Archive for October, 2013

Lady Jane Grey is known as England’s nine-day queen.  You can read more about her short life and  reign here. She was martyred for her faith in Jesus Christ and her confession of such beliefs as justification by faith alone.  Shortly before her death she wrote this moving letter in her Greek New Testament which she sent to her sister Katherine Grey.  What amazing peace and steadfastness she shows in this correspondence:

I have sent you, good sister Katherine , a book, which although it be not outwardly trimmed with gold, yet inwardly it is more worth than precious stones. It is the book, dear sister, of the laws of the lord: It is His Testament and Last Will, which He bequeathed unto us wretches, which shall lead you to the path of eternal joy, and if you, with a good mind read it, and with an earnest desire, follow it shall bring you to an immortal and everlasting life.
It will teach you to live and learn you to die…[the book] shall win you more than you should have gained by the possession of your woeful father’s lands, for as if God prospered him, you shall inherit his lands…[the contents contain] such riches as neither the covetous shall withdraw from you, neither the theif shall steal, neither let the moth corrupt…And as touching my death, rejoice as I do and consider that I shall be delivered of this corruption and put on incorruption, for as I am assured that I shall for losing of a mortal life, find an immortal felicity. Pray God grant you and send you his grace to live in the love..

Farewell good sister, put only your trust in God, who only must uphold you,

Your loving sister, Jane Duddley.

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In celebration of Reformation Day, we are offering the downloadable edition of R.C. Sproul’s ten-part series Luther and the Reformation for free. This series introduces the life and thought of Luther while exploring the lessons we can learn today.

Download Luther and the Reformation today and please share this resource with your friends. The study guide can also be downloaded for free.

This offer expires midnight (EDT) October 31, 2013.

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Here are some posts that reflect several reasons why I rejoice on this day, October 31 as well as what I pray for on this day!

Celebrating Reformation Day:  Nathan Busenitz shows what was the real power behind the Reformation as he writes, “As I remind my students, it is important for us to recognize that the ultimate credit for the Reformation does not belong to those men. It was not their couragecleverness, orcreativity that brought revival to Western Europe in the sixteenth century. The Reformation was not the result of any church growth strategies, ingenious marketing schemes, or seeker-driven fads. Not at all. So what caused the Reformation? It was the Word of God empowered by the Spirit of God preached by men of God in a language that the common people could understand.

An Interview with Carl Trueman on Luther’s 95 Theses:  Another church historian answers questions surrounding the events on October 31st–questions like “What was the point of nailing something to the Wittenberg door? Was this a common practice?”

Steve Lawson quotes Charles Spurgeon:  “We want again Luthers, Calvins, Bunyans, Whitefields, men fit to mark eras, whose names breathe terror in our foemen’s ears. We have dire need of such. Whence will they come to us? They are the gifts of Jesus Christ to the Church, and will come in due time. He has power to give us back again a golden age of preachers, and when the good old truth is once more preached by men whose lips are touched as with a live coal from off the altar, this shall be the instrument in the hand of the Spirit for bringing about a great and thorough revival of religion in the land.…I do not look for any other means of converting men beyond the simple preaching of the gospel and the opening of men’s ears to hear it. The moment the Church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her. It has been through the ministry that the Lord has always been pleased to revive and bless His Churches.”–Charles Spurgeon, Autobiography Vol. 2: The Full Harvest, as quoted in The Heroic Boldness Of Martin Luther


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Today is Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates? But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates?

Click here to find out what this day is all about!

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Free ebook John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology

Free audiobook: A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards

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If It Be Your Will by R. C. Sproul:  “This is what it means to pray that the will of God would be done. It is the highest expression of faith to submit to the sovereignty of God. The real prayer of faith is the prayer that trusts God no matter whether the answer is yes or no. It takes no faith to “claim,” like a robber, something that is not ours to claim. We are to come to God and tell Him what we want, but we must trust Him to give the answer that is best for us. That is what Jesus did.”–An excerpt from The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul

Breathe In Me, O Holy Spirit:  A short prayer by Augustine

Tim Challies continues his series on The Philanthropists.  You might not have known this man was a Christian but his company has impacted your life I am sure.

Are You a Dripping Faucet? 5 Ways to Turn Nagging into Encouragement:  Marci Turner was a nagging wife. As the Holy Spirit has transformed her through the liberating truth of the gospel, she’s worked to cultivate these five habits to do battle with her flesh.

suing the government:  Another Christian college is going to court over the HHS mandate in the Affordable Care Act.  Pray.

 20 Helps to Sermon Listening :  David shares some recommendations that will help you before you come to worship, while you are listening to the Word, and after the message is done.

Air Force officials decide they no longer need God’s help:  The U.S. Air Force appears to be systematically removing the phrase “so help me God” from the oaths of office taken by officer candidates and enlistees.

Keep Seeking:  A quote from Jonathan Edwards about what we should pray for.

How to not be angry.:  R. W. Glenn offers some biblical counsel.

