Scripture Speaks to Our Suffering

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You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Isaiah 26:3-4

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Doctrine Collection

Here are some good posts t help you think about God:

10 Things You Should Know about the Trinity – Fred Sanders (Crossway)

10 Things You Should Know about God’s Attributes – Mark Jones (Crossway)

A Vital Yet Neglected Attribute of God (God’s Patience) – Mark Jones (Crossway)

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Preaching Point

ExpositorSpr18Someone whose task is to exhort others to a life of godliness in response to the gospel of grace should himself reflect that holiness.

– Derek W. H. Thomas in Expositor (Spring 2018)

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We Have Found…

In Christ, we have found a great love that came down to suffer with us and die for us.

In Christ, we have found a great peace with God – a relationship we can enjoy during the darkest storms of life.

In Christ, we have found a great hope that pierces the monster of death and transcends the grave.

In Christ, we have found a great joy as we remember the great love, peace, and hope we have found.

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Passion Points

Here are some good posts for your Easter weekend reading:

Enter the Dragon Slayer – Jon Bloom (DG)
Weary years passed as the cursed earth and its depraved inhabitants languished in bondage to corruption. And then, in the fullness of the King’s time, the ancient, mysterious decrees began to unfold. In an unexpected place and an unexpected way, into the world stepped the Dragon Slayer.

10 Things You Should Know about the Cross – Patrick Schreiner (Crossway)
The Christian faith is distinctively Trinitarian and cross-shaped. Therefore, the cross must reveal the Trinity. God the Father sent the Son to save the world, the Son submitted to the Father’s will, and the Spirit applies the work of redemption to Jesus followers.

Salvation by Propitiation – Kevin DeYoung
The God who has always been for us in eternity sent his Son in time to be the wrath-absorbing sacrifice that we might enjoy peace with God for ages unending.

Hymn Stories – Christ The Lord Is Risen Today – Tim Challies
Here are all 11 stanzas published by the Wesleys. It is worth reading through each one thoughtfully, and perhaps especially the ones that we no longer sing. They are rich with biblical allusion and the wonderful implications of Easter.

Hope you have a great Resurrection Sunday!

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It’s Friday

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The Look

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Q&A#12: God’s Image

Q/A#12
Q: After what pattern did God create us?
A: God created us in his own image to be relational and rational, to both work and rest, and to live morally upright in all things.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion….  – Genesis 1:26a (ESV)

See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes. – Ecclesiastes 7:29 (ESV)

For Further Reflection
Genesis 2:3, 15-20

Our Response
Live as an image-bearer of God
Praise God for who he made you to be

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Rest Reflections

restofgodBut all that hurry has gotten me no farther ahead. It’s actually set me back. It’s diminished me. My efforts to gain time have only lost it. Whole epochs of my existence have swept by me in a blur, with nary a cheap souvenir to remember them by. There are seasons and seasons of my life swallowed whole, buried in a black hole of forgetting…. Through all that haste, I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.

– Mark Buchanan in The Rest of God

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Awed

EnjoyingIntimacySometimes we are awed into silence in the presence of the Eternal.

– J. Oswald Sanders in Enjoying Intimacy with God

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