Smart Phones and Reading Habits | Jared Longshore

from Founders.org

“I know I really need to scroll through Facebook, but it is just so much easier to meditate on the Bible.” Said no one ever. Thinking deeply upon Scripture requires discipline. Mindlessly ingesting breaking news, tweets, and posts requires wifi and thumbs.

I’ve mentioned before that the we and our smart phones are like the neighborhood boys with the 4th of July fireworks. They could light up the night sky commemorating something worth remembering. Or, they could burn down the neighborhood. When it comes to our smart phones and our reading habits, we want to make sure those bottle rockets are pointed in the right direction.

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Is It Necessary to Preach Divine Wrath? | Steve Lawson

from Ligonier.org

The Genevan Reformer John Calvin said, “Preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God, in which God Himself is present in judgment and in grace.” Faithful pulpit ministry requires the declaration of both judgment and grace. The Word of God is a sharp, two-edged sword that softens and hardens, comforts and afflicts, saves and damns.

The preaching of divine wrath serves as a black velvet backdrop that causes the diamond of God’s mercy to shine brighter than ten thousand suns. It is upon the dark canvas of divine wrath that the splendor of His saving grace most fully radiates. Preaching the wrath of God most brilliantly showcases His gracious mercy toward sinners.

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Thank You Dear Brother….

I have experienced another change of season, if you will, in my life. One chapter ends, another begins. After 15 years and over 1500 broadcasts, we recently recorded the final episode of On Call with Dr. Edney.

These things are so bittersweet. Bitter that a relationship that I have had with this good man, Dr. Dan Edney, is changing. Sweet in that God will be opening other doors of service. The practical reasons the show is ending is that the demand of our personal and work schedules is making it a greater challenge to have the time to record the weekly broadcast. Dr. Edneys always active medical practice, family obligations and ministry work take a great of time. The work load for my day job will soon be greatly increasing and I also hope to revive my old radio program as a weekly podcast. So we saw this as a time to move on.

But I wanted to stop and share a few thought s about this man, Dr Edney, or Danny as I call him. He has been more than just a friend and a coworker. He is and has been a brother. We have been through so much together; some good, some bad. He has always been there for me through thick and thin either with some sort of tangible support or many times, with just a kind word or two of encouragement.

What most people don’t know is that when the radio station faltered and eventually closed, I owed a significant debt on it. Without hesitation, Danny said that we would take moneys from the profit of the On Call program to pay towards the debt of the radio station. It took a few years, but we eventually paid it off and I am eternally grateful for his generosity.

But hasn’t been just business. There have been many time when he helped me out of jams and problems and he did so as a gracious friend and brother, always with love kindness. I have one younger brother and I love him dearly, but Danny Edney has been a brother to me as well. I will miss our times together in the studio and away; our exchanges in conversation, both heated and calm. But I always know that he is just a call of text away and that I can reach out to him at any time.

Thank you brother for all you have done. Thank you for being my brother.

What is Biblical Repentance? | John MacArthur

from Grace to You.org

Repentance is no more a meritorious work than its counterpart, faith. It is an inward response. Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell. It is the attitude of the publican who, fearful of even looking toward heaven, smote his breast and cried, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” (Luke 18:13). Repentance is not merely behavior reform. But because true repentance involves a change of heart and purpose, it inevitably results in a change of behavior.

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Dont Lose the Gospel | Tom Ascol

from Founders.org

I am preaching through the pastoral letters and when I recently began 2 Timothy I was reminded of the concern that Paul expresses about how the gospel will be handled after his death. He not only emphasizes the importance and centrality of the gospel—which he does in all his letters, but he also issues warnings that indicate he is concerned that the gospel might be lost—not in the world, primarily—but in the church.

This is evident in the specific instructions Paul give to Timothy, beginning in the first chapter. Consider his admonitions in 2 Timothy 1:8-14:

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God’s Sovereignty and Our Responsibility | Derek Thomas

frm Ligonier.org

God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to happen, willing it to happen before it happens, and willing it to happen in the way that it happens. Put this way, it seems to say something that is expressly Reformed in doctrine. But at its heart, it is saying nothing different from the assertion of the Nicene Creed: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty.” To say that God is sovereign is to express His almightiness in every area.

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The Crucifixion and Death of Christ

Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[a] And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him,[b] “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[c] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

44 It was now about the sixth hour,[d] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,[e] 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Footnotes:
Luke 23:34 Some manuscripts omit the sentence And Jesus… what they do
Luke 23:38 Some manuscripts add in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew
Luke 23:39 Or blasphemed him
Luke 23:44 That is, noon
Luke 23:44 That is, 3 p.m.
Luke 23:54 Greek was dawning