High-minded Self-sufficiency (Kuyper)

 Here's another great excerpt from Abraham Kuyper's devotional, To Be Near Unto God: High-minded self-sufficiency is the canker which gnaws at the root of all religion. It is the futile dream of a little, insignificant world, of which self is the great center, whose mind understands everything, whose will controls everything, whose money can buy everything,… Continue reading High-minded Self-sufficiency (Kuyper)

With the Strength God Gives You (Or: Nothing Depends on Your Weakness)

"With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News" (2 Tim. 1:8b NLT).  Paul wrote these words to Timothy to encourage him to press on in his Christian calling despite suffering and hardship.  B. B. Warfield has some great words on Paul's encouragement to Timothy… Continue reading With the Strength God Gives You (Or: Nothing Depends on Your Weakness)

Every Real Martyr A Conqueror

One of the many volumes Abraham Kuyper wrote is called His Decease At Jerusalem.  It’s an excellent collection of devotional essays on Christ’s passion and death.  This morning I ran across the following paragraphs, in which Kuyper discussed the fact that Jesus’ followers slept while he labored in prayer concerning his upcoming suffering: “Seeing them… Continue reading Every Real Martyr A Conqueror

Jesus our Pilot

Based on the stories of Jesus calming the wind and the waves (e.g. Luke 8:22-25), Christian teachers throughout history have referred to Jesus as the pilot, or helmsman, of the church (or the Christian’s life).  Below is a short list of examples from several periods in history – examples I find quite edifying and encouraging.… Continue reading Jesus our Pilot

Grace In and Through Affliction

 In the Christian classic, Knowing God, J. I. Packer explains how God graciously helps Christians through trials and heartaches.  He says that the "work of grace aims at an ever deeper knowledge of God, and an ever closer fellowship with him.  Grace is God drawing us sinners closer and closer to himself." "How does God in… Continue reading Grace In and Through Affliction