The Daily Discovery (January 12, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Be a Parent Worthy of Honor – “For a number of weeks, I have been exploring the fifth commandment and, in particular, how adult children are to obey it. ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.’ While heeding this command is relatively straightforward to the young child under the authority of his parents, it is much more difficult to know what it entails for adult children. Through this series, we have begun to learn some … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 3, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) 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 … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 2, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Hillsong & Man – “The heart of the human problem is the human heart. Therapy can’t change it. Self-help gurus can’t fix it. Positive confession can’t conceal it. And self-esteem can’t convert it. Sinners cannot be persuaded into the kingdom of God. Salvation is not achieved through mental assent or emotional responses. Unless God regenerates the heart (Ezekiel 36:25–27; John 3:3) it remains dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1), deceitfully wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), hostile to Him (Romans 8:7), and worthy of condemnation (Ephesians 2:3). That’s not a matter of opinion—it’s God’s own diagnosis of the unregenerate heart. And the only cure is His redeeming and transforming work. … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 30, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Hillsong & God – “Truth matters, especially when it comes to worship. That ought to be obvious; you can’t properly praise the Lord if you don’t know who He is. Christ Himself was unequivocal on that point—He said true worshippers “must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24, emphasis added). However, much of modern worship music seems to aim at taming the one true God. Some popular “worship songs” are nothing more than artificial praise offered to a different god altogether. In his book Worship, John MacArthur describes the fallout of the biblical illiteracy that permeates the church today.” That Forgotten Concept in Preaching: The Paragraph … Read More

The Daily Discovery (November 29, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Hillsong & Worship – “At this point in the song—titled “Only Wanna Sing”—the music soars, the strobe lights fire up, and everyone on stage and in the crowd begins to dance with reckless abandon. The irony is hard to miss. That song—by the band Hillsong Young and Free—epitomizes many of the issues with much of Hillsong’s worship music: vague lyrical content, confused doctrinal perspectives, and an emphasis on style over substance.” Why People Leave the Church – “The following is an exchange I had a few months back with a woman named Melissa via e-mail. These kinds of exchanges are fairly regular with a wide variety … Read More

The Daily Discovery (October 24, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Do You Set an Example in Your Conduct? – “Today I want to scare you a little. At the very least I want to intimidate you. Actually, I want the Bible to scare and intimidate you, to set a challenge so difficult that you’ll know you can’t possibly meet it on your own. This is a challenge for any Christian, but I’m directing it particularly at younger Christians, at people in their teens or twenties.” Twitter 101 – “Twitter is a powerful tool that helps me stay in contact with my friends, and simultaneously helps me be influenced by Christians leaders whom I respect. It has … Read More

The Daily Discovery (October 21, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Driscoll vs. Calvin, Doctrine vs. the Spirit – “A few days ago, a short YouTube came out called, ‘Don’t Elevate Doctrine above the Holy Spirit.’ It’s a clip from Mark Driscoll’s sermon on Revelation 2:1-7 preached at the ancient Celsus Library in Ephesus. Apart from the excerpt on youtube, there are some helpful things said at various points in the sermon. However, the portion in the video is a perfect example of a wider error often seen in the church today: the pitting of ‘doctrine’ (cue ominous music) against the work of the Spirit in the heart.” The Missing Elements of Modern Worship – “I once … Read More

The Daily Discovery (October 10, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Can We Enjoy Heaven Knowing Loved Ones Are in Hell? – “Heaven is far too perfect, far too sinless, far too other for us to imagine in our fallen minds. Our attempts to put brush to canvas have led to depictions of cherubs on clouds, idyllic colors of dawn, Christ as a blinding light, a faceless adoring throng. Some of these attempts to capture heaven’s splendors are beautiful and even captivating, yet we know they are also incomplete. They are, at best, the barest reflection of what awaits. Our imaginations must always fall short of heaven’s glorious perfections.” The Consequences of an Easy Gospel – “A … Read More

The Daily Discovery (June 28, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) George Whitefield: Calvinist Evangelist – “George Whitefield, the famed 18th century evangelist known for crossing the Atlantic Ocean thirteen times, was an instrumental figure in the Great Awakening. Also known as the ‘Grand Itinerant’, Whitefield often preached outdoors to crowds upwards of 20,000 people. He was a passionate proclaimer of the gospel of Jesus Christ, urging lost souls to be born again. Yet, throughout the entirety of his ministry, he remained fully committed to the doctrine of God’s sovereignty in salvation.” Eli and Passive Parenting – “Parenting is never easy. Nobody in this fallen world has mastered it. And when it comes to raising children in the fear of the … Read More

The Daily Discovery (April 15, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) How to Kill Sinful Anger – “All sinful anger is hard to fight. It’s a selfish, hot-blooded passion our flesh enjoys indulging. But I find it particularly difficult to fight the sinful anger that I feel I have a right to feel.” 6 Reasons Why the Church Is Not Singing – “One of the great benefits of attending a Christian conference is undoubtedly the singing. Each year during the G3 Conference, I try to record some of the congregational singing just to file away and remember. This week as I listen through livestream to the T4G conference, it’s impressive to hear 10k people, mostly men, singing … Read More