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Links, 08-11-2005

In a shocking revelation that has rocked the blogging community, Tim Challies confessed that he is drawn to evil. Read all about it:

While I may be drawn to evil, and in fact, am willing to admit that I am drawn to it, the fact remains that God commands that I avoid it. And not only am I to avoid evil, but I am to avoid every kind of evil - the mere possibility or hint of evil. God's standards are high. So is my propensity towards evil. Evil has a magnetic pull that draws me towards it. Thankfully God, in His great wisdom, has placed within me the Spirit who graciously allows me to see this evil, to hate it, and ultimately to avoid it.
Avoiding Evil

Albert Mohler has concluded his three-part series on expository preaching:

When today's evangelicals speak casually of the distinction between worship and preaching (meaning that the church will enjoy an offering of music before adding on a bit of preaching), they betray their misunderstanding of both worship and the act of preaching. Worship is not something we do before we settle down for the word of God; it is the act through which the people of God direct all their attentiveness to hearing the one true and living God speak to his people and receive their praises. God is most beautifully praised when his people hear his word, love his word, and obey his word.
Expository Preaching and the Recovery of Worship (Part 3)

It turns out that the greatest asset the church has is not found in a new program or strategy; it's something we've had all along. Doug McHone continues his series on church growth:

If Peter and John had nothing of their own to offer to the lame beggar, why does the church display the notion that we must give other people those things they request? Why do we try to attract people to churches using programs of our own device rather than offer a Biblical message and the hope this brings? The world is looking for a religion that meets their needs as they define them. Let us not give in to the meaningless requests of blind men who cannot see the glory of the Lord. Let us speak to them words empowered by God that they may one day behold Him as He is.
Church Growth… The Biblical Way: Offer Something Greater than What You Have to Give

Finally, Jeff Lacher gets back to basics:

Precious Father,

I have examined my life of late and found ‘one thing lacking’. It was not a lack of reassurance that you offer me through the hope of my salvation; it was not a lack of appreciation for the sacrifice of your Son. Instead it was a thing that I had set aside long ago, meaning to pick up again one day… and yet I did not.
An Open Letter to God

2005-08-11 at 9:15 AM MT | |