March 24, 2016
EVERY HUMAN BEING HAS BEEN HARDWIRED BY GOD TO LIVE IN DAILY AWE OF HIM. THIS MEANS THE AWE OF GOD WAS DESIGNED TO BE THE DEEPEST, MOST LIFE-SHAPING PRACTICAL DAILY MOTIVATION OF EVERY HUMAN BEING. AWE OF GOD SHOULD IN SOME WAY MOTIVATE EVERYTHING I DO AND SAY. A HUMAN BEING NOT LIVING WITH FUNCTIONAL AWE OF GOD IS PROFOUNDLY DISADVANTAGED. HE IS OFF THE RAILS, TRYING TO PROPEL THE TRAIN OF HIS LIFE IN A MEADOW, AND HE MAY NOT EVEN KNOW IT. WHEN AWE OF GOD IS ABSENT, IT IS QUICKLY REPLACED BY AWE OF OURSELVES. --PAUL TRIPP
March 23, 2016
"A MAN WHO FIRST TRIED TO GUESS “WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS” AND THEN PREACHED THAT AS CHRISTIANITY BECAUSE THE PUBLIC WANTS IT, WOULD BE A PRETTY MIXTURE OF FOOL AND KNAVE." --C.S. LEWIS, LETTERS TO MALCOLM: CHIEFLY ON PRAYER. "TO PREACH CHRIST IS TO FEED THE SOUL, TO JUSTIFY IT, TO SET IT FREE, AND TO SAVE IT, IF IT BELIEVES THE PREACHING." --MARTIN LUTHER, ON CHRISTIAN LIBERTY...Read More
March 22, 2016
IT WOULD SEEM THAT OUR LORD FINDS OUR DESIRES NOT TOO STRONG, BUT TOO WEAK. WE ARE HALF-HEARTED CREATURES, FOOLING ABOUT WITH DRINK AND SEX AND AMBITION WHEN INFINITE JOY IS OFFERED US, LIKE AN IGNORANT CHILD WHO WANTS TO GO ON MAKING MUD PIES IN A SLUM BECAUSE HE CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT IS MEANT BY THE OFFER OF A HOLIDAY AT THE SEA. WE ARE FAR TOO EASILY PLEASED. --C.S. LEWIS, THE WEIGHT OF GLORY...Read More
March 21, 2016
THE GOSPEL IS THIS: WE ARE MORE SINFUL AND FLAWED IN OURSELVES THAN WE EVER DARED BELIEVE, YET AT THE VERY SAME TIME WE ARE MORE LOVED AND ACCEPTED IN JESUS CHRIST THAN WE EVER DARED HOPE. --TIMOTHY KELLER, THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE
March 21, 2016
Introduction and Day 1 (Monday). NEVER LOSE HEART IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL. DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE EXISTS ANY MAN, MUCH LESS ANY RACE OF MEN, FOR WHOM THE GOSPEL IS NOT FITTED.
--CHARLES SPURGEON...Read More
March 10, 2016
Your questions about money. Our thoughts and answers - first from Nick Carter, with responses and more answers to come from me (Pastor Don) and Chris Purnell as well. Nick starts us off with a thoughtful, provocative response to a common theme to your questions: "Is giving the best thing you can do with money?" If so, what does that mean for retirements savings and spending money on me?...Read More
November 25, 2015
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." This great, often repeated verse sounds happy. And sometimes it is. Like in 1 Chronicles 16, when life was good. David, Asaph, and other Levites wrote many psalms during that season of praise many; that we still read, pray, and sing today. But when we look at the Psalms with this opening statement of thanks, we see a full, robust, picture of life as sinful people in a fallen world: the good and the bad. Giving thanks to the Lord who is good and faithful isn’t only for when times are good. It’s our hope, our anchor, for when times are bad.
November 12, 2015
If we’re honest, much of the time we’re pretty content in our cushioned, first-world cocoon, and view Jesus' coming as something “nice” to be looked forward to. But when injustice and death invade our private worlds, and we personally feel the harsh, unrelenting pain of sin, brokenness, sickness, and death, we realize this hope means everything. Eschatology ...Read More
October 22, 2015
[Guest Blog by DANIEL MORGAN] When I was a kid, I used to feel I’d been born a century or two late. In the second to last decade of the 20th century, things seemed to be going downhill fast. AIDS was terrifying the nation. Scientists were just beginning to realize how much we’d messed up the planet. Cars were lackluster barges (except for that Lamborghini Countach). Phones still had cords, or at least had to stay in the house. Pac-Man was fun to play on the computer for a short time, but I had to write my friends physical letters. I wanted to rewind the clock a couple centuries.
September 16, 2015
We’re remodeling our new house near 40th & Carrollton. It’s 95 years old. Rotted wood has been replaced, holes in floors and walls have disappeared, and hopefully it’ll start looking like a finished house soon. But as we’ve been working long days on the house, I’ve found myself thinking several times: Someone has done all this before. And they were good at it. So why am I doing it again? When you feel like your work is futile, it’s because it is.