ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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John MacArthur’s Ten Crucial Lessons We Must Teach our Children – “Recently as I was reading John Macarthur’s book Brave Dad, I found a section in which He gives ‘Ten Crucial Lessons Every Father Should Teach’. Obviously, MacArthur is known for his expository, verse by verse teaching. But sitting under his preaching for almost ten years I always loved his ‘lists’ many he came up with while sitting at a restaurant writing on napkins. Obviously, it wasn’t the bread and butter of his ministry, neither should it have been, but when you’ve preached through the whole New Testament and know the entire Bible so well, you are bound to see patterns in Scripture and are able to come up with lists like these.”
Ten Reminders for Preachers – “Here are ten reminders for those who preach and teach the Word of God, as articulated by some of history’s greatest preachers.”
Reading the Bible Prayerfully – “Happy New Year, dear reader! It’s that time of year where we all make commitments that we know we’ll never keep. I’m only kidding of course (sort of!). Although there is nothing inherently different about the beginning of a new year from any time throughout the rest of the year, the turn of a new year is a good opportunity to re-evaluate the direction of our lives, reset our priorities, and even make some reasonable commitments to pursue growth in the coming year.”
Rethinking the Order of Worship in 2017 – “Recently in our elders’ meeting, we discussed the need to rethink and restructure our order of worship early in 2017. What’s the reason for such a move by the pastors within our church? The goal is to craft the most healthy worship service that makes the best use of the time given to us each week. As we rethink the restructuring of our order of worship, certainly this must be approached with care and doctrinal precision. Some things are certainly optional elements, but other things must never be tampered with. Front and center is the idea that our worship must be God-centered, Christ-exalting, and built upon the firm foundation of God’s sufficient Word. When was the last time you honestly looked at what’s included in your worship service? Why are specific elements included, or in some cases why are some elements excluded?”
The Vine Project – “The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne was a surprise bestseller. Coming from a small Australian publisher, it made its way into Mark Dever’s hands and he declared it ‘the best book I’ve read on the nature of church ministry.’ The rest, as they say, is history. Pastors and church leaders were introduced to its helpful illustration of the vine and the trellis: the vine representing gospel ministry that reaches and nourishes people, and the trellis representing the framework or structure necessary to support and sustain such ministry. ‘The problem which T&V tried to name, and which struck a chord with many of its readers, is that it is very possible for a church to be busy and active, and to have all the usual programs and apparatus of church life in place, but for the basic common task of disciple-making through the prayerful speaking of the word of God to have drifted to the margins. It is very possible to have a well-built, well-maintained trellis on which a bedraggled vine is struggling to grow.'”
Tom Buck – 6 Things We Need for Our Lives in 2017 (Psalm 119:169-176)
Should Christians give to animal causes?
False Prophet Fiasco.
“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus. It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur