The Great Contribution of the Reformation
The glory of God and enjoyment of him were guiding lights for the Reformation and were its great legacy.
Against everything we are told today, happiness is not found in ourselves, in appreciating our own beauty or convincing ourselves of it. Deep, lasting, satisfying happiness is found in the all-glorious God. All of which is really just another way of saying with the Reformation’s Westminster Shorter Catechism: What is the chief end of man?... Continue Reading
Psalm 46:10: Be Still Knowing God
Remember the means of knowing God to have Christ’s Spirit still your stormy souls.
“Cut me some slack”. This common phrase comes from docking ships and means “loosen the rope”. If the rope is too tight, there is no room to relieve or readjust. And leaving slack allows the boat to float with changing tides without having its balance upset. The Hebrew for “be still” means to slacken one’s... Continue Reading
The Myth of Self-Esteem
Esteem is only worthwhile when it is realistic. And it is from God alone that we get a true sense of who we are.
In my line of work I sometimes hear the refrain, “I have no self-esteem”, and, whilst I understand what is being said and have great sympathy where it is merited, it has often made me wonder. After all, we are only reconstituted earth, which lives in rebellion against its creator—what have we to be esteemed... Continue Reading
The Believer’s Armor
It is imperative that we become very knowledgeable about The Bible.
The Holy Spirit is the origin of the sword as the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17), the Holy Spirit is the believer’s resident truth teacher who teaches us all things and brings God’s Word to our remembrance. The sword is scripture. Scripture offers limitless resources and blessings to the believer. It is the source of... Continue Reading
How Does TULIP Make You Feel?
A Missing Thread in Reformed Theology.
The Father did not just snap his fingers, flip a switch, or wave a wand to make the everlasting joy of his people certain. The real world is more complicated than that, and real joy is far better. God is both unimpeachably just and teeming with love and mercy. To pay the penalty of the... Continue Reading
While We’re Waiting
Nothing captures the essence of faith like waiting.
When we’re in seasons of waiting, we think something’s wrong with God. We might even think we’re in sin. Yet, we see from the Bible that waiting is often God’s plan for us and is therefore an intentional and purposeful part of faith. God has something to do, something to achieve in our waiting. Therefore,... Continue Reading
Lord’s Day Meditation: “The Lord Mighty in Battle” by C.H. Spurgeon
What victories has grace won in our evil hearts!
Vain are the sharp swords of infernal malice, and the perpetual battles of the serpent’s seed, for in the midst of the church the lame take the prey, and the feeblest warriors are crowned. The saved may well adore their Lord for his conquests in them, since the arrows of their natural hatred are snapped,... Continue Reading
Thirsting for God
As this situation drags on, we should be encouraged if we find ourselves reaching for the opening lines of this psalm, because then we will know how much we really long for God.
What a benchmark for how we anticipate worship on the Lord’s Day! The very prospect of meeting with our brothers and sisters to glorify our triune God should arouse the deepest joy imaginable. One wonders how many of us have become so accustomed to the ‘new normal’ of remote worship in absentia that our spiritual... Continue Reading
5 Ways to Honor Your Parents
These are five practical steps you can take today to obey God’s word and honor your parents.
Allow your parents to be grandparents and, if you have to, help them understand how to be good grandparents. If you are in that group of people for whom grandparents are not safe or healthy people for your kids, then invite them to special events like baseball games, church events, and birthday parties. If your... Continue Reading
Fighting Bitterness: A Reflection From the Book of Ruth (Part 2)
In God’s sovereignty and covenant faithfulness, He providentially brings Ruth to the man’s field who can do something for Naomi and Ruth.
Ruth gets home from the field with 30 pounds of barley and leftover lunch which she shared with Naomi her mother-in-law. Naomi can’t hardly believe it. She asks for the full story. Ruth, full of excitement and gratitude, tells her all about it. This is where you begin to see some light in Naomi’s struggle with bitterness.... Continue Reading