No theme today; just some miscellaneous thoughts.
Many Words. This picture - along with the caption, "Can you do this? (In other news, this is the effect of my preaching on my children.)"- got more feedback on Facebook than anything I have posted in a long time. It happened while I was preaching on Proverbs 10:19, "When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent." Not sure what the significance of that is, but the comments received ranged from the virtue of flexibility to comparisons to Eutychus (check Acts 20). Maybe he was just being a 3 year old (with a rubber skeleton) at the end of a long day. But that Proverb is interesting when thinking about sermons and blogs. Lots of words there, which doesn't inherently indicate the presence of sin (the Bible has many words; God ordains the preaching of the word as the means he will bless). But wow. Let's be careful with what we say and write.
Redeeming the time. I was talking with my brother-in-law recently, and he gave me a good idea. I don't spend too much time reading blogs, although there's a lot of good stuff out there. His idea was bookmarking some good blogs on my phone so that when I am stuck somewhere (like waiting for a haircut), I can easily pull them up and read something with profit instead of just launching birds or matching jewels. What blogs do I read when I take the opportunity? Among others, I enjoy Kevin DeYoung and Tim Challies. (Disclaimer: just because I've linked to them doesn't mean I agree with everything they write.) So if you've got a phone that can access the internet and ever have a little down time, there's one idea.
Promises. God keeps his. 2 Peter 1:3-4. "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire." That is nothing short of amazing. For more thoughts, head over to the "Messages" page and check out the morning and evening message from September 4, 2011. Thanks, Dad.
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