19 January 2018

This 'n' That

Patience. They say it's a virtue. It's a quality I possessed as a child, but now, as an adult, I often feel as though I have to constantly re-learn the concept and at times feel it waning in the midst of exceptional circumstances. Of course, I am reminded of—and convicted by—the fact that patience must characterize the people of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)
So when I feel my blood pressure start to rise, whether sitting on hold for what seems like endless hours (which is happening as I write this), or nearing frustration with others, I pray that God would bring to my remembrance His gracious, long-suffering patience with me, such an undeserving sinner.
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Unfortunately, I am still being sanctified and have a long way to go to refine my patience. I am sure I am not alone in this. But if God has been so good to save me and forgive me in spite of my sin, then surely I can be aware of my shortcomings in this area and be deliberate in my reactions so that I represent Him well and bring glory to Him in all things, no matter how seemingly insignificant.

Well, now that confession time is over, why not sit back and take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Just because a man attended seminary and is a polished public speaker does not mean he is called to be a pastor. There are a lot of really good points in this article
  • The LDS (Mormon) Church has chosen a new "prophet." Several years ago, I put together this comparison of Mormonism and Christianity for Christian Research Network. Hopefully you'll find it helpful in answering any questions you might have about this false religion.
  • A little exposition of Hebrews 1.
  • Our only comfort in life and death.
  • It seems to me that this is one of those things you read and think, "Well, duh." 
  • You should take eschatology seriously because eschatology is serious.
  • I have never used this method to stifle a sneeze, but now I definitely never will!
  • Oh, please don't let this trend take off (although it probably will eventually).
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I've been thinking lately about what it means for the Christian to have true joy, so this article's timing was certainly providential.
  • I haven't read this yet, but I saw the title and thought, "Um...what?" Then I saw the author and suddenly it all made sense.
  • It's unfortunate, but we often do find that anger is a bit easier to justify (in our fallen minds) than other sins.
How confidently you might pray if you are assured that the one who not only has the greatest power, but all power in heaven and earth, is appearing for you! Can you doubt that your petitions will prevail when Christ owns you and stands up on your behalf? He presents us fully acquitted from guilt, adorned with his righteousness, and united to himself....There is no surer ground of confidence in the world than Christ's prayer for us. —David Clarkson

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