Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, posts some very helpful insights as to how to respond to the Swine Flu outbreak in a blog he penned this morning. You can go there directly and read what he has to say by clicking here.
Also, yesterday, it was the topic of his daily (weekday) radio show. Click here to listen and/or download.
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Friday, April 24, 2009
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I am subscriber to World magazine, a news magazine written from a conservative and Christian perspective. I highly recommend it. If you order it today, by the way, they throw in a free ESV Study Bible! Click here for more details.
This week's edition (actually, it is a bi-weekly magazine) contains an article by Tony Woodlief entitled "Practical Atheism." You can link straight to the article here. World allows a few of their articles to be read on-line. I encourage anyone to read it. My favorite quote was found in the last three sentences:
"I don't know if practical atheism afflicts you, but I slip into it every day. Surveys tell us more people are forgoing the Christian label. What ought to concern us is how many--perhaps most of all ourselves--are willing to keep the label without fully living the life it requires."
Oh God, may you burden me and set be ablaze to not be just called a Christian...but actually be what a biblical Christian is to be!
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Friday, April 17, 2009
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I thought this was extremely interesting. Click on this link and read this article from Monday's edition of The Courier Journal newspaper in Louisville, KY.
I would love to read your comments on this.
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Monday, April 13, 2009
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
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Saturday, April 11, 2009
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Friday, April 10, 2009
Hello, Death, my old enemy. My old slave-master. Have you come to talk to me again? To frighten me?
I am not the person you think I am. I am not the one you used to talk to. Something has happened. Let me ask you a question, Death.
Where is your sting?
My sting is your sin.
I know that, Death. But that’s not what I asked you. I asked, where is your sting? I know what it is.
But tell me where it is.
Why are you fidgeting, Death? Why are you looking away? Why are you turning to go? Wait, Death, you have not answered my question.
Where is your sting?
Where is, my sin?What? You have no answer? But, Death, why do you have no answer? How will you terrify me, if you have no answer?
O Death, I will tell you the answer. Where is your sting? Where is my sin? It is hanging on that tree. God made Christ to be sin—my sin. When he died, the penalty of my sin was paid. The power of it was broken. I bear it no more.Farewell, Death. You need not show up here again to frighten me. God will tell you when to come next time. And when you come, you will be his servant. For me, you will have no sting.
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
From Piper's Blog
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Justin Taylor posted a helpful link to a chart giving the passages and the days things occurred during Jesus' final days.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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Monday, April 6, 2009
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Please someone tell me that this is (click here) somewhat risky, if not wrong. Or, please shed some light on why this might be a good thing. I would love to hear from any of you on this.
Posted by Bro. Matt at 2:38 PM
I came across these 18 tips/strategies for memorizing Scripture the other day. Most all of them seemed helpful. Click here to go directly where I found them.
1. Read it repeatedly. Did you know you can memorize Scripture during your morning devotion? Instead of zipping through your reading for the day, pause and camp on one verse for a long time. You won’t regret it.
2. Pay attention. Sounds obvious, but often ignored. Simply forcing yourself to be aware of what you are reading can help you internalize the words. Repetition will make the mind wander. What you have to do is bring it back.
3. Visualize what you are reading. Take Psalm 1:1 for example. “Blessed is the man who does not walk with the wicked nor stand in the way of the sinner nor sit in the seat of the mocker.” Your first tasks is to see the three actions here: walking, standing and sitting. If you can see the three main actions, then you can start to memorize the surrounding words.
4. Create anchor words. In the above example, your anchor words are “walking,” “standing” and “seating.” In Colossians 1:15, my anchor words are image, invisible and firstborn. Whenever I get lost while reciting a passage I look for my anchor words to orient myself.
5. Recognize patterns. In Psalm 1:1, after the first line, the next three sentences follow this pattern: a verb, a noun and a modifier. Think of each of these as a bucket you drop the appropriate word into.
6. Start with the easy. Now, some passages are easier to remember than others. Psalm 1, easy. A page from Romans, hard. On your first effort at memorizing large chunks of Scriptures, don’t tackle Romans. Build some confidence first by memorizing Psalm 1 or the Sermon on the Mount.
7. Stagger. Sorry, not like you were drunk. What I mean is memorize an easy passage then a hard passage then an easy. Give your brain a break. This way you’ll avoid burnout.
8. Build memorable associations. If you want to remember difficult section of scripture like Romans 1:18-20, it helps to imagine God hovering like a brooding mountain over the world to represent all three verses. This is a robust picture hard to forget.
9. Anchor memorable associations in chapters. These rich word pictures can also help you when you’re trying to memorize entire chapters of the Bible. They orient you on a larger scale.
10. Cheat a little. Once you’ve absorbed a hunk of Scripture, don’t be afraid to keep a sheet of paper nearby with keywords or section headings to help you out when you need a reminder.
11. Narrate. Sometimes it helps to describe in your own words what you are trying to memorize. This will also help you build memorable associations, spot keywords and develop anchor words.
12. Stick to a ritual. I find it easier to memorize Scripture in my car–I have a long commute–and before I sleep. Especially early on in the process of memorizing, I can’t remember my passage as easily anywhere else except these places. So, until I gain more confidence, I stick to this ritual.
13. Sing it. Try opera. Or a musical. The point is to be dramatic. As if you were in a play. [This is my favorite trick, by the way.]
14. Try mnemonic devices. Many of us learned ROY G BIV to remember the colors of the rainbow. Make up your own device to memorize anchor words or more. In Psalm 1:1, your device would be WSS, or walk, stand and sit.
15. Enlist your body. If mnemonic devices aren’t your cup of tea, use body parts. Classic example of this is Ephesians 6:10-18, the armor of God. Waist, chest, feet, forearm and head complete the armor and can help you navigate through this lengthy passage.
16. Repeat the alphabet. Say you just can’t remember that big word in 1 John 2:2. Run through your ABCs. When you get to P, it should trigger the word escaping you: propitiation.
17. Type it. One way to memorize something like John 1:1-3 is to type it into your computer. Not once. Not twice. But ten times. Maybe more. Your call.
18. Hear it. After you’ve typed it, next, read it aloud and record it. Then listen to the recording several times.
Don’t forget: As you work on memorizing, turn off the TV, unplug your iPod and shut down your computer. You’ll retain more.
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