Saturday, July 30, 2011

Why Do We Know God?

We know who God is not because any of us was smart enough to figure Him out, but because out of His own love, grace, and mercy He has spoken to us.

Al Mohler, He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern world, Moody Publishers, 2008, pg. 54

Why Do We Praise God?


But the most obvious fact about praise - whether of God or any thing - strangely     escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honour. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise unless shyness or the fear of boring others is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise - lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game - praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars…
    I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: “Isn’t she lovely? Wasn’t it glorious? Don’t you think that magnificent?” The Psalmists in telling everyone to  praise God are doing what all men do when they speak about what they care about…
    I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete until it is expressed. 

C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms (New York; Harcourt, Brace & World, 1958) pg. 93

Friday, July 29, 2011

Who is this Man?

He wrote no books, and yet the books written about Him would fill the largest library in the world. He wrote no music, and yet more songs, more oratios, more anthems, more hymns have been written about Him than about anyone who ever lived.

D. James Kennedy, Cross Purposes, Multnomah Publishers, 2007, pg. 108.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What do you say when you are about to die? Part 3

I think of the story an elderly Scottish woman who lay at death’s door. Her pastor came to see her, and as was the custom, he inquired into the reality of her faith, probing deeply. At last, he asked her this penetrating question: “Sadie, after all God has done for you, suppose that when you die, He still allows you to perish. What then?”
Sadie answered, “Well, that’s up to Him. He will do what He will. However, if He does allow me to perish, then He will lose more than I, for though I will lose my soul, He will lose His honour, for He has promised me in His Word, ‘He that trusteth in Me shall never perish.’”

D. James Kennedy, Cross Purposes, Multnomah Publishers, 2007, pg. 20.

Monday, July 25, 2011

What should we fear?

"Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter."
-Francis Chan

Friday, July 22, 2011

Jesus in Hebrews, Worship in Costa Coffee

Yesterday at Costa Coffee I sat down with my friend Shane Dean and he taught me a bit of how to use the Logos Bible Software that I had on my computer, yet had been completely unable to figure out myself. It was a great couple of hours of explaining lexicons, hyperlinks, language tools, text comparisons, sentence diagrams, visual filters, etc.
And then right before he left he showed me the passage analysis feature, which allows you to chart out any pericope according to the frequency of words used, or quickly see the importance of a word or theme in a book. I offhandedly typed in "Jesus" as my search, and "Epistle to the Hebrews" as my pericope. The chart that came up nearly brought me to tears. 
It so wonderfully showed the great and noble name that He possesses and the great things that Jesus has done for us. 
  • The One who is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession is the same One who suffered outside the gate. 
  • The One who is called the Son of God is also the One who opened a way for us through the curtain of His flesh. 
  • The Great Shepherd of the Sheep, who was crowned with glory and honour experienced the suffering of death.  
 It was an amazing moment as I was quickly reminded that the Scriptures are not just words to be studied, but they teach us about (and lead us to) the Saviour to whom we are to worship. I just looked at the chart and whispered a quiet prayer of thanks to my Lord, Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

What is Repentance?

Some people encounter Jesus and say, “Sweet! Jesus, do You want to join the party of my life with this sin, that addiction, this destructive relationship, and we’ll all just coexist together?” 
But repentance means saying, “Sweet Jesus, You are the best thing that has ever happened to me! I want to turn from all the sin and selfishness that rules me. I want to let it go and walk with You. Only You. You are my life now. Help me to walk away from the enslaving, worthless things in my life.

France Chan, Forgotten God, David C. Cook Publishers, 2009, pg. 83

Saturday, July 16, 2011

How to Read the Bible

A conversation between myself and Shane Angland about how we should read the Bible. (6 of 6, there aren't any more!)

I really enjoyed doing this interview with Shane and I hope you have enjoyed watching it. Shane's a fantastic guy and a great friend and I love serving Jesus with him. Make sure you check out his blog because it's better than mine! (He actually writes his own stuff!)

Why Does God Love Us?

He is the great God, “the God of the spirits and of all flesh,” “the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity,” and created not angels and men because He wanted them, for He is being itself, and as such must necessarily be infinitely happy in the glorious perfections of His nature from everlasting to everlasting; and as He did not create, so neither did He redeem because He needed us, but He loved us because He loved us, He would have mercy because He would have mercy, He would show compassion because He would show compassion.

Susanna Wesley (1669-1724) as quoted by Fred Sanders in The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, Crossway Publishers, 2010, pg. 67

What translation do you use?

A conversation between myself and Shane Angland about Bible Translations. (5 of 6, more to come!) 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Is the Bible historically reliable?

A conversation between myself and Shane Angland about the Historical Reliability of the Bible. (3 of 6, more to come!)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Textual Criticism

A conversation between myself and Shane Angland about Textual Criticism. (2 of 6, more to come!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Canon of Scripture

A conversation between myself and Shane Angland about the Canon of Scripture. (1 of 6, more to come!)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Jesus is Better

In this epistle... Everything presented is presented as better:
a better hope, 
a better covenant, 
a better promise, 
a better sacrifice, 
a better substance, 
a better country, 
a better resurrection, 
a better everything. 
Jesus Christ is presented here as the Supreme Best.
And we are presented as being in Him and as dwelling in a completely new dimension – the heavenlies.
We read of the heavenly Christ, 
the heavenly calling, 
the heavenly gift, 
the heavenly country, 
the heavenly Jerusalem, 
and of our names being written in the heavenlies.
Everything is new. Everything is better. We don’t need the old.

-John MacArthur, commenting on the Epistle to the Hebrews