A collection of links from around the web this week:
From the blog: 3 Aspects of God’s Providence
“The call to repentance is the call to return home. It’s the call to be refreshed by our tears. It’s the call to be cleansed from all our guilty stains. We need the scalpel of the Spirit to do surgery on our diseased hearts, so that we can be restored to spiritual health.”
“As Christians and Americans we have dual citizenship, and dual obligations. We are exiles, strangers in a strange land, who have duties to both our country and also our Lord’s kingdom.”
“There two numbers in the life of the church are too often miles apart. Although there are legitimate reasons why one number would be generally greater than the other. There is almost no good reason why there should be a vast gulf between the two figures. The two numbers I have in mind are the church’s membership and the church’s worship attendance.”
“There is no indication that our world’s fascination with angels and demons is in decline. Rarely does a day pass that we don’t hear of someone’s alleged encounter with either a holy angel or a fallen demon, together with news that a new TV show or film on Netflix will feature either or both of these species of spiritual beings. Sadly, though, there is a lot of confusion about angels and demons and certain myths that simply won’t die. Here are five of them.
“Have we relegated Jesus to a back room that we only visit on Sunday mornings? Or does following Christ mean that our lives are built around Him, that we love what He loves, that the decisions we make and the words that we speak are seasoned with the goodness of Christ? Belonging to Christ has life-altering implications. Every detail of your should be infused with Christlikeness. Your life should not blend in so closely with the world around you that people can’t tell you’re completely new. If you belong to Christ, be who you are: His.”
“Certainly, if God calls us to live upon every Word that proceeds from his mouth (Matthew 4:4), it should not surprise us that he is not silent on what it looks like to feed on his word. Just as the health professionals have protocols for what consists of healthy vital signs, so does Scripture concerning how to feed on God’s Word.”