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Jun 2013 18 Jun 18, 2013

In the previous post we began by looking at what it means when Jesus beckons us to come to him to find rest for our souls. We looked at those to whom the invitation was given and precisely what it means to “come” to Jesus. We are now prepared to finish our meditation on this incredible passage. (3) If we come to Jesus, what does he promise to provide? Rest! Rest = the soul’s sigh of relief that comes from experiencing release from the anxiety of co...Read More

Jun 2013 17 Jun 17, 2013

The focus of Satan’s efforts is always the same: to deceive us into believing that the passing pleasures of sin are more satisfying than obedience and trusting in the promises of God. But there is great diversity and insidious ingenuity in the way he goes about this task. It behooves us to become familiar with his tactics. Temptation, in and of itself, is not sin. This is critically important, especially for those who suffer from an overly sensitive and tender con...Read More

Jun 2013 16 Jun 16, 2013

I cannot think of anything Jesus said that is as life-changing or hope-giving as what we read in Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Seriously, were ever more glorious words spoken than these? I’m not overs...Read More

Jun 2013 15 Jun 15, 2013

Physicists and cosmologists are ever in search of what they call “a theory of everything,” or a T.O.E., a hypothesis that is all-encompassing in its explanatory power, a theory that can account for both the sub-atomic world of particle physics and the galactic expanse of supernovae and black holes. Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, is the author of a fascinating book entitled, The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidde...Read More

Jun 2013 14 Jun 14, 2013

In a blogpost today, titled “Common Fault Lines in Maintaining an Evangelical Approach to Homosexuality,” Kevin DeYoung responds to an article by Peter Wehner, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush. I encourage you to read the entire article, but I want to highlight only one dimension. [By the way, you can follow Kevin’s blog at the Gospel Coalition website, www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung). Kevin responds to the argument th...Read More

Jun 2013 13 Jun 13, 2013

In vv. 1-3 Paul drew a contrast between love and certain spiritual gifts. He now returns to that emphasis in vv. 8-13. Here is what he says: “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When ...Read More

Jun 2013 13 Jun 13, 2013

A lot of people are either unnerved or angry, or a combination of both, by the thought that the National Security Agency (the NSA) has evidently conducted extensive surveillance of American citizens, whether it be of their telephone calls, texts, e-mails, web-searches, or daily conversations. The ultimate outcome of it all, at least from a legal point of view, has yet to be determined. I find it intriguing that people are so concerned about the government knowing what i...Read More

Jun 2013 13 Jun 13, 2013

In vv. 4-7 Paul proceeds to identify no fewer than 15 characteristics of genuine Christian love. He writes: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7), (1) Love is patient – Pa...Read More

Jun 2013 12 Jun 12, 2013

Growing up, as I did, a Southern Baptist, I often heard appeals that we should “re-dedicate” our lives to Jesus. This typically involved walking an aisle during an altar call, filling out the appropriate box on a decision card, and then standing in front of the congregation in order to make the declaration public. I’m not here to pass judgment on this practice as I experienced it, but rather to point you to what I think is a beautiful example of what it...Read More

Jun 2013 12 Jun 12, 2013

We’re looking at Paul’s portrayal of genuine love in 1 Corinthians 13. Let’s start by looking at vv. 1-3. There Paul writes, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my ...Read More