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  • Yearning for God

    from R.C. Sproul Aug 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    In a sense we are fortunate that we cannot see God. If for one second the veil were removed and we caught a brief glimpse of the face of God, we would perish instantly. His effulgence is so brilliant, His glory so dazzling, that in our present corrupted state we could not bear the sight of Him. He remains invisible both as a curse and as an act of protecting grace. As long as we remain infected by sin we are doomed to wander in His world sightless with respect to Him. We may be comforted by His Word and healed by the secret ministration of His Spirit, but we cannot see the supreme beauty of His face. Keep Reading
  • Seeing God

    from R.C. Sproul Aug 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18, KJV). We hear this verse quoted frequently in order that we may be inspired and challenged to move with intensity toward a future goal. We applaud the leader who is a visionary, one who can paint a picture of a better future and show us the way to attain it. We are a goal-oriented society. We need a dream, a target to aim for if we are to get our adrenaline moving and our passions stirred. Keep Reading
  • The Faces of Ministry at Ligonier: Todd Jackson

    from Deborah Finnamore Aug 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    Everything we do centers around our purpose to awaken as many people as possible to the holiness of God by proclaiming, teaching, and defending God's holiness in all its fullness. Over time in a series of posts we would like to introduce you to the people at Ligonier Ministries who serve in the various capacities that make this ministry possible. Keep Reading
  • 2009 Expositors’ Conference

    from Keith Mathison Aug 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    Reformation Trust authors Steven Lawson and Joel Beeke will be the speakers for the 2009 Expositors' Conference on September 28-29 at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. Take time to learn about great preachers of the past, including Luther, Calvin, Edwards, Whitefield, Spurgeon, Boice, and others. A special pre-conference with Dr. Joel Beeke is scheduled for September 27th. Keep Reading
  • Affirming Divine Sovereignty

    from R.C. Sproul Aug 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    Our God remains incomprehensible and retains His simplicity. He tells us in His Word that He is not a God of confusion but of order. He is not at war with Himself. He is altogether good, altogether holy, and altogether sovereign. This we must affirm to maintain a biblical concept of divine sovereignty. Yet we must always balance this understanding with a clear understanding that God always exercises His power and authority according to His holy character. Keep Reading
  • The Great Divorce

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Aug 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    A month or so ago I wrote about GK Chesterton, and in particular his book Orthodoxy, in a little piece titled The Wizard of Ahhs. Like most people before I met Chesterton I met Lewis. I remember whose house I was in (it belonged to a family on staff at the old Ligonier Valley Study Center), which room I was in (the guest bedroom, this family was looking after me for the night) and where I was in that room, (near the door, in a sleeping bag) when I first read Lewis. It was The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I was hooked. I read, of course, the rest of Narnia. I read the Space Trilogy. (That Hideous Strength remains my favorite work of fiction and will one day be covered here.) Then I read Mere Christianity, and promptly decided that Lewis should stick to fiction. I didn't, and don't care for that classic work, though I haven't yet discerned why. Likely it is a severe character flaw in me. Keep Reading
  • Quitting and Finding Church

    from David Wells Aug 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    I am in the middle of reading two books simultaneously, one at my office today and the other I will resume at home tonight. My day book is Julia Duin's Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What to Do About It. It is a quick, breezy read, though its subject matter is disconcerting. My night book is actually two volumes that somehow passed me by several years ago. Now I am trying to catch up. This is Iain Murray's twelve-hundred page biography of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It is a slow read. But if it is slow, perhaps cluttered with too many details, it is nevertheless also deeply satisfying. And this is so not simply because it has conjured up many warm memories of sitting under this extraordinary ministry. I would often walk back to my digs in central London feeling as if I had been renewed enough from that one sermon to last for a lifetime. That aside, this biography is satisfying because here one glimpses a spiritual reality which, flawed as it no doubt was, is something for which people today are yearning and often not finding. Keep Reading
  • Conforming to God’s Holiness

    from R.C. Sproul Aug 09, 2009 Category: Articles

    God is called holy not only because of what He does, but also because of who He is. Originally the term referred more to God's being than His action or behavior. For us to be called saints ("holy ones"), we must have a catharsis. We must be made clean. No unclean thing can stand before the presence of a holy God. That which is unclean is profane in His eyes. For us to be holy to God, our unclean, unholy moral imperfection msut be purged and our sin removed from us. That is why the absolutely necessary condition for redemption is atonement. Without atonement we would remain always and forever unclean and unholy before His penetrating gaze. Keep Reading
  • Comprehending God’s Goodness

    from R.C. Sproul Aug 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    As a child, the first prayer I ever learned was a simple table grace. It went like this: "God is great, God is good. And we thank Him for this food." At the time, I did not realize that a single biblical word captured the twin ideas of God's greatness and His goodness. The single word is holy. Keep Reading
  • God Loves a Cheerful Giver

    from James Harvey Aug 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    I love the movie Chariots of Fire. Now over twenty-five years old, the movie remains a compelling testimony of God blessing the faithful use of our gifts and talents. The film chronicles the life of Eric Liddell, a Scottish missionary who was an Olympic-caliber sprinter. At one point in the movie Eric discusses his love of running with his sister Jennie. She is concerned that running is interfering with his call to the mission field. Juxtaposing his own sense of purpose to serve with his love of running, he says to Jennie: "I believe that God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure." When we use the gifts God gives us for the purpose He intends, we do indeed feel His pleasure. Eric Liddell was made to run. Keep Reading

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