Archive for the ‘Seeker Friendly’ Category

Are You Full?

October 6, 2009

D. L. Moody“God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.” D.L. Moody

Godly Knowledge

October 1, 2009

“There is no such thing as genuine knowledge of God that does not show itself in obedience to His Word and will.  The person who wants to know God but who has no heart to obey Him will never enter the sacred courts where God reveals Himself to the soul of man.  God does not give divine knowledge to those who have no desire to glorify Him.”

Sinclair Ferguson A Heart for God, 1987, p. 10, by permission Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA.

Relativism

September 24, 2009

“Relativism says this: “truth is what you perceive it to be, and what is true for you may be false for somebody else.” In our present society, you’re perfectly free to believe whatever you like, but the one thing you may not do is to deny its antithesis. You can say, “I believe that this is true.” But you cannot say with impunity that that which opposes it is false. We have a whole generation of Christians who have been brainwashed by the spirit of relativism so they’re completely hesitant to say, “I deny that error over there.” We don’t have heresy trials anymore because, in relativism, there is no such thing as heresy.”

R.C. Sproul
Feed My Sheep, ed. Don Kistler, Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, 2002, p. 144.

Something to Think About

September 17, 2009

“Sin Follows”
By Joseph Alleine

“Oh, better were it for you to die in a jail, in a ditch, in a dungeon, than to die in your sins. If death, as it will take away all your comforts, would take away all your sins too, it were some mitigation; but your sins will follow you when your friends leave you, and all your worldly enjoyments shake hands with you. Your sins will not die with you as a prisoner’s other debts will; but they will go to judgement with you there to be your accusers; and they will go to hell with you there to be your tormentors.”

The Few

September 15, 2009

Something to Think About

September 15, 2009

Genuine repentance will make itself evident by its deeds and attitudes (Lk. 3:8; Ac. 26:20). The repentant person will:

1. Freely acknowledge his sin (1 Jn. 1:9; Pro. 28:13a).

2. Cease the activity for which he was disciplined or at least seek help if it’s a case of life dominating patterns (Pro. 28:13b; Gal. 6:1f; Jam. 5:19-20).

3. Make restitution and/or ask for forgiveness from those hurt as it is applicable (Phil. 18-19; Matt. 5:23-24).

4. He/she will demonstrate a genuine change of heart, a real concern and godly sorrow over his actions, not in order to be forgiven, but because of the harm caused to the glory of God and the hurt caused others (2 Cor. 7:8-11; Ps. 51:17).

5. He/she will begin to manifest the fruit of the Spirit and a concern for the things of Christ (Gal. 5:22f).

 J. Hampton Keathley III Church Discipline, www.bible.org, Copyright ©1996-2005, All rights reserved.

Denying Self? I Fear Many of Us Have Missed It

August 26, 2009

“When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught, and you sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ-that is dying to self. 

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take all in patient loving silence-that is dying to self. 

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, or any annoyance, when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured it-that is dying to self. 

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any attitude, any interruption by the will of God-that is dying to self. 

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown-that is dying to self. 

When you see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances-that is dying to self. 

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart-that is dying to self.” Author Unknown

Something to Think About

August 23, 2009

“Churching the unchurched is an absolute fallacy – it is like purposing to let the tares in. It is absolutely bizarre to want to make unsaved people feel comfortable in a church. The church is not a building – the church is a group of worshiping, redeemed, and sanctified people among whom an unbeliever should feel either miserable, convicted and drawn to Christ, or else alienated and isolated. Only if the church hides its message and ceases to be what God designed the church to be, can it make an unbeliever comfortable.”

John MacArthur

What Have We Done to the Gospel?

August 6, 2009

Sanctification Starts With Your Pastor

July 29, 2009

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Sanctification starts with the pastor. His responsibility is to feed and protect his flock. As a pastor, I’m not called to be a stand-up comedian, a self-help guru, or a sex therapist. My job is to teach the Bible, thoroughly and accurately. I’m responsible to encourage and catalyze the spiritual growth of God’s people. Anything else is a distraction.

Too many pastors today neglect the priority of sanctification for their congregations. Instead of helping God’s people feast on the riches of His Word, they throw their efforts into attracting nonbelievers. Shrouding their teaching in pop-culture references and comedy routines designed to appeal to unbelievers, they withhold the only true source of spiritual nourishment from the Christians there who are hungry. Often the people in the pews don’t even realize what they’re missing, content instead to be entertained into spiritual starvation.

It’s my prayer that you’re in a church that does stress the importance of holiness – where your sanctification is encouraged and stimulated, and where you’re fed throughout the week on the riches of God’s Word. If you are, let me urge you to thank your pastor and church leaders for being faithful to their calling and in the example they set for your congregation. Let them know you’re thankful for their commitment to God’s Word, and that you’re praying for the Lord to bless and sustain them.” – John MacArthur

HT: Truth Matters