Sunday, January 29, 2012

word in common = worship in common?

John Piper, in a 2009 ETS meeting at Yale, responded to the view that because religious communities (in this case Christianity and Islam) share common language about God we therefore share a common love and worship for God.


But words in common do not mean that we mean the same thing by those words.  The Jesus presented by other world religions is a different Jesus than how he is presented in the New Testament. 


To the very religious people of his day (who sincerely and fervently worshiped God), Jesus made some strong distinctions... 


Jesus said, “I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him” (John 5:42–43). When Jesus says, “receive him,” he means receive him for who he really is: the divine, eternal Son of God who lays down his life for the sheep and takes it up again in three days. If a person does not receive him in this way, that person, Jesus says, does not love God.
Jesus said, “The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:22–23). When Jesus says, “Honor the Son who sent him, he means honor the Son for who he really is as the divine, eternal Son of God who laid down his life for the sheep and took it up again in three days. The person who does not honor him in this way, Jesus says, does not honor God.
Jesus said, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also” (John 8:18–19). This means “know” Jesus for who he really is. So the person who does not know Jesus as the divine, eternal, crucified, risen, Son of God does not know God.
Piper's full statement is found here.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

100th anniversary of Schaeffer's birth



January 30, 2012 is the centennial of the birth of Francis A. Schaeffer, a Christian and apologist who made a profound influence on my Christian life and thought.  (And still does!)


See more about him at the Francis Schaeffer Foundation and the L'Abri Fellowship websites.






Crossway Books is offering a number of his titles, and books about him, available for Kindle at $3.99...



The Finished Work of Christ: The Truth of Romans 1-8


No Little People


Death in the City


Pollution and the Death of Man


Truth with Love: the Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer


Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life  (An excellent biography!)





Friday, January 27, 2012

the gospel prayer

Here are the four parts of "The Gospel Prayer", written by J. D. Greear:


1. "In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less."


2. "Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy."


3. "As You have been to me so I will be to others."


4. "As I pray, I'll measure Your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection."


From Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary, by J.D. Greear

23 1/2 hours

OK, I can do this!





Thursday, January 26, 2012

a wedding charge



"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."  (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)


This passage describes the working of the Holy Spirit within the life of the yielded believer.  Our own sin nature would produce in us the "deeds of the flesh" listed in the previous verses, but a different kind of fruit is produced when we walk (or, keep in step with) the Spirit.  


My wife and I -- in discussing together the traits and virtues that make a marriage strong -- realized how many of the most vital ingredients of a healthy marriage are included in this list. 


1)  Love.  Christian love is a commitment to seek the other person's highest good.  The greatest demonstration of this is in the life and death of Christ: "And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."  (Ephesians 5:2) Christ emptied himself to come to us to redeem us from our sins; he hung upon the cross bearing our guilt and judgment; he rose victoriously from the dead to reign forever.  It is his power that will enable you to also demonstrate a sacrificial and serving love toward each another.  When we die to ourselves, we will find in Christ that we actually gain more than we lose. 

2)  Joy.  "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation."  (Isaiah 12:3)  As this is true of salvation, this is true in your marriage.  Sometimes we so enjoy our partner we forget that all those good gifts come from God and ultimately it is the Lord alone who can give us happiness.  Frank Pittman, noted marriage therapist, says, “Marriage isn't supposed to make you happy -it's supposed to make you married… A happy marriage is a marriage between two happy people.” 


3)  Peace.  Peace means having reconciled relationships, and learning how to forgive and be forgiven...  "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."    (Colossians 3:12-13)  The most important words you can learn in your marriage are these, “I’m sorry, I was wrong, will you forgive me?”  Practice these words daily!  You stand next to the person you will forgive, and who will forgive you, more than any other person in life.  Ruth Bell Graham once said, "A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers." 

4)  Patience.  This is the God-given ability to hang in there and bear the burdens, without bitterness or retaliation.  "Love bears all things..."  The Holy Spirit enables us to be long-suffering with those whom we love.


5)  Kindness.  "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted…"  (Ephesians 4:32)  This means God can give you grace to always act in kindness, with courtesy, with compassion and empathy. This is so vital to a successful marriage: to feel what the other is feeling, and to deal with each other with respect and courtesy. 
  
6)  Goodness.  Goodness is beauty of moral character, having an integrity and winsomeness which only the Holy Spirit can give, being someone that it’s a blessing to live with.  A Turkish proverb says, "No road is long with good company."


