Monday, February 23, 2015

On Fighting Sin

"I have friends who think that talking about sin and giving attention to the details of fighting sin is defeatist.  I know it's possible to be morbidly introspective about sin.  And that's not what I'm ad-advocating.  I think we should all be more aware of Jesus's saving work than we are of our shortcomings.  Robert Murray McCheyne's advice is worth repeating: 'For every one look at your sins, take ten looks at Christ.'" ~ Josh Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, February 16, 2015

Truth That Changes

"God's saving work through Jesus's life, death, and resurrection has practical, real-world implications for our lives.  It is truth that can't be kept on a page or in a house of worship.  It follows us home. To our shcool. To our work. To our bedrooms.  It grabs hold of every detail of our lives.  Our thoughts.  Our sexuality. Our money. Our leisure. Our relationships. Our desires. Our dreams."  ~ Josh Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, February 9, 2015

What Is A Christian

J. I. Packer posed the question, "What is a Christian?"  His answer: "The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father."

Monday, February 2, 2015

Emotions In Worship

"[E]motion built on emotion is empty. True emotion - emotion that is reliable and doesn't lead us astray - is always a response to reality, to truth.  It's only as we study and consider the truth about Jesus with our minds that our hearts will be moved by the depth of his greatness and love of us.  When we engage our minds with the doctrine of his person and his work, our emotions are given something to stand on, a reason to worship and revel in the very appropriate feelings of awe and gratefulness and adoration."  ~ Josh Harris, Dug Down Deep

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Moving of the Holy Spirit

Joshua Harris, in his book Dug Down Deep, has this to say about the Holy Spirit:
"I basically confined him to a certain emotional experience in church meetings.  In my view the Holy Spirit was moving when I felt a surge of emotion while we sang or when I had a dramatic experience during times of prayer.  While I believe the Spirit can move in those ways, confining his work to those moments is sort of like thinking that fork can be used only to eat peas.  It's not that my knowledge about eh Holy Spirit was false; it was just woefully incomplete."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Christian Humility

From Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.:
Christian humility, is to simply accept whatever God has revealed in His Word. Humility is following God's Word wherever it goes, as far as it goes, not either going beyond it or stopping short of it...The humility we want in our churches is to read the Bible and believe it...It is not humble to be hesitant where God has been clear and plan."

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rest Assured

“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”  Joshua 5:12

Israel’s weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “forever with the Lord.”
A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; he gives us “glory begun below.” In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserved in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in his love, and we have perfect peace in him: they hymn his praise, and it is our privilege to bless him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

Charles Spurgeon, Morning by Morning