Sunday, August 21, 2016

For The Lord's Day

What can separate my soul
From the God who made me whole,
Wrote my name in heaven’s scroll?
Nothing, Hallelujah!
Trouble, hardship, danger, sword
Brought by those who hate my Lord?
Slander here? Or no reward?
Nothing, Hallelujah!
-- James Montgomery Boice

Sunday, August 14, 2016

For The Lord's Day

"The rulers of the earth plan, and scheme, and make laws, and change laws, and war, and pull down one, and raise up another. But they little think that they rule only by the will of Jesus, and that nothing happens without the permission of the Lamb of God." - J.C. Ryle from TableTalk

Sunday, August 7, 2016

For The Lord's Day

"God’s great end, in all his works, is the glory of his own name; and especially his work of saving sinners through Christ; and that which makes it a great work, is, because his great name is so much concerned therein, and magnified thereby, that it is not so greatly glorified any other way, as it is here." - Ralph Erskine

Ralph Erskine was one of the “Marrow Men” of the Church of Scotland. The “Marrow Controversy” (1717-1722) dealt with the heart of evangelical Reformed theology – God’s free, sovereign grace. Erskine believed that legalism – Christianity reduced to a set of rules, as well as antinomianism – we have liberty in Christ, are free from the law and can live as we like; both are errors that pull us away from a biblical understanding of the doctrines of grace. I stand with the “Marrow Men.”

Sunday, July 3, 2016

ForThe Lord's Day

“The effort to think like a Christian is . . . an effort to take seriously the sovereignty of God over the world he created, the lordship of Christ over the world he died to redeem, and the power of the Holy Spirit over the world he sustains each and every moment. From this perspective the search for a mind that truly thinks like a Christian takes on ultimate significance, because the search for a Christian mind is not, in the end, a search for the mind but a search for God.”   — Mark Noll, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, p. 253

Sunday, June 26, 2016

For The Lord's Day

“… our audience in corporate worship is not people. Corporate worship is not about pleasing people, whether ourselves, the congregation, or unbelieving seekers. . Worship in the corporate gathering is about renewing our covenant with God by meeting with Him and relating to Him in ways that He has prescribed. We do this specifically by hearing and heeding His Word, confessing our own sinfulness and our dependence on Him, thanking Him for his goodness to us, bringing our requests before Him, confessing His truth, and lifting our voices and instruments to Him in response to and in accord with the way that He has revealed Himself in His Word.”   -- Mark Dever in The Deliberate Church

Sunday, June 19, 2016

For The Lord's Day

“Nothing makes God more supreme and more central in worship than when people are utterly persuaded that nothing – not money or prestige or leisure or family or job or health or sports or toys or friends – nothing is going to bring satisfaction to their sinful, guilty, aching hearts besides God. This conviction breeds a people who go hard after God on Sunday morning. They are not confused about why they are in a worship service. They do not view songs and prayers and sermons as mere traditions or mere duties. They see them as means of getting to God or God getting to them for more of his fullness – no matter how painful that may be for sinners in the short run.” ~John Piper in God’s Passion for His Glory