7)  Faithfulness.  This is being true to your vows, faithful to your commitments.  This includes sexual purity and avoiding emotional entanglements with others.  This is forsaking all others to be faithful to your spouse.


8)  Gentleness. Like kindness, this is a Spirit-birthed ability to deal with each other gently, to avoid all harshness and severity.  It means to show grace to each other, just as God has shown you grace.  There's no place for shouting.  Let your words, your posture, your facial expressions, your demeanor, your actions always be in gentleness.
  
9)  Self-control.  This means, among other things, observing proper boundaries in your marriage, in your finances and work and time and possessions.  It also means that in an argument you don’t say the first thing that comes into your mind!  


As a couple you will need these fruits in your married life!  Christ died to purchase them for you.  The Holy Spirit has been sent to indwell you and make them real in you.  Now, by faith you must walk with him and trust him for what you need.  


May he empower you this day forward in a very new and fresh way for the glory of God and for your lifelong joy.  "With joy draw water from the wells of salvation!"


To Chris and Christine, January 21, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

more marriage quotes







Here are two helpful insights on marriage from some literary sources...









"I knew couples who’d been married almost forever – forty, fifty, sixty years.  Seventy-two, in one case. They’d be tending each other’s illnesses, filling in each other’s faulty memories, dealing with the money troubles or the daughter’s suicide, or the grandson’s drug addiction. And I was beginning to suspect that it made no difference whether they’d married the right person.


"Finally, you’re just with who you’re with. You’ve signed on with her, put in a half century with her, grown to know her as well as you know yourself or even better, and she’s become the right person. Or the only person, might be more to the point. 


"I wish someone had told me that earlier. I’d have hung on then; I swear I would.”


(From "A Patchwork Planet", by Anne Tyler)


-------------    




"I didn't marry you because you were perfect. I didn't even
marry you because I loved you. I married you because you
gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults.
And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect
people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. 


"And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that
protected them; and it wasn't our love that protected them - it was that promise."   


(From "The Skin of Our Teeth", by Thornton Wilder)


Both quotes found among many others at the smartmarriages.com website.  



Friday, January 20, 2012

who could say this?

"For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father." (John 10:17-18 ESV)


Amazing, amazing words!  Who in his right mind could even say such a thing?  Only the One who could do it...


"I believe in the miracle which is at the foundation of the Christian Church because in that case the question does not concern merely the resurrection of a person about whom I know nothing, a mere x or y, but it concerns specifically the resurrection of Jesus; and Jesus was like no person who has ever lived.

"It is unbelievable, I say, that any ordinary man should be raised from the dead, but then Jesus was no ordinary man; in His case the enormous presumption against miracle is reversed; in His case, far from its being inconceivable that He should have been raised, it is inconceivable that He should not have been raised; such a one as He could not possibly have been holden of death.”

(J. Gresham Machen, from What is Faith?)

three deadliest words

Monday, January 16, 2012

martin luther king jr day

I'm reading again Martin Luther King's powerful letter, written  from the Birmingham jail in April 1963.  It never ceases to move me.


He is responding to complaints by fellow clergy, saying that he should not be involved in civil rights protests and should await social changes that will come in due time...



Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.


We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."



We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, "Wait." But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people...


Read the complete letter here.  

Saturday, January 14, 2012

new edition pilgrim's progress (crossway)




Just downloaded this for Kindle at bargain price, though the hardback with color artwork looks good.  


I was blessed by the editor C. J. Lovik's poem in the preface:





The shadow of a wooden cross
A rising Son displayed.
In that place and on that day
An ancient debt was paid.

Prophetic Word merged with flesh,
With love bound to a tree.
There justice met with mercy
For all the world to see.

Divine the name of Him who hangs
With emblem wounds of glory,
Page of light that turned the night
Into a different story.

Joy was mixed with agony
That day upon the tree.
Reflecting on the Book of Life
My Savior thought of me.

Love deep and wide and full and free,
Love priceless and apart,
Love stained with crimson hues and tears
Has entered human hearts.

Look up, dear soul, and fix blind eyes
Upon the Savior’s tree
And you will find as others have,
He makes the sightless see.

An unexpected resting place
Was found beneath that tree,
Where all my burdens came undone
And I found liberty.




brief apologetic

I appreciate Michael Patton and the guys at Credo House.  He recently posted a four-point personal apologetic for the faith here.  Worth reading. 



