Power of Purpose – Worldliness

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Spurgeon on Idlers (Untried & Critical)

“Idlers may indulge in a fond conceit of their abilities, because they are untried; but the earnest worker soon learns his own weaknesses. If you seek humility, try hard work; if you would know your nothingness, attempt some great thing for Jesus.”

In my words, stop being a movie critic and actually make a movie. Before you go criticizing the bride of Christ, try attempting some great thing for Jesus. Then come back and see me.

A Parenting Goal to Pray for: Backbone and Courage

Adam Griffin writes that a goal for a parent is that their child stand against the world. As a result, they will be hated. (HT: Challies) Shocking! But biblical.

If God graciously saves my Oscar, people will call him a bigot and a homophobe. Some will ridicule him as a male chauvinist as they scorn his “sexist” beliefs. He’ll be despised as closed-minded for saying that Jesus Christ is not only God but the only God. He will probably meet a girl who insults his manhood or considers him old fashioned for waiting until marriage to have sex. His peers will think him a prude. Bullies will call him a coward. His integrity will draw insults like “goody two shoes” (I don’t even know what that […]

“There’s Gotta Be More Than This”

Found an old video. Seemed relevant as we start up the football season. Tom Brady six years ago.

Skip the intro and news story begins at 32 seconds. Key line is at 2:29.

To remind our young people about the emptiness of worldly success apart from the Christ.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything ….. Everything – Jesus = Nothing

The Cross Does NOT Compare to the Electric Chair

You may have heard the comparison that having a cross as a symbol of Christianity is like having an electric chair as its symbol. There certainly is some truth in that statement.

This article takes the opposite tact. The electric chair was used to humanely kill a condemned criminal while the cross was meant to torture and shame.

In fact, the graffiti shows that having a crucified Messiah was a laughable insult.

This has HUGE implications for us and our children. To become a Christian is to die to what the world thinks. Nay, it is more than that. It is to identify with one so shamed.

Thank you Jesus,who for the joy before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame. Hebrews 12:2

Let us, then, go to him outside the […]

People Do Not Drift Toward Holiness – D. A. Carson

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. —D.A. Carson

Mathetes – On How Christian Are Different

An early Christian apologist writes to a friend about how Christians are different. Mathetes (which means disciple) writes Diognetus about the Christians saying:

These Christians are not distinguished from other men by country, language, or common customs. They don’t have their own cities, they don’t have their own language, and they don’t lead a lifestyle which is peculiar or spectacular. They haven’t developed a new philosophy invented by very smart men; they don’t proclaim themselves to be the advocates of any merely human doctrines. But, living in Greek and barbarian cities without preference, according to their lot in life, they follow the customs of the people who live where they live in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct. But they display […]