Favorite Finds Friday:
The following are a collection of articles, sites, podcasts, and other finds I have found this week that I thought I would recommend. I hope you find these especially encouraging and edifying in your walk with Christ.
In Christ No Condemntation
Charles Spurgeon on Romans 8:1.
What is the Bible? – Special Revelation
“It is simply great news that God has spoken, and in a way that is preserved and understandable. That God would speak to us in special revelation is to be considered an immense privilege. He has no obligation to rescue us from the condemnation we incur in a sunset. But he has spoken in written word; the Bible.”
“Adoption exceeds original sonship, because the Beloved Son of God carried human sonship to its glorious, royal finale.”
The Preciousness of Time – Jonathan Edwards (1734)
“Therefore, spend not such opportunities unprofitably, nor in such a manner that you will not be able to give a good account thereof to God. Waste them not away wholly in unprofitable visits, or useless diversions or amusements.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
Capturing Weak Women
“The harsh reality is that the greatest danger to the church usually comes from within the church. More harm is done by ‘Christian’ books than by non-Christian ones. More harm is done by ‘Christian’ teachers than by Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses or atheists. Those false teachers are always nearby and always looking for new ways to creep in unawares. Even today they prey upon the weak and vulnerable.”
4 Grave Dangers in Every Sin
Tim Challies discusses 4 dangers of sin.
6 Ways You Can Put God’s Glory on Display
“Glorifying God is not a memorized mantra of special words or phrases. Rather, it is a life that reflects the attributes of God, a lifestyle that is consumed with putting His glory on display.”
You Can Trust God With Your Unborn Child
“In the midst of my fears God is teaching me to turn to him in prayer and bow my heart in submission to him, rather than to myself.”
Are You Discipling?
“Christ has commissioned all Christians everywhere to be about the task of making disciples!”
Shepherd My Sheep: How to Lead Biblically
“Whether you are a seminary student or a stay-at-home mom, everyone is exhorted to lead biblically.”
Why the Church Needs Suffering
“In his goodness and love, we can trust the Lord to use our trials for the purpose of identifying with him, uniting us to each other, and using us to witness to a hurting world the life-giving hope of the gospel.”
What Charles Spurgeon’s Valentine teaches us all about marriage
“The example of their unselfishness, creativity, and thoughtfulness towards one another offers a breath of fresh air to stagnant and selfish relationships.”
Guilt Versus Guilt!
“Thankfully, whether our guilt and any accompanying guilt feelings are intentional or unintentional, or clear or confused guilt, the one remedy remains: the cross of Jesus Christ, the Savior who “will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).”
What Is Love?
“We have misplaced priorities. Thanks be to God that His love for us is greater than our love for Him. May He strengthen us to pursue love above all else, a love that reflects His love for us in Christ.”
Why Should You Fight for Truth?
“Fight for truth because it will result in the purest of obedience in the end. It will also result in the most joyful testimony—for who can help but speak of what they have seen and heard (Acts 4:20; 1 Pet. 3:15)?”
Meaningful Membership at Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle
“Not every church will be a Metropolitan Tabernacle and not every pastor will be a Spurgeon. This is never the goal. The goal is for every church and every pastor is to be faithful; faithful in doctrinal purity, faithful in guarding the membership, faithful in active gospel ministry. In this, Spurgeon and the Metropolitan Tabernacle remains a model for pastors and churches today.”
Do I have to join a church to be be a Christian?
“Rather, a better question might be, ‘What is my attitude toward the local church, and what does that say about my commitment to Christ?’ It’s more a question of ought than must.
“This is perhaps a better diagnostic question, since it penetrates to the heart and lays bare our thoughts and attitudes toward the bride for whom Christ died.”
How to Listen to an Expository Sermon
“Listening to a sermon, like reading, or like preparing a sermon, is a skill. It can be learned. Listening can be done well or poorly. You may object to this assessment, saying you have listened to many sermons, but any mother of young children can tell you that there is a world of difference between hearing and listening. Listening is more than just hearing the words. Listening involves processing, questioning, and criticizing what is being heard. I fear that many Christians have never truly listened to a sermon in their life.”
All Other Ground is Sinking Sand: A Portrait of Theological Disaster
“Once the truthfulness and trustworthiness of the Bible are abandoned, theological revisionism is inevitable…The same negotiation and “reinterpretation” of the biblical text that allows for the service of women pastors will logically lead to the acceptance of the LGBT revolution.”
