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Last Link of the Day! September 12, 2007

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Lar,

I promise, this is my last link for today. This post was just too good to pass up. It is a reflection by Timmy Brister that I trust will stir the soul.

Done for the day,
Joe

Practical Preaching September 12, 2007

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Lar,

I am on something of a ‘linking’ role. Knowing your heart to preach the Word, here is a post that you will definitely want to check out and apply. As Taylor alludes to, we could also use such an application grid to help us gain a better grasp on the Word of God.

Seeking Him with you,
Joe

Practical Calvinism September 12, 2007

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Lar,

Check out this quote from Philip Ryken over at the World Magazine Blog.

Peace,
Joe

On Reading September 12, 2007

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Lar,

I think I may have linked to this post before, but it is so good and simple that there is no harm in doing so again. It is Al Mohler’s post on the reading of good books. His advice is invaluable and surely well tested (b/c he is such an avid reader!). I’m not so sure about taking books to the ball games. That’s not my style for sure, but hey, we all have different gifts I suppose. Of course, there are times when I am on the bench that I wouldn’t mind picking up a good book. But that probably isn’t a good thing. I need to zone in and be a better cheerleader.

So here’s a question for you in light of that post: what advice are you going to embrace? And if so, what is your next action step brother?

Let me know,
Joe

A Few Good Links September 11, 2007

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Lar,

Check these out when you have a chance brother.

First, here is a good post on engaging spiritual conversation– a must read for us all in my opinion.

Second, here is an article Justin Taylor highlighted on a theology of sleep.

Finally, this is a book I might want to check out.

Catch you soon brother,
Joe

9/11’s to Remember September 11, 2007

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Joe,

Yes, I know I need to get on the ball a little better with blogging.  Hopefully that will happen a little more this week, as I don’t have a message to prepare for this Sunday night.  But today is a busy day, so I thought I would just point people to this reflection on 9/11 by John Piper.

Larry

Giving Thanks September 10, 2007

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Lar,

I was going to write a post for this blog tonight, but felt more inclined to do so on our parenting blog….so I did. But I figured I would link to it here in hopes that it could encourage others (which of course, is why I posted it there in the first place). Let us be faithful to give thanks in all things, brother, for we are doing O so much better than we deserve.

Praising His name,
Joe

Two Announcements September 8, 2007

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Lar,

I am thankful to say that I have two announcements. Saturday probably isn’t the best day to make them, but I might make them again next week either way. First, we (Erin and I on behalf of Seek Him Ministries) have begin a Bible Memory Club. We have called it Standing on the Promises. (You can also find it in the right hand column entitled SH Bible Memory Club.)

Essentially, we will be memorizing one or two verses per week. You can sign up either by email or through an rss feed. The verse(s) of the week will come to you everyday. And that plan will be to read it out loud ten times and say it without looking ten times. It should take no more than 5 minutes per day, but will surely pay off!

I realize that there are other places to get this kind of thing, but I am sure ours will have a certain flavor about it. Of course, we will be focused on the promises of God. But I also look forward to memorizing longer passages of Scripture one verse at a time.

So spread the word brother, so that we might spread the Word! Seriously, I would encourage anyone reading this blog to join. I know it is a struggle for us to memorize the Word, so this could serve as a good way to hold you accountable to it. So don’t be shy, sign up!

Second, I set up a link to a blog I started about 4 months ago or so. It is called Joe’s Notes, and is comprised simply of my daily notes on the Scriptures. I have always taken notes almost every morning and a while back purchased a program that enables me to do so on the computer and easily send the content to a blog. So if anyone is interested in checking that out, there is also a link under “Personal Sites” off to the right.

Alright brother, Lord willing, I will catch you in a few days.
Storing up the Word with you,
Joe

Steve Saint Article September 6, 2007

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Joe,

Here’s one of the articles I quoted from in my message this past Sunday morning where I described the response of Steve Saint to the death of his dad and the other four missionaries in Ecuador. The details that Steve shares in this article are simply amazing. They left me in awe of the sovereign grace of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ.

I hope to respond to the post you made yesterday about self-deceit some time tomorrow. Since I finally have internet access on my computer here at the house, I don’t have much of an excuse anymore to be lazy with blogging!

Catch you tomorrow,

Larry

A Theology of Hugging September 6, 2007

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Lar,

Here is an interesting post from Richard Mouw on hugging. Yes, hugging. I’ll catch you later brother, maybe even with a hug!

