Archive for April, 2010

But is there a clue in the context of Luke 18 that Jesus himself is the ground of the justification in verse 14? We’ve already seen that in the big picture of Luke, Jesus saw himself as the suffering servant who is the righteous one that makes many to be accounted righteous (Luke 22:37=Isaiah 53:12). But look just briefly at the story of the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-21.

And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” 21 And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” (more…)

Marriage: A Gospel Sermon

Posted: April 29, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
delivered at Trinity Marriage Night by Rob Sturdy on April 25th, 2009

Communion

Posted: April 29, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

A video montage from the movie the Passion set to the music of the band third day

Mouse searches for cat

Posted: April 29, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, The Christian Life, Uncategorized

C.S. Lewis talking about his conversion

“As the dry bones shook and came together in that dreadful Valley of Ezekiel’s, so now a philosophical theorem, cerebrally entertained, began to stir and heave and throw off its grave-clothes, and stood upright and became a living presence. I was to be allowed to play at philosophy no longer. It might, as I say, still be true that my “Spirit” differed in some way from the God of popular religion. My Adversary waived the point. It sank into utter unimportance. He would not argue about it. He only said, ” I am the Lord”; “I am that I am”; “I am.”

People who are naturally religious find difficulty in understanding the horror of such revelation. Amiable agnostics will talk cheerfully about ” man’s search for God”. To me, as I then was, they might as well have talked about the mouse’s search for the cat.

God’s will simple hard easy

Posted: April 29, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Uncategorized

saw this over at Thabiti Anyabwile blog  Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile

Does God’s will feel like a maze?

If so, here’s a helpful shortcut and corrective from Kevin DeYoung’s Just Do Something:

The will of God isn’t a special direction here or a bit of secret knowledge there.  God doesn’t put us in a maze, turn out the lights, and tell us, “Get out and good luck.”  In one sense, we trust in the will of God as His sovereign plan for our future.  In another sense, w eobey the will of God as His good word for our lives.  In no sense should we be scrambling around trying to turn to the right page in our personal choose-your-own-adventure novel.

God’s will for your life and my life is simpler, harder, and easier than that.  Simpler, because there are no secrets we must discover.  Harder, because denying ourselves, living for others, and obeying God is more difficult than taking a new job and moving to Fargo.  Easier, because as Augustine said, God commands what He wills and grants what He commands.

In other words, God gives His children the will to walk in His ways–not by revealing a series of next steps cloaked in shadows, but by giving us a heart to delight in His law.

So the end of the matter is this: Live for God.  Obey the Scriptures.  Think of others before yourself.  Be holy.  Love Jesus.  And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God. (pp. 121-122)

Yep.  The will of God is that simple, that hard, and that easy.  And it’s good

preached by Rob Sturdy on April 25th, 2009

from Horatius Bonar’s book “Everlasting Righteousness”

read part 1 here

Faith is not perfection. Yet only by perfection can we be saved; either our own or another’s. That which is imperfect cannot justify, and an imperfect faith could not in any sense be a righteousness. If it is to justify, it must be perfect. It must be like “the Lamb, without blemish and without spot.” An imperfect faith may connect us with the perfection of another; but it cannot of itself do aught for us, either in protecting us from wrath or securing the divine acquittal. All faith here is imperfect; and our security is this, that it matters not how poor or weak our faith may be: if it touches the perfect One, all is well. The touch draws out the virtue that is in Him, and we are saved. The slightest imperfection in our faith, if faith were our righteousness, would be fatal to every hope. But the imperfection of our faith, however great, if faith be but the approximation or contact between us and the fullness of the Substitute, is no hindrance to our participation of His righteousness. God has asked and provided a perfect righteousness; He nowhere asks nor expects a perfect faith. An earthenware pitcher can convey water to a traveler’s thirsty lips as well as one of gold; nay, a broken vessel, even if there be but “a shard to take water from the pit” (Isaiah 30:14), will suffice. So a feeble, very feeble faith, will connect us with the righteousness of the Son of God; the faith, perhaps, that can only cry, “Lord, I believe; help mine unbelief.” (more…)