Living In the Tension of Truth

Krin Baer
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Living In the Tension of Truth | September 11th, 2013

Living In the Tension of Truth

Krin #6 ImageAdmit it, we are all “identity maniacs.”  Whether consciously or subconsciously, we are constantly asking questions about we  relate to the world around us.  How many different ways can we ask the questions, “who am I?” or “why am I here?”

One of the ways we ask and answer those questions is in what we own and consume.  Right now, I’m sipping on designer coffee, typing on a Mac, and wearing a shirt shamelessly brandishing my allegiance to a certain academic institution. These things help define who I am.  Yes, I love coffee, and Macs, and knowing (thinking) that my alma mater is better than yours. If you told me I couldn’t drink coffee anymore, I would rebel.  Ask me to stop using my iPhone?  Get away from me.  If I’m honest, taking away any of these things will make me scream injustice at the sky.  No God, not my Mac! It’s part of “me.”

This is where the “good” Christian will jump in and triumphantly say, “No, Krin, your identity is in Jesus!” Granted, fellow follower, but hold on.  [Read more...]

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Dim Mirrors

Jim Bossler
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Dim Mirrors | August 28th, 2013

Dim Mirrors

SONY DSCHave you ever experienced something and thought to yourself, “this must be like heaven?” Or have you ever had an epiphany and thought, “this must be what God felt like when ______________.”

I’ve had a lot of these experiences lately. You see my wife gave birth on June 22nd. Our baby’s name is Harry.

Being a male in the delivery room of a hospital has got to be one of the most humbling experiences a man can have. I will never know the pain of childbirth like my wife has. And those ladies in the delivery room? They all know it, too. So everything I say there has the potential to sound like I’m a patronizing jerk, even the simple encouragement for my wife to persevere.

My wife is tough and displays exemplary endurance. She has a couple marathons under her belt. In fact, on Harry’s due date she ran three miles in an effort to kickstart her labor! Who does that?

But in the throes of labor, my wife’s exemplary endurance peaks and I see and hear things from my wife that I’m not used to experiencing with her. It’s a little bit scary, but it’s mostly helplessness that I feel. The only way her pain can go away is for her to finish the process of delivering the baby but I am unable to help bear her pain. I am not even able to properly empathize with her.

But there, in that delivery room, I was able (this will sound presumptuous) to [Read more...]

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Cruciform Press Summer Kindle Sale: 99 cents!

Bob Bevington

Cruciform Press Summer Kindle Sale: 99 cents!

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The titles include:

Torn to Heal by Mike Leake; Modest by Tim Challies & R.W. Glenn; Friends and Lovers by Joel Beeke; Getting Back in the Race by Joel Beeke; Awaiting a Savior by Aaron Armstrong; Licensed to Kill by Brian Hedges; But God… by Casey Lute; The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin; Intentional Parenting by Tad Thompson; Reclaiming Adoption by Dan Cruver.

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The Math of God: Word! by Guest blogger Jeff Chen

Bob Bevington

The Math of God: Word! by Guest blogger Jeff Chen

MathJeff Chen is an ex-Marine who lived like a mercenary most of his life, but now serves with full allegiance as a soldier of Jesus Christ. He’s a mechanical engineer by profession. He’s also a husband and a father.

Spend two minutes with him and you’ll learn something else about Jeff: He’s a very bright guy. Follow the progression of Jeff’s logic and you just might find reason to be encouraged today.

The Math of God: Word!  by Jeff Chen

There are only a handful of assumptions in math; these are postulates that are assumed to be true as a starting point before any other laws of mathematics can be deduced. One such postulate is the Transitive Property of Equality, which states:

If a=b and b=c, then a=c.

Because all mathematical truth is derived from God, we should not be surprised to see the thread of the transitive property in the fabric of Scripture. For example, John 1:14 states,

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Then in John 14:6, Jesus says,

I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.

The Word is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is the Truth, so the Word is Truth. A=B and B=C, so A=C.

But how are we to find truth in this post-modern age where truth is considered to be relative and is based on what is right in one’s own eyes?

Here’s where we need to remember the postulates of the Math of God and remind ourselves that the Truth is not many things; but the truth is one thing, a Person, Jesus Christ, who is the Word. We don’t make the Truth relevant; the Truth makes us relevant. How grounded are we in the Truth, which is the Word?

