Archive | November, 2009

Thabiti Anyabwile on Suffering

November 30, 2009

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Suffering is real.  It’s easy to be cavalier about the concept of going through trials until you find yourself smack dab right in the middle of one.  This is probably best exemplified by Peter before he denied the Lord three times.  The past year has been a season of great joy and intense suffering for myself […]

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Is God Good or Evil?

November 19, 2009

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What kind of a question is this?  To the Christian, this comes as a bit of an absurdity for sure.  Nowhere in our fiber do we attribute evil to a just and holy God (my wife just left the room for fear of a lightning strike).  However, go out amongst those in the world and this is a bona-fide […]

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Interview with Corrie Ten Boom

November 14, 2009

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I love how she corrects Pat Robertson by saying that it was not “what” but “who” that saw her through her trials.  Clearly she has lived a life that has experienced the power of the Holy Spirit living and working through her, and we can see wonderful examples of God’s providence in the story of […]

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How to Meditate on the Providence of God

November 13, 2009

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I was rearranging some computer files and I happened on this short statement.   I wrote it a year ago last February when we were in the midst of the Puritan Reading Challenge.  It has to do with John Flavel and his book “The Mystery of Providence.”  As I remember it, I had difficulty reading this book.  The older […]

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The Irreducible Reference Point of Diversity

November 12, 2009

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Jean-Paul Sartre once said: “No finite point has any meaning unless it has an infinite reference point.”  I had never heard that quote before today, but I doubt I’ll forget it.  In Christian circles we are acutely aware of our finiteness.  Relating, as we do, through the lens of scripture, we see the reality of […]

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…Lingering on the Sunday Message… 11/8/09

November 9, 2009

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Notes taken from the Sunday message at Mountain Bridge Bible Fellowship as delivered by Pastor Kevin Boling. Gimel 17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. 18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. 19 I am a stranger in the earth: […]

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If Samuel Rutherford could blog….

November 7, 2009

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My belief is that if Samuel Rutherford could blog,….he wouldn’t.  Blog?  He’d probably think you were talking about the food in Aberdeen prison.  Gruel, gob, blob?  Of course, having read his work, I’m doubtful he’d really spend much time on his own misery to invent pet names for food.  Though alone, cold, and hungry a weaker […]

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Getting the Gospel Right

November 4, 2009

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When it comes to the gospel, we should be careful about what we say.  Sometimes Christian speak (cliches or catch phrases) works its way into our thinking.  Before you realize, we’ve changed the meaning of the Word from what God intended.  In chapter four of Michael Horton’s new book The Gospel Driven Life, the importance of getting the Gospel right is discussed and three common […]

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…Lingering on the Sunday Message… 11/1/09

November 1, 2009

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Notes taken from the Sunday message at Mountain Bridge Bible Fellowship as delivered by Pastor Kevin Boling.  Continuing on Psalm 119, we begin the second stanza. 9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let […]

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