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Tim Challies is one of my favorite bloggers who not only writes well, he reviews well, too. If you have any questions about a book and whether it’s worth your time, Tim’s your man. This is a review everyone should read. McLaren finally owns up to what he really believes. Speaking of McLaren. . .here’s another article.

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What Wondrous Love Is This

This is for Sunday. It is familiar to most but worth meditating on in preparation for worship.

“What Wondrous Love is This?” (Listen here.)

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

What ignorance was mine, blind and dead, blind and dead,
What ignorance was mine, blind and dead,
What ignorance was mine
‘ere heaven’s light sublime,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb,
Who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free
I’ll sing His love for me,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on.

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Don’t Watch This

Whatever you do, don’t watch this. It is David Platt preaching in chapel at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Really, don’t do it.

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The following is a quote from Jeremy, who serves Legacy as an Elder and leads us in worship every week. It came in a brief electronic conversation we had regarding music and worship. I believe it reflects a desire to honor God, exalt Christ, and prayerfully lead His church in worship on a weekly basis. Thanks Jeremy for that leadership.

Songs are words set to melodies intended to serve as vehicles for truth. That said, this next thought I present, I present as a meek encouragement: Joy, for me….and I believe for the Christian…is not “mood” governed by a melody, but rather, mood brought under the sanctifying governance of truth. “Good” songs and sound lyrics are not mutually exclusive. I believe that, in composition, there are melodies that do serve to more adequately reflect doctrine than other melodies. But it is important to share with you that I never select music for its melody……ever. Music is selected for its content, and its doctrinal clarity to convey and undergird the larger context of the Order of Worship. Melodies are wonderful supplements in worship…..but pace, and modernization do not sanctify. Truth does. Quite candidly, a worshipper who is cognitively participating and immersed in the expression of truth through song is very likely subconsciously aloof to the melody accompanying it…….I know I am. – Jeremy Clarke, Elder/Worship Leader

Check out Voddie’s blog for the latest recommendation regarding good old music.

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Worthy of a Re-Post

You must watch the video linked below. His name is Matt Chandler. He is the 35 year old pastor of The Village Church in Texas. You will recognize him from Wretched.

Video from Matt.

You can also watch the latest update regarding his treatment and progress here.

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Women of Legacy

Paul’s instruction to Titus includes specific details as to the corporate nature of education and discipleship. “But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.” (Titus 2:1-8)

On the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month our women gather to be equipped to fulfill their Biblical, God-given roles as wives and mothers. They have recently begun a study of Ephesians. Why Ephesians? Great question.

Ephesians is a great book due to both its doctrinal and practical content. Chapters 1-3 provide a doctrinal foundation and chapters 4-6 provide the practical framework for godly living. Without the doctrinal foundation, practical living is short-lived because it is simply moralistic and behavioral rather than biblical and spiritual. Without the practical framework for living the doctrinal truth becomes stale orthodoxy. For example, the roles of the family described in chapter 5 can only be fulfilled if there is a firm understanding of the gospel explained in chapters 1-3. A husband can’t understand what it means to love his wife as Christ loved the church if he doesn’t have a firm grasp upon how Christ loves the church and a wife can’t understand what it means to submit and honor her husband if she fails to submit and honor Christ who humbled Himself to the point of death on the cross for her.

The Women of Legacy have commited themselves to submit to the authority of the Word of God, the headship of their husbands within their homes, and the authority of the Elders of Legacy. They invite other like-minded women to join them in person or via the internet as they continue to grow in godliness and fulfill their roles within the home and church.

Check out the Women of Legacy page on this blog for more details

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He is My King!

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