Prayers That Linger

I can’t sleep just yet. My heart is enlarged with what I witnessed earlier today during the wedding of Paul and Venoit Herrera. Two highlights that I may never forget:

First was the father’s prayer for the newlyweds. When Daniel Herrera Sr. started praying in full Tagalog, I couldn’t help but close my eyes and savor the power and the beauty of a father pronouncing benediction for his son’s marriage. The words flowed like river, so eloquent and simple. It reminded me of the patriarchs uttering prophetic words to their sons.

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That’s Why We Need Jesus

“As I commute from work everyday, I would slump on the bus, look outside the window and stare at the clouds. I often ask myself, ‘Why is life so difficult?’”

It was not a cry of complaint; the guy didn’t look like he was in pain and he wasn’t trying to be melodramatic either. It was actually just a side comment about work and how everything is just difficult. We were talking about the book of Ecclesiastes and the dull repetition of everyday life.

His words stung. I looked away as I wiped the tear away from my eyes.

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Be On Fire About One Thing

John Piper:

The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count . . . you don’t need to have a high IQ. You don’t have to have good looks or riches or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things — or one great all-embracing thing — and be set on fire by them.

Why Jesus Had to be in the Tomb for Three Days

Because it has to be made certain that Jesus was really dead. If he was resurrected few hours later, modern Bible readers would think that he was just in a coma and he was not really dead. 

The three day period is one good way to make sure, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Jesus did die and he rose again. The truthfulness of the Christian religion rests mainly on the resurrection. If Jesus didn’t die, he could not be resurrected. And if he was not resurrected, our faith is useless (1 Corinthians 15:14). 

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Misapplying Scripture

Over at The Cripplegate, Nathan Busenitz wrote about the misapplications of Philippians 4:13:

By taking this verse out of context, many people have actually turned it on its head—making it mean the opposite of what it actually means. They have turned it into a slogan of personal empowerment—a declaration of self-achievement, ambition, and accomplishment. For many, this verse has been trivialized into some sort of motivating motto for material prosperity, career advancement, or athletic success.

But in reality it is nothing of the sort.

You can read the whole post here.