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A little art from today’s TAWG (Time Alone with God)

PrintThis was God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 13:14-15 and ultimately it is our promise because of Jesus. All who place faith in Christ become the descendants of Abraham and inherit the promises made to Abraham.

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).

“This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6)

All the promises made to Abraham find their ultimate fulfillment in Christ. So one day we will all inherit the earth.

“It shall come to pass in latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths’ ” (Isaiah 2:2-3a).

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” (Revelation 21:1a).

Conversation Between Lecrae, Trip Lee, & Eric Mason – Preaching the Whole Gospel & Contextualizing to the Black Community

Theological Imperialism and the Black Community from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

There’s definitely some words of wisdom here. Though this conversation specifically revolves around the African-American community, I think it’s also helpful for white folks who are first learning about reformed theology. Let’s not “throw the baby out with the bath water,” when we first learn about reformed theology. The churches we grew up in, many of which are not reformed, still taught us well in many ways.

Extended Quote of the Day: Craig Bartholomew & Ryan O’Dowd

old-testament-wisdom-literatureToday poetry is, very often, our truest link with reality. Our modern age has tended to prefer facts and reason to imagination. Such an emphasis can misrepresent, underestimate, flatten and distort reality…Poetry, in fact, is at its best an ethical way of preserving the mystery, ambiguity, power, tragedy and sublimity of our world. It should be clear to us that our modern preference for the concrete, certain and measurable hardly matches with our daily experiences of God, life and reality. Metaphors, stories and poems, however, meet us in this gap between God’s power and goodness and the strangeness of everyday life.

– Craig Bartholomew & Ryan O’Dowd, Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction, 69-70.

Great App: Fighter Verses

fighter-versesOne of the things that has been most helpful to my spiritual growth over the years has been the memorization of Scripture. I was challenged by a friend in college to take “hiding God’s word in my heart” more seriously, and that began a long history of memorization. I’m honestly not sure that any other thing has helped me to preach more effectively than memorizing Scripture.

Just this week, Gibby and I were talking about the multiple ways in which Bible memorization is useful. It’s useful for understanding theological truth (head), for dwelling on the beauty and magnificence of God (heart), and for sharing the gospel (hands). It’s an unbelievable discipline that we need to take more seriously as followers of Jesus.

Helping to bring this practice into the 21st century is a new iphone / ipad / ipod touch / Android app from Children Desiring God named “Fighter Verses.” There are other memorization apps out there, but this one seems to be the most useful. You never have to type out any verse, just put in the reference and “Voila,” there it is, ready to memorize. Want to read the verse in it’s larger context? There’s a button for that. Want to read some commentary on the verse? There’s a button for that. Want to have the verse read over and over to you out loud because you’re an auditory learner? There’s a button for that. Want some suggestions on which verses to memorize? There are tons of them preloaded by DesiringGod.org. Need a reminder to memorize everyday? Done. Want to categorize your verses by topic? It does that too. Great App. It’s always with you. Memorization has never been simpler. I love this app!

The only improvement I wish they would make?

  • NASB support. I’m fine with memorizing new passages in the ESV, but I have a lot of verses memorized in NASB that I don’t want to relearn. Currently the app supports ESV, NIV (84′), KJV, and LBLA (Spanish). Let’s hope they’ll expand it soon.

Only $2.99, it’s worth every penny. On iOS and Android  – although your life will be easier if you just leave that Android stuff alone! 🙂

iPhone App

Android App

Extended Quote of the Day – Tim Keller

tim-keller“On the other hand, if God exists but is unipersonal, there was a time when God was not love. Before God created the world, when there was only one divine person, there was no lover, because love can exist only in a relationship. If a unipersonal God had created the world and its inhabitants, such a God would not in his essence be love. Power and greatness possibly, but not love. But if from all eternity, without end and without beginning, ultimate reality is a community of persons knowing and loving one another, then ultimate reality is about love relationships.”

– Tim Keller, King’s Cross, 9.

All this Washington Budget Crisis Stuff is Silly…

ron-paulThese days I try not to be too political (especially as a pastor) because it can be so divisive and take people’s minds off of God’s Kingdom – which is what truly matters.  However, I thought I’d jump in on this budget stuff and quote a little Ron Paul (the only politician I trust).  If I offend you with these opinions, please let me know and let’s talk about it.  I certainly didn’t mean to.

“One might think that the recent drama over the debt ceiling involved one side wanting to increase or maintain spending with the other side wanting to drastically cut spending, but that is far from the truth. In spite of the rhetoric being thrown around, the real debate is over how much government spending will increase. No plan under serious consideration cuts spending in the way you and I think about it. Instead, the cuts being discussed are illusory and are not cuts from current amounts being spent, but cuts in prospective spending increases. This is akin to a family saving $100,000 in expenses by deciding not to buy a Lamborghini and instead getting a fully loaded Mercedes when really their budget dictates that they need to stick with their perfectly serviceable Honda.”

– Ron Paul

The rest of the article can be found here.

You see the vast majority of Washington is ridiculous, and these debates are not Republican versus Democrat, but numbskull versus numbskull.