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"Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life.
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Something of 'the image of Christ' must be seen
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habits, and character, and doings."   --J.C. Ryle

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16 May, 2008   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

"Getting Fed": Does This Describe Your Sermons?   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

What is preaching? Logic on fire! Eloquent reason! Are these contradictions? Of course they are not. Reason concerning this Truth ought to be mightily eloquent, as you see it in the case of the Apostle Paul and others. It is theology on fire. And a theology which does not take fire, I maintain, is a defective theology; or at least the man's understanding of it is defective. Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A true understanding and experience of the Truth must lead to this. I say again that a man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit; and should never be allowed to enter one. What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this. It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence. ... [Read More!]


9 May, 2008   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Are We Guilty of "Chronological Arrogance"?   Terry L. Johnson

We are technologically superior to previous generations. But are we losing too much in the process? First we walked, then galloped, then road on rails together. Now we drive, largely alone with the window up, and go home to [air conditioned and heated] homes, only coming out to take out the trash or grab the newspaper. Once we entertained ourselves at home by reading books aloud. In the 1920s, families gathered around the radio. In the 1950s, they gathered around the TV. Now there is a TV in each room. Computers will only make it worse. Once the home was a castle, a place of refuge for the family. When behind its doors, the family conducted its affairs without interruption and without outside influence. Now one can hardly eat a meal or conduct family worship without the phone ringing. Sacrosanct family time is violated daily. Friends and strangers alike barge right into the middle of the family's most private and intimate moments via technology. Again my question is, is this progress? ... [Read More!]


10 April, 2008   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Our Jealous God

I know what you are thinking, "what were you doing reading a Charles Spurgeon devotional marked for the morning of September 12th here in the middle April?" I'm not exactly sure why myself. Never the less, I was reading it, and this was one of those that almost seemed to have my name on it. It centers around a verse that you would probably never hear preached about in most of today's churches. It's just too, 'negative', not very loving sounding, and hardly the kind of verse you'd expect to read in the Purpose Driven Life book; not even if the author of that book chopped the verse in half, and used the most user-friendly sounding of the 11 bible versions that he had available to him. The verse the devotional was based on was "God is jealous." Nahum 1:2.... [Read More!]


31 January, 2008   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

A Role Model For Today's Pastors

Upon surveying the contemporary landscape of church leaders, it's not difficult to become jaded. Websites like this one sometimes come under the same criticism as the daily secular news, for reporting too much doom and gloom of what's happening out there. We often talk about pastors who are crowd-pleasers and not God-pleasers, some who irreverently refer to the Holy God as a 'dude', the many pastors who value creativity more than doctrine, and who live personal lives that are indistinguishable from that of the world. In this post however, we'll make a departure from negative examples, and focus instead on the life of one of the great American pastors. He's a man that hardly any of today's popular pastors have ever heard of. Hopefully that will change however, as the internet affords them the opportunity to read true stories like this one. May it be our ongoing prayer for church leaders to aim higher than today's most popular role models looking instead to examples like this pastor. ... [Read More!]


29 January, 2008   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Self-Denial in Prayer   Walter Chantry

It is striking that the greatest men of prayer in history have been some of the busiest men in the world. Think of Moses forging a nation from more than two million slaves. Or look at Daniel occupied with affairs of the state of Babylon. Think of Luther -- professor, bible translator, pastor, prolific writer -- who prayed three hours each day. But the chief example of them all is our Lord Jesus Christ who reserved early morning or late night hours for prayer. If anyone was entitled to relax, or seek refreshment, it was our holy Master. But he used his own time to pray. It is not that we are too busy to pray but that the flesh is still too insistant on satisfaction. ... [Read More!]


17 January, 2008   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Intimacy With God not Intimacy With The World   Horatius Bonar

As those whose feet have found the rock, let us be stable, not carried about with every wind of doctrine, not vacillating nor undecided nor compromising. As those who have been "delivered from a present evil world," let us, like the saints of old, be separate from it, standing aloof from its gaieties, as men who have no time for such things, even were they harmless, keeping our raiment undefiled. Let us be suspicious of its foolish talking and jesting, jealous of its light literature, which "eats as doth a canker," vitiating the taste, and enervating the soul. Let us maintain unblunted the edge of our relish for prayer and fellowship with God, as the great preservative against the seductions of the age; for only intimacy with God can keep us from intimacy with the world. Let us not try to combine the novel and the Bible, the closet and the ballroom; nor attempt to serve two masters, to drink two cups (1 Corinthians 10:21), to worship two gods, to enjoy two religions, to kneel at two altars. ... [Read More!]


