Two Great Incentives from Jesus to Become a World Christian
John Piper writes:
These, then, are two great incentives from Jesus to become a World Christian and to dedicate yourself to the cause of Frontier Missions as the twentieth century comes to a close.
1. Every impossibility with men is possible with God (Mark 10:27). The conversion of hardened sinners will be the work of God and will accord with his sovereign plan. We need not fear or fret over our weakness. The battle is the Lord's and he will give... Continue Reading
Pastors, Help Your People: The Ministry of a Letter in Suffering
Pastors, Here's a Scenario
You're a pastor and ‘the call’ comes. One of your families has welcomed a child into the world – and that child is significantly disabled. They are crushed.
What do you do?
You haven’t experienced this thing in your family and maybe you don’t even know this family well (or at all).
Satisfying the Life of Christ Within Us
J. Campbell White writes:
Most men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ's purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ's undertaking are getting... Continue Reading
Thank you, Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematical genius who was born June 19, 1623. After running from God until he was 31 years old, on November 23, 1654 at 10:30 pm, Pascal met God and was profoundly and unshakably converted to Jesus Christ. He wrote it down on a piece of parchment and sewed into his coat where it was found after his death eight years later. It said,
Year of grace 1654, Monday 23 November, feast of St. Clement . . . from about half past ten at night to about half an hour... Continue Reading
Living Before the Face of God
Sin tempts us to flee from the presence of God. That's what Adam and Eve did in the garden (Genesis 3:8), and we do the same. But, of course, if God is God then we cannot escape his sight. Consider these texts:
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? (Psalm 139:70)
The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts (Proverbs 20:27).
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of... Continue Reading
Fathers, Pray for Future Generations
Charles Spurgeon writes:
May our own dear ones be among the better generation who shall continue in the Lord's ways, obedient to the end. And their seed shall be established before thee. God does not neglect the children of his servants. It is the rule that Abraham's Isaac should be the Lord's, that Isaac's Jacob should be beloved of the Most High, and that Jacob's Joseph should find favour in the sight of God. Grace is not hereditary, yet God loves to be served by the... Continue Reading
Fathers, Display to Your Children All of God
I am thanking God today that my father displayed a robust biblical God to me. I see God as fearful and I see him as the happiest and kindest being in the universe — "Behold then thekindness and the severity of God" (Romans 11:22).
Fathers, with all your sins and weaknesses, show your children as much of God as you can. Both his severity and his joyful kindness. Help them recognize the fully biblical God.
Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and... Continue Reading
Six Truths on Christian Involvement in Society
In a 2000 sermon, John Piper draws out six truths from 1 Peter 2:9-17 about how Christians should be involved in society and culture.
1. We were once all in darkness, along with the whole world.
Notice the phrase near the end of verse 9: "Him who has called you out of darkness." We were once in darkness. The darkness of sin and unbelief and ignorance about God and his ways. It was the darkness of deadness in sin, as Paul says inEphesians 2:5. This is the... Continue Reading
Eternity: Infinite Damnation or Infinite Happiness
Jonathan Edwards writes:
God aims at satisfying justice in the eternal damnation of sinners; which will be satisfied by their damnation, considered no otherwise than with regard to its eternal duration. But yet there never will come that particular moment, when it can be said, that now justice is satisfied. But if this does not satisfy our modern free-thinkers who do not like to talk about satisfying justice with an infinite punishment; I suppose it will not... Continue Reading