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Archive for December, 2011

Reading the Bible Together

King David, in Psalm 19, says this about the word of God:

7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
 reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
 making wise the simple.
 8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
 bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.
 9 Reverence for the Lord is pure, 
lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true;
 each one is fair.
 10 They are more desirable than gold,
 even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey,
 even honey dripping from the comb.
 11 They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.

God’s word revives us, makes us wise, brings us joy, gives us insight, warns us, and leads us to great reward in obeying God. What a privilege that we have his perfect word so readily accessible to us in our Bibles! To own a personal copy of the Scriptures has not been the norm for most people in the history of the church. I need to regularly remind myself what a blessing it is to sit down with a cup of coffee, open my own copy of the Bible, and receive counsel and perspective from God’s very word.


Community Idolatry

Bob Thune and I are working on a follow-up study to The Gospel Centered Life. One of the lessons has this chart, which I am unable to sit on until it is published. So here’s a sneak peek:

Community is about God. Community exists to declare his praises and to exalt his goodness and to display his excellencies. True community – the community we were made for – is God-centered and God-focused and God-exalting.


Repentance Questions

The word “repentance” has picked up a negative connotation in our culture, but it is actually good news. One Bible commentator said, “repentance from the beginning of time to this present hour has been, and remains, the most positive word from the heart of God.” The call to repent is an invitation to give up the futility and frustration of doing life on our terms and turn to God who restore us to the life for which we were made. Often, we do not respond to this invitation because we simply do not think deeply enough about what true repentance would look like for us. So here are eight questions to ask yourself and others. May they help us experience the good news of the gospel!