Thursday, February 22, 2018

Profound Implications:


“It is not the strength of your faith 
 but the object of your faith 
 that actually saves you.” 

- Timothy J. Keller


The implications of this quote are paradigm shifting.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Afflictions 101


"I believe in homiletics. But not much.
A thousand sorrows teaches a man to preach."

- John Piper

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wading Through Glory



"Study your Bible with a pen in your hand."  A wise silver haired man repeatedly encouraged this practice.  It is probably safe to say that no other particular endeavor (there are others) has helped me more in regards to growing in the understanding and appreciation of Scripture.  

This effort compels one to interact with the text slowly, meditate upon it, and solidify thoughts upon paper.  Otherwise such thoughts would no doubt fade away into the fog of forgetfulness.  There is something about the exercise of writing that helps embed the meaning of the text deeper into the soil of our hearts and minds.  

Sure other methods are beneficial as well, such as hearing Scripture taught by a solid teacher, memorization, listening to Scripture (audio book - or listening to someone read it), praying, engaging with commentaries, and more.  Yet again I contend that the pen and the Scriptures have a profound relationship.  The two companions are ancient and prolific.

Too often we read Scripture fast, as we would a novel, or the news paper.  Yet this book is intensely different.  To wade slowly through these waters is to gather diamonds and gold, which would be missed if one preferred to speed by in a boat.

If well used, journaling Bibles can become a blessed map to the vast landscape of Scripture.  To journal through an entire book of the Bible is to emerge on the other side with a deeper and more substantial understanding of that particular book.  To do so in more than one book at a time (especially in both the Old Testament and the New) often results in finding beautiful connections which would have otherwise passed unnoticed.

I've been on this journey for many years now, slowly wading through glory.  Praise be to the King for this specific grace.    

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Birthplace of the Praise of God

"He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God."
- Psalm 40:3a (ESV)

God is the author, 
of this song of praise to God. 

Delight in God always originates in God.

The praise of God flows out from God,
and back to Him. It is His purpose in salvation:
"For my name's sake I defer my anger;
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
that I may not cut you off."
- Isaiah 48:9 


"Sing to him a new song..."
Psalm 33:3a


"Sing to God, sing praises to his name..."
Psalm 68:4a

See also:  Psalm 9:11, 22:23, 30:4, 47:6, 95:2, 
96:1, 98:1, 98:4, 98:5, 100:4, 105:2, 106:1,
 111:1, 112:1, 113:1. 117:1, 135:1, 146:1, 
147:1, 149:1, and more.

All Scripture is inspired by God.
Therefore the praise of God, 
is planned and purposed,
arranged and designed,
by him and for Him.

Because nothing else will satisfy our hearts.
He made us that way.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wickedness, Justice, & the Wrath of God

The Edomite

Betrayer shall be betrayed
The violent will meet the wrath of the Lord

Deceiver undone by Truth Incarnate
The schemer shall encounter the Sovereign One

Lover of evil behold Justice
As you have torn down, so shall He you

You have wrought finite wickedness 

"But God will break you down forever;
He will snatch and tear you from your tent;
He will uproot you from the land of the living."
- Ps. 52:5 (ESV)


A meditation upon the three
references to Doeg the Edomite
(1 Sam. 21-22, Psalm 52)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Deadliest of Ideas

One of the deadliest thoughts,
is also extraordinarily common;
"I know everything that I need to."

Whether conscious or subconscious, we live in the midst of this well established lie.  We breathe in the air of this idea so often that we cannot comprehend the desperation of our situation; we walk every day, blind to the depth of our own ignorance.

The antidote may be found in the humble confession of and repentance for our foolishness, and in the beginning of a new journey onto a new path; purposeful lifelong learning.  Relentless are the portions of Scripture which teach about wisdom, and the pursuit thereof.

Eternity may in fact be forever learning about and increasing in knowledge of the Almighty, that we might evermore experience new reasons to praise him.

The beginning of wisdom of this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
- Proverbs 4:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
- Proverbs 9:10

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Priorities

The first, great, and primary business 
to which I ought to attend every day was, 
 to have my soul happy in the Lord

 - George Mueller

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Enduring Purpose of Proper Fear

I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; 

nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. 

God  has done it,  so that  people fear before him.

- Ecclesiastes 3:14

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weighty Wisdom

"Probably all the failures of my life 
can be laid at the feet
 of my failure to be happy in God."

- Dr. John Piper