Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

January has found me fascinated by the Gospel of John. It’s not that I’ve never read it before (I have many times). It just seems that, in His goodness, God is showing me so much in the text that I’ve never noticed, or never pondered at length, before.

This is precisely why the Bible calls itself “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). It is always fresh and always relevant. A text that we have read 100 times can, upon the 101st reading, reinforce lovely and comforting, or convicting, truths. This is why we must be in the Word regularly, not out of duty or to cross it off our list, but out of a God-given desire to know Him more. How else can we know Jesus if we do not go to His Word, which describes Him in all His loveliness?

Have you read the Gospel of John lately? If not, I encourage you to revisit it! When you’re ready to take a break, though, come back here and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Speaking of John’s gospel, you might enjoy this message.
  • This is why my cat is sweet, quiet, and perfect.
  • Francis Chan said something unfortunate. This is a good response.
  • This is already how I read, but I don’t remember installing a reading transmission!
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • These Australia fires are simply astonishing (not in a good way). Be praying.
  • Sometimes things break even when you think they can’t.
  • If you ask me, two popes is two too many.
  • This is the dumbest article I’ve read in a long time. Newsflash: They are called “women’s products” because only women need to use them. If you need them, then you are a woman. You’re welcome.

Our “determination of the will to obey truth,” our repentance, our surrender, and our commitment—none of this has anything whatsoever to do with our justification. All these things are simply necessary (that is, inevitable) fruits of justification. The tendency to condition justification on moral transformation is always a departure from the biblical message.

Michael Horton, Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation
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