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Archive for January, 2007

And it begins.

School has again begun and the clash between all the reading, writing, class times, and my job’s hours have begun to collide. I have about three posts on the burner getting done that will be here soon. For now, I am going to Starbucks to enjoy much caffeine to prepare my body for the massive amount of studying getting done tonight. I have a Greek exam tomorrow, the second day of class, on the whole last semester and that will be what I primarily spend my evening doing.

I am praying for all of you guys that read this, and I pray that we would all be redeeming the time that we have. May we see every second that we have in our day as a second that we are stewards to God for.
May we be saturated with the Scriptures and be spending much time in secret prayer.

I do not want to leave without something benificial within this post…

Ephesians 3:14-21
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to b strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints that is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly that all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

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Thomas Watson

I found this sermon very helpful,so I summarized and outlined it for others who will not have the chance to read it. I encourage you brothers and sisters to look at these and examine the way you come to the word.

THOMAS WATSON:
HOW WE MAY READ THE SCRIPTURES WITH MOST SPIRITUAL PROFIT

MAIN POINTS:
1. If you would profit by reading, remove those things
which will hinder your profiting.
A. Remove the love of every sin
B. Take heed of the thorns which will choke
the word read.
C. Take heed of jesting with scripture.
2. If you would profit, prepare your hearts to the reading
of the word.
3. Read the scripture with reverence.
4. Read the books of scripture in order.
5. Get a right understanding of scripture.
6. Read the word with seriousness.
7. Labor to remember what you read.
8. Meditate upon what you read.
-meditation without reading is erroneous; reading
without mediation is barren.
9. Come to the reading of scripture with humble hearts.
-acknowledge how unworthy you are that God should
reveal himself in his word to you.
10. Give credence to the word written.
-Believe it to be of God; see the name of God in
every line.
11. Highly prize the scriptures
12. Get an ardent love to the word.
13. Come to the reading of the word with honest hearts.
14. Learn to apply Scripture
-take every word as spoken to yourselves. When the
word thunders against sin, think thus: “God means
my sins.”
15. Observe the preceptive, as well as the promissive.
16. Let your thoughts dwell upon the most material passages
Of scripture.
17. Compare yourselves with the word.
-see how the scripture and your hearts agree, how
your dial goes with the sun. Are your hearts, as it
were, a transcript and counterpane of scripture? Is
the word copied out into your hearts? The word
calls for humility; are you not only humbled, but
humble?
18. Take special notice of those scriptures which speak to your particular case.
19. Take special notice of the examples in scripture.
A. Observe the examples of God’s judgments upon
sinners.
B. Observe the examples of God’s mercy to saints.
20. Leave not off reading in the Bible till you find your hearts
warmed.
-read the word, not only as a history, but labor to be
affected with it
21. Set upon the practice of what you read.
22. Make use of Christ’s prophetical office.
– Christ doth so teach as he doth quicken.
23. Tread often upon the threshold of the sanctuary
24. Pray that God will make you profit.
-Pray to God to take off the veil on the scripture, that you may understand it;
and the veil on your heart, that you may believe it.

Two Corollaries:
1. Content not yourselves with the bare reading of scripture, but labor to
find some spiritual increment and profit.
-Get the word transcribed on your hearts. Never leave till you are
assimilated into the word. Such as profit by reading of the book
of God are the best Christians alive; they answer God’s cost,
they credit religion, they save their souls.

2. You who have profited by reading the holy scriptures, adore God’s
distinguishing grace.
–Bless God that he hath not only brought the light to you,
but opened your eyes to see it; that he hath unlocked his hid
treasure, and enriched you with saving knowledge. Some perish
by not having scripture, and others by not improving it.

Objection: But some of the godly may say, they fear they do not profit
by the word they read.
1. You may profit by reading the word, though you come short of others.
2. You may profit by reading the word, though you are not of so quick apprehension.
3. You may profit by reading scripture, though you have not so excellent memories.
A. Thou may have a good heart, though thou hast not so good a memory.
B. Though thou canst remember all thou readest, yet thou remembers that which is
most material, and which thou hast most deed of.

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Check it out

Click HERE to read our brother Dr. Piper talking about some language that he used in a session at Passion 07.
And HERE is the email that Wayne Grudem sent to him regarding the issue.
Both of these are helpful, and may we read them with malleable hearts that seek to live for the glory of our great God. I have been thinking about this issue of language much recently, and I found these both helpful.

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Working on it

Well, as one can see I have been out of the picture for the past few weeks. I found myself very busy, going home often, getting engaged to the lovely Ashton Mikell, etc. and therefore neglected this site. Hopefully I will be in the swing of things soon, getting new posts up and more activity on the other pages. I apologize for the laziness.
For now I would like to commend this translation of Psalm 51 to you all. I read it yesterday in tears and thought it would be a helpful reminder of our great sin, drawing us near to our great Savior who bore the wrath for it. How can such a Holy God love such wretched sinners as us savingly? Because of his righteous Son, Jesus Christ! Christ is our righteousness, and may the meditation on our great sin and Christ’s great work spur us on in living unto him, doing all things to the glory of God.

Psalm 51: The NET Bible
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your loyal love!
Because of your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts!
Wash away my wrongdoing! Cleanse me of my sin!
For I am aware of my rebellious acts;
I am forever conscious of my sin.
Against you–above all–I have sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
So you are just when you confront me;
you are right when you condemn me.
Look, I was guilty of sin from birth,
a sinner the moment my mother conceived me.
Look, you desire integrity in the inner man; you want me to possess wisdom.
Sprinkle me with water and I will be pure;
wash me and I will be whiter than snow.
Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven!
May the bones you crushed rejoice!
Hide your face from my sins! Wipe away all my guilt!
Create for me a pure heart, O God!
Renew a resolute spirit within me!
Do not reject me! Do not take your Holy Spirit from me!
Le me again experience the joy of your deliverance!
Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey!
Then I will teach rebels your merciful ways, and sinners will return to you.
Rescue me from the guilt of murder, O God, the God who delivers me!
Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your deliverance.
O Lord, give me the words!
Then my mouth will praise you.
Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it;
you do not desire a burnt sacrifice.
The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit–
O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.
Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her!
Fortify her walls of Jerusalem!
Then you will accept the proper sacrifices, burnt sacrifices and whole offerings;
then bulls will be sacrificed on your altar.

I pray for you all as you read this, that you will pray through this psalm, meditating on your sinfulness as it really is…in light of God’s holiness and righteousness.

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