Let us run with endurance.
Do not grow fainthearted.
You need to struggle against sin.
Pain is good for you.
Strengthen your knees and walk in a straight line.
Discipline is good for you.
Do not be sexually immoral.
What are your thoughts so far?
Does it sound like a list of “To do’s”?
Does it sound like the Christian life that you’re accustomed to?
Does the idea of effort and discipline seem like something that belongs to Law and not to grace?
Does your Christianity have room for the idea that you’re going to suffer?
Does your Christianity have room for the idea that effort and suffering is good for you?…Read More
Job 1:1, 5 (my emphasis and parentheses added):
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil…and when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them (that is, his children) all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
Earlier, I told you I wanted to address the subject of the sovereignty of God in the context of this book of Job, so let us begin.…Read More
To attain a facility and dexterity of language in prayer, and put thy meaning into apt and decent expressions, is easy; but to get thy heart broken for sin whilst thou art confessing it; melted with free grace whilst thou are blessing God for it; to be really ashamed and humbled through the apprehensions of God’s infinite holiness, and to keep they heart in this frame, not only in, but after duty, will surely cost thee some groans and travailing pain of soul: To repress the outward acts of sin, and compose the external part of thy life in a laudable and comely manner is no great matter; even carnal persons by the force of common principles can do this; but to kill the root of corruption within, to set and keep up an holy government over thy thoughts, to have all things lie straight and orderly in the heart, this is not easy.…Read More
Heart-work is hard work indeed. To shuffle over religious duties with a loose and careless spirit, will cost no great difficulties; but to set yourself before the Lord, and to tie up your loose and vain thoughts to a constant and serious attendance upon him: this will cost you something. To attain ease and dexterity of language in prayer and to be able to put your meaning into appropriate and fitting expressions is easy; but to get your heart broken for sin while you are actually confessing it; melted with free grace even while you are blessing God for it; to be really ashamed and humbled through the awareness of God’s infinite holiness, and to keep your heart in this state not only in, but after these duties, will surely cost you some groans and travailing pain of soul.…Read More
The exposure of that great darkness which is in my heart moves me to a dreaded state of melancholy. In solemn brokenness, I acknowledge my absolute ineptitude before God’s holiness apart from imputed righteousness given to me upon my initial granted repentance. If not for Christ’s purchase, if not for God’s redemptive Covenant made with Him, I would be a silenced reprobate, justly cast into the depths of hell with wicked sinners. Such a sobering truth ought press me more toward true Christian piety, striving and thirsting after that perfect holiness of God. Noting my sickness over my rebellion against God’s law, I nevertheless believe His promise to keep me grounded in Him, though ever mindful of my deceitful heart.…Read More
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. – James 1:16-18
Hitler. Mussolini. Stalin. Hussein. Fill in the blank. All were government leaders. All were corrupt. But the main point I wish to express by their mention is this: They were tyrants. They abused their power, which reminds me of that saying, Absolute power corrupts…absolutely. Ruling with iron fists (and iron hearts) they didn’t even begin to consider the good of their people.…Read More
It’s with a bit of trepidation that I share the below. Some will see the fingerprints of Dr. R.C. Sproul all over it. I delivered the following message to Central Baptist Church, Okinawa, Japan on Sunday, Aug 6, 2006. My prayer is that it helped awaken some to the Holiness of God.
“Holy, Holy, Holy”
One of the problems that I have with modern Protestants is that I often want to tell them: “Your God is too small.” In fact, that is the title of a Book by J.B. Phillips. Why do I say that? I say that because most people have a small view of the power and Glory of God. It’s bad enough that many Americans want to acknowledge a “higher power” as long as it doesn’t involve the name Jesus Christ. …Read More