Friday’s 5 to Live By

August 2, 2013


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Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living.

Communicating the Gospel in the Wedding Ceremony

At Trevin Wax’s Kingdom People blog, KC McGinnis shares how he and his wife sought to included elements of creation/fall/redemption/consummation in their wedding ceremony. Read his thoughts in The Gospel According to Our Wedding.

Rick and Kay Warren Share Hope in the Midst of Despair

On Saturday night, for the first time since their son’s death, Rick and Kay Warren returned to their 20,000-member congregation. Together they faced the question tens of thousands of Christians have been asking: How are they able to hope in God in the midst of their despair? Read about their response in Rick Warren Preaches First Sermon Since His Son’s Suicide.

Desiring God for God

Tony Reinke shares reflections on some powerful quotes from J. Gresham Machen, including:

Many men . . . make shipwreck of their faith. They think of God only as one who can direct the course of nature for their benefit; they value Him only for the things that He can give.

These are lofty desires. But there is one desire that is loftier still. It is the desire for God Himself. That desire, too often, we forget. We value God solely for the things that He can do; we make of Him a mere means to an ulterior end. And God refuses to be treated so; such a religion always fails in the hour of need.

If we have regarded religion merely as a means of getting things — even lofty and unselfish things — then when the things that have been gotten are destroyed, our faith will fail.

When loved ones are taken away, when disappointment comes and failure, when noble ambitions are set at naught, then we turn away from God; we have tried religion, we say, we have tried prayer, and it has failed. Of course it has failed! God is not content to be an instrument in our hand or a servant at our beck and call.

Has it never dawned upon us that God is valuable for His own sake, that just as personal communion is the highest thing that we know on earth, so personal communion with God is the sublimest height of all?

If we value God for His own sake, then the loss of other things will draw us all the closer to Him; we shall then have recourse to Him in time of trouble as to the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

But what I do mean is that if here and now we have the one inestimable gift of God’s presence and favor, then all the rest can wait till God’s good time.

You can read the entire post at Desiring God for God.

Is Love God’s Defining Attribute?

At Eternal Perspectives Ministry, Randy Alcorn asks, Is Love God’s Defining Attribute? How would you answer that question?

Is Glory God’s Only Goal?

Christopher Morgan wonders, “Has the glory of God become a cliché among the young, restless, Reformed crowd? The vocabulary of glory is on the rise, but certain misunderstandings and imbalances linger. Will ‘the glory of God’ become a cliché, much like ‘the love of God’ to the previous generation, which too often reduced love to sentimentality? Read his answer in Is Glory God’s Only Goal? 

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