What I Read Online – 06/14/2013 (a.m.)

14 Jun
    • So what’s the big deal? Does it matter if we have unbelieving worship leaders on Sunday?
    • I think a better question to ask is this: who does God call to lead worship and how does He call them to lead it?
    • First off, it was assumed that worship leaders in the Old Testament needed to be people who knew God.
    • Secondly, the musicians needed to be able to play in tune and in time
    • Thirdly, it says that the aim of these musicians being able to play in tune and in time was to give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord
    • The problem with using unbelieving worship leaders is that they’re unable to offer either praise or thanksgiving, regardless of how in tune or in time they play
    • But don’t we want unredeemed people at church, Ronnie? Of course, but God calls us to repentance before He calls us to lead others to it. A better plan might be in caring for the hearts of our unbelieving musicians before we put them in a place where they’re expected but not able to do it for others. Getting together for jam sessions, concerts and coffee goes way beyond the agenda of simply getting them “on the team”, if there’s a gospel intentionality behind it all.
    • But how do we know if any musician playing on a Sunday morning is saved? The answer is by the fruit of their witness for Christ and the affirmation of other believers to that affect. What a grace it is for the body of Christ to be able to look at their worship leaders on Sunday knowing that they are redeemed sinners leading other redeemed sinners to receive God’s grace, the spirit’s conviction and the assurance of our salvation.
    • How to Preach the Word: An Introduction. Whether it is a talk for a youth group, or an occasional sermon, or a regular preaching ministry which we have just begun or hope to be a part of, many of us could really benefit from having someone show us the basics of how to prepare and preach on a part of the Bible. The aim of this conference is to cover the basics of how to preach on a passage of the Bible and give the confidence to do this task better. David Cook will teach us us on this topic.
    • David Cook is a member of the pastoral team at Chinese Presbyterian Church, Surry Hills, Sydney and a regular speaker at Christian conventions throughout Australia and overseas. Formerly Principal of Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) for 25 years, David been closely involved in raising a generation of preachers in Australia. He has a particular passion for preaching and training preachers, and a particular giftedness at helping those who are starting out as preachers get underway.
    • Even more rare is the book I want to tell everybody everywhere to read, as a model of creative Christian scholarship, useful, artful, beautifully designed, insightful, fun. It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God is just such a book. Everyone should be so fortunate as to have a book like this in their area of interest! Certainly for every musician, of any sort, and for anyone who likes music or even for those who don’t, this is a magnificent book, amazingly conceived and wonderfully produced. This is a truly remarkable achievement. Spread the word!
    • Calvin’s original pulpit is no longer there within St. Pierre’s, though a similar one has been built on the spot he preached. Not many relics can survive nearly 500 years of history, but one remains: his chair
    • We don’t know a lot about Margaret’s life, and the only reason we know anything about her life is through her personal diary, and the only reason we have access to her diary today is due to the interest of John Newton.
    • By age 30, Margaret’s entire family was gone, she was now a servant, and she faced ongoing health issues, some of them very serious. Her diary gives self-disclosing glimpses into her battle against her besetting sin of pride, her struggle to overcome her own anger, and her struggle to handle interpersonal conflict with the humility of Christ.


    • I bless God, I have not one fear concerning dying. That Almighty Lord, who has so wonderfully preserved me to the present moment, will not forsake me in my last extremity. No, when flesh and heart fail, He will be the strength of my heart, and my portion forever!
    • All very mysterious. Or not, now that we know that Machine exists, after a fashion. What is particularly interesting is that, at one point, Finch admits to creating Facebook as a means of gathering the data needed to fuel the Machine’s calculations. The essential premise was that it is amazing how much information people will give if you ask, and it is much simpler than trying to extract or extort it by other means.
    • it is not as if anyone forced us to offer the most mundane, specific or intimate details of our lives in a constantly updated stream of data. We were asked, and we gave, and gave probably far more and far more readily than the most insane dictator might have demanded
    • First of all, we did not need to make our data available to God, and God did not need to take it. The God of heaven and earth simply has it.
    • God is not Big Brother, because God is Father.
    • If we are the children of God, the knowledge and wisdom of God do not terrify us, not least because they are exercised by the God who is also loving, righteous, merciful and gracious
    • For online help, this is a nice introductory site with a complete text of the 1915 Order. Here are a few other survival tips. And these six pages will be more than enough for most people. Print out the tables, study them for an hour, and learn how to be much more effective in deliberations and assemblies which use parliamentary procedure.


    • And the harder it seems for him to fulfill his promise, the better he looks when you trust him. Suppose that you are at the deep end of a pool by the diving board. You are four years old and can’t swim, and your daddy is at the other end of the pool. Suddenly a big, mean dog crawls under the fence and shows his teeth and growls at you and starts coming toward you to bite you. You crawl up on the diving board and walk toward the end to get away from him. The dog puts his front paws up on the diving board. Just then, your daddy sees what’s happening and calls out, “Johnny, jump in the water. I’ll get you.”
    • Go to bed


    • Slow down


    • Initiate fun


    • Laugh before you clean up the mess


    • Beg for help


    • My life is all things ordinary
    • The conversation concludes with Piper sharing about his own “annual” wrestling with a calling to the field. When it comes to missions, he insists, pastors should be asking the same questions of their own lives and futures that they’re asking of their people. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to develop a hypocritical sense of exemption from the possibility God just might be calling them, too, to go.
    • Guidance and the Voice of God by Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne is a helpful introduction on the subject.


      8. What would you say to someone who is trying to decide whether or not to come to STAND 2013?


      Have you ever regretted making an investment in eternity before?

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