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August 31, 2012

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Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.

August 30, 2012

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Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

August 27, 2012

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Wait for the Lord;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the Lord!

August 26, 2012

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August 25, 2012

Lessons from an Olympic hero

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I have recently been reading David McCasland’s excellent new biography of Eric Liddell, which I heartily recommend.  Liddell is well-known to many for his convictions that led him not to run on a Sunday in the 1924 Olympics and his subsequent gold medal in the 400 metres that inspired the film Chariots of Fire.  Less well-known is his later career as a missionary in to China where he recently became the first Protestant missionary to be honoured with a memorial.  But not many people know about him as a preacher.  So, what lessons can we learn from Liddell?

August 24, 2012

Mark 6 Church Membership from Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

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Mark 6 Church Membership

the church is primarily a body of people who profess and give evidence that they have been saved by God’s grace alone, for His glory alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

The collection of people committed to Christ in a local area constitute a church.

We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian church; exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.

If members have left our company and have not gone to any other Bible-believing church, what evidence do we have that they were ever truly a part of us?

Mark 5 Evangelism from Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

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Mark 5 Evangelism

Will Metzger’s book Tell the Truth is probably the best single book I know of on evangelism.

God is glorified not just by our speaking the message but by our actually living consistently with it—not that any of us can live perfectly,

Our individual lives alone are not a sufficient witness. Our lives together as church communities are the confirming echo of our witness.

Defending the virgin birth of Christ or the historicity of the Resurrection is very important, but it is not evangelism.

John Stott said that “To ‘evangelize’ . . . does not mean to win converts . . . but simply to announce the good news, irrespective of the results.”

To evangelize is to declare on the authority of God what he has done to save sinners, to warn men of their lost condition, to direct them to repent, and to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.10

I’m concerned that you will actually damage the evangelistic mission of the church by making false converts, filling churches with people who don’t really know Jesus.

You will tell them stories in such a way that they will cry, their hearts will be tugged, and they will make a sincere decision, but they will not be confronted by the reality of their sins, by their need to repent, and by the Holy Ghost.

We need to see an end to church memberships markedly larger than the number of those involved with the church, and an end to inaction in our own lives as we ignore the evangelistic mandate—the call to share the Good News. We need to see the end of this debilitating, deadly coldness to the glorious call to tell the Good News.

Mark 2-4 from Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

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Mark 2 Biblical Theology

One of the chief marks of a healthy church is a biblical understanding of God in His character and His ways with us.

This is the God of the Bible—the creating, holy, faithful, loving, sovereign God of the Bible.

Mark 3 The Gospel

J. C. Ryle put it well when he said, “There is a common worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough—a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice—which costs nothing, and is worth nothing.”

I fear for our nation. There’s a popular suspicion abroad that the Christian Gospel, as expressed by evangelicals, is a threat to our freedoms.

Go and study the history of Germany and note what kind of Christianity reigned for a century before Nazism.

It was not a Christianity of absolute truths from an absolute God. It was a compromising, moralizing, relativizing kind of Christianity offering a gospel that could be shaped by human hands and human thoughts.

Mark 4 Conversion

the first step toward the one true God is to acknowledge that we are not that God.

Conversion includes both the change of the heart toward God that is repentance, and the belief and trust in Christ and His Word that is faith.

The truly changed, truly converted, truly Christian heart can say with John Newton, “I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I wish to be. I am not what I hope to be. Yet I can truly say, I am not what I once was. By the grace of God, I am what I am.”

We have the ability to love and to obey God. We were made with it, having it as part of being made in His image. The problem, though, is in our hearts. We do not choose to do what we are formally able to do. And so we need God to give us new hearts.

I know that the One who converts is not the preacher. The one who converts ultimately is God Himself.

We are called to tell people that they must turn to God. But we must understand that in doing this God is calling us to talk to a bunch of corpses!

August 22, 2012

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even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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