21 November 2014

This 'n' That

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Earlier this week, as I traveled my usual commute home, I found myself stopped at a traffic light that I usually sail through on green. Since I rarely am stopped at this point in my drive, I have never really noticed the large Victorian-style house on the corner that serves as a funeral home. Its outside landscaping was lit up with spotlights, and a single lamp glowed in the front window. It is a cute little house and, were it not for the sign in the front yard indicating its function, it would, for all other purposes, appear to be a warm, homey, and inviting place to spend one's evening.

And then, as I looked to the second floor, I wondered—"Is that where they embalm the lifeless bodies? Or perhaps in the basement? Where do those soulless shells lie as they await their final 'resting' place?"

Death. It can take the cheeriest of moments, the most welcoming of places, and leave it barren, dark, and without hope. And though our souls live forever, for many, the eternal existence that awaits them is one of unfathomable terror. How many lifeless bodies that once housed a soul that lived a life in rebellion and disobedience to God pass through this quaint, Victorian-style funeral home? Such sober thoughts ought not lead us into despair or depression, but should quicken us to fervent action.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

(Romans 5:6–17)
This is the Good News. Because our time here is short, then, let us spend even our dying breath proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and calling men to repentance and faith in Him. Before the life leaves our body, let us declare to as many who will listen how it is that they may receive life eternal.

After Scripture speaks, I don't have much more to say. So go ahead, praise God for sending His Son. Then take some time to relax, even in the midst of the busy season, and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • We didn't start the fire and unfortunately, we can't stop it either.
  • Here's a great review of the new Discovering Romans book. Have you ordered your copy yet? Here's a tip: Do it. I've read the book. You need it on your bookshelf.
  • And the most difficult text to preach is…
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Well, hm, okay. That's awkward. (Note: I shouldn't have to give this disclaimer, but since some people think that I agree with every article I link to, I feel it's necessary here: the article I've linked to is found at an atheist blog. I do not agree with the opinions expressed at that site.)
  • This is great. I bet the Minor Prophets have never been more exciting.
  • You can't really beat Bing Crosby at Christmas. It's almost time for me to start bombarding you with Christmas music...
  • Tim Challies wishes he could see John Owen debate Joel Osteen.
  • Who do you say that I am?
  • The most misunderstood parable:

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