Month: October 2017

How George Mueller Fought Distraction in Prayer

A disciple's study

In The Marks of a Spiritual Leader, John Piper shared the example of George Mueller (the great man of faith and advocate for orphans in England) overcoming distraction in prayer. I have found these words from his autobiography helpful in framing my daily pursuit of God and avoiding distractions myself. I hope they bless you too:

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There will be Surprises!

Dawn's Quotes and Notes

With good reason God teaches us we ought not to judge others as though we knew all things.  Not only do we not know our neighbor’s heart, we can’t even fathom the depths of our own!  These consideration by C.S. Lewis give me pause to nip my plentiful and unsubstantiated judgments in the bud:

Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices. When a neurotic who has a pathological horror of cats forces himself to pick up a cat for some good reason, it is quite possible that in God’s eyes he has shown more courage than a healthy man may have shown in winning the Victoria Cross. When a man who has been perverted from his youth and taught that cruelty is the right thing, does some tiny little kindness, or refrains from some cruelty he might have committed, and thereby…

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“It is a faithful saying.”


“It is a faithful saying.”—2 Timothy 2:11

Paul has four of these “faithful sayings.” The first occurs in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The next is in 1 Timothy 4:6, “Godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation.” The third is in 2 Timothy 2:12, “It is a faithful saying-If we suffer with him we shall also reign with him“; and the fourth is in Titus 3:3, “This is a faithful saying, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.” We may trace a connection between these faithful sayings.

The first one lays…

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How to Seek God’s Guidance


by Anne Graham Lotz

Often I am asked, “Anne, I have a major decision to make. How can I know if it is in God’s will?” In response, I usually begin by explaining that when an airplane comes in to land during the night, the controller tells the pilot to line up the runway lights. When the lights are kept in a straight line, the pilot can be assured that he is landing in the center of the runway.

The Four Runway Lights
Acts 10

When you and I are making a decision “in the dark,” we also can line up the “runway lights” that assure us our decision is in the center of God’s will. The four runway lights that I use to determine God’s will in making a decision are:

1. The confirmation of God’s Word
2. My inner conviction
3. Practical circumstances
4. The counsel of godly…

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Loving the Local Church

Originally posted on CredoCovenant:
As mentioned in the previous blog, the local church is the ordinary and primary means in which God sanctifies and grows believers, which means that church membership is non-negotiable for Christians. However, the trends in church membership and church attendance have…

10 Things You Should Know about Missions and the Local Church — Crossway Articles


August 27, 2017 by: Andy Johnson 1. The mission of missions is primarily spiritual. As we turn to the global mission of the church, I hope we can agree that the church should especially care about eternal suffering. The church is that unique gospel community chartered by Jesus Christ himself. Consequently, it should especially labor…

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