The Daily Roundup: 13 November 2014

Posted On November 13, 2014

Ways to Begin Wielding the Word of God – “Our determination, self-will, and stick-to-it-iveness will not stand against Satan’s attacks – we need the the sword of the Spirit. Don’t bring a pool-noodle to a sword fight. The Bible is reverberating with the power of God. It is living and active (Heb. 4:12). The Bible is alive. It beats with the heart of God. And God has put this weapon in our hands and has said, “Use it. It’s yours. It will help you. The Holy Spirit will accompany and fortify you through the word.” Let’s wield the Word.”

The Great, Redemptive Multi-Tasker – “Meditating on all that the Scriptures teach about what Jesus accomplished on the cross leads us to conclude that Jesus was the great, redemptive multi-tasker. On the cross, Jesus conquered Satan (Gen. 3:15; John 12:31 and Col. 2:15) , atoned for our sin (Heb. 1:3 and Rom. 4:7-8), overcame the world (John 12:31 and 16:33), propitiated the wrath of God (Rom. 3:25; Heb. 2:7; 1 John 2:2 and 4:10), became the example of self-sacrificial living (Rom. 15:2-3; 1 Peter 2:21) and secured the New Heavens and New Earth (Heb. 2:5-11).”

Not alphabet soup: the truth about Psalm 119 – “Because of its length, the unity of it can often be missed. The stanzas are not interchangeable. Instead, this Psalm is masterfully crafted to guide the reader in a progression through the believer’s life. It covers all you need to know about leading a godly life, from A-Z (or aleph-to-tav, as it were). And it does so in order.”

Wanted: Parents Willing to Get Too Attached – “Opening your heart to love any child is risky and requires a loss of self. Opening your heart and home to a foster child may seem especially risky. But in losing ourselves, we gain. We grow in understanding how Jesus loved us and gave Himself up for us. In seeking to love sacrificially, we pray others will see a picture of the Gospel and be drawn to Christ. We pray our love will lead our foster son to one day trust in Jesus, the One who gave him far more than we ever could. We also pray that believers everywhere will join us and risk becoming “too attached” for the sake of the children in need, and the glory of the One who alone makes such risk possible.”

In Defense of Marriage and the Rule of Law — The Importance of Making the Right Argument – “Judge Sutton’s opinion is a triumph of constitutional argument and the defense of common sense. It is a masterpiece of logic and a compelling argument for the rule of law.”

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