02 October 2015

This 'n' That

The God who created the heavens is the God
of all wisdom.
We are surrounded by the wisdom of this world. A world which knows nothing of the wisdom that is from above (James 3:17) is the world which consumes our lives: whether it is work, school, or perhaps friends or family, the world's wisdom appears to dominate. But does it really, or is it merely an illusion?
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe... 
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18-31)
The wisdom of God—the true wisdom that comes from above—this is what dominates. Though for a little while it seems as though the philosophies of men will prevail, we can know that it is God's wisdom which saves and sanctifies. And it is God's wisdom which will one day decimate the wisdom of this age.

If you are a Christian, aren't you thankful for this wisdom, and for your all-wise God? Aren't you thankful for the divine wisdom which chose to bring salvation to men by means of Christ and His work on the cross? Aren't you thankful for this wisdom which sanctifies? Do you seek this wisdom from above? I pray you do. Wondering where to begin your search? Open your Bible and read.

And of course, though it is not a biblical mandate, there is an element of wisdom that emerges each time you take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

25 September 2015

This 'n' That

The pope is in town. Well, he's not actually in my town, but he is on US soil. Did you watch the mass earlier this week that was held in Washington, D.C.? What a sad and pitiable display of blasphemy and idolatry! I arrived home from work just in time to see the pope re-sacrifice Christ yet again. And then the hoards of people in attendance proceeded to receive what they believe is the actual body of the Lord Jesus Christ. I could only sigh.

This is just one of the many sad elements of Roman Catholic doctrine: the constant re-sacrificing of Christ. The crucifix that hangs in the Catholic Church, or around the neck of the faithful Catholic, is a sad commentary that declares that their Savior is no Savior at all, for if Christ has not been raised then our faith is in vain (1 Cor 15:14). The wonderful truth is, however, that the Lord Jesus Christ lives! He died and he rose (Matt 28:6; Rev 1:18). He died as the perfect, atoning sacrifice for the sins of all who would believe (Heb 10:12, 14), and He died once (Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 3:18). And He only had to die once because His sacrifice was sufficient to cover the sins of those who are His (Heb 10:12, 14).

I'm so thankful for the sufficient sacrifice of Christ, aren't you? On a far, far lesser scale, I'm also thankful that today is Friday. It's a beautiful autumn day and it seems the perfect time to grab a cookie (because who doesn't love cookies?) and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

20 September 2015

18 September 2015

This 'n' That

Interpreting talk-to-text is like trying to corral buffalo:
Possible, but laborious.
You probably aren't aware of this, but I actually wrote last week's This 'n' That during my commute. Don't worry, I wasn't typing while driving. I was using the talk-to-text function on my phone. Yeah…bad idea.

When I got home and sat down to transcribe my notes, this is what I saw, in part anyway:
already just messed Clinzo Staley...
We hate our soon...
if we have been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ and Shirley... 
Wait—who is Shirley?

So there you go. As you can see, I made the necessary edits for last week's post. But this week? Well, once you've appealed to Clinzo Staley, there just isn't much more to say, is there? So take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

12 September 2015

Equipping Eve: Counted Worthy to Suffer

These days, we hear many Christian leaders talking about the very real possibility of a rise in the persecution of Christians. What should be our reaction to this? Do we cower? Join the latest political rally? Form a picket line? What about rejoicing? What about thanking the Lord? In this episode of Equipping Eve, we turn to the book of Acts to observe how the earliest Christians reacted to persecution in their time.

Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve.

Click here for a list of resources and Scripture verses referenced in this episode of Equipping Eve.

Further Listening
Equipping Eve: Don't Listen to the Voice
Equipping Eve: Thou Changest Not
Equipping Eve: Expect the World to Act Like the World

11 September 2015

This 'n' That

There really is no appropriate picture to post when
discussing infections, but this is usually how
I feel when I have a sinus infection.
Infections are gross and consuming, aren't they? Whether it is a sinus infection, an infected wound, or something more systemic, once an infection enters the body if it is not treated immediately it will be persistent, pervasive, and detrimental.

To view it from a more spiritual angle, we would do a disservice to mankind to describe sin as a mere infection or disease. Sin is, after all, innate in every man from the very beginning of life. Of course, those who have been saved are given new hearts and new minds and new natures but, even following regeneration, we are not perfect—we still sin. But do we love our sin, or hate it? Do we tolerate it, or mortify it? If we have been saved, then the answer to each of these questions must be the latter: we hate our sin and we mortify it when it is revealed to us.

If we allow an infection to fester and to grow, it will eventually cause death. As believers, we cannot experience spiritual death, but if we have been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, then surely it is our inner desire to serve Him and to obey Him, and to do that by seeking to eliminate the sin that still plagues us. One day we will be glorified and we will stand before God cloaked in the righteousness of Christ. But until that day, let us not serve our Lord as dirty vessels. Let us repent daily, and seek to have the Lord cleanse us daily from our sin. May we serve Him well, may we serve Him purely, may we serve Him cleanly. May we be convicted daily, even hourly, of the ways in which we bring a tarnish upon our witness of Him. And may we thank Him daily for His forgiveness, grace, and mercy, and for the salvation that He purchased on our behalf.

Go ahead and spend some time before the Lord in humble repentance and thanksgiving. Then come back later and enjoy your week in review (kind of):