Trying to get deep into chapter 3 Tuesday-Friday and then write a sermon on "regretting gossip" on Saturday for Sunday.
Thanks for your prayers--see you after the 4th of July.
The Lord redeemed his people in his patient and merciful love and called them to reflect that love in their relationship to him and to one another. Indeed, just as his love was radical towards them, so must their love be radical to one another, being as quick to care for and forgive one another as they were with themselves. So too with us: Jesus’ love for us is inexhaustible in its mercy and it is this same love he calls us to show one another (John 15:12). It is by remembering his radical, merciful, and undeserved love for us that we are able to show the same radical love to others (cf. Matt 18:21-35). Go then, as those who have been loved with a love indescribable, and share that love with the world!
In cast you haven't heard me say it, I am just about addicted to Sojourn music right now.
Bob Kauflin gives a few reasons why that's a good thing.
And here are a couple of videos of the Sojourn folks in action:
Every year at Family Bible Week, I pick a biblical genre, and try to teach our adult class how to understand and apply it to our lives.
This year, I picked Law, and chose Leviticus as our text.
It's been hard, as I'm probably the least comfortable with this genre of all of the biblical genres except apocalyptic and the least knowledgeable of the contents of Leviticus.
But it's also been good. I always learn a lot, and I think our students are, too.
I was especially helped by these online resources:
Daring to Delight in Leviticus by Jay Sklar. Wow! What a great (re)orientation to the book.
Leviticus: Sacrifice and Sanctification by Bob Deffinbaugh There are about 15 helpful lecture mansucripts here.
(though I don't agree with everything in each one--who could--they don't agree with each other all of the time!):
Leviticus by Louis Goldberg (I had Dr. Goldberg for Pentateuch at MBI).
Leviticus by R.K. Harrison
Notes from The ESV Study Bible and the NIV Study Bible on Leviticus
40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law by Thomas Schreiner
Be God's Guest: Feasts of Leviticus 23 by Warren Wiersbe
The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses by Vern Poythress
“I knew he was too proud to take criticism,” thought Anne, “and now I have proof!”
On the previous Sunday, Anne had dropped a prayer card in the offering plate asking her pastor to stop in and pray with her when she went to the hospital for some minor surgery. When he failed to come by, she called the church secretary and learned that her pastor had already been to the hospital that day to see another church member.
“So he has no excuse!” she thought. “He was in the building and knew I needed his support, but still he ignored me. He’s resented me ever since I told him his sermons lack practical application. Now he’s getting back at me by ignoring my spiritual needs. And he calls himself a shepherd!”
After brooding over his rejection for three days, Anne sat down Saturday evening and wrote a letter confronting her pastor about his pride, defensiveness and hypocrisy. As she sealed the envelope, she could not help thinking about the conviction he would feel when he opened his mail.
The moment she walked into church the next morning, one of the deacons hurried over to her. “Anne, I need to apologize to you. When I took the prayer cards out of the offering plates last week, I accidentally left your card with some pledge cards. I didn’t notice my mistake until last night when I was totaling the pledges. I am so sorry I didn’t get your request to the pastor!” Before Anne could reply to the deacon, her pastor approached her with a warm smile. “Anne, I was thinking about your comment about practical application as I finished my sermon yesterday. I hope you notice the difference in today’s message.”
Anne was speechless. All she could think about was the letter she had just dropped in a mailbox three blocks from church.
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
‘That laundry is not very clean,' she said.
“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
'Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.'
The husband said,'I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.'
And so it is with life.
What we see when watching others depends on the window through which we look.