Saturday, February 28, 2015

Padkos – February 2015

Getting The Gospel RightRC Sproul “To answer the question “What is the gospel?” is rather simple. The gospel is Jesus, the person and work of Christ—who Jesus is and what He did. The gospel also describes how the benefits of His ministry are subjectively appropriated. That’s why the doctrine of justification by faith alone was so pivotal at the time of the Reformation, because it wasn’t a secondary matter but rather had to do with the gospel. Essentially, the pressing question that the gospel answers is, “How can an unjust person become just in the sight of God?””
Marriage as a Picture of The GospelHershael W York “If marriage is a picture of Christ and his love for his church, then much more is at stake than my happiness.”
23 Thing That Love IsPaul Tripp
An Extra-ordinary Skill For Ordinary ChristiansTim Challis “ John Stott says it so well as he comments on Galatians 6:2: “To love one another as Christ loved us may lead us not to some heroic, spectacular deed of self-sacrifice, but to the much more mundane and unspectacular ministry of burden-bearing.””
Are You Too Sensitive? –    Elisha Galotti  “There really is a choice when we are hurt or offended. And there is such power and freedom in absorbing the offense and making the choice to pursue love instead of sinking into sadness or bitterness.”
To Speak Words That Bring LifeTim Challis  “Simple words, but well-timed words. Simple words, but words that carried divine power and authority. I took her words not as advice from a friend, but as instruction and assurance from God. They are, after all, a direct quote from Galatians 6. To me they said, “Yes, it has been a long and trying day. But don’t stop now, because there is still good to be done. You can do it.” Just like that, the words gave me a second wind.”
Women Stop Submitting To MenRussell Moore “Indeed, a primary problem in our culture and in our churches isn’t that women aren’t submissive enough to men, but instead that they are far too submissive.”
3 Terrible Ways To Measure Your MinistryErin Davis “I've learned the hard way that when it comes to ministry, too often we use the wrong ruler to gauge our success.”
The Subtlety of Self-JustificationLeslie Ludy  “When you hear a message of that brings conviction to your soul—even if it stings a bit—don't immediately try to justify yourself or start criticizing the person who is speaking truth into your life. Rather, come before God with a humble spirit, and ask Him to gently refine you, correct you, and make you more like Him.”
A Plea For Gospel Sanity in Missions - Aubrey Sequeira  “In this first post, I will discuss one of the primary problems in missions in India—the Western drive for numerical efficiency. That is, the idea that large numbers are a validation of God’s blessing and ministry success.  “
Are You Fighting The Sin of Comparison Courtney  Reissig “ There is much to celebrate regarding the gifts of the women around us. As Christian women who long to see God glorified in our lives, let us take the words of our Christ to heart when we feel the sting of jealousy rise up in our hearts over the giftings of another: "What is that to you [sister]? You follow me."”
When  Glory in my ShameTim Challis  “The thing that validates me is the thing I worship, the thing that momentarily takes the place of God in my life.”
Facebook Obsession And the Anguish of Boredom - Tony Reinke   “For creatures like us, created to adore glory, we must find an object worthy of our worship. The cure for boredom is not diversion or distraction, but substantive enthrallment, says John Piper. We must encounter God, “to be intellectually and emotionally staggered by the infinite, everlasting, unchanging supremacy of Christ in all things.”” (this is an excellent article on boredom, not only as to where FB fits into that)