These are the notes from a message spoken on Sunday 30th November, 2009. The parable of the foolish and wise virgins was explored to reveal the true state of the church today, and the part believers have to play, both individually and corporately, to defend and contend for the Truth of God’s Word, and the authenticity of His indwelling Holy Spirit in our lives.
Matthew 25:1-13 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom [Continue reading…]
Why are the (expected) countless millions of transitional fossils missing? Darwin noted the problem and it still remains. The evolutionary family trees in textbooks are based on imagination, not fossil evidence. Famous Harvard paleontologist (and evolutionist), Stephen Jay Gould, wrote, “The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology”.1 Other evolutionist fossil experts also acknowledge the problem. See: creation.com/pattquote.
1. Gould, Stephen Jay, Evolution’s erratic pace, Natural History 86(5):14, May 1977.
Originally posted 2012-02-04 09:00:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
This is a stark message spoken by John MacArthur. Although addressed to the nation of America, it could just as easily be addressed to the U.K. too, and probably most other nations of the world.
Originally posted 2009-03-13 05:40:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Biblical Christianity is all about truth. God’s objective revelation (the Bible) interpreted rationally yields divine truth in perfectly sufficient measure. Everything we need to know for life and godliness is there for us in Scripture (2 Peter 1:3). God wrote only one book — the Bible. It contains all the truth God intended us to order our spiritual lives by. We don’t need to consult any other source for spiritual or moral principles to govern our lives. Scripture is not only wholly truth; it is also the highest standard of all truth – the rule by which all truth claims must be measured.
Such a conviction is the very antithesis of the post modern notion that no one should ever claim to know objective truth. And that is another major reason why Christianity has been targeted by the proponents of post modern inclusivism.
Authentic Christianity is “the faith which [Continue reading…]
My dear Lord,
I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but Thyself, nothing but holiness, nothing but union with Thy will.
Thou hast given me these desires, and thou alone canst give me the thing desired.
My soul longs for communion with Thee, for mortification of indwelling corruption, especially spiritual pride.
How precious it is to have a tender sense and clear apprehension of the mystery of godliness, of true holiness!
What a blessedness to be like Thee as much as it is possible for a creature to be like its creator!
Lord, give me more of Thy likeness; enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness; engage me to live more for Thee.
Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual experiences, and when I feel at ease after sweet communings, teach me it is far too little I know and do.
Originally posted 2011-06-10 22:50:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
I came across the following video in of all places, on our own website! One of the other guys must have added it to our video gallery, but when I watched it, I was convinced the guy in the video was talking about me. Anyone who knows me will probably attest to the way in which I am prone to swing like a pendulum when facing exposed error, so much so that I can quite often over compensate, or become over focussed (if that’s proper English?) on a particular subject or doctrine.
This isn’t me promising to change my ways, although I hope they do change, but it is simply an acknowledgment to the truth of this smacking me in the face. If you are reading this and have been affected in some way by my impetuousness or immaturity, please forgive me and know that it was without any [Continue reading…]
THE LORD’S WISDOM
“…And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.”
Two observations may be made with regard to this text; that the Lord tests the faith of His people, and that thankfulness for His grace revealed in response to obedience is pleasing to Him. First, testing of the would-be follower of Jesus Christ unto obedience characterizes the Lord’s wisdom in strengthening their faith as well as ferreting out the sincere from the disingenuous, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Lk. 6:46).
On pilgrimage saints repeatedly encounter stretches of difficulty where the path ahead is ominous, uncertain, confusing by means of natural reason. Herein is the crux of faith; the Lord has spoken, will the pilgrim believe Him or not? Faith is active with her fruit known by [Continue reading…]
Throughout Scripture, sinners in general, and God’s people in particular, are described as sheep. And those God sends to lead them are equally frequently called shepherds. Today we will look at the character of the sheep, and tomorrow at the character of the shepherd. We start with the sheep because the key to leading as a shepherd is in understanding the nature of sheep.
I pastored for 12 years in the Scottish Highlands. During that time, I was surrounded by sheep: sheep on the roads, sheep on the mountains, sheep on the beeches, sheep in my yard. O, yes, and sometimes sheep in the shepherds’ fields. My study on the Isle of Lewis was 12 inches away from a field full of sheep. Sometimes at night I would look up from my computer and see many pairs of luminous green eyes staring at me through my window! I [Continue reading…]