Thoughts

1. The Three “Who’s” of our Ecstatic Position

Pastor Dave Nelson, of CROSS Purposes has given a wonderful outline which reminds that nothing can separate us from the love of God, for it is both God who justifies and God who condemns.

2. Devotional Christian

I don’t know if you like using a devotional in your studies or not, but if you do, Devotional Christian is a great resource, as they offer many popular devotional readings online each morning.

3. Passages to meditate on

As I’ve been studying the Word lately, I’ve found three passages in particular that have required me to stop and spend some time meditating on. I can’t say that I have answers to my questions yet, but it has been a wonderful time of reflecting on the character of God and the truth of Scripture.

Mark 3:20-21, 31-35 – Was this a rejection of Christ’s earthly family? Was this Christ’s way of introducing the concept of the family of God? Why was Christ’s family convinced He was crazy and ready to seize Him?

Mark 4:1-20 – If Isaiah says that the Word of God does not come back void, then why does it seem that the sowing of the Word of God to four soils only brings return in one of the soils? What is the significance of the four types of soil?

1 Timothy 2:3-6 – If God desires that all come to salvation, then why don’t they? We know that God works in humans “both to will and to do His good pleasure,” so it is clear that this is not a matter of “can’t.” So has God chosen not to save all against His desire? For what reason?

4. The Power of Words and the Wonder of God, Edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor

I just finished reading this book and found it both encouraging and challenging. Sinclair Ferguson’s chapter, as a exegete of the book of James offered wonderful insight into our words in the context of the Gospel, while Justin Taylor gave encouragement to those who might begin to wonder what happened to their identity in Christ when they “failed” to give life with the words that so quickly proceeded from their mouths. All in all, wonderful read!

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