A Prayer for Ferguson

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment

(This was posted on my politics blog shortly before the grand jury’s decision was made public.)

Dear Lord Jesus,

As the grand jury prepares to read their decision to indite Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, I pray for the city of Ferguson.  I pray that justice will be done. I pray for peace in the city tonight, peace even in the midst of perceived injustice.

I pray for the members of the grand jury.  They will be criticized by the entire nation no matter where their decision falls.  They may be called ignorant cogs in a racist system that refuses to see the plight of African Americans.  They may be called weak lemmings giving into overwhelming public pressure.  Give them clarity, give them peace.  I pray for their peace of mind, safety and mental well being.

I pray for the family of Michael Brown.  I cannot fathom the depths of their despair.  Not only have they lost their son, but this death continues on in the media all over country and will continue to do so for some time to come.  Give them the comfort that only you can give.  Keep them safe.  I pray that through this death some good will be accomplished.

I pray for Officer Wilson.  No matter what happens tonight, his life will never be the same.  Protect his family during this time as they are going through a trial few families will ever have to go through.  Give them strength.

I pray for the residents of Ferguson.  Their city has been turned upside down.  Their streets have turned into continual protest sites.  They are a city under siege as police armed with military weapons roam the area. Protect the innocent citizens just trying to eek out a normal life in the midst of this upheaval.

Lord, please allow justice to be done and truth to prevail, not matter what they may be.  Let the truth be known and accepted.  Let justice prevail.  But I also pray that through this ordeal we will learn how to love each other.  We are a nation divided by race.  Help us to see each other more clearly through the eyes of love and understanding.  May we recognize our own sins and show grace toward each other.  May we repent of our own ignorance before casting aspersions on people we may not understand or relate with.  Draw us closer together.

May we all weep for a death that should never have occurred.  We live in a broken world.  We weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn.  More than anything else, Lord, we long for day when you will make all things new.  We long for the day when true justice and righteousness will reign everywhere as the King of Kings rules and reigns in his rightful throne.  Lord Jesus, come quickly!

Amen

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Free E-Book Alert – Name Above All Names by Alistair Begg

November 14, 2014 Leave a comment

The fine folks over at Crossway is offering a free book by Alistair Begg for simply filling out a quick survey.  Here’s the info about the book:

The busyness of our lives and the diversions of this world have the tendency to distract us from the most important person we could ever know: Jesus Christ. Thankfully, God has given his people ample insights into the Savior in his Word. In this thoughtful treatise, two influential pastors guide everyday Christians through the entirety of the Bible, examining seven key aspects of Jesus’s identity and ministry. Beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation, this book will help readers focus their gaze on Christ, whether studying the promised seed of the woman in Genesis 3 or the reigning lamb on the throne in Revelation 5. Drawing on decades of pastoral experience, Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson have crafted a biblical resource sure to encourage genuine love for the Savior among God’s people for years to come.

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Veteran’s Day and Christmas

November 11, 2014 Leave a comment

To some extent Veteran’s Day is like Christmas.  Often times at Christmas we hear the inevitable cries of, “Everyday should be Christmas because we should remember Christ every day of the year.”  This is very true.  We ought to remember those who were willing to put on the uniform and be placed into harm’s way to protect our freedom and liberty.  Without such sacrifice, we would never survive as a nation.

Yet, I’ll admit, I need this day.  I need this day to remind me.  Why?  Because I get so wrapped up in using all the freedoms I have that I forget who purchased it for me.  I forget about those who are willing to do what I could never do.  They have done their jobs so well that I forget they have even done it.  While the fear of terrorism is always present, I must admit, I still think of it as something somewhere else, not here.  This is because our veterans have done their duty and done it well.

So, let me take this time to thank all of the Veterans who might read this blog.  Thank you for your valiant service.

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Martin Luther, Troubled Prophet – Carl Trueman

November 11, 2014 Leave a comment
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Free E-Book Alert – New Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

This 45-page primer includes several tools for your New Testament (NT) studies:

  1. Moisés Silva unmasks a big pitfall of some biblical dictionaries
  2. A handful of surprises about the meaning of “holy” in the NT — courtesy of Moisés Silva’s “exegetical tour” of Hebrews 3:16
  3. Investigations of the NT words for father, love, Jerusalem, and Hell
  4. A pastor discovers some extraordinary claims in 1 Timothy 2:5-6 — the rare passage which calls Jesus “mediator” and “a ransom for many”

We adapted this free resource from the Revised Edition of the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis(“NIDNTTE” for short).

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Free E-Book Alert – Sexual Brokenness and the Hope of the Gospel by Russell Moore

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

The devil has no shortage of tools for destroying lives. And in today’s culture, one of his most effective tools is a distorted view of sexuality.

The wreckage of such a view is everywhere: A marriage is broken by infidelity. A child is abused by a relative. A pastor is forced from his ministry due to a pornography addiction. A college student thinks back on her one-night stand with deep regret and a wounded heart.

Perhaps no other human desire has been so distorted by our culture as sex. To borrow an illustration from C. S. Lewis, sexual desire has become like a piano key that is played at all the wrong times. Though God designed it for beautiful melodies, it has instead soured the music.

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Free E-Book Alert – The Bondage of the Will – A Modern English Abridgment

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Another quality eBook from Chapel Library. The Bondage of the Will is considered by many to be Luther’s most important book, and it stands today as one of the great classics in Christian history. He wrote in 1525 at the beginning of the Reformation in answer to a work by Erasmus, the classical scholar and humanist (1469-1536). Both Erasmus and Luther rejected many of the erroneous practices of the Roman Catholic church. But Luther went further to challenge the Roman teaching of salvation by works. Erasmus pleased the Pope by writing to uphold the Roman dogma of “free will,” that man could of himself decide to choose for his salvation. Luther saw correctly that the Biblical doctrines of the depravity of man and salvation by faith alone stand together. He declared Erasmus to be an enemy of the faith, and wrote The Bondage of the Will to establish this doctrine at the core of evangelicalism. The Modern English Series are modernized abridgments of great Christian classics, for a blessing to many worldwide.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) was German Roman Catholic monk, theologian, university professor, and church re-former—whose ideas inspired the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization. According to Luther, salvation was a free gift of God, received only by true repentance and faith in Jesus as the Messiah, a faith given by God and unmediated by men’s works or the church.

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