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If you are a member of Parker Hills, the answer is YOU!

That’s because the Bible puts final earthly authority in the hands of the whole church regarding spiritual matters. The theological term for it is “congregationalism,” and it means the assembled congregation is responsible to render judgment together on the “who” and the “what” of the gospel—that is, what...

One of my seminary professors used to call baptism “Jesus’ altar call.” In other words, baptism is the immediate response to the gospel Jesus Himself ordained for His followers. Are you a Christian? Show it by being baptized. If you claim to be a Christian and you’ve not been baptized, you need to ask yourself why. Perhaps one of the reasons is that you don’t really...

"Our Lord's kingdom is not of this world; and most of His people may do their country much more essential service by pleading for it in prayer, than by finding fault with things which they have no power to alter."
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The Role of the Spirit

“Wait a second. What about the Holy Spirit? Aren’t you leaving Him out of this whole discussion?” The challenge came, not once but twice, from friends who read last week’s column where I emphatically argued that God’s call is not a feeling. And if two people said it, I’m sure probably more people thought it. 

It’s a great...

Are You Called? Actually, Yes!

God’s call is not a feeling.

There, I did it. See the blood dripping on the ground there? That’s my fault. Sorry. See, I just knifed a sacred cow, and now it’s bleeding out.

The thing about sacred cows is that they really do need to die; it’s just not pretty when it happens. They are a distraction while they’re alive. They consume resources that...

Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure is a collection of 21 sermons David Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached on consecutive Sundays at Westminster Chapel sometime prior to September 1964. Here’s a sampling of my favorite quotes:

"Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?"

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What is the most important feature of a worship song? Tune? Style? Harmonies? Think about it personally. When you hear a new song on the radio or in a church meeting, what main factor makes you say, “I like that”?

I want to suggest that the most important feature of any song is its lyrics. While a song’s melody and harmonies certainly influence its value, nothing is more important than...

How well I remember the nights when, more often than not, some little person in our house would cry those words out into the darkness. When we asked for specifics, it might be a dragon or the shadows on the wall or the dark place in the corner. It was anything and everything, really.

I’m sure you’ve been there, either as the frightened child or the reassuring adult. But have you ever...

What should history teach us?  What if God is writing the history?  Let’s think about what God tells us through the history of ancient Israel:

 

I Samuel:  We are drawn to self reliant and impressive leaders like Saul, but God calls us to follow obedient and faithful leaders, like Samuel and David.   The...

I’m nearly convinced that the main struggle in the Christian life is the struggle to see. Not “to see” in the sense of light waves and optic nerves and brain sensations. “To see” in the sense that Jesus meant: “For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and...

How does God change his people?  That’s a question to reflect on as you read the first eight books of the Bible this year:

Genesis:  He changes us from bad lawyers like Adam and Eve, trying to shift the blame for the inexcusable to anyone besides themselves, or to God Himself, into sinners offering no excuses who throw themselves...

Do you have a goal when you read your Bible? I hope you intend to spend a good deal of time this new year reading and pondering the word of God. That’s an outstanding goal, and the benefits to your life will be incalculable if you keep it up through the whole year. But I’m wondering, is there something you’re hoping to find in your daily Bible reading—some additional duty, an intriguing...

The trimmings of the season were all around me during my Bible reading this morning: the Christmas tree next to my chair, the glow from the seasonal lights reflecting off the pages of my Bible, mellow carols quietly playing in the next room. It seemed a strange setting in which to read the passion narrative, but since that’s where my Bible reading plan has me this time of year, that’s what I...

It all happened in a moment.

It was dark. The sheep had bedded down. The shepherds were kicked back on the hillside, captivated by the lights from the little town below. And then, WHAM! The darkness exploded. The angel appeared. And the shepherds were scared out of their minds.

Christmas carols make it seem all warm and wonderful, but the Bible says they were terrified! It’s no...

In a word, Christmas is about humility.

Consider again the circumstances of Jesus’ birth: the scandalous pregnancy, the low-income family, the stable, the manger, the shepherds. These details seem warm and wonderful to us now, all dressed up in the hues and hominess of Christmas. But think for a moment about the raw reality of these circumstances. How have your family and friends handled...

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