One is idolatrous, and the other reflects a more biblical view of man. The first is the assumption that every last man’s opinion is so valuable that we should do our level best to get his input before we do anything. This is the idolatrous option. The other acknowledges the sinfulness of man, such that it is unwise to concentrate too much power in any one spot. Democracy is, in this view, part of a system of checks and balances, where the power is spread as thinly as possible in order to keep an entrenched ruling class from having its unbridled way. If that were a design feature, then this next election would appear to be a successful example of the design working. But the thing to keep in mind is that corrective elections, even corrective wave elections, are not solution elections. “Throw the bums out” may often be just what’s demanded, the need of the moment, and no argument there. Who could not but agree that a Pelosiless hour of evening news would be a real spot of sunshine in an otherwise drab and dreary chain of news stories? But what then? What do we do next? For those who are regular visitors to this space, our very next political move needs to be calling on Jesus. The reason we need to throw the bums out first is that they get in the way of calling on Jesus, and repentance precedes faith.

I can not agree more with what wilson says; “corrective elections, even corrective wave elections, are not solution elections.” I have for some time been of the view that there is a basic misunderstanding of the issues by BOTH parties. While I want the dems out of power, I am not holding my breath any real changes to take place when the tea party heads to D.C.

2. There are significant earthly consequences to what we do, and in how we vote, but we have to be shrewd in understanding what those consequences are. If I owe you a thousand bucks, you’ve got me. The borrower becomes the lender’s slave. But there is a point at which that reality breaks down. If I owe you a bazillion bucks, I’ve got you. There actually is a point where the lender becomes the borrower’s slave. And this is why we should all agree with the bumper sticker, “Please, nobody tell Obama what comes after a trillion.”

This election is therefore something of an intervention. The powers that be, the lenders, the bankers, the regulators, the congressmen, the smartest guys in the room, are all of them out of control. They are selling themselves into slavery. Back in the old days, when the people were borrowing a thousand bucks, the lenders were able to maintain their position of control. But now, when they have lent half the assets of America to all the winos in America, and those winos have peed it all away, a moment arises when the responsible adults in the room look at each other, nod, and say, “It’s time.” But these guys don’t want to go to rehab any more than did Amy Winehouse, no, no, no, but always keep in mind the fact that drying out in rehab, however salutary in itself, is not the same thing as fixing the problem. In this case, going into the voting booth, and voting for “It’s time,” sends both the wino and the guy giving him cash to a place where they have to stop it. One guy goes to wino rehab and the other one to banker rehab. In both cases, it is just to clear the head so that they can figure out they need to call on Jesus.


3. The late Sen. Eugene McCarthy said that being a senator was a lot like being a football coach — you had to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it was important. This leads naturally to the reflection by Augustine in The City of God, when he said that in the kingdoms of men, the dead are replaced by the dying. In short, the story that God is telling with His sprawling narrative of a world is not the same story that many of His characters are trying to tell. It is the responsibility of sane Christians to try to line up the story they are telling themselves about their lives with the story that God is telling about their lives. Does this seem cryptic? Bring it down to the voting booth. When I go in there, what am I trying to accomplish? Ultimately, I am working out my salvation with fear and trembling, the same thing I am trying to do when I fry an egg, or type a phrase, or drive down the road to an appointment. I am not trying to save America, unless saving America is a proximate means to the larger end of glorifying God through the salvation of His people through the gospel. This is not quietism; this is not activism. This is perspective. No matter what happens in the election, God is on His throne, and we should still be in the process of gathering before it.

I hope this helps stir the pot a little.

Piper on the Gospel and Social Justice

Continuing with our theme this week. Piper adds his 2 cents.

Some Thoughts on What the Gospel is and is Not

I came across this great quote in a larger interview with Carson in regard to How Do We Work for Justice and Not Undermine Evangelism?

To preach moral duty without the underlying power of the gospel is moralism that is both pathetic and powerless; to preach a watered-down gospel as that which tips us into the kingdom, to be followed by discipleship and deeds of mercy, is an anemic shadow of the robust gospel of the Bible; to preach the gospel and social justice as equivalent demands is to misunderstand how the Bible hangs together.-D.A. Carson

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