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Joe Fleener

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  • all the people you’ve ever seen preach in a Speedo, David Boudia must be the most eloquent.
  • Don’t live by how you feel, but by what you know to be true
  • Take your thoughts captive

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  • Here are my picks for the ten greatest hymns of all-time. Apart from the first, they are in no particular order.
  • There are so many more that could easily have been on this list: “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” “For All the Saints,” “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” “Rock of Ages,” “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”, “Take My Life and Let It Be,” “In Christ Alone,” and on and on.

  • Dever makes a very strong point about an issue that means a lot to him personally, and he does so with humility. That combination makes for a great article.

  • Renowned Old Testament pastor-scholar J. Alec Motyer has passed away at the age of 91.

  • Wouldn't it be good to have all the Christian churches in Sydney growing at the expense of the predominant cultural apathy, atheism and amorality? It seems from the attendance figures that the punters have been recognising things to which church authorities are blind. There is a "new normal" in Sydney church life.

  • The woman says she was unable to terminate her pregnancy because of the negligence of her GP and the hospital.

    The woman is suing for funds to cover the cost of raising her son, including the cost of feeding, clothing, housing and schooling, out-of-school activities such as sport and music, and medical and transport expenses.

    In addition to this, the woman is also seeking an unspecified amount for pain and suffering she has experienced, including depression and psychological trauma.

  • A good campus ministry is a gift from God. But it is no church.

  • Performed music is not commanded; however, congregational singing is.
  • This can be challenging for the preacher, but for the congregation and its singing, this more circular set-up is wonderful and encouraging. We are in some senses visibly singing to each other when we sing
  • But our older architecture—especially the flat ceiling!—means that the whole congregation can more easily be heard. This encourages congregational singing

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  • Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor
  • Singing should be congregational; that is, the people should sing—all the assembly should praise God in song.
  • As a congregation, we sing probably around 15 hymns on the average Lord’s day (about 9 in our morning service and 6 in our evening prayer service). We sing all the stanzas, and, if the parts are good, we’ll often sing the last stanza a cappella. Sometimes people visiting wonder how it is that we can have a congregation where the average age of the attender seems to be under 30, and yet sing so many hymns with so little accompaniment (usually a piano and a guitar). What’s more, people seem to like it!

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  • But the older I get, the more I realize that it’s not enough to give my children a biblical worldview
  • If I’m going to be an effective, godly parent, I need to appeal to my kids affections as much as their intellects
  • The goal of my parenting must be that my children would come to fully believe Psalm 16:11, which says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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  • In particular, the ERAS/ESS position seems to demand that both Father and Son have different wills.

  • I oftentimes tell people that ministry is discouragement.
  • My point is simply to say that ministry forces us to face discouragement, to learn to minister through it and even to rejoice in it--and not just once or twice but continually over the course of our lives
  • On the one hand, many of us--probably all of us--struggle with being content with the person God has made us to be

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  • Dr Block led us in an exploration of the book of Deuteronomy. Like the Gospel of John, this book of Moses reflects on the significance of God’s dramatic intervention in human history. And also just like John, Deuteronomy presents us with a gospel of incredible grace.

  • Second Corinthians 11:28 always seemed like a strange verse to me — until I became a pastor
  • Before I go any further, let me be clear: I don’t think pastors are the only ones with burdens. In many ways, we have the best job in the whole world. I certainly feel exceedingly thankful to do what I do on most days. I have no interest in comparing the difficulty of pastoral ministry with the difficulties of other vocations
  • But be encouraged. God uses weak things to shame the strong (1 Cor. 1:27). His grace is sufficient for you; His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). For the sake of Christ, then, be content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when you are weak, then you are strong (v. 10). Paul had pressure. You have pressure, too. But God can handle the pressure. And He looks good when you can’t.

  • There can be no question that the public square is increasingly devoid of any serious Christian thought and depopulated of Christian thinkers
  • I join in Professor Jacobs’s lament over the failure of Christian intellectuals, for surely there is failure to be found. But we must be careful lest a quest for Christian intellectual influence meets its end in an intellect that is neither Christian nor influential.

     

    The Christian intellectual influence we should seek is the influence of an intellect saturated in Christian truth, keenly applied to the questions of our times. Whether the secular world will listen to us, much less thank us for the effort, is another question altogether.

  •  I never understood the incredible allure of being intellectually accepted until I was sharing my faith with an evolutionary biology grad student and heard those awful words, “You don't actually believe THAT, do you?” I desperately wanted to backpedal from the Gospel and say, “Oh no, of course I don't. That would be crazy.” The truth of Scripture does not always agree with the prevailing opinion of the academy.
  • Not all are qualified to be pastors. Not all are called to be pastors. In fact, James 3:1 warns, “Not many of you should become teachers” (James 3:1). But, if God has called you to pastor, and the church has confirmed that calling, then pastor you must.
  • “Cheer up, you're not really that important.”

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  • I’m not sure what a happy mom is. Does it take multiple sex partners to be happy? Does it take drug addiction? No, these are enslavement. I am not always happy, but I have the eternal joy of being redeemed from my sin, no longer a slave, and living under the reign of true grace. Gracie “X” is a counterfeit---one that promises fulfillment and excitement but delivers poverty and pain. The counterfeit will never provide true joy and ultimate fulfillment. 
  • A woman doesn’t need to get in bed with men to be happy. That is another counterfeit message of Gracie “X.” But a married woman living under the reign of grace is equipped to have a spectacular love life, one that is faithful in the mountaintop moments as well as the valleys of despair. And that is something beautiful to give to her children.

  • "I am proud that what we did and truly believe that you can be both a competitor and kind and responsive at the same time."

  • He revealed on his Facebook page that he had been two and a half years "porn-free" and encouraged others to do the same in a posting that received wide international attention.

  • 1. Take heed thou dost not make thy private particular enemies the object of thy imprecation. We have no warrant, when any wrong us, presently to go and call for fire from heaven upon them.

  • 2. When thou prayest against the enemies of God and his church, direct thy prayers rather against their plots than person.

  • 3. When praying against the persons of those that are open enemies to God and his church, it is safest to pray indefinitely and in general: ‘Let them all be confounded...that hate Zion,’ Ps. 129:5; because we know not who of them are implacable, and who not, and therefore cannot pray absolutely and peremptorily against particular persons.


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