Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"It Is Well With My Soul"

Listen to this podcast by Tim Challies and David Murray.  They are talking about having sorrow, discouragement and despair and where we can go to find hope.

Friday, January 27, 2012

This Is TRUE Discipleship

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Picture-Perfect Marriage

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:31,32)

Here are links to a three part series on "A Picture-Perfect Marriage" by Tim Challies.
It is very well written and quite thought provoking. How is your marriage?

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Continue Praying for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

"The Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is being pressured by the government of Iran to recant his Christian faith and accept Islam. If he does so they will spare his life and set him free.
But he stands firm and continually refuses to do so. Praise the Lord!"

 Luke 21:12-16 “…they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death.”

Read the entire article at TheRightScoop

Please do not forget about Pastor Nadarkhani and many others who are being persecuted for their faith. Pray, pray, pray. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Preacher's Responsibility

Posted by Scott T. Brown on January 10, 2012, at NCFIC

A preacher has a number of responsibilities and hopes for the congregation. Here are a few of them:

1. Represent the words of God to them accurately, so that they can compare everything in their lives with the truth of Scripture
2. Give them a vision of the majesty of God
3. Help them find their greatest delight and happiness in God
4. Instruct them in the flow of history and their place in history
5. Show them the world as it really is
6. Equip them for the work of the ministry
7. Explain and dissect their problems in the light of Scripture so they can see who they really are
8. Bring the whole congregation to live no longer in the flesh but in the Spirit
9. Question the ungodly traditions of the congregation
10. Oppose the sins that have taken root
11. Confront their prejudices
12. Contradict their philosophy
13. Expose the nature of paganism and how it is affecting them
14. Stop them from drinking from the poison well
15. Terrify them with the law and the consequences of breaking it
16. Kill their self love
17. Destroy their comforts in their good works and moralistically high view of themselves
18. Expose their self-congratulatory spirit
19. Incite them to repent
20. Show them their inner pharisee
21. Confront their lack of love
22. Counsel them to grow in love through mercy and forgiveness
23. Stand in the way of their current desires
24. Lower their opinions of themselves
25. Raise their opinions of Christ
26. Cast them hopeless on the gospel of Christ
27. Convert the lost
28. Console them with the gospel
29. Comfort the broken hearted
30. Give hope to those who have lost it
31. Bind up the weak, through Him who is strong
Only God by the power of His Holy Spirit can fall on a congregation for these things.