Reading #002Let's read the Bible together in sequence in 100 days. Genesis 17:1–28:22 (CSB) COVENANT CIRCUMCISION 17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him, saying, “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence and be blameless. 2 I will set up my
It is dangerous to live without your heart being captured by awe of God, because awe of God is quickly replaced by awe of you.
Originally published by me elsewhere in 2009 with a couple of updates Have you stopped lately to take it in? Have you looked at around lately? I drove through the Northern part of our county yesterday. I had forgotten how many different shades of green were possible. The evergreens that
If we enter into His reality, we realize that the only thing that we have to offer that is of any worth is what God has done and is continuing to do in our lives. Our only true wealth is that which God pours into us.
"The story of Christmas celebrates the fulfillment of God's promises and the incarnation of God in human flesh. That meaning is memorably captured by John 3:16. God loves, and God gives in order to save... It meant giving rather than getting, and Christ gave until He was empty; but
"Our works don't replace the verbal preaching of the gospel, but in them we demonstrate, tangibly, the love and grace that we proclaim with our mouths. Effective gospel preaching is explaining with our words what we demonstrate with our lives. In our service, we make visible the invisible Christ." J.
"Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man's power ends." George Muller
"By forgiving, we do become Christ to others. By bearing in our bodies the weight of unjust accusation, undeserved pain, and unretaliated harm, we are the Holy Spirit's message of Jesus to others. By the practice of forgiveness we have the privilege of being a living witness to the One
"The preacher needs to realize that God's Word is not the preacher's word. He is to recognize himself as a messenger, not an originator (1 Thess. 2:13). He is a sower, not the source (Matt. 13:3, 19). He is a herald, not the authority (1 Tim. 2:7)
I read a lot of books about many and various subjects. I usually take copious notes while I am reading so that I can digest the content at a later date without reading the book again. I apply this to most books I read except the Bible which I love
"Worship is the loving ascription of praise to God for what He is in Himself and in His providential dealings. It is the bowing of our innermost spirit before Him in deepest humility and reverence. Worship is the adoring contemplation of God as He has been pleased to reveal Himself
"God's pursuit of my praise of Him is not weak self-seeking but the epitome of self-giving love! If my satisfaction in Him is incomplete until expressed in praise of Him for satisfying me, then God's effort to solicit my worship is both the most loving thing He could possibly do
"Grace and sin are quarrelsome neighbors"C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, Commentary for Psalm 6:8
"You know the perfect storm? Not when you fail, but when you succeed and you finally get your perfect life, with you at the center. It's the poison of your kingdom coming and your will being done."Ray Ortlund, Proverbs, A Storm is Coming, p. 47.
2020!We won't be forgetting this one any time soon. All politics aside, everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Some more than others. It has been a year of fear, panic, worry, anger, grief, anxiety... an emotional overload. The deaths, riots, lockdowns, and quarantines have caused suffering of
"If [God] were not wrathful against sin, we would question whether He is personally good. What would it mean for Him to say that He is committed to oppose evil if He refused to judge it?"Mark Dever, It Is Well, p. 125.
"Why is work important? Not because by working harder we will get richer; there is no simple equation between hard work and wealth. We work essentially because we have been given gifts of creativity to use in God's world. Work is our human activity which corresponds to the work of
Every natural man’s heart and life is a mass of darkness, disorder, and confusion, however refined he may appear in the sight of men.… The unrenewed part of mankind is rambling through the world, like so many blind men, who will neither take a guide, nor can guide themselves;
In Christianity, the moment we believe, God imputes Christ's perfect performance to us as if it were our own, and adopts us into His family. In other words, God can say to us just as He once said to Christ, "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I
If it is hard to accept a rebuke, even a private one, it is harder still to administer one in loving humility.D.A. Carson, Matthew, p. 402.
No music is more sweet to a gospel preacher than the rustle of Bible pages in the congregation. - C.H. Spurgeon
The best evidence of the Bible's being the Word of God is to be found between its covers. It proves itself. - Charles Hodge
But according to my judgment, the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things, see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord! Other things may press upon you; the Lord's work even, may have urgent claims upon your attention. But I deliberately repeat,
Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.C.H. Spurgeon
Every person bears fruit of some kind. Those who are darkness bear bad fruit, and those who are light bear good fruit. The person, therefore, who does not bear some fruit of righteousness in his life has no claim on Christ. There is no such thing as a fruitless Christian.
We think of missionaries as God's "super servants," Jesus' Navy Seals. The word "missionary" is never used in the Bible, however, not even once. That's because all of God's people are sent; all of God's people are commanded to go. There is no "special class" of sent ones.J.D.
"If one sees oneself as being saved without the obligation to be saving, then clearly one needs to grow in salvation. The evidence of salvation - that God's grace has taken effect in one's life - is to be found in one's participation in bringing salvation to others."David Garland,
His face was dirty, but his eyes were bright. It was easy to see that the clothes he wore came from the Salvation Army mission across the street. He wasn't ashamed to approach a stranger and ask. I wondered if he had seen me reach in my pocket for the
“Christianity has survived Christians for two thousand years now, which from my point of view is evidence that maybe something is going on there”T Bone Burnett
"Though sin may be pleasant for a season, it ultimately fails to produce the harvest of fulfillment that it promises."Bryan Chapell, Ephesians, P&R Publishing, 2009, p. 254.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAYJesus drew near to Jerusalem, arriving at Bethany six days before Passover, which was the Saturday before the Passion. Jesus was anointed at Simon the leper's house) On Sunday, there was a great crowd that came to Bethany to see Jesus. MONDAYThe next day was Jesus' triumphal entry
Much digital ink has been spilled on the requests for us to not meet in groups larger than 100, then 50, and as of now, no groups larger than 10. I urge my fellow pastors and church leaders to follow these guidelines. This is not persecution and the COVID-19 virus
“In Puritan thinking, the Christian life was a heroic venture, requiring a full quota of energy,... For the Puritans, the God-centered life meant making the quest for spiritual and moral holiness the great business of life.”
I have been listening to U2 for a long time... To quote U2, "There is nothing to stop this from being the best day ever."
It has been a year... Spring has sprung. The trees are budding and the flowers are beginning to bloom. When I see the flowers I am reminded of my friend. Emma was born into a world that hated her. She received very little education and worked every day that she
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