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An Intentional Routine

Posted in Prayer, Resources, Sola Sister Saturday on January 15, 2011 by Anna Valentine

A constant struggle for me in my Christian walk has been keeping a consistent time each day to spend in the Word and prayer.  I was really encouraged to read of this ladies club designed specifically for the purpose of exhorting one another to be persistent in rising early to meet with the Lord.  I have enjoyed reading the weekly updates posted by women sharing their real triumphs and struggles in their commitment to meet with the Lord first thing in the morning.  I hope that this will be as much of an encouragement to you as it has been to me. Click here for more details on this helpful resource for women.

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Free Piper Audio Book

Posted in Resources on November 6, 2010 by Andrew Hughes

ChrisianAudio.com has  the audio version Don’t Waste Your Life free this month. If you haven’t read (or listened to) this book before, make sure to take advantage of this offer!

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DeYoung, Duncan, and Mohler: The “New Calvinism”

Posted in Resources, The Faithful on October 20, 2010 by dvalentine

Here is a very insightful discussion among two current leaders in evangelicalism and a sharp young author and pastor. Albert Mohler is the President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He combines a sharp intellect, cultural awareness, and deep passion for God and his Word. He is the lead story in the current Christianity Today, which speaks to his fight for truth in the reforming of his seminary and denomination. He hosts a daily radio show and has a website and blog that trace current cultural trends and the Christian response to these issues.

Ligon Duncan is the Pastor of First Presbyterian in Jackson, MS. He is a the chairmen for the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as well as the President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He is tremendous Bible Preacher and Church Historian. Along with Al Mohler, Duncan helped to start the Together for the Gospel movement.

Kevin DeYoung is a pastor in East Lansing, MI and the author several books, including Just Do Something, which we recently used in our Community Life Groups as we discussed the topic of “God’s Will”.

Here is an article and video discussion on the current resurgence among younger evangelicals to the truths fought for during the reformation. It is a call to a high view of God and his Word and to to gospel-centered preaching. It is quite insightful and worth taking the time to listen to.

Look Carefully

Posted in Resources, The Faithful, The Race, Theology for the Church on September 29, 2010 by dvalentine

Recently, in Ephesians, we have been exhorted to look carefully at the way we live. Pastor Adam has emphasized that diligent watchfulness and aggressive pursuit of God are necessary if we are to walk in a manner that is worthy of the gospel. These commands and warnings of watching carefully, not wasting time, walking obediently, and overcoming sin exist all throughout Ephesians. I am sure that you have been challenged, as I have, as you have come under the preached Word and the truths of Ephesians.

A book that I would recommend before any other, outside of the Holy Scriptures, speaks directly to these matters. It is Overcoming Sin and Temptation, which is a collection of three of John Owen’s works organized and edited wonderfully by Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic. It is an incredible gift to the church from one of the most important voices in Christian history. It takes some time and hard thought to get through the book, but it is an invaluable tool for the perseverance of your faith.

Here is an excerpt from the foreword written by John Piper. I trust that it will whet your appetite to dig into the feast that is ours in the rich exposition and insight of John Owen.

Owen is especially worthy of our attention because he is shocking in his insights. That is my impression again and again. He shocks me out of my plat- itudinous ways of thinking about God and man. Here are a few random rec- ollections from what you are (I hope) about to read. You will find others on your own.

“There is no death of sin without the death of Christ” (Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, chapter 7). Owen loves the cross and knows what happened there better than anyone I have read. The battle with sin that you are about to read about is no superficial technique of behavior modifi- cation. It is a profound dealing with what was accomplished on the cross in relation to the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit through the deep and wonderful mysteries of faith.

“To kill sin is the work of living men; where men are dead (as all unbe- lievers, the best of them, are dead), sin is alive, and will live” (chapter 7). Oh, the pastoral insights that emerge from Owen! As here: If you are fighting sin, you are alive. Take heart. But if sin holds sway unopposed, you are dead no matter how lively this sin makes you feel. Take heart, embattled saint!

If you would like to read the book, but do not want to buy it, a pdf version is available here.

Faithful Women

Posted in Resources, The Faithful on September 9, 2010 by dvalentine

This post is entirely taken from Pastor Justin Holcomb of Mars Hill Church
All too often, the textbooks focus solely on the men of the Reformation—Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, and others—and fail to take notice of the faithful women that served among, beside, and with the Reformers.

These women were dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, some to the point of martyrdom. Many of these women were well-educated, especially by the standard of their time. They read theology books, especially the Bible, and anything they could get their hands on from the reformers. Their inner circles of friends were part of long and frequent Bible studies. Most were wives and mothers. Some were also authors, apologists, ex-nuns, and queens. All were faithful servants of Jesus. Go to the Mars Hill Blog to read more about these ladies.

Here are some recommended resources take from the above post:

What Is The Gospel? – John Piper

Posted in Resources, The Faithful, Theology for the Church on September 1, 2010 by dvalentine

If you come to any gathering at Redeemer, our one hope is that you will hear the gospel. We strive to be gospel-centered in our preaching, teaching, and fellowship. Every act of worship finds its life and joy in the gospel. Here is an interview with John Piper conducted by the Gospel Coalition. Hear John Piper explain what the Bible teaches us the gospel is.

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Where the Competition is Fiercest

Posted in Resources, The Faithful, Theology for the Church on July 21, 2010 by dvalentine

Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud.  Proverbs 8:1-3

“The sage, who transmits Solomon’s heritage, does not cloister himself in a monastery or in an esoteric circle of learned or religious people . . . . He makes himself heard in the marketplace where the competition for the hearts of people is fiercest.”

Bruce K. Waltke, Proverbs 1-15 (Grand Rapids, 2004), page 395.

Bruce Waltke is a fine Old Testament scholar. If you are interested in digging deeper into the theological themes of the Old Testament I would recommend his Old Testament Theology. It will serve you immensely as you study not just your Old Testament, but the whole canon of Scripture. Waltke provides great insights into the redemptive work of God throughout history.