Friday, January 13, 2012

union with Christ by faith: like marriage



We've been studying the federal headship of Christ, and our corporate solidarity with him through faith.  


I love this portion from On the Freedom of a Christian, by Martin Luther, published in 1520.  






The third incomparable grace of faith is this, that it unites the soul to Christ, as the wife to the husband; by which mystery, as the Apostle teaches, Christ and the soul are made one flesh. Now if they are one flesh, and if a true marriage-- nay, by far the most perfect of all marriages--is accomplished between them (for human marriages are but feeble types of this one great marriage), then it follows that all they have becomes theirs in common, as well good things as evil things; so that whatsoever Christ possesses, that the believing soul may take to itself and boast of as its own, and whatever belongs to the soul, that Christ claims as his.


If we compare these possessions, we shall see how inestimable is the gain. Christ is full of grace, life, and salvation; the soul is full of sin, death, and condemnation. Let faith step in, and then sin, death, and hell will belong to Christ, and grace, life, and salvation to the soul. For, if he is a husband, he must needs take to himself that which is his wife's, and, at the same time, impart to his wife that which is his. For, in giving her his own body and himself, how can he but give her all that is his? And, in taking to himself the body of his wife, how can he but take to himself all that is hers?


In this is displayed the delightful sight, not only of communion, but of a prosperous warfare, of victory, salvation, and redemption. For since Christ is God and man, and is such a person as neither has sinned, nor dies, nor is condemned,--nay, cannot sin, die, or be condemned; and since his righteousness, life, and salvation are invincible, eternal, and almighty; when, I say, such a person, by the wedding-ring of faith, takes a share in the sins, death, and hell of his wife, nay, makes them his own, and deals with them no otherwise than as if they were his, and as if he himself had sinned; and when he suffers, dies, and descends to hell, that he may overcome all things, since sin, death, and hell cannot swallow him up, they must needs be swallowed up by him in stupendous conflict. For his righteousness rises above the sins of all men; his life is more powerful than all death; his salvation is more unconquerable than all hell.


Thus the believing soul, by the pledge of its faith in Christ, becomes free from all sin, fearless of death, safe from hell, and endowed with the eternal righteousness, life, and salvation of its husband Christ. Thus he presents to himself a glorious bride, without spot or wrinkle, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word; that is, by faith in the word of life, righteousness, and salvation. Thus he betroths her unto himself "in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies." (Hosea ii. 19, 20.)


Who then can value highly enough these royal nuptials?  Who can comprehend the riches of the glory of this grace? …


Read the complete work here.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shadows, DC*B + Lecrae @Passion2011



Life is full of light and shadows
Oh, the joy, and oh, the sorrow
Oh, the sorrow


And yet will He bring dark to light
And yet will He bring day from night


When the shadows fall on us
We will not fear
We will remember


When darkness falls on us
We will not fear
We will remember


When all seems lost
When we're thrown and we're tossed
We'll remember the cost
We're resting in the shadow of the cross


With every breath I take, every heartbeat
Sunrise, and the moonlight in the dark street
Every glance, every dance, every note of a song
All a gift undeserved that I shouldn't have known


Every moment I lie, every moment I covet
I'm deserving to die; I'm earning Your judgment
Without the cross there's only condemnation
If Jesus wasn't executed there's no celebration


So, in times that are good, in times that are bad
For any time I've had at all, I will be glad
And I will boast in the cross, I'll boast in His name
I will boast in the sunshine, boast in His reign


What's my life if it's not praising You?
Another dollar in my bank account of vain pursuit
I do not count my life as any value, precious at all
Let me finish my race, let me answer Your call

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

it really is finished

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:11-14 ESV)


"It was during that time that I really rediscovered functionally the NOW power of the gospel. I had been preaching the gospel with great passion for many years. I had been preaching it with great conviction and yet it wasn’t genuinely functional until God brought me through the crucible of pain and suffering.  I began rediscovering the reality and beauty and the brightness of the gospel. 
"Everything I needed and longed for in Christ, I already possessed.
"It was during that time that God was helping me connect the dots between what I was experiencing and what Christ had already accomplished for me. And it was  specifically in Colossians chapter 1, second part of verse 12-14 where Paul says you’ve already been transferred, you’ve already been qualified, you’ve already been forgiven, you’ve already been redeemed, everything you could possibly want, everything you could possibly desire, is already yours in Christ. It’s a done deal. 
"It really is finished.  
"Now I live my life under a banner that reads, 'IT IS FINISHED', and it is that reality gripping my heart that’s set me free in ways that I had never ever been free before and it radically changed me. I tell people all the time that my focus is singular; my passion is myopic now. I don’t care as much as I used to what other people think about me, both good and bad. 
"I’m freer than I’ve ever been and my preaching has radically changed. Everything about me has changed. I’m still learning, obviously, and will until the day I die, but I really, really learned how the power of Christ’s finished work intersects with my daily grind in a brand new way."

