WWW Wednesday: Even Encouragers Need Encouragement

Why We WebMy regular WWW Wednesday blog post is now available over at the Why We Web blog.

Encouraging one another is an important aspect of the Christian faith. Check out my lasted Why We Web post for some tips on encouraging one another in today’s modern world.

Link: Even Encouragers Need Encouragement

 

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Jottings – Walking In The Fear Of God

Commenting on Titus 2:6 “Self-restraint is the special need of youth. To gain and retain the mastery over the tendency to indulge in what is prejudicial to moral and spiritual welfare, requires that self-control which is consistent with walking in the fear of God.”

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: Titus. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996).

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Jottings – Psalm 23

Referring to Psalm 23:1-5:
1. I will not want – Providence
2. I will not fear – Confidence
3. I will dwell – A Home with God

John Thomson, from the handwritten notes of a funeral message found in the papers of my late grandfather.

 

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Jottings – Freedom From Shame

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Regarding 2 Timothy 1:12 – “Paul’s example of freedom from shame was intended as an incentive to his younger fellow missionary to show the same confidence and endurance. He who is conscious of pleasing God has no reason for feelings of shame through experiencing any form of suffering in consequence. Faithfulness to God frees the believer from bondage to human opinion, regard, and reward.”

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: 2 Timothy. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996); electronic ed. (Logos.)

 

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Jottings – Jesus Knows

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It ought to comfort the saints and servants of the Lord when they feel weary. Let them call to mind that Jesus is full of ‘compassion.’ He knows what a world it is in which they live. He knows the body of a man and all its frailties. He knows the devices of their enemy, the devil. And the Lord pities His people. Let them not be cast down. They may feel that weakness, failure, and imperfection are stamped on all they do. But let them not forget that word which says, ‘His compassions fail not.’ (Lamentations 3:22-23.)

J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew, (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1860), p. 187.

 

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Jottings – Jesus Hears

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Referring to the Savior’s delay in responding to the request of the Syrophoenician woman, it is said that He answered not a word, but it is not said that He heard not a word. These two differ much. Christ often hears when He does not answer – His not answering is an answer…

 

See: Mark 7:24-30

Credit: Samuel Rutherford. Further documentation unavailable.

 

 

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Jottings – Let Us Speak of Jesus

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Commenting on Luke 24:13-35: “Let us learn a lesson from the two travelers to Emmaus. Let us speak of Jesus, when we are sitting in our houses and when we are walking by the way, whenever we can find a disciple to speak to. (Deuteronomy 6:7.) If we believe we are journeying to a heaven where Christ will be the central object of every mind, let us begin to learn the manners of heaven, while we are yet upon earth. So doing we shall often have One with us whom our eyes will not see, but One who will make our hearts ‘burn within us’ by blessing the conversation.”

J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Luke, Vol. 2. (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1879), p. 499.

 

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Read The Bible 2013 – Two Suggested Methods

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At this time of year many people make new year’s resolutions or set goals to achieve. One goal that is certainly worthy of our limited time is the reading of the entire Bible from cover to cover.

This may seem like a daunting task; However, it is certainly an attainable goal for most people. While some read faster than others, the average amount of time it takes to read the English Bible is 75 hours. If you do the math this works out to be about 12½ minutes a day. So, if you can dedicate just 15 minutes a day you should have no problem reading the Bible from cover to cover in one year.

To keep you on track here are two methods to aid you along the way:

 


A Printed Bible Reading Plan



 

There are many excellent paper based reading plans available. My suggestion is to use a plan that is printed on a single page that can be folded and kept in your Bible… As you read simply check off each portion completed. What could possibly be easier than that?

Here are some free options to consider:

 


A Digital Bible Reading Plan



 

There are numerous advantages in using modern technology to aid you in your Bible reading endeavors. For example there are several free tools available that will track your reading progress, email you a reminder if you fall behind, and even read the Bible to you!

In this category my favorite choice is YouVersion. YouVersion is available online through their webpage… but they also offer native apps for both popular and not-so-popular mobile devices. No matter how many devices you use your reading progress is immediately updated through ‘the cloud’ to all of your devices.

I have personally used YouVersion for my systematic reading over the last two years on my Android phone, iPad, and desktop. There service has always performed flawlessly.

Did I mention their service is completely free? Check out their whole Bible reading plans here.

As a second choice I would recommend eBible. Their resources are accessed through the web or through a mobile app on an Android or iOS device. Unfortunately eBible does not offer nearly as many reading plans as YouVersion does. Also, where YouVersion is completely free; eBible follows a ‘freemium’ pricing model. This means that their basic features are free, but their more advanced features require a paid subscription.

Well, there you are. My two suggestions for how to go about reading the Bible in 2013. So, are you up to the challenge?

 

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Audio: Biblical Thoughts on the Newtown CT Shootings

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Brother Larry Price has graciously shared with Digital Sojourner the recording of the sermon he preached yesterday (Sunday Dec. 16, 2012) regarding the Newtown, CT massacre.

While brother Larry readily admits that he does not have all of the answers, he does share some very helpful thoughts from God’s Word.

 

 

 

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A Christian Response To Tragedy

As virtually the entire world knows by now, Newtown, CT, a previously quiet little town in western Connecticut experienced an unimaginable tragedy this past Friday morning. What is the ‘proper’ Christian response to the sudden and unprovoked slaughter of 26 people ~ most of whom were only 6 or 7 years old?

I’m not so sure there is a simple answer to this question ~ or even just one ‘correct’ answer. However, I have been moved by the gracious and loving response of the New Testament patterned gathering of believers in Newtown, CT. Through their website the assembly offers to the community their love and concern.

Below is a screenshot of their open letter to the residents of Newtown. As you think about this recent tragedy please remember to include the Newtown Christian Fellowship in your prayers as they navigate through this difficult time and shine the light of hope that only the Lord Jesus Christ can give.

 

Newtown Christian Fellowship Letter to Newtown offering sympathy and support after the tragedy

 

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