Month: December 2018

In The Strength Of The Lord

Learning From God's Word

Ephesians 6:10-20

In the strength of the Lord: We need His strength because the devil is stronger than we are – but he’s not stronger than the Lord.

The armour provided by the Lord (Ephesians 6:13-17): All of it is defensive except “the sword of the Spirit” (God’s Word).

In Ephesians 6:18, there’s a call to prayer. It’s general – “every prayer … at all times with all perseverance for all the saints.”

In Ephesians 6:19-20, there’s a call for specific prayer for those who are called to preach the Gospel. Paul is asking for prayer for himself. The Holy Spirit brings to us these words from the past. He brings them to us with power – so that we may know that God has given us everything that we need for living to his praise and glory.

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Bend Every Pleasure Back to God: Enjoying Gratitude with C.S. Lewis

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Bend Every Pleasure Back to God

God takes great pleasure in helping us grow in the happy grace of gratitude. And the almost unbelievably wonderful thing about this is that he uses pleasures to do it. This casts a whole new light on the blessing, often used as a table grace, “For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful.”

One gift among many we can be truly thankful for today is the life of C.S. Lewis, who pointed so many of us to a life of joy-drenched faith and gratitude. Jack (as he preferred to be called) spent much of his adult life learning to look up the sunbeams of God to their Source, and write what he saw so we could learn to do this too. Such looking caused him to ponder,

What would it be to taste at the fountainhead that stream of which even these lower reaches…

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The Pleasures of God | Desiring God

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The Pleasures of God

Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God

2000, Multnomah Books

by John Piper

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You don’t truly know someone until you know what makes him happy. Our pleasure is the measure of our character. So it is with God. We can only know the greatness of his glory if we know what makes him glad. Therefore, we must understand the pleasures of God.

This is not a book about you. It’s about the One you were made for — God himself. In this theological tour de force, Pastor John Piper navigates the biblical evidence to help us see and savor what the pleasures of God show us about him, so that we might become like the One we behold.

What the church and world need today, more than anything…

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Christmas is all about love. But how…and why?

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This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company and this post is written by Sinclair B Ferguson.

It’s almost Christmas time again and, to borrow the words of John Paul Young’s song, “Love is in the air”.  (“Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh” was how the chorus eloquently ended, if I remember rightly.)

Love is “in the air” every Christmas. It features in the songs we hear as we shop for presents and in the commercials we see on TV (“Show someone they’re loved this Christmas”, as one department-store slogan put it). Love is present in the cards we send and in the words we write on the tags we attach to the presents we give (“With love from…”).  

It is a theme that is also likely to feature prominently in the annual round of Christmas interviews in the magazines and newspapers. Each year various famous…

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Tired Just Thinking About Advent? Slow Down and Savor Christ.

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The Christmas season brings a heightened feeling that something wonderful is coming. Can you sense it?

Like a faint sound in the distance drawing nearer. Like the waiting at the airport to be reunited with loved ones as they emerge from the terminal. Like the moment right before the sun peeks out from below the horizon. Like a promise about to come true. Something wonderful is coming. Frederick Buechner writes:

For a second you catch a whiff in the air of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you’ve never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating of your heart. The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.

Advent. It means something wonderful is coming.

Time to Slow Down

This Sunday marks the…

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111 Great Songs for Advent

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The perennial “how early is too early to listen?” debates exist, in part, because there is a glut of really great Christmas music in the world. Too much, some argue, to confine it to only one month of the year. But it’s December now, and Advent begins tomorrow (Sunday, December 2), so this year’s debates are over. It’s officially time to start listening to Christmas music.

To that end, I have curated a new playlist of 111 Advent songs. Not “holiday” songs, mind you. Advent songs. You won’t find “Deck the Halls” or “Let It Snow” on this list (lovely as they are). But you will find songs that beautifully capture the theological gravitas of this season in the Christian calendar—a season that is about both joy and longing, celebration and expectation, gratitude and petition.

The songs on this list include both centuries-old classics and recent originals. Many are somber…

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