Ponderings

Read recently of a godly minister long deceased that,

though he ministered to multitudes, “avoided sensationalism.”

Some leading ministers in our day would do well to have such a goal.

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Witnessed on Wednesday a dignified robed judge declare

penalties dismissed and a forgiven man express repeated gratitude.

“He is coming to judge the earth;

He will judge the world with righteousness,

and the peoples with equity.”

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Can you not go long without feeling the urge to check Facebook or surf the internet?

You may be addicted

Perhaps we need to include a label?

“Warning: Gentle Reformation may be mind-altering.”

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So many wonderful tributes written by Christians to deceased atheist Christopher Hitchens.

Seems like many hold on to a hope that, like the thief on the cross,

perhaps he was converted in the last hour.

Yet would not the sovereign Lord have made such a glorious act

undeniably known like the thief on the cross?

Let us take care not to diminish the awfulness of gospel rejection and blasphemy.

For remember, there was not one but two thieves hanging there.

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Found a note from my youngest outside my study door

after another long phone meeting the other night.

The note had hearts, expressions of love, and simple requests covering it.

What joy she expressed when the requests were granted.

Yet again schooled in prayer by a little one.

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What you are in private is what you are.

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Me thinks me will have to get one of these stand-up desks 

some day soon to overcome the ills of sitting.

Of course, a minister will also be helped by time

spent kneeling in his study and walking with people outside of it.

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A friend recently sent me this quote of Samuel Rutherford:

“The Great Master Gardner, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

in a wonderful providence, with his own hand, 

planted me here, where by his grace, in this part of his vineyard, I grow;

and here I will abide until the great Master of the vineyard think fit to transplant me.”

2 Comments

  1. Brent York (@brentyork) January 14, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Isn’t this blog supposed to be mind-altering?

    • Barry York January 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      Most definitely, little brother. But as the article link indicates, we may be rewiring your neurons in ways you did not realize. So I thought we better ‘fess up with our plot to addict you before the Surgeon General arrives.

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