28 June 2013

What is Prayer? - Ephesians 6:16-18a

        In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit...
(Ephesians 6:16-18a ESV)

Westminster Shorter Catechism #98

Q.  What is prayer?
A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.

27 June 2013

Spiritual Disciplines Week 4

We look at the discipline of worship this week.

    But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
(John 4:23-24 ESV)

26 June 2013

On Discipling Women in the Workplace

Such an important issue...

It's imperative to help women "get past that grass-is-greener tendency and recognize God's sovereign hand in their calling at this particular time," Brownback explains. "And what a privilege it is to be called by God to a specific sphere for a season of life. It's an opportunity—wherever you might be."

Thanks to Matt Smethurst and the Gospel Coalition for posting this video.

25 June 2013

A Jacket For All Seasons

Hey, check out my daughter's new blog as she tackles a new task in life. She's going to jail.

"I think it’s helpful to share our experiences of helping others.  It’s a chance to brag on God; to boast of what only He can do.  It’s a chance to inspire others, and to receive encouragement for yourself when it gets tough.  So for me, I’ll be sharing about going to jail."

24 June 2013

Great Expectations - John 14:12-14

     “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
    (John 14:12-14 ESV)

Pastor Mark Scholten
 We welcomed to our pulpit this week at Redeemer Church Pastor Mark Scholten of Faith Presbyterian Church in Akron. Pastor Scholten graduated from Hope College (Holland, MI) in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He also studied at the Oregon Extension and at L’abri in Switzerland. He received an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS) in 1992. Mark is married to Kathy, and they have been blessed with five children.

21 June 2013

Lead On, O King Eternal

     Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”
(John 13:36 ESV)

Lead on, O King eternal


Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And Holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums,
But deeds of love and mercy,
The heav'nly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.

Er­nest W. Shurt­leff

19 June 2013

Spiritual Disciplines Week 3

We delve into chapter two this week of Whitney's Spiritual Disciplines and discuss prayer.

Westminster Shorter Catechism #98

What is prayer? A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies.

17 June 2013

The Abomination - Mark 13:14-23

    “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that it may not happen in winter. For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
(Mark 13:14-23 ESV)

14 June 2013

Glory & Honor - All Glory, Laud and Honor

We continue our study of hymns...
 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
(John 12:12-13 ESV)

    Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
        Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
    Behold, your king is coming to you;
        righteous and having salvation is he,
    humble and mounted on a donkey,
        on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
(Zechariah 9:9 ESV)

All glory, laud, and honor to thee — St. Theodulph


All glory, laud, and honor
To thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring!
Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David's royal Son,
Who in the Lord's name comest,
The King and blessed One!

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before thee went;
Our praise and prayer and anthems
Before thee we present:
To thee, before thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King!
All glory, laud, and honor
To thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring! 


13 June 2013

Signs & Times

    And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
    “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
    (Mark 13:3-13 ESV)

Mount of Olives

12 June 2013

Spiritual Disciplines Week 2 - Bible Intake

    Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
(1 Timothy 4:7 ESV)

    For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD,
and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
(Ezra 7:10 ESV)

    Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
(Acts 17:11 ESV)

08 June 2013

Christian Reflection on Suffering and Evil - Don Carson

It is well worth the time to view this video. Enjoy and be blessed.

Thanks to Lanier Theological Library for sharing this video.

Caring for Victims of Sexual Abuse

A must watch. The church needs to understand and be ready to address this issue.

Thanks to the Gospel Coalition for sharing this video.

07 June 2013

Why Study Theology?

This is just excellent - from my friend Joe Thorn.

Go to the Psalms

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Psalms...

There are times when the soul is weary, when we feel we are incapable of receiving that more direct instruction; we are so tried, and our minds are so tired, and our hearts may be so bruised, that we somehow cannot make the effort to concentrate upon principles and to look at things objectively. It is at such a time, and particularly at such a time, and in order that they may receive truth in this more personal form, that people who feel that life has dealt cruelly with them have gone – battered and beaten by the waves and billows of life – to the Psalms. They have read the experiences of some of these men, and have found that they, too, have been through something very similar. And somehow that fact, in and of itself, helps and strengthens them. They feel that they are not alone, and that what is happening to them is not unusual. They begin to realize the truth of Paul's comforting words to the Corinthians, ‘There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man,’ and that very realization alone enables them to take courage and to be renewed in their faith. The Book of Psalms is of inestimable value in this respect, and we find people turning constantly to it. (Lloyd-Jones, Martyn (2011-03-01). Faith on Trial (Kindle Locations 86-94). Christian Focus Publications. Kindle Edition.)

06 June 2013

Resolve in your heart...

Wise words from Samuel Ward...

My closing request is that you should determine and resolve in your heart not to let one day pass (God helping you by His Spirit), in which you may set aside at least a quarter of an hour one or two times a day to withdraw from all company to seek the strengthening of your faith. That is, that you may, by prayer, reading, and meditation put strength and life into your faith, til you have cheered, revived, and warmed your soul. If you shall observe this faithfully, the strength, feeling, comfort, and fruits of your faith will little by little thrive and grow until you arrive at maturity in Christ. (Taken from Faith, by Samuel Ward, Banner of Truth Trust, page 61.)

O that we may follow Ward's admonition here to live healthy spiritual lives. May we seek God in prayer to this end today.

05 June 2013

Blest Be - 1 John 2:10-11

    Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
    (1 John 2:10-11 ESV)

John Fawcett, Author of "Blest Be the Tie That Binds

      Blest Be the Tie That Binds
  1. Blest be the tie that binds
    Our hearts in Christian love;
    The fellowship of kindred minds
    Is like to that above.
  2. Before our Father’s throne,
    We pour our ardent prayers;
    Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
    Our comforts, and our cares.
  3. We share our mutual woes,
    Our mutual burdens bear;
    And often for each other flows
    The sympathizing tear.
  4. When we asunder part,
    It gives us inward pain;
    But we shall still be joined in heart,
    And hope to meet again.

03 June 2013

Wonderful Stones - Mark 13:1-2

    And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
(Mark 13:1-2 ESV)

Spiritual Disciplines Week 1

Come along as we study Don Whitney's book, Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life, led by RE Mark Van Drunen.

If you'd like to follow along with the book, it may be purchased here, or for your Kindle here.