The Immediately Present Help

I know, I know — I'm supposed to be on a blogging break! But last night's news about David Wayne was weighing on me this morning, and then I saw in my inbox this from Spurgeon's Faith Checkbook devotion. It lifted me as only God's Word can. May God be immediately present to you this Christmas!God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).A help that is not present when we need it is of small value. The anchor which is left at home is of no use to the seaman in the h … [Read more...]

Jollyblogger Has Cancer, Please Pray

UPDATE December 24, 2008Yesterday David learned that his cancer has spread to his liver and lungs. He has surgery scheduled for today and chemotherapy starting thereafter. Not an easy Christmas for the Waynes, but I was able to speak to him on the phone yesterday and he sounded in good heart. He said that since his announcement, he had been consciously aware of the prayers of bloggers upholding him.---------I know I had planned to not write anything further on my blog this Christmas season. But … [Read more...]

Personal Review of the Year

It's that time of year again. As I have done in previous years, I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect on the year that was. This post will consider personal matters, family matters, and my church.The year began with my regular tradition of putting the blog onto autopilot to give me time to reflect, pray, and recuperate. I have a tendency to end the year feeling exhausted and drained, and find the discipline of switching off my blog after the holiday period gives me a real lift. This … [Read more...]

Piper What the New Birth Does For Us

John Piper is a great preacher—not just to listen to, but also to watch. I find God stirring my heart through him every time I play one of his videos. It also reminds me of what I'm aiming for when I preach, which is "logic on fire." I pray that God will draw many into his purposes in the way he has drawn John Piper.Today I want to highlight one of the sermons in his series on the new birth - Why Do We Need To Be Born Again? (Part 2). Here is an excerpt of this excellent sermon, which serves a … [Read more...]

Everything Jonathan Edwards Ever Wrote FREE Online

I have only recently discovered what is surely one of the most helpful websites I've found in a long time. Most people are aware that Jonathan Edwards is a towering colossus who many consider to be the best American theologian of all time; however, almost no one I know has read more than one of his books.There have been many previous versions of Edwards' works, but until recently, this did not include his massive collection of short thoughts, which I like to compare to blog posts. But now there … [Read more...]

Luther's Moment of Conversion

Last week Lex Loizides shared this fantastic quote from Martin Luther in his church history series: "I was seized with the conviction that I must understand [Paul’s] letter to the Romans. I did not have a heart of stone, but to that moment one phrase in chapter one stood in my way. I hated the idea, ‘in it the righteousness of God is revealed’ . . . according to which God is righteous and punishes the unrighteous sinner.I lived without reproach as a monk, but my conscience was disturbed to its ve … [Read more...]

Video of My Sermon on The Bible

A few weeks back I preached a sermon from Nehemiah 8 entitled "Back To The Word." A video of it is now available to download. My notes and an mp3 are also available, and you can subscribe to our vodcast or podcast to get the rest of the series. A new sermon from the series is now available for online streaming.I have been encouraged to hear that a number of those who heard have since been listening to or reading the Every Day In the Word reading plan. If you don't have a reading plan of your … [Read more...]

Should Christians Circumcise Their Sons?

This is the third part in my short series on multiculturalism. The first two in the series can be found here: Multiculturalism—You Are What You Eat?Does Multiculturalism Mean I Have To Eat Blood?When you mix with a number of different nationalities, you begin to realize that cultural differences are more complicated than you appreciated. They can also extend to quite surprising areas of life. One such area is that of whether or not it's a good idea to circumcise baby boys.In the UK this practice … [Read more...]

Will Heaven Really Be A Place On Earth?

Many Christians simplistically believe that when we die we will "go to heaven to be with Jesus forever." The truth is that 1 Corinthians 15 and other Scriptures make clear that we will one day be reunited with our bodies.From Revelation 21 it is clear that the heavenly city will descend from the skies and remain on earth. God will dwell with us on the new earth. So it would almost seem that heaven itself will invade earth, and that in some way we will be in heaven and earth simultaneously. This … [Read more...]

John Piper's Most Important Book – Finally Alive

“Have I been born again?" is not a question to be answered hastily. In John Piper's new book, Finally Alive, expect to be challenged. Piper strips away our complacency, arguing that many people falsely believe they are Christians. He begins by arguing that many who claim to be "born again" today are actually not, and that statistics demonstrating that so-called born again Christians are morally indistinguishable from unbelievers only demonstrate that many who think they have been regenerated a … [Read more...]


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