John Piper’s Upcoming Leave

March 29th, 2010 | Add Comment | General Topics John Piper’s Upcoming Leave |  Facebook

As you may have already heard in the sermon from March 27-28, the elders graciously approved on March 22 a leave of absence that will take me away from Bethlehem from May 1 through December 31, 2010. We thought it might be helpful to put an explanation in a letter to go along with the sermon.

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Why Command What Cannot Be Fulfilled?

March 4th, 2010 | Add Comment | Prayer, Quotes Why Command What Cannot Be Fulfilled? |  Facebook

Augustine | “So do, O Lord, so do, O merciful Lord; command what cannot be fulfilled; no, command what cannot be fulfilled, unless by thy own grace: so that when men feel they have no strength in themselves to fulfill it, every mouth may be stopped, and no man seem great in his own eyes. Let all be little ones; let the whole world become guilty before God.”

John MacArthur on Billy Graham: A Wideness in Gods Mercy?

March 1st, 2010 | Add Comment | Church Issues John MacArthur on Billy Graham: A Wideness in Gods Mercy? |  Facebook

Is 1 John 5:10 Parallel and Relevant to 1 John 5:1

March 1st, 2010 | Add Comment | Calvinism, General Topics Is 1 John 5:10 Parallel and Relevant to 1 John 5:1 |  Facebook

Decide to Abandon Retirement as the Reward for Your Life

February 12th, 2010 | Add Comment | Media Decide to Abandon Retirement as the Reward for Your Life |  Facebook

How do we know the Bible came from God?

February 12th, 2010 | Add Comment | Bible, Quotes, Roman Catholicism How do we know the Bible came from God? |  Facebook

John Calvin | “As to the question, How shall we be persuaded that [the Scriptures] came from God without recurring to a decree of the church? It is just the same as if it were asked, How shall we learn to distinguish light from darkness, white from black, sweet from bitter? Scripture bears upon the face of it as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black do of their color, sweet and bitter of their taste.”

Where is the Emphasis: Jesus’ Birth, Death, or Resurrection?

February 8th, 2010 | Add Comment | Jesus Christ Where is the Emphasis: Jesus’ Birth, Death, or Resurrection? |  Facebook

A.W. Tozer, The Radical Cross | “As there is now no babe in the manger at Bethlehem sot here is no man on the cross at Jerusalem. To worship the babe in the manger or the man on the cross is to reverse the redemptive processes of God and turn the clock back on His eternal purposes. Let the Church place its emphasis upon the cross and there can be only pessimism, gloom and fruitless remorse. Let a sick man die hugging a crucifix and what have we there? Two dead men in a bed, neither of which can help the other.

The glory of the Christian faith is that the Christ who died for our sins rose again for our justification. We should joyfully remember His birth and gratefully muse on His dying, but the crown of all our hope is with Him at the Father’s right hand.”

Bad Hermeneutics – John MacArthur

January 30th, 2010 | Add Comment | Quotes Bad Hermeneutics – John MacArthur |  Facebook

Athanasius contra mortem

January 30th, 2010 | Add Comment | Quotes Athanasius contra mortem |  Facebook

Death has become like a tyrant who has been completely conquered by the legitimate monarch; bound hand and foot as he now is, the passers-by jeer at him, hitting him and abusing him, no longer afraid of his cruelty and rage, because of the king who has conquered him.

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The Humility of George Whitefield

January 23rd, 2010 | Add Comment | Pride, Quotes The Humility of George Whitefield |  Facebook

Warren W. Wiersbe, 50 People Every Christian Should Know | George Whitefield…turned the entire ministry over to Wesley and stepped aside as leader. “I have no party to be at the head of,” he wrote, “and through God’s grace I will have none; but as much as in me lies, I will strengthen the hands of all of every denomination that preach Jesus Christ in sincerity.”

When his followers protested his decision, he said, “Let my name be forgotten, let me be trodden under the feet of all men, if Jesus may thereby be glorified…. Let us look above names and parties; let Jesus be our all in all… I care not who is uppermost. I know my place… even to be the servant of all.

He sent a letter to the godly Lay Huntingdon in which he said, “Oh, that I may learn from all I see to desire to be nothing and to think it my highest privilege to be an assistant to all but the head of none.”