Blog (Page 35)

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Boasting in Weakness Pt. 3

What keeps me from joyful, constant dependance on the Lord–from boasting in my weaknesses and rejoicing in His strength? There seems to be a few alternatives more appealing to our sinful natures… 1. The Facade approach: We simply pretend we don’t have weaknesses and work through our weariness, pain, difficulty, struggles, and temptations. We would rather…

Boasting in Weakness Pt. 2

Paul’s claim that he boasts in his weaknesses often seems to be a contradiction in terms. To boast is to promote yourself, to show forth your most impressive quality, to call attention to something that will make you seem great in the eyes of others. Weaknesses are those parts of us, whether self-inflicted or providentially given, that we hope no one else will see…

Boasting in Weakness

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 To boast in weakness is an elusive honor reserved for broken men and women who have been rebuilt by grace. I find that I’m always searching around…

Unless….

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24Listen to John Piper on Radical Christan Sacrifice:How the Supremacy of Christ Creates Radical Christian Sacrifice (Session VII) : Together for the Gospel Lord, help me to die to myself, to all selfish dreams, and desires, and…

Sunday Morning Prayer

Lord, we will gather as your people today, indwelt by your Spirit, hungering for your Word, anticipating the edifying blessing of your gifts, given to us to serve one another. Enliven our praises with a vision of your glory through the eyes of faith. Show us the glory of the gospel–give us a sight of Calvary and may our hears burst with joy and gratefulness. As we…

Waiting on the Lord

I’m grateful for David, the shepherd-king, for many reasons. Like many Christians I have been grateful for his example of trust in the Lord, of passionate worship, of constant prayer, of broken confession. I’m also grateful for something that he has taught me again and again from the last few verses of Psalm 27. “Wait on the Lord.”What does it mean…

To See the Glory

In 2 Corinthians 4 Paul speaks of a darkness that has passed over the minds of every person in the world. The darkness is like a veil that keeps us from seeing true glory–the glory that is present in the person of Jesus Christ. When God sends his gospel into our hearts the darkness is pierced, the veil is torn, the scales of sin and unbelief falls from our eyes and…

The Gospel in Exodus

I’ve been trying to read the “real” Bible to my daughter. We’ve enjoyed her children’s Bibles but she seems old enough to “almost” make her way though the text itself. Thankfully, she is very patient with my inconsistency and somehow keeps in mind where we left off last. Right now we are in Exodus–and the Israelites just…