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This blog is moving!

May 18, 2010

Hi everyone…
Just a note to let you know that franklyput is moving to, and will go live May 20, 2010.

please update your feeds, your readers, and your habits accordingly!

Looking forward to it!


What did Jesus do for us?

April 2, 2010

There is an Old Testament story that I’ve preached in the past, and it has again come to the forefront of my mind. It’s powerful, it’s mind blowing, and it’s numbing. And it perfectly pictures what Jesus Christ did for us.

But instead of telling you the story, I want to send you to another blog. I want you to read the story yourself. I want you to understand the depth of what God has done.

What else do we need?

By This We Know Love…

March 31, 2010

A song has been rattling around my head for the last week or so, by Sovereign Grace. The title is, “By This We Know Love”. There is no greater message this week, or ever, than the one my kids have memorized for AWANA – 1 John 4:10, God loved us and sent His Son.

The lyrics:

God of all Creation, Lord of heaven’s light
Descended into evil’s darkest night
Infinitely Holy, Your perfections know no end
Selflessly You died my rightful death

By this we know love that He laid down His life
God’s very own Son came from Heaven to die
Suspended He hung as He shed His own blood
What grace in His pardon, by this we know love

Forsaken man of sorrows, hated by all men
You willingly surrendered for my sin
Scornfully derided, yet in silence stumbling on
Bearing wrath for all that I’ve done wrong
© 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

Below is a video of Zelos singing it at the NEXT Conference last summer.

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Do You Know Him?

March 29, 2010

Is He yours? He’s mine………. and no one, not even the grave, could take Him away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I wish….

March 19, 2010

Going to start a new thought pattern (scared to call it a “series”) on the blog here… I am accumulating a short list of ways I would finish the sentence, “I wish….”. Probably not going to be life changing all of the time, but it will be sincere.

#1 – I wish my dad a happy birthday!

#2 – I wish my wife would just give in and tell me that I’m right. Always.

#3 – I wish that the thought process I used to make my NCAA picks proved to be more productive than the process my 4 year old daughter used (which included her giggling every time I said “Butler”).

#4 – I wish I would learn to quit whining when something didn’t go my way. (See wish #3 above)

#5 – I wish I knew what tomorrow holds.

****The “I wish…” disclaimer. It’s fun to dream, and to wish. If we stop there, we’re in trouble. Some of our dreams will only ever be dreams if we don’t get off our lazy rear ends and do something about it. Some of our wishes are selfish, because we don’t want to depend on God. I am fully aware of that. This is simply a collection of random ways I would finish the sentence – so relax.

Music Review: Just One of those days! by 33 Miles

March 17, 2010

I saw this comic, and it cracked me up. It seems I live many days like this.

Then, right after I saw this comic, I was traveling to Virginia to visit our college students there, and heard this song by 33 Miles. God used it to open my eyes, help me realize what is most important, and to understand that no matter what happens, we have a good, gracious God who is in Heaven, and in control! Love the song, love the message! Certainly one that I need to remember more often.

You can listen to the song by going here

And can see the lyrics below.

Woke up to the pouring rain
Stumbled out of bed with half a brain
Twenty minutes late for work again
But it’s alright, it’s alright
No time for coffee, gotta hit the door
Grab a shirt from off the floor
Never noticed it was stained before
But it’s alright, it’s alright
Oh, but nothing’s gonna bring me down
No, not now

It’s just one of those days
When everything’s right
God is in his heaven and I’m walking in the light
So hallelujah anyway
It’s just one of those days
You look at the sky
Throw your hands up and you laugh at life
So hallelujah, Lord be praised
It’s just one of those days

The boss calls…yeah, I know I’m late
I had a flat on the interstate
Tell the man that he can wait
Don’t get uptight, it’s alright
Hold on…there’s another call for me
No, I didn’t buy a diamond ring
Somebody stole my identity
Hey it’s alright, it’s alright
Oh, but nothing’s gonna lay me low
Cause I know

So come on rain, lightning strike
Just you try to shake my life
You got no power, you got no hold
Cause it is well with my soul

So hallelujah, Lord be praised
It’s just one of those days

Praying according to Scripture

March 15, 2010

Taken from Ligon Duncan,

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Few of us, probably, are satisfied with our private, family, and corporate prayer habits. And surely we all recognize that the Church of our day, at least in our land, is weak in the way of prayer. We do not pray often. We do not pray with Scriptural proportion, nor does our prayer much reflect the language and thought of the Bible. We do not pray fervently. Some, perhaps, lack confidence in the efficacy of prayer. There are many roots to this problem, and hence many aspects to its solution, but I can think of no more significant component to changing our prayer habits for the better than learning to pray according to Scripture.

Resorting to a more Scriptural pattern of prayer may be a simple (but profound) answer to many problems in our practice of prayer. Praying Scripturally will teach us what prayer is, even while we do it. It will correct “shopping list” views of prayer which abound in the Christian community. It will begin to solve in our own minds the question of “unanswered prayer.” It will remind us of just how much there is to pray about day by day. It will teach us of the extreme urgency of prayer. It will return proportion to prayers long on petition, but short on adoration, confession, and thanksgiving. It will instruct us how best to pray for ministers, missionaries, and one another. It will show us the proper way to approach God in prayer. It will remind us of the good things that God does for us (which we, more often than not, take for granted). It will remind us to always give thanks to God (which, paradoxically, is so important for our own assurance of His faithfulness in answering prayer). It will begin to engrave in our minds Biblical patterns of thought which can help immunize us from the enticing folly of the world’s view of life. It will force us to rehearse the solemn warnings and precious promises of God (which will do eternal good to our souls). And it will move us from our inherent man-centeredness in prayer to a Biblical, God-centered way of praying.

Over the next few weeks we will look at biblical patterns for prayer, but for now there is a book which I heartily recommend as an aid to your renewal of Scriptural prayer in daily life. D.A. Carson’s A Call to Spiritual Reformation (Baker Book House), a study of Paul’s prayers. It is perhaps the best book recently written on Scriptural prayer. A dear friend of mine, Dr. Mark Dever (Minister of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC), reported to me that when Professor Carson gave the lectures on prayer that eventually became this book to the Christian Union at Cambridge University, it made a profound and lasting effect on the students’ Christian walk.

May the Lord revive our hearts and make us a people of prayer.