Have This Mind

Jon Bloom
Have This Mind

Philippians 2:5-7 —

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

What a simple command: “have this mind.” But nothing is harder for fallen human beings like you and me than to make ourselves nothing.

Our Mind

We are like Jesus’ disciples who, just hours before deserting him at Gethsemane,... Continue Reading

The Three R's: Why Christians Sing

Bob Kauflin

Christians sing together during corporate worship gatherings. Colossians 3:16-17 helps us understand why. Paul tells us that worshiping God together in song is meant to deepen the relationships we enjoy through the gospel. This happens in three ways (or three R’s):

1. Singing helps us remember God’s Word.

Paul says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly…singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” The “word of Christ” mostly likely means the word about Christ, or... Continue Reading

Hear Me Roar! (Musings on Women's History Month)

Mary Kassian
Hear Me Roar! (Musings on Women's History Month)

I remember striding down the hallway arm-in-arm with a couple of middle-school girlfriends, belting out the words of Helen Reddy’s 1972 chart-topping song. The words of the song summed up our resolve: We were strong! We were invincible! We were women! We were going to roar in numbers too big to ignore! No man was ever going to keep us down! We were perched on the verge of womanhood. And we were confident that we would be the first generation to get the meaning... Continue Reading

The Connection Between the Gospel and Our Praying

Jonathan Parnell

The moment we think that our act of praying or not praying contributes to God's being for us, it is self-righteousness.

Piper explains in this video excerpt:

"Christ died for my sins" is shorthand for "The only way to have God 100% on my side is to receive and rest in—as a gift—who Christ is and what he has done for me, and not who I am and what I did for him." That's the heart of the gospel . . .

Watch, listen, or download "Praying in the Closet and in the... Continue Reading

Clothed in Righteousness

Josh Etter

R. C. Sproul has written a beautiful hymn that you might consider using in your personal, family, or congregational worship:

Fallen race in Eden fair, exposed and full of shame. Fled we naked from Thy sight, far from Thy holy name.

Sent from the garden to the east, outside of Eden's gate, Banished there from Thy pure light were Adam and his mate.

Scarlet souls are now like snow by Thy atoning grace. Crimson hearts become like wool for Adam's fallen race.

No work of ours is good... Continue Reading

Joshua Project

Josh Etter

In this morning'smessage at the Ligonier Confernece, Pastor John recommended checking out Joshua Project as one tool to help engage our hearts and minds in the cause of world missions.

If you aren't familar with Joshua Project, it is a leading research initiative that highlights the most unreached ethnic people groups of the world. By identifying these people groups and the progress of evangelism, the Church is guided in fulfilling the Great Comission mandate to make disciples of all nations.... Continue Reading

How to Get God's Attention

Josh Etter

Isaiah 66:2 —

But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

I.O.U.S is one prayer that helps us to humble ourselves before reading God's Word. You might consider printing it out and sticking it in your Bible.

Piper explains:

Ask God to Incline our heartsto him, not to money or fame or power (Psalm 119:36),

and toOpenour eyes to see wonderful things in his Word (Psalm 119:18),

and to Unite our heartsin the fear of God rather... Continue Reading

A Wide Opportunity in South Africa

A Wide Opportunity in South Africa

South Africa is the richest, most industrialized nation in Africa. English is a major language and literacy is high. The “third world” tag sticks however, as urban shantytowns exist down the road from westernized blocks. Security is vital to deter crime. And daily, over a thousand AIDS victims die.

Christianity in South Africa is widespread, but deficient in theological depth. “A mile wide and an inch deep” is a common phrase that applies here. Combating the prosperity... Continue Reading

The Importance of Being Under the Ministry of the Word

Josh Etter

At our 2008 National Conference, Sinclair Ferguson connects the way we talk to the ministry of the Word in our lives:

Here's an excerpt:

The most important single aid to my ability to use my tongue for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ is allowing the word of God to dwell in me so richly that I cannot speak in any other accent.

Dear brothers and sisters, that's why it is so important for you at the practical level to be under a ministry of the Word... Continue Reading

No Ordinary Sufferings

Elyse Fitzpatrick
No Ordinary Sufferings

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.

-The Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:24

The Painful Shift

Our family recently moved from the city to the country and downsized significantly. In this process I’ve realized how entrenched in city life and in my life in the city I’ve been. If you asked me six months ago if I wanted to move closer to my church and give up my house... Continue Reading