Grace – The Fuel for Worship

The people of God gather on the Lord’s Day to worship Him. We do this in the power of the Holy Spirit, out of gratitude to our Almighty God as He is revealed himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We humble ourselves before Him by declaring His worth, confessing His lordship,and rendering … Continue reading Grace – The Fuel for Worship

The Majesty of a Forgiving Father

Psalm 130:4 sets forth one of the greatest discoveries that we can ever make: “With you (the LORD) there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” According to John Stott, this verse “contains a beautiful balance because its first part brings assurance to the despairing, while its second part sounds a warning to the presumptuous.” How … Continue reading The Majesty of a Forgiving Father

The Reformation: A Time When Men Went Blind, Staggering Drunk…

This coming Sunday we celebrate Reformation Sunday.  We give thanks to God for men like Martin Luther who helped the church recover the biblical gospel of grace. Here's two of my favorite quotes by writers who capture with force exactly what happened during this time in history (1517-1689 AD). Robert Capon graphically shares: “The Reformation … Continue reading The Reformation: A Time When Men Went Blind, Staggering Drunk…

The Delight That Removes Distress – 2 Corinthians 8:9

What is distressing to you right now? What is causing you stress? It could be a lingering illness, the shaky economy, joblessness, or spending the holidays with your extended family. How easy it is to succumb to discouragement and depression and to lose hope. How does the Lord strengthen us to face the distressing and … Continue reading The Delight That Removes Distress – 2 Corinthians 8:9

Advent Devotional #3: Receiving the Riches of Grace

Have you ever seen or read about someone who devoted themselves exclusively to the preservation of their own life and their own resources with no regard for others? How would you describe their life? I have one word: Misery! Remember the original Bah-humbug man in “A Christmas Carol ” – Ebenezer Scrooge? He was a … Continue reading Advent Devotional #3: Receiving the Riches of Grace

The Power of Grace – E. Stanley Jones

"Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the cords of duty or obligation can bind you. Grace is free, but when once you take it, you are bound forever to the Giver and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver. Like produces like. Grace makes you gracious, the Giver makes you give." — … Continue reading The Power of Grace – E. Stanley Jones

Charles Simeon, John Wesley and the Doctrines of Grace

I came across this piece while reading an old sermon on Romans 8. Here's Charles Simeon’s record of a conversation he had with John Wesley: "‘Sir, I understand that you are called an Arminian; and I have sometimes been called a Calvinist; and therefore I suppose we are to draw daggers. But before I consent … Continue reading Charles Simeon, John Wesley and the Doctrines of Grace

The Grace Adventure – Rose Marie Miller

This week I have been listening to an old cassette tape of Rose Marie Miller's testimony of how she came to experience the liberating power of gospel grace in mid-life as a PCA pastor's wife. She urges her listeners to take what she calls the grace adventure. The purpose of this adventure is to show … Continue reading The Grace Adventure – Rose Marie Miller

Acts 14 – The Habits of the Heart of Gospel People

Devotional Guide - Habits of the Heart of Gospel People The church is called to teach people how to talk, how to act, how to fight, how to love, how to see the world in a peculiar way - a Christlike way. “The role of the church is to cultivate a people who can risk … Continue reading Acts 14 – The Habits of the Heart of Gospel People