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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 6

April 19, 2011

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You laugh with louder gufaws, & cry with hotter tears, because the gospel is at work.

A sign you’re growing in grace: The Bible reads you as much as you read the Bible.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You notice a person’s dignity before you notice their depravity.

A sign you’re growing in grace: There are fewer pages in the little book in which you keep a record of wrongs done to you.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Your cry for a changed heart is louder than your cry for relief.

A sign you’re growing in grace: The word “overcomer” in Revelation makes you think about Jesus, THE Overcomer, not you.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Repentance is becoming less something YOU do and more Someone you trust, namely, Jesus.

A sign you’re growing in grace: The more you understand your union with Christ the more you crave communion with Him.


Christ Is Risen

April 17, 2011

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night

Sing it, o death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 5

April 11, 2011

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re aware of the racist that lives in you, not just in the Bubbas & rednecks near you.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You waste less food & time, and your committed giving is becoming cheerful giving.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You think about fixing people less and loving them more.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Your family and friends can relax around you more than they did last year.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’ve given up trying to be the 4th member of the Trinity.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You will do everything you can NOT to do unnecessary damage to a person’s reputation.


One Shining Moment

April 5, 2011

There have been some great moments over the past six years of blogging here at P&P.  The Ask Anything 9th inning rally comes to my mind.  So does the Puritan Reading Challenge.   Then again there is P2R Memory Moleskine.  And now there is one more to add, thanks to so many of you who worked the social networks of Facebook and Twitter to get the word out.

Last night, it was declared that I was the winner of the 2011 SBC Voices Blog Madness.  It was a lot of fun, and I was really encouraged to see friends and family root my little blog on.  In order to even make it to the final round, I needed a substantial comeback in the 2nd round to edge out Dr. Russell Moore much to the chagrin of some folks.  But alas, the madness is over, and I realize what a great community of folks I have to connect with online.

This little win marks six years to the month that I started blogging.  2,100 posts later, P&P is still chugging along, and it seems like now that so much of that has become biographical.  Thanks for joining me in the journey and encouraging you in the gospel. It has always been my desire to make much of Jesus here.

For all of us, the best seat is the back seat.
For all of us, the best ground is the background.

Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part Four

April 4, 2011

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: It’s getting easier not to retaliate, get even, or even crave God’s vengeance.

A sign you’re growing in grace: The work “trafficking” moves you to work for justice, not complain about too many cars.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t care squat about infralapsarianism, but you’ll defend the gospel with your life.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Less cynicism about other people’s sins and more tears over your own.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You feel like you’re just beginning to appreciate all the riches and depth of John 3:16.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You argue less about the timing of the Spirit’s baptism & thirst 4 more of his fullness.


Let’s Tell Them!

March 29, 2011

Love Demonstrated, Holiness Vindicated

February 23, 2011

P2R Officially Begins Today!

January 1, 2011

The Partnering to Remember 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine challenge officially begins today! I want to begin this new year with the words of Jesus from John 15.  When thinking about getting people to “blurb” the new project, I thought there was no one better to plug memorizing Scripture than Jesus Himself. 🙂  Think on these words of Jesus and the implications they should have in our lives . . .

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away,
and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes,
that it may bear more fruit.
3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers;
and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8 By this my Father is glorified,
that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

– John 15:1-8

» Resources on John 15:1-8

* Listen to Andy Davis on “The Importance of Filling Your Life with Scripture
* Listen to Andy Davis on “An Appeal for Memorization
* Listen to John Piper on “If My Words Abide in You . . .

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Good News for Sinners on Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

The Greatest Gift – The Incarnation

December 13, 2010

O Source of all good,

What shall I render to You for the gift of gifts,
thine own dear Son, begotten, not created,
my Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute,
his self-emptying incomprehensible,
his infinity of love beyond the heart’s grasp.

Herein is wonder of wonders:
he came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like him.

Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to him he draws near on
wings of grace,
to raise me to himself.

Herein is power;
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart
he united them in indissoluble unity,
the uncreated and the created.

Herein is wisdom;
when I was undone, with no will to return to him,
and no intellect to devise recovery,
he came, God-incarnate, to save me
to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.

O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,
and enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my Redeemer’s face,
and in him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child
to my heart,
embrace him with undying faith,
exulting that he is mind and I am his.

