Deeply challenged

I have often worn my busyness like a badge of honor. After all, if you’re a committed leader for the cause of Christ, there is no time to waste.

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Replenish
Lance Witt
Category: Christianity

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Deeply challenged

I have often worn my busyness like a badge of honor. After all, if you’re a committed leader for the cause of Christ, there is no time to waste.

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Replenish
Lance Witt
Category: Christianity

Witt, Lance. “Replenish.” Baker Publishing Group. iBooks.
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gospelofthekingdom:

freesyria:

In answer to Kafranbel’s condolences, the people of Boston write a message in solidarity with them and their struggle.
“Boston, bombings represent a sorrowful scene of what happens everyday in Syria. Do accept our condolences.” 19/04/2013
“Friends of Syria, we too hope for the safety of your families and for peace.” 20/04/2013

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” -Jesus

gospelofthekingdom:

freesyria:

In answer to Kafranbel’s condolences, the people of Boston write a message in solidarity with them and their struggle.

Boston, bombings represent a sorrowful scene of what happens everyday in Syria. Do accept our condolences.” 19/04/2013

Friends of Syria, we too hope for the safety of your families and for peace.” 20/04/2013

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” -Jesus

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10 things that happen at the moment of salvation

TheResurgence
10 things that happen at the moment of salvation


Eternal life doesn’t start when you die—it starts the moment Jesus saves you from your sin. Here are ten things that happen at salvation:

1. You are reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18–20).

2. You are forgiven for all of your sins (Col. 2:13).

3. You become a child of God (John 3:3, 7).

4. You are accepted by God (Eph. 1:6).

5. You are justified by Jesus Christ (Rom. 4:1–5:1).

6. You are brought close to God (Eph. 2:13).

7. You are delivered from the power of darkness (2 Cor. 4:3–4; Col. 1:13).

8. You join the people of God (1 Pet. 2:9).

9. You are granted access to God (Heb. 4:16; 10:10–20).

10. You receive an inheritance (Eph. 1:14; Col. 3:24; 1 Pet 1:4; Heb. 9:15).

This post is adapted from Pastor Bill’s Re:Lit book, Disciple: Getting Your Identity from Jesus.


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10 things that happen at the moment of salvation

TheResurgence
10 things that happen at the moment of salvation


Eternal life doesn’t start when you die—it starts the moment Jesus saves you from your sin. Here are ten things that happen at salvation:

1. You are reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18–20).

2. You are forgiven for all of your sins (Col. 2:13).

3. You become a child of God (John 3:3, 7).

4. You are accepted by God (Eph. 1:6).

5. You are justified by Jesus Christ (Rom. 4:1–5:1).

6. You are brought close to God (Eph. 2:13).

7. You are delivered from the power of darkness (2 Cor. 4:3–4; Col. 1:13).

8. You join the people of God (1 Pet. 2:9).

9. You are granted access to God (Heb. 4:16; 10:10–20).

10. You receive an inheritance (Eph. 1:14; Col. 3:24; 1 Pet 1:4; Heb. 9:15).

This post is adapted from Pastor Bill’s Re:Lit book, Disciple: Getting Your Identity from Jesus.


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The fermata

The fermata
Seth’s Blog


It is a mark from the composer to the conductor: Hold the pause as long as you like.

When we finally have the attention of an audience, our instinct is to rush. Attention is precious, please don’t stare, okay, I’m hurrying, there, I’m done.

It doesn’t have to work that way.

If you’ve got something to say, say it. Slowly. With effect. The audience isn’t going anywhere. At least not the people you care about.

No, don’t waste their time. Yes, handle your message with the respect it deserves.

If you have to rush to say it, it might not be worth saying.

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The fermata

The fermata
Seth’s Blog


It is a mark from the composer to the conductor: Hold the pause as long as you like.

When we finally have the attention of an audience, our instinct is to rush. Attention is precious, please don’t stare, okay, I’m hurrying, there, I’m done.

It doesn’t have to work that way.

If you’ve got something to say, say it. Slowly. With effect. The audience isn’t going anywhere. At least not the people you care about.

No, don’t waste their time. Yes, handle your message with the respect it deserves.

If you have to rush to say it, it might not be worth saying.

