X Close Menu
  • Featured Posts
  • Show All Posts
Nov 2016 30 Nov 30, 2016
1

In the previous article we looked briefly at a variety of perspectives on the subject of miracles. Continue reading . . .  In the previous article we looked briefly at a variety of perspectives on the subject of miracles. Today we turn our attention to the many interpretations of what Jesus meant when he said in John 14:12, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to my ...Read More

Nov 2016 29 Nov 29, 2016

Is it ok to pray for a miracle? To hope for a miracle? To seek God for a miracle? For many years I thought it was unspiritual to desire or seek for any spiritual gifts, especially those of a more overt miraculous nature. Continue reading . . .  Is it ok to pray for a miracle? To hope for a miracle? To seek God for a miracle? For many years I thought it was unspiritual to desire or seek for any spiritual gifts, especially those of a more overt miraculous nature. I h...Read More

Nov 2016 28 Nov 28, 2016

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, so it only seems fitting that we should turn our attention to the glorious message of Christmas. We will do that by devoting today’s article to 10 things all of us should know about the virgin conception and birth of Jesus. Continue reading . . .  Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, so it only seems fitting that we should turn our attention to the glorious message of Christmas. We will do that by devoting today&...Read More

Nov 2016 22 Nov 22, 2016
1

Two years ago I posted this article as I reflected on the reality of ingratitude in the days following Thanksgiving. I was re-reading the article and thought it might be helpful, in case you missed it, to revisit some thoughts about gratitude (or the lack thereof) in anticipation of our celebrations two days hence. Continue reading . . .  Two years ago I posted this article as I reflected on the reality of ingratitude in the days following Thanksgiving. I was re-re...Read More

Nov 2016 21 Nov 21, 2016
3

The Kingdom of God is a massively important topic and spoken of throughout the Word of God. So reducing its essence down to only ten things feels silly, if not impossible. But here goes anyway. Continue reading . . .  The Kingdom of God is a massively important topic and spoken of throughout the Word of God. So reducing its essence down to only ten things feels silly, if not impossible. But here goes anyway. (1) Jesus claimed that the fulfillment of the Old Testam...Read More

Nov 2016 18 Nov 18, 2016
1

(This excellent article was written by Anthony Bushnell and originally posted at www.desiringgod.org on November 11, 2016. I strongly urge you to read it prayerfully.) Continue reading . . .  NOVEMBER 11, 2016Let’s Rise to Love Those Left in FearArticle byAnthony Bushnell (This excellent article was written by Anthony Bushnell and originally posted at www.desiringgod.org on November 11, 2016. I strongly urge you to read it prayerfully.) These days have beco...Read More

Nov 2016 16 Nov 16, 2016

The clearest and most glorious and encouraging passage in the Bible on the dynamics of giving and serving and the spiritual blessings that come with it is found in 2 Corinthians 8. I simply cannot overstate how significant this text has been in challenging and changing my life, in particular my understanding of the source and sustaining energy of joy and how it enables us to serve others to the glory of God. Continue reading . . .  The clearest and most glorious an...Read More

Nov 2016 15 Nov 15, 2016

A genuinely remarkable, but easily misunderstood exhortation in the OT is the one we find on the lips of David in Psalm 37:4. Continue reading . . .  A genuinely remarkable, but easily misunderstood exhortation in the OT is the one we find on the lips of David in Psalm 37:4. Let’s look at it for a moment in its broader context. “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither lik...Read More

Nov 2016 14 Nov 14, 2016
3

In an earlier installment of the “10 Things You Should Know” series, we looked at Ephesians 5:18 and what it says about being filled with the Spirit. But here I want to look more closely at the issue as it is found in other portions of God’s Word. I’ve found that the best way to help people understand what it means to be “filled” with the Spirit is to compare and contrast that experience with being “baptized” in the Spirit....Read More

Nov 2016 10 Nov 10, 2016

Oh, how times have changed when it comes to the execution of a criminal. Continue reading . . .  Oh, how times have changed when it comes to the execution of a criminal. When the Supreme Court of the United States first banned capital punishment, part of the reason for that decision was that it was deemed to be “cruel and unusual.” The crucifixion of a condemned man in the first century, under Roman law, on the other hand, was deliberately cruel and un...Read More

Nov 2016 9 Nov 9, 2016
1

Of the twelve disciples of Jesus, we probably know the least about Philip. His name figures prominently in John 14 when he makes this request of Jesus: “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us” (John 14:8). Jesus responds with the famous words: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Continue reading . . .  Of the twelve disciples of Jesus, we probably know the least about Philip. His name figures prominently in John...Read More

Nov 2016 8 Nov 8, 2016
1

If there is anything clear in God’s Word it is that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. This is not a popular assertion, as it strikes many as arrogant and exclusivistic. But there it is in John 14:6 – “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Continue reading . . .  If there is anything clear in God’s Word it is that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. This is not a popu...Read More

Nov 2016 7 Nov 7, 2016
1

Well, we have arrived. Tuesday is Election Day, an election day, dare I say, unlike any other in the history of the United States. Never before in the history of our country have two more reprehensible candidates stood before us asking for our support. Some may be offended by that statement. But since this election campaign is one in which giving offense has been elevated to an art form, I thought I’d join in. In any case, here are ten things you should know about ...Read More

Nov 2016 3 Nov 3, 2016
4

This week we’ve been looking at various features of the Protestant Reformation. I’m quite certain that as October of 2017 approaches, marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of his 95 theses, we will hear and read even more. But we should not overlook some of the more significant efforts at reform found in the Roman Catholic Church. One of the more lasting movements that emerged was the formation of the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits, under t...Read More

Nov 2016 2 Nov 2, 2016

In a recent installment of Ask Pastor John (www.desiringgod.org), John Piper addressed the question of why we must embrace the truth of Sola Scriptura, that is, the truth that God’s written Word, the Bible, is the final and ultimate standard for determining spiritual and theological truth. Here is what John said. I urge you to read it carefully. Continue reading . . .  In a recent installment of Ask Pastor John (www.desiringgod.org), John Piper addressed the ...Read More

Nov 2016 1 Nov 1, 2016

What was it that made the retrieval of gospel truth by Martin Luther and others so appealing to the people living in the early years of the 16th century? To answer this question is to account for why the Protestant Reformation took hold in the hearts of so many people. I believe the answer to this question is found in an understanding of the Roman Catholic sacrament of penance, and in particular the ways in which it undermined the centrality of grace and the finality and...Read More