In him, you have given me so much
that heaven can give no more.

~ “The Gift of Gifts”
taken from The Valley of Vision

The Spirit of Christ Is a Missionary Spirit

December 7, 2010

Octavius Winslow, perhaps the best devotional writer you’ll ever read, communicates truth that provoke and stir up affections for Jesus in such encouraging ways.  This is a recent example from his Morning Thoughts:

The Spirit of Christ is an active, benevolent Spirit. It bore the Savior, when He was in the flesh, from country to country, from city to city, from house to house, preaching His own gospel to lost man. “He went about doing good.” If we have the Spirit of Christ, we shall be prompted to a like Christian love and activity on behalf of those who possess not the gospel, or who, possessing it, slight and reject the mercy. The Spirit of Christ is essentially a missionary Spirit. It commenced its labor of love at Jerusalem, and from that its center, worked its way with augmenting sympathy and widening sphere until it embraced the world as the field of its labor. Ah! that we manifest so little of this Spirit, ought to lead us to deep searchings of heart, and stir us up to earnest prayer: “Lord, make me more earnest for the salvation of souls, for the advancement of Your kingdom. Grant me this evidence of being Your—the possession of Your Spirit, constraining me to a more simple and unreserved consecration of my talents, my substance, my rank, my influence, my time, myself, to the establishment of Your truth, the advancement of Your cause, and thus to the wider diffusion of Your glory in the earth.”

Read the whole thing.

Only Jesus

November 10, 2010

HT :: Bob Kauflin

We need church planters who will love Jesus with abandon

August 31, 2010

A quote followed by some prayers (via Twitter) by Scotty Smith, pastor of Christ Community Church (Nashville) for all you church planters out there:

“There is no commitment we will make as church planters of greater importance than living close to Jesus.  For church planting can become an idol factory; a prostitution ring; a cruel taskmaster; a breeding ground for addictions… we need church planters who will love Jesus with abandon, and who cultivate a lifestyle of growing in His grace and knowledge.  Until you know yourself to be slow of heart to believe the gospel, you will never cultivate a burning heart for the gospel.  Churches planted with the DNA of the gospel will be led by those who live a life of gospel astonishment.”

Jesus, we thank you for hard-soil church planters who labor so hard with little observable fruit. Increase their tribe.

Jesus, free church planters to be more committed to faithfulness that obsessed with fruitfulness. You will grow your church.

Jesus, may the marriages of church planters thrive not dive because of everything involved in this costly calling.

Jesus, free church planters from the Peter syndrome, “What about John?” Death by comparison.

Jesus, infect the current & coming generations of church planters with an incurable case of gospel astonishment.

Father, help church planters be less proud of their creative strategies and more prostrate before your exalted Son.

Jesus, may new church plants swell by conversion growth, not just by disgruntled transfer growth.

Jesus, raise up church planters who see you everywhere in the Bible and lost people everywhere in the community.

Jesus, give church planters the thick skin and big hearts they’ll need to serve you with abandon today.

Jesus, help church planters in the same city be notorious for mutual encouragement and gospelicious cross pollinating.

Jesus, may the gospel be so real in the homes of church planters the kids will never wish their parents did anything else.

Jesus, multiply the loaves and fishes of church planters everywhere today. Feed the nations through new church plants!

The Bible Is NOT About You

August 26, 2010

For the past seven weeks, I have been leading a group of men in our church through Tim Keller and Ed Clowney’s class on Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World. The 35 MP3’s are available for free on RTS iTunesU, and a PDF of the class notes are available as well.  I have also been supplementing the men with articles, chapters, and essays on Christ-centered preaching from Chapell to Greidanus to Goldsworthy to Spurgeon.  It has really be a lot of fun to learn together how to expound Christ, apply Christ, and adore Christ in our preaching.

Below is a video which is a good summary of what Tim Keller means by Christ-centered preaching, followed by a summary transcript of the audio excerpt.  Do you, preacher, make your message all about Him? Are you, Christian, satisfied with Christ-less messages?


Radical: Responding to the Bibical Call to Follow Jesus – David Platt

April 30, 2010

As I mentioned in my last post, I am really grateful for the prophetic voices of Francis Chan and David Platt, and moreso by the fact that they are backing up their exhortations with radical demonstration.