Destinations

October 22, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here are a few links for your reading pleasure:

Mark Altrogge calls parents to keep praying for their unsaved children. I say, “Amen.”

David Murray has started the first of several posts dealing with submission. It should be a good series.

Aaron Earls writes about what Millennials misunderstand about marriage.  I understand the problems caused by broken marriages, however, simply living together won’t solve the root problems.

Jacob Abshire offers a free ebook on Christian accountability.

My men’s book study early next year will be on the book Ordinary by Mike Horton. Here Horton is interviewed about the book.

Destinations

March 28, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I hate to mention the issue of homosexuality, but  I think this post is helpful. Kevin DeYoung deals with why this issue isn’t like other areas where Christians might disagree. This issue isn’t like the millennium. As DeYoung writes: “At its root, support for homosexual behavior is not simply a different interpretation of Scripture; it is a rejection of Scripture itself.”

Ever struggle with depression? Here are 8 Causes of Spiritual Depression.

Jen Thron has 5 Hard Things to Pray for your Husband.

I encourage you to read Salvation in a Dementia Ward. Sometimes God takes us to some pretty dark places.

“Found: God’s Will” by John MacArthur is free for Nook and Kindle.

Destinations

March 24, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_R. C. Sproul Jr. answers the question all of us ask at one time or another: How Should We Understand the Promise Jesus Makes in John 14:14, “If You Ask Anything in My Name I Will Do It?”

Mark Altrogge poses the question, What do you want people to say at your funeral? Good question to think about. What will they say?

Understanding the person of Jesus Christ is one of our most vexing challenges. Justin Taylor leans on Stephan Wellum to think about whether God was in the tomb as a corpse.

I understand being very upset with where our culture is going? How should the church respond to those who actively disobey God’s moral law? Should we preach the gospel or advocate stoning? You are right, stoning is the wrong answer.

Destinations

March 19, 2014

I haven’t posted this week. I suspect that this one will rankle some folks. Dabble at your own risk.

I don’t typically read this fellow’s blog, but I think this post is right on. It is entitled “When Pastors Live In Multimillion Dollar Mansions, It’s Not A Sign Of God’s Blessing– But Our Sinfulness.” By the way, the post isn’t just about pastors. Good stuff.

Daniel Hyde tells his readers why it is important to preach predestination. I think it is impossible to really preach the Bible without dealing with predestination.

Mike Leake writes about “Why I don’t typically pray for a ‘hedge of protection.'” I don’t think that this is a big thing, however, it is worth thinking about.

MacArthur deals with the question of whether visits to heaven are real. You hopefully know the answer to this. It irks me that people get so excited about someone supposedly going to heaven and reporting that it is real. We have the Word of God, an infallible authority I might add, saying it is real. I digress …

Russell Moore asks where the prosperity gospel is found these days. It is alive and well, as you would expect. If you like TV preachers, read this at your own risk. I warned you.

You might have already seen this. It is been floating around for a few days …

Prayer for this New Year

December 31, 2013

Scotty Smith’s encouraging book “Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith” is free today for Nook and Kindle.

Here is his prayer for New Year’s Eve:

     Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human handsPs. 115:1-4

Dear Heavenly Father, it’s the last day of 2013, and I’m feeling a degree of redemptive conflicted-ness, as both laughter and lament dance around my heart. It’s a good tension—one created by, not in spite of, the presence of your grace.

Looking back over the past twelve months, I can easily say with the psalmist, “Be praised, adored and worshiped, O God, for your steadfast love and great faithfulness!” Abba, Father, you loved us all year long, with a relentless, non-wavering, fully engaged affection—irrespective of anything we did or didn’t do.

You loved me as much as you love your Son, Jesus, for you’ve hidden my life in his. Thank you for the fresh mercies that arrived with each new day—when I was aware of them and when I wasn’t. You remained faithful to everything you’ve promised us in Jesus. You did everything that pleases you, and what pleases you is always for my good and your glory. That makes me very glad.

But Father, it’s because of your love for us in Jesus that I can also own my sadness. I lament the times, this past year, when the gospel wasn’t functionally enough for me; when your love didn’t seem “better than life”; when grace didn’t seem sufficient. That’s when I took my thirst and hunger, disappointments and longings to my voiceless, sightless, senseless, powerless idols. I grieve my foolishness.

But here’s where the gladness trumps the sadness: I won’t always be a man “in two minds” with a divided heart beating in my breast. Father, you will complete the good gospel work you’ve begun in us. One Day I’ll no longer even be tempted to worship, love or serve, anything or anyone but you. Hasten that glad and glorious Day.

On the eve of 2014, prepare each of us, your children, for twelve new months of groaning and growing in grace. In the New Year, may Jesus be more beautiful and precious to us than ever; your love more compelling and your grace more transforming; your presence more real and your kingdom more treasured; your name more exalted and your glory more sought. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.

Destinations

October 8, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Your Pastor Needs YOU! is a post that I really appreciated. Short and sweet, but good stuff.

Mark Altrogge in Keep. On. Praying encourages his readers to be persistent in prayer. It is so easy to fail in this critical area.

There are many good ebook deals today. Here are a few: Stephen Altrogge’s “The Greener Grass Conspiracy” is $0.99.   Lydia Brownback’s  “Joy: A Godly Woman’s Adornment” is $0.99. “Work Matters” by Tom Nelson is $0.99. Mike Horton’s “The Gospel-Driven Life” is $3.99 for Nook and Kindle.

Something is seriously wrong with us as a race:

Destinations

October 2, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I appreciate Tim Challies’ call to the church to persevere in prayer. It is directed to pastors but it is an encouragement all believers need to hear. If we really believe that the almighty, loving God of the universe hears and responds to our words, we will be driven to pray. So what is it that we don’t believe?

Ann Voskamp posts Scot McKnight’s important observation of, and encouragement to, the American church. I link to this not because I believe Bowman is off track here but rather as a reminder of why we do what we do at Bowman. Here is a quote:

Instead of asking the Bible to talk to us about what we’d like to hear — what we need is to be led to the Bible to hear what God has said.

Finally, “John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology” is free for Kindle. It has been a few years since I read this book, but as I remember, it is worth reading. You have to understand that I think that John Calvin is one of God’s greatest gifts to the church since The Apostle Paul.