J.I. Packer (1926-2020)

One of the greats has passed. Justin Taylor gives us an overview of the life of J.I. Packer.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/j-i-packer-1926-2020/

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The Holiness of God

Wow do I miss R.C. Sproul!

There is a lot of great content at Ligonier.

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Defining Social Justice

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Cultural Marxism

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Ethnic Gnosticism

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Racial Reconciliation – Dr. Voddie Baucham

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Paul in Quarantine

How did the Apostle Paul spiritually thrive during his time of “social distancing” while in prison? In this video Grant Clay, executive director of ELLS International, shares insights from Paul’s experience in prison to help encourage pastors and churches during the COVID-19 epidemic.

To learn more about ELLS International, please visit our website at http://www.ellsinternational.com

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Pandemic, Meet The Resurrection

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He is risen. That is the Christian confession. We worship the triune God. We do so in Spirit and in truth. We do so in resurrection hope. For our God and Father “make[s] springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. From [the Almighty’s] lofty abode [He] water[s] the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of [His] work” (Psalm 104:10-13).

Christians are people of the resurrection. And our resurrection lifestyle shines all the more brightly when everyone around us fears pandemic, tyranny, and death. Why don’t we fear? Because our Father feeds cedar trees with rivers. He gives blue jays a place to nest. He molds the high mountains for the wild goats. He makes the dark so the mice can creep about the forest floor. And He gives resurrection for us, His children.

This resurrection is found in Jesus Christ for He is the resurrection and the life. He is the only Son of the Father. He is the only one yet to have risen never to die again. He is the only righteous man the world has ever known. And so he is the only way to rise from the dead and live in eternal glory—body and soul.

Here we are in Spring again, disease has not stopped God from raising all of nature from winter sleep. Consider the buds, blossoms, and shoots. What causes them to come forth? The same power that brought Lazarus forth from the grave, that power that caused Ezekiel’s dry bones to grow sinews and flesh, that power which dwells in Christians.

God is the one making all things new. He created the world in the beginning and will create a new world one day. He stretched out the present heavens above, and will unfold a new heavens in due time. He formed our first father Adam from the dust, and will raise us from the dust once more. He sent his Son into Mary’s womb. He sent him also to Joseph’s tomb. And we rejoice that he sent our Lord out of that borrowed grave. To God belongs the glory, power, and dominion for he gives and takes away, makes sick and heals, puts down and raises up.

So may the Lord lift up today. As he does we will find ourselves with minds and hearts in the heavenly places, that place where God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. We don’t set our hearts there that we might escape the trouble here. We are not afraid to look danger square in the face. We set our minds and hearts there for that is where we really are. For God has raised us up with Christ Jesus and already set us in the heavenly places with him. So we worship, love, eat, procreate, work, sweat, serve and pray with heart and feet firmly planted in two places. We are in the heavenly place and firmly planted on this God’s earth. We live in resurrection power—a power which Yahweh the death-destroyer is already causing to spring forth.

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“Redeeming the Time” Part 5

Dated December, 1734

Ephesians 5:16

“Redeeming the time”

SECTION V

Advice respecting the improvement of time.

I shall conclude with advising to three things in particular.

First, improve the present time without any delay. If you delay and put off its improvement, still more time will be lost; and it will be an evidence that you are not sensible of its preciousness. Talk not of more convenient seasons hereafter; but improve your time while you have it, after the example of the psalmist. Psa. 119:60, “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.”

Second, be especially careful to improve those parts of time which are most precious. Though all time is very precious, yet some parts are more precious than others; as, particularly, holy time is more precious than common time. Such time is of great advantage for our everlasting welfare. Therefore, above all, improve your Sabbaths, and especially the time of public worship, which is the most precious part. Lose it not either in sleep, or in carelessness, inattention, and wandering imaginations. How sottish are they who waste away, not only their common, but holy time, yea the very season of attendance on the holy ordinances of God! — The time of youth is precious, on many accounts. Therefore, if you be in the enjoyment of this time, take heed that you improve it. Let not the precious days and years of youth slip away without improvement. A time of the strivings of God’s Spirit is more precious than other time. Then God is near; and we are directed, in Isa. 55:6, “To seek the Lord while he may be found, and to call upon him while he is near.” Such especially is an accepted time, and a day of salvation: 2 Cor. 6:2, “I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in a day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Third, improve well your time of leisure from worldly business. Many persons have a great deal of such time, and all have some. If men be but disposed to it, such time may be improved to great advantage. When we are most free from cares for the body, and business of an outward nature, a happy opportunity for the soul is afforded. Therefore spend not such opportunities unprofitably, nor in such a manner that you will not be able to give a good account thereof to God. Waste them not away wholly in unprofitable visits, or useless diversions or amusements. Diversion should be used only in subserviency to business. So much, and no more, should be used, as doth most fit the mind and body for the work of our general and particular callings.

You have need to improve every talent, advantage, and opportunity, to your utmost, while time lasts; for it will soon be said concerning you, according to the oath of the angel, in Rev. 10:5, 6, “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.”

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Historical Objects that Help Tell the Story of Easter

Another great article from Tim Challies that deals with two historical artifacts that Christians can learn from.  Pictured below is the Pilate Stone.

Historical Objects that Help Tell the Story of Easter

 

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