In my last post, I mentioned how I have been impacted in a unique way by a book by Octavius Winslow, The Work of the Holy Spirit (1840). Here are some select quotes that provide a glimpse into his refreshingly Jesus-centered view of the Christian life. "Regeneration is the sole and special work of the … Continue reading Winslow on the Christian Life
One of my spiritual heroes is a pastor from the 19th century named Octavius Winslow. In fact, I named my youngest child after him, calling her "Sarah Wynn." The Wynn is from Winslow. Get it? Sarah is after Jonathan Edward's wife. Anyway. His book, The Work of the Holy Spirit (1840), has had a profound effect … Continue reading How Sanctification Works
Although some would say that people who talk to themselves are manifesting signs of insanity or dementia, we speak to ourselves all the time. Every day. Often the things we speak to ourselves are lies. These lies take on a variety of shapes. For example, some of the lies concern our identity and what we must do in order … Continue reading 7 Truths to Speak to Yourself Every Day
Mother’s Day is tomorrow. For many, this is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We have had wonderfully devoted, loving and sacrificial mothers. We have been blessed with children and grandchildren. Yet, for others, it is a day of deep pain, sadness and regret. Some mothers have neglected and abused their children. For these (often … Continue reading Grace for Those Who Grieve On Mother’s Day
This is message #3 in our sermon series, The Faith-FULL Life. In 1620, the Mayflower left the safety of an English harbor and set sail for the New World. There were compelling reasons to board, including the promise of a new life of freedom for this band of religious non-conformists whom we call Pilgrims. But … Continue reading “Out of the Harbor” – Genesis 12:1-9 (sermon audio & notes)
Are you ready to leave the safety of the harbor for the open seas? For some of us, its time to confront our fears and live beyond the comfort zone. Going to college… getting your first job… marriage… having a baby… when marriage gets hard… when the children leave home… meeting new people… learning a new … Continue reading Is it Time to Leave the Safety of the Harbor?
This is message #2 in our present teaching series, The Faith FULL Life. Here are the notes: In our present sermon series, we are talking about what it would be like for us to live lives that were FULL of faith in God’s faithfulness, having a God-awareness at all times. The Bible calls this walking … Continue reading “A Counter-Cultural Faith” – Genesis 6 (sermon audio/notes)
One of my favorite quotes on the Christian life comes from Dr. Francis Schaffer's book, True Spirituality. You are invited to savor this. “I’m convinced…that this is when we begin to make our forward steps as Christians: When I know through experience that I can lay hold of Christ’s blood by faith to cover my … Continue reading How Christians Grow
As you may know, there are many passages that exhort Christians to love, serve and bless "one another." Ray Ortlund shows us a number of "one another's" that we don't find. "Sanctify one another, humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, … Continue reading “One Another’s” Not Found in the New Testament
For anyone struggling with addiction, this 15-minute story about the rescue and restoration of Skip Ryan is so very hopeful. I trust that it will encourage you.
Reading some Jerry Bridges today (Transforming Grace). Here is a handful of gems. "Mephibosheth... never got to the place where he could leave the King's table and make it on his own. And neither do we." "The Bible never speaks of God's grace as simply making up for our deficiencies." "God's invitation to come is … Continue reading Grace Quotes from Jerry Bridges
The flesh has a rabid sense of self-entitlement. It cries foul and unfair at every point where it feels that the scales are not in balance. When I have to clean up the dishes left by others, the flesh fuels me with anger and self-righteous resentment toward those who left them in the sink. Why … Continue reading Thankfully, I Will Never Get What I Deserve
In this post, Jean Larroux, Lead Pastor of Southwood PCA in Huntville, AL, describes a full-orbed view of what we mean when we talk about "believing the gospel." Thanks, Jean! In every realm of life we understand that our beliefs drive our behavior. If I believe it is going to rain then I bring an … Continue reading Believing the Gospel: A Full-Orbed View
In 1939, George Dantzig enrolled as a graduate student studying statistics under Polish-born professor Jerzy Neyman. At the beginning of one class session, Dr. Neyman chalked two examples of famous unsolvable problems on the blackboard. George happened to arrive late to class that day, and mistakenly thought the unsolvable problems were their homework assignment, so … Continue reading Placing Limits on God’s Ability
Today's post, which originally appeared on liberate.org as Punk'd by Grace, is by Tullian Tchividjian, lead pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, During a recent radio interview, the interviewer told me a story that gets to the heart of how grace transforms. He was a camp counselor one summer and one … Continue reading Have You Been Punk’d by Grace?
This is an emotion chart produced by The Wellspring Group. It helps us identify how we are feeling so that we can engage the heart more deeply as well as the hearts of our children. This heart engagement allows God to use our emotions to expose us to the gospel at the heart level.
This is the first message in our 4-week May sermon series, Generation NEXT. What we discover is that the goal of Christian parenting is heart transformation, not behavior modification. In other words, what we want for our children is for them to be Jesus lovers, not merely rule keepers.
IMHO, this is THE best book on parenting available.
These quotes comparing justification and sanctification are from one of my favorite books, True Spirituality, by Francis Schaeffer. "In justification, the basis is the finished work of Jesus Christ; in sanctification, it [also] is the finished work of Christ. In justification, we must see, acknowledge, and act upon the fact that we cannot save ourselves. … Continue reading Raising Empty Hands of Faith
Walter Marshall says, “By nature, you are completely addicted to [a] legal method of salvation. Even after you become a Christian by believing the gospel, your heart is still addicted to salvation by works.” After all, if the Apostle Peter could slip back into self-justification (Gal. 2), so can I. And I do. And so … Continue reading Consciously and Continuously
Eusibius (265-339 AD) wrote the first post-apostolic history of the church. Until Eusibius’ day, the church had been under fierce persecution and the luxury to sit down in the ivory tower and write was not available. However, in 312 Emperor Constantine was converted to Christianity, and in 313, declared the Edict of Milan, granting religious … Continue reading Exhaustive Sovereignty
Thanks to Mark Driscoll for providing this helpful graphic that describes the difference between conviction and condemnation.
My deepest appreciation goes to Dr. Tim Keller for the foundational concepts concerning the gospel which have influenced this primer. In fact, he has influenced a generation. For that, I am grateful to God.
Romans 6:14, "For you are not under the law, but under grace." —the Apostle Paul In Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible, they make the following comments on Paul's famous statement regarding law and grace: The force of this glorious assurance can only be felt by observing the grounds on which it … Continue reading Not Under Law, but Under Grace