O Love that will not let me go / O Light that followest all my way / O Joy that seekest me through pain / O Cross that liftest up my head... Sing this at my funeral one day, a hundred-fold.
"Grab your Bible, open to the book of Jude... and read it through several times. Then do it again, this time with the pages of Scripture laid open on your lap, and the the fresh collection of songs from Jude ministering to your heart as well.
Have you ever wondered what to do when you encounter something that's got some truth... so you can't just throw it all away? Or can you?
"Each of theses hymns has had a specific and poignant effect upon my spiritual life..."
"Preaching is not an imitative exercise..."
God’s love is always first; and we love God only because He loved us first, and shed that love abroad in our hearts.
Buzzwords have a funny way of painting their subject in the best possible light.
a few examples. “Progressive”—who doesn’t want to make progress?
“Attractional”—who doesn’t want to attract unbelievers into the church?
“Seeker-sensitive”—why wouldn’t we want to be sensitive to those whom God may
be drawing to himself?
slaves of the Word and stewards of language, we must always critically evaluate
the jargon of our evangelical subculture. This is especially true of one more popular
term: gospel-centered. Like so much of our
Christian lingo, gospel-centrality is a virtually self-justifying concept.
we must be gospel-centered. After all, Jesus
himself indicated that all of Scripture is about his redemptive work (Lk. 24:44-46).
Paul regarded the gospel as being of “first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3). And it’s
this very good news that, unlike God’s law, can actually save our souls (Rom. 1:16).
of these sentiments are wrong; the…
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