Romans 8 is one of the most beloved chapters in Scripture. It speaks of the believer’s responsibility and ability to mortify sin. It speaks of the believer’s adoption to become sons of God. It speaks of the coming liberation from the sufferings of this world. It speaks of the intercessory prayer of both the Spirit […]Read More Live by the Spirit by setting your mind on Christ
The spiritual life is simple, but not easy. To grow spiritually is not a complicated process, but it is (at least at times) difficult. It will take effort to grow spiritually, though what needs to be done is clearly explained in Scripture. And all efforts at change begin with the mind. What needs to be […]Read More The mind and spiritual transformation
“God’s Revelation; Man’s Rejection” Part 6 Romans 1:28-32 November 15, 2015 How many times in the past few months have you observed something culturally and asked a question something like, “How can that possibly be…what are they/is he thinking?…” I said that when I read some of the opinions that were espoused by our Supreme […]Read More Sermon: God’s Revelation, Man’s Rejection, Part 6
Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson. This week’s selection is taken from The Godly Man’s Picture. As we would prove ourselves to be godly, let us labour for this good knowledge of the Lord. What pains men will take for the achievement of natural knowledge! I […]Read More Let us labor for the knowledge of God
Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson. This week’s selection is taken from The Godly Man’s Picture. It will be enquired in the next place, “Who is the godly man?” For the full answer to this I shall lay down several specific signs and characteristics of a […]Read More A godly man is a man of knowledge
Since it is true that there are certain things that should occupy our thoughts, it is also true that there are certain things that should have no place in our minds:Read More What’s on your mind?
“For as he thinks within himself, so he is…” (Prov. 23:7a; NASB) A quick trip to the local bookstore and even a superficial perusal of the food section will yield a plethora of books on dieting and eating designed to help the reader change his habits of consumption. The tenor of the books? “You are […]Read More Spiritual food
Transformation in the life of the believer begins with a renewal of the mind (Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 4:22-24). So what kinds of things should be the focus of the believer’s meditation so that his mind is daily transformed to the image of Christ? Stephen Charnock provides some answers [I’ve formatted this in a block paragraph […]Read More Look to the matter of your meditation
I am afraid it is true. I have done some time in jail. I was young. Very young. And by the grace of God, the time I did was short. I did five minutes as a six-year-old first-grader. We had gone on a field trip to the county jail, and to give us a sense […]Read More Remember Jesus
It’s a simple question. It will often be spoken at a car lot as a decision is about to be made. And a young man will ask his friend this question about the girl he is interested in taking on a first date. And a child will ask this of her mother as she wonders […]Read More What do you think?
What do you offer a man who is discouraged and hopeless? What do you offer someone whose world is shattered? What do you offer someone who has captured a glimpse into the future, and the fear of it is not startling, but terrifying in its deadliness? What did Jesus offer the disciples? On Thursday night […]Read More Fearful?
Author George Bernard Shaw went to visit fellow Brit and sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein on one occasion. As the artist showed the writer his studio, Shaw noticed a huge block of stone in the corner and asked Epstein what his intention was for the granite. “I don’t know yet. I’m still making plans.” “You mean […]Read More A steadfast mind
This month’s free audiobook download from Christianaudio is John Piper’s book, Think. This is an excellent book that I enjoyed very much (in print format). Download it here.Read More Free audiobook: Think
Title: Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God Author: John Piper Publisher: Crossway, 2010; 222 pp. $19.99 Recommendation (4-star scale): There is no Christian mind.…As a thinking being, the modern Christian has succumbed to secularization. He accepts religion — its morality, its worship; but he rejects the religious view of life, […]Read More Book Review: Think
Memories. The first day of school. The first date with your wife. The night your child was born. The funeral of your best friend. The aching regret of a mistake, a sin, that cannot be undone. Water skiing on the lake with friends. The smell of hot-dogs and popcorn that takes you in your mind’s […]Read More Memories