One down – one to go!

“You all have by you a large treasure of divine knowledge, in that you have the Bible in your hands; therefore be not contented in possessing but little of this treasure. God hath spoken much to you in the Scripture; labor to understand as much of what he saith as you can. God hath made you all reasonable creatures; therefore let not the noble faculty of reason or understanding lie neglected. Content not yourselves with having so much knowledge as is thrown in your way, and as you receive in some sense unavoidably by the frequent inculcation of divine truth in the preaching of the word, of which you are obliged to be hearers, or as you accidentally gain in conversation; but let it be very much your business to search for it, and that with the same diligence and labor with which men are wont to dig in mines of silver and gold.”

JONATHAN EDWARDS

I had actually already ordered the ESV Study Bible when I put up the covet post. But I had been stalking it online for a while before that.

Are you in the bark?

“For following of me is not like following of some other masters.

The wind sits always on my face, and the foaming rage of the sea of this world, and the proud and lofty waves thereof, do continually beat up on the sides of the bark or ship that myself, my cause, and my followers are in; he therefore that will not run hazards, and that is afraid to venture a drowning, let him not set foot into this vessel.”

John Bunyan, 1692
“Greatness of the Soul”

Covet or not??

So – to break blog silence, I humbly submit the following…

I think we can all agree that to covet is to sin.

Here are two things that I am currently trying not to covet…

Question: If it’s a specific bible that I’m desiring (even though we have lots of other bibles in our house and at least two ESV’s…), am I guilty of being covetous??

Recent Reading

Our church is hosting a men’s conference next month and Milton Vincent, author of The Gospel Primer, will be the speaker. He will also speak in church at the Sunday morning service. We’re looking forward to it – a lot!

Anyway, we are also going through MacArthur’s bible study on Ephesians in our ladies Bible Study. In the past week’s chapter, there was a cross-reference to 2 Corinthians 5:21…”For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” which made me remember that we have the book, “The Great Exchange” by Jerry Bridges & Bob Bevington. So, I started reading it and I am really enjoying it. It is meshing with our Ephesians study and also a good book to read before we hear from Milton Vincent. The Great Exchange is actually patterned after “The Apostles Doctrine of Atonement” by Smeaton, which we also have. Maybe I’ll be reading that next…

So here are a couple of quotes from The Great Exchange relating to the effect of the Gospel in the believer’s life…

“In the gospel, our worldview is radically changed. We refer to this facet as the gospel of the kingdom. It means that our definitions of health, wealth, security, comfort, and prosperity are turned upside down compared to the world’s view. It means we embrace the paradoxes of Christ’s teachings – to live is to die, to be great is to be a servant of all, and to be rich is to give sacrificially. All our values change, as do our views on community, poverty, gender, racism, orphans and widows, and the sick and the weak. But none of this can happen authentically apart from the cross, where our sin was exchanged for his righteousness.”

“Furthermore, and of extreme significance to us, almost without exception the apostles address their New Testament writings to specific churches or groups of believers. We can conclude that the message of atonement is for all believers, not just unbelievers or new believers. As Christians, we do not meet the Savior at the cross and then move past it or outgrow our need of it. The blessing of a restored relationship with God does not become something we merit apart from the cross as we grow. All our blessings were blood bought. And the only hope of avoiding false doctrine and heresy, such as legalism (inadequate grace) or license to sin (abused grace), is to continually treasure the cross and the tremendous price of Christ’s atonement.”

Fall

Ruth turned seven


I’ve been having problems with the memory card on my camera. I was able to upload a couple of pictures before the rest were locked. Here is Ruth on her seventh birthday. She wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting – she’s more like me every day 🙂 – the cake wasn’t pretty, but it was good.