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The fermata

The fermata
Seth’s Blog


It is a mark from the composer to the conductor: Hold the pause as long as you like.

When we finally have the attention of an audience, our instinct is to rush. Attention is precious, please don’t stare, okay, I’m hurrying, there, I’m done.

It doesn’t have to work that way.

If you’ve got something to say, say it. Slowly. With effect. The audience isn’t going anywhere. At least not the people you care about.

No, don’t waste their time. Yes, handle your message with the respect it deserves.

If you have to rush to say it, it might not be worth saying.

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Pithy proverbs: How to handle wise sayings wisely

Pithy proverbs: How to handle wise sayings wisely
TheResurgence


Every culture seems to have its own unique, collected wisdom, pithy insights of the wise. Oftentimes, these tidbits are preserved in the form of the proverb. We have proverbial sayings in American culture. I am thinking of sayings such as “A stitch in time saves nine” or “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

The Bible, of course, has an entire book of such pithy sayings—the book of Proverbs. However, this compilation of proverbial wisdom is different from all other such collections in that these sayings reflect not just human wisdom but divine wisdom, for these proverbs are inspired by God.

Wise sayings, not divine commandments

We must be very careful in how we approach and implement these wise sayings. Because they are inspired does not mean that the biblical proverbs are like laws, imposing a universal obligation. Yet, some people treat them as if they were divine commandments. If we regard them in that way, we run into all kinds of trouble. Even divinely inspired proverbs do not necessarily apply to all life situations. Rather, they reflect insights that are generally true.

To illustrate this point, let me remind you of two of our own culture’s proverbs. First, we often say, “Look before you leap.” That is a valuable insight. But we have another proverb that seems to contradict it: “He who hesitates is lost.”

If we tried to apply both of these proverbs at the same time we would be thoroughly confused. In many situations, wisdom dictates that we examine carefully where we should place our steps next so that we are not moving blindly. At the same time, we cannot be so paralyzed in our evaluation of the pros and cons of our next move that we hesitate too long before making a decision and lose opportunities when they present themselves to us.

The book of Proverbs is concerned to give us practical guidelines for daily experience… If we want wisdom, this is the fountain from which to drink
Making sense of conflicting instructions

Let me cite one well-known example. The book of Proverbs says, “Answer not a fool according to his folly” (Pr. 26:4a). Then, in the very next verse, we read, “Answer a fool according to his folly” (Pr. 26:5a). How can we follow these opposite instructions? How can both be statements of wisdom?

The answer depends on the situation.

There are certain circumstances when it is not wise to answer a fool according to his folly, but there are other circumstances when it is wise to answer a fool according to his folly.

Proverbs 26:4 says, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself” (emphasis added). If someone is speaking foolishness, it is generally not wise to try to talk to him. Such a discussion will go nowhere, and the one who tries to carry on the discussion with the fool is in danger of falling into the same foolishness. In other words, there are circumstances when we are better off saying nothing.

Even divinely inspired proverbs do not necessarily apply to all life situations. Rather, they reflect insights that are generally true.
At other times, however, it can be helpful to answer a fool according to his folly. Proverbs 26:5 says, “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes” (emphasis added). Although it was made an art form by the ancient Greek philosophers, the Hebrews understood and in biblical teaching sometimes used one of the most effective ways of arguing with another person. I am referring to the reductio ad absurdum, which reduces the other person’s argument to absurdity.

By means of this technique, it is possible to show a person the necessary, logical conclusion that flows out of his argument, and so demonstrate that his premises lead ultimately to an absurd conclusion. When a person has a foolish premise and gives a foolish argument, it can at times be very effective to answer them according to their folly.

The book of Proverbs is concerned to give us practical guidelines for daily experience. It is a neglected treasure of the Old Testament, with untold riches lying in wait in its pages to guide our lives. If we want wisdom, this is the fountain from which to drink. But, as with the entirety of the Word of God, we need to be zealous to learn how to handle the book of Proverbs properly.

Our friends at Ligonier are offering November’s issue of Tabletalk free through their new iPad app. To learn more about downloading the Tabletalk app for your iPad, visit Ligonier. This article was adapted from Tabletalk Magazine with permission from the publisher. All rights reserved.


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