Forsake Not The Assembling

July 25th, 2010 | 18 Comments | Church Issues Forsake Not The Assembling |  Facebook

John Owen | By God’s all-wise appointment, our assemblies are the food and the nourishment of our souls. It is the main way whereby we publicly identify with Christ and His Gospel. We evidence our love for Christ by our loyalty and support of one another in opposition to all false worship. Many things will rise up in competition to the diligent attendance of our assemblies. We must recognize and refuse to give into anything that is opposed to what Christ commands. The total falling away of a graceless professor always begins with this neglect, this disassociation with God’s people.

Steve Lawson on Joel Osteen

July 25th, 2010 | Add Comment | Church Issues Steve Lawson on Joel Osteen |  Facebook

Charles Spurgeon said, “Truth will only be desired by true men.” In this video clip Steve Lawson shares some of his thoughts on Joel Osteen’s appearance on Larry King.

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. [2] But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:1-2)

More Of Brainerd’s Inward Struggles

July 22nd, 2010 | Add Comment | Suffering More Of Brainerd’s Inward Struggles |  Facebook

David Brainerd, The Life and Diary of David Brainerd | Friday, December 14. Near noon went to the Indians; but knew not what to say to them, and was ashamed to look them in the face: I felt I had no power to address their consciences, and therefore had no boldness to say anything. Was, much of the day, in a great degree of despair about ever “doing or seeing any good in the land of the living.”

Symphony of Scripture on Facebook

July 21st, 2010 | Add Comment | General Topics Symphony of Scripture on Facebook |  Facebook

Symphony of Scripture on Facebook - This may offer you an easier way to keep up with what’s posted on this website. Enjoy.

Study, Pride & Self-Confidence

July 19th, 2010 | Add Comment | Pride Study, Pride & Self-Confidence |  Facebook

David Brainerd, The Life and Diary of David Brainerd | Friday, February 24… And the reason I judge, why I am not allowed to study a great part of my time, is, because I am endeavouring to lay in such a stock of knowledge, as shall be a self-sufficiency. I know it to be my indispensable duty to study, and qualify myself in the best manner I can for public service: but this is my misery, I naturally study and prepare, that I may “consume it upon my lusts” of pride and self-confidence.

Todd Friel, Ed Young & Hillsong Conference 2010

July 17th, 2010 | 9 Comments | Church Issues Todd Friel, Ed Young & Hillsong Conference 2010 |  Facebook

Charles Spurgeon | “Someone was asking, the other day, how it was that the church, nowadays, was not so separate from the world as it used to be; and one who heard the question suggested that, possibly, the world had grown better; but another more truly said that, probably, the church had grown worse.”

In this video Todd Friel comments on the promo video for Hillsong Conference 2010. I say, just compare it with the promo video for Ligonier Conference 2010 and it speaks for itself!

The Pilgrim Song

July 17th, 2010 | Add Comment | Poetry The Pilgrim Song |  Facebook

John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
Who would true valour see,
Let him come hither;
One here will constant be,
Come wind, come weather.
There’s no discouragement
Shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent
To be a Pilgrim.

Who so beset him round
With dismal stories,
Do but themselves confound;
His strength the more is.
No lion can him fright,
He’ll with a Giant fight,
But he will have a right
To be a Pilgrim.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
Can daunt his spirit;
He knows he at the end
Shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, fly away;
He’ll not fear what men say,
He’ll labour night and day
To be a Pilgrim.

God is A Complete, Sufficient, & Almighty Portion

July 16th, 2010 | 6 Comments | Jesus Christ God is A Complete, Sufficient, & Almighty Portion |  Facebook

David Brainerd, The Life and Diary of David Brainerd | Tuesday, February 7… Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides this blessed portion. O, I feel it is heaven to please him, and to be just what he would have me to be! O that my soul were holy, as he is holy! O that it were pure, even as Christ is pure; and perfect, as my Father in heaven is perfect! These, I feel, are the sweetest commands in God’s book, comprising all others. And shall I break them! must I break them! am I under a necessity of it as long as I live in the world! O my soul, woe, woe is me that I am a sinner, because I now necessarily grieve and offend this blessed God, who is infinite in goodness and grace! Oh, methinks, if he would punish me for my sins, it would not wound my heart so deep to offend him: but though I sin continually, yet he continually repeats his kindness to me! Oh, methinks I could bear any sufferings; but how can I bear to grieve and dishonour this blessed God! How shall I yield ten thousand times more honor to him? What shall I do to glorify and worship this best of beings? O that I could give up myself to him, so as never more to attempt to be my own, or to have any will or affections that are not perfectly conformed to him! But, alas, alas! I find I cannot be thus entirely devoted to God; I cannot live, and not sin. O ye angel, do ye glorify him incessantly; and if possible, prostrate yourselves lower before the blessed King of heaven? I long to bear a part with you; and, if it were possible, to help you. Oh, when we have done all that we can, to all eternity, we shall not be able to offer ten thousandth part of the homage that the glorious God deserves!

David Brainerd & Worldly Pleasures

July 16th, 2010 | Add Comment | Worldliness David Brainerd & Worldly Pleasures |  Facebook

David Brainerd, The Life and Diary of David Brainerd | Thursday, December 8. My mind was much distracted with different affections. I seemed to be at an amazing distance from God; and looking round in the world, to see if there was not some happiness to be derived from it. God, and certain objects in the world, seemed each to invite my heart and affections; and my soul seemed to be distracted between them. I have not been so much beset with the world for a long time; and that with relation to some particular objects which I thought myself most dead to. But even while I was desiring to please myself with anything below, guilt, sorrow, and perplexity attended the first motions of desire. Indeed I cannot see the appearance of pleasure and happiness in the world, as I used to do: and blessed be God for any habitual deadness to the world. I found no peace, or deliverance from this distraction and perplexity of mind, till I found access to the throne of grace: and as soon as I had any sense of God, and things divine, the allurements of the world vanished, and my heart was determined for God. But my soul mourned over my folly, that I should desire any pleasure, but only in God. God forgive my spiritual idolatry!

David Brainerd & the Strength that God Supplies

July 13th, 2010 | Add Comment | Scripture David Brainerd & the Strength that God Supplies |  Facebook

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: [11] whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)

David Brainerd, The Diary of David Brainerd | Thursday, August 12 … I saw so much of my hellish vileness, that I appeared worse to myself than any devil: I wondered that God would let me live, and wondered that people did not stone me, much more that they would ever hear me preach! It seemed as though I never could nor should preach any more; yet about nine or ten o’clock, the people came over, and I was forced to preach. And blessed be God, he gave me his presence and Spirit in prayer and preaching: so that I was much assisted, and spake with power from Job 14:14. Some Indians cried out in great distress, and all appeared greatly concerned. After we had prayed and exhorted them to seek the Lord with constancy, and hired an English woman to keep a kind of school among them, we came away about one o’clock, and came to Judea, about fifteen or sixteen miles. There God was pleased to visit my soul with much comfort. Blessed be the Lord for all things I meet with.