Praying to a Sovereign God

If God is Sovereign, why pray? Have you ever heard someone ask that? Have you ever asked that? The thought is that if God is in control of everything, why bother praying? God doesn’t need our feeble little requests. I’m pretty sure God can handle His work and business without my input. Yet, the Bible […]

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Pray Ugly Prayers

Pray Ugly Prayers “I believe; help my unbelief (Mark 9:24)” These are the words of a father who is at the end of his rope. He is seeking care for his son who is possessed by powerful and harmful demons. Having suffered countless attempts of people to help his son, he finally approaches Jesus. The […]

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The Fullness of Godly Grief

Eternal Father, …Work in me more profound and abiding repentance; Give me the fullness of a godly grief that trembles and fears, yet ever trusts and loves, which is ever powerful, and ever confident; Grant that through the tears of repentance I may see more clearly the brightness and glories of the saving cross.  ––The […]

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The Goal of the Preacher

In his new book Expository Exultation, John Piper describes the ultimate goal of the preacher: The preacher speaks as a humble, authentic agent of Scripture. What it aims to produce, he aims to become. He aims to embody the worship the Bible seeks (1 John 4:23). And then he seeks to open his mouth and […]

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The Wonder of the Incarnation

Tim Keller has written a great book that meditates on the meaning of Christmas, titled Hidden Christmas.  In it, he ponders the significance of God taking on human flesh. In 1961 the Russians put the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin.Nikita Khruschev was the Russian premier, and he said that when Gagarin went into space, […]

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A Land of Forgetfulness

(Jesus) is altogether lovely in his death, especially to sinners. He was never more glorious and desirable than when he was taken down from the cross, broken and lifeless. He carried all our sins into a land of forgetfulness. He made peace and reconciliation for us. He procured life and immortality for us. ––John Owen, Communion […]

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