EARNING THE RIGHT

Question: Does a Christian need to earn the right to share the gospel with another person? Today, I’ve been thinking about a question I have asked and been asked. Does a Christian need to earn the right to share the gospel with another person. This is a one of those important questions which ought not be simply and quickly answered, because there’s more than meets the eye. I hope my answer to this question has improved and deepened over the years. Answer: No…and yes. First, the obvious answer to the question is “no.” By faith in Christ, every Christian is called, authorized, and empowered to be an ambassador of Christ. […]

MEET DAVID POWLISON

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 David Powlison has died. Today at 11:00 am, under the care of Hospice, family, and friends, he passed into the ultimate rest of Jesus Christ and His soul-satisfying good news. I met David Powlison four times. The first time was in seminary when I met him by-proxy through his influence upon a number of my professors and pastors. Biblical counseling was new to me (as was just about everything else). It was clear from the start that this person named Powlison had profoundly influenced those who were influencing me. Wise and winsome were his ways […]

HELP FOR THE CRITICAL AND THE CRITICIZED

Criticism. Some love it, others hate it. Some people develop a critical spirit from which they routinely dish it out. Others struggle to take it, even when it’s lovingly ministered. There is a kind of criticism which is loving, sensible, and constructive. This kind is a gift of God’s wisdom in grace. There is another kind of criticism which belongs to the fallen world system. It’s unloving, unreasonable, and altogether destructive. (Oh, how many times have I displayed just this kind of critical spirit!) No matter who you are, criticism is a challenging part of life which we must learn to handle well; both giving and receiving. Whether you are […]

WEAKNESS IS THE WAY

Accepting the Creator/creature distinction is one of the great challenges of the Christian life. Simply put: we are weak and needy. Many of us are good at putting on brave faces, feigning strength, and acting like we have it all together. The problem with all this posturing is that it’s illegitimate. It’s not reality. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; […]

Happy Voices

He has no design upon us, but to make us happy…Who should be cheerful, if not the people of God? Thomas Watson There is nothing dreary and doubtful about life. It is meant to be continually joyful…We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose not is our strength. Amy Carmichael God made human beings as He made His other creatures, to be happy…They are in their right element when they are happy. Charles Spurgeon Go to Full Article Author: Rush

Three Phases of Gospel Ministry

What Is Your Thing? 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. Acts 16:31-34 Everybody has a thing he’s/she’s known for. What is yours? The Apostle Paul’s “thing” was the Gospel. He did […]

The Myth of Compliance

I’ve begun attending a Saturday morning book study with men in my town. (Actually, I used to attend the study a few years ago, but dropped out because my family was growing and Saturday morning was not the best time to get up early, accidentally wake up the kids on the way out the door, and then leave my wife to manage it.) Because I do a lot of talking and teaching as a pastor, it’s good for me to sit and listen from time to time. Most recently, our study included a discussion around the relationship between commitment and compliance. In essence, we considered the difference between having commitment […]

The Blessed Man

Who do these words remind you of? How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1 A man who never walks according to the words of the wicked… Who never joins in the ways of sinners… Who never […]

Dating the Kids

My wife had the brilliant idea that we should date our kids. In fact, most of the good ideas come from her (she’s always thinking). It sounds a little weird: date the kids. But it’s brought some rich blessings to our family. Here’s a summary of what we are doing and 3 benefits we enjoy from it. What We Are Doing It’s quite simple. We schedule into our family Google calendar one time each week for one of our five kids to go on a brief, one-on-one date with either of us. That means that each week one of the kids takes a turn, and we try to alternate when […]