Don’t Miss List for April 12, 2016

Victoria Osteen Puts Words in Jesus’ Mouth

VOsteenThe Museum of Idolatry has this 44-second gem on display, providing further proof that neither Joel Osteen or his wife Victoria, have any idea what the Bible actually says or means.

One of my favorite Shepherd’s Conference Messages

I intended to post this sooner, but life and surgery got in the way. But I think this session from ShepCon 2016 by Nathan Busenitz is a must listen. Titled “Evangelicalism’s Quest for Popular Acceptance,” Busenitz delves into the risks of choosing intellectualism, political influence or even the noble goal of trying to reach more people over biblical fidelity. These are all tempting alternatives to biblical faithfulness that must be rejected.

Berean Research on the Azusa “Revival”

The Azusa event took place over the weekend and Berean Research has a post about it.

Iran’s Underground Church Continues to Grow

I wrote this article for WORLD recently about the growth of Christianity under severe persecution in Iran.

Entreating Favor on the Psalms

I really loved this Psalms edition of EF’s “Best Book of the Bible” series from Nate Pickowicz. I love the Psalms, for this is helpful place to start if you’re not quite sure what this huge book of poetry is doing in the middle of your Bible.

A Quote From Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“One of the greatest exponents of the Christian faith that the world has ever known was the mighty apostle Paul, and he tells us that we are as we are because of the sin of Adam and that we all sinned with him and we all fell with him. And Paul says that over against Adam is the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive’ (1 Corinthians 15:22).”

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Gospel in Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith

The Word: Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God,
    listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
    when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
    that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the enemy.

Let me dwell in your tent forever!
    Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

 Prolong the life of the king;
    may his years endure to all generations!
 May he be enthroned forever before God;
    appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!

 So will I ever sing praises to your name,
    as I perform my vows day after day.

Psalm 61 ESV

The Word: Psalm 73:25-28

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.

Psalm 73:25-58 NASB

Lessons from a Psalm of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! A couple of weeks ago my pastor taught out of Psalm 107, which is a Psalm of thanks to God. I’ve read it many times, but he broke it down in a new way that was quite enlightening.

The Psalm summarizes God’s deliverance of Israel throughout the Old Testament, but also applies today because we do the same things they did, and if we cry out to God he rescues us because he is faithful!

It gives four depictions of God’s rescue: bringing the lost to safety, freeing the one enslaved by their rebellion against God’s laws, those who are sick and dying from their sin and those facing certain death.

Without Jesus we are lost, imprisoned, dying and doomed, just like the illustrations in Psalm 107 (posted below in NKJV). In response to his rescue, we ought to, as the psalmist says “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!”

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.

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The Word: Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, O Lordgive ear to my pleas for mercy!

In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground;

he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.

Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled. Continue reading