Most newsworthy of 2009?

Dr Al Mohler has his picks, and comments on each item here. In simple list form they are….

#1. The Inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States
#2. The Uprising in Iran
#3. The Travail of the Global Economy
#4. The Death of Michael Jackson and the Nation’s Addiction to Celebrity
#5. The Rise of Twitter and the Growing Domination of Social Media
#6. The Battle over Health Care Reform
#7. The Leftward March of Liberal Protestantism
#8. The Climate Summit in Copenhagen
#9. The Swine Flu Epidemic and the New International Hygiene
#10. The Spotlight on Private Scandals and Public Consequences

I was a bit surprised at his #7 and 8. I would substitute, say, the rise of aggressive atheism for #7, and the growing ground-swell of political unrest (tea parties, etc) for #8. Time will tell…


“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings”

Are you afraid of getting bad news? Commenting on Psalm 112:7 (above), the great Charles H Spurgeon, in his fine Morning & Evening devotional book, writes this….

Spurgeon feature

Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?

Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?

Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, “Stand still and see the salvation of God.” For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God’s high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Sound exhortations from the ‘prince of preachers’

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