In our Bible reading passage for today, we come to Paul’s testimony before Agrippa in Acts 26. In a message, “Christ’s Purpose in Evangelism,” Dr. John Piper said: When Jesus looked into the future and predicted what would happen to his disciples, he said something very sobering, but also very encouraging. He said (in Luke 21:12–13), … More God is the master evangelistic planner
Jesus and the Children Pondering Children as Pride Detectors By John PiperJune 22, 2005 One thing to watch for when assessing a person’s spiritual fitness for ministry is how he or she relates to children. Put a child in the room and watch. This is what Jesus did to make his point. Children are the … More Jesus and the Children
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Charles H. Spurgeon writes on Psalm 42 in the Treasury of David: The next best thing to living in the light of the Lord’s love is to be unhappy till we … More Spurgeon: Thirst is a perpetual appetite
Limits of the law: It could point out a persons unclean condition, but had no means to clean. Bob Deffinbaugh explains, in a sermon on Leviticus 12-15, “Offending God: The Clean and the Unclean” It is at this point that the Israelite of Moses’ day came to a very sobering realization. While the Law could pronounce a … More Limits of the law
We can learn alot from the experiences of Paul. God has given His precious promises to us, too. Some are promises for all people for all times, while others may be only for certain people of a certain time in history. But we can be sure that just as God fulfilled all of His purposes … More Comedy of errors or “all things for good”?
And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” … More No forgiveness for unforgiving people
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen. —Psalm 41:13 C. H Spurgeon comments on this verse at The Treasury of David: Jehovah is the personal name of our God. God of Israel is his covenant title, and shows his special relation to his elect people. From everlasting and to everlasting. The … More Amen and amen