This picture helps explain why posts around here have been a bit light lately. I traveled to New Mexico and Arizona for vacation recently and saw some incredible beauty created by our God, as well as some architectural marvels. The way this church in Sedona is built right into the rocks was pretty amazing. Also, I felt like a tiny ant with all the mountains out there.
But without further ado, here’s a list of great things to read and listen this week. Continue reading
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Continue reading
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. Some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go. And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
Acts 17:1-12 KJV
In case you missed it, John MacArthur has a three-part (three so far anyway) series this week called A Recipe for Discernment at the Grace to You blog. Continue reading
It is Maundy Thursday so that’s where this don’t miss list will begin.
John 13:1-38 ESV “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” Continue reading
A year ago today, I shared a message from The First Baptist Church of Johnson City, N.Y. in which the pastor apologized to his congregation and delivered one of the most thorough warnings about false teaching I’ve heard. It is a tremendous message. Continue reading
I’ve spotted some interesting stuff around the web in the past couple days that I want to pass along. Continue reading
I promised a winner announcement by today at the latest. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted or shared my post somewhere. The winner of Is That You Lord? by Gary Gilley is Donna Banks. I’ll be in touch by email to find out where I should mail the book.
For those who are interested, Pastor Gilley has written a number of thoughtful analyses that are available online through his church website. He also a few other books that I’ve greatly benefited from.
I think it is high time I did another giveaway. Here are a couple reasons why. Last week Warren was mishandling Psalm 46. Also, I think many true Christians are confused about how to hear from God so I have decided today is the day for a contest.
I’m giving away a copy of Pastor Gary E. Gilley’s book: Is that You Lord? Hearing the voice of the Lord, a biblical perspective. Keep reading if you’d like to know how to win. Continue reading
Last week Sola Sisters wrote a brief piece explaining “Why We Contend.” They shared that they have lost friends because of their willingness to expose false teaching, but their concern for the truth as well as their friends and their friends’ children is why they keep at it. Continue reading