Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Do You Teach Sunday School Or Children's Church?

19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon was adamant about leading children to the Lord Jesus for salvation:

"Oh! I beseech you, especially you, dear friends, who are working in Sunday schools and elsewhere, do not think that you have done anything unless the children's souls are saved.  Settle it that this is the top and bottom of the business."
  Teachers, give your whole strength to the task of leading these little ones to Jesus.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Who Needs Encouragement?

Why can the believer be confident?  "I will appeal to this, the years of the right hand of the Most High" (Psalm 77:10).  Our confidence is firmly rooted in the faithfulness of God.
The Psalms are crammed with people who find themselves up to their necks in trouble but who are sure that God has not forsaken them Or, if for a while he "turns his face" from them (brings or permits trouble), they're sure that things will turn out right again. So bravely they face the hardships and insist on turning to no one but the Lord, who is ever watching them and has shown his devotion to them through the years. James McGuiggan, Jesus - Hero of Thy Soul
Personal testimony is powerful encouragement.  If you need some of that today, turn to the book of Psalms (you might want to start at Psalm 77) and read about the faithful deeds of our God.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Trust Me, And Be Not Afraid

Many days have passed since we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord this year, but we can't help remembering it still.
When He arose from the dead, it was "very early in the morning."  No one saw Him rise.  It is as if God were saying, "What I am is all that need matter to you, for there lie your hope and your peace.  I will do what I will do, and it will all come to light at last, but how I do it is My secret. Trust Me, and be not afraid.

With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures.  ~ A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Monday, April 1, 2013

No Other Gospel

You were born again through the living and abiding word of God.  This word is the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and risen.  Don't fall prey to another gospel. There is no other gospel, and there is no other path to God - or to ultimate well-being - than hearing, understanding, and believing the scandalous news of Jesus Christ in the gospel.  John Piper, Finally Alive