Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Good Word to Dads of Daughters

The good word can be found by clicking HERE.

And when you finish it, go back to the 2nd to last paragraph & click on the words "absolutely beautiful" to find another good word to dads of daughters.

May our sons in their youth
be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace.
Psalm 144.12

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

10 Ways to Help a Friend with Cancer

I've been at the PCA's General Assembly in Houston this week, and have been amazed at how often the word "cancer" has come up in personal conversations.

If you know someone battling cancer, click HERE to read an superb article on loving them well.  It's full of practical kindness and wisdom and humility and compassion.  It's not self-consciously centered on Christ (who alone is the ultimate antidote to & conqueror of cancer), but it shines with the beauty of his image.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Finding Pasture

In John 10, Jesus makes a daring claim, gives a dire warning, and then promises something extraordinary...
"I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
We'll talk more about this on Sunday, but for now, take a moment and reflect:  What does this "abundant life" mean?  What does it look like?

Well, much can be said.  But Jesus actually defines it right here in this passage as "he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture."

That's the Jewish way of describing the good life!

You are free to come and go without fear, living in a land of peace and plenty.

In Numbers 27, it's what God's appointed & true leader provides for you:
Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.” So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.
In Deuteronomy 28, it's the summary statement of the blessing of God, when his people are faithful:
And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
In 1 Kings 3, it's what a child cannot do for himself/herself:
And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.
In Psalm 121, it's the life of the one who trust in the Lord:

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

As Jesus says, it means salvation, and it is found only through him.  Come and have it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Covenant Child & The Sermon

It occurs to me as I write the title for this blog post that I'd like to come back to that title sometime in the future & attempt a short essay... but for now, just enjoy this delightful email I received from a faithful mom at DPC... posted with her permission...

My conversation with Owyn last night as I was putting him to bed.

Me: Owyn, do you remember anything about what Pastor Tommy was talking about in church this morning?

Owyn: Yes.

Me: What do you remember?

Owyn: It was from John.

Me: Do you remember what chapter? (We had practiced looking it up)

Owyn: Yes, chapter 8.

Me: What did he say about chapter 8? (We had talked some about Jesus being the Light of the World before hand so I was expecting something along those lines.)

Owyn:  He said, "WHERE IS THE MAN?". Just like that.

So, that's what stuck with him :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Christianity & Racism

I'm sure you've heard well-meaning people say things like, "I don't see race... I don't see color."

I must confess that when I hear this, I think these well-meaning people have, sadly, lost something beautiful.

You don't see race?  You don't see color?  Why not?  God, in his wisdom, made all the varieties of race.  God, in crafting humanity in his own glorious image, made all the rich hues of color.  Why would you want to miss out on that?  It's amazing.  (That is, the reflected glory of God is amazing, not the unthinking evasion of this reflected glory.)

If you're a friend of Ransom Road or DPC, you've heard me mention the names Sean & Amber DeMars, our members & missionaries in Peru.  In fact, they have their very own label here on Ransom Road.  Yes, they have "arrived."

Sean has recently written an article on "The Race Conversation" in American evangelical churches.  It's so very encouraging.  Read it now or you are definitely a racist.