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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Blissful Ignorance Of Radical Islam

islamicjihadbomberdemo424_0Quoting Kathy Shaidle:

Today many Americans are either blissfully ignorant of, or simply indifferent to, the slow, incremental growth of radical Islam in their midst.

We sometimes hear about terrorist cells or suspicious Muslim “compounds” on the news. However, these stories represent merely the tip of an Islamic iceberg that could very well doom America. Not today or tomorrow. But in our lifetimes? That is a real possibility.

And don’t shrug off Islam as “just another religion.” Muslim sharia law deems women to be inferior to men, and allows husbands to “lightly” beat their wives. Polygamy and child bride marriage are condoned and encouraged, due to the example of Mohammed himself, whose many wives included a nine year old. Anti-Semitism and slavery are enshrined in the Koran, as is exploitation of and even violence against all “unbelievers.”

Radical Muslims have learned they don’t require bombs or hijacked airliners to destroy America. They can just use America’s own ideological infrastructure against itself.

Using a kind of ingenious political jujitsu, radical Muslims rely upon everything from the rights to freedom of speech and worship enshrined in the U.S. Constitution to the current atmosphere of hypersensitive political correctness to push their agenda.

For example, the “Islamification” of the educational system is now underway. Textbooks whitewash Islam’s bloody history. Public school children forbidden to pray or recite the Pledge of Allegiance are, however, obliged to play “Muslim for a Day.” Meanwhile, universities eagerly introduce footbaths, Muslim prayer rooms and hallal cafeteria food.

Increasingly, Muslim employees are suing companies for the “right” to refuse to handle “unclean” pork or alcohol, or the “right” to wear headscarves. It is no coincidence that these companies include household names like UPS, Wal-Mart and McDonalds’s – radical Muslims are sending a message to smaller firms who won’t have the means to fight similar suits in the future.

Continue reading here. . . .

Drawing Near To Christ

Richard Sibbes

Richard Sibbes

Quoting Richard Sibbes:

We are only safe when we wisely make use of all good advantages that we have access to. By going out of God’s ways we go out of His government, and so lose our good frame of mind, and find ourselves overspread quickly with a contrary disposition. When we draw near to Christ (James 4:8), in His ordinances, He draws near to us.

A Letter To My Daughter

boudinotQuoting Elias Boudinot:

“You have been instructed from your childhood in the knowledge of your lost state by nature – the absolute necessity of a change of heart and an entire renovation of soul to the image of Jesus Christ – of salvation through His meritorious righteousness only – and the indispensable necessity of personal holiness without which no man shall see the Lord [Hebrews 12:14]. You are well acquainted that the most perfect and consummate doctrinal knowledge is of no avail without it operates on and sincerely affects the heart, changes the practice, and totally influences the will – and that without the almighty power of the Spirit of God enlightening your mind, subduing your will, and continually drawing you to Himself, you can do nothing. . . . And may the God of your parents (for many generations past) seal instruction to your soul and lead you to Himself through the blood of His too greatly despised Son, Who notwithstanding, is still reclaiming the world to God through that blood, not imputing to them their sins. To Him be glory forever!” (President of Congress, Framer of the Bill of Rights)

Preaching Sovereign Grace

John Piper

John Piper

From: The Desk of John Piper

My burden is to plead for the supremacy of God in preaching — that the dominant note of preaching be the freedom of God’s sovereign grace, the unifying theme be the zeal that God has for his own glory, the grand object of preaching be the infinite and inexhaustible being of God, and the pervasive atmosphere of preaching be the holiness of God. Then when preaching takes up the ordinary things of life — family, job, leisure, friendships; or the crises of our day — AIDS, divorce, addictions, depression, abuses, poverty, hunger, and, worst of all, unreached peoples of the world, these matters are not only taken up. They are taken all the way up into God.

John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, Baker Books, 1990, p. 20.

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