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28 October, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Spurgeon On Conversions: Be Careful Counting "Unhatched Chickens"

A mega-church pastor recently defended his obsession with counting converts: "So we celebrate the numbers (people). We obsess about the numbers (people). We lay awake at night thinking about how we can reach more numbers (people). We cry when one of our number-friends repents and comes to Christ. We weep when, in a great 21st century moment of revival, we see 400+ numbers (sinners) make a decision to leave their lives of sin and follow Christ."... [Read More!]


26 October, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Spurgeon: "We live unto the Lord"

If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, though he has but just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process... [Read More!]


25 October, 2005   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Bible Study: "I feel like this verse means . . ."

For a number of years, this seemed like every small group bible study that I ever went to: Someone throws a verse out there and says
"I feel like this verse is saying . . .", and then proceeds to give you their opinion of what the verse means. Afterwards, others in the group are encouraged to join-in with their opinions. But is this method of bible study helpful, or could it be as one pastor said "a pooling of ignorance"? ... [Read More!]


23 October, 2005   comments: (0) Church History  

Why We Need The Puritans Today - Part 1

Puritanism was at heart a spiritual movement, passionately concerned with God and godliness. Why do we need the Puritans today? The answer, in one word, is maturity. Maturity is a compound of wisdom, goodwill, resilience, and creativity. The Puritans exemplified maturity; we don't. We are spiritual dwarfs. ... [Read More!]


22 October, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

'Success' Happens When The World Is Your Twin

"Discover The Champion
In You
"

What does
the pastor of America's largest church have in common with this 'personal success' infomercial star? Go past the smile, and examine their 'power within' motivational mantra.

"Awaken The Giant
Within
"
... [Read More!]


21 October, 2005   comments: (0) Church History  

Still Relevant: John Owen's Pursuit of Holiness

1683 marked the end of the earthly life of an English pastor named of John Owen. He was buried in London where five years later, his friend John Bunyan would be buried near him. John Owen was a pastor, but many also regard him as England's greatest theologian. J.I. Packer called him "the tallest of the redwoods". So what's the most important thing that we should learn from the life of John Owen today? ... [Read More!]


20 October, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

Teaching Their Flock to Flirt With The World

It only stands to reason that pastors help set moral boundaries for their church, by the things that they speak in favor of.
An example of this are pastors who publicly approve of secular music with morally bankrupt lyrics. What's worse is when these pastors use such songs as an evangelism tool. ... [Read More!]


19 October, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Family  

The Duty Of Parents To Children

From the 17th Century pastor and author John Bunyan:
If you are a parent, a father, or a mother, then you are to consider your calling under this relation. Your children have souls, and they must be born of God as well as of you, or they perish. And know also, that unless you be very circumspect in your behavior to and before them, they may perish through you: the thoughts of which should provoke you, both to instruct, and also to correct them. ... [Read More!]


18 October, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

God did it. Man did it! Which is it?

If I asked you who wrote the book of Romans, would your answer be Paul or would your answer be God? Both answers are true. But it's not right to give them both equal credit. Why not? Because God is the ultimate source; they are the words that He wanted written, so we must give Him full credit. And yet, Paul and the other human authors of scripture were not merely puppets on a string; they used their own words, mind, and personality in their writing. Do you agree with everything I've just said? If so, then you also have the basic framework in place for understanding how a soul is saved. ... [Read More!]


18 October, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Family  

A Father's Role in Family Worship

There is no member of a household whose individual piety is of such importance to all the rest, as the father or head. And there is no one whose soul is so directly influenced by the exercise of domestic worship. Where the head of a family is lukewarm or worldly, he will send the chill through the whole house. ... [Read More!]


17 October, 2005   comments: (0) Changed Message  

The Evil Consequences of Plexiglas Preaching

Armed with a "big business" mentality, many in the seeker-sensitive movement have replaced Bible-based sermons with anecdote-filled talks. After all, that's the stuff that sells. What happens when preachers put the seeker before the Savior and abandon God's Word for ear-tickling entertainment. Often the result is superficial, marginally biblical preaching. ... [Read More!]


16 October, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Look Up! - Pray "Lord Increase My Faith"   JC Ryle

Do you belong to that class of persons who really profess Christian faith and Christian obedience, and are you trying, however weakly, to follow Christ in the midst of an evil world?

I think I know something of what goes on in your heart. You sometimes feel that you will never persevere to the end, and will some day give up your profession of faith. You are sometimes tempted to write bitter things against yourself, and to believe that you have no grace at all.

I am afraid there are myriads of true Christians in this condition, who go trembling and doubting toward heaven. However, in spite of all their groans and doubts and fears, they do not turn back, but press on, though faint.

Now, my advice to all such persons is very simple. Pray every morning and evening of your life, "Lord, increase my faith." Cultivate the habit of fixing your eyes more simply on Jesus Christ, and try to know more of the fulness there is laid up in Him for every one of His believing people.

Do not be always pouring over the imperfections of your own heart, and dissecting your own sins. Look up! Look more to your risen Head in heaven, and try to realize more and more that the Lord Jesus not only died for you, but that He also rose again, and that He is ever living at God's right hand as your Priest, your advocate, and your Almighty Friend.


15 October, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

Audience-Sovereignty 101, with Robert Schuller

Meet your audience where they are at, be relevant in addressing perceived problems in their lives, keep your message positive and upbeat. Sound familiar? These are some of the prime directives for seeker-driven churches. Though many of these churches would not want to be identified with extremists like Robert Schuller, this Q&A session shows that he has a more obvious version of the same man-centered mindset. ... [Read More!]


14 October, 2005   comments: (0) Church History  

A Missionary And The Faith of His Father

John Piper gives this account of one father's impact on the son who later became one of the great missionaries in church history. The life of these men, and the way in which they parted, is a story that I wont soon forget. Fathers, this will inspire you to seek the Lord on your children's behalf.
... [Read More!]


 

 

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