Father, may this be a year of considering our lives worth nothing to us, if only we may finish the race and complete the task The Lord Jesus has given us – the task of testifying (by word and deed) to the gospel of your grace (Acts 20:24). – Scotty Smith from Everyday Prayers
January 1, 2014
December 31, 2013
Blessed is that church who has praying leaders, who can see that which is disorderly in the church, who are grieved about it, and who put forth their hands to correct the evils which harm God’s cause as a weight to its progress. – E.M. Bounds
December 22, 2013
Spurgeon from December 22nd Morning and Evening41.749445 -86.187739
December 21, 2013
It seems like everywhere I turn these day I am seeing stories about A&E’s response to suspending the guy from Duck Dynasty about his comments about homosexuality. Apparently the breaking point for A&E was how he compared homosexuality to beastiality. It seems like often when Christians speak out against homosexuality that go for the shock & awe treatment and make big bold statements like that.
The problem with shock & awe statements is that they can give an attitude of self-righteousness even if that is not the intent. What is often missing from the conversation is the fact that homosexuality is just as sinful as lustful thoughts and premarital sex.
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two menwent up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ – Luke 18:9-13
Homosexuality does not hold the market on sexual sin. All sexual sin is equally heinous before God.
June 5, 2013
The churches are not candles: Christ only is our light, and his gospel our lamp; but they receive their light from Christ and the gospel; and hold it forth to others. They are golden candlesticks, for they should be precious and pure, comparable to fine gold; not only the ministers, but the members of the churches ought to be such; their light should so shine before men as to engage others to give glory to God…he has promised to be with his churches always to the end of the world, filling them with light, and life, and love, for he is the very animating informing soul of the church.
Matthew Henry on the Relationship Between Christ and His Church
March 13, 2013
Parents, teach your children that the behavior and attitudes you expect from them are built on something! Don’t say, “Just do it.” As they get older help them see that the standards of thought and attitude and action and entertainment and ministry and mercy are all built on the mercy of God in Christ. Help them see that Christian living is not a list of do’s and don’ts, it is a way of showing the glory of God and Christ. Help them see that Christian living—for children and teenagers and adults—is built on the gospel—on the beauty of Christ crucified and risen and reigning. The question is not mainly, “What’s wrong with this music or this movie or this party or this dress or these drugs or these friends?” The question is, How can I act and speak and feel so that I help my friends see the worth of Jesus above all music and movies and parties and friends? How can I live to show that Jesus didn’t come into the world to help me party better but to help me love better and die better?
Cultivate in your home the understanding of the word “therefore” in Romans 12:1. Help the children absorb this worldview. The Christian life has roots. It has foundation. It is built on something. -John Piper
Taken from Build Your Life on the Mercies of God
January 8, 2013
We are not called into this world to trifle away the hours and kill time in doing nothing; for this life links itself to eternity, and that eternity, in spite of all that is said to the contrary, wilt be one of endless misery or of endless joy; it is therefore no small thing to possess an immortal mind and to be responsible before God. Sin is no trifle, pardon is no trifle, and condemnation is no trifle. Eternal life is precious beyond all things, and to lie under the wrath of God is dreadful beyond conception. – Charles Spurgeon
November 13, 2012
You don’t have to be ashamed of the gospel because it doesn’t just make converts; it saves those converts utterly. It brings them to final safety and ever-increasing joy in the presence of a glorious and holy God forever and ever. This is what makes us bold with the gospel – not that it can make converts; any religion can do that – but that it is the only truth in the world that can really save people forever and bring them to everlasting joy with God. – John Piper
October 17, 2012
Right now I have a head cold which includes a nasty couch that has interested my sleep the past two nights.
This is a convicting time for me because I can either lie in bed and think woe is me or I can meditate on God’s unchanging character and pray for others.
Despite not sleeping well on Monday, by the grace of God I still had energy and felt good on Tuesday. Today is a different story, but my God is still faithful and He makes me strong in my weakness.
May 24, 2012
From my sinful thoughts, my vain thoughts, my sorrowful thoughts, my griefs, my cares, my comforts, I will hasten to the Lord; He has divine comforts, and these will not only console but actually delight me. How sweet are the comforts of the Holy Spirit! Who can muse upon eternal love, immutable purposes, covenant promises, finished redemption, the risen Saviour, his union with his people, the coming glory, and such like themes, without feeling his heart leaping with joy?
-Charles Spurgeon on Psalm 94:19