When the Well Runs Dry Psalm 63 March 15, 2015 Many years ago — in what was probably one of the last great adventures my brother and I had before I got married — we went on a day hike in the Cleveland National Forest in CA. We didn’t make plans that were too extensive; […]Read More Sermon: When the Well Runs Dry
When you awakened this morning, did the day seem heavy? Did you awaken expecting the problems of yesterday to seem lighter and a resolution more likely only to feel as though the problem grew in dimension during the night, obscuring any possibility of hope? Despair and discouragement are not unusual. The psalmists felt those pains […]Read More Despairing and troubled?
At Christmas, many presents are unwrapped and on occasion (frequently?) the revelation of what is inside is met with disappointment. The gift did not meet expectations. Life seems to work that way for some people, too. The unfolding of days and the accumulation of years yields a product that is less than what was desired […]Read More Happy with what you have received?
Charles Spurgeon, “The Minister’s Fainting Fits” (in Lectures to My Students): Fits of depression come over the most of us. Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy. […]Read More Today’s Quote – Discouragement (Spurgeon)
One of the reasons that we are prone to discouragement in ministry (and in life) is because we quietly believe that success is dependent on ourselves. There is a subtle temptation to voice in the inner recesses of our hearts, “I am everything and Christ is neither adequate nor necessary.” Now, few would give voice […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (10/4/09)
We tend towards discouragement because we do not think rightly about our position in relation to God’s wisdom and sovereignty. We see big circumstances and an inadequate God. We feel the weight of responsibility from God rather than viewing that responsibility as a gift and a privilege. We want the end of God’s reward and […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (9/27/09)
A few minutes after posting the quotation from Martyn Lloyd-Jones, I received this short, but helpful blog entry from John Piper, “What Does God-Centered Mean?”Read More More on being God- and Christ-centered
To finish reading Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ classic work, Spiritual Depression, I am trying to read a couple chapters a week in conjunction with my morning devotional time. In my reading this morning, he wrote this (I don’t agree with all of what he says, but the focus on making Christ the object of our affections when […]Read More Lloyd-Jones on emotions and happiness