When the Lord Redeploys You

The call of God on all of our lives is to serve God lovingly and contentedly. The tenth commandment to not covet teaches us that. However, sometimes a restlessness of soul lingers that comes from the Spirit of God when He is preparing you for something new. John Piper offers you wise counsel when God … Continue reading When the Lord Redeploys You

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for the Sake of Righteousness

Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. - Acts 14:22 No other faith of mankind, religious or political, has quite so extensive a record of violent bitter opposition to its growth than the Christian church. - Kenneth Scott Latourette It may seem strange that Jesus should pass from peacemaking to persecution, from … Continue reading Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for the Sake of Righteousness

Reflections on “Blessed are the Merciful”

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." (Matthew 5:7) “Teach me to feel another's woe, To hide the fault I see, That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.” - Alexander Pope English poet (1688-1744) O Christian, know your condition - the misery and the mercy. And let the horror … Continue reading Reflections on “Blessed are the Merciful”

Reflections on Jesus’ Ultimate Desire for You from John 17:24

  Can anything equal the breath-taking tenderness of Jesus’ final request - “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). - Adapted from William … Continue reading Reflections on Jesus’ Ultimate Desire for You from John 17:24

Here’s the Best, Heart-Warming, Joy-Filled, Rest-Inducing Summary of TULIP

Recently my 18 year-old daughter ask me for a summary of what we call the doctrines of grace. I love the summary below because it is pastoral, practical, God exalting, man humbling, and, most of all, true to Scripture. Total Depravity: “We all struggle with our total depravity that reminds us that we are not … Continue reading Here’s the Best, Heart-Warming, Joy-Filled, Rest-Inducing Summary of TULIP

Reflections for Worship – Romans 16:1-16

One biblical scholar writes that Romans 16 "is one of the most instructive chapters of the New Testament because it encourages personal relationships of love in the church." —  Emil Brunner The warmth of Christian friendship evident in these verses (with so many indications of warm affection) reminds us that in a world of fractured … Continue reading Reflections for Worship – Romans 16:1-16