Peace,
Joe

Self-Deceit September 5, 2007

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Lar,

Great link, though I fully confess there is something in me that would rather not have read it. O yea, that is the same something that is being addressed in that post. So subtle is our arrogance isn’t it? Indeed, it can be though it is not always the case. At times it is obvious, but I know that I am O so good at carefully maneuvering my way around my pride, so as to make it look less terrible than it actually is (or something other than what it is). I remember Tozer saying that one evidence of pride is our ‘humbly’ confessing certain sins before God, but resenting the same things said about us by others or particularly, by our wife. Another is our so called brokeness over our failure to attain a certain Christian ideal. We might seem contrite, but the problem is that we have failed to live up to our own high expectations. And our expectations are high because we are so proud.

In light of that last post, I wanted to link to this one as well. The post is called “The Offspring of Pride” and lists 11 things that pride leads to. They are taken from a sermon by the Puritan, Richard Mayo.

I am with almost every single one. The only one that I do not agree with is number 7, self-deceit. And I wanted to get your take on the matter. For when I look at the events that led up to the fall, I see self-deceit preceding pride. Think about it, pride can only grow in the soils of self-deceit. That is, pride is a false opinion of oneself. So pride is based on an incomplete or inaccurate knowledge of oneself. Satan distorted reality before Adam and Eve acted in pride. He led them to believe that they were something that they were not (self-deceit) and thus, they became proud.

On the flip side, humility grows only in the soil of self-knowledge. That is, our humility (or lack there of) is based entirely on a clarity of spiritual sight. Growth in humility flows from growth in the knowledge of God and thus, the knowledge of ourselves. The only times we act in pride (which is sadly quite often) are times in which we are not seeing clearly.

I could go, but please give me your thoughts on the matter. I am not even proofreading this post, so I am confident that I could make things a bit clearer, but this should serve to get a short discussion started. And I do think a discussion of sorts is needed, for this is a very important matter. Why? Because our answer determines how we will fight the fight against pride and for humility. And in my opinion that fight is fought primarily by fighting for an accurate knowledge of God. For the knowledge of God leads to a knowledge of oneself. And this light cannot help but bring humility.

Alright enough for now.
Fighting for truth so that I might grow in humility,
Joe

Symptoms of Pride September 5, 2007

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Joe,

This post from Stephen Altrogge is good medicine for the soul.  Actually, I guess it’s more of a diagnosis than medication, but the first step towards healing is knowing what’s making you sick.

Larry

I would add one more to his list: reading the items on the list and thinking first about another person who needs to read the list rather than applying it to yourself.

Pastoral Book List September 3, 2007

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Lar,

I thought you might like to look through (and purchase!) the books on this list. It’s a good one for sure.

Peace,
Joe

Edwards on the Divine Decrees September 2, 2007

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Joe,

I had a couple of people after the message I preached this morning ask me where they could read the entirety of the piece by Jonathan Edwards that I quoted from.  If any of our readers are interested, here is a link to Edwards’ Concerning the Divine Decrees, which is where the quote was from.

As you read, remember these wise words that I first heard from John Piper: raking is easy, but all you get is leaves.  Digging is harder, but you might find diamonds.

Happy hunting!

Larry

Marriage September 2, 2007

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Lar,

I liked the strategy spoken of here. We are wise to make others account for their worldview…to force their hand so to speak.

Later,
Joe

Saturday Humor September 1, 2007

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Joe,

A week or two ago you pointed us to the friendly debate going on among some theologians we regard highly concerning the issue of baptism.  I thought the Mahaney girls added a nice humorous touch to the debate in this post and video.

Larry

Spiritual Darkness August 31, 2007

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Lar,

This report reveals the spiritual darkness within every human heart. We really do whatever it takes to justify our wickedness, won’t we? Maranatha. Maranatha!

Longing for the day of redemption,
Joe

Food for Thought August 31, 2007

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Joe,

Yes, I am actually still alive!  As you know, I’m quite busy working on a tough message for this Sunday morning, but to make up for my absence, I think this quote that I read over at Justin Taylor’s blog will keep people occupied for awhile.  Good stuff indeed!

Larry

U of M Footbaths August 31, 2007

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Lar,

What do you do with this? Either way, I think we can say for certain that there would be big problems if it was Christians that the school was catering to.

Catch you later,
Joe

Mother Theresa’s Redemption August 30, 2007

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Lar,

Here is a great article by Rick Phillips on Mother Theresa. I’m not sure how much you have been reading about her, but if you are only going to read one article, this seems to be the one. I walked away so thankful for what God has done for us in Jesus and for the fact that He has opened my eyes to that great work.

Thankful for the unwavering love of God in Christ,
Joe

(HT: Justin Taylor)