With the tragedy that has occurred in Paris and the rise of ISIS, this is a profitable read. Tom Hicks has provided a brief summary of the Bible's teaching on war. I encourage you to take a look: Does the Bible Forbid Killing Our Enemies?
One of the greatest problems many face when reading the Bible is that they do not come away with a truth or promise for the day. One key to storing up the word in our heart is meditation. Without meditation the truth we read can often pass through our minds like water through a pipe. … Continue reading Bible Meditation
I was recently given Octavius Winslow's Morning Thoughts. It has enriched my mornings greatly. Winslow has a way of focusing on Christ no matter the Scripture. His mother once told him, "The whole Bible points to Christ... Christ the sum and substance of the whole. In him, God and sinner meet, and they can meet nowhere … Continue reading Welcome death–the spirit lives!
Do we waste our time debating over doctrine when what the world really needs is men and women passionate about missions? John Piper answers no. In fact, he says that language like this—that positions doctrine and missions against one another—is “at best historically naïve and at worst a smoke screen for the uninhibited spread of … Continue reading Andrew Fuller – I Will Go Down If You Will Hold the Rope!
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The new year is a great time to give ourselves to the Scriptures. The word of God is our food. If that's true, then we will be in bad condition if we neglect it. On … Continue reading Plan to Eat in 2015!
Jonathan Edwards, the great theologian of the First Great Awakening, is a well known name among Americans and Evangelicals. He was known for insisting that Christianity must include light in the mind and heat in the heart—his religion was a warm and experiential one. Jonathan did not only promote such Christianity in his writings, but … Continue reading Esther Edwards Burr
Christian biographies can be very encouraging reads for believers. They testify of God’s grace in the life of his people. John Piper has written multiple biographies that can be found on the Desiring God website. I found his biography of John Bunyan to very helpful. It is a sobering and edifying call to endure suffering. … Continue reading Diamonds from the Fire of Affliction
The Master Plan of Evangelism presents a model of evangelism and discipleship that follows Christ's own method. It is a short, clear, and practical work that reminds believers to engage one another with the word. Below is an outline of the chapters that includes the scripture associated with each theme of the Master's plan. Chapter … Continue reading The Master Plan of Evangelism
Wisdom from J.I. Packer: 1. Interpret Scripture literally and grammatically. Ask, "What do these words actually mean?" 2. Interpret Scripture consistently and harmonistically. If Scripture is God's word, then the expression of a single divine mind, all that it says must be true, and there can be no real contradiction between part and part. 3. Interpret … Continue reading How to Read the Bible Like a Puritan
We face many trials, depressions, difficulties, and burdens in this life. Here is a bright light of comfort in the midst of them: "...now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith... may be found to result in praise and glory and … Continue reading A Comforting Thought in the Midst of Trials