11 December 2015

This 'n' That

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
In his recent sermon from John 16, John MacArthur asked, "Why do people not run to Christ so they can have one who loves them, who is the sovereign of the universe?" Indeed, why do people not run to the One who offers them perfect love, hope, and faith? MacArthur answered his question as quickly as he asked it: because people love their sin.
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (John 3:19-20)
photo: One Who Sees the Light and the Shadows
via 
photopin (license)
But, Christian (if indeed you are a Christian), read John 16:33 again and realize what a glorious, beautiful, undeserved promise it is! To know all that the Savior, the Christ, offers to undeserving sinners, and to know that, of no merit of your own, before time began, He chose you to be a recipient of these promises and blessings…oh, there is no more comforting thought, is there?

In these bleak and depressing days, and at a time of year when the world and its ruler seek to distract our thoughts away from the One who matters, take heart in these words of Christ. Are they not an encouragement to set (or reset, as the case may be), your mind and heart on Him during this busy time of year? Are they not an encouragement to persevere in the midst of persecution, however mild or severe, trial, testing, and discouragement? Do they not offer motivation to go about actively mortifying your sin so that you may grow to be more and more like Christ and serve Him well during your days on this earth? Indeed, these words offer all these things, so dear Christian, take courage.

Now please, take as much time as you need to ponder and pray about these wondrous truths of Christ. And when you are done—and only when you are done—take a few moments to relax and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Falsified Ministries gives us some thoughts to ponder about Star Wars.
  • God isn't fair and Christmas proves it (Part 1 and Part 2).
  • And free books are really good!
  • Especially books like John Owen's Mortification of Sin.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (this one's for you, Lori).
  • For 400 years God was "silent," but was He absent?
  • Please, are we really surprised by this? And will we be surprised when decisions like this end up in disaster?
  • Hat tip to Elizabeth Prata for these vintage Christmas photos.
  • Another thanks to Elizabeth for this quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
  • I'm busy for some different reasons, but I can totally identify with Lyndon. Thank you, readers, for being patient with us busy bloggers!
  • Speaking of Lyndon, his recent article about the Book of Mormon is helpful.
  • The Cripplegate responds to Pope Francis' claim that Muslims are his brothers and sisters.
  • Entreating Favor reviews Mike Abendroth's new book, Sexual Fidelity: No Compromise.
  • Sigh. This is sad.
  • God is a God of the details:

3 comments:

  1. Be checking your mail....a slow loris is on his way-minus the awkward wreath on it's head.

    Thanks for the shout out on our star wars post too ;)

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  3. Thanks for the free book links. Ebook readers + free Christian books are a wonderful combination.

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