“Nothing makes God more supreme and more central in worship than when people are utterly persuaded that nothing – not money or prestige or leisure or family or job or health or sports or toys or friends – nothing is going to bring satisfaction to their sinful, guilty, aching hearts besides God. This conviction breeds a people who go hard after God on Sunday morning. They are not confused about why they are in a worship service. They do not view songs and prayers and sermons as mere traditions or mere duties. They see them as means of getting to God or God getting to them for more of his fullness – no matter how painful that may be for sinners in the short run.” ~ John Piper in God’s Passion for His Glory
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The golden gates are lifted up; the doors are opened wide;
The King of Glory is gone in unto his Father’s side.
That where thou art, at God’s right hand, our hope, our love may be:
Dwell Thou in us, that we may dwell forevermore in Thee.
-- Cecil Frances Alexander
Sunday, April 28, 2013
“Part of saving faith is the assurance that you will have faith tomorrow. Trusting Christ today includes trusting him to give you tomorrow’s trust when tomorrow comes. Often we feel like our reservoir of strength is not going to last for another day. The fact is, it won’t. Today’s resources are for today, and part of those resources is the confidence that new resources will be given tomorrow.” John Piper in A Godward Life
Sunday, April 7, 2013
“It is a great advantage to be wise. Wisdom is different from mere knowledge of the facts. Some very wise people have little formal education. And some very educated people, who know many facts, are not wise. Wisdom is the insight and sense of how to live in a way that accomplishes the goals for which we were made: the glory of God and the good of man. And since glorifying God involves delighting in God, and the good of man involves sharing our joy in God, therefore wisdom is the only path to deep and lasting joy.” -- John Piper in When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy
John Piper retired last Lord’s Day after 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Q. What does the resurrection of Christ profit us?
A. First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of the righteousness which He has obtained for us by His death;
second, we also are raised up by His power to a new life; and,
third, the resurrection of Christ is to us a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.
-- The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day Seventeen, 1563
He is Risen! He is risen Indeed!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
“Until our consciences are bound by Scripture so that our actions are the product of conviction, we will be the victims of fluctuating fancies and susceptible to the “security” that is offered in conformity to a long list of human taboos. Convinced, grace-filled, spirit-led obedience to God’s Law really is the pathway to freedom. Remember, the law is not the dynamic of our sanctification, God’s love for us is not on the basis of duty, but neither does His love for us free us from duty.” ~ Alistair Begg, Pathway to Freedom