Archive for July, 2006

Paul David Tripp on the importance of getting help from another when examining our hearts and ways…

“My self-perception is as accurate as a carnival mirror.  If I am going to see myself clearly, I need you to hold the mirror of God’s Word in front of me.”

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, p. 54

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Dana and Andrew

I am the oldest of 5 siblings.  When I was seven, a little girl named Dana came intruding into my life…cramping my seven-year-old style.  She smelled funny.  Then she walked funny.  Then I went away.  Then I came back.  Then we became friends. 

On Friday night, Dana got married.  My Dad was unexpectedly unavailable to walk her down the aisle and so the privilege was mine.

I’m happy for Dana and Andrew and am excited to see what God will do with His yielded servants as they begin their life together.

I’m feeling old today.

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This past Saturday morning.  Quiet morning.  I was doing my humdrum. 

Two year old Haddon comes in the room and asks, “Papa, do you know what luff means?”

I reply, “Um…I sure don’t Had.  What does it mean?”

“It means happy!”

I reply, “Wow!  That’s a great word, Haddon!”

Pause.  And then loudly as he bounds out to his next adventure, “I’m a luff boy!”

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This comes as an excerpt from a book I just finished (see recommendation).  Sinclair Ferguson says of examining our hearts…

“[The tongue] is the hinge on which the door into our souls swings open in order to reveal our spirit.  In effect, our words are like so many media people rushing to file their reports on the condition of our soul.”

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Isaac and Ishmael are at it again, and it’s fierce and bloody and it’s real. I don’t have a clue what’s really going on in the Middle East today…and probably neither do a good portion of TBAP readers. I do though think we should try to understand so we can better pray for the peace and restoration of Israel.

Missionary Edgar Feghaly has written a short readeable, point-by-point summary of the Lebanese Crisis. It would be worth a few moments to consider.


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Paul David Tripp…

“Biblical personal ministry must not be reduced to a set of principles to live by.  Its central focus is the Redeemer who rescues people from the power of sin and progressively eradicates its presence from their lives.  We are simply agents of this grace.  Our goal is to help people understand it and follow where it leads while they wait for their Redeemer’s return.”

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, p. 100

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On taxes…

If this seems like one of those banal email forwards you get so often that clog your email, well…admittedly…it is.  Gulp!

I’ve included it because it made me laugh today.  I especially like the last paragraph.  I’m not a tax evader, but I do recognize waste and misappropriation when I see it (i.e. the $879 million dollars FEMA spent to buy 25,000 manufactured homes for the Katrina refugees that it later realized they were not allowed to put in the New Orlean flood plain).

Tax his land, tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.


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