Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos

I do not know a more important and practical topic in Western Christianity than the topic of Family Worship.  Most of those who have grown up in 20th century America are radically unfamiliar with the idea of the great tradition of an organized time of Family Worship.  This is a tragedy that is stunting the spiritual growth of many Christians and, I believe, contributing to the exodus of many young people from the faith of their parents. 

So, this being said, I was thrilled when I heard of a new book about family worship by Jason Helopoulos called A Neglected Grace. This book was hailed as extremely grace-filled and Gospel focused.  The fact that WTSbooks ran a sale on it for $5 did not hurt my desire to get it and read it.

And read it I did.  I think it took me just a few hours to read this book.  That has little to do with my ability or persisitence and everything to do with the way this book is presented.  Short, engaging, practical, challenging and encouraging.  Focused on our great God and how He administers grace through our worship as a family, this book is immensely readable.  It is also short and does not suffer from redundancies or print simply for the sake of print.  

The best aspect of this book is that it presents the observance of Family Worship as a means of grace to God's people. The chapters are very practical and offer some pragmatic benefits to engaging in this discipline but, primarily, the benefit of Family Worship is God being honored and glorified by His children being obedient to Him and growing in their love and adoration of Him.

A Neglected Grace is a great book.  It is quick and precise and wonderful.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Indelible Grace Documentary on Youtube

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day Devotional

You have nothing to offer God. You, as a person, in and of yourself, have nothing to contribute to the Supreme Being of the Universe. Nothing. This is true for at least two reasons. 

 First, God needs nothing. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24-25) To say that God “needs” anything would imply a deficiency of some sort, that there was something lacking in God. And this is simply not true. God is not deficient in any manner. He is lacking in nothing. He does not need creation. He doesn't need the birds. He doesn't need the trees. He doesn't need you and He doesn't need me. If you'll forgive me for my bluntness(and my impromptu rhyming that I couldn't resist including), God just plain old doesn't need us. He lacks nothing and provides everything.

This ties into the second reason you and I have nothing to offer God. We just don't have anything. Not of our own and not worthy to give, that is. Anything good we have finds its source in God, so returning it to Him would be just that, a return. In addition, anything we try to bring apart from Him is rejected because, as the Bible graphically displays, it is disgustingly sinful. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away...For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 14:23b)

You have nothing to offer God. Yet He loves you greatly and, as His child, receives you eternally. Why? Fathers will understand this. My youngest son likes to find stuff and give them as presents. Flowers, bugs, trash. One time he found some rusted, broken tool. For some reason it made him think of me. Did I need an old, rusty tool? Not especially. I cannot even use new, clean, properly-maintained and functional tools. But when he presented it to me, did I accept it or reject it? I accepted it with joy. Did I accept it because of what owning an old, ugly, broken toy would add to my life? No. My acceptance had nothing to do with the inherent value of the tool because in and of itself the tool was worthless. My acceptance and my joy was a result of the giver, not the gift. I cherished it as a gift from my son.