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I was awakened in the wee, early hours of Wednesday morning this past week to a true gift: the perfect thunderstorm. At 2 AM, the lightning flashes lit up the room as if it were day. The thunder began in a low, growling rumble with a growing, perfectly-timed crescendo. The patter of the rain was so methodical, so relaxing and yet all of it—this perfect storm—demonstrated itself to be a comforting, but truly awesome, display of God's power.
Also earlier this week, I found myself engaged in a Twitter conversation with a woman who insisted on defending Kenneth and Gloria "We can control the weather" Copeland. The combination of this conversation (which grievously revealed the woman to love her idols more than Christ) and God's gift of the perfect thunderstorm made me step back again in awe of our magnificent Creator. He alone controls the weather.
On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
(Mark 4:35–41)The man or woman who denies God's sovereignty over all things stumbles into treacherous territory. God's power is revealed in His creation. May we never fail to acknowledge it.
When He imparted weight to the wind And meted out the waters by measure, When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt, Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out.
Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.
(Psalm 135:6–7)So, whether today it is rainy or sunny, cloudy or clear, wintry or warm, praise our great and powerful God and our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Then, once you've done that, sit back and take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Twenty-one former Mars Hill pastors have brought formal charges against Mark Driscoll. And no, I'm not sure why the document says it is confidential but is posted on the internet for all to see.
- Funny thing, when my pastor preached through 1 John, there was no professional, fancy stage designed. And yet every message was clear, bold, beautifully proclaimed truth.
- Are you following Jerry Wragg's blog yet?
- Um…does anyone else think it's odd that there just so happened to be an "expert" "in the area"? I mean, really? How does that happen?
- So, do I get frequent flier miles for these trips, or what?
- Cue the Partridge Family theme song (and prepare yourself for some Scripture pulled hopelessly out of context. Oh, and an equally horrible appeal to man's so-called 'free' will).
- What's the deal with church discipline?
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
- Free ebook: Biblical Doctrines by B.B. Warfield.
- True repentance.
- Good grief, Brian Houston, can't you come up with a more original argument?
- Acts 29 canceled its Resurgence conference, presumably in light of the Driscoll dust-up. Driscoll also is no longer a featured speaker at the Act Like Men conference that he founded with James MacDonald.
- Hey, parents, here's a phone app you might like.
- Missing the point of communion.
- A look at some of the problems with Fuller Seminary.
- Ever hear of The Family cult?
- Which gospel tracts do you use?
- Old records in church attics. Nowadays we just have the internet, I guess.
- J.C. Ryle on choosing friends.
- Phil Johnson gives a helpful teaching on the Seventh-Day Adventists.
- The everlasting gospel: