During My Maintenance Delays (and at all other times), Give Me Jesus

Though some may think this is a “flash mob,” it is actually something a little different.  This AirTran flight was grounded for a maintenance delay when a college choir director (Indiana Wesleyan University – a Christian college) saw an opportunity to lead the students on board in a musical meditation that might take the other passengers’ minds off their troubles.

It appears that the flight attendant may have been particularly touched and appreciative.

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Everyone believes the Bible

You either believe the Bible is the word of God…or you believe that it isn’t the word of God.

Either way, you believe.

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G. K. Chesterton Knows Something About Christianity

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The Ability to Thank Is a Differentiator

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China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years according to UK Telegraph

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China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years – UK Telegraph.

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WR002 – Week in Review – for the week ending April 18, 2014

The notes I’ve written below can serve as either…

  • a preview of what you’ll hear, or
  • a substitute in case you don’t have time to listen, or
  • a menu to help you decide whether or not you want to listen

(Currently, this podcast is only available to hear through a browser or in the smartphone app.  It won’t be available in iTunes as a podcast for a while yet.)

This week’s episode includes some commentary on the celebrations of Easter Week, some thoughts on Al Mohler’s daily podcast, news about two audio books to published soon, a Bible reading tip, an answer to a question about parables, and a reminder of the plight of the poor and persecuted in the world in which we dwell.

My intent is to publish this podcast every week that I can, sometime between noon on Friday and noon on Saturday.  I am trying to consistently date the post for “the week ending Friday…”  My preferred method would be to record and publish on Friday afternoon, but if I don’t make that, it’s likely that the next window I’ll have is just before noon on Saturday.

Lots of people are celebrating Easter this week.  I hope they’re thinking through the historical facts upon which the various feasts or events that are being undertaken.  In any case, I’m always glad when Christ is exalted – even if not always in the fullness of truth (Philippians 1:18).

Al Mohler did his usually great work for the kingdom of God this week in his daily podcast, but I winced at a couple of things.

Politics is not the answer, but Christians cannot shirk the responsibilities of being good citizens.

I should have audio versions of The Biblical Case for Everyone Is Going to Heaven and The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven before the end of this month.  Along with Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?  The Biblical Case for the Second Coming as Accomplished Fact, this makes audio versions of the three books I wrote 20 years ago all available.

There’s a tip in here for parents who use children’s Bible story books to read Bible stories to their children.

I answer a question about parables and tell how Jesus wants to tell you parables today – and explain them!

Lastly, I mention the poor and persecuted.  I didn’t have any news items, but I always want to call attention to their situation.  God forbid that we should forget them.

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Sunday’s Comin’

Here are four minutes of sober and hope-filled meditation on the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…and the resurrection He believed – deeply believed – would come to Him (Hebrews 5:7).

The earliest disciples (that is, Peter, James, John, and the rest of the twelve) only knew the despair of Friday.  They had no expectation of joy on Sunday.  We who live after them, however, can always have an abiding and vibrant hope in the midst of our deepest despair.

Oh, how we can thank God for the witness of the apostles!  If it were not for their testimony, we would not know the hope that Jesus died and rose to give us.

Sunday’s Comin’ from Igniter Media on Vimeo.

HT: Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds from The Gospel Coalition (Justin’s version includes all the words printed beneath the video.)

(By the way, Justin ascribes the meditation to S.M. Lockridge, while the Igniter Media version attributes it to John L. Jefferson.  I do not know how to sort that out.)

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Addresses the Chapel at Biola University on the Victims of the Sexual Revolution

Jennifer Morse is a voice of sanity in world that seems to have lost its mind.

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When the End Turns Out to Be a Beginning

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”  -  Fred Rogers

Mr. Rogers’ words remind me of what Jesus Christ has done to death.  That is, Jesus has taken what was an end (death), and turned it into the beginning of something else (never-ending life in heaven with Him).

Jesus has turned the curse into a blessing (Nehemiah 13:2).  He has given us a future and a hope where we had none (Jeremiah 29:11).  He has removed the sting from death (1 Corinthians 15:55).

When you think you’re at the end of life, you are only as the child in the womb is at the end of the time of the mother’s pregnancy.  Death is not a dead-end – it’s a doorway.  Let us prepare!

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“The Best of Times, the Worst of Times”

The well-known words in the title of this post are taken from the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…

Source: WikiQuote

These words take on even more profound meaning when we consider them in the light of the distinction between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world – kingdoms which co-exist and between which we must choose.

These are the best of times for those who are seeking the kingdom of God, for they are finding righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.  These are the worst of times for those who take refuge in the kingdom of this world, for there they only find darkness, despair, and even depravity.

Focus on the kingdom you cannot see and you will find the strength to navigate the kingdom you can see.

Bible Notes:

Jeremiah 17:5-8  (Note the contrast.  It’s the worst of times for those who trust in mankind, but it’s the best of times for those who trust the Lord.)

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10  (This is the same sort of contrast as what we saw in the Jeremiah passage above.)

Romans 14:17  (Righteousness, peace, and joy are the inheritance of those who seek the kingdom of God in this age.)

Job 5:14  (This is the inheritance of those who think they are too smart to need the Lord.  Do not be like them, and do not partake of their inheritance.  It is empty, just as it says inEcclesiastes 1:2.)

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