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March 28, 2011#

Counting Crosses

I counted dollars while God counted crosses,
I counted gains while He counted losses,
I counted my worth by the things gained in store
But He sized me up by the scars that I bore.
I coveted honors and sought for degrees,
He wept as He counted the hours on my knees;
I never knew until one day by the grave
How vain are the things that we spend life to save;
I did not yet know until my loved one went above
That richest is he who is rich in God’s love.

—The Brethren Evangelist

March 24, 2011#

Where are the confident men?

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This is going into the new God Guy Bible, releasing next Spring:

For a God Guy, confidence is a requirement. Insecurity points to a weak faith, because security comes from what you know to be true about God, not about your strengths. When guys fear the future, when they resist faith and lose hope, they turn from the God they love and decide to live in a world of fear. Continue Reading

March 21, 2011#

Are you a gospel glutton?

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The first time I remember hearing the phrase, “preach the gospel to yourself” was from Jerry Bridges. He wrote a wonderful and convicting book called “Respectable Sins” that I highly recommend. The idea behind the phrase was a great one: that reminding ourselves of the good news that Christ came to save and justify sinners applies to our lives even after our conversion since we still sin.

But lately I’m starting feel like I’m getting overstuffed on the gospel. Preaching it to myself, pressing it into other brothers lives, others pressing it into me, marinating, etc. So here’s a gut check: Continue Reading

March 9, 2011#

ht – my old college friend, John Resnick

March 7, 2011#

Read it and weep.

ht: los

March 1, 2011#

Realized wretchedness does not equal humility

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You hear it all the time, especially in gospel-centered circles, people saying how wretched they are and how loved they are in spite of it. True and true. But when I hear me reminding myself over and over how wretched I am, seems a lot of attention is, well, on me. Continue Reading