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What’s Inside John Piper’s Geodes?

By Tom Chantry

Here’s a true story: A man I once knew traveled during his youth to Colorado with a friend who was a knowledgeable mineralogist. They stopped at a field to take in the view, and as they walked the mineralogist stooped to pick up a roundish, mud-colored rock. With great excitement he took it back to his pickup, found a tool, and broke it open to reveal purplish crystals. He had found and recognized an amethyst geode. Now upon looking about, this man realized that the field was full of roundish, mud-colored rocks, and – knowing something of the price of these gemstones – he immediately went into town, found a land office, and bought the field. He then spent a few days gathering geodes, which he shipped out in a rented truck. He relisted the property before leaving town. Eventually it sold, but he had already turned a tidy profit by harvesting and selling amethyst from the rocks.

In addition to providing a real-life illustration of the Parable of the Buried Treasure, he demonstrated one important trait of the field geologist. It’s true that a field geologist needs to be able to walk through fields, to gather rocks, to break them up with hammers, and such like. However, what makes him effective is his ability to tell the difference between a rare or valuable rock and a common, ordinary, run-of-the-mill rock. He can discern one thing from another; that’s what geological training is all about. He has a form of discernment.

 

 

 

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When ‘Discernment’ Leads to Disaster

by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

The historic First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina, announced in May that it would declare itself be “open and welcoming” to all people and that it would allow same-sex marriage and ordain openly homosexual ministers.

The move came after the church had undergone a “discernment” process under the leadership of a “LGBT Discernment Team.” That team brought a report to the church’s deacons, who then forwarded it to the congregation. The church then approved the statement by standing vote.

 

 

 

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Question 81-Puritan Catechism

Spurgeon 6Q. What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper?

A. It is required of them who would worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body, (1 Corinthians 11:28,29) of their faith to feed upon him, (2 Corinthians 13:5) of their repentance, (1 Corinthians 11:31) love, (1 Corinthians 11:18-20) and new obedience, (1 Corinthians 5:8) lest coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon-A Puritan Catechism

True wisdom that comes from God delivers us from evil

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Arthur Pink“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee” (Prov. 2:10, 11). For wisdom to enter into our hearts means that the things of God have such an influence upon us as to dominate our affections and move our wills. For knowledge to be pleasant to our souls, signifies that we delight in the Law of God after the inward man (Rom. 7:22), that submission to God’s will is not irksome but desirable. Now where such really be the case, the individual possesses a discernment which enables him to penetrate Satan’s disguises and perceive the barb beneath the bait, and is endowed with a discretion which makes him prudent and cautious, so that he shuns those places where alluring temptations abound and avoids the company of evil men and women. Thereby is he delivered from danger and secured from making shipwreck of the faith: see also Proverbs 4:6; 6:22-24.

Arthur W. Pink—Studies in the Scriptures April, 1937 The Spirit Preserving

Concerning Discernment

True discrimination between right and wrong does not then depend on the acuteness of our intelligence, but on the wisdom of the Spirit.

John Calvin on Luke 24:16