1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. 2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to...
Post of the Week! - 2/24/2012
To keep myself disciplined, I am going to indefinitely post one post a week on Fridays. I may either use an old blog post written by myself, or maybe a friend’s or pastor’s blog, but I do know it will be a post. This week I scoured through some old posts, and really enjoyed reading this one again. I hope you enjoy: ...
Voddie, a pastor whom I very much respect, brings up some very relevant issues and launchpads for discussion. I would love to gather some thoughts on this topic, especially from those who are positioned vocationally in church ministry.
Cries Into Songs
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3 God seemingly delays in His deliverance to reveal to us who we really are apart from Him; it is to show our dependency, and in turn,...
Grace: Practically Purposed (Part 2)
This new ideology of Grace can be implemented very practically. I am going to use a system that John Piper teaches to his leadership staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church. It is called APTAT: Admit Pray Trust Act Thanks. Step one: Admit that you can not transform in your own power or will; it is going to take an act of the Spirit. Step two: Pray to God earnestly for Him to work in you; there need be...
Grace: Toleration vs. Triumph (Part 1)
As of late, I have have been reunited with the idea of grace. I had been cemented in my belief that Grace was what “covered up” my sin. I believed it to be an item that I live by every day, in that God “permits” my sin in the name of Grace. When I would sin, God would just view it under Grace, and in turn, my sin was still there, but God simply does not look at it. I am...
A Must Read Blog: →
A good friend and mentor of mine just started his own blog. He has been such a Godly influence in my life, constantly encouraging and challenging me in my faith; I am sure his site can do the same for you. Please take some time to check it out; you won’t be disappointed.
We can never rise above the temptation of sin. Never will we above the devastating affects of sin. No matter how fiercely I pursue God, no matter how diligently I obey Him, that doesn’t permit my obedience the next day, minute, or second. Sin is not something I simply fall into apart from disciplines and spiritual exercise, sin is apart of my very being; I am flesh and carnal. Sin...
Verge Ministries: Catalyst Lab with David Platt →
Today I was reading an article that was summarizing a lab that David Platt had done atCatalyst. The four points of his message. Based on Exodus 32, Platt identified four “golden calves” of our leadership. 1. We have become leaders without convictions. We have created an entire…
Joy is not the mask of a smile, but an affection of the heart.
Satan’s Scheme: harden the heart of the sinner and damp the graces of the...– Derived from Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections