Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Spirit, or Christian Snob?

In Knowing God, J.I. Packer puts the "Christmas spirit" in perspective for us: 
"The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob.  For the Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor - spending and being spent - to enrich their fellow-men, giving time, trouble, care and concern, to do good to others..."

Monday, December 8, 2014

Now, and Not Yet

The righteous standing of God's people has been accomplished through Christ's work, and the work of purification continues by the Spirit's work among us.

The Lord is daily at work in smoothing out wrinkles and cleansing spots.  From this it follows that the church's holiness is not yet complete.  The church is holy, then, in the sense that it is daily advancing and is not yet perfect.  Mark Dever, quoting John Calvin in The Church: The Gospel Made Visible

Monday, December 1, 2014

Led by the Spirit

Christians desire to be led by the Holy Spirit, yet many struggle with discerning the difference between the Spirit of God and other influences.  This helpful article entitled How to Distinguish the Holy Spirit from the Serpent outlines the way in which the Spirit operates in the life of the believer. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sing!

What is more beautiful than the voices of the redeemed, singing the praises of God from their hearts? This article titled Do You Hear the People Sing is a wonderful description of what our corporate worship should look like.  Below is a brief excerpt:


"But only one instrument sings. Only the voice brings words of praise — explicit expressions of God’s power, goodness, mercy, and wonder. Only a human voice declares the truth. A guitar, an organ, and a banjo all communicate something of the glory of God, but even the most beautiful note can’t save anyone. We are desperate for a voice, a word, a lyric that announces good news, that reminds us of the truth we all need."

Monday, November 17, 2014

Unsung Heroes

Since we've been learning about the body of Christ the last couple of Sunday mornings in church, the following article on The Unsung Heroes of the Body of Christ seems highly fitting!  Read the excerpt below and enjoy the full article by clicking HERE.


"...I’ve been just sitting here marveling at how beautiful the church really is.  I’m not even talking about the newly beautified building, although it looks amazing.  I’m talking about the Body of Christ.

"...this weekend I was struck like never before by how much the church needs other types, too.  It needs the nursery workers.  It needs the cooks.  The quiet, smiling watchers who look for needs they can fulfill.  It needs the table wipers.  The nose wipers.  The toilet cleaners.  The church needs the people who will remember to bring the plants inside when it’s going to get cold overnight.  It needs the list-makers.  It needs the huggers and the handy men and the hand holders.

"In fact, all of these people and countless others are essential to the church.  They are the real heartbeat of it.  They are what make things go, what make people feel special and welcomed, what make the children feel loved and safe and maybe just a little spoiled.  These people, these ceaseless title-less workers, they are the very heart and soul of the church."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thorny Soil

Thorns are anything that distracts us from God. When we want God and a bunch of other stuff, then that means we have thorns in our soil.  A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled on top of it." ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Monday, October 20, 2014

I Want To Know Christ

Are you satisfied being "godly enough" to get yourself to heaven, or to look good in comparison to others?  Or can you say with Paul that you "want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death" (Phil. 3:10)? ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love