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Jul 2013 29 Jul 29, 2013

“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the ocean” (Jonathan Edwards, Heaven is a World of Love)....Read More

Jul 2013 28 Jul 28, 2013

Most people come to the concluding five chapters of Job (38-42) with great anticipation. Having endured the seemingly endless cycle of repetitive speeches, the time has finally come for God to speak. Now that Job has endured indescribable suffering, now that his three friends and Elihu have had their say, what might one expect God to say? Amazingly, all the things one might think God would say (or should say) are nowhere to be found. (1) There is no condemnation of Job,...Read More

Jul 2013 27 Jul 27, 2013

Jesus said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). John said something similar in his first epistle: “and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him” (1 John 3:22). Clearly, both Jesus and John want us to understand that obedience is fundamental to effective prayer. But what exactly is the relationship between piety and pray...Read More

Jul 2013 26 Jul 26, 2013

Jonathan Edwards once described God as “an infinite fountain of divine glory and sweetness.” In other words, God endlessly overflows in goodness and grace toward us, bringing matchless and never-ceasing satisfaction to our souls. Thus he can never be replenished by his creatures. He stands in need of nothing. We supply no lack in God. So, how do we worship him? How do we honor him? With what attitude and intent should we approach him? In what way do we &ldqu...Read More

Jul 2013 26 Jul 26, 2013

Really? Could you? I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am, by how often I hear this in daily speech. It happens when people are trying to express their disdain or indifference toward something. They want to communicate as emphatically as they can that they have no interest whatsoever in a particular event or opinion or person. They want you to know that there is nothing that ranks lower on their list of priorities. They want to say that they are entirely oblivious to ...Read More

Jul 2013 25 Jul 25, 2013

“Sometimes, only mentioning a single word caused my heart to burn within me; or only seeing the name of Christ, or the name of some attribute of God. And God has appeared glorious to me, on account of the Trinity. It has made me have exalting thoughts of God, that he subsists in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The sweetest joys and delights I have experienced have not been those that have arisen from a hope of my own good estate; but in a direct view of ...Read More

Jul 2013 25 Jul 25, 2013

“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul” (3 John 2). Many of those in the Word of Faith or Health and Wealth camp argue on the basis of 3 John 2 that God always wants his children to be physically healthy. He wants all to “go well” with us and for each believer to “be in good health, as it goes well” with our “souls.” But can it be demonstrated f...Read More

Jul 2013 24 Jul 24, 2013

I read the Old Testament story of Hosea with shock and amazement. Hosea may have lived 2,700 years ago, but his idea of marriage wouldn't have differed greatly from mine. Like most other men, he wanted a wife who was faithful and pure and gentle and loving. He didn't get one. Hosea married a whore. Sorry, but there's no reason to tone down the language. Hosea's wife, Gomer (I've often wondered if she had a brother named Goober!), was a whore, a prostitute. She was unfai...Read More

Jul 2013 23 Jul 23, 2013

“Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth” (3 John 5-8). What is going on here? Apparently some it...Read More

Jul 2013 22 Jul 22, 2013

“Last month Exodus International became the opposite of what it had been. It went from helping men and women to be free of sexual strongholds to helping them feel they are OK with Christ in their sexual strongholds. The gap between ‘Christ accepts you as you are and cleanses you of your sins’ and ‘Christ accepts you as you are, period” is the width of the Grand Canyon. But shoe-horn enough God-words into the announcement and you will win ove...Read More