April 2011

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Apr

18

2011

Justifying God in Luke and Malachi

I "attended" The Gospel Coalition's 2011 conference via online stream this past week, and I must say, it was worth it. The theme was preaching Christ from the OT. It was basically a bunch of really good sermons from the OT to teach by example of how to connect from the OT to the NT. D. A. Carson closed it out with a (fascinating!) sermon on Melchizedek, and in his conclusion he made a comment that greatly resonates with me: "I want you to see the NT authors are reading the OT carefully."

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Apr

19

2011

Depression Is a Sign of Love for Life

Depression is a sign that love for life still exists, albeit not the greatest sign. It is frustrated with the present unhappy state of things and wishes for life as it ought to be. Indeed, things are not as they ought to be. Any sustained meditation on the extent of this fact is quite able to sink the highest spirits. The depressed soul still has the capacity to long for life as it ought to be.

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Apr

27

2011

Things Are Amiss

Things are amiss
Not too much bliss
I'm longing with an earnestness,
To see His face
And then erase
All the pain and emptiness,
That fill this place
This brief rat race
Which we call life, but is not life.

O crushing weight!  What a great mess!
We have sinned.
We have sinned.
We have turned from God and bowed before,
Other things, not the One that we were made for,
Be assured, sin brings wrath forevermore.
We are doomed to wrath and sorrow untold,
But for the love which God did not withhold!

The splendor of the risen King,
Will bring deep joy everlasting,
For on the cross he was suffering,
And bore our guilt,
And wore our filth,
And bore our shame,
For spurning His Name,
And paid our price,
His life the sacrifice,
Which pays our ransom and sets us free,
Now risen in power and victory,
His payment received,
We eternally redeemed,
Him now full of glory,
The whole world will see.

Things are amiss, do you not see?
Believe and have life eternally!
Life as it ought to be:
Forever praising His majesty.

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Matt Hauck (郝柏昇)

A once enemy now son, forgiven and freed by Jesus' blood, adopted and called by grace for glory.   (more...)