Strange Fire

September 28, 2013 9:08 pm

 

Currently Reading:

God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation

by Andreas J. Kostenberger with David W. Jones

Category: Christian Living / Marriage & Family

Crossway, 2010 (2nd edition)

 

 

 

 

Only less than three weeks away, the controversial Strange Fire (Truth Matters) conference will take place at Grace Community Church. For those who cannot attend, try to listen to the sessions online if you can, or at least get a copy of the Strange Fire book coming out in November. This conference will feature guest speaks John MacArthur, Steve Lawson, R.C. Sproul, and others, and will examine the truth behind the charismatic movement that has much of the global health-and-wealth / faith word movements under its wings: 

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www.tmsstrangefire.org

 

Hilton Retreat

September 19, 2013 3:26 am

 

Currently Reading:

Disciplines of a Godly Family

by Kent & Barbara  Hughes

Category: Christian Living / Parenting

Crossway, 2007

 

 

 

 

This weekend I am off to a retreat with the Foundations group, which is part of the Crossroads department of Grace Community Church. It’s my first retreat since January. I guess it wasn’t so long ago, but it sure feels like it, since I did so much since then. I am especially looking forward to this occasion, since this retreat will be at the Hilton hotel in Irvine. This marks the first time I ever had a retreat at a hotel, since my past retreats usually took place in some cabin in the mountains. Please pray for safety, spiritual refreshing, and possibly even evangelistic opportunities with the hotel people there.

A Line to Mediate On

September 14, 2013 9:52 pm

 

Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism

by John Piper & Wayne Grudem

Category: Theology / Christian Living

Crossway, 2012

 

 

 

 

“God’s Truth is the Most Important Thing in the Universe.” A quote from the inner flap  of the MacArthur Study Bible. It is a short but so powerfully true. If God has revealed His word in Scripture, then it is truly the most important thing that we can live by. To discard it, treat it lightly, or twist it would be to our detriment, which is why we must live by it, defend it, and honor it as much as we can. We must read the word of God daily.

There was a point in my life when I used to read the Bible every day without fail. I started this project in August 2009 and went through the entire Bible by January 2012. I even wrote a journal of every day’s reading. Such an experienced, however, grueling it was, expanded my brain, tremendously shaped my Christian worldview, and influenced my everyday behavior. In other words, it changed my life. That is why I really believe so many problems can be solved in a Christian’s life if they just take the time and make it a disciple to read their Bibles without fail every day, and read it thoroughly without picking and choosing. You will surprised at what new things you will learn.

Psalm 1:2 starts that the blessed man’s delight is in the law of the law, for in it he mediates day and night. Because Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim 3:15-16), it is inerrant, inspired, infallible, and all-sufficient for the believer’s life. It should be treated as sacred and holy, because God is sacred and holy. 

I have to remind myself this, because recently there have been days when I have been failing to read God’s word on days because of my lack of discipline. I still do read, but just not how I used to a few years ago. I desire to get back on track. I encourage you guys to get on board as well. It will do wonders for your life. It is because of my commitment to reading and studying the entire Bible that I learned the importance of many things: evangelism, worship, prayer, financial offerings, supporting Israel, the meaning of eschatological passages, the significance of Mosaic ordinances, the complementarian role of men and women, helping the poor, etc. 

Let us not only read Scripture, but cherish and hold it in high regard. This command is important especially in our day and age when Satan is working in non-Christian, as well as Christian, academic circles to attempt to deconstruct the Bible in many areas. 

Book Review: Finally Free

September 13, 2013 10:21 pm

 

Finally Free is Heath Lambert’s new book about eight gospel-centered strategies for overcoming pornography. It is a thoroughly biblical and effective guide that teaches Christians how to overcome one of the greatest internal struggles that many men, and perhaps women, will face in their lives. It is a book full of practical imperatives, yet always centered on grace, challenging yet encouraging. You will truly benefit from the teachings from this book, which is very effective in helping Christians struggling in pornography, lust, and sexual sin to be free from these sinful habits and to live purity and holiness in Christ. It is a short, easy, and powerful book that is life transforming.