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Apr 2013 30 Apr 30, 2013

In the first article of this series I briefly surveyed definitions of the term “Reformed”. My aim in what follows is to provide an explanation of the word that describes how being reformed impacts daily life. (1) To be Reformed means that you consistently acknowledge, even though you do not fully understand, God’s providential design in even the most seemingly random and painful events. How do you cope in the face of tragic events? How do you respond ...Read More

Apr 2013 29 Apr 29, 2013
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“April really can be the cruelest month. The Boston bombings, the Deepwater oil spill (2010), the Virginia Tech shootings (2007), Columbine (1999), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), and the Branch Davidian tragedy (1993) all occurred between April 15 and April 20” (The Week, May 3, 2013)....Read More

Apr 2013 28 Apr 28, 2013
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I think it was A. W. Pink who once said that people love God everywhere, except on his throne. I think he was right. We love God when he performs miracles or when he heals. We love God when he blesses us with material prosperity. We love him when he answers our prayers in precisely the way we prefer and at precisely the time we think is best. And we love God when he reveals his glory. But when he sits enthroned, ruling in sovereignty over the affairs of men and women and...Read More

Apr 2013 27 Apr 27, 2013

“God doesn’t say, ‘Relax, you were born this way.’ But he does say, ‘Good news, you were reborn another way’” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness, 100)....Read More

Apr 2013 27 Apr 27, 2013
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I’ve always found it interesting that Peter warns Elders in the local church never to pastor or lead the flock of God “under compulsion, but willingly” (1 Peter 5:2). Why would anyone ever submit to pressure to serve as an Elder? What could possibly motivate a man to serve under compulsion? Here are some possibilities. his love or desire for the praise and approval of others his desire to avoid the disdain and rejection of those whose approval and ...Read More

Apr 2013 26 Apr 26, 2013
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“Beloved brethren and sisters in Christ, I think that you and I can say, that to us the surest fact in all the world is that there is a God. No God? I live in him. Tell a fish in the sea there is no water. No God? Tell a man who is breathing that there is no air. No God? I dare not come downstairs without speaking to him. No God? I would not think of closing my eyes in sleep unless I had some sense of his love shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost. ‘Oh!&r...Read More

Apr 2013 26 Apr 26, 2013

At the close of 2012 quite a few surveys were taken, some of which are rather bothersome. For example, did you know that now more than 50% of all Americans own a smart phone? Of that group, 58% check it at least once an hour. I think this next statistic needs adjustment. We are told that 30% have used their phones during a meal with others. My observation in restaurants today is that it has to be far more than merely 1/3. Nearly 10% have gone on-line during a religious s...Read More

Apr 2013 26 Apr 26, 2013

We’ve been looking closely at Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:9-11. We now see that learning how to love with knowledge and discernment is absolutely essential if we are to “approve what is excellent and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (v. 10). Paul refuses to let Christians settle for mediocrity. He prays that our love would grow in knowledge and discernment so we can identify what is above average, what is superior, what is of mo...Read More

Apr 2013 25 Apr 25, 2013

“Sanctification is not by surrender, but by divinely enabled toil and effort” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness, 90)....Read More

Apr 2013 25 Apr 25, 2013

I’m continually shocked by the way in which secular theorists and so-called “experts” seek to account for or explain why people commit heinous acts of violence. The most recent example appeared in Wednesday’s edition of USA Today (April 24, 2013). The article was titled, “Tsarnaevs’ Deadly Brotherhood.” The sub-heading reads: “Understanding motivation requires examination of human need for belonging.” The author of th...Read More