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NT Exhortation

This understanding should impact our preaching:

The writers of the New Testament wrote their books to people – ones who had attached themselves to the church by a profession of faith.  They were not so naive as to presume that all who would come into contact with their letters were regenerate individuals.  However, they did not question or disparage the professed faith of their readers.  The apostles addressed the church according to its profession and in this manner included tests, exhortations, and admonitions to depend solely upon grace, and warnings against apostasy by which the readers could measure their own profession and ascertain their status.

Exhortations in Scripture have at least a threefold purpose: 1) to reveal the spurious professor of faith, 2) to cause the believer to strive for holiness of life, and 3) to drive the believer to his only source of enablement – the preseving grace of God.

Ardel B. Caneday, unpublished post-grad seminar paper, Grace Theological Seminary, 1977

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Memorable Quote

Taking the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked.

Ernie and Rose Baker

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Have a look at these videos.  They will give some perspective on Rick Warren’s ministry, in his own words (with commentary).  On the first video, start at the 2 minute mark, and on the second video the best part begins at the 3 minute mark.

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One of the unfortunate consequences of the promotion of contextualization is the de-emphasis of our responsibility to help others to understand new concepts.  As a professor explains humorously, we aren’t going to preach to Eskimos about the “Seal” of God who takes away the sins of the world, but about the “Lamb” and then proceed to teach them what a lamb is, and why it is significant and how it plays a part in the OT.  Here is the intro to Piper’s latest “Taste and See“:

As we think seriously about contextualizing the message of the Bible, let’s remember that we must also labor to bring about, in the minds of our listeners, conceptual categories that may be missing from their mental framework. If we only use the thought structures they already have, some crucial biblical truths will remain unintelligible, no matter how much contextualizing we do. This work of concept creation is harder than contextualization, but just as important.

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Questions of application given by C.J. in his message “Do Not Love the World.”

Do I love the world?  Is there something in the world I am presently attracted to or pursuing?  And if so, have I informed the appropriate people so that I might receive the accountability and avoid the deceitfulness of sin and the consequences of sin?

Am I being influenced by someone who loves the world?  Are ya?  If you’re being influenced by someone who loves the world, then you need to repent, you need to loving correct that individual, and you need to relate wisely and cautiously to that individual.  You are not serving that individual by participating with them in their sin.  You are actually calling into question the genuineness of your own conversion.

What are you passionate about?  Often you can discern the presence of worldliness by the absence of affection for the Saviour.

Finally, are you a present-day Demas?  “Demas”, Paul writes, “in love with this present world has deserted me.”  My God, I pray there not be a single dimus numbered among this congregation. 

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Al Mohler on ADHD

The most recent post by Al Mohler on his blog is so poignant and concise, that I felt it is best to just include it in its entirety:

When thinking of signs of our times, consider this advertisement from a Nebraska newspaper. The ad was brought to my attention by a helpful listener to the radio program.

Now, let’s think carefully about this. Can’t sit still? Can’t play quietly? Loses things? Does not seem to listen? Has difficulty paying attention? Is fidgety? Honestly, do you know any 6 to 12-year-old children who do not fit this description?

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Theodore Roosevelt Quote

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt
“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

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