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Thursday
Jul102014

Thankful Thursday

… although it will probably be Friday when you read this.

I’m thankful the cut youngest son got at work today is no worse that it is. It required several stitches, but there was no nerve or tendon damage. I’m also thankful he’s old enough to do emergency room visits himself.

I’m thankful for answered prayer. Lately, my family has had several prayer requests, big ones and small, answered in surprising ways. I’m also thankful for God’s timing, which is so much better than mine. I’m thankful that when God answers prayer, he doesn’t always give us what we ask for exactly when we ask for it.

I’m thankful we finally have perfect pool party weather. I was beginning to wonder if we’d skip real summer this year, but it’s finally come—and promises to be here for at least a week.

I’m thankful for my grandson, the youngest of my grandchildren, who loves pool parties at Grandma’s house.

I’m thankful for two ripe tomatoes. And kale and spinach, ready to pick.

Tuesday
Jul082014

Theological Term of the Week

skepticism
“[T]he view that even if there is objective truth, none of us can know what that truth is.”1 

  • Jesus speaks to a skeptic: 

    Jesus answered, … For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” …  (John 18:37-38 ESV)

    At first, Skepticism appears to be a thoroughly humble viewpoint. What could be more humble than saying you don’t know anything? What could be more modest than considering your opinion no better than anyone else’s? In reality, however, Skepticism is remarkable bold—even arrogant—because it makes sweeping claims about the capacity of the human mind that it can’t consistently support. 

    In effect, Skeptics want us to believe that they alone have discerned some universal truth about human knowledge. But do they claim to know that? If they do, they’re no being consistently skeptical; specifically, they’re not being skeptical about their own claim to know a universal truth. On the other hand, if they say they don’t know that Skepticism is correct, why should we take their position seriously? By their own profession, their opinions about human knowledge are no better than anyone else’s.

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Monday
Jul072014

Linked Together: Bible Study

Two blog posts and one video encouraging you to study the Bible.

Kim Shay: “[T]he best way to get people fired up about the Bible is to get them into the Bible and help them study it well. When we open that book and read and pray over its contents, the Spirit of God speaks to our hearts and nourishes us. The Spirit satisfies our souls and causes us to long for more.”

Lisa Spence: “We long for women to hunger for the Word of God, that hunger fueling a desire for knowledge, that knowledge prompting a greater love for the God of the Word, that love in turn creating a greater hunger, and not just a hunger for our personal knowledge of Him but for others to know Him too.”

Kathy Keller on Reading the Bible Every Day from Crossway on Vimeo.

Monday
Jul072014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 43. What further benefit do we receive from the sacrifice and death of Christ on the cross?

Answer: Through his death, our old man is crucified, put to death and buried with him; (a) so that the corrupt inclinations of the flesh may no longer reign in us; (b) but that we may offer ourselves to him a sacrifice of thanksgiving. (c)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Sunday
Jul062014

Sunday's Hymn: Though Troubles Assail Us

Though troubles assail us and dangers affright,
Though friends should all fail us and foes all unite,
Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide,
The promise assures us, The Lord will provide.

The birds, without garner or storehouse, are fed;
From them let us learn to trust God for our bread.
His saints what is fitting shall ne’er be denied
So long as ’tis written, The Lord will provide.

We all may, like ships, by tempest be tossed
On perilous deeps, but can not be lost;
Though Satan enrages the wind and the tide,
Yet Scripture engages, The Lord will provide.

His call we obey, like Abraham of old:
We know not the way, but faith makes bold;
For though we are strangers, we have a sure guide,
And trust in all dangers, The Lord will provide.

When Satan assails us to stop up our path,
And courage all fails us, we triumph by faith.
He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried,
This heart cheering promise, The Lord will provide.

He tells us we’re weak, our hope is in vain,
The good that we seek we never shall obtain,
But when such suggestions, our graces have tried,
This answers all questions, The Lord will provide.

No strength of our own and no goodness we claim;
Yet, since we have known of the Savior’s great name,
In this our strong tower for safety we hide:
The Lord is our power, The Lord will provide.

When life sinks apace, and death is in view,
The word of His grace shall comfort us through,
Not fearing or doubting, with Christ on our side,
We hope to die shouting, The Lord will provide.

—John Newton

Matthew Smith sings John Newton’s words to the newer tune he wrote for them:

Here’s the more traditional tune:

 

Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.