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Jean-Baptiste Faure – This is a website devoted to images of galaxies, nebula, and generally, all things outer space related.

Extend the Same Grace You Preach – What can I say, I have been, and am constantly reminded that I still am, guilty of this.

Three Common Areas of Neglect – Brian Croft is writing this to pastors, but it could apply to anyone who tries to be intentional in their service to God.

Four Reasons Men Don’t Read Books – I’ll admit that I cannot relate to this article as I love to read.  It is a rare day when I don’t sit down and read, but I know that I am the exception in this regard as far as men go.

Cutting Honest Throats by Whispers – An excerpt from The Power of the Tongue by Octavius Winslow.

Soli Deo Gloria – Or to put it in English, it means essentially that everything that is done is for God’s glory to the exclusion of humankind’s self-glorification and pride.

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It is in vain to teach righteousness by precept, until Christ bestow it by free imputation, and the regeneration of the Spirit. ~John Calvin

 

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A Strange Thirst – Here is some food for thought on what we desire from God.

God’s Amazing Grace Part 3– Charles Quarles looks at the theology behind John Newton’s hymn.

Why The Sovereignty of God is Important – Even in the midst of tragedy, our outlook on God’s sovereignty should be our calm in the midst of the storm.

The Baptist Catechism with Notes by John Piper – Written in 1677, “The Baptist Catechism” was patterned after the Heidelberg and Westminster catechisms to teach Reformed doctrine from a Baptist perspective.  Download it from Desiring God.

All Hail the Power of Chance? – What kind of power does chance actually have?  Here is an interesting perspective.

In What Ways Can The Younger Compromise With The Older in The Local Church? – Brian Croft, as usual, offers up some good advice.

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Hence we learn how absolutely we are dependent on God in this great matter of the eternal salvation of our souls. We are dependent not only on his wisdom to contrive a way to accomplish it, and on his power to bring it to pass, but we are dependent on his mere will and pleasure in the affair. We depend on the sovereign will of God for every thing belonging to it, from the foundation to the top-stone. It was of the sovereign pleasure of God, that he contrived a way to save any of mankind, and gave us Jesus Christ, his only-begotten Son, to be our Redeemer. Why did he look on us; and send us a Saviour, and not the fallen angels? It was from the sovereign pleasure of God. It was of his sovereign pleasure what means to appoint. His giving us the Bible, and the ordinances of religion, is of his sovereign grace. His giving those means to us rather than to others, his giving the awakening influences of his Spirit, and his bestowing saving grace, are all of his sovereign pleasure. When he says, “Let there be light in the soul of such an one,” it is a word of infinite power and sovereign grace. – Jonathan Edwards

 

 

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God’s Amazing Grace Part 2– Charles Quarles looks at the theology behind John Newton’s hymn.

Ligonier’s $5 Friday Sale – Ligonier has a lot of good deals today, one is Steve Larson’s book The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards.  I have read this book and it is very good.  Head on over and check out the deals.

The Man Behind the Curtain – A 22 minute sermon from Charles Roberts from Acts 13:13-33.  This is the Apostle Paul’s first sermon and no less than 16 times, Paul shows the sovereignty of God in history.

Fellowship and Conversation – An article on small group fellowship by Mike Riccardi.

How to Respond to a Complement After a Sermon – Brian Croft offers some more advice to Pastors.  If you are a Pastor, this is a site you should check out frequently as Pastor Croft offers some really good insight.

More Important Than Knowing God – Is there anything in this life more important than knowing God?  Yes there is!

Quote:  Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.  – C H Spurgeon

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Sound Doctrine, Sound Words – This is a message by Phil Johnson (an ex-Pyromaniac) that was given at the Shepherds Conference in 2009.  How true his words have come true.  My wife and I watched this this weekend.

Carl Trueman Installed as Pastor of Cornerstone OPC Church – If you have never listened to Carl Trueman, or if you don’t know who he is, check out this website.  Pastor Trueman holds a doctorate and teaches at Westminster Theological Seminary in PA.  He is an outstanding preacher, theologian and historian.  Give him a listen if you want a blessing.

What Important Element of Public Worship Goes Largely Neglected Today? – Pastor Brian Croft asks why the reading of Scripture in our worship services is being neglected.

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There is no excuse for fear if God is the foundation of our trust. – C H Spurgeon

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Buckle Up: The Culture Wars Are Only Heating Up –  Owen Strachan takes a look at the coming culture wars surrounding marriage.

Union With Christ:  One of the Secrets of Sanctification – An excerpt from a J I Packer interview.

A Morning and Evening Prayer – The authors and composers of our original church songbooks often included example prayers to instruct the people.

Studies in Sanctification:  A 9-Part Lecture Series – Check out this series by Sinclair Ferguson.

Why Should a Pastor Preach Through Whole Books of the Bible? – Brian Croft blesses us with more of his pastoral wisdom.

The (Legalistic?) Gospel According to Peter – Marc Cortez asks if Peter was a legalist.

 

 

 

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The Power of the Gospel’s “Already” and “Not Yet” – Great post on the Gospel causing us to look back and also forward.

You Might Be Envious If… – Well, the link says it all!

Is Your Leadership Driven by Ability or Jesus? – Joe Holland gives some pointers on leadership.

Jesus’ Diary – Barry York asks if you would read Jesus’ diary if it were to be published.

Husbands Test Your Wives – Kind of a tongue-in-cheek title, but an interesting article geared towards men by Mark Lamprecht.

How Can A Pastor Help His Children Appreciate His Work, Not Resent It – Brian Croft of Practical Shepherding fame has more helpful advise for Pastors.

Killing Calvinism – Frank Turk’s review of the book.  I’m planning on buying this one, but not because of the review, just because I think it would be a good read.

You Cannot Live The Gospel – An excerpt from “What Is The Gospel” by Voddie Baucham.

 

 

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Seeker Driven Hirelings of Today vs. Godly Men of Old – Ken Silva shares an article by an unknown author regarding Pastors.

Making Progress in Sanctification – A sermon by Sinclair Ferguson in which he says, “If you desire anything less for yourself than absolute obedience to God, a life of total devotion to the Lord, a life of absolute sin-less-ness — if you desire anything less, you are fighting against God’s desire for you.”  This is a very good sermon and well worth the 45 minutes you will spend listening to it.

What is the Rapture? – An excerpt from R. C. Sproul’s book The Work of Christ.

Some Proven Weapons in the Fight for Holiness – John Piper shares some weapons we can use.  I especially like point 1 and have memorized it. 

What Essential Quality Must Every Pastor Possess? – In the same vein as the link directly above, Brian Croft states that “holiness” is essential. I say if you can’t say amen, you ought to say ouch!

Your Leviathan – Ray Ortlund muses on God’s answer to Job.  The last paragraph is profound if you dwell on it a moment.

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Are You For or Against Calvinism? – David Schrock takes a look at two books released by Zondervan near the end of 2011, For Calvinism by Michael Horton and Against Calvinism by Roger Olson.

Husbands, Spend Time with Your Wife – Spending just 5 1/2 hours a week interacting with your spouse can strengthen your marriage.  (I wonder what 10 hours would do?)

What’s the Difference Between the Decretive and Perceptive Wills of God? – R. C. Sproul talks about this issue.  More for the theologically minded.

How does a Pastor’s Wife Battle Loneliness – Brian Croft talks about this issue.

Bible App for Smartphones – If you have a smartphone and want a great Bible app, YouVersion is a great idea.  I use it daily.  Check it out.