Paul Tripp: "As pseudo-sovereigns, we hate waiting, disappointment, obstacles, and failure. We struggle to accept the fact that these things exist in a world that is under the wisest and most benevolent rule possible. C. S. Lewis comments that a hardy belief in the truths of Christianity actually makes your experience of pain more painful. It is bad enough to have to endure pain, but as a believer you must say that it was not an accident and that it was sent by a God who declares himself to be good!" Read the rest.


New Book


I just received Complete in Him, A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Gospel, in the mail. I stumbled upon it through someone mentioning what a blessing it was to them and that it was now back in print for a limited time, so I grabbed it and have skimmed it and looked through the chapters and appendices so far. I think I can already say that this is an invaluable resource to deepen my love for Christ’s work on my behalf. Let me share the chapter titles and subthemes:
1. Condemnation: The Need of the Gospel
     Sinners are Spiritually Dead, Morally Corrupt, and Justly Condemned
2. Christ: the Essence of the Gospel
     Key Aspects of Christ’s Humiliation & Exaltation
3. Conversion: The Response to the Gospel
     The Components, Positive Side, and "Negative" Side of Conversion
4. Regeneration: New Life in the Gospel
     The Definition and Exposition of New Life
5. Union with Christ
     United to Christ Representatively, Mystically, Vitally, Intimately, and Eternally
6. Justification: The Legality of the Gospel
     The Meaning of, Need for, Grounds of, Result of, and Means of Justification
7. Reconciliation: The Peace of the Gospel
     The Necessity, Character, and Results of Reconciliation
8. Adoption: The Privileges in the Gospel
     Definition of Adoption and the Development of the Doctrine
9. Sanctification: The Effect of the Gospel
     The Principle of, Problem for, Provision for, Performance of, and      Pattern for  Sanctification
10. Glorification: The End of the Gospel
     The New Body and a New Standard of Living
11. Assurance: The Enjoyment of the Gospel
     The Objective Basis for and Subjective Experience of Assurance
12. Conclusion
13. Appendices

     Justification and Sanctification
     Who Fought the Battle of Jericho?
     Union with Christ: The Ground of Sanctification
     God’s Law: The Absolute Standard for Ethics

The given revelation is a means toward an end, and God is the end, not the text itself. That’s why I never fight over a translation and get all worked up and steamed up over it. A text is a means to an end.

A.W. Tozer

"The Bible is richer than any single version can fully show." – Amy Carmichael

Radical Questions for Teens


From Alex and Brett Harris’s book for teens, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations:

  • Is it possible that even though teens today have more freedom than any other generation in history, we’re actually missing out on some of the best years of our lives?


  • Is it possible that what our culture says about the purpose and potential of the teen years is a lie and that we are its victims?


  • Is it possible that our teen years give us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for huge accomplishments—as individuals and as a generation?


  • And finally, what would our lives look like if we set out on a different path entirely—a path that required more effort but promised a lot more reward?

Let no man despise your youth” –the Apostle Paul

Why are terrorists suicidal?



Wondering why terrorists are so quick to commit suicide? No Jesus, no Christmas, no television, no car races, no football, no soccer, no pork BBQ, no hot dogs, no burgers, no chocolate chip cookies, no lobster, no nachos, no beer nuts!

Rags for clothes and towels for hats. Constant wailing from the guy next-door because he’s sick and there are no doctors. Constant wailing from the guy in the tower. On your knees facing east most of the day. More than one wife. You can’t shave. Your wives can’t shave. You can’t shower to wash off the smell of donkey cooked over burning camel dung. Your bride is picked by someone else. She smells just like your donkey. Then they tell you that when you die it all gets better!

I mean, really, is there a mystery here?

— Submitted

HT: Patriot Post

Family Values

4 New Testament (Church) Family Values:

  1. We share our stuff with one another.
  2. We share our hearts with one another.
  3. We stay, embrace the pain, and grow up with one another.
  4. Family is about more than me, the wife, and the kids.

~ Joseph Hellerman, When the Church Was a Family, (pg. 145).

HT:  Doug Wolter