HE IS WORKING ON YOUR IMAGE

Though we Christians might struggle to see and appreciate it, God is at work in us today–by every trial and every blessing–to transform us into a glorious image of Himself. Take heart in your trouble. When we don’t see it, He is still working for our good. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory …

CHIRPING BACK

At one time or another–when the voice of condemnation comes–we need to hear powerful, gospel-saturated truth. We need to talk back like Luther. “When the devil accuses us and says, ‘You are a sinner and therefore damned,’ we should answer, ‘Because you say I am a sinner, I will be righteous and saved.’ ‘No,’ says the devil, ‘you will be …

THE SEVEN CARDINAL REQUISITES OF PREACHING

These seven requisites (not excellences, but requisites) are seven minimal requirements R.L. Dabney believed (and his viewers agreed) were essential to every sermon. None of these seven categories is subjective; each is perfectly susceptible of objective evaluation. Here is his list, briefly articulated; those interested in reading his own lengthier descriptions may read the entirety of his chapters. 1. Textual …

AWED BY CALVIN’S PREACHING

Calvin preached from the New Testament on Lord’s Day mornings, the Psalms on Lord’s Day afternoons, and the Old Testament at 6 a.m. on one or two weekdays. Following this schedule during his last period of ministry in Geneva from 1541 to 1564, Calvin preached nearly four thousand sermons, more than 170 a year. On his deathbed, he spoke of …

Paramount Catechism

Would you like to know the Bible and apply it to life? Of course, you would. Spend some time each week with the Paramount Catechism!

JESUS IS JOY

The Gospel of Jesus opens the way to joy. How am I still awakening to this? There are many ways to capture my heart and life. But this truth remains: in the Lord’s hand are pleasures forevermore. And by faith in Jesus, that hand is opened to me. In Jesus alone are all the treasures [and pleasures] of wisdom and …

IT’S NOT A SPIDER

My six year old asked me for another biscuit at breakfast this morning. Not the British kind of biscuit, but a fluffy, buttery, American biscuit smeared with blackberry jelly. I happily gave it to him. And I took one for myself. We ate biscuits. But it made me wonder, as I’ve been thinking lately about my attitude toward God, What …

HOW TO MARK A BOOK OR BIBLE

I love study tools. They have helped me learn, remember, and apply what I’ve studied. Here’s one tool I’ve used from time to time: a bookmark containing some ideas for how to mark a Bible or book. This is not the only way to do such a thing. Adapt it as necessary for your own benefit! Design Credit: W. Price …