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Podcasts links fixed

Posted by: David Carroll

There were a number of podcasts I had done last year (2004) up to about March of this year, that had broken links. Evidently they had been like that since last May when I did some reorganization on the server they were located on. The links are fixed now. Scroll down the list after clicking on this link to find them. Be forewarned, these files are located on my home server and the download speed for you will be a litte slower.

Bug fixed

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I just fixed a bug in the Rss feed in case anyone noticed. Sorry.

Changes on this Blog

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I’ve redesigned my site and released a major update to my home grown blogging software. Let me know if you run into any problems.

One of the major changes is that I have mixed in with the Bible Blog all of my posts related to software development and miscellaneous interests. After I make a few more changes this week, you’ll be able to subscribe to just certain categories (like Bible related). I think the change will allow readers to see a more complete picture of who I am. I enjoy reading a little about what is going on in people’s lives on their blogs, so from time to time I’ll post a bit about other interests in my life (no long posts or navel gazing, I promise).

Loving God more than His gifts

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Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds writes about Worshipping the Giver, Not the Gifts in a great little summary of John Piper's book Hunger for God (It’s about fasting.)
One of the most important things I've learned from John Piper is that we must always be on guard to worship the Giver, not the gifts--to love God, not simply what he has given us.

That's the point of this stanza from Anne R. Cousin's hym, "The Sands of Time Are Sinking." The entire hymn was inspired by Samuel Rutherford's Letters, and this stanza in particular was built upon Letters 21 and 168.

The Bride eyes not her garment, But her dear Bridegroom's face
I will not gaze at glory, But on my King of Grace—
Not at the crown He gifteth, But on His piercèd hand:—
The Lamb is all the glory Of Immanuel's land.

Good advice preachers and Bible teachers

Posted by: David Carroll

This article, Reformation 21 Online Magazine, A Preacher's Decalogue, has some good advice for preachers and teachers of the Bible. The points:

  1. Know your Bible better
  2. Be a man of prayer
  3. Done lose sight of Christ
  4. Be deeply trinitarian
  5. Use your imagination

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More about me to come

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I want to make my weblog better. I am imspired by the idea that Compelling Content is King. Could it be as simple as reading How to Write a Better Weblog? Maybe not, but I am going to try. I have felt somehow that every post on a blog entitled David's Bible Blog must be spiritual and not so personal. Well, it's time to loosen up and start posting my life and more frequently too. I'll still post devotional thoughts and other faith related items because... well, because that's part of my life. Stay tuned.

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

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Dr. Adrian Rogers, Founder of Love Worth Finding Ministries, Pastor Emeritus of Bellevue Baptist Church and a gifted man of God passed away in to the presence of the Lord early this morning after battling cancer and double pneumonia.

I received the new birth under this man's ministry. My heart is heavy but also rejoicing for a job well done by this good and faithful servant. It was in 1980 that I finally came to truly understand the gospel. I had come close many times before, starting when I was 16 at a Billy Graham Crusade. It was the clarity, confidence and consistency of his preaching that finally reached by ears. Even though he was my Pastor I never got to know him personally. The church was too large and I came back to Memphis too late in his career to get close to him. I don't regret that; I have many men who are mentors to me.

Some will say "how sad" that Pastor Rogers and Joyce could not enjoy their retirement years together.  But I know that Pastor would not want us to feel sad but to find comfort in God's grace which is sufficient for us beyond all that we could ever ask or desire. Pastor Rogers had been asking God for another 15 years of ministry but God's answer was "No, I am ready for you to come home."

My new Pastor, Steve Gaines, is unquestionably God's chosen man for our church at this stage. He is truly an Elisha to Pastor Roger's Elijah. Thank You Lord for both of these men who are so used of You.

I will remember Pastor Rogers but I won't miss him really became his voice will continue to resonate until Christ comes for the rest of us.

Redux: Hearing through the Word

Posted by: David Carroll

I know I've made this point before in this series about "Hearing God" but I need to revisit it again because it is so important and fundamental. Everything we know about Jesus comes from the Bible. Most everything we know about the Holy Spirit comes from the Bible. I say most because someone never having heard God's word could still know his conscience is tugging him away from sin and that certainly would be the Holy Spirit. Most everything we know about God comes from the Bible. Again I say most because we can know His creative power by looking around us.

Romans 1:20 (NKJV)

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

So the reason I want to revisit this subject of Hearing God through the scripture is because the written Word is central to knowing God and knowing what He wants of us. Eagerly studying the word of God naturally and practically leads a person to knowing Christ and wanting to be like Him. I've seen the antithesis of this too, even in my own life. Disregarding the daily use of the Bible leads a person away from Christ. I can readily think of a number of individual people who, when I am around them, naturally draw me to Christ. Thinking about why this is so, I can easily point to the fact that they themselves are saturated in God's word, both devotionally and in their conversation. So, it is self-evident that God's word is vital to a close relationship with God.

Dallas Willard recommends reading the Bible with a submissive attitude. He says:

Study as intelligently as possible, with all available means, but never study merely to find the truth and especially not just to prove something. Subordinate your desire to find the truth to your desire to do it, to act it out!

That's the "how" part but regarding what to read, I know have used a "One Year Bible Reading Plan" before but I know I read much of it without absorbing it. On the other hand, I have struggled with the idea of just beginning to read whatever text my finger happens to open to. It's all good, right? Well, Willard has more good advice about "what" to read too.

We should begin with those parts of Scripture with which we have some familiarity, such as Psalm 23, the Lord's Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount, 1 Corinthians 13, or Romans 8.

Do not try to read a great deal at once...It is better in one year to have ten good verses transferred into the substance of our lives than to have every word of the Bible flash before our eyes...Do not hurry. Do not dabble in spiritual things.

The goal is for the truth of God's word to become part of us. That is to say, we need to assimilate the truth and to agree with it. Agreeing with the truth that we know well and can easily repeat is what it means to have the "mind of Christ." Willard gives five progressive steps as a process of attaining this goal when dealing with God's word:

  1. information
  2. longing for it to be so
  3. affirmation that it must be so
  4. invocation to God to make it so
  5. appropriation by God's grace that it is so

Such use of God's word is a discipline. Ingrained habit and self-control are the keys behind such discipline. Everyday, devote yourself to this kind of exercise an you will find yourself being drawn close to God. Close enough to Hear from God.

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