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This afternoon I heard a pastor say that 2 Timothy 3:15 was a justification for Sunday School. He said this verse proves everyone ought to be in Sunday School. I thought it spoke to the parent’s responsibility to evangelize, disciple/spiritually educate, and equip their children, especially in light of Paul acknowledging the sincere faith that dwelt within Timothy’s mom (Eunice) and grandma (Lois) and how he had it as well (2 Timothy 1:5). Not that Sunday School is bad. The question is, which is it?

PC

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I want to thank the elders and congregation of Legacy for allowing me to attend Together For the Gospel this year. Ever since Pastor Chris returned in ’06 telling all about this extraordinary conference, I had planned to attend, Deo volente (God willing!).

Even though others had given me an idea of what to expect, nothing could have fully prepared me for the magnitude of 5500 pastors and laypeople coming together around the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. I was excited about the speaker lineup which read like a “who’s who” of the contemporary Reformed evangelical landscape. Four friends Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, Al Mohler and C. J. Mahaney were joined by John MacArthur, John Piper, R. C. Sproul and newcomer Thabiti Anyabwile to deliver eight outstanding Christ-centered messages. All of the messages were a huge blessing to me. They are all posted online now at the T4G ’08 website where you can listen to them as well as download them. But, if you have time for only one, please listen to R. C. Sproul speak on “The Curse Motif of the Atonement.” I believe it will become nothing less than the definitive statement on this subject for this generation. I was utterly lain in the dust at the conclusion of this sermon.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what a glorious sound it was to hear over 5000 voices lifted to sing the great hymns of the faith led by worship leader Bob Kauflin. The list of congregational songs is also listed on the T4G website here.

One of the great blessings of the T4G conference is the wonderful bookstore. In 2006, Grace Books supplied the conference bookstore in a room “not much bigger than this [year’s] stage,” according to Al Mohler. This year the conference was held at the Kentucky International Convention Center, and the 68,000 square foot bookstore/exhibit hall was immediately adjacent to the 78,000 square foot meeting hall. (I only supply the square footage info to give you an idea of the scale). Around twenty individual publishers such as Banner of Truth, Crossway, P & R, Eerdmans, Reformation Trust, Moody, Baker and IVP were invited to set up their own section of the store. Since the “four friends” each had the power of veto on book selections brought by the publisher, all of the titles in the bookstore were effectively being commended by Dever, Mohler, Duncan and Mahaney. Some twenty-seven exhibitors were also invited to display in the exhibit hall, groups like 9Marks, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Ligonier Ministries, Southern Seminary, Southeastern Seminary, and Southwestern Serminary.

Every T4G attendee is sent home with a whole stack of books. I love books, and they gave us 15 substantive books over the course of three days. I hope I get to read them all soon. Incidentally, I figured up the retail value of all the books they gave to us, and it was more than the cost of the conference itself. Money well spent. I can hardly wait until 2010.

Grace and peace,
Greg

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Unmerciful

I told you that the Good Samaritan was the best example I could share as far as what it means to be merciful. This video was the best example I could share as far as what it means to be unmerciful and laugh.

Dr. Newhart would appreciate Dr. Mohler’s plan of counseling. It involves three questions. #1 What is the problem? #2 What does the Bible say about the problem? #3 What are we doing here?

I know, I know. Stop it!

A little humor to begin your week.

PC

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This Sunday at Legacy we will be singing the Sovereign Grace song “Come Now Almighty King,” a reworking of the hymn “Come, Thou Almighty King.” You can listen to a sample of this song in preparation for worship by clicking here.

Come now almighty King
Help us Your name to sing
We will declare Your praise
Righteous in all Your ways
Father, all glorious
O’er all victorious
Come and reign over us
Ancient of Days

Come now incarnate Word
Take up Your mighty sword
Our humble prayers attend
Faithful unto the end
Come and Your people bless
And give Your Word success
Lord of all righteousness
On us descend

Come Holy Spirit come
Your perfect will be done
Brighten our darkened hearts
Your precious life impart
Guide us into Your truth
So we might bear more fruit
Fill us with more of You
Spirit of power

To the great one in three
Eternal praises be
Timeless, unchanging Lord
Now and forevermore
Your sovereign majesty
May we in glory see
And to eternity
Love and adore

~Greg

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TBNonsense

The word of faith movement and its proliferation around the world due to “Christian” television is nothing more than nonsense. It is so sad that so many are bilked out of so much money despite the obvious heresy spewed from these imposters. It really makes me mad. Thanks to my buddy Mike for making me aware of the following video.

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