Russell Moore provides some very helpful and practical advice regarding what it means to honor one’s parents in all stages of life and the true nature of submission. Sometimes we have “good reasons” for permanent decisions, and we need to realize that more is at stake than the implied good intentions of our desires.

This is “must-read” counsel.

Redeemed + Sinners

January 21, 2010

Here’s a repost from Justin Taylor that hits close to Concord, a family of redeemed sinners.  It’s from C. Plantinga’s book, Beyond Doubt (p. 89).

Cornelis Plantinga Jr., Beyond Doubt (p. 89):

People tend to make two mistakes when they think about the redeemed life.

The first is to underestimate the sin that remains in us; it’s still there and it can still hurt us.

The second is to underestimate the strength of God’s grace; God is determined to make us new.

As a result, all Christians need to say two things.

We admit that we are redeemed sinners.

But we also say boldly and joyously that we are redeemed sinners.

Alternatively, we could make this blog a simple, giant link to Justin Taylor’s site.  It’s all good.

I found this at Justin Taylor’s site and found it helpful.

From Peacemakers Ministries:

As God opens your eyes to see how you have sinned against others, he simultaneously offers you a way to find freedom from your past wrongs. It is called confession. Many people have never experienced this freedom because they have never learned how to confess their wrongs honestly and unconditionally. Instead, they use words like these: “I’m sorry if I hurt you.” “Let’s just forget the past.” “I suppose I could have done a better job.” “I guess it’s not all your fault.” These token statements rarely trigger genuine forgiveness and reconciliation. If you really want to make peace, ask God to help you breathe grace by humbly and thoroughly admitting your wrongs. One way to do this is to use the Seven A’s.

1. Address everyone involved (All those whom you affected)
2. Avoid if, but, and maybe (Do not try to excuse your wrongs)
3. Admit specifically (Both attitudes and actions)
4. Acknowledge the hurt (Express sorrow for hurting someone)
5. Accept the consequences (Such as making restitution)
6. Alter your behavior (Change your attitudes and actions)
7. Ask for forgiveness

See Matthew 7:3-5; 1 John 1:8-9; Proverbs 28:13.

Haiti

January 14, 2010

When disaster strikes a far off place in our world, we are often filled with a sense of hopelessness because we wonder: what can we do to help those who are suffering from so far away? We can always pray. We can and should pray for those who are suffering physically as a result of the earthquake in Haiti. We should also pray for those who have and will continue to suffer emotional trauma from the devastation. We can also pray that God would comfort those who are grieving lost loved ones, since many died when the earth opened her mouth to swallow the souls of many men, women and children this past week. We should pray that God would reveal His character and glory to the multitudes left to deal with the brokenness of this fallen world.This natural disaster has happened because this world is cursed, the result of the sin and rebellion of humanity. What we have seen in Haiti are but the birth pains of a world groaning for redemption as Jesus is working to make all things new through the gospel (Romans 8).

But most of us feel the desire to do something more than pray. A friend said today that he wished he had completed the disaster relief training course he started so that he could actually go to Haiti and physically help relieve the suffering of so many. Most of us can’t go, but we can give to disaster relief through an agency we trust. If you want to give financially to help deliver food, medicine and other needed aid, I encourage you to go to Sovereign Grace Ministries or AMGInternational and learn more about how you can share the love of Jesus through giving.