Seek Him in Trouble November 19, 2014
In Job's extremely trying circumstances, he cried for the Lord. The longing desire of an afflicted child of God is to see his Father's face once more. His first prayer is not "Oh, that I might be healed of the disease that now spreads through my body!" nor even "Oh, that I might see my children restored from the jaws of the grave, and my property returned to me from the hand of the thief!" The first and foremost cry is, "Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, who is my God, that I might come even to ...
Belief And Behavior, Volume 1 September 1, 1996
The Thessalonian church held a tender place in the heart of the Apostle Paul. In this expositional study of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, we see a paradigm for pastoral ministry, emphasizing the life-changing content of the gospel and concerns of Paul’s heart for their healthy spiritual growth.
Having established the believers in good Biblical theology, Paul clearly addresses issues of practical Christian behavior -- sexual morality, work, honest living. The doctrinal foundations of the believers’ hope, namely, the resurrection and return of Christ are established. And finally, the principles of healthy corporate life and worship within the local church ...
Comfort In Chaos August 1, 1996
What could be more appropriate in an “age of anxiety” than a message from God which speaks comfort in the midst of chaos! In Isaiah’s day, the people had lost sight of God and His greatness. With the “vertical hold” gone, the horizontal dimension of their lives began to show the stress fractures. Even a brief essay of current events reveals direct parallels between then and now. These ancient words speak with timeless relevance encouraging the weary, correcting the faulty, and reminding the forgetful that God’s transcendence means not that He is too great to care, but that He is ...
The Marks of a God-Given Ministry June 23, 1996
Paul’s letter to the Colossians provides a standard for today’s Church to determine the marks of a God-given ministry. Alistair Begg walks us through the pastor’s pattern, purpose, and pleasure in ministry as modeled by Paul. By God’s energy and enabling, a pastor is able to present the Word of God in all of its fullness, encouraging unity and spiritual maturity in the congregation.
Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 1
Everyday Dangers November 17, 2014
Oppressors may enforce their will on poor and needy men just as easily as they can split logs of wood, but they better be careful, for it is a dangerous business, and a splinter from a tree has often killed the woodsman. Jesus is persecuted in every injured saint, and He is strong to avenge His loved ones. Success in treading down the poor and needy is a thing to be trembled at: If the persecutors do not face immediate danger, they will face great danger in the end.
To split logs is a common everyday business, and yet it ...
Everlasting November 18, 2014
Christ is everlasting. Of Him we may sing with David, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever."1 Rejoice, believer, in Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus always was. The Baby born in Bethlehem was united to the Word, which was in the beginning, by whom all things were made. The title by which Christ revealed Himself to John in Patmos was, "[Him] who is and who was and who is to come."2 If He was not God from everlasting, we could not love Him so devoutly; we could not feel that He had any share in ...
Good News in a Bad News World June 2, 1996
In 2 Kings 5:1-14, we are introduced to Naaman, a commander in the king's army. Naaman had great power, prestige, and was a mighty man of valor. But he was also a leper. Similarly, sin today is like leprosy of the soul. It does not respect status and cannot be cured by great success. Discover Naaman's response to the unexpected cure, and God's solution for today's spiritual leprosy.
Series: Jars Of Clay
That Long-Expected Day November 16, 2014
The more you know about Christ, the less will you be satisfied with superficial views of Him; and the more deeply you study His transactions in the eternal covenant, His engagements on your behalf as the eternal Security, and the fullness of His grace that shines in all His offices, the more truly will you see the King in His beauty. Learn to look at Him this way. Long increasingly to see Jesus.
Meditation and contemplation are often like windows of gold and gates of silver through which we behold the Redeemer. Meditation puts the telescope to the eye ...