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Study Leave: Day 5

June 14, 2007

I’m actually running out of things to do.  I’ve met my commentary reading goals (Moo, Haldane, Hodge, and Piper on chs. 9-11).  I’ve seen that Deuteronomy 30 and Isaiah 51-52, 59 are key texts to understand as background to Romans 9-11, so I did some reading of those this morning. 

Then I read some more in Mahaney’s book on humility.  I thought the book started slow, but today I read two chapters full of good practical tips for battling against pride.  He makes a list of things to do every morning and evening.


  • survey the wondrous cross and pour contempt on all your pride
  • acknowledge your need for God by prayerfully reading Scripture.  Even if you don’t feel anything after you’ve read, at least you’ve been humbled by expressing your dependence.
  • give thanks
  • redeem the time wasted in your commute for memorization and meditation
  • humble yourself by casting your cares on him.  Anxiety comes from pride (1Peter 5:6-7)


  • give glory to God for the grace experienced today
  • receive the humbling gift of sleep.  Place your soul’s faith in the cross as you place your body’s faith in your bed.

Now I’m going to go see if I can find a copy of Tim Keller’s sermon titled “Arguing About Predestination”.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2007 2:09 pm

    glad to hear that you’ve been productive. Thanks for sharing those pride battling tips.

  2. egana permalink
    June 15, 2007 5:15 pm

    “receive the humbling gift of sleep. Place your soul’s faith in the cross as you place your body’s faith in your bed”

    very interesting… the humbling gift of sleep instead of more anxious striving trying to redeem a seemingly worthless day… very interesting…

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