Rest Reflection

ArtOfRestThe refusal to stop is a refusal to accept our creatureliness. It is a subtle rejection of God’s ability to rule his world, rescue his people, and rejuvenate them along the way.

– Adam Mabry in The Art of Rest

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Our Bodies

EarthenVesselsThe psalmist tells us we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” We were knit together in our mother’s womb by the delicate hands of God. Our bodies are not amorphous lumps that we shape and sculpt into our own self-image – they are diving gifts, given to us by God himself.

– Matthew Lee Anderson in Earthen Vessels

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Here are some helpful posts on some recent books related to abuse:

Rachael Denhollander: Abuse Does Not Get the Final Word – Justin Holcomb (TGC)

What Is a Girl Worth? – Tim Challies

The Creaking on the Stairs – Tim Challies

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Q&A#13B: Commandments 3-4

Q/A#13B
Q: What do the third and fourth commandments teach us?
A: The third and fourth commandments teach us to love God by honoring Him in the way we use His name and His time.

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain….  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. – Exodus 20:7a & 8 (ESV)

For Further Reflection
Exodus 20:7-11, Mark 2:27

Our Response
Honor God’s name with our words and our lives.
Enjoy a day to rest and worship.

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Rest Reflection

HowShouldIManageThere is a time for work and there is a time for rest and recreation. We can dishonor God by working without rest or exercise just as much as we can by resting and exercising without working. The key to learning how to redeem the time is learning how to hold every activity of life in proper proportion, to know what is appropriate for what occasion, and to do it all to the glory of the triune God. 

– Ryan McGraw in How Should I Manage Time?

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In His Presence

How_Should_We_Consider_Christ_in_Affliction_cover__31187.1529607587To be in His presence is everything you could desire, everything you could hope for.  This is the apex. This is heaven’s heaven – to be with Christ, to be His bride, to be in perfect communion with Him, to enjoy knowing Him and seeing Him and loving Him and praising Him and communing with Him uninterrupted – forever basking in His smile and bathing in His glory and feasting in His presence…

– Joel Beeke in How Should We Consider Christ in Affliction?

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The topic of burial versus cremation came up in my sermon last Sunday.  Here are some good posts to help you think through the choice:

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Cremation – Joe Carter (TGC)

To Bury or to Burn? Cremation in Christian Perspective – David Jones (TGC)

What Should Christians Think about Cremation? – Richard Phillips (ref21)

A Biblical Theology of Burial – Nick Batzig (TCC)

Should Christians Cremate Their Loved Ones? A Modest Proposal – John Piper (DG)

No Cremation — But Should I Gift My Body to Science? – John Piper (DG)

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Preaching Point

the_kind_of_preaching_god_blesses_book_cover__78616.1372422983Those who recognize their weaknesses are made strong. Those who recognize their inadequacies are made adequate. Those who realize their helplessness receive divine help. This is the sovereign design and infinite genius of God. Finite men must preach in the power that only an infinite God can provide.

– Steven Lawson in The Kind of Preaching God Blesses

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Declaring the Glory

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Rocky Mountains near Ouray, CO

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
– Psalm 19:1

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,
in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
– Romans 1:20

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Here are some important posts to ponder regarding the recent Equality Town Hall:

Beto O’Rourke’s Plan to Destroy Churches – Joe Carter (TGC)

The #EqualityTownHall Was Loud and Clear: The LGBTQ+ Community, Beto, the Equality Act, and Evangelicals – Ed Stetzer (CT)

Democrats Are Going to Regret Beto’s Stance on Conservative Churches – John Inazu (Atlantic)

The Cultural Left Bares Its Teeth: An Open Threat to Churches and Christians Who Hold to Biblical Conviction – Albert Mohler

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