09 May 2014

This 'n' That

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I don’t know why or how—and perhaps it is just me—but glasses (as in, eyeglasses) seem to get dirty with no real explanation. I wear my glasses every day, but I don’t need to wear them for everything. They’re primarily for reading and computer work, but since such work consumes the majority of my waking hours, my spectacles pretty much go on when I get to work in the morning, come off for the drive home, and go back on when I sit down to muddle through my schoolbooks (or write a blog post). I never touch the lenses of my glasses (at least not deliberately), and yet, inevitably, when I start to put them on each morning I will notice a smudge or some fuzz that requires them to be cleaned. And so I clean my glasses each day to remove the smudges and marks from daily use. I do not know how they get dirty, only that they do.

Just as our glasses need daily cleaning, so do we, dear Christian. Even if we do not deliberately place ourselves in the path and circumstances of sin, we still sin. Every single day. We are stained with the sin of our first father, Adam, and as such it is inevitable that we will wander daily into sin’s path (Rom 5:12). It may not be blatant, it may not be despicable to the watching world, but it is there, in your heart, in your mind, and oftentimes on your lips (Jer 17:9; Jas 3:6) or executed by your hands and feet. And while Christ’s death atoned for these sins (Heb 10:12, 14; Rom 5:6–11), we nevertheless grieve over their presence in our lives. We not only grieve, we confess and we repent (1 John 1:9). We do not do this to obtain salvation, or even to maintain it. We do it because, as those who have been redeemed, we seek the holiness that God requires as we seek to honor Him with our lives. We welcome sanctification, even when we find it painful (Prov 3:11, 12). We take joy in knowing that He is conforming us to be more like His Son, Jesus Christ. And we long for the day when we will see Him face-to-face—when sin will no longer plague us.

Does this describe you? Do you take to your knees each day in repentance and confession? Do you ask God to reveal sin in your life so that, by His power, you may mortify it as you grow in Christlikeness? We can never pray these prayers enough. And, oh, the cleansing power of the blood of Christ! It far surpasses the “lens cleaner” of mere morality, which washes white the outside of the tomb, while the inside rots with the stench of death. May we daily bask in the forgiving and transforming power of our Savior.

Feel like you need some time with the Lord? Run to Him now. This blog post will still be here when you return, and then you can enjoy your week in review (kind of):


  • Amy Grant supports homosexual marriage. Shocking. Wait…no, it's not. It's not shocking at all.
  •  Can you get divorced if you never had a real marriage in the first place?
  • Is Tim Challies anti-Catholic, or simply pro-Gospel?
  • It pleased God to crush Him.
  • Um…I think I'm in the wrong line of work. Yowza.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Owen Strachan shares some thoughts on America's blasé approach —or worse yet, its celebration—to transgender transformation.
  • Okay, if anyone reading this decides to buy Portillo's (best hot dogs ever), let me know. I have an idea of where you can open a new franchise…
  • Wow. Have you heard about this?
  • So what do we do with all the charismatics who appeal to Jonathan Edwards to support their position?
  • I have a feeling we're long past the days when any of us will ever be surprised to hear stories like this. The question is: how long before it is your job or my job on the line instead of a television personality?
  • Let's be praying for these girls.
  • You must, must, must listen to this latest sermon from Pastor Don Green: Behold the Lamb.
  • A man ready to die:

3 comments:

  1. The ruckus will be lessened because the cause of the Webb/McCracken divorce was adultery, whereas the Grant case was her divorcing her husband in order to marry some other guy.

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    1. And actually, the more I think about it, that article shouldn't even be considered news, so I've removed the link.

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