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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on Philippians 1:9-11. The following is a one-sentence summary of my sermon: Love that is guided by knowledge produces a godly life lived for the glory and praise of God.


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I’ve come across several articles lately that are good and worth consideration.

First, Jon Bloom writes on “The Real Root of Sexual Sin” at the Desiring God blog. You can read it here.

“70 Prompts for Praising God” is a goldmine of a resource on prayer. You can read it here.

We hear a lot about “privilege” today, especially white privilege. Jonathan Leeman has written a thoughtful piece about it from a biblical perspective. You can read it here.





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A Prayer


“Almighty God and Father, grant unto us, because we have to go through much strife on this earth, the strength of Thy Holy Spirit, in order that we may courageously go through the fire, and through the water, and that we may put ourselves under thy rule that we may go to meet death in full confidence of thy assistance and without fear.

Grant us also that we may bear all hatred and enmity of mankind, until we have gained the last victory, and that we may at last come to that blessed rest which thy only begotten Son has acquired for us through his blood. Amen”

John Calvin

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on principles of prayer taught to us by Jesus in John 17, Matthew 6:9-13, and Luke 18:1-8. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus taught that we should pray for ourselves, other believers, and our churches, in a continuous and committed way.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on John 17:1-5. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus’ request that God would be glorified teaches us how to pray and how to live.

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I had the privilege this morning to preach on John 14:12-17. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Disciples of Jesus will do greater works than Him through God-glorifying prayer, and will obey Him through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

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When news of the San Bernardino terrorist attack became public, quite a few people took to social media and asked others to pray – pray for the victims families; pray for the injured; pray for the law enforcement men and women who responded; and any number of other things. This is a normal response in a fallen and sinful world.

Just as quick was another response splashed all over social media, as well as The New York Daily News – stop praying and start doing something. The intent was clear – shame those who pray and put enough public pressure on them so they won’t do it, and if they do they won’t tell anyone about (they’ll pray and just keep it to themselves).

The deeper idea behind the “don’t pray, do something” statement is that prayer isn’t action and prayer isn’t doing anything. Wrong on both counts! For the Christian, prayer is doing something – it’s going before the Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign Ruler of the universe (because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf) and making requests, trusting that He will do what’s good, right, and best. Prayer isn’t doing nothing, it’s firing the winning shot!

Here are a couple of pieces on the same topic, written by Joel Miller, and Denny BurkIgnore the shaming, keep on praying!

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