The Anxiety of Idolatry

The Lord Jesus Christ provides us with the great tonic to anxiety and idolatry: ensuring that our priorities are heavenly, that our treasure is in heaven (6:19), that our eyes are full of light (6:22) and that we love our Lord. He instructs us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Setting our minds on things above (as Paul says in Colossians 3) is the sure way to a life of peace and blessedness and a certain tonic to anxiety.

Lately, I've been wondering if we've given adequate consideration to the relationship that exists between idolatry and anxiety. Many rightly cite reasons to separate the one from the other (i.e. physiological problems, mental problems etc.); but in our Lord’s teaching in Matthew 6, he clearly links certain forms anxiety to idolatry. Consider the following:

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Thursday: Sudden Destruction for the Wicked

Theme: Evil Plans

In this week’s lessons we see that as David looks to God for victory over his enemies, there is much we can learn as we face battles of our own.

Scripture: Psalm 64:1-10

Yesterday we were talking about two of the five different things that psalm 64 verses 2 through 6 examine. Today we'll continue with the remaining three. Remember that we are called upon to fight the Lord's battles with the Lord's weapons, not the weapons of the world. The world's weapons are money, power, influence. Our weapons are the Word of God and prayer. It is said of the warfare of the saints against Satan in Revelation, "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11).

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One Reason Men and Women Can't Be Friends: We Don’t View Each Other Holistically

An excerpt from Why Can't We Be Friends?

Friendship between men and women is a taboo topic in the evangelical subculture. It makes us uncomfortable. Apparently, we are all time bombs on the brink of having an affair—or of being accused of having one.

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Wednesday: Sudden Destruction for the Wicked

Theme: Using Words as Weapons

In this week’s lessons we see that as David looks to God for victory over his enemies, there is much we can learn as we face battles of our own.

Scripture: Psalm 64:1-10

As noted in the introduction, this psalm spends most of its time on the wicked who are attacking David, rather than on God. The result is that we are provided with a helpful study of this particular kind of evil. Looking carefully at verses 2-6, we find them analyzing: 1) the nature of this evil; 2) the weapons of these evil people; 3) their methods; 4) their plans; and 5) their fierce but complacent pride. We'll look at the first two of these today and the last three tomorrow.

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Moving Forward in the PCA

Will we have unity?

 

It remains to be seen whether the unity displayed at this year's General Assembly represents an ecouraging trend or something fleeting. There are times when I wonder whether our differences are largely pragmatic or whether they represent something more fundamental. If our differences are more pragmatic then a greater unity is quite possible. However, if our differences are deep and fundamental in nature then such unity may well be beyond our reach. I am praying for the former.
 

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Tuesday: Sudden Destruction for the Wicked

Theme: Calling upon God

In this week’s lessons we see that as David looks to God for victory over his enemies, there is much we can learn as we face battles of our own.

Scripture: Psalm 64:1-10

The psalm begins by David asking God to hear his complaint. In our ears the word "complaint" has a negative sound, because we associate it with complaining and we don't like people who complain. But that is not the sense in which complaint occurs here. Here the word refers to a formal allegation, in this case against the wicked by one who is being unjustly treated by them.

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Monday: Sudden Destruction for the Wicked

Theme: Surrounded by Enemies

In this week’s lessons we see that as David looks to God for victory over his enemies, there is much we can learn as we face battles of our own.

Scripture: Psalm 64:1-10

It is not very often that David finishes a psalm without mentioning his enemies. There are exceptions, of course, but not many, and sometimes the references occur in the least expected places. Psalm 23 pictures God as David's loving and wise shepherd. But do you remember verse 5? Verse 5 says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” The fact that David mentions his enemies so often gives some idea of how many enemies he had and what his life as the king of Israel was like.

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Friday: A Love Better Than Life

Theme: The Triumph of Faith

In this week’s lessons we learn from the psalmist what it is to truly desire God.

Scripture: Psalm 63:1-11

The last three verses of the psalm look to the future and express David's confidence that in time his enemies will be destroyed, the mouths of those who have slandered him will be silenced, and he will again be openly praising God with others who also love and seek him.

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Thursday: A Love Better Than Life

Theme: Two Results of Being Satisfied in God

In this week’s lessons we learn from the psalmist what it is to truly desire God.

Scripture: Psalm 63:1-11

Let me suggest another way of looking at this section of the psalm. We can see it as statements, first, of David's satisfaction in God and then of two results flowing from it.

Let me suggest another way of looking at this section of the psalm. We can see it as statements, first, of David's satisfaction in God and then of two results flowing from it.

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Guidelines of Worship

The concept the confessional worship creates an unfamiliar category that challenges the better known ideas of contemporary or traditional. Practically speaking, what is called contemporary or traditional can be very subjective depending on time and place. As such, confessional worship offers a corrective which transcends both categories.

The concept the confessional worship creates an unfamiliar category that challenges the better known ideas of contemporary or traditional. Practically speaking, what is called contemporary or traditional can be very subjective depending on time and place. As such, confessional worship offers a corrective which transcends both categories. The following thoughts may begin to help point us towards what that really means:

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