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L. Michael Morales writes:

“What do you think of the Christ?” In guiding the Jerusalem leaders to contemplate this question of eternal weight, Jesus turned to the authority of what is written “in the book of Psalms,” specifically Psalm 110 (Matt 22:41–46; Mark 12:35–37; Luke 20:40–44), and asked a question childlike in both simplicity and profundity, the answer to which plunges one into the unfathomable wonder of the incarnation of God: How could David refer to his son as Lord? This probing question was but the application of what Jesus would later declare, that he himself is the object of all the Scriptures of the Old Testament, summarizing their threefold division in Luke 24:44 as “the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms,” with the Psalms standing as the summary representative of the Writings.

Read the rest of the post here Jesus and the Psalms – The Gospel Coalition Blog.

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I stole this from Thabiti Anyabwile’s blog post over at The Gospel Coalition website because I thought it would be great for all of us to consider throughout the day.  Enjoy!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

“We are not the reason the gospel works; the gospel is the reason the gospel works.”

–Ligon Duncan, from the Foreword to Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching

 

The Reason the Gospel Works – Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile.

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Follow the link over to CBC Evangelism and check out the short video on idol worship. Then check your own heart concerning this grave matter.

CBC Evangelism: Idol Worship.

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Prayerless prayer – that’s the problem many of us face when we consider our own prayer life. When you examine your prayers do you see the same thing I see – often weak and anemic? Joel Beeke provides some great assistance in this area of prayerless prayers and although it was delivered at a pastor’s conference the truth of his statements ring loud and clear to all who desire to cultivate a life of godly prayer. Follow the link below to watch or listen to the sermon and then come back here and share your thoughts.

 

Cultivating Private Prayer as a Pastor.

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Thoughts On The Way: MUST READ – Worship and Prayer by Mack Tomlinson.

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From the blog over at Desiring God Ministries comes this great tool for understanding how our hearts are idol factories as John Calvin has said.

This past Sunday, Kenny Stokes preached his second message on 1 John 5:20-21, which ends, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (See his first sermon on this passage.)

Near the end he laid out 13 questions, adapted from an old Puritan sermon, to help us identify the idols of our hearts:

  1. What do you most highly value?
  2. What do you think about by default?
  3. What is your highest goal?
  4. To what or whom are you most committed?
  5. Who or what do you love the most?
  6. Who or what do you trust or depend upon the most?
  7. Who or what do you fear the most?
  8. Who or what do you hope in and hope for most?
  9. Who or what do you desire the most? Or, what desire makes you most angry or makes you despair when it is not satisfied?
  10. Who or what do you most delight in or hold as your greatest joy and treasure?
  11. Who or what captures your greatest zeal?
  12. To whom or for what are you most thankful?
  13. For whom or what great purpose do you work?

Read or listen to the rest of his sermon.

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As I usually do, coming into church this morning I was listening to the podcast of the White Horse Inn. I was blessed by their conversation about how not to interpret the Bible, a companion to last weeks topic which was how to interpret the Bible. Anyway, I wanted to commend to you the audio of today’s program to consider and compare what your pastor is preaching and how he preaches. You can find an online player to listen to both of these broadcasts here. Or, subscribe to their podcast through iTunes or whatever podcatcher you use.

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