Over the last couple of days I have been working with a young man struggling with his faith, specifically, his assurance of salvation. And then today, I ran across this meditation in a devotional my bride gave me in 2002. The New Birth–Unexplainable “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, … More The New Birth–Unexplainable and Wonderful
David Wilkerson was a man mightily used of God. He died in 2011 and today lives with Jesus. In this short vignette from his life you will see part of what made him such a powerful instrument in the hand of God. I’m not only inspired by his life but encouraged as well. I’m encouraged … More What Entangles Your Life? I Dare You to Ask the Question.
This post follows up yesterday’s post on Mobilizing Saints for Powerful Ministry. The Holy Spirit gifts every member of the body of Christ to help the church become the beautiful Christ-exalting bride that He wants her to be (Cf. 1 Cor. 12-14). So it makes sense that we would want every member of the body … More Seven Practical Points for Spiritual Gift Mobilization in Your Church
Tuesday is for End Times Thought Invasions of Planet Earth (and maybe a preaching series for you pastors) Invasion #1 Satan and Sin A fallen angel used the beauty of a tree to entice Eve and Adam into disobeying God and seeking happiness by going against His will. The result was sin’s invasion of … More The Last Three Invasions of Planet Earth are Not the Whole Story
Weekend Links For years I have trained others to be “theologically driven and pragmatically informed.” I was seeking to develop disciples who who be able to fight the bent of much of the pop-church culture of being “pragmatically driven and only slightly theologically salted.” Training my students at the seminary and disciples in the church was … More As Promised—-Back by Popular Demand: Weekend Links: John Piper, Trevan Wax, Jared Wilson, Kevin DeYoung, School Pension Reform, Seth Godin
This is an excellent post by my dear friend Terry Ivy. If you are wondering about the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit, and the wonder of what God could and might do in your life, this isn’t a bad place to start. And then get on your knees and ask God for … More The Gifts of the Holy Spirit–Discernment or Rejection?
Saturday Musings For more than three decades Jerry Bridges has been an honest voice of singular devotion to Christ. Every book that comes out of his heart is a trustworthy guidepost to a deeper spiritual life guaranteed to both instruct and inspire the reader, or at least this reader, to long for more of Jesus. Here’s … More God’s Role and Ours in the Pursuit of Holiness
Is preaching a worthless activity in our churches? Why do we devote so much time to it each week when so few pay any attention to what preachers preach? Oh our congregations listen, they pay attention to listening, they tolerate our droning, and teaching, and preaching, and impassioned exhortations. Many appreciate the effort we … More Worthless Activities in Our Churches
Monday is for Discussion The following introduction and quote are from the Wikipedia entry on Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones. The questions are mine. Once, while unfolding to his congregation the internal work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian, Lloyd-Jones marveled at his experience in preaching. I say it again to the glory … More Do Preachers Know the Power of the Holy Spirit? (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)
Tuesday is for Preaching Praying for my own soul and for all the preachers of America to let this perspective saturate their hearts. Jesus covered His territory like a flame, preaching God’s Word in the Spirit’s power (Luke 4:14). “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,” He said, “because He anointed Me to preach … More “Jesus Covered His Territory Like a Flame”