In his Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Don Whitney addresses the Christian discipline of worship. Whitney’s book is a constant blessing to me. This particular section on worship challenged me and pointed me toward properly worshipping God. Whitney writes:
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This post is for those hurting at Louisiana College. You know who you are. You have had your faith tested because of the actions of evil men who falsely wear the name of Jesus. You have been kept awake at night by anxiety and a million thoughts of what is to come. At times, your anger rises so high that you imagine becoming like those who you hate, believing the lie that the only way to fight evil is with more evil. This post is for you.
Puritan Richard Baxter gives 10 very helpful and biblical directions for glorifying God with the heart. Found in A Christian Directory, Baxter guides the reader in how to think and act in order to glorify God with one’s heart. I will be posting Baxter’s list throughout the week.
View 1-3 here.
In his brief but helpful book Humility: True Greatness, C.J. Mahaney quotes John Sott on the humbling effect of Christ’s cross.
Our humility can often be measured by how much time we have spent at the foot of the cross. There is no flame of human pride to fan while communing with other beggars in worship at the cross. Continue Reading…
This blog is called the The Daily Bleat because the Bible speaks of God’s people as sheep being shepherded by the great shepherd the Lord Jesus Christ. Sheep bleat and I blog.
I recently came across an amazing photo of a lamb being rescued from the cold choppy waters of a seashore and was ministered to by our Lord’s words in Luke 15. Continue Reading…
The life of dying to self and killing sin is difficult, incredibly difficult. When focusing on mortifying certain sins in one’s life, it is easy to lose focus on other sin areas and actions that may be less noticeable but are just as crippling as the perceived “major sins.”
John Piper has recently compiled a few sermons into a free ebook called Sanctification in the Everyday. In the book, Piper shares a personal breakthrough he experienced while on sabbatical from ministry. His focus had been set on a certain sin area while others sins were going unbattled or at the very least hardly fought.
Sin is never fought passively, even the sins we perceive as “minor.” Continue Reading…
In The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne offer a great explanation of and exhortation to do the “will of the Lord.” This includes building up God’s church with love by the means that God has blessed every individual believer with, the Holy Spirit. Continue Reading…
The quote below is from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon Pride and Humility. The Christian often desires to be humble, but the waters he has been drinking from cannot produce such an effect. The waters of self and the world only produce false humility, that mask of gentleness and love which profits little and hardens one’s own heart with pride. Continue Reading…
The Book of Common Prayer is not widely known by Baptists as we have no official religious book outside of the Bible. I believe it would serve all of us well to read other Christian texts beyond our denominational boundaries.
Not only do many non-Baptist Christian texts contain edifying truths, reading beyond one’s normal purview helps to keep a protestant from forgetting he/she is indeed a protester of the doctrinal corruption and false gospel of the Roman Catholic church.
Last fall, Dr. Donald Whitney, professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, gave a 3 day chapel lecture on spiritual disciplines at Louisiana College. We were blessed and encouraged by Dr. Whitney’s series.
Below are the lectures from all 3 days. I highly recommend listening to them! Continue Reading…
This week’s Saturday Spurgeon comes from Charles Spurgeon’s January 19th morning meditation.
“I sought him, but I found him not.”—Song of Solomon 3:1.
Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.
Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him. But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, “O that I knew where I might find Him!” Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest—not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek Him, and He will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover Him to thy joy and gladness.