10 January 2014

This 'n' That

For one reason or another, last night I found myself dwelling on John 6:68:
Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.
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Perhaps it was my current study of various religions and cults. To read about the many myriads of people who have placed their hope in a false Christ is a sobering way to spend one's time. To learn about the intricate details of each of these false messiahs that have been woven together by the enemy of men's souls is enough to spur one on in this unceasing truth war in which we as Christians are engaged. My soul grows weary simply reading about these various spins on the false gospel of salvation by works. My soul rests—and I become profoundly grateful for my salvation—when I think upon Christ, who alone has the "words of eternal life."

Perhaps my reflection was instead a result of current trying and confusing circumstances. Disappointment and discouragement are not uncommon to any man, yet each time I am confronted by these I seem to fall victim to a few moments (okay, perhaps more than a few) of dismay and frustration. And then I am reminded that, by God's grace, I have Christ, who alone has the "words of eternal life." No fleeting, earthly, temporal situation can take that away. Further, if I am trusting in Christ for eternal life and salvation, can I not trust Him with my life here on a fallen, broken earth? Indeed I can. I must. He is good and sovereign and He cares for His children. To who else would I dare go?

If you have not yet come to Christ, if you have not repented of your sin and trusted in Him and His work alone for salvation, then let me remind you today that "there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). No other religion offers rest for the weary. No other "savior" has fully and finally accomplished the work of salvation. Only Christ. Why would you seek redemption in anyone or anything else?

If you are a Christian, let me remind you today that no earthly trial is so unbearable and so irredeemable that God cannot and will not work it to His glory and to your good. If Christ has saved you, then you are His and you serve an amazing God. He loves, He disciplines, He provides. To who else would you go?

Well, now that today's devotional thought is complete, take this time to relax and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • There are a few things you can do if you're snowed in and bored. For instance, you can make a snow shark.
  • "Others may squirm, but it takes a real dispensationalist to say, 'The Bible simply never commands the church to give anything to the poor of the world, other than the gospel.'"
  • 9Marks reviews Joel Osteen's book, Break Out!
  • Speaking of book reviews, Elizabeth Prata examines Beth Moore's Things Pondered.
  • On loving God by loving His Word.
  • This would not be an ideal way to die.
  • Are you eagerly awaiting the Savior?
  • Someone who seems to already functionally be an atheist is going to live like an atheist for a year. And this makes headlines why?
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Refresh your Greek in 15 minutes a day.
  • Come to think of it, this is a good question.
  • I've been hungry for brownies.
  • Michael Kruger has been challenging the television documentary "Bible Secrets Revealed."
  • And speaking of Michael Kruger, listen to this conversation between him and Dr. James White as they discuss sola Scriptura, canon and Rome.
  • Why John MacArthur still preaches the Bible.
  • Ruth's redeemer:

6 comments:

  1. Okay...so two of the stories on here are from Oklahoma....LOL gotta love us Okies.
    Seriously...atomic wedgies and satanic monuments. It really is an interesting state. oy.

    Great post on Spurgeon's conversion. Always love to hear that testimony.

    That was a great post from Jesse Johnson on Robin Hood ethics. It may sound harsh to many what he said, but he is entirely right in saying it.

    If we just give people a water bottle while not sharing the Gospel or not even have that be our first motive, then these people just go into heaven well fed and hydrated, but their souls are starved. It's so important to define this move of the social gospel because it is saturating our culture way to fast and at the cost of many lives not hearing the true Gospel.

    Thanks for standing strong sis!! Great program over at Naomi's Table too by the way. Really enjoyed hearing that!!

    -Lori

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    1. It's true, you Okies seem to be a strange bunch. But if anyone can pull off satanic monuments and atomic wedgies, it's Oklahoma. Or something like that. :)

      Totally agree on the Robin Hood ethics post. I thought it was presented well and made the point without allowing too much room for intelligent argument.

      I stand strong only by God's grace, Lori, as I'm sure you know and understand! Thanks for the kind words regarding Naomi's Table. Loved being on the show.

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  2. Thank you once again for a great list of deep, profound and credible Christian links, and also for the fun stuff! Thanks you also for linking to my book review of Beth Moore's book. I'm grateful for that.

    I'm listening to Don Green's sermon "The Nature of Christian Good Deeds." It is so terrific, and convicting. Thank YOU for your deeds of love and caring to write of important things and setting such a gracious example of how to do it. Your ministry is such a blessing.

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    1. Thank you for writing such a comprehensive post on Moore's book, Elizabeth!

      The sermon you mention by Pastor Green is terrific and convicting, I agree. His sermons always simultaneously encourage, convict and challenge me!

      Appreciate the kind words and I appreciate your ministry as well! By God's grace and in His strength may we continue to contend for the faith and proclaim the truth with boldness!

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  3. Dear EB, Your post is timely and it has lifted my spirits. My younger son is moving out to go to school and it is so hard. He says it is only for a year, but it will feel like an eternity.

    He had such aspirations to be a pastor until our former church turned apostate. It hurt him dearly to see such a turn away from God. In fact it looks a lot like some of the churches you warn about on your blog. I'm heartbroken that he has changed course.

    Please readers, pray for him to come back to the Lord. He will be in school to be an electrician. It is just in his present state I worry that something will happen to him before he has a chance to turn back to God and secular schools are not a good place.

    Thank you for reminding me that "If you are a Christian, let me remind you today that no earthly trial is so unbearable and so irredeemable that God cannot and will not work it to His glory and to your good."

    As I recover from the sadness that this day is, It really blessed me to read your post. Thank God and thank you dear sister.

    your sister in Christ Jesus,
    Cherie c.

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    1. So thankful these words could comfort you, Cherie. You and your son will be in my prayers. Keep your eyes fixed on Christ and you will find strength. :)

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