The very idea of living for the glory of God appears to be many people’s idea of hell.

Sinclair Ferguson
By Grace Alone (Reformation Trust Publishing, 2010)

Teacher, Do You Not Care That We Are Perishing?

A Question in the Midst of a Storm

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We may be tempted like those early disciples of Jesus to ask whether he cares when we seem to be perishing. These twelve men found themselves in the midst of a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee. While they panicked, Jesus slept. They awakened him with their question of his concern or seemingly lack of concern. Have you ever found yourself in a similar boat? Has it seemed to you as if Jesus were sleeping while some violent storm threatened you?

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?
–Mark 4:37-38

Concierge for September 2017

Online Points of Interest

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During my days of hotel work, I often served as a concierge. Guests would ask for recommendations to local points of interest. These points might be things to do, attractions to see, or places to eat.

Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online. Here are some of my favorite places found in September of 2017.

The most damnable and pernicious heresy that has ever plagued the mind of man was the idea that somehow he could make himself good enough to deserve to live with an all-holy God.

Martin Luther

Obedient from the Heart: Linking Desire & Behavior

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But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.
–Romans 6:16

During a 1976 interview with Playboy magazine, then presidential candidate Jimmy Carter said, “I’ve looked on many women with lust. I’ve committed adultery many times in my heart.” Society lampooned Carter for his statement, but he did express an understanding of sin that goes deeper than outward actions.

A key question to answer regarding our walk with the Lord is whether we are obedient to his Word. But as this text indicates, we should ask an even deeper question, “Are we obedient from the heart?” That is, is our obedience more than mere outward conformity? God has called us to an obedience that wells up from the heart into our outward actions. Or in other words, do we have a deep desire to walk in obedience?

Jaunt 17.09

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And then the Murders Began

Author Marc Laidlaw challenged Twitter to add the line “and then the murders began” to the opening line of great books. The most famous opening line of any novel is from Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. Here is how Laidlaw’s challenge works on that line. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times and then the murders began.”

That’s pretty good. But some tweeted the opening line of the book of books, the Bible.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth, and then the murders began.

By the time we get to Genesis 4 that scenario happens.

The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer

Sermon from Hebrews 13:18-19

Title: The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer

Text:

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
–Hebrews 13:18-19

Concierge for August 2017

Online Points of Interest

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During my days of hotel work, I often served as a concierge. Guests often asked for recommendations to local points of interest. These points might be things to do, attractions to see or places to eat.

Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online for guests to this blog. Here are some of my favorite places found in August of 2017.