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Sermon Quotes: "The Lord Reigns"

"He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it." Is. 44:15 "All may worship him, but the motivation is as important as the manner. Yahweh expects reverence, submission, holiness, and awe of his divine majesty and presence." William VanGemeren "The Lord's enthro...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Test of Prosperity"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Test of Prosperity, given on July 29, 2018. King David knew prosperity. He had a powerful military, an honorable reputation, and tremendous wealth. Unfortunately, these rich blessings became a cause for turning David's heart away from the Lord. God mercifully brought David out of this dreadful state of pride, but not with...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Test of Prosperity"

"Who can look to have a greater stock of inherent grace than those men had; to have more experience of God and the excellency of his ways, the sweetness of his love and communion with him, than they had?" John Owen "all of them fell out when they had newly received great and stupendous mercies from the hand of God, that ought to have been strong obligations unto diligence...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Story to Tell"

"There is an infectious delight and touching gratitude about this psalm" Derek Kidner "A blessed declaration every believer ought to be able to declare without the slightest hesitationIt is a great thing to say 'I love the Lord', for the sweetest of all graces and the surest of all evidences of salvation is love." Charles Spurgeon "Prayer is putting our needs into words....

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Sermon Quotes: "The Pilgrim's Passion"

"The Lord makes his presence known in many places, but where the people of God assemble to worship his presence may be more keenly felt." Allen Ross "Rather, they make it aplace of springs, which is a classic statement of the faith which dares to dig blessings out of hardships. But God may choose to send rain, which comes through nobody's enterprise and can bring a whol...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Soundless Word and the Saving Word"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Soundless Word and the Saving Word,given on July 8, 2018. This past Sunday, Pastor CJ taught us from Psalm 19 about the revelation and celebration available to us in both God's creation and in His written Word. Life can be busy. We live distracted not even pausing to lift our eyes up for a moment to behold the overwhelmin...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Soundless Word and the Saving Word"

"When I feel I cannot make headway in devotion, I open the Psalms and push out in my canoe, and let myself be carried along in the stream of devotion which flows through the whole book. The current always sets toward God, and in most places is strong and deep." James Gilmour "The more diligently any one examines himself, the more readily will he acknowledge with David tha...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Presence of Wonder"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Presence of Wonder,given on July 1, 2018. "Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them" (Psalm 111:2). Take a minute and talk about some of God's marvelous works and how they made you feel when you experienced them. Notice that when we behold God's great works, we feel a deep sense of wonder. Wond...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Presence of Wonder"

"Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will return to you." Psalm 51:12-13 "David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the Lord.' And Nathan said to David, 'The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.'" 2 Samuel 12:13 "Evil tastes good, but evil always leads to naus...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "Salvation Belongs to the Lord"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Salvation Belongs to the Lord,given on June 24, 2018. What is your favorite song? What words would you use to describe that song? Well, would it surprise you that of the songs in the book of Psalms, about 1/3rd of them are songs of "lament"? The ESV study bible states that the primary goal of these psalms are to "lay a troubl...

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