Interview with Tullian Tchjividjian, author of Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Monday, January 9, 2012

on scientism

In communicating the gospel, we must always be aware of the assumptions / presuppositions of the ones to whom we are communicating.  Here's Greg Koukl on scientism...


The term “scientism” describes the view that science is the only reliable method of knowing truth about the world. Accordingly, “Everything outside of science is a matter of mere belief and subjective opinion,” says J. P. Moreland, “of which rational assessment is impossible.” 


Here is how scientism self-destructs. Imagine you wanted to collect all knowledge in a box. Let’s call it the “Truth Box.” Before any alleged truth could go into the box, it must first pass the scientific truth test (the claim of scientism). The problem is that your knowledge project could never get started because some truths need to be in the Truth Box first before science itself could begin its analysis. The truths of logic and mathematics must be in the box, for example, along with the truth of the basic reliability of our senses. Certain moral truths — like “Report all data honestly” — must be in the box. In fact, the entire scientific method must be in the box before the method itself can be used to test the truthfulness of anything else. 


None of these truths can be established by the methods of science, because science cannot operate in a knowledge vacuum. Certain truths — known through means other than science — must be in place before science can begin testing for other truths. 


--Gregory Koukl, Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Saturday, January 7, 2012

8 blessings from romans 5

This week's study in gravitate was "The Blessings of Justification," from Romans 5:1-11. 


Romans chapters 5-8 deal with the life we now have because of our union with Christ.  Through him, and what he has accomplished on our behalf, we are declared righteous, and now have a new life.  “The righteous by faith shall live.” This salvation from God encompasses not just the past and present, but also the future...


1) Peace:  God is not against me. (5:1, 10, 11) Though we were once enemies, now God is reconciled to us through Christ (cf 2 Cor 5:17-21). 


2) Grace:  we have free access and a secure position before God (5:2a) By the work of his Son we have free, unhindered access, and warm welcome before God.  (See also Hebrews 4:14-16 for an application of this truth.)  We have a "standing" in grace... we are ever in the need of, and ever the recipients of, his undeserved, bountiful generosity.  I do not begin with grace and perfect myself through works.


3) Hope:  our glorious future gives us joy and confidence now (5:2b, 4) Unlike "hope" in the world, we have not only a bright expectation, but a certainty of being glorified in God's presence (and new creation) forever (cf Romans 8:18-21).      


4) Character:  we have a new way to look at suffering.  (5:3-4) God grants tribulation, but with it grants perseverance. And this perseverance works good for us, testing and proving our character, and making us fit for his new creation.


5) Love:  we are the recipients of the outpouring of God’s love.  (5:5-8)  His love is so very unique, in that he demonstrates at the Cross the righteous love that, coming from his nature, is both just and justifying (3:26) (See also 2 Cor 5:14-15). 


6) Holy Spirit: he is God’s gift to us that we might know truth (5:5) He gives us the Spirit that we might know experientially our position before him.  More on this in chapter 8.


7) Salvation: not just now, but from now on, because Jesus lives (5:9-10)  His death secures our forgiveness and new standing, but more, he has risen and ascended, and lives ever to make intercession for us, and will return one day to complete his work of salvation in us.  (See also Rom 8:34; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10). 


8) Joy: because of all this we can rejoice in the Lord (5:11) The verb kauchaomai appears in 5:2, 3, 11. Though 
translated "rejoice", the field of meanings is more along the lines of "boast, glory, take pride in." (BAGD)  The idea here is not so much a personal delight in (though that is called for), but more that our our boast now is not in ourselves (promoting, 
posturing, etc.) but our boast is in Jesus Christ and in what he has completely accomplished for us who are so underserving.


Therefore I no longer need -- as is the case of my fallen humanity -- to validate myself by what I have done, or glory in what I have accomplished (hiding all that I have not done well) and promoting myself to others, whether subtly or not-so-subtly.  Here's the truth:  God is for me; I am secure in Jesus; all things are working in my favor as a child of God; I am bound for a glorious future; I am loved; I am empowered; I was saved, am saved and will be saved.


