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What I Read Online – 05/29/2013 (a.m.)

29 May
    • wish this book had not been written, or more properly, I wish there was no need for this book to be written. I wish there was no such monstrosity in the world as sexual assault. Yet the ugly truth is that sexual assault not only exists, but is all too common. The statistics are shocking, alarming. And therefore, because sexual assault exists and because of its prevalence, I am grateful that Justin and Lindsey Holcomb wrote Rid of My Disgrace. He is a pastor at Mars Hill Church and adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary while she is a deacon who counsels victims of sexual assault; together they are compassionate and theologically-sound, able to provide hope and healing for those who have been victimized.
    • No matter where you live, it’s an established reality that the world is rapidly becoming very urban. In 1900, the world’s urban population was only 14 percent. As I write, that number has reached 52 percent. By 2050, the number is projected to be near 70 percent
    • For a Christian, redeemed by the work of Christ and living within the norms of Scripture and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts. A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God—not just as tracts, but as things of beauty to the praise of God.
    • Protect.  We read 1 Peter 3:1-7 and how I am called by God to protect my wife and children from any physical harm.  Then, we discussed how my son could engage in this activity in our home
    • Provide.  As men, we are called to provide for the needs of our families.  We were made to work (Gen. 1-2) and to care for our families by providing the physical, emotional, and spiritual support that each family member needs (1 Tim. 5:8).  Because of this, we discussed ways my son could accomplish this, even though he does not have to work to support a family at this time
    • Lead.  We read and discussed many implications to our call as Christian husbands to love our wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her from Ephesians 5:22-33.  One of the central ways Christ loved was through humble sacrifice.  We talked about how my son could sacrificially serve his mom and sisters to develop that instinct to lead by humble service in the home
    • By these exercises he teaches us more truly to know and feel the utter depravity and corruption of our whole nature, that we are indeed defiled in every part.

       

    • Yet when it comes to our spiritual health and function we often allow problems to fester, developing and worsening over time until the matter becomes critical. Too many believers only go to their pastors when the tumours of sinful behaviour require radical surgery, high spiritual risks, hours of post-operative care, and limited likelihood of complete subsequent health. Many Christians call their overseers to say that there is a car-crash in a relationship or situation when they might have got their brakes checked weeks or months before, and all might have been put quickly and easily right
    • Come to them early. Come when the first signs of trouble and difficulty are brewing. No faithful man of God will resent the opportunity to offer appropriate and necessary care for the flock of God as and when the need arises
    • In contrast, the Bible says that the most important question in marriage is not, “What can I get?” but “What can I give?”

       

    • Some relationships could improve significantly if the people understood direct vs. mitigated speech. Consider marriage, for example: Can you imagine what would happen if a husband and wife grew up in families that communicated very differently in this regard? What if the husband consequently tends to communicate very directly and the wife indirectly? When two people communicate so differently, sometimes they misunderstand each other, which may result in unnecessary frustration or offense.
    • Preparing for the Wedding Night

       

      So if you are on your way to the altar, hear this as friendly advice from a girl who has been there. There is no greater preparation you can do for your wedding night than to love God and love your husband. Every aspect of our Christian life (including our sexual nature) is continually being conformed into the image of our Christ. It takes work. It takes prayer and communication. And it takes a lifetime. While your wedding night might not be everything you ever dreamed it could be, it will Lord willing be so much more than that if you trust that his good gifts, like sex, take work and time to manifest themselves in our lives. God delights in doing good to his children. And his good towards us always ends better than a Hollywood movie.

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