Observations from Mark 10 on divorce.
Paul's argument in Romans 7 against divorce.
A no-divorce syllogism from Ephesians 5.
The "exception clause" in Matthew 19.
Permanent marriage with unbelievers in 1 Corinthians 7.
Seven truths about the Holy Spirit.
He is a Person.
He is included with the Father and the Son.
He is the Comforter.
He is the Spirit of Truth.
He is the Holy Spirit.
He is unable to be received by the world.
He is united to Christ.
5 Marks of a Hypocrite from Judas at the Last Supper.
2 Sources that consistently produce hypocrites.
3 Guards to protect yourself from the danger of being a hypocrite.
The stories of Bilney and Shaxton.
One of the most important passages in Scripture teaching the heaviest, weightiest matter, 4:10-11.
One of the clearest passages in Scripture teaching assurance of salvation and rebuking easy-believism, 4:12-13.
What is faith? Is the fruit faith or faithfulness?
“As the soul sees the spiritual excellency and the glory that is in Jesus Christ, so the will doth set the highest value and esteem upon that excellency that is in Him, a value and esteem far above what a man hath for all other things whatsoever; and this is to believe.” Thomas Goodwin
Peace is a mindset of acceptance, safety, and friendship.
Peace is when enemies become friends.
Peace is when safety reigns over danger.
Peace is settled confidence that danger, fighting, and hatred have been removed.
The heritage of the reformation teaches us to love truth. Three observations from second Thessalonians. Description of modern religions and their disinterest in truth. Marks of the African indigenous church.
If you asked people how did you become a Christian, what kinds of answers would you hear? The answer to that question is one of the important parts of entrance into a Christian local church.
How can a pastor decide to baptize someone or to include them in the Lord’s Table or to watch over their souls? The answer in part: He must listen to their testimony.
A man who has experienced the grace of God and reflected on it must speak about it.
Excuses people make for not evangelizing. Antidotes to those excuses. Practical methods for evangelizing. Advice for those not evangelizing.
Five truths about the love of money.
1. Love of Money enters our hearts without notice.
2. Love of Money tempts our hearts to all of their sins.
3. Love of Money separates our hearts from the godly.
4. Love of Money buys our hearts to this world.
5. Love of Money condemns our hearts to an enduring punishment.
"Discipline is what moderns need the most and want the least."
This inspiring book sends the right message to a people who are too often slaves to their passions. A sober, convicting tone for a serious Christian.
The young Miss Church Member reaches out with a missionary spirit to evangelize Mr. World. But instead of changing him, she compromises by degrees. This allegory was written in 1901, but it sounds like a prophecy since it mentions Satan's use of literature, theater, and technology. Convicting and at times terrifying.
After the Jews have suffered the consequences of their sin, and after they have rebuilt their temple, they can then turn to rebuilding their society.
Nehemiah is filled with practical instruction on a Christian view of work, politics, economics, and worship.
Where did capitalism come from? What produced the amazing wealth of the last 200 years especially in America? In 1904, Max Weber offered the theory that reformed theology was the deciding factor that produced the amazing wealth of capitalistic countries. there are three reasons that he says that.
At 32 years old, Melville published a book that would be ignored and neglected, until 20 years after his death. Today Moby Dick is justly celebrated because of the powerful battle between Captain Ahab and the mysterious, unconquerable Whale.
Though Ahab devotes himself to his hatred of the Great Whale, he cannot overcome Moby Dick.
Four observations about a prideful man, and six observations about a humble man. Three captains each commanding 15 men are sent to take Elijah. Two of them are destroyed by fire, and one of them survives. What was the difference between them?
George and Sarah Boardman are practically unknown today, but they were giants in the faith. Stuart, The Three Mrs. Judsons, pages 115-216. Anderson, To the Golden Shore, pages 380-440. Tucker, From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, pages 130-132. Neil, A History of Christian Missions, pages 294-295.
Elijah tests Elisha by urging him to stay behind three different times, but Elisha perseveres and then asks for spiritual power. Spiritual power is the first request and only hope for a godly man in a pagan nation.
Take Hold of Christ~ 1 Timothy 6:12
What does it mean to believe in Christ? Two things are important: the nature of believing and the object of believing. Also, 8 directions from Richard Baxter on how to be soundly converted.
Why is it important to read and be familiar with great books?
The messages on Great Books will not focus on the traditional great books such as the Greek and Roman classics. Rather, it will be hand-picked books for basic Christian maturity.
Fatherhood is important because God is the Father. Manhood and fatherhood are under attack because men hate God as a father.
What does it mean that God is a Father?
How can that change my life?
Discussion of Black Lives Matter attack on black fathers and John Paton's Father.
It is possible and even necessary to be both fully confident and humble at the same time. Some think that humility requires that a man be uncertain and tentative, but Paul's life and teaching correct this.