Blog (Page 32)

Blog (Page 32)

Authority

Authority  from Ray Ortlund’s Blog… “The Rabbis spoke from authority, Jesus with authority.  Those who heard Him ‘were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes’ (Mark 1:22.  C. H. Dodd renders ‘He taught them like a sovereign, and not like the Rabbis’).  W. Manson . . . cites the saying of Justin Martyr,…

Sunday Morning Prayer

Lord, we pray, as Moses did, that you will be with us this morning. Your presence distinguishes us as your people. We desperately need your Spirit to give us power to worship you, to illuminate your Word, to convict our hearts of sin, to edify your people through spiritual gifts, to bring assurance of adoption to those that are tempted by fear.  Lord, if you are not among…

Why is Work Hard?

Recently my daughter asked me a question: “Daddy, why is work hard?” Quite surprisingly I was spared by the Lord from only using the moment to challenge her about complaining or urging her to further faithfulness in her chores. (Nothing wrong in doing that! But too often my parenting centers on correction and not instruction.) Instead, a more inspiring answer…

Lord, Give me Greater Faith

The main difficulty, therefore, is not in our work, but in ourselves; in the conflict with our own unbelief, in the form either of indolence or of self-dependence. When faith is really brought into action, the extent and aggravation of the difficulty (even were it increase an hundred-fold) is a matter of little comparative moment. Difficulties heaped upon difficulties can…

Who Would Dare to Preach?

Who Would Dare to Preach? By Michael McKinley | 2.27.2012 Print Preaching is a strange business. It requires you to stand up and speak with authority and pointed passion to people who may well be your intellectual and spiritual betters. But a man who has confidence in the word of God has everything he needs for the task. Here’s how Herman Bavinck put it:For if a minister…

Let us not be the spot-finders

Let us not be the spot-finders from Ray Ortlund’s blog Let us not be the spot-finders “We should be merciful to one another in seeking never to look at the worst side of a brother’s character.  Oh, how quick some are to spy out other people’s faults!  They hear that Mr. So-and-so is very useful in the church, and they say, ‘Yes, he is, but he has a very curious way…

Parental Amnesia

Parental Amnesia, From Justin Taylor’s Blog Parental Amnesia Gloria Furman on God breaking through the mundane: Parental amnesia is not just where you walk into a room and forget why you’re carrying the laundry basket with four dirty coffee mugs in it. That’s called normal. Parental amnesia is where we forget about two things: tomorrow and eternity. First, we forget…

Waving the White Flag as Victory

Waving the White Flag as VictoryJared C. Wilson|10:34 am CT Waving the White Flag as Victory “We are not just ordinary. Nothing is just ordinary. “The whole earth is full of his glory.” We keep trying to fill it with monuments to our own glory — kingdoms, businesses, hit songs, athletic victories, and other mechanisms of self-salvation. But the truth is better than all…