Showing posts from February, 2019

My Best is Not Yet, My Best is Yet to Come

" best is not yet, my best is to come, ... I am nearer heaven one day than I was before, I am nearer death, and therefore nearer to Christ. What a solace is this to a gracious heart! A Christian is a happy man in his life, but happier in his death, because then he goes to Christ; but happiest of all in heaven, for then he is with Christ."
- Richard Sibbes, Works of Richard Sibbes

Valley of Vision: Need of Grace

I love the poems from The Valley of Vision compiled by Arthur Bennett. At church, we are going through a series on Habakkuk. I thought of this poem from the book called Need of Grace.

Thou knowest my great unfitness for service,
      my present deadness,
      my inability to do anything for thy glory,
      my distressing coldness of heart.
I am weak, ignorant, unprofitable,
  and loathe and abhor myself.
I am at a loss to know what thou wouldest
    have me do,
  for I feel amazingly deserted by thee,
  and sense thy presence so little;
Thou makest me possess the sins of my youth,
  and the dreadful sin of my nature,
  so that I feel all sin,
  I cannot think or act but every motion is sin.
Return again with showers of converting grace
  to a poor gospel-abusing sinner.
Help my soul to breathe after holiness,
  after a constant devotedness to thee,
  after growth in grace more abundantly every day.
O Lord, I am lost in the pursuit of this blessedness,
And am ready to sink b…

"Treasure Only What Will Last" Joel Beeke and Terry Slatcher

This quote was really helpful for me to think about what matters. It is not about me. It is about God.

When Darkness Falls by Martha Snell Nicholson

When Darkness Falls
When darkness falls upon us, and our feet Are groping for the path We are so prone to think God must have turned His face away in wrath

Or has forgotten us, for darkness seems, A dire and dreadful thing… B’lovd there is a darkness come from God The shadow of His wing

He uses darkness as a robe to cloak His power and majesty His moving finger. Could God allow The eye of man to see

Him work out his eternal purposes With great and certain hand? His Spirit moved when darkness was upon The formless deep and land

And while it was yet dark on Easter morn The Son of God arose O child of God, fret not when darkness falls Your heavenly Father knows

A $70,000 Wager, A Steam Engine, and 7 Lessons from Satan's Temptations

What would you bet $70,000 on?

On January 21, 1804, in Wales, Samuel Homfray bet 500 Guineas that a new invention called the steam engine locomotive could carry 20,000 pounds of iron, nearly ten miles. Richard Trevithick (13 April 1771 – 22 April 1833) had invented a high-pressure steam engine he called the Puffing Devil and had successfully tested it carrying six people in 1803. Richard was an inventor and passionate about his train. The year before one of the engines he invented blew up and killed four men.

On a Tuesday in February, where the temperature can be as low as 39 degrees, the boiler was heated. The locomotive started to generate steam. Richard loaded five wagons with all the iron along with seventy people to embark on the world's first railway journey. The trip to the little river village Abercynon of Wales would take some time. Who would win the bet? After some four hours, going a little faster than two miles per hour, Samuel Homfray won, no explosions and no proble…

What Defines You? A Neat Plug From Tim Tebow


Review: Encouragement for Today's Pastors by Joel Beeke and Terry Slachter

Don't judge a book by its cover, at least this one. 

I am not a fan of a cover with a guy looking at an iPad. However, the title of this book drew me: Encouragement for Today's Pastors: Help from the Puritans. From time to time, I need encouragement. On top of that, I enjoy reading the Puritans.  They offer fascinating insights into life from 400 years ago. They speak of issues that are relevant. They use words in ways we don't. They tend to look at a problem or scripture from a thousand angles.  This book had promise for me before I picked it up.

In their 211 pages, Beeke and Slachter's book did not disappoint. They covered six sections: Piety, Sovereignty, Clarity, Creativity, and Community (This is one section), Dignity, and Eternity. The book reminded me of Lectures to My Students by Spurgeon, Charles Bridges' The Christian Ministry, and John Piper's Brothers, We Are Not Professionals.
They began the book by pointing out that 1,500 pastors leave the ministry…

