A devotional take from Charles Spurgeon.
“The thunder-cloud has burst over the Cross of Calvary, and the pilgrims of Zion shall never be smitten by the bolts of vengeance. Come, my heart, rejoice in the immunity which thy Redeemer has secured thee, and bless his name all the day, and every day….”
It’s ok to admit it…you’ve been disappointed by worship services before, maybe a lot. How should we think when this happens?
“If you often feel Sunday-morning letdown, consider the expectations you have for your church. What do you expect from the environment? Do you expect it to be well furnished and ornate with well-executed and culturally relevant music? Beware of ways that our consumer mindset pollutes our attitudes at church. The church is more like a dinner in, at home with family, than one out at an expensive restaurant….”
“When we consider God’s grace, we typically think of blessing, humanly defined: the bank account is full, the church is responding incredibly well to my preaching and leadership, the children are excelling in school, music and sports, making us look like the ultimate “pastor family,” there are backslaps and smiles all around for our competent service of God’s church. And yes, all those and much more are good products of God’s loving kindness. But there’s a side to grace we seldom celebrate, a side that seems a little dark to human reckoning. But God is light and in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). And in a day in which a demonic prosperity gospel is prospering worldwide, we desperately need to recover a theology of uncomfortable grace….”
Few people have their finger on the pulse of the Church and Culture like Al Mohler. An important read.
“These are days that will require courage, conviction, and clarity of vision. We are in a fight for the most basic liberties God has given humanity, every single one of us, made in his image. Religious liberty is being redefined as mere freedom of worship, but it will not long survive if it is reduced to a private sphere with no public voice. The very freedom to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at stake, and thus so is the liberty of every American. Human rights and human dignity are temporary abstractions if they are severed from their reality as gifts of the Creator. The eclipse of Christian truth will lead inevitably to a tragic loss of human dignity. If we lose religious liberty, all other liberties will be lost, one by one….”