"In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength..." - Isaiah 30:5

How counterintuitive! With our defensive, omnicompetent, boisterous busyness we expose ourselves as the 'experts' in DIY Salvation projects. How exhausting!
We come to the end of the week, and - graciously - to the end of ourselves. And then we remember another weekend, long ago, one that reaches through time and whispers a shout from that day, "It is finished" and "He has risen!"
Then our souls turn from the arrogance of our self-saving efforts, break our alliances with false deliverers, and return to the simplicity and peace of the Sabbath Creator who is our Rest. That's where the real strength lies:
not in the endless activism of the would-be world changers but the gift of eternal sabbath bestowed on quieted souls.

Rest in Christ and his perfect, finished work.
Rest in Christ and his perfect, constant intercession.
Rest in Christ and his perfect, promised return.

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7 Feb
My main problem with defining good expository preaching as communicating what the Bible says “verse by verse” is that the Bible wasn’t written in verses. Or chapters, for that matter. Fidelity to the text can’t be measured by a standard foreign to the text itself & imposed on it.
Every word, every jot & tittle, matters. All is to be opened up & announced in a way that reveals the Person to whom it all points - Christ. Yet there are many approaches that can do this, and not all passages weigh the same as another. There are matters of “First Importance”
So I believe in expository preaching that is proclaiming Christ as he is revealed to us in the whole Bible, standing with John on the banks of the Jordan and crying, 'Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!'
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“Since Jesus” - @DavidAFrench
So -
Paul. Polycarp. Irenaeus. Perpetua. Clement. Athanasius. Cappadocians. Jerome. Paula. Augustine. John of Damascus. Ephrem. Bede. Hildegard. Theresa. Boniface. Anselm. Francis. Aquinas. Wyclif. Hus. Luther. Tyndale. Calvin. Wesley bros. Booths.
King. Taylor. Watts. George Herbert. Cranmer. Stott. Lewis. Tolkien. Graham. Schaefer. Bavinck. Bonhoeffer. Endo. Carey. Lottie Moon. Wilberforce. Bernard. Alcuin of York. Spurgeon. Fr. Kolbe. Nee. Packer. Muggeridge. John 23. JP2. Mother Tersea.
Edward the Confessor. Julian of Norwich. NT Wright. Handel. Bach. Mozart. Bucer. Zwingli. Meno Simons. Bunyan. Edwards. Colson. Denhollender. Charles Martel. Cyril. Faulkner. Melville. Dorothy Sayers. US Abolitionists. Jane Austen. Dickenson. Justin Martyr...
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2 Feb
Go to any street in any major population center in America and poll 100 people with the question, "What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'evangelical'?" Do you think that the response will be 'Oh! The people who love Jesus and their neighbors!'?
We all know that isn't what the response will be. It might concern politics, or scandal, or repression, or hate - and you might think they're wrong, that they were influenced by some bad gossip. I disagree. I think we've buried the lede.
It's time for the EV Church to get back on message and back on mission. Hijacked by political opportunists and celebrity hucksters, the Church has tried to nationalize its focus, politicize its mission, and demonize its opponents. That's not how the world is won to Christ.
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31 Jan
No one but Jesus could both perfectly know us and perfectly love us. He does!
Arise, my soul, arise,
shake off your guilty fears:
the bleeding Sacrifice
in my behalf appears:
before the throne my Surety stands,
before the throne my Surety stands,
my name is written on his hands.
He ever lives above,
for me to intercede,
his all-redeeming love,
his precious blood to plead;
his blood atoned for ev'ry race,
his blood atoned for ev'ry race,
and sprinkles now the throne of grace.
Five bleeding wounds he bears,
received on Calvary;
they pour effectual prayers,
they strongly plead for me.
"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry,
"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry,
"nor let that ransomed sinner die!"
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26 Jan
Loved singing this hymn @RedeemerATX - great joy welled up & overflowed with every verse.
#hymns #Praise

1 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord:
unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.
2 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name:
make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy name the Lord, the Mighty One.
3 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might:
pow'rs and dominions lay their glory by;
proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
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26 Jan
I'm going to be dealing out some TS Eliot 'Choruses from the Rock' over the next few nights. Let's get this started.

The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven,
The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit.
O perpetual revolution of configured stars...
O perpetual recurrence of determined seasons,
O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying!
The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
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