16 February 2018

This 'n' That

I definitely cannot eat wooden blocks right now.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been enduring a flareup of TMJ (well, technically TMD [temporomandibular disorder], but most people refer to it as TMJ, even though that is actually the joint, not the disorder. You get the idea). It's a mild case, so I truly can't complain, but it is astonishing how 1) you crave things you haven't craved in months or even years, like Tootsie Pops or chips, but know that eating such things will cause pain and prolong the problem and 2) if you do cheat, you know you shouldn't have. It doesn't take long for that jaw to tighten up and remind you that it needs time to heal, too!

Our bodies may be fallen and, as such, prone to illness and injury, but God nevertheless designed them to still know what is best. Right now, my jaw knows what is not good for me. If I eat even a slice of toast, I end up taking a pill to relieve the pain that I've caused. That's right, I cannot even eat toast without regretting it. And let me tell you, I am getting really tired of hot cereal for breakfast! When morning rolls around, all I want is toast with my breakfast. When afternoon rolls around, I often think about hard candy or crunchy snacks. I want what I cannot have.

It's often like that with us, isn't it? We want what we cannot have. Therein lies the magnificence and miraculousness of regeneration. We who once craved and delighted in our sin, by God's grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit, find that, upon our salvation, our desire for our sin disappears. Oh yes, we do still sin, and consciously so; indeed, while on this earth we will always find ourselves in a Romans 7 struggle! Still, our desire and the inner craving of our heart is for holiness so that we might bear fruit that is worthy of the gospel by which we have been saved. This is the power of Christ. This is the power of the Gospel. This is a good gift from a loving, generous God. How thankful we must be for such grace. How worthy is He of our praise for His outpouring of that grace!

Okay, I guess I'll go look for something soft to eat. Marshmallows? Applesauce? Let me know if you have any good ideas, and in the meantime, please also enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • This is a great interview with John MacArthur. He is so faithful and so consistent, as demonstrated by his now 49 years of ministry at Grace Community Church.
  • "Complementarianism does not mean so emphasizing male leadership that the voice of women is never heard..."
  • I'm with Seinfeld, especially when it comes to the luge.
  • Diabetes runs strong on both sides of my family. It helps to know the symptoms.
  • The world likes to think that truth is relative.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • These two deserved to win.
  • This is big news in some circles.
  • You really ought to give up these things for Lent.
  • Please pray for the families of these victims.
  • The way I see it, if you want to eat something healthy, you don't go to McDonald's. 
  • A look at figure skating costumes through the years.
One of the most serious problems facing the orthodox Christian church today is the problem of legalism. One of the most serious problems facing the church in Paul’s day was the problem of legalism. In every day it is the same. Legalism wrenches the joy of the Lord from the Christian believer, and with the joy of the Lord goes his power for vital worship and vibrant service. Nothing is left but cramped, somber, dull and listless profession. The truth is betrayed, and the glorious name of the Lord becomes a synonym for a gloomy kill-joy. The Christian under law is a miserable parody of the real thing. —S. Lewis Johnson, "The Paralysis of Legalism" (emphasis added)

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