30 October, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Have You Set Your Mind on True Godliness?   Willem Teellinck

True godliness shows itself in resolve, and doing your utmost to put that resolve in effect (2 Cor 5:9, Acts 24:16). Surely, it is only mocking God when someone insists that he has a sincere and wholehearted intention to live a godly life and a determination to do so yet at the same time does not take any trouble and is not zealous to live a godly life here and now! If someone announced that from this moment on he will take up [career endeavors in] surgery or the sale of goods and yet day after day you see him do nothing about it, would anyone put stock in his words? Similarly, whoever wants to be regarded as a godly person must not only resolve to live a godly life but must do his utmost to demonstrate that he esteems godliness as his greatest gain. ... [Read More!]


6 October, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

The Lord Must Grant You Inward Sight   Walter Chantry

To behold Jesus, to adore him, and to rejoice in his praises are not means to higher ends. Fixing the eyes of our souls upon the Lamb of God, and bowing before him in joyful, loving worship is the highest end of our existence, the only fully satisfying expense of the human heart, the chief ingredient of human blessedness. "That I may know him . . ." (Philippians 3:10) and enjoy him forever is the end for which every saint lives. ... [Read More!]


2 October, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Aim To Glorify God in The Midst of Your Trials   Octavius Winslow

Let this precious truth divest your mind of all needless, anxious care for the present or the future. Exercising simple faith in God, "Be care-ful for nothing". Learn to be content with your present lot, with God's dealings with you, and His disposal of you. You are just where His providence has, in its inscrutable but all-wise and righteous decision, placed you. It may be a position painful, irksome, trying, but it is right. Oh yes! It is right. Only aim to glorify Him in it. ... [Read More!]


27 September, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Recognize Your Dependency on The Spirit   AW Pink

The majority of Christians do not realize that they are as wholly dependent upon the gracious operations of the Spirit within them as they are upon the meritorious righteousness of Christ without them. Therefore they need to seek God and count on the enablings of the former as definitely and as constantly as they trust in and rely on the finished work of the latter. ... [Read More!]


11 September, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Remembering The Terror of The Lord - Part 1   Walter Chantry

In our times, some Christian ministers have taken it upon themselves to explain precisely what factor was on God's mind in his bringing about a natural tragedy or a military catastrophe. Yet these men are not prophets. David, being a true prophet, waited for the Almighty to explain Himself. God does visit the furies of created powers upon nations because of their moral guilt. Ruinous earthquakes, floods, winds, and drought should lead us to repentance for all our sins, but we must be cautious not to claim knowledge of the particular sin that lies behind a particular desolation. ... [Read More!]


14 July, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Unbelievers Can't Choose Christ or Make Him Lord   Obadiah Sedgwick

True faith takes Christ and Him only to be it's Lord. Many will come to Christ and have a feast, but few come to Christ to bear His scepter. Some would come under the safety of His blood, but disdain the authority and dominion of His sword; they like Christ the priest, but not Christ the Lord. I will briefly show you two things - unbelievers will not accept Christ to be their Lord only, because their heart has another Lord. He is our Lord to whom we give service, and we His servants who obey Him. Let the commands of profit or pleasure versus Christ come into competition and you shall see that the unbelieving heart will go after it's lord; it will not hearken to Christ, for it prefers sin before Him. The unbelieving heart will easily adventure Christ's displeasure to fulfill it's own lusts. Again, the unbelieving heart cannot choose Christ... [Read More!]


14 June, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

The Enemy Doesn't Grow Weary   William Gurnall

The persistence of the enemy requires perseverance. The devil never retreats or declares a truce. If an enemy repeatedly assaults a city and those within it cease to resist, you know who will win. The prophet who was sent to Bethel did his errand well and withstood Jeroboam's temptation. But on his way home he was drawn aside by the old prophet and at last slain by a lion (1 Kings 13). Thus many flee from one temptation, only to be vanquished by another. Many precious servants of God, not making such vigorous resistance in their last days as in their first, have fallen miserably, as we see in Solomon, Asa, and others. ... [Read More!]


31 May, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

The Praying Pastors of Yesterday   Joel Beeke

The Puritans saturated all their evangelistic efforts in prayer. They were "men of the closet" first of all. They were great preachers only because they were also great petitioners who wrestled with God for divine blessing upon their preaching. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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