Arguments Against Anxiety

Arguments Against Anxiety

The above is a link to Justin Taylor’s Blog, the contents of which I would have to also post here.  Our  church in Pampanga has experienced various trials lately.

We pray for you CBC.

1. God is near me to help me.

Philippians 4:5-6: “The Lord is at hand; [therefore] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

2. God cares for me.

1 Peter 5:7: “. . . casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

3. My Father in heaven  knows all my needs and will supply all my needs.

Matthew 6:31-33: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

4. God values me more than birds and grass, which he richly provides for and adorns; how much more will he provide for all my needs!

Matthew 6:26-30: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

5. What can man do to me?

Matthew 6:25: “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” [I.e., you still have eternal life even if you have no food; you will still have a resurrection body even if you are physically deprived.]

Luke 12:4: “Do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.”

Luke 21:1618: “Some of you they will put to death. . . . But not a hair of your head will perish.”

Romans 8:31-323538-39: “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? . . . Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? . . . For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

6. Anxiety is pointless.

Matthew 6:27: “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” [Answer: no one.]

7. Anxiety is worldly.

Matthew 6:31-32: “Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things. . . .”

James 4:4: “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

8. Tomorrow doesn’t need my anxiety.

Matthew 6:34: “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Lamentations 3:23: “[God’s mercies] are new every morning.”

Again our thanks to Justin Taylor for his blog.

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When Sinners Say “I Do”

When Sinners Say ‘I Do

The above is a link for an outstanding resource (from Justin Taylor’s blog) for married couples. I have yet to survey them and listen to them all but I’m sure they would help so many couples who want to attend a “seminar” on their relationship.

I would try to give you updates on these materials as I read them in the coming days.

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A Prodigal God, A Prodigal Son, and a Prodigal Sermon

Two of my favorite authors wrote masterpieces about Luke 15 late last 2008.

The Prodigal God

This was Tim Keller’s masterpiece.  Actually I like it better than John Macarthur’s A Tale of Two Sons which becomes a bit pushy on the last part when it claims that the ending of the whole of it is murder.  Doubtless, there is some basis but that, to me is drawing too much.

A Tale of Two Sons

Nevertheless, it is vintage Macarthur.  Very textual and clear as Macarthur can get.

They also inspired me to see the linkage of the Prodigal Son’s tale with the text of 1 Cor 13, the famous LOVE Chapter.  Did I succeed in relating the two?  Here is my feeble attempt.

Click here to listen:  COME HOME – A Sermon About Love and the Prodigal Son

American Idol for the Glory of God #04

There are so many things that AI reminds me, I often end watching the show in slight tears because of so many truths that it nails home into my thinking.

and then relatedly, here is also one.

Reason #4:  AI reminds me of how glorious are angels who sing in God’s presence.  I predict, there is no angel that is out of tune.  There was one, but he was booted out of there!  If we, being made slightly lower than the angels can sing with so much resonance, so much so angels!

And can you imagine if God sings?

Sweethearts for a Lifetime Day 01

And so I went to buy a brother a book for his ministry.  But then I came across another book that I bought this time for my wife and me.

Sweethearts for a Lifetime

Sweethearts for a Lifetime

My wife and I made certain arrangements to read a chapter or so everytime we can despite the busy schedules.  Day 01 started with the Chapter called, “Fulfilling God’s BluePrint for Marriage.”  Basically, the main theme of this chapter is: COVENANT making.  What is the essence of marriage?  Sex? Companionship? Children?

As we read it, we realize that the essence of marriage of is: COVENANT making.  It’s a promise.  Promise that whatever happens each one would stay there for each other.  In heaven, there would be no marriages.  So what is the function of marriage? Well, aside from procreation which is not really the main reason because there are childless couples, and aside from companionship, the function of marriage is for God to showcase theology to us.

The theology of Christ loving His wife, the church.

The theology of God loving His bride, Israel.

There are no more marriages in heaven…except the Marriage of the Lamb to His Bride, the Church.   Sometimes, I’m tempted to think that Christ is so obsessed with us, He doesn’t want any competition.  He wants us, the church, and individually for Himself alone.

Now, if you can just ponder that… that’s Covenant Love.  It would never fade.  Covenant Love for me, faithful and true. For me, so faithless and unreal.

A Common Calvinistic Weakness

Have you ever met a Calvinist? Well, in the first place, what is a Calvinist?  It would take a lot of words to define what a Calvinist is.  But here is a funny definition.  A Calvinist is someone who is an unconditionally elect lover of books and theological thought.

In other words, one of his weaknesses as I said in an earlier blog is: love for books.  Here is the typical one:  I was requested by a brother who is groomed by the Lord for ministry to buy books for him.  I bought him the best books I can find in the conference and here is my top pick:

Honestly, as I read it, I am so tempted not to give it, hehehe… This material is so good.  Oftentimes, when you are exposed to the theology of the Cross, you think you know enough already.  This book belies that.  Even if you know so much of the Cross, the essays here provoke deep thought and rethinking that if you are alive, there would be inevitably fresh insights.  Like fresh blood oozing out of your hands if you pierce nails thru them.

Here are partial blurbs of it:

“Here is vintage J. I. Packer accompanied by some younger friends. The magisterial but too-little-known essay ‘What Did the Cross Achieve?’ is itself worth the price of the whole book. And there is much more besides. Here, then, are gospel riches, and In My Place Condemned He Stood marks the spot where the buried treasure lies. Start digging!”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

“The essays in this volume by Packer and Dever are some of the most important things I have ever read. If you want to preach in such a way that results in real conversions and changed lives, you should master the approach to the cross laid out in this book.”
Tim Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

“This book contains some of the finest essays that have ever been written on the death of Christ.”
David F. Wells, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“Every student and pastor should own this volume, for the contents are so precious that they deserve more than one reading.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Writing with the precision of learned theologians and the passion of forgiven sinners, J. I. Packer and Mark Dever explain the meaning of atonement, substitution, and propitiation-not just as words, but as saving benefits we can only receive from a crucified Savior.”
Philip Graham Ryken, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia