fulfilled covenant
Sungyak is my Korean name.
It means "fulfilled covenant."
It can also mean "sex medicine."
fulfilled covenant
Christ's Culture vs. Christian Culture
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#gainesvilleokpca
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Okay, okay…before everyone gets up in arms about my lack of care for helping people with ALS or breast cancer or…let me clearly state this isn’t a blog against helping people suffering with these terrible diseases. Phil and I had a dear friend who died from ALS and my aunt just died from complications from chemotherapy given to try to fight the breast cancer she had struggled against for 15 years. So…no ‘Elyse doesn’t care about helping suffering people.’ Please.

Here’s my concern: When I see people all over the nation getting buckets of ice water dumped on the heads, I have to ask ‘Why?’ And, yes, I know it’s about raising money for ALS (a good thing) and raising awareness (whatever that means). I still have to ask ‘Why?’ Why this and not something else? And why this at all?

And here’s my answer: There’s nothing more satisfying to the soul than going through a baptism of ice to prove you are good. And if it were only that easy to wash away all the mundane selfishness, shame and bragging about how we’re not really so bad after all…I’d take an ice bath.

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Elyse Fitzpatrick, Of Ice Buckets, True Righteousness, and Our Neighbor
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"But of this I am convinced: Reformed Christianity is best equipped to help us in our exile. That faith was forged on the European continent in the lives and writings of such men as Huldrych Zwingli, Martin Bucer, and John Calvin. It found its finest expression in the Anglophone world in the great Scottish Presbyterians and English Puritans of the seventeenth century. It possesses the intellectual rigor necessary for teaching and defending the faith in a hostile environment. It has a strong tradition of reflecting in depth upon the difference between that which is essential and that which, though good, is inessential and thus dispensable. It has a historical identity rooted in the wider theological teachings of the Church. It has deep resources for thinking clearly about the relationship of Church and state."
Carl Trueman, A Church for Exiles
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Augustine, Language, and the Fear of Tension
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John Frame on the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”
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"When winds and waves assault my keel,
He doth preserve it, he doth steer,
Ev’n when the boat seems most to reel.
Storms are the triumph of his art;
Though he may close his eyes, yet not his heart."
George Herbert
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Joyous Dependence
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"Corporate worship should be shaped more by what God has done for us than what we can do for Him, and more of what He has expressed towards us than what we want to express to Him."
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