Every thought, word, and deed is emptied of meaning apart from Him and every experience loses its character and contemplation.

To be outside of Christ is an absence horrific and unthinkable. Augustine wrote that every human heart has a God shaped void that needs to be filled. Uniquely, it’s a void that includes everything in the universe, and more. The alienation is utter. Every thought, word, and deed is emptied of meaning apart from Him […]

Times of Refreshing

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,” that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 Our God is so gracious that even after we have rebelled against him, he not only wipes out our sins, but he also goes on to give us times of […]

When Loss is Gain

I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.   Phil. 3:8 Our hearts are easily lured away by the fleeting shadows of this world, and these […]

Suffering and Ministry: A Quote by Charles Spurgeon

This is a short quote by Charles Spurgeon to remind us that sometimes suffering is part of our ministry. “One Sabbath morning, I preached from the text, `My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?’ and though I did not say so, yet I preached my own experience. I heard my own chains clank […]

Is The Love of the World Driving You or Your Church?

From Calvin’s Institutes… “Whatever be the kind of tribulation with which we are afflicted, we should always consider the end of it to be, that we may be trained to despise the present, and thereby stimulated to aspire to the future life. For since God well knows how strongly we are inclined by nature to […]

From the Triumphal Entry to the Cross

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed behind cried out, saying; Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest! Matt. 21:9 Though it is called the triumphal entry we know that Jesus had only one purpose in mind when he came to this […]

Blessed Are They That Mourn – A.W. Pink

“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). Mourning is hateful and irksome to poor human nature. From suffering and sadness our spirits instinctively shrink. By nature we seek the society of the cheerful and joyous. Our text presents an anomaly to the unregenerate, yet it is sweet music to the […]