How To Wreck Your Life:  Another post on anger at the Blazing Center.

8 Lessons from the Life of John Knox:  From this great Reformer’s life and message we can learn that we must get back to the Bible, love a confession of faith, prioritize preaching, oppose false religion and more.




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Open Doors has as an interactive map that has been updated to show where persecution is extreme, severe, moderate and sparse.

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Five encouragements as you head to work

1. Do your work well.

2. Work to provide for your family and those in your care.

3. Work because God uses human means to bless.

4. Work knowing the results are finally up to God.

5. Work to give.

Read how Joe unpacks each one of these at “Five Encouragements for Everyday Work”

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This day in church history: October 28, 1949 marks a special day in Christian history. Not because any revolutionary nailed a paradigm-shifting document to a door, not because a famous evangelist was birthed, but rather because a young man with a deep affection for God scribbled some simple words that are now some of the most often quoted Christian words not found in the Holy Scriptures.  What is it? Click on link at beginnning to find out

Texas attorney general to defend abortion law: ” If this case does go all the way, that’s when things could get interesting. Will the Supreme Court revisit any of the major holdings of Roe v. Wade? If it does, the high court’s ruling could have implications nationwide.”–Denny Burk

The Christian Home:  Another Protestant Reformation Blessing:  “The Reformation was a time of rediscovery. The church, in a sense, rediscovered justification by faith alone. The reformation also rediscovered biblical worship, and this was seen as the second pillar of the protestant reformation. As the church was freed from the bondage of a fear based religion, other blessings were brought forth. Other aspects of the reformation affected the life of the church and had profound implications on a developing Christian society. One such blessing in the rediscovery of biblical religion was the Christian home and the Christian marriage.”–Gentle Reformation

R. C. Sproul  shares, “MANY PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED, AND SOME ARE shocked, when they hear of my involvement in the charismatic movement years ago.”  He tells all about it here..  For years now he has spoken against the charismatic movement most recently at Here’s at the Strange Fire conference in a message entitled Undervaluing Pentecost.

Cheer up, Sunday school teacher:  Andre Seu Peterson’s advice after teaching a children’s Sunday School class: “Be like Jesus. Take heart. He didn’t win over everybody in his audience. He didn’t even win over every town. This should encourage parents and middle school volunteers alike. We keep plugging, with the measure of gift we have been given, and we take the long view of our efforts, hoping for a seed here and there to take root in the soil.”

 Air Force officials decide they no longer need God’s help  :  The U.S. Air Force appears to be systematically removing the phrase “so help me God” from the oaths of office taken by officer candidates and enlistees.

Jim Elliot’s Brother, Bert: The Hero You Don’t Know:  “Bert is Jim Elliot’s older brother. He’s the one who isn’t famous. He was a student at Multnomah Bible College in 1949, and he and his young wife were invited by a missionary to come to Peru and join the work there. Other than an occasional furlough, there they have stayed. Now in their eighties, they are still there.”–Trevin

Eleven Giving Guidelines to Fight the Pull of Materialism:  “As long as I still have something, I believe I own it. But when I give it away, I relinquish the control, power, and prestige that come with wealth. At the moment of release, the light turns on. The magic spell is broken. My mind clears, and I recognize God as owner, myself as servant, and other people as intended beneficiaries of what God has entrusted to me.The New Testament offers guidelines for giving that can help us fight the pull of materialism.”–Randy Alcorn”

What is a unique and helpful ministry for stay at home moms in the church?:  Pastor Brian Croft shares four reasons why this unique group of ladies seem to be especially fruitful in assisting in caring for elderly widows.

“The great gospel imperatives to holiness are ever rooted in indicatives of grace that are able to sustain the weight of those imperatives. The Apostles do not make the mistake that’s often made in Christian ministry. [For the Apostles] the indicatives are more powerful than the imperatives in gospel preaching. So often in our preaching our indicatives are not strong enough, great enough, holy enough, or gracious enough to sustain the power of the imperatives. And so our teaching on holiness becomes a whip or a rod to beat our people’s backs because we’ve looked at the New Testament and that’s all we ourselves have seen.

We’ve seen our own failure and we’ve seen the imperatives to holiness and we’ve lost sight of the great indicatives of the gospel that sustain those imperatives. Woven into the warp and woof of the New Testament’s exposition of what it means for us to be holy is the great groundwork that the self-existent, thrice holy, triune God has — in Himself, by Himself and for Himself — committed Himself and all three Persons of His being to bringing about the holiness of His own people. This is the Father’s purpose, the Son’s purchase and the Spirit’sministry. — Sinclair Ferguson”Our Holiness: The Father’s Purpose and the Son’s Purchase” via Of First Importance

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It is said that while no audios were ever made of C. H. Spurgeon, his son Thomas possessed almost identical voice quality with his famous Dad. Hence Edison-Bell Record company persuaded Thomas Spurgeon to record his father’s last words from the last printed sermon in the Tabernacle.

You can listen to it here.

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