I finally have got around to bringing back my Gospel Points podcast. Here’s the latest episode: Call Me Naomi. Give it a listen and then do me a favor and share it with someone else!
Title - Call Me Naomi
Description - The book of Ruth is a great love story that points us to our ultimate Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. But in any story, we have a tendency to want to identify with the characters and insert yourself into the tale. In this podcast I share I how most relate to Naomi more than anyone else as I bask in the abundant grace of God.
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This unique and powerful resource demonstrates how our nation’s founders operated from a Christian worldview. It also:
- addresses what the Bible says about life in contrast to today’s overarching pagan view;
- examines the implications of a Christian’s view of life in regard to abortion, assisted suicide, and stem-cell research;
- explores lessons to be learned regarding the sanctity of human life from Nazi Germany, where the Holocaust began with the killing of the chronically sick and the disabled.
- God has made each human being in His own image, therefore every person has intrinsic value. He has given every human life infinite worth.
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The Days of Creation and Exodus 20:11 – We can hold such a position with epistemological humility and not, as AiG does, suggest that old-earth creationists (such as Wayne Grudem and Bruce Ware) are opening the door to abortion on demand and gay marriage. – James Hamilton
A New Convert’s Guide To Understanding Christian Code Words – Love On – When someone is going through a tough time, we don’t simply love them. We love ON them. Granted, to the average observer, this term sounds vaguely creepy and stalker-like, but it most certainly is not creepy. Loving a person involves sending them a condolence card. Loving ON a person involves gallons of sweet tea, a five-pound green bean casserole, a book written by Beth Moore, and a coffee mug with the “Footprints” prayer on it. We take care of our own, gosh darn it. Kind of like the mob, except without killing people or putting horse heads in people’s beds. – Stephen Altrogge
One of my favorite parts of our worship time together at Morning Star Church is the corporate confession. I find incredibly freeing not to have the weight of hidden sinfulness upon as I bask together in Christ’s forgive right along side of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I look forward to it throughout the week. Sometime when I get to it I’ll blog more about my thoughts on this topic, but for now I thought I would share a few thoughts from DesiringGod:
Finally, the Scriptures also teach us the importance of community in dealing with our sin. Confession of sin in the presence of others is applying and celebrating the gospel, together. We are sanctified sinners who all need more grace for holiness, and we must rehearse this together. John beautifully captures this: “My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1–2).
Confession to one another celebrates the expiation of our sin and the sanctifying work of God through the cross of Christ (1 John 1:9). Confession to another Christian also guards us from absolving ourselves without true repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). Bonhoeffer writes that God gives us certainty that we are dealing with the living God “through our brother” (116).
When we bring our sins to another Christian, they become concrete and their ugliness cannot be hid from view. Confession, whether in secret prayer or in the presence of a caring fellow Christian, honors Christ (Galatians 6:2). “It is fitting,” writes John Calvin, “that by the confession of our own wretchedness, we show forth the goodness and mercy of our God, among ourselves and before the whole world” (Institutes, III.IV.10).
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“Often have I heard it affirmed by earnest reformers that the great problem which the church has to work out is that of adapting Christianity to the age. But if, as the text affirms, the age is evil, why should we attempt to conform Christianity to it? On the contrary, the word of Scripture is very explicit: ‘Be not conformed to this age, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.’ There is nothing more needed than this demonstration. Exhibitions of the bad and selfish and imperfect will of man are common enough, but the divine will lived out in human lives, the perfect will exhibited amid imperfect surroundings–that is what our nonconformity should exhibit.” – A. J. Gordon
Toplady and Arminians. Or “You should pray, and get out more.” – So, as my good Arminian friend, and great ornament of the church, Fred Sanders, rightly says: “When publicly disagreeing with other believers, try to keep some sense of perspective. If a Wesleyan is the worst thing you can imagine, you have a weak imagination. Wesley’s influence is not what’s driving the godless spirit of the age. The same moral applies, of course, to Arminians, too: If you think the main problem with the world today is Calvinism, you should get out more.” – Lee Gatiss
7 Reasons Not to Worry – Reason #2: You are too important (Matt. 6:26). We not only insult God when we worry about food and clothes and money, we insult ourselves. Worry says to the world, “I’m not valuable.” Anxiety is an affront to the kindness of God and the worth of men and women made in his image. Let the birds and squirrels be your preachers. God’s feeding them. When you see them peering at you through the window, they’re saying, “What are you looking at? Trust God.” When you hear the birds sing, they are singing a song to remind you of God’s provision. God takes care of little animals; he’ll take care of you. – Kevin DeYoung