“The Mighty Lesson of Dying” (Kuyper)

  In his devotional called To Be Near Unto God, Abraham Kuyper wrote a great meditation on Hebrews 11:21 which says, "By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff" (NIV). The title of the meditation is "Dying He Worshiped."  The whole… Continue reading “The Mighty Lesson of Dying” (Kuyper)

“I AM”

I appreciate the following words from Ravi Zacharias (emphasis his): “At the heart of every major religion is a leading exponent.  As the exposition is studied, something very significant emerges.  There comes a bifurcation, or a distinction, between the person and the teaching.  Mohammed, to the Koran.  Buddha, to the Noble Path.  Krishna, to his… Continue reading “I AM”

Only the Gospel…

In a sermon on Proverbs 11:30, in 1787, John Newton explained the power of the gospel – the good news that Jesus died and rose to save sinners.  While the law commands, the gospel comforts: “The Gospel removes difficulties insuperable to human power.  It causes the blind to see, the deaf to hear; it softens… Continue reading Only the Gospel…

Death: Not A Passing Away

Though I don't want to become a word nazi, I believe the term "passing away" is neither a good nor helpful way to speak of death.  Because of its use in Eastern mystical religions and because of its checkered religious  history in Western culture, I try to avoid the term and simply say "death" or… Continue reading Death: Not A Passing Away

Preaching: Faith and Repentance

Do you hear the clear call to faith in Christ and repentance from sin frequently in your church's preaching?  If not, why not?  Christian preaching should have frequent and clear calls to faith in Jesus as well as repentance from the wickedness in our hearts.  I love how Herman Bavinck said this.  Notice how he says the call to… Continue reading Preaching: Faith and Repentance