Give Thanks–Paul’s Prayers of Thanksgiving

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Early in my Christian life I obtained Arthur W. Pink’s Gleanings from Paul: The Prayers of the Apostle (Moody 1967). That study of Paul’s prayers in Scripture kindled a spiritual fire in my heart and life. Paul’s example in prayer, especially in the thanks with which he begins most of his epistles, set a pattern for believers throughout the next two millennia and beyond. Paul’s admonition, “in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) certainly challenges each one of us. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day 2016, let’s immerse ourselves in opportunities for thanksgiving that the apostle exemplifies through his epistles.… Continue reading

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How to Approach a Wolf: Part 2

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angry_wolfTwo weeks ago I introduced the topic, “How to Approach a Wolf,” having come right off the Strange Fire Conference. One of the main criticisms was that these kinds of conferences are unhealthy for the church and only sow disunity. I argued that I disagreed, but more than just disagreeing, I think there’s actually a biblical mandate for the pastor to confront error. If you missed that post, go back and read it, because it will be difficult to understand the context of this post without it. In fact, Tim Challies, a friend of Grace Church, and an established blogger, took the time to compile the most common criticisms of the Conference, and allowed Pastor John to respond to them in a Q&A type format.… Continue reading

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