And I Quote—March 14

No one interprets anything without a set of underlying assumptions. When we presume to explain the meaning of the Bible, we do so with a set of preconceived ideas or presuppositions. These presuppositions may be examined and stated, or simply embraced unconsciously. But anyone who says that he or she has discarded all presuppositions and…

Respectable Sins | Part Two

Quotes [S]ad to say, the concept of sin among many conservative Christians has been redefined to cover only the obviously gross sins of our society. The result, then, is that for many morally upright believers, the awareness of personal sin has effectively disappeared from their consciences. But it has not disappeared from the sight of…

Friday Findings—March 11

My Too-Weak Tribute to Jerry Bridges Jerry Bridges, the author of our book of the month, sadly passed away this past Sunday. This article is a touching tribute to the impact his faithfulness made on the lives of so many. Inject Your Prayer List with Life “My praying through a list of names and needs…

Henry Lyte… Yet Speaking

JESUS, I my cross have taken, All to leave and follow thee: Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence, my all shalt be. Perish, every fond ambition, All I’ve sought, and hoped, and known; Yet how rich is my condition— God and heaven are still my own! Let the world despise and leave me— They have…

So•te•ri•ol•o•gy

Soteriology, coming from the Greek words soteria (meaning deliverance or salvation) and logos, (meaning word), is the study of the doctrine of salvation. As we discussed last week, all mankind stands under the just condemnation of God. The clear teaching of Scripture is that there is absolutely nothing that rebels like us can do to…

Rock and Gold | Part One

Of the making of books in our day there is certainly no end—Solomon’s dictum has never been more relevant. No matter how convinced you are of the value of reading you will never be able to read it all—and even if you could, you shouldn’t. Not all books are worth reading. Leaving aside the positively…

A Good Word on Preaching the Word!

The previous century saw the battle for the Bible waged in the church. Faithful Christians took a stand to defend the inspiration and inerrancy of the Scripture. Yet the battle for the credibility of Scripture continues. The battlefield is no longer biblical inspiration. It is now a fight over the sufficiency of Scripture. There are…

And I Quote—March 7

He that would not be burnt, must dread the fire; he that would not hear the bell, must not meddle with the rope. To venture upon the occasion of sin, and then to pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ is all one as to thrust thy finger into the fire, and then to pray that…

Respectable Sins | Part One

Introduction The “Book of the Month” for March will be Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. One of Pastor Houston’s favorite books, it is a convicting treatment of the sins that we are all too often willing to tolerate. Many times we as Christians can be so concerned with the striking sins of the society around…

Friday Findings—March 4

Growth Is Not the Goal “Spiritual growth is a marvelous effect of spiritual discipline, but it is only an effect.” The Downward Spiral of My Discontent “Sometimes it’s not the huge trials of life that sink us, but the constant pressure of many small burdens that cause us to stumble.” Is Your Jesus Too Small?…