08 September 2017

This 'n' That

Some people hate going to the dentist. Me? I hate going to the eye doctor. Why? Well, for some reason, when people start to talk about eyes or, even worse, show me the pictures of my eye as taken by the OptiMap machine, I pretty much nearly pass out (yep, it's embarrassing confession time). I'm not exaggerating. Just show me an enlarged picture of an eyeball and start talking about it and you will lose me. I'll break into a cold sweat, my ears will start ringing, and anything you say to me better not be important, because I can most certainly assure you that I am not listening. Yes, I know I'm an adult. Don't judge me.

Honestly, I don't know what my problem is, but I've dealt with it for many years, so I'm guessing I'll probably deal with it for many more. Needless to say, I dread going for my annual eye exam.

Guess what I did yesterday? Yes, I went for my annual eye exam. Guess what I didn't do? I didn't pass out (yay)! I didn't even nearly pass out (double yay)! Why didn't I? Because I warned them ahead of time not to show me pictures of my eye or talk in too much detail (unless of course something was seriously wrong, then I suppose I'd have to listen). Warnings are good and can be to our great benefit.

Think about it. This is why we feel pain. When we feel pain, we are warned that something bad is happening and we know to stop what we are doing. There are those with medical conditions that prevent them from feeling pain and, well, you can imagine how dangerous that would be!

Even more serious are the warnings issued to us in Scripture. Warnings against false teachers and the deceptions of Satan and the world are prevalent in the Bible. So too are warnings regarding the wrath of God, and these are indeed the most important! It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31), which is precisely why we, as Christians, must be busy doing the Lord's work. Namely, we must be determined and deliberate in our evangelism to the lost. And when we evangelize, we ought not hand that lost soul a CD with a 60-minute sermon on it and tell them to listen. Rest assured that they will not. Instead, simply give them the gospel. Call them to repent of their sins. Plead with them to trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. Such a gospel proclamation only takes a few minutes and cuts to the heart of the issue. Sound too simple? That is the beauty of it. We are called to sow the seed of the gospel. Only God can cause it to grow. Let us be faithful, then, to sow.

And as you prepare for the weekend and the many opportunities you may have to share the gospel, why not also pause for a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • It's as if DebbieLynne is reading my mind with her recent articles on discernment. Ladies, if you are not already following The Outspoken Tulip, you should be!
  • Hm, might have to add another book to my Amazon wish list!
  • I want this article to be satire.
  • I agree that a Christian shouldn't wear or display a crucifix, but I think there is another angle as to why that wasn't fully addressed in this article.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, Amy!).
  • This is a pretty picture, but it also confirms my utter lack of desire to ever visit Paris.
  • "The church isn’t a pragmatic way to organize Christians for maximum effectiveness—it’s far more." Amen, and that is why we should love the church.
  • So, this guy has rounded up a host of infectious disease-related articles. I find things like this fascinating, so maybe one or two of you will as well.
  • It's time you brushed up on your knowledge of the Graf-Wellhausen Documentary Hypothesis.
  • It's not a bad idea to read entire books of the Bible in one sitting, if we can.
  • John MacArthur on the heresy of self-centeredness.
  • This might make you teary-eyed.
  • Circling back to the topic of evangelism, perhaps one of the reasons we shy away from evangelizing is because we are hesitant to just be spontaneous when God grants us open opportunities. Friend, if the Lord has saved you, He has equipped you to share the gospel of grace with others.
  • R.C. Sproul on Luther and the lightning bolt:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your blog and for Equipping Eve. I am in East Tennessee and I really enjoy the time spent listening to your podcast. Thank you as well for introducing us to DebbieLynne - she's got a new reader. :)

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