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  • The Meaning of God’s Will (pt. 4)

    from R.C. Sproul May 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    This aspect of the will of God refers to what is pleasing and agreeable to God. It expresses something of the attitude of God to his creatures. Some things are "well pleasing in his sight," while other things are said to grieve him. He may allow (but not via moral permission) wicked things to transpire, but he is by no means pleased by them. Keep Reading
  • The Meaning of God’s Will (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul May 22, 2009 Category: Articles

    Habakkuk's famous statement "the just shall live by faith" (Habakkuk 2:4, kjv) is found three times in the New Testament. It has become a slogan of evangelical Protestantism, whose emphasis has been upon the doctrine of justification by faith alone. This slogan, containing a hint of the essence of the Christian life, has its focal point in the biblical concept of righteousness. Keep Reading
  • The Meaning of God’s Will (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul May 21, 2009 Category: Articles

    Theologians describe that will by which God decrees things to come to pass according to his supreme sovereignty as the "decretive will of God." This is also sometimes called "God's sovereign efficacious will"; by it God brings to pass whatsoever he wills. When God sovereignly decrees something in this sense, nothing can thwart its coming to pass. Keep Reading
  • The Meaning of God’s Will (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul May 20, 2009 Category: Articles

    We yearn for simple answers to difficult questions. We want clarity. We desire to cut through the entanglements to the heart of the question. Sometimes the answers are simple enough in themselves, but the process of finding them is laborious and confusing along the way. Sometimes the answers are simplistic, giving us temporary relief from the pressures and the burdens of confusing questions. However, there is a profound difference between the simple answer and the simplistic answer. The simple answer is correct; it accounts for all the data found in the complex problem. It is clear and can be easily grasped in its fullness. It abides, being able to stand the test of rigorous questioning. Keep Reading
  • Can I Know God’s Will?

    from R.C. Sproul May 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    Alice in Wonderland came to a fork in the road. Icy panic stung her as she stood frozen by indecision. She lifted her eyes toward heaven, looking for guidance. Her eyes did not find God, only the Cheshire cat leering at her from his perch in the tree above. "Which way should I go?" blurted Alice. Keep Reading
  • Recovering Emphasis on Prayer

    from R.C. Sproul May 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    How can we as evangelicals recover the emphasis on prayer in worship that our Reformed forebears understood? Let me mention some ways. Keep Reading
  • The Christian and Art (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    Rembrandt used a fascinating technique whenever he painted his portraits, much like Michelangelo did when he created his sculptures. He used a technique later described by German philosophers (particularly Herder) as the "fruitful moment." (The German word for moment means "the blink of an eye.") Keep Reading
  • The Christian and Art (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 29, 2009 Category: Articles

    If we move from the realm of creation to the realm of biblical history, again we see dimensions of God's involvement in art. In the Old Testament, God ordained and commanded the building of the tabernacle and later of the temple. These were extravagant projects of art. By divine imperative, the children of Israel were commanded to bring their gold and silver, to melt them down, and to use them for adorning the vessels that would be a part of the holy place and of the holy of holies. The finest wood was brought from the distant mountains of Lebanon. They imported the perfect wood of the cedars to be used in the construction of the temple. Certain craftsmen, like Bezalel and Oholiab, were given charismatic gifts, special supernatural endowments by God, so that they could perform their artistic tasks of forming, shaping, and polishing the furniture and the utensils of the tabernacle (Exodus 31:6). God spent the energy of His Holy Spirit on an artistic enterprise. There was nothing "tacky" about the temple. It was a building whose excellence in every way called attention to the glory of the God whose house it was. Keep Reading
  • The Christian and Art (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    I lived in the city of Amsterdam during the 1960s. As I walked through the city, I recognized the names on many of the street corners. There was Beethoven Straat, Vanderhelstlaan, and Rembrandt Plein. The streets and places that I encountered there often bore the name of famous composers or artists. Keep Reading
  • How Are We to Keep the Sabbath in Today’s Society?

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 26, 2009 Category: Articles

    Within the Christian church there are three leading options for answering your question. Some Christians believe that the Sabbath was an Old Testament ordinance and has no application to the New Testament church. No less a giant than Saint Augustine took the position that the Sabbath was not carried over into the New Testament community and therefore has been fulfilled and was done away with through the work of Christ. There are Christians who feel that there is no particular significance to Sabbath keeping today, although they make up a very small minority. Keep Reading

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