July 2007


If seeing that title made your temperature rise a bit click on this: J. I. Packer Introductory Essay.  Often this “debate” is discussed in ignorance, Packer sheds good light on what is really going on here.  It is pretty long but at least read until section III.  One of the major points is that Calvinism is not rolled up in the “5 Points” it is more than that.  He explains it better, read it!!  The book is John Owen’s Death of Death in the Death of Christ I don’t have a copy but I would love to read it!!

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For anyone interested in the cross-cultural spread of the gospel here is an interesting link to an article from Christianity Today dealing with mission work.  As we minister be sure to think through some of the issues that are raised in this article. 

        I just finished reading Battling Unbelief a shortened version of Future Grace by John Piper.  This book deals with the practical aspects of conquering sin through faith in the future grace of God.  I will not give away the book here but some of Piper’s insight in the chapter called ‘Battling Misplaced Shame’ was extremely helpful and I almost skipped it because I thought it was something I didn’t really need to work on.  In a sentence, we should feel shame if we dishonor God and we should not feel shame when we honor God.  Then he explains how that usually plays out in the lives of sinful people (you and me).
       As soon as I finished this book about 1:00pm EST the mailman dropped off the books I ordered for my Intro to New Testament class which I wrote of in an earlier post.  Since I am learing how to insert links I will put a link to give you some more info about each book if you are interested.  Intro to the NT, Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity, Sermon on the Mount
       Carrie had an interview this morning at Lowes for a part time position.  She said it went really well, she interviewed with three people and they seemed to really like her.  One of the ladies went to CBU when it was CBC and gave us the name of another church close to our house to check out.  Taylor is working on a few teeth at the moment tooth “G” is the closest followed closely by tooth “E” and “H”  (if you don’t know where those teeth are here is a picture, scroll down almost to the bottom).
       I start working at Target this coming tuesday and am really looking forward to it.  My parents, Donnie and Juanita and three or four others from SHBC are still in Tanzania and it sounds like God has given them many opportunities to share the gospel with people there.  I am sure they would appreciate your prayers for fruitful opportunities and clarity of mind and mouth to clearly communicate the gospel.  At least one of the families they were sharing with earlier in the week understood the gospel yet were hesitant to profess their faith in Jesus because they would lose their job and income.
      “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:13

Taylor enjoyed her first bike ride on friday.img_2634.jpg  We went with the Marshmans down by the Ohio river and enjoyed some beauitiful weather.img_2637.jpg  Once we got the helmet adjusted properly it was great, for the first part it kept covering her face and as you can imagine she did not enjoy that! img_2632.jpg img_2633.jpgWe rode around down town a bit and turned around near the Lousiville Slugger museum.img_2636.jpg  img_2644.jpg At the science museum there is a huge creation of mirrors which we thought were pretty cool. img_2641.jpg Downtown is beauitiful. 
We have checked out a few different churches since we have been here:
Sojourn
3rd Ave
Immanuel
Oak Park
We are hoping to join one here in the next couple of weeks.  The biggest adjustment for us has been leaving FITP after sitting under Pastor Walter’s preaching for the last 2+ years. 

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Well I got my license and plate (yes you only need one) today so I think it means that we really live in Indiana!! 

As to school I have signed up for one class that I will take for sure:
Intro to New Testament
Here is the book list if you are interested:
Doriani, Daniel, The Sermon on the Mount
Carson and Moo,
An Introduction to the New Testament
Barnett, Paul, Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity
I have already ordered the books so I can get started on the reading.  I am waiting on work scheduling to see what the other class will be either:
Spiritual Disciplines with Donald Whitney
or
Systematic Theology with Bruce Ware
can’t really go wrong with either one.
I am excited to get going!!!
Prayer Requests:
A group from Sequoia is headed off to Tanzania this week pray that their work would be fruitful for the kingdom and for mercy as they travel!!

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Taylor has her third tooth the top, middle, left one (#F for you dental people) and has learned how to grind her teeth, Carrie loves that!!  We have been checking out churches and trying to find a place where we fit and are able to serve.  Carrie applied for a part time position at a bank up the road a bit so we will see what happens with that and I finally start at Target this week, I need to get some red shirts.  

Food for thought or comment:
With great pastors posting their sermons on the web for all to hear and a post office where one can mail a tithe check why should a Christian go all the way to church?

(The bible has a clear answer for this and for those of you who listen to derek webb he has a couple of albums dealing with this subject.)

Proverbs 27:21 “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise.” 

Over the past month God has shown incredible faithfulness to my family.  He has moved us from southern California to southern Indiana to attend seminary.  He has provided a house, job, flexible schedule for school to name a few in the last three weeks.  Lately we have been praising him for these things.  
Let us be people who praise constantly the Lord for who He is.   

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