They said it better than me: Death

Yesterday, I wrote about thinking about death. Today I offer some quotations from others who have spoken biblically and wisely about death: “The question is not whether we will die, but whether we will die in a way that bears much fruit.” (John Piper, Filling up the Afflictions of Christ) “Death is a threat to […]

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Thinking about death

A few months after I became a pastor, a funeral home called me and asked if I would do a funeral service for a woman whose family did not have a relationship with a church in our community.  I agreed and went to meet with the family to talk about the service. They wanted one […]

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What are you thinking?

What we think is important.   I don’t mean that our opinions about various topics are important. They may or may not be important; but I mean that the content of our thoughts — what we are thinking about in any given moment is important.  The millions of thoughts that travel around our six-inch diameter […]

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The last miracle of redemption

I would not say that miracles “abound” in Scripture.  There are miracles in the Bible.  There are many miracles.  By definition, miracles are astounding, incredible, unusual, and wondrous.  And the miracles of the Bible are all those things.  Think of the miracle of 2 million people crossing the Red Sea on dry land, getting across […]

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Thinking about home

In the last two weeks, the mothers of three of our church members have died.  And one of our longtime members who has been home-bound for more than a decade died in a care facility at the age of 93. In the last two weeks, I’ve been to two funerals (one of which I led), […]

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Remember your final end

I was born in Canada, straight north of Granbury about 1300 miles. Though I spent most of my childhood years in the Unites States, and primarily Texas, I remained a Canadian citizen until 2003, when I became a naturalized American. My citizenship changed. I had always considered the United States and Texas my home, but […]

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Comfort when tempted to complain

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from A Body of Divinity. Thou complainest, Christian, thou dost not enjoy thyself, fears disquiet thee, wants perplex thee; in the day thou canst not enjoy ease, in the night thou canst not enjoy sleep; […]

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Enjoy the chief good of Heaven

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from A Body of Divinity. Let it be the chief end of our living to enjoy this chief good hereafter [in Heaven]. Augustine reckons up 288 opinions among philosophers about happiness, but all were short […]

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The usefulness of Heaven’s crown

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from The Fight of Faith Crowned.  In this passage, Watson is meditating on the usefulness of the promise of a crown of righteousness that will be granted to the believer in Heaven (2 Tim. 4:8). […]

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In Heaven…

There are a great many conceptions and misconceptions of what Heaven will be like. One aspect of Heaven that is often overlooked is the eternal unfolding of God’s plan of redemption to the redeemed: “and [He] raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that […]

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Going to the movies?

My wife and I don’t often go to see a movie in the theater.  It’s not that I am fundamentally opposed to going to the movies; we will attend one or two movies a year.  Rather, I’m too frugal (i.e., cheap) to pay $15-20 for something we can rent for $1 in a few months.  […]

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Heaven is better

Jonathan Edwards, in “The Christian Pilgrim” (Works, vol. 2): God is the highest good of the reasonable creature; and the enjoyment of him is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.—To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, […]

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The tree in heaven

“And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Rev. 22:2; NASB) Heaven. What pictures come to mind when you hear that word? Streets of gold? Pearly gates? “St. […]

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