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Sinclair Ferguson said, “If someone put us in a room with no distractions and said, ‘I just want you to sit there and think about the Lord Jesus for 5 minutes’…many evangelicals in the Western world would find that an enormous trial. Because we don’t know 5 minutes worth of the Lord Jesus.” Sadly, I think he’s right.

One of the best podcasts I can recommend is The Briefing with Al Mohler. Around 20 minutes of commentary on current events from a biblical worldview. You can find it at http://www.almohler.com…”A room without books is like a body without a soul” (G.K. Chesterton).

There should be a sympathy card that has the following words on the outside: “I’m sorry for your loss. I don’t know what to say.” On the inside it should be blank (Job 2:13). That would be infinitely better than the sentimental pablum which fills most cards…”Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Ps. 116:15).

No one who supports same-sex marriage has an answer to why marriage should be limited to gender alone. For example, why should the number of people matter if gender doesn’t? There’s no reason it should if their own logic is considered: the only thing that matters is who you love. So why should it be limited to age? Or species? Or within a biological family? According to the “Love Wins” logic, there shouldn’t any limitation. The secular left won’t have any way to stop any of these – in particular, Muslims who support polygamy.

Cheers to Robert Zimmer, who is President of the University of Chicago! He sent a letter to incoming freshmen announcing that no “safe spaces” are to be found on campus. “Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn without the fear of censorship. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort,” he wrote. Well done, President Zimmer!

Congratulations to the Hillsboro Hops for making the Northwest League playoffs for the third year in a row! The back-to-back champs are threatening a three-peat…The God Who is There, written by Francis Schaeffer in the late 1960’s, continues to be relevant and prophetic…RIP Gene Wilder. Willy Wonka is one of my favorite movies of all time, and Blazing Saddles is close…Take heart, the Lord Jesus Christ is conquering and putting all enemies under His feet (1 Cor. 15:20-28)!

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David Murray has some good observations on Matt Lauer’s interview with Brian Williams here. He calls it the most painful interview he’s ever watched. At issue is the inability of Williams to say he lied. We could all learn from Murray’s comments.

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Hero.

Someone of whom the world was not worthy (Hebrews 11:38).

 

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Who was St. Nicholas?

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Kevin DeYoung answers the question, “Who was St. Nicholas?” The answer isn’t all that clear. You can read it here.

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We all worry. But here’s something to think about:

If you worry and the thing you worried about happens, then your worrying didn’t prevent it. If you worry about something and it doesn’t happen, you worried for nothing. Either way, worrying is a waste of time.

Jesus said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?” (Luke 12:22-25)

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Today was a typical fall day, as far as weather is concerned in the Pacific Northwest. We had rain (sometimes heavy and sometimes light), clouds (dark and light), and sunshine which was quite bright at times. This pattern repeated itself numerous times.

Days like these are a reminder that life is not made up of only sunshine, only clouds, or only rain. Every life has a mixture of all three, sometimes at the same time or in the same day. As it has been said, a life made up of nothing but sunshine becomes a desert. Rain and clouds bring growth and sustenance. We need all three, even though we don’t like it. God, in His providence, graciously gives us exactly what we need, whether it be sunshine, clouds, or rain – sometimes all three in the same day.

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Hearing the voice of God in the Word of God – the Bible – can become, if we’re not careful, like having a cuckoo clock, living in the flight path of an airport, or living next to train tracks.

Let me explain. The initial sounds of a cuckoo clock – the rhythmic tick-tocking and the regularly-scheduled “announcements” of the wooden bird – can run the gamet from quaint and interesting all the way to annoying and irritating. The constant scream of jets taking off or landing close to where you live can be either comforting or maddening. The constant rumble of trains, which can be heard with all of your windows closed and doors shut, is an interruption and at the same time soothing. What cannot be denied is that what we notice, and can’t help but noticing, at the start slowly becomes imperceptible. You never think that it will happen, but you find yourself sleeping through the night never once being awakened or even bothered by the sound of the cuckoo clock, plane, or train.

What happened? We got used to hearing those sounds and began to tune them out. The little wooden bird is still chirping; the plane’s engines still roar; and the train still sounds it’s whistle and rumbles and rattles down the tracks; but we simply don’t hear it anymore.

The same thing can happen to us as we hear God speaking to us from His Word. We hear sermons, attend Bible studies, read and study the Scriptures on our own, listen to podcasts, take part in Sunday School classes, attend conferences, and have dozens of other “intake points” for God’s Word, but gradually and almost imperceptibly we simply don’t hear it anymore. The author of the book of Hebrews said, “Concerning him (Melchizedek) we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing” (Heb. 5:11).

It may be that we’ve heard the Word of God preached and taught (or even read it) so many times that it goes in one ear and out the other, never managing to stick to the Velcro of our heart – our mind, affections, and will. It’s incumbent upon us to guard against this – the cuckoo clock syndrome – with everything we have. Pray that God would give you the wisdom to recognize it and the strength to avoid it as you live coram Deo (before His face).

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