Friday, April 29, 2011

Here are a few random thoughts:

1. I preached on biblical integrity this week from Psalm 101 and preached to my own heart and soul. God convicted me greatly this week through the study of His Word.

2. I found an awesome online jazz stationjazz24/7.org. Live-stream here.

3. I get to work through Hebrews 3-4 today with my accountability/discipleship group. What an amazing exposition of Psalm 95 that auctor gives. (=Auctor is the affectionate name I give to the anonymous author of Hebrews—thanks, Dr. V.)

4. My mind marvels at the reality of this verse: τῷ δὲ μὴ ἐργαζομένῳ πιστεύοντι δὲ ἐπὶ τὸν δικαιοῦντα τὸν ἀσεβῆ λογίζεται ἡ πίστις αὐτοῦ εἰς δικαιοσύνην· (Romans 4:5 — "But to the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness). What a great reality! I get to preach this text this Sunday morning for our communion service. What better topic to preach with all boldness, authority, passion, and urgency than the gospel of Jesus Christ.

5. I shared the gospel with two Mormon teenagers on my bus yesterday. They saw me reading a book titled: The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development and Significance. After I insisted that the Bible is the only inspired word from God and that Jesus is fully God and fully Man and that He violently punishes all in hell who reject Jesus Christ without giving second chances after death, they refused to talk with me any more. They misquoted Scripture, gave references to the wrong books, and pulled out a cheat-sheet of verses. Finally, after I pulled out my Greek New Testament and read them a few verses about Jesus as very God of very God they had enough of me. Saddened for their souls, I prayed for them as I walked home.

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