What is the Chief End of Preaching?

lloyd-jones-in-studyHere is what Dr. David Martyn Lloyd Jones said about preaching – all of the quotes below are from “the Doctor’s” book entitled, Preaching & Preachers.

“What is the chief end of preaching?”  I like to think it is this.  It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence (p. 97).

For a period of about four months, “the Doctor” while ill was unable to preach at the Westminster Chapel.  In the providence of God, this afforded him “the opportunity, and the privilege, of listening to others” instead of preaching himself.  This is what he wrote as he reflected on that experience:   Continue reading

Common Pitfalls in Seeking God’s Guidance – J. I. Packer

post-top-thiswaythatwayJ. I. Packer has a very helpful section in his book, Knowing God on common pitfalls when it comes to seeking God’s guidance in one’s life.  If you have never read this book, I highly commend it to you.  It is truly a classic – good for the soul.  It will enlarge both your head and your heart for God in ways that most books written by mortals can’t and won’t (especially the likes of books being written in our day and age).  So, get a copy of Knowing God at your earliest convenience and be blessed as you read it with your head and heart.

Here is the bit on common pitfalls in seeking God’s guidance from J.I. Packer:   Continue reading

The Best New Year Resolution Ever!

knowinggodbanKnowing God is the best resolution that anyone can make at any time, but especially at the beginning of a New Year.  Knowing God is eternal life. “…This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). 

The LORD says, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).  Does this describe you?   Continue reading

Common Pitfalls in Seeking God’s Guidance – J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer has a very helpful section in his book, Knowing God on common pitfalls when it comes to seeking God’s guidance in one’s life.  If you have never read this book, I highly commend it to you.  It is truly a classic – good for the soul.  It will enlarge both your head and your heart for God in ways that most books written by mortals can’t and won’t (especially the likes of books being written in our day and age).  So, get a copy of Knowing God at your earliest convenience and be blessed as you read it with your head and heart. Continue reading

Common Pitfalls in Seeking God’s Guidance

J. I. Packer has a very helpful section in his book, Knowing God on common pitfalls when it comes to seeking God’s guidance in one’s life.  If you have never read this book, I highly commend it to you.  It is truly a classic – good for the soul.  It will enlarge both your head and your heart for God in ways that most books written by mortals can’t and won’t (especially the likes of books being written in our day and age).  So, get a copy of Knowing God at your earliest convenience and be blessed as you read it with your head and heart.

Here is the bit on common pitfalls in seeking God’s guidance from J.I. Packer:   Continue reading

What is a Christian?

What (or who) is a Christian?  For those of us who profess to be Christians, this question might seem bizarre and rather irrelevant.  Why?  Because we have led ourselves to believe that we have gone past the stage where such a question would be relevant.  We are on to “bigger” and “better” things.  Perhaps so.  But the danger with that mentality is it does more to reflect the shallowness of our faith than it does its depth.  It is vitally important that we often stop and ask ourselves, “Am I  a Christian?”  “Am I truly saved?”  Perhaps an equally important question which should immediately follow the preceding introspective questions is what J. I. Packer answers so well in his classic, Knowing God.  In response to the question, “What is a Christian?”, Packer writes:   Continue reading

KNOWING GOD AND BEING KNOWN BY GOD

What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it – the fact that He knows me.  I am graven on the palms of His hands.  I am never out of His mind.  All my knowledge of Him depends on His sustained initiative in knowing me.  I know Him, because He first knew me, and continues to know me.  He knows me as a friend, one who loves me; and there is no moment when His eye is off me, or His attention distracted from me, and no moment, therefore, when His care falters.   Continue reading