Friday, July 19, 2013

The Inheritance

Proverbs 17:2

A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully
and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

This is another way of teaching the primacy of wisdom. Other resources can put us in position to succeed, but it is wisdom that takes us to the top and keeps us there. As talented as pro athletes may be, there are others as athletic or even more talented who did not make it to the highest level because of foolish choices. And many a lesser talented team has won over its opponents by outwitting them. So it is in battle and in business and in any area of life. Wisdom can compensate for lacking innate talent or wealth or, as this proverb notes, station in life.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Upcoming Boice Center Lecture

Friday, July 19th

7:00 PM “Inerrancy and Church History, 1800-Present”

Dr. Jeff Jue

Dr. Jeff Jue is professor of church history and historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA. A member of Tenth Presbyterian Church, he also serves as Provost and Executive Vice President at Westminster, working to advance the kingdom by training up ministers of the Word. His specialty lies in early-modern and modern church history. 

He will lecture this coming Friday, July19th, on the history of biblical inerrancy throughout the last 200 years of church history.

The Quiet Spirit

Proverbs 17:1

Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife.

This is not a contrast between homes of quiet, mild-mannered families and those of boisterous families, but rather between home of peaceful relations and of conflict. Quiet homes can have their share of conflict. But this kind of quiet is the quiet of peace. It is the home of families who are peace with one another. Such a family is better, even if they may be poor, than a wealthy family with plenty on the table and yet filled with strife.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

To San Francisco

A new PCA church work is beginning in San Francisco. Christopher Robins, who has already planted a church in Atlanta, is moving to the west coast this summer to start this new work. If you are interested in a church for the city, you can reach him by email.

The Cast Lot

Proverbs 16:33

The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.

And so we can have peace. We can drive ourselves crazy trying to sort out providence, but Scripture teaches providence and God's sovereignty so that we might give due honor to God and that we might learn to trust (and rest) in him.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sunday Services 7/21/2013

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Rev. D. Marion Clark preaching, “The Gospel of Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:18). Hymns: All Praise To Christ; Shine Thou upon Us, Lord; Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted.
PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15): Hymn Service
(6:30): Rev. Will Spokes preaching, “What’s Christianity All About?” (Mark 1:14–15). Hymns: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Jehovah Is My Shepherd True; Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven.
The service will include communion.

No Record Safe

From July 14th, the Sunday Times (Delco Times).

No Record Safe Around Lansdowne's Esterly

"What a great day it was for Lansdowne 8-and-under swimmer Margaret Esterly. Esterly went home with pool records in the breaststroke (25.52) and butterfly (20.21). Her time in the breast also was a team record."

Sent in by a proud mom.

Slow to Anger

Proverbs 16:32

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

This is an important principle to learn, and the ones who have learned it (both the righteous and the wicked) have achieved great success in life. Even the wicked know the truth of this proverb. Anger is a powerful passion. Anger can increase strength due to the rush of adrenaline, giving an individual the power to accomplish more than expected. But it is the adrenaline, not the anger, that produces energy, and the key to success is harnessing the adrenaline so that you control it rather than be controlled.
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Monday, July 15, 2013

No. 1 Milkshakes in America

So, you want a good milkshake? Why not the best milkshake in Philadelphia? Wait...why not the best milkshake in the country? According to The Daily Meal, you should wander down to Tenth member Eric Berley's Franklin Fountain on 116 Market Street.

The Gospel of Man, II (the Heart)

Judges 17:1-13            D. Marion Clark


Last Sunday we began a three-part series on the gospel and its alternatives in the gospel of man. We first looked at the gospel of law-keeping. The good news is that if we do our part well enough, God will do his part in accepting us. The gospel considered this morning is that of the heart. We do not have to do anything to obtain God’s favor. He already accepts us because he sees the basic good in our hearts. If we need to do anything, it is to learn to trust our hearts.
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Gospel of the Heart

Yesterday, I quoted from two sources that summarized the faith of the gospel of the heart. Here they are on youtube. Those of you around in the 70's should remember Desiderata.

Secondhand Lions:


Glorious Gray

Proverbs 16:31

Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.

Gray hair is a crown of glory. We think it is gained in a trying life. “You kids are enough to give me gray hair!” “I didn’t have gray hair until I took this job.” We envy the man or woman able to enter middle age with no gray hairs. If Solomon is trying to lure us into living a righteous life with the promise of gray hair as our crown, he needs to hire a marketing firm. This will not fly. “Would you like to turn your hair gray? Try living a righteous life.”
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