Old Fourth

JP: A friend at work sent this to me

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What is Worldliness?

JP: Worthwhile article on the subject of worldliness:

What is Worldliness?

Excerpt:

… worldliness is intrinsic. Our outward expressions may reflect that notion, but true worldliness is a matter of the heart.

“Procrastination Is Like a Credit Card”

JP: Worthwhile read if dear reader struggles with this at work or home! I’ve found that things I don’t like doing are candidates for procrastination.

“Procrastination Is Like a Credit Card”

Just as buying things on a credit card is using borrowed money, procrastination is really borrowed time. For both, the fun ends when you have to pay up.

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On Obedience

JP: Links to two blog posts that I found to be a blessing.

How to Obey When the Feelings Aren’t There

Excerpt:

I am often asked what a Christian should do if the cheerfulness of obedience is not there. It is a good question. My answer is not to simply get on with your duty because feelings are irrelevant! My answer has three steps.

First, confess the sin of joylessness. Acknowledge the culpable coldness of your heart. Don’t say it doesn’t matter how you feel.

Second, pray earnestly that God would restore the joy of obedience.

Third, go ahead and do the outward dimension of your duty in the hope that the doing will rekindle the delight.

Marks of a True Christian

Excerpt:

Proposition1: A Christian must have a great love for the truth; all splendid pretense void of love for the truth is deceit.

Proposition 2: A Christian must have great love and esteem for the church.

Proposition 3: The Holy Scriptures are the only rule for doctrine and life.

Proposition 4: Regeneration is the originating cause of spiritual life, and of all spiritual thoughts and deeds.

Proposition 5: A Christian avails himself of faith.

Proposition 6: All of man’s felicity, here and hereafter, consists in communion with and the beholding of God.

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Tests and a Call to Love God

Image Source: Students taking a test in a huge auditorium (1942)

JP: Full notes for this Sunday below.

Love not the world

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JP: I found this helpful in my study this week.

There are three ways the Greek word κόσμος (the world) is used in the New Testament

  1. As the universe: Example John 1:10 (underlined word): “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.”
  2. As the world of mankind: Example John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
  3. As the world system that is in rebellion against God. Examples:
    • John 1:10 , “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him
    • 1 John 5:19, “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one”
    • 1 John 3:1, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him”

When John says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world”, he is using the world in the third sense. In the first sense, God made the universes and it was good. We are to appreciate the creative work of God. In the second sense, we are to have a passion for the lost and a love of mankind. In the third sense we are to abhor the world’s system of thought, values and morals which stand against God.

I found this quotation helpful:

Do not court the intimacy and favor of the unchristian world around you; do not take its customs for your laws, nor adopt its ideals, nor covet its prizes, nor seek fellowship with its life

Source: James Montgomery Boyce, The Episles of John, p 63. Boyce cites Robert Law, The Tests of Life: Law rephrases the apostle’s appeal

Test Patterns

  1. The first one is an eye chart blur test. Joanna H must be very familiar with this! Source.
  2. The second image is for old fogies like me! When the TV station would sign off (in the 50’s) … a test pattern like this would display. Source.
  3. Six tests of true faith in 1 John 1 and 2.