"What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it: The fact that He knows me. I am graven on the palms of His hands. I am never out of His mind. All my knowledge of Him depends on His sustained initiative … Continue reading What Matters Most
Dr. J.I. Packer is one of my favorite theologians and writers. On many occasions he has brought clarity and insight to the Word of God for me. One article that has been particularly enriching is called "Self-Care for Pastors: Riches from the Anglican Devotional Tradition." In this article, he emphasizes that there are three main … Continue reading Three Main Avenues of Spiritual Attack
"Joy is at the heart of satisfied living. It is also at the heart of real and credible Christianity, the Christianity that glorifies God and shakes the world. Joy is not only ‘the serious business of heaven,’ it is also central to serious godliness on earth. 'The kingdom of God is not a matter of … Continue reading A Most Arresting Advertisement to the Gospel’s Power
In today's contemporary church, we speak little about the subject of spiritual darkness, but in the older tradition it was very different. It was recognized that at times God can sovereignly bring upon us episodes of spiritual darkness, in which what is sensed is his absence rather than his presence, his displeasure rather than an … Continue reading When You Walk through Times of Spiritual Darkness
The first to link these precious words together was Charles Wesley, in a classic celebration of the impact of Jesus Christ. This coming Lord’s Day we begin our worship service with his great hymn: O for a thousand tongues to singMy great Redeemer's praise,The glories of my God and King,The triumphs of His grace! Jesus — … Continue reading Life and Health and Peace
Christians whose lives display the following features: Doxology, the habit taught and modeled by the Apostle Paul of constantly praising God and giving him thanks; Humility, the downward growth that comes by dwelling on the free, boundless,, almighty grace of God that achieves the salvation of sinners, including oneself, through the atoning death of the … Continue reading What attributes should mark a follower of Jesus?
Below are a few thoughts gleaned from James I. Packer in CRUX, the periodical of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. “With God’s blessing of our efforts, what kind of Christians will be formed by the kind of adult catechesis that we have in mind in our church community? Catechesis is a word that summaries the … Continue reading A Few Distinguishing Features of Christ-likeness
‘The only wise God’ deserves all praise, honor, and glory since He is the originator and sustainer of His wonderful plan for redemption. His objective “to bring about the obedience of faith” from among the nations will be realized (Romans 16:26). Satan is the accuser of Christians who undermines grace and assurance, makes Christians insecure, … Continue reading Worship Reflections – Romans 16:17-27
Here's a thoughtful nugget from one of the greatest Christian writers and thinkers of our generation, James I. Packer: "The way to find out whether a particular service was evangelistic is to ask, not whether an appeal for decision was made, but what truth was taught at it." (J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Downers Grove, … Continue reading Determining Whether a Worship Service is Evangelistic?