“The closer we get to our heavenly home, the growing Christian will—for the right reasons—think more about what awaits him in Heaven. And he will yearn.” Don Whitney
“The hope of a Holy Heaven, to be enjoyed in the company without holy Savior, is a potent motive to holiness now.” J.I. Packer
An entry to the diary of David Brainerd encapsulates the Christian longing to be with the Lord.
Saturday, June 12, 1742,
Spend much time in prayer this morning, and enjoyed much sweetness. Felt insatiable longings after God much of the day. I wondered how poor souls do live that have no God The world with all its enjoyments quite vanished. I see myself very helpless, but I have a blessed God to go to. I longed exceedingly to be dissolved and to be with Christ, to behold His glory. Oh, my weak, weary soul longs to arrive at my Father’s house!
Such should be our longing the longer we serve the Lord.
18 Obstacles to Personal Devotion
Convicting and thought provoking challenge about unplugging!
Ronnie Floyd’s Three Big Lessons in 27 Years of Ministry
Number 2 is one reason why we have a ministry associate program at Holmes Creek.
Falling on Deaf Ears
A challenge preachers face in preaching the Word of God
Confession time. I can name the leading rushers for the Alabama Crimson Tide for the last 10 seasons. I can tell you the amount of games the Cubs lost the last two seasons and the last time they won the World Series. I still get sick to my stomach whenever I think of the Bartman game in the 2003 NLCS. Perhaps some of you are the same way about your favorite sports teams. I am not saying its wrong to be a fan/follower of your team (it’s obvious that I am). My question for you, and more pointedly for me is, why don’t I know the Word of God with that same fervor and devotion that I know things that are of no eternal consequence?
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things and give me life in your ways. Psalm 119:37
Dr. Richard Ross touches on a deep need in most of our churches in his article on Christian Discipleship. Too much of the burden for teaching children and youth “Christian things” falls upon a church that only has those youth and children for a maximum of 5 hours a week. According to scripture, family discipleship begins at home (see Deut. 6:4-9).
In this article Dr. Ross asks churches to consider the potential of making a small change to the way we do church which would pay off in a big way. Its definitely something to chew on!. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.
The gospels are not here for us to try to draw out our perfect schemes and classifications; they are here for us to read in order that we may apply them, that we may live them and practice them!
Its that time of week again.
8 Non-Negotiables for Dads with Daughters
Whatever Happened to Surrendering to Ministry
How faithful, but not famous pastors prepare their sermons.
This is a follow up to his recent article on how famous pastors prepare their sermons.
Husbands love your wives
Micah Fries hits the hammer squarely on the head. It is a convicting and powerful word.