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Thoughts for Thanksgiving

11/14/2017

"There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise" -- Charles Spurgeon "Let us thank God heartily as often as we pray that we have His Spirit in us to teach us to pray. Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and …

Now thank we all our God

11/20/2012

Perhaps, as Thanksgiving Day draws near, you have great blessings to rejoice in and many family members to share them with. Or perhaps instead you have experienced recent grief or significant loss in the past year. But no matter what our immediate circumstance, we can rejoice as Christians in the …

Who is marriage for?

08/23/2012

Many may be surprised to hear Paul say, as he does in Ephesians 5:32 , that the primary purpose of marriage is to reflect the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. After his lengthy and detailed instruction about marriage, how it works, and what its goals ought to be, Paul writes: "I speak concerning …

Displaying the Gospel in the Church

06/29/2012

We are studying through 9 Marks of A Healthy Church during our Wednesday night services this summer. I used the following quote from Mark Dever in our recent session on the Gospel: "As we gather to worship God and exercise love and good deeds toward one another, we demonstrate in real life, you …

The heavens show his handiwork

03/02/2012

One of the benefits of technology is it opens up the curtains all the more, allowing us to look through the window of God's creation in order to behold his glory in new and amazing ways. And wherever we look, we see his handiwork and are reminded: God is big. God is powerful. God is beautiful. In …

The Day I Leapt for Someone Else

12/22/2011

This beautiful poem by my friend Kurt Strassner displays the wonder and joy of the times surrounding Christ's birth -- but even more, the powerful reminder that it ought to be: "More of Jesus... less of me!" The Day I Leapt for Someone Else Marveling at the humility and Christward focus of John the …

A prayer for more

11/24/2011

I have recently enjoyed reading again from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. The old writings are both convicting and encouraging. They constantly present a high view of God and express in vivid terms a deep sense of unworthiness of the least of his mercies. It …

One lesson from nature, another from history

11/10/2011

First, we have a lesson from nature. Here's a video to make you feel small and in awe. What God says to Job of the hawk and eagle could also be asked regarding the starlings in this film: "Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom? Doth the eagle mount up at thy command?" (39:26-27). Second, we have a lesson …

Archaeologists are (again) confirming the history of the Bible

07/14/2011

For a book whose detractors claim is so full of myths and redaction, it is astounding how frequently the history of the Bible has been confirmed and contrary theories or objections overturned by continued research. From the times of Jesus, all the way back to hundreds of years B.C., the biblical …