I’m reading a great book, and the following is taken from that book (which, by the way, can be ordered from Amazon by clicking on the link…and by so doing a tiny percentage goes to help this home missionary!):

“Everything that we know and appreciate and praise God for in all Christian experience both in this life and in the life to come springs from this bloody cross.
Do we have the gift of the Spirit? Secured by Christ on the cross.
Do we enjoy the fellowship of saints? Secured by Christ on the cross.
Does he give us comfort in life and death? Secured by Christ on the cross.
Does he watch over us faithfully, providentially, graciously, and covenantally? Secured by Christ on the cross.
Do we have hope of a heaven to come? Secured by Christ on the cross.
Do we anticipate resurrection bodies on the last day? Secured by Christ on the cross.
Is there a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness? Secured by Christ on the cross.
Do we now enjoy new identities, so that we are no longer to see ourselves as nothing but failures, moral pariahs, disappointments to our parents—but deeply loved, blood-bought, human beings, redeemed by Christ, declared just by God himself, owing to the fact that God himself presented his Son Jesus as the propitiation for our sins? All this is secured by Christ on the cross and granted to those who have faith in him.”http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1433511258&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

—D.A. Carson

>Decorate the Foyer While the Ship Sinks?

>Again, as I laugh at this 1963 comic, it is mixed with a sigh as I think of pastors and other church leaders who are so beset by “gardening committees” that they struggle to find time and energy to focus on the Biblical mandates for the church.

“Oh, yes, pastor; let’s make everything look pretty so our visitors (who we will never invite) are impressed! We’ll buy the plants, and dig the holes, and we’ll form a watering committee…what? Excuse me? No, I don’t have time to attend a Bible study/prayer meeting/ or to take a meal to a shut-in.”