5 Things I Learned From Mortimer Adler's Book: How to Read a Book

Mortimer Adler in 1940 wrote the book How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading.  In 1972 he updated it with the help of Charles Van Doren. I have heard a lot about this book. John Piper put this in his top 25 books that changed his life.   
He said,  While Hirsch gave me the philosophical foundation for the task and hope of reading for understanding, Adler provided for me the methodological superstructure for carrying out the task. It is a beautifully written book and is eminently reasonable and full of common sense wisdom. Perhaps the most stimulating thing about it was the challenge it gave to stretch my mind by reading books which are harder than I can presently handle. Doesn't it make sense that, if we are to grow in our understanding and in our ability to reason clearly and deeply, then we must try to read those "great books" which go beyond our present ability to fully comprehend? So Adler gave me great encouragement to get on with the business …

Nuclear Bombs, Near Misses, and 4 Ways to Persevere in Trial as Pastors

On January 24th, 1961, around midnight, an event happened that nearly changed history. Some of the details were considered classified until 2013, fifty-two years later. Now we know that three days after John F. Kennedy was inaugurated, a fleet of B-52 Stratofortress Bombers took off on a mission called Operation Coverall from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. One of the bombers, on that cold winter night, had eight men aboard. It was not long into the flight, over Goldsboro, North Carolina, that they identified one of the wings had a fuel leak. At 9,000 feet that wing began to sheer off. So the pilot ordered the crew to eject. Sadly, only five survived. One ejected, and they found him dead in a tree with a broken neck. Two never left the cockpit.

As tragic as that was, the event could have been tens of thousands of times worse. This was a Broken Arrow event. The term Broken Arrow is code for a near miss with a nuclear weapon. You see the B-52 was carrying a payload. The government for …

Joe Rigney – Christian Hedonism and the Things of Earth

I listened to this and was amazed at the content. Joe was funny, smart, and pushed my understanding of God in a good way. I think you will really enjoy this message.

Share it with others. It is so good.

You can also Download Audio here.

This teaching is based on his book.

The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts.

On Babies & Bathwater: Lauren Was Wrong...and So Are We

Guest Post by Rich Zieger - Pastor of Real Life Church

I love Christian music. Really, I just love music, period, but especially music that takes hold of my heart and mind and turns my gaze toward the glory and supremacy of Christ. When the sound and content of a song commands my ear, and the beauty and power of a performance stirs my soul, I am transported to realms far beyond myself. Lauren Daigle is one who often takes me there.

Lauren Daigle is a wildly popular Christian singer, who has recently found significant popularity in mainstream markets with her warm, engaging voice. Daigle has been making the talk show circuit, and she has come under fire of late from a variety of people in the wake of these interviews.

Most of the biggest criticism centered on statements the singer made on an iHeartRadio interview in December 2018, intimating that she didn’t know whether homosexuality was a sin. Daigle encouraged listeners to read the Bible and come to their own conclusions. She reportedly…

TSA Year in Review 2019

Every year the TSA comes out with a summary of their findings. 

"A record-setting 4,239 total firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging 81.6 firearms per week. That’s an average of 11.6 firearms per day.3,656 (86.15 percent) of the total firearms discovered were loaded – another record.1,432 (33.74 percent) of the total firearms discovered had a round chambered.The most firearms discovered in one month – a record-setting 32 – were discovered in August at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.Firearms were intercepted at 249 of the 440 federalized airports.That’s more than a 7 percent (282 more) increase in firearm discoveries from 2017’s total of 3,957."
These are things they found!

Best Super Bowl Commercials of 2019 on Youtube

So I usually watch the adds after the fact. Here are my three favorite adds. Michael Buble vs. Bubly.

I love this M&M add because it is a parent's reality. So funny. 

This Doritos commercial was kind of funny and odd.

450 Free eBooks on Monergism

Monergism is a wonderful website that posts free resources. You can find 450 Free eBooks on Monergismhere.

Here are some of my favorites:

Augustine ConfessionsBridges, Charles The Christian MinistryBrooks, Thomas Precious Remedies Against Satan's DevicesBunyan, John Grace Abounding to the Chief of SinnersBunyan, John The Pilgrim's Progress (In Modern English)Bunyan, John The Pilgrim's ProgressBurroughs, Jeremiah The Rare Jewel of Christian ContentmentPacker, J. I. Introductory Essay to John Owen’s Death of Death in the Death of Christ ChristReinke, Tony The Joy ProjectRyle, J. C. A Call to PrayerRyle, J. C. The Duties of ParentsRyle J. C. HolinessRyle, J. C. Thoughts for Young MenSpurgeon, C. H. Lectures to My StudentsSpurgeon, C. H. The Soul WinnerStorms, Sam The Attributes of GodWatson, Thomas