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Click here for more "Grab bag" entriesSome helpful articles I’ve recently read:

  • Some Thanksgiving leftovers:

Mark Talbot explains why even suffering is something for which we can praise God.

Jerry Bridges reminds us that, “Paul said we’re to come to God “with thanksgiving.” We should thank Him for His past faithfulness in delivering us from troubles. We should thank Him for the fact that He’s in control of every circumstance of our lives and that nothing can touch us that He doesn’t allow. We should thank Him that in His infinite wisdom He’s able to work in this circumstance for our good. We can thank Him that He won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).” [Read the rest]

George Whitfield:  “And shall we not rejoice and give thanks? Should we refuse, would not the stones cry out against us? Rejoice then we may and ought. But, O let our rejoicing be in the Lord and run in a religious channel. This, we find, has been the practice of God’s people in all ages.” [Read the rest]

And Justin Taylor answers the question, “What Really Happened on the First Thanksgiving?”

  • In “The Unbearable Lightness of Being Shannon,” R. C. Sproul, Jr. reflects on what the recent death of his daughter is continuing to teach him.  If you have ever suffered (which includes all of us), this is worth reading.
  • We are quick to agree with the statement that man exists to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.  Yet, as Jesse Johnson notes, many of us are like him:  “I had God existing for me, and not me for him. I thought I knew what it meant that my purpose was to glorify God. But this list exposed how flimsy my theology was. It convicted me to read more, study more, and finally to go to seminary. I’m posting these here to provoke you to read the book, and to be thankful that we were made for him.”  What set him straight was reading John Piper’s exposition (God’s Passion for His Glory) of Jonathan Edwards’ work, The End for Which God Created the World.  There are implications to the statement that we exist to glorify God by enjoying Him eternally.  Piper unpacked them in his book, and Jesse Johnson reminds us of them.
  • Tony Reinke:  “Four Reasons Men Don’t Read Books (with a Practical Suggestion).”
  • Desiring God has some new podcasts and “Theology Refresh” and “Authors on the Line” look to be particularly helpful.
  • Tim Challies offers a number of graphics simplifying important theological concepts in “Visual Theology.”
  • In “The Hardest Lesson,” Randy Alcorn writes, “Sometimes we make the foolish assumption that our heavenly Father has no right to insist that we trust him unless he makes his infinite wisdom completely understandable to us. What we call the problem of evil is often the problem of our finite and fallen under­standing. It was the hardest lesson I’d ever had to learn.” [Read the rest.]