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June 18, 2008

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What a spiritually healthy list of fears! Thank you for this. If we lived closer to Atlanta, you would see me on Sunday morning! Your last fear--fear of disappointing the church, however, is not like the others, for when it comes to this fear you see the trap embodied in the fear. The other fears seem to me of the sort that suggest another and final fear--that you will stop fearing! But the last one is a fear that you already see as a temptation. Your great post put me in mind of this quotation of Jonathan Edwards, which John Piper quoted in his recent sermon on Psalm 51:
All gracious affections [feelings, emotions] that are a sweet [aroma] to Christ . . . are brokenhearted affections. A truly Christian love, either to God or men, is a humble brokenhearted love. The desires of the saints, however earnest, are humble desires: their hope is a humble hope; and their joy, even when it is unspeakable, and full of glory, is a humble brokenhearted joy. . . . (Religious Affections [New Haven: Yale University Press, 1959], pp. 339f.)

Thanks again for a refreshing post!

Wonderful post. Thank you so much for your clearness, honesty and openness.

I pray we don't disappointed the pastor.

Mark

What is the a spiritually healthy list of fears! Thank you for this. If we lived closer to Atlanta, you would see me on Sunday morning! Your last fear disappointing the church, however, is not like the others, for when it comes to this fear you see the trap embodied in the fear

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