Lust Battles, Facebook Fasts, Twitter Goals, and “Humble Brags”
Over the last two weeks on the Ask Pastor John podcast we talked a lot about social media, about goals for Twitter and fasting from Facebook. Pastor John also addressed creativity in communication, and the meaning and importance of Easter. We talked about the value of Bible commentaries written by women, a practical suggestion for battling lust, and how our works exceed the works of Jesus.
What follows is a list of episodes, along with quotes pulled from each recording. Click on the titles to listen.
Jesus really is striking. Jesus really is amazing. Jesus really is worthy of the most wonderful — or the most surprising — ways of describing him truly. And the Holy Spirit regularly honors that effort by opening the eyes of the blind to see a truly-described Jesus.
We are sinners, which means we are spring-loaded to turn gifts into alternatives to God. And so what does God do? In this age between our fall and our perfection at the second coming, he uses pleasure and pain to provide us with revelations of his goodness and to protect us from loving substitutes.
The reason for saying, “I don’t permit a woman to teach or have authority over men” (1 Timothy 2:12), is not because she’s incompetent. It is not because she can’t have thoughts. In fact, the women in our church, and the woman you are married to, have many thoughts that you would do well to note and learn from. And so the issue there is not she doesn’t have thoughts, the issue is how manhood and womanhood works.
The reasoning of 1 Corinthians 15:17 is this: If Christ has not been raised, our gospel is in vain, your faith is in vain, we are found to be preaching a false gospel. We might as well eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. Paul put all of his eggs in that basket. If the resurrection didn’t happen — physically, bodily, permanently — then Christianity is just a sham.
Don’t forget good Friday and Easter. Fix your heart as you wake up on Monday morning on the fact that, whether I feel it or not, and whether the evidences around me convince me of it or not, the cross means I am loved. And Easter means this love is victorious, and he will not stop loving me because the highest cost has been paid to obtain me for himself.
If a guy (or gal) is fighting a losing battle against lust, they know who they are. They also know they’re supposed to fight. But if someone is regularly losing this battle, they need to tell their small group, and then they need to pull out their iPhone and do this …
Using humble language to quote a tribute that you have just received, I see this all over Twitter. Everybody feels self-conscious about saying something that somebody said about them. And yet I see it everywhere. There is something inside of me that twists about that.
Practice a fast. Pick a period of time, say, a week. For me, two years ago, it was eight months. Zero Twitter. Zero blogging. And see what happens to your soul. See if your soul has become addicted to being known, being followed, being read.
Jesus said, I am going to give you the Holy Spirit, you disciples, you followers of me, every one of you. And the effect of this is going to be that you are going to witness to the crucified and risen Christ with such effectiveness that sins will be forgiven or withheld according to your message of the crucified and risen Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Now that had never been done before in the history of the world. Jesus himself had never done that because he hadn't been crucified yet. He hadn't been raised yet. He hadn't ascended yet. He hadn't poured out the Holy Spirit in fullness yet on these people as the Spirit of the risen Christ. ... In that sense these works are greater than even what he had done.
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