12 April 2013

This 'n' That

Well, it's Friday. Again. It's been a bit of a dreary week for this blogger, but perhaps it's just the rain and soggy grass that's lowering my fickle spirits. Rainy days and Mondays always do seem to get me down. Go ahead, sing the song. I know you want to now.

There is no need to regale you with my various worries. After all, they are no different than what many of you may be facing right now. For the Christian especially, life in this world is not a rose garden, and in spite of what Joel Osteen would teach, such a thing never was promised to us  (yes, I'm trying to see how many book and music references I can make in one short blog post). It is times like these, then, when fleeting but temporarily overwhelming trials and gloom loom ominously, that I return once again to what has long been my favorite passage/command/promise of Scripture:
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
(Matt. 6:25–34) 
There are so many riches contained in these verses that to begin to reflect on them would no doubt mean that your weekly review would be postponed. This week, I am striving and praying that I would be reminded that worry is a sin—and not a trivial one. To worry is to demonstrate a lack of trust in God when He has promised to care for His own. How gracious of our God that, in the midst of commanding us not to be anxious, He offers hope and the precious promise that, as we obediently seek Him first, He will indeed offer His perfect provision of all that we need. We serve a magnificent God.

Okay, that's enough soul-baring for today. With that, please enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Never a dull moment in Chicago, or for the Cubs.
  • One of my *favorite* charlatans, Joseph Prince, weaves a smooth-talking tapestry of "Christianized" witchcraft.
  • I heartily echo Dr. Michael Kruger's recommendation of this devotional.
  • The Cripplegate has been discussing the hermeneutic of the 'Law/Gospel distinction.'
  • 'House of Horrors' indeed. Horrific.
  • In spite of Planned Parenthood's protests, Florida approved a bill protecting babies that are born alive after a so-called 'botched' abortion.
  • If this article about Medicare's so-called 'free wellness visit' is true, well, we're all in trouble.
  • Beth Moore has decided to use the death of Warren's son as an opportunity to attack his theological critics, or as she calls them, "bullies." Warren subsequently praised her blog post. Interestingly, though, it was the critics of Warren's theology who I witnessed speaking up first and loudest, calling for prayer for the Warren family once the news of Matthew's death was made public.
  • Actually, Mr. 'vision-master' Mancini, I'm not casting any vision because vision casting is bogus and unbiblical. But thanks for asking.
  • There seem to be a lot of women converting to Islam.
  • The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has started a new women's site. Could someone please tell them that most women don't sprinkle their Bibles with flowers? 
  • Remember Singapore megachurch pastor Kong Hee? Here's the latest on that scandal.
  • Grace to You has started a new series about how to glorify God in the gray areas.
  • Have you heard how Liberty University counseled one gay student to 'like himself'?
  • Another old post, this time from Pyromaniacs, that every Christian parent, every professing Christian teen  and every Christian involved in the 'dating' scene needs to read.
  • I have a copy of Curt Daniel''s History and Theology of Calvinism that is an incredibly helpful and detailed resource. Just as valuable are these accompanying lectures.
  • John MacArthur on the pastor as a parent:
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6 comments:

  1. Oh, do I feel similar discouragements today. Cold, grey weather,tax bill due Monday, hubby's work taking some short term shutdowns over the next few weeks...etc, etc.

    Thank you for the Biblical reminder to not be anxious. Sorely needed, these days!

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  2. I love that you shared EBenz! Thank you so much for letting us know a bit more about you. It's really nice since I've never met you and blogging just becomes so mechanical and defaces people... That's really lovely how the Lord IS so very patient with us and Faithful. Oh, how I can relate to you and how the Lord just ministers to us at the right times in our lives and refreshes us...

    Thanks again,, I'm blessed

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  3. Sorry to hear about your week, EBenz. Well, maybe this will cheer you up a little.... I love your blog. It is now my favorite and especially the Friday posts. I always look forward to kicking back and reading the This 'n' That after a long, hard work week.

