What sort of persons are those whom God calls holy? Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgment - hating what He hates - loving what He loves - and measuring everything in this world … Continue reading Holiness
A prayer for growth: that your love for knowledge may abound And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, (Philippians 1:9, NIV) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (Philippians 1:9, NKJV) Paul … Continue reading Prayer: Towards excellence
“Are you in depths and doubts, staggering and uncertain, not knowing what is your condition, nor whether you have any interest in the forgiveness that is of God? Are you tossed up and down between hopes and fears, and want peace, consolation, and establishment? Why lie you upon your faces? Get up: watch, pray, fast, … Continue reading Tossed between hopes and fears
What J.C. Ryle wrote towards the end of the 19th century is still applicable - and more so for the church of today.
How He enables his church for works of service In the early morning of New Yeas Day 1901 a group of Bible students came together, earnestly seeking to experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, hoping for something amazing. They were convinced that speaking in tongues was a sure sign of being baptised … Continue reading The Holy Spirit and his gifts (1)
“Never did a believer in Jesus Christ die or drown in his voyage to heaven. They will all be found safe and sound with the Lamb on Mount Zion. Christ loseth none of them; yea, nothing of them. (John 6:39.) Not a bone of a believer is to be seen in the field of battle. … Continue reading Safe and sound with the Lamb
Let us cast to the winds as idle talk the common notion that it is possible to be “extreme” and go “too far” in religion [Christian faith]. This is a favourite of the devil, and one which he circulates with vast industry. (J.C. Ryle in Holiness)
I am too busy too pray We are not living in a contemplative age - yet, certain mystic practices of ancient Asian origin are taking root: yoga, Transcendental Meditation, etc. We try to press ahead without fuel in the tank! We know the importance of filling up, but try to get a bit further - … Continue reading Excuses for not praying
(This study is based on the book of D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation; Baker House Book Company, ⓒ 1992) Much praying is not done because we do not plan to pray We don’t drift into a spiritual life, and we do not drift into disciplined prayer. The opposite is true. We don’t grow … Continue reading Ways to more effective prayer
There is with some Christians the idea that the sacraments are not important. Some parents would withhold the sacrament of baptism from their children for reasons pure human and not in accordance with the Word of God. Communion Sundays come and go and some church members would not regard the sacrament important to set aside … Continue reading Why is Communion necessary?