Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
From Pastor Jason Meyer (Devotion from the October 18 Quarterly Strategy Meeting)
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the Advent sermon on December 6/7, “Encounter His Coming: Covering Our Shame” (Luke 7:36–50). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on August 30/31, “The Painful Joy of Repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:8–13a). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Real Repentance Is Tied to Real Rejoicing
Highlights from the December 15 Annual Meeting include …
Annually, the third Saturday in July is unofficially dubbed “Toss Away the ‘Could Haves’ and ‘Should Haves’ Day.”
On this day people write down their failed obligations, their “could haves” and “should haves,” on a piece of paper and then throw that list into the trash. Then they make this resolution: “From this day forward, I choose not to live in the past—the past is history that I can’t change. I can do something about the present—I choose to live in the present.”
Only one Voice matters.
A dad has a signature over a son’s soul.
Greatness has to do with closing the gap between what I say and who I am.
You have many targets, but only a few bullets. You must prioritize and not waste ammunition.
Don’t deify your dysfunction. Repent.
In reading John Owen’s The Mortification of Sin, I arrive at chapter eight, “God Requires Universal Obedience,” where Owen says ...
Wisdom and character spring from the heart. See yesterday's post for an introduction to this series on 11 hearts.
From June 2 through August 4 of this year, 193 students from Campus Outreach Minneapolis lived together in two small hotels in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.