• God’s Provision for the Weary Pilgrim Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2012

    The distractions of the world and the temptations of the Devil would be enough to derail almost any pilgrim on their journey to heaven. But add to these the manifold frailties of our sinful flesh, and this triumvirate of Christian foes would seem to rule out any hope of reaching the Celestial City. Devotion and zeal can fade with every bend in the road until we are lost and alone. Despair and anxiety set in. Such have been the struggles of all pilgrims. Because of the One who sets us on our pilgrimage, we leave the delusional comforts of our … View Resource

  • Keep On Article by Eric Alexander

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2012

    While I was still a theological student, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones came from London to Glasgow to preach at the great St. Andrews Hall. This auditorium held more than two thousand people. It was packed, and the preaching was wonderful. After the meeting finished, I was waiting at the side of the platform for transport home. A long line of people were waiting to speak to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, and because I was fairly close to them, I heard some of the conversations. Interestingly, I noticed that every encounter ended in the same way: “Keep on!” was the doctor’s final exhortation … View Resource

  • He Is Able Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2005

    When I was young, I received an odd birthday gift. It was odd on two counts. First, it was a book. I did not read unless absolutely necessary. The other odd thing was the subject of the book. It was nothing more than an anthology of people’s failures. The title of the book is The Incomplete Book of Failures. I never understood the point of the book except maybe to help me find someone to laugh at. Little did I know at that time that I was worthy to be numbered among that incomplete list of failures. During my younger … View Resource

  • Long December Article by Mark Dever

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2005

    This month is a time for decisions. A year is ending, another is about to begin. We remember Christ’s decision to come to earth and take on flesh. The gatherings of families remind us of those nearest and dearest. Many people have anniversaries around Christmas. The most important of all decisions is to turn from our sins and to trust in Christ. The little letter of Jude shows us the contrast between a life lived with true faith and a life lived without it. “Faith” in the Greek is both a verb and a noun, more like our word “trust … View Resource

  • Ready for the End? Article by Mark Dever

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2005

    It’s sixty years ago now that William Laurence wrote, “Observers in the tail of our ship saw a giant ball of fire rise as though from the bowels of the earth, belching forth enormous white smoke rings.” This is just a small part of the description of what must have been one of the most apocalyptic sights ever viewed by humans — the destruction of Nagasaki, Japan, by a single atomic bomb on August 9, 1945. Few people are still alive who actually witnessed that sight on that day. A more terrifying sight can hardly be imagined. Churchill wondered … View Resource

  • In the Hope of His Glory Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    One of the most beautiful passages of Scripture found itself eloquently translated in the seventeenth century: “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early” (Ps. 46:4–5 kjv). The allusion here is simple; the charge, direct. The stream is probably Shiloah, which flowed from the Gihon spring into Jerusalem, God’s city. The stream and where it flowed encompassed two of the most important aspects … View Resource

  • Almost Home Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    Genuine perseverance and assurance are sorely lacking among Christians today. The fruits of perseverance and assurance — diligent use of the means of grace, perseverance in heartfelt obedience to God’s will, desire for fellowship with God, yearning for God’s glory and heaven, love for the church and intercession for revival — all appear to be waning. We desperately need rich, doctrinal thinking about perseverance and assurance coupled with vibrant, sanctified living. What is “perseverance of the saints” and what is “assurance of faith”? How do perseverance and assurance assist each other in the Christian life? Perseverance of the Saints We … View Resource

  • The Means of Persevering Grace Article by W. Robert Godfrey

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    Until the Arminian controversy in the Netherlands in the early seventeenth century, Calvinism did not have five points. Calvinism summarized itself in its great confessions and catechisms and never thought to reduce itself to five points. The Arminians, however, had five attacks on Reformed teaching, which they summarized in 1610. On the fifth point they wrote, in part: “But whether they [those incorporated into Jesus Christ] can through negligence fall away from the first principle of their life in Christ, again embrace the present world, depart from the pure doctrine once given to them, lose the good conscience, and neglect … View Resource

  • Safe and Secure Article by Curtis Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    The biblical doctrine of the perseverance of the saints is referred to by several names, for example, “once saved, always saved,” “the security of the believer,” and “the preservation of the believer.” In each case, the doctrine described says that the elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit, but that they are kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestined … View Resource

  • More Than Conquerors Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    If you have it, you never lose it; if you lose it, you never had it.” This pithy adage gives expression to the doctrine in the church that some call the doctrine of eternal security, while others refer to it as the “perseverance of the saints.” Among the latter group, the perseverance of the saints makes up the fifth point of the so-called “Five Points of Calvinism” that are encapsulated in the acronym TULIP — the “P,” the final point, standing for “perseverance of the saints.” Another way of expressing the doctrine in pithy categories is … View Resource

  • Preserved by God Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying, “Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.” Considering what he accomplished in his life, such a statement is certainly appropriate. Churchill‘s victories demonstrated his ability to persevere to the end. He overcame great odds, and his self-sustained fortitude enabled him to endure the hardships and complexities of political life during the Second World War. While Churchill’s assertion is accurate, it is only accurate insofar as it pertains to our natural human capability. Churchill’s call to persevere to save … View Resource

  • Keeping Our Eyes On Christ Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    I think that I have heard more sermons based on Hebrews 12 than on any other passage of Scripture. Actually, to be even more precise, I believe that I have heard more sermons based on Hebrews 12:1–2 than any other passage from the Bible. As such, these two verses are among my “favorites” when I am asked to list the Scriptures that have been particularly meaningful to me. One reason I think that I enjoy these verses so much is that I tend to be an easily distracted person. No matter where I am or what I am doing … View Resource

  • Things That Cannot Be Shaken Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    The entire epistle to the Hebrews seeks to encourage tired and suffering believers to keep looking to Christ in order not to lose heart and give up the good fight. God’s good providence has ordained that we all must pass through many tests — some of them very painful. Hebrews says that only if we will keep the end in view, shall we make it successfully, no matter how excruciatingly the vice of temporal difficulty presses us in its iron grip. That was the problem of the Hebrew converts to whom this epistle was primarily addressed. This letter was written … View Resource

  • Privileges Bring Responsibilities Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    The letter to the Hebrews, as our studies throughout the year have shown, is full of Old Testament language and ritual. Running throughout it is an ongoing sense that as believers we are on the move, on a pilgrimage through the wilderness. This motif echoes in our ears as we turn the pages. We are seeking to reach the land of rest (4:1). Indeed we can already come near enough to see the throne of its King (4:16; 10:19). It is the throne of grace before which Christ our High Priest stands. So we run the race … View Resource

  • How Long Will it Last? Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2004

    He’s going through a religious phase.” How often did you overhear that being said about you in your early days as an openly professing follower of Jesus Christ? Admittedly the sheer force of conversion on an untaught mind can lead to us drawing confused notions of exactly what has happened to us. Looking back on my own conversion I feel sure my parents must have thought I was going through a decidedly unbalanced “religious phase” as the golf clubs to which I had long been devoted (even at the tender age of fourteen!) were relegated to the cupboard for … View Resource