Whether we are faithful in praying or not, whether we pray rightly or not, God the Holy Spirit is deeply earnest and divinely effective in personally communicating the saint’s deepest needs to the Father. Romans 8:26-27
Our ultimate hope is not in governmental or societal change, it is in Christ. Any effort we might make (more…)
Of course there is some value to seeing themes of redemption, grace and the like in popular media (songs, books, motion pictures and in television programs). The Spirit of God does indeed open our eyes to see our world’s messages differently. But let us never forget that He does so by means of His Word.
Let’s say a Christian reads his Bible 5 min/day, (more…)
An NBA player claims to live by Christian principles while at the same time living according to his same-gender romantic, emotional and sexual desires, and this has a lot of Christian up in arms.
I get that. (more…)
My brother-in-law says he knew a German mechanic who talked about Mercedes engine problems this way: (more…)
I am a sinner. You could see that in my life, if you were around long enough (short enough).
But, God doesn’t see me that way anymore–and He’s the One who made this happen, not me.
It’s as though a man was in a $5000 suit, and for a brief moment you look at him, and what you see causes you to say “wow–sharp suit, man!” But, then you keep looking, and his gaze is aimless, the cheeks are grayish green and sunken, his eyes are jaundiced and bloodshot, his well-coiffed hair is (more…)
Luke 14:26 26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. NASB95
Think of that: Christ calls us to be His disciples and to obey Him, even if it means we have to choose to follow Him over choosing our own families, our own spouse, our own children, our parent(s), or sibling(s).
Yes–really. Jesus made that choice Himself; this is evident in the Gospels. His Father’s “will” is what drove Him, moment by moment.
In this sermon, John Piper attempts to connect this teaching with Psalm 78, to speak to Gospel-living in areas of marriage, singleness and how parents are to view their children. It’s worth a read or a listen–for all of us. (With the usual caveats for areas where he differs in matters of faith/practice.)
Therefore if there be no great and remarkable abiding change in persons that think they have experienced a work of conversion, vain are all their imaginations and pretenses, however they have been affected. Conversion is a great and universal change of the man, turning him from sin to God. A man may be restrained from sin before he is converted; but when he is converted, he is not only restrained from sin, his very heart and nature is turned from it unto holiness: so that thenceforward he becomes a holy person, and an enemy to sin. If, therefore, after a person’s high affections at his supposed first conversion, it comes to that in a little time, that there is no very sensible, or remarkable alteration in him, as to those bad qualities, and evil habits, which before were visible in him, and he is ordinarily under the prevalence of the same kind of dispositions that “I would not judge of the whole soul’s coming to Christ, so much by sudden pangs as by inward bent. For the whole soul, in affectionate expressions and actions, may be carried to Christ; but being without this bent, and change of affections, is unsound.” Religious Affections 126 – 127
There is a time to discuss how this horrific evil act will affect our liberties. To do so right now seems to be too soon. Our liberties are gifts from God, not rights which we must have or we die.
These families need the gift of God; their children, brothers, sisters, mothers, aunts, etc., have been torn from them by this man. Weep tears for them, weep tears for the sins of this country, weep tears for our Good God to glorify Himself in the Good News in this massacre.
Weep tears for your own past crimes and continuing crimes against God. Such an incredible thought–that we who are “born from above,” recipients of Christ’s obedient life, death and resurrection (which paid the infinite cost of our sins)–incredible it is that we have continuing crimes against this God!
Cleanse us! Renew us! May God save more and more hell-bound rebels for His glory and kingdom! Amen