Register for Defending the Faith: 2018 West Coast Conference
Ligonier is hosting the Defending the Faith Conference in Seattle, Washington, on June 8-9, 2018.
“Conference speakers W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Ravi Zacharias will consider the challenge of atheism, the truthfulness of God’s Word, the example of Christ in apologetics, and many other topics.”
Salty seas: Evidence for a young earth
“In short, the sea is not salty enough to suit the taste of evolutionists!”
Six Reasons Reformed Christians Should Embrace Six-Day Creation
“…one cannot extend history for billions of years without attaching new events to it. Those events have theological consequences. This is why Reformed thinkers like Geerhardus Vos, Louis Berkhof, and D. Martin Lloyd-Jones embraced 6-day creation. They understood it is the events included in 6-day creation that are essential for Christian theology.”
Time: The Great Enabler
“If deep time does not exist, evolution is impossible. It’s just that simple.”
God Is Just Judge and Merciful Justifier
“The comprehensive nature of God’s reconciliation is staggering. When God looked at the cross, He saw us; when He looks at us, He sees His Son. Our Lord did not just take on the punishment of our sins—He lived a holy, blameless life credited to us by faith. And we now stand before God fully reconciled to Him, cloaked in the righteousness of our blessed Redeemer.”
The Goal of Doing Theology
“Theology is a joyful and glorious activity because it is ultimately about the glory and joy of our God. Its goal is that of the angels, indeed, of God Himself: this combination of glorifying and enjoying God, which is to the unbeliever the ultimate contradiction but for Christians the discovery of our destiny.”
Renewing Your Mind Minute: The Power of Satan (01:00)
Renewing Your Mind Minute: The Greatest Threat (01:00)
Renewing Your Mind Minute: Sovereignty over Tragedy (01:00)
5 Minutes in Church History: Macrina (05:00)
CCEF: Forgiving a parent who wronged you (06:58)
IBCD: Q/A When People Reject our Counsel (19:45)
ACBC: Grieving the Loved Ones We’ve Lost (11:49)
ACBC: Should I Forgive Someone Who’s Not Sorry They Sinned (09:30)
ACBC: Engaging the Culture in 2018 (feat. Dr. Albert Mohler) (13:27)
ICR: Balancing Body Temperature (13:35)
Women’s Hope: Faith. Freedom. Fruit. | Galatians Bible Study Series No. 2 (17:23)
Thankful Homemaker: Putting on an Attitude of Love in Our Homes (20:59)
The Briefing: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 (24:09)
- As Pyeongchang Olympics begin, politics is never far from the front line
- Bermuda makes history becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, then abolish it
- International assessors are now coming for American kindergarteners
- Why the new Gerber baby is a cause for celebration and a reminder of the work we have to do
The Briefing: Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 (22:04)
- The shape of theological disaster: A denomination speaks with two minds and two moralities
- What a moral surrender to pornography looks like
- A morally-serious response in morally-unserious times
- Why Kansas may be the state to watch in the upcoming election
The Briefing: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 (21:23)
- A perfect storm over religious liberty and the moral revolution
- Massachusetts legislators consider bill that would eliminate conscience clauses
- What is required to coerce agents of life into being agents of death?
- What American viewers aren’t noticing when they watch one British TV show
- Who is really helping the poor and how?
The Briefing: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 (21:42)
- Who gets angry when a church school teacher is fired for violating church teaching?
- How North Korea is winning the war of propaganda at the Winter Olympics
- The meaning of the human heart, romance, and Valentine’s Day
The Briefing: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 (20:60)
- Seeing heartbreak when the world only shouts headlines after Florida school shooting
- Why arguments about ‘reputational damage’ end up being arguments over mere money
- J.K. Rowling faces very angry, very liberal young readers
- Who decides who tells children dark truths?
- How a school dance in Utah went awkwardly wrong
Renewing Your Mind: Christ Alone: Our Mediator (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Scholastic Theology (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: The Jerusalem Decree (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Christ Along: God’s Law Fulfilled (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Scripture Alone: The Formal Cause of the Reformation (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Scripture Alone: Interpreting the Bible (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Glory to God Alone: Boast in the Lord (26:25)
She Proves Faithful: The Deconversion Story & Certainty (33:51)