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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...

The word “advent” simply means “coming.” When used in a Christian setting like ours, it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ in the world.

For the people of God, however, Advent usually has much more to do with waiting than arriving. The four outer candles on the candelabra represent the four centuries of waiting between the end of the Old Testament and the Messiah’s birth. In our own...

Can you imagine a church where the Christ we share is more important than the politics we don’t? I suspect it might look something like this…

We’d welcome both Democrats and Republicans into membership based on our common profession of faith in Christ rather than our common loyalty to a political platform.

We’d refuse to define our church with opposition to either political party,...

Why should our church be involved in ministries of mercy like Operation Christmas Child, the Thanksgiving meal outreach, or CrossPurpose through Providence Bible Church of Denver? Five reasons:

First, benevolence to the poor is good for the soul. Generous giving, Paul says, “benefits you” (2 Cor 8:10). Jesus Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). ...

Every sermon gets better when the preacher must leave good material on the cutting room floor. In the final stages of editing my notes on Isaiah 40 last week, I slashed a whole section that I still really want you to think about! So here it is…

You may recall the scene from Isaiah 40:9 where a herald of good news is sent up on a high mountain with a message of comfort for all God’s...

One of my seminary professors used to call baptism “Jesus’ altar call.” In other words, baptism is Jesus’ ordained response to the gospel. Are you a Christian? According to Jesus, you should 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 understand what...

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