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I will be exalted

11/22/2007

"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10). How good to know that God will be exalted in the earth. He will be exalted because He is in sovereign control. He will be exalted because He subdues the enemy and He will be …

The constant tenor of our lives should be adoring gratitude

11/19/2007

I recently was rereading C.H. Spurgeon’s famous sermon “Prayer Perfumed with Praise”, from 1879. Among the many wonderful meditations from the message was the following excerpt, which I thought especially appropriate to consider this Thanksgiving week: “In everything by prayer and supplication with …

Believing in God

10/18/2007

While most people will say they believe in God, what they believe about God covers a wide spectrum of ideas and opinions. Some say, “I believe in a supreme being but that’s about as far as I can go.” Some say, “I believe in God,” but assume that we all believe in the same God no matter what our …

Man cannot believe just what he pleases

10/12/2007

I was reading in Gregg Thompson's Primitive Preacher recently and came across the following reminder of how important it is to recognize that true faith comes only from God, for "without faith it is impossible to please Him." Not by good works, not by intellectual assent, not by a reluctant …

Righteousness exalts a nation

09/20/2007

I was struck this morning, as I perused the Google news headlines, by the repeated displays of chaos, violence, and tragedy that dominated all the titles: "2 Students Shot at Delaware State"; "Civil Rights Activists Rally for 'Jena Six'"; "Dirty Money: Funding Decision 'o8". No wonder many people …

He is more ready to give than we are to receive

09/13/2007

I've been reading A. W. Pink's little (but beneficial) book Profiting from the Word . The following meditation from Hebrews 4:16 , on how the Word of God should impact our prayer life, struck me with particular force and, I think, speaks for itself: Freedom and delight in prayer are stimulated by …

Take me to the cross and leave me there

08/30/2007

Chau and I have been reading from the "Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Devotions and Prayers" in our family devotions. The earnest, soul-baring, Christ-exalting nature of these prayers has continually struck our consciences, thrilled our hearts, and moved our spirits to desire greater …

Heirs of God

08/25/2007

Peter informs us that we have an eternal inheritance, not because of our worth or merit, but according to God’s abundant mercy (1 Peter 1:3,4 ). Paul also declares this in very unmistakable terms, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the …

Baptist History Celebration

08/08/2007

The Baptist History Celebration was held at the First Baptist Church, Charleston, South Carolina, August 1-3. The meeting was planned to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the Philadelphia Association, the oldest Baptist Association in America. I had the privilege of serving on the Steering …