For not with swords loud clashing, nor roll of stirring drums; with deeds of love and mercy the heavenly kingdom comes. —Ernest W. Shurtleff, Lead On, O King Eternal I was taken aback by these lines as I sang them in church a few weeks ago. Before I had finished the verse posted above, I found […]
While I only had the privilege of talking with Chip Stam a few times before his passing, I was not surprised to be encouraged—once again—by his words. In this excerpt, Mike Cosper recounts and elaborates upon Chip’s humbling, yet joy-filled, lesson on the purpose and foundation of worship: Chip Stam once taught me that worship is a […]
An insightful and subtle distinction: “Joy is deeper than happiness, but like happiness, joy is always circumstantial. Because the gospel is true, then, even when we aren’t happy we can know the deeper joy because of the circumstances of God’s goodness and love. On the permanent condition of God’s unrelenting grace, joy is a permanent possibility.” —Jared Wilson, […]
The eloquence of this statement is second only to its gospel substance. Read it a few times if necessary (I had to) and let it encourage your soul, because these are precious truths, indeed: These, these are the precious truths, which a scoffing world would fain rally or ridicule us out of. To produce this […]
What makes great teachers? What makes a message so captivating that we cannot stop reading or listening, and cannot help but be changed on the spot? I’ve been enjoying some time with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones the past few mornings and have found his teaching to be captivating in just such a way. As I read, […]
One of the greatest joys of the Christian life is re-reading Scripture for perhaps the umpteenth time and yet, finding something new. While Scripture and its truths certainly don’t change, we do, and in order to speak to us in our newfound contexts, the Spirit wields his sword (Eph 6:17) to reveal himself to us afresh. While […]
Too quickly we dismiss passages with a statement like, “I’ve read that passage of Scripture before, no need to waste the time to read it again.” Waste the time! Yikes. Let’s back up there. This has to be one of Satan’s ploys. His subtle tempters have us rationalizing before we even notice something is there to be rationalized!
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us […]