A Psalm About Revival

There is no doubt in my mind that the greatest need of the church today is for a true revival. Revival is, of course, primarily something God does. It brings great joy and delight. I fear that it has become so alien to us that we almost dare not pray for it. I would love to challenge us to realize that revival is merely the intensification of the Holy Spirit’s normal work in the church. As such, it is possible to experience even a local revival, or a revival in an individual. We should pray … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Vibrant Christianity

May God grant us a revival of the kind of Christianity the Doctor is talking about here:“It is one thing to believe the truth, it is a very different thing to apply it. We did listen, and apply the truth, initially, otherwise we would not be Christians at all. But it is possible for us … to go on, content with just listening to, or reading the truth, and never applying it to ourselves, or examining ourselves in the light of it. Is this not one of the most alarming possibilities in the Christian l … [Read more...]

The Doctor on Direct Interventions By God Today

UPDATE- I have found the original source and as it is only now availble on the wayback machine include a copy here.---------The Doctor thinks we are crazy if we reject the notion of God intervenng directly in human history today. This quote makes me want to pray more for him to stretch out his hand and act:'What is being taught in Christendom today is this, that since we have got the New Testament canon, since we have got the Word now, we do not need these direct interventions, we do not need … [Read more...]

Do You KNOW Christ?

I will simply let "The Doctor" speak for himself today. This has to be one of the most challenging quotes from him I have ever read:". . . The secret of the early Christians, the early Protestants, Puritans and Methodists was that they were taught about the love of Christ, and they became filled with a knowledge of it. Once a man has the love of Christ in his heart you need not train him to witness; he will do it. He will know the power, the constraint, the motive; everything is already there. … [Read more...]

The Return of The Doctor

No, I am not back from my blogging semi-retirement! This blog is still on automatic pilot and is on a STRICT rev-limiter. Until such time as the complete draft of my book is in the hands of my publisher (which should be in 1 months time), I will not be posting more than Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Please pray for me as there is still much to accomplish although I do have a complete draft and am currently honing it in my spare time. Its time to share another quote from Doctor Martyn … [Read more...]

Spurgeon – Conviction of Sin Essential for Salvation

I wonder—when was the last time you heard another Christian preach or speak about conviction of sin? When was the last time you saw someone on the brink of salvation in tears of anxiety and burden because of a distinct awareness of their sinfulness? It seems to me that true conviction is not present as much as it should be today. If Spurgeon is right, if anyone has not experienced it, we should be very concerned about the validity of their salvation. "First, regeneration will be shown in c … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Preaching to Stir Emotions

I have been quoting from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner a fair bit lately. He is like a breath of fresh air. O for God to raise an army of preachers who truly understand the point he makes in the following quote: "... to win a soul, it is necessary, not only to instruct our hearer, and make him know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it. A purely didactic ministry, which should always appeal to the understanding, and should leave the emotions untouched, would certainly be a limping … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Reason, Understanding, and the Word

Last Monday I shared some of the things that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones believed we should not do when weighing whether what appear to be gifts of the Spirit are genuinely from God. This week I am sharing his view on the positive ways of testing and examining these gifts. My paraphrase of his tests is as follows:1. We should use our human reasoning and understanding.It's interesting to see his stress on wisdom, led, of course, by the Scriptures, but the use of our brains nonetheless. It's a sad … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Revivalism

A few days ago, I quoted from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner. I thought I would share another quote from that first chapter again today. It is interesting in the context of today that some argue against emotionalism in preaching, while others try and by human effort create an atmosphere. Spurgeon would disagree with both approaches: "Nor is it soul-winning, dear friends, merely to create excitement. Excitement will accompany every great movement. We might justly question whether the movement was … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – Why Discernment is Vital

As a believer living in the West, I'm constantly reminded of the need to exercise discernment, especially when it comes to matters such as claims of spiritual gifts and the activity of the Holy Spirit. I thought today I would go to one of my favorite works by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Joy Unspeakable.Directly before this quote, the Doctor points out that in all ages there are two main dangers confronting Christians when they need to evaluate claims regarding the reappearance or revival of gifts in … [Read more...]


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