One of Satan's strongest and most successful weapons against the church is getting Christians to 'bite and devour each another' (Gal 5.15 NIV). He does what he can to sow seeds of conflict among Christians so the seeds grow into fights and quarrels among brothers and sisters in Christ. Thomas Brooks - in his usual… Continue reading When Satan Spreads Discord and Conflict Among God’s People (Brooks)
Here's a prayer worth reading (and praying!) a few times! Oh Lord, this mercy I humbly beg: that whatever you give me up to, do not give me up to the ways of my own heart. If you will give me up to be afflicted, tempted, or reproached, I will patiently sit down and say,… Continue reading Lord, Save Me From Myself (Augustine)
While all sin is a transgression against God and his law, some sins are less heinous and vile than others. For example, it is far worse if I would kill my neighbor’s beloved dog than if I would lie to him and say I liked the dog. However, as Christians, we should detest all of… Continue reading Hating “Little” Sins
Historic Reformed and Presbyterian churches have always “fenced” the table of the Lord. That is, when the Lord’s Supper is celebrated, the pastor and/or an elder says that certain people are not to partake. The details vary among historic Reformed/Presbyterian churches, but they all do fence the table to some extent. Even if we might… Continue reading We Ask You To Abstain
Christians should desire a strong faith in Christ and his promises; it is biblical for God’s people to pray and strive for robust faith in the Lord. However, our faith is imperfect since we are not yet fully sanctified. We struggle with doubts, fears, questions, and sometimes we lack assurance. Thankfully, the Bible doesn’t… Continue reading Weak Faith, True Faith!