    You are greatly appreciated!

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  4. Thanks, EBenz... Been struggling too... I voluntarily left my job four months ago and have not found another one. Hubby has been struggling with his role as sole provider at the moment, but he's really stepped up to the plate and God has shown Himself faithful...
    Interviews get discouraging, though, and when youd o enough of them you start to wonder if you will EVER find anything.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    God has shown Himself faithful in the big and the little things. We just got a HUGE delivery of meat, so we really don't have much groceries to buy over the next 8-12 months except vegetables and other incidentals... Thank the Lord!

    PIP\

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  5. It has been a while since I read anything so disgusting, so manipulative, so dishonest, so shameful, so sycophantic, so false, so wrong on so many different levels, and so anti Christian and so anti Gospel and so anti Christ as this preposterous, trite, fatuous and incredibly shallow diatribe by pastrix of mystic emotionalism - Beth Moore in her "Sadness and Madness" pamphlet written so heinously to capitalize on outpouring of common emotions of compassion and grief in a wake of a tragedy in the house of Warren. If there was ever a proof how false and given to error Beth Moore really is a and how devilishly manipulative her rhetoric is this is it:

    http://pastors.com/beth-moore-sadness-and-madness/

    Note careful editing and selection of "comments" posted by clueless and deceived by victims of her crude emotional scheme in the context of larger Hegelian Dialectic she and other Warrenities serve. The truly staggering thing is how much influence this false pastrix has on multitudes of women who then influence visible church with this kind of nefarious lies in the absence of proper and strong leadership of men who evacuated it or are not there.

    ~ Despeville

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  6. About the garden but of bruised reeds...

    "1. What should we learn from this, but to ` come boldly to the throne of grace' (Heb. 4: 16) in all our grievances? Shall our sins discourage us, when he appears there only for sinners? Are you bruised? Be of good comfort, he calls you. Conceal not your wounds, open all before him and take not Satan's counsel. Go to Christ, although trembling, as the poor woman who said, ` If I may but touch his garment' (Matt. 9: 21). We shall be healed and have a gracious answer. Go boldly to God in our flesh; he is flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bone for this reason, that we might go boldly to him. Never fear to go to God, since we have such a Mediator with him, who is not only our friend but our brother and husband. Well might the angel proclaim from heaven, ` Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy' (Luke 2: 10). Well might the apostle stir us up to ` rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice' (Phil. 4: 4). Paul was well advised upon what grounds he did it. Peace and joy are two main fruits of Christ's kingdom. Let the world be as it will, if we cannot rejoice in the world, yet we may rejoice in the Lord. His presence makes any condition comfortable. ` Be not afraid,' says he to his disciples, when they were afraid, as if they had seen a ghost, ` It is I' (Matt. 14: 27), as if there were no cause of fear where he was present. 2. Let this support us when we feel ourselves bruised. Christ's way is first to wound, then to heal. No sound, whole soul shall ever enter into heaven. Think when in temptation, Christ was tempted for me; according to my trials will be my graces and comforts. If Christ be so merciful as not to break me, I will not break myself by despair, nor yield myself over to the roaring lion, Satan, to break me in pieces. 3. See the contrary disposition of Christ on the one hand and Satan and his instruments on the other. Satan sets upon us when we are weakest, as Simeon and Levi upon the Shechemites, ` when they were sore' (Gen. 34: 25), but Christ will make up in us all the breaches which sin and Satan have made. He ` binds up the broken hearted' (Isa. 61: 1). As a mother is tenderest to the most diseased and weakest child, so does Christ most mercifully incline to the weakest. Likewise he puts an instinct into the weakest things to rely upon something stronger than themselves for support. The vine stays itself upon the elm, and the weakest creatures often have the strongest"

    Sibbes, Richard (2010-06-27). "The Bruised Reed" (pp. 9-10). Kindle Edition.

    ~ Despeville

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