All of this is true because, by simple faith, I am "justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus..." (Rom 3:24 ESV)  So he now becomes "my glory and the lifter of my head" (Psalm 3:3)


We do not even glory in any of our spiritual accomplishments (if there be any).  The salvation we have is a complete and gracious work of God from eternity past to eternity future (see Romans 8:29ff). J. C. Ryle once wrote, "Glory not in your own faith, your own feelings, your own knowledge, your own prayers. Glory in nothing but Christ."


If you are a Christian, which of these eight blessings mentioned is most real to you now?  Which is least?  If you are not a Christian, please look at what God has done for you and come to him now, believing that Jesus died and rose from the dead to give you all these blessings as a gift in Jesus Christ.





Thursday, January 5, 2012

on distraction and avoidance

Appropriate for our times...


"Where shall the word be found, where will the word
Resound? 

Not here, there is not enough silence
Not on the sea or on the islands, not

On the mainland, in the desert or the rain land,
For those who walk in darkness
Both in the day time and in the night time
The right time and the right place are not here
No place of grace for those who avoid the face
No time to rejoice for those who walk among noise and deny the voice."


(T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday)

properly basic belief

I am coming to appreciate Alvin Plantinga's work, especially in epistemology.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 certainties

Notes and quotes from David Kingston's New Year's Day sermon.  The mp3 of this message is available here.



The Certainties of 2012 


1. We can be certain of God’s love for us because of Jesus’ birth. (John 3:16; Phil 2:6-7)


"Jesus--a simple name with so much power and meaning, but on that night so long ago, the tiny baby, wrapped by Mary in swaddling clothes, waving little arms, hungrily sucking a fist, was like any other newborn baby. He was helpless and dependent, and Mary was His hope of survival, His nourishment,  his very lifeline. God entrusted His most priceless gift to a very human, very young, earthly mother. Why? Because God so loved--that He gave. He relinquished His hold on His Son and placed Him in fragile human arms. (Janet Oke, in "Reflections on the Christmas Story".)


2. We can be certain of God’s forgiveness because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. (2 Cor 5:21; Phil 2:8; 1 Cor 15:3-8; John 1:10-13)


He was condemned that we might be justified.
He bore our sin that we might be set free.
He died that we might live.
He suffered that we might be redeemed.
He was made sin, that we might be made righteous.


3. We can be certain of God’s ultimate triumph because Jesus is coming back. (Phil 2:9-11; Rev 19:11-13, 16; 21:1-8)


a. Jesus return is certain. (John 14:1-4; Acts 1:10-11)


b. Jesus return will be sudden and unexpected.  (Matt 24:36-41; 2 Peter 3:10; 1 Thess 4:15-18)


c. Jesus return will divide. (Matt 24:36-41; Rev 20:11-15; 21:1-8)


4. How should we then live in the light of these certainties?


a. For believers: they bring us joy and comfort, even  in our sorrows.


"The immense step from the Babe at Bethlehem to the living, reigning triumphant Lord Jesus, returning to earth for his own people--that is the glorious truth proclaimed throughout Scripture. As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas, may we also be alert for the final trumpet that will announce his return, when we shall always be with him."  (Alan Redpath in "The Life of Victory".)


They bring a challenge to holy living. 


"The primitive church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death or about heaven. The early Christians were looking not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory. They were watching not for the undertaker but for the uppertaker." 
(Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910)


"The best way to prepare for the coming of Christ is never to forget the presence of Christ." (William Barclay in “You Can Say That Again”)


"The only way to wait for the Second Coming is to watch that you do what you should do, so that when he comes is a matter of indifference. It is the attitude of a child, certain that God knows what he is about. When the Lord does come, it will be as natural as breathing. God never does anything hysterical, and he never produces hysterics."  (Oswald Chambers, 1874-1917)


They bring a hope for the future (Phil 3:20-21)


For not yet believers: They bring a warning for the future (Heb 2:1-3)

Monday, January 2, 2012

pen wallpapers

Now that it's 2012 I know you're asking, hey, where can I download some new fountain pen wallpapers?  (Aren't we all?)  


To save you the hassle of searching, I've given some cool links below, and a few examples.










www.penhero.com/PenGallery_Wallpaper.htm


http://homepage.mac.com/mbacas/home/Pens/Wallpaper/index.html


www.leighreyes.com/?p=3565


www.penphotography.com/penphotography/wallpapers.html