Many are asking in these days: What is the purpose of prayer? It doesn't appear that prayer really works because I ask God to stop this senseless war in Ukraine and save the lives of those who are most vulnerable, and it doesn't seem to affect the situation at all. Others of you are praying … Continue reading What is the fundamental purpose of prayer?
I am leading a seminar this Spring entitled "Foundations for Faith." We are walking through key questions of our statements of faith like the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Heidelberg Catechism. Here is the outline for the previous week's session entitled "Your Primary Purpose."
I came across an interesting quote this morning in my studies from James Montgomery Boice, in his book Foundations of the Christian Faith: Shortly after Harvard College was founded in 1636, the trustees of the school wrote, “Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well that the main end of his … Continue reading The Main Objective of Life
The Book of Revelation is meant to humble us by a vision of the absolute sovereignty of God over history: past, present, future. There is nothing outside of God’s control. Every power, every evil-power is subject to His rule. ‘There is not a single inch of the whole terrain of our human existence,’ wrote Abraham Kuyper, … Continue reading The Design of the Book of Revelation
The book of Revelation is a manual of comfort to the Church in her pilgrimage through this world to the Heavenly Canaan of her rest.
A Prayer Guide... 1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 3 … Continue reading In the Midst of Trouble – Psalm 138
Teaching Outline: Rain is the difference between life and death. God’s Word is like the rain. How so? True life (both physical and spiritual) comes from beyond us. We can’t control it; we can only receive it. When God's word pours down like rain, we heed the invitation to our Lord's banquet of grace (Is. 55:1-5). Like rain, … Continue reading When God’s Word Pours Down Like Rain
In Psalm 57:2, David declares who He worship and why he worships amidst great affliction and difficulty: "I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me." It is most assuring to know that God has a plan and will fulfill it. David is on the run from a … Continue reading How Does the Lord Fulfill His Purpose for Us?
To be thankful only for our comforts is to make an idol of this life. “God-sent afflictions,” says Maurice Roberts, “have a health-giving effect upon the soul” because they are the medicine used to purge the soul of self-centeredness and this world’s vanities. Pain, in other words, sharpens us, matures us, and gives us clear … Continue reading The Purpose of God-Sent Afflictions