Tuesday, November 15, 2016

of mushrooms, toadstools, and trees



Commenting on tendencies to manipulate religious "decisions," as opposed to making disciples, C.H. Spurgeon once wrote:

"If, for a moment, our improvements seem to produce a larger result than the old gospel, it will be the growth of mushrooms, it may even be of toadstools; but it is not the growth of trees of the Lord."

I ask all DPC'ers to take a moment now and pray for our ministries to our children and to our youth.

Pray:

  • that all leaders, teachers, and parents may grow deep in the things of Christ themselves, refusing to settle for spiritual shallowness or artificiality and truly forsaking the casual, cultural counterfeit version of Christianity
  • that these ministries may be used of the Holy Spirit to produce genuine conversions
  • that the Spirit will work powerfully in the hearts of our children and youth, producing mighty trees, not mushrooms and toadstools
  • that these precious souls may grow up ready to "count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus"
  • that they will grow into champions of God's truth and heralds of God's grace
  • that they will faithfully persevere in Christ... which is the one grace you cannot fake 

And may we persevere in these prayers, waiting for the Lord, with faith.

"Who knows but that prayers offered in faith remain yet to be answered." ~Iain Murray



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Some Post-Election Reading...



The Election Is Over.  Let's Get Political., by Jonathan Leeman
http://tinyurl.com/pzkowhj

President Trump: Now What For The Church?, by Russell Moore
http://tinyurl.com/p5yu7vo

Two Concerns For The Religious Right Under President Trump, by Collin Hansen
http://tinyurl.com/obv5far

Some late-night thoughts about the most stunning election of my lifetime, by Denny Burk
http://tinyurl.com/ngtsgnk

May God Bless President Trump, by David French
http://tinyurl.com/o2thb44





Friday, November 4, 2016

When Entering The Wilderness...



This Sunday at DPC we'll be considering the (first) season of his life when Moses was forced to enter the "wilderness"... which is a situation we all eventually find ourselves in, one way or another.

It's not where we want to be living.  It's not what we want to be doing.  It's not the life we imagined and hoped for.

But this is where life has now taken us, either as consequence of sin or as providence of God or just as part of the facts of existence in a fallen world, where sin & suffering & death are daily realities.

When that is our situation, this prayer from John Wesley (1703-1791) is full of wisdom:

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you;
let me be full, let me be empty;
let me have all things, let me have nothing;
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

The wilderness.  According to what we read in the Scriptures, that's where God does some of his best work with his people.

Come join us this Sunday...