Author: Ryan Burns

How to Pray Before You Start Reading Your Bible

The next time you sit down to read your Bible, take a moment to reflect on the prayer of a pastor who, in March of 2010, held the New Testament, in his own language, for the very first time (Prayer is at minute 1:45 of the video, but watch the whole thing). O God, O God. The plan which you had from the beginning, regarding your Kimyals which already existed in your Spirit. The month that you had set, the day that you had set, has come to pass today. Oh my Father, my Father. The promise that you...

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A Thousand Times A Second

While reading Zacharias Ursinus’ commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism the other night, I came across a quote that I had once heard, but had since misquoted and, honestly, never knew where it was from. I was happy to finally come across the quote in print. Our safety does not lie in our own hands, or strength; for if it did, we should lose it a thousand times every moment. Zacharias Ursinus and G. W. Williard, The Commentary of Dr. Zacharias Ursinus on the Heidelberg Catechism (Cincinnati, OH: Elm Street Printing Company, 1888), 19. The quote comes from Ursinus’ commentary...

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Death is an enemy, not a friend

I was reading Michael Horton’s new book, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, and that line struck me. Death is an enemy, not a friend. Perhaps it is my longing to be with Christ (Php 1:23) or my love for the song “I’ll fly away,” I often, in the life of a Christian, forget that death is still an enemy. I found Horton’s comments encouraging and helpful. Part of the curse is the separation of the soul from body (Ge 2:17; 3:19, 22; 5:5;Ro 5:12; 8:10; 1co 15:21). Death is an enemy, not a...

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Thither will I go.

A footnote in Leon Morris’ commentary on John 1:14 caught my heart and mind this morning. I hope you enjoy it as I did: Laurence Housman brings out something of the wonder of it all: “Light looked down and beheld Darkness. ‘Thither will I go,’ said Light. Peace looked down and beheld War. ‘Thither will I go,’ said Peace. Love looked down and beheld Hatred. ‘Thither will I go,’ said Love. So came Light and shone. So came Peace and gave rest. So came Love and brought life. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” Leon...

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Shortcomings

O Living God, I bless thee   that I see the worst of my heart as well as the best of it,   that I can sorrow for those sins that carry me from thee,   that it is thy deep and dear mercy to threaten punishment     so that I may return, pray, live. My sin is to look on my faults and be discouraged,   or to look on my good and be puffed up. I fall short of thy glory every day by spending hours unprofitably,   by thinking that the things I do are good,     when they are not done to...

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