By being grounded in the Word, I am not referring to reading the words of the Bible, but I am referring to the time-dependent, focus-dependent process of absorbing the words of the Bible from our heads into our hearts so that the outward expression of our lives (i.e. our actions) become transformed into the whole measure of the fullness of the Word who became flesh.

When a lawyer asked Jesus for the greatest commandment in the Law, Jesus replied,

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matt 22:37).

This is the Word (Jesus Christ) quoting from the Word (Deuteronomy) to further affirm the truth of the Word. Where the Greek verb love (agapao) is used in the New Testament, it has connotations of a personal preferment expressed in action. Love is a choice. As humans with physical limitations, we can’t choose everything. Therefore to say you love everyone is a mistake. Perhaps you have goodwill towards everyone, but you only have the capacity to love/choose a few.

So when life isn’t going my way, and I get frustrated, anxious, angry, discouraged, or depressed, I remember the words of Jesus telling us to love/choose Him, the living Word and the Truth. In other words, I remember the Word as I get into the Word!

Sanctify them in the truth, your Word is truth (John 17:17).

I hope this helps. Tell me, does this make sense to you?

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Free Audiobook: Basic Christianity, by John Stott

Bob Bevington

Free Audiobook: Basic Christianity, by John Stott

Basic ChristianityLike to listen instead of read? Click HERE for this great book, a $12.98 value, completely free this month from ChristianAudio.com

“John Stott’s disarming introduction to personal faith is a modern classic. Long life to it!” – J. I. Packer

In this book, John Stott embarks on a compelling course of study that first defends the fundamental claims of Christianity and then defines the proper outworkings of these basic beliefs in the daily lives of believers. Here is a sound, sensible guide for those who are seeking an intellectually satisfying presentation of the Christian faith.

John Stott was known world-wide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. His books have sold millions of copies in dozens of languages. He was Rector Emeritus of All Souls’ Church, Langham Place, London, and founder of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

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Your Plans . . . or God’s?

Pastor Marshall Brandon
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Your Plans . . . or God’s? | August 14th, 2013

Your Plans . . . or God’s?

Marshall #6Americans are obsessed with the future. We want to know what’s in store for us.

So if we listen to the radio, read the newspaper, or watch TV, there will be plenty of prophets, prognosticators, and pundits who are going to tell us about the future.

They bring their intellects and their intuitions, and their pools of experience, and they tell us, “This is what happened; these are the trends I see; and this is what shall happen.” With all their wit and wisdom, they forecast the future.

We all want to know the future. But there is only One who knows the future, and that is GOD.

Let’s keep it real.

The book James tells us [Read more...]

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In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life

Bob Bevington

In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life

In Christ AloneAn $18 value, click HERE to get one of my favorite books for absolutely free for your Kindle or e-reader.

In this wonderful book, noted theologian, pastor, and educator Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson (who also wrote the Foreword to the book Jerry Bridges and I co-authored, The Great Exchange) explores aspects of the person and work of Jesus.

In fifty short chapters arranged in six sections, Dr. Ferguson shows that Christ, who is fully God, took on humanity that He might be the Great High Priest of His people as well as the once-for-all sacrifice. It is designed to help believers gain a better understanding of their Savior and the Christian faith, and to live out that faith in their day-to-day lives.

In Christ Alone is packed full of nuggets of Scriptural truth that will spark and fan the flames of the believer’s love for the Savior who is so beautiful in His person and so faithful in His work on behalf of His beloved.

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Treasure and Obedience

Bob Bevington
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Treasure and Obedience | August 7th, 2013

Treasure and Obedience

GoldFor many years I have seen Christ as the ultimate Treasure. There are a lot of treasures out there, but Christ is THE Treasure and makes all the other treasures look like chump change.  Agree?

The question is, how do I get more of this Treasure, this Person?

One of the time-tested writers I affectionately refer to as Ye Olde Dead Guyes, Thomas Watson, put an edge on the answer to that question:

There is love in every command, as if a king bid one of his subjects to dig in a gold mine and keep the gold for himself.

One of my favorite bloggers, Steven Fuller, recently elaborated:

All obedience costs us something. But God’s purpose is that it would always gain us even more — of Christ. He is the gold we discover as we dig in obedience. The more we obey, the more gold we gain. Let’s obey.

When our motivation to obey is this, the obstacles start falling.

On the other hand, when our motivation to obey is to make God our debtor so that He now owes us something, we might find God Himself mercifully opposing us. Because that approach nullifies grace.

Someone once asked Jesus how to get more of Him and this was His response: [Read more...]

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