A hard hitting seminar/sermon in which John MacArthur doesn’t mince his words in taking to task the messages of The Secret, The Shack, TBN and Joel Osteen along with a few other name checks along the way. After spending the first 30 minutes detailing some of the many errors of these books and ministries he uses the last 30 minutes to preach a true gospel message from 1 Peter 1:3-5.
Becoming A Better You
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Ever since I first became aware of the shape shifting movement sometimes known as the emerging church, I have detested almost everything about it, but have not really been able to put my finger squarely upon why that is so. Through many of the online discernment ministries around now, I have gradually come to know some of the more prominent figures and viewpoints of this movement, but for me at least, Chris Rosebrough has placed my finger squarely on the pulse of this beast. Because of what he has opened up, the whole movement and its seemingly destructive mentality makes perfect sense, especially when seeing echoes of this in fairly recent history.
In this post I simply want to point to a couple of links that may be of interest to anyone with a similar unease to my own. One is to a recent article Chris Rosebrough wrote for his [Continue reading…]
Joshua 3:8-17 8 You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.’ ” 9 So Joshua said to the children of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.” 10 And Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites: 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan. 12 Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from every tribe. 13 And it shall come to [Continue reading…]
Continuing a series of sermons from John MacArthur that examine the gospel message that Jesus himself delivered.
Today’s message is titled:-
The Lordship of Christ
The Nature of Saving Faith
The Call to Repentance
The Cost of Discipleship
In this message John MacArthur expounds on how the call of repentance is an essential element of presenting the gospel..
A quote from today’s sermon:-
Of all the statements that I have read on the subject, the strongest one comes from Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Listen to what Spurgeon said. “There must be a true and actual abandonment of sin and a turning unto righteousness in real act and deed in every day life. Repentance, to be sure, must be entire. How many will say, Sir, I will renounce this sin and the other…but there are certain darling lusts which I must keep and [Continue reading…]
SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT 05.15.09 J.A. Matteson
…like newborn babes long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. 1 Peter 2:2
It is unimaginable that a newborn infant should lack a natural hunger for physical nourishment from his mother’s breast. The instance where this would be so is when a child is stillborn and without life. The Apostle’s comment is instructive and reflective. It is instructive: those born of the Spirit are alerted to the importance of regularly ingesting spiritual food found in the Word of God so that they might grow in sanctification, living a holy life pleasing to God, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You” (Ps. 119:11).
It is reflective: revealing that an innate hunger for spiritual truth exists in those who have ex-perienced regeneration. A new born infant requires [Continue reading…]
In the past, I like many others have blindly accepted the teaching that in ancient history, fallen angels became intimate with women and produced some strange hybrid offspring known as the Nephilim. This teaching has become ever more popular in modern times, especially as some self proclaimed “end times experts” allow their imagination to run wild. Even in the last few days, I have received mailshots from otherwise sound Christians, suggesting alien sightings today, and other such bizarre stuff, is directly connected to this hybrid race of angel/human beings making a return.
I realise this sort of thing can seem exciting at times, and yes I’ve been guilty of propagating this stuff myself in blind ignorance in the past, but is there really any Biblical evidence for such things? This question was hammered home to me only a couple of days ago, when my own wife and daughter were [Continue reading…]
My Mirror Tearing and breaking inside with no sound Limping, crawling, lying face down Look into My mirror If you dare And let Me show you what I see there [Continue reading…]
John Newton 1725 – 1807In 1767 William Cowper, the poet, moved to Olney. He worshipped in the church, and collaborated with Newton on producing a volume of hymns, which was eventually published as Olney Hymns in 1779. This work was to have a great influence on English hymnology. The volume included Newton’s well-known hymns
“Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken” “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds!” “Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare” “Approach, My Soul, the Mercy-seat”
“Faith’s Review and Expectation”
which came to be known by its opening phrase, “Amazing Grace”.
The lyrics are based on 1 Chronicles 17:16-17, a prayer of King David in which he marvels at God’s choosing him and his house. Newton apparently wrote this for use in a sermon he preached on this passage on New Year’s Day 1773, and for which he left his sermon notes, which [Continue reading…]
If there is one well known preacher of today who inspires me more than anyone else, it has to be Paul Washer. I know others are truly wonderful teachers and preachers, that probably outshine him, but his zeal and determination to live for Christ is an example I long to follow.
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SWEET THE PROMISE J.A. Matteson 04.25.09
…others were tortured…others experienced mocking and scourging…chains and imprisonment. They were stoned…sawn in two…tempted…put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goat skins being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated…of whom the world was not worthy…. Hebrews 11:35-38
Beware of any gospel that characterizes the grace of God exclusively in terms of worldly gain in the form of finery, ease, health, and/or wealth, for it is a different gospel from that delivered by Jesus Christ and His Apostles, it is a false gospel, and as such it has no power to save.
Scripture records and Church history testifies that the life of the pilgrim may be, and often is, met with severe and protracted difficulty. Watch out, therefore, for men who would lead you astray by bringing to you strange teachings that dilute, distort or otherwise diminish the Person of Jesus Christ [Continue reading…]