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When A Sinner Is Saved

We have two black cats – Luke and Leia. By and large, our cats are calm, social, and low-maintenance.

Well, there is one exception to the calmness: when they are ready to eat and we are not ready to feed them. When Luke and Leia think that meal time has come, they will let you know it. Their incessant meowing and whatever else you call that noise will not cease until food has been placed in their bowls. You cannot calm or silence them in any other way until you feed them.

Image result for nineveh revivalNow imagine for a moment what the city of Nineveh was like after the ¾ of a million people responded in salvation to Jonah’s message and the ruler of the city proclaimed a city-wide for the people…and the animals (Jonah 3:6-8)!

The animals would have no idea why they weren’t being fed. And when they got hungry, they would let you know.

Imagine walking through the city of Nineveh and hearing the meows, moos, barks and tweets (that’s birds, not Twitter) of every animal who was being deprived of food. What a loud event this must have been!

The ruler of Nineveh wanted everyone in the city – from the noblest king to the lowest animal – to properly place themselves under the merciful and gracious God. He wanted every creature you saw in the city to have a visible reminder of the great work of God in salvation.

When God intervenes in our faith for salvation, we ought to shout it from the rooftops. If the angels in heaven are throwing their own party (Luke 15:10), shouldn’t we find a way to display the riches of God’s grace that have been shown to even one sinner?

I am praying for such an opportunity in my life.

In my sphere of influence, I want to see someone come to Christ. I want to rejoice with them; I want to celebrate their deliverance from darkness into light.

Maybe I will even celebrate my proclaiming a household fast and keep those cats meowing for a while.

 

 

A Conference Worth Streaming

My favorite conference this year, even though I didn’t get to attend it, was the G3 Conference and their treatment of the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. I would encourage you to go to youtube.com and search for the below messages that will feed you, instruct you, convict you, and inspire you.

  • Session 1 – Josh Buice – “Doctrines Worthy of Death and Scripture Worship of Preaching”
  • Session 2 – Tim Challies – “Let the Gospel Give You Your Song”
  • Session 3 – David Miller – “Preaching Justification Expositionally”
  • Session 4 – D.A. Carson – “Laying the Foundation”
  • Session 5 – Steve Lawson – “Justification by Faith Alone”
  • Session 6 – Paul Washer – “The Sufficiency of Scripture: God’s Church God’s Way”
  • Session 7 – James White – “The Atonement: The Strongest Refutation of Rome’s Eucharistic Errors”
  • Session 8 – D.A. Carson – “Soli Deo Gloria”
  • Session 9 – Phil Johnson – “Love Not the World”
  • Session 10 – Conrad Mbewe – “Biblical Reformation Requires Courageous Preachers of God’s Word”
  • Session 11 – Voddie Baucham – “The Need for Reformation in Evangelical Ecclesiology”
  • Session 12 – Steve Lawson – “The Reformation Was a Recovery of the Gospel”
  • Session 13 – Conrad Mbewe – “Satan Has Asked to Sift You”
  • Session 14 – Paul Washer – “The Ever-Present Danger of Apostasy”
  • Session 15 – Voddie Baucham – “The Need for Reformation in Worship”

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Just In Case You Missed It – May 30-June 6, 2017

  1. May 30, 2017 – “Seattle Reboot: Life After Mars Hill” by Sarah Eekhof Zylstra (The Gospel Coaliton). It’s been years since Mark Driscoll resigned from Mars Hills. This article chronicles the story of Mars Hill in the post-Driscoll era.
  2. May 30, 2017 – “Lawsuit for Under-Filled Candy Boxes” by Gene Veith (Cranach: The Blog of Veith). I am surprised this hasn’t happened before.
  3. May 30, 2017 – “4 Practical Threats to the Church Today” by Jared Longshore (Founders Ministries). Obviously, you could add more to this list, but the first threat he mentions is so significant.
  4. June 5, 2017 – “Prioritize Your Church” by Tim Challies. This blogger gives some needed reminders for those Christians who view the church as an afterthought.
  5. June 6, 2017 – “Spurgeon On Mosquitos” by Tony Reinke. Charles Spurgeon does not get enough credit for his sense of humor, as this blog illustrates.

The Verse on Richards Baxter’s Pulpit

Richard Baxter was born in 1615 and lived to the age of 77. He died as a pastor in Kidderminster, England. 

He wrote some monumental books: The Reformed Pastor, A Call to the Unconverted and A Christian Directory. One of his tutors early in life was a man by the name of John Owen. And Owen’s Calvinism rubbed off on Baxter but not all of it, as Baxter remained a godly Arminian until he died.

One of Baxter’s favorite pastoral ministries was visiting the homes of his flock two nights a week. He would go through the streets of his city visiting as many homes as he could in a given evening. When he arrived, he would have a specific purpose: to teach. He would prepare lessons ahead of time and write tracts to deliver to them when he came into each of their homes. Some say every street in his home town had a member of his congregation living there, as a result of this home ministry. He remarked at the end of this life “On the Lord’s Day there was no disorder to be seen in the streets; but you might hear a hundred families singing psalms and repeating sermons as you passed through them.”

Baxter coined the phrase “preaching as a dying man to dying men” and was imprisoned on three different occasions and was publicly flogged during his life for preaching the Gospel. In his book Light from Old Times, J.C. Ryle had this praise for Baxter when he wrote,  “While others were entangling themselves in politics, and burying their dead amidst the potsherds of earth, Baxter was living a crucified life, and daily preaching the Gospel. I suspect he was the best and wisest pastor that an English parish ever had, and a model that many a modern rector or vicar would do well to follow.”  

He was one of the greatest pastors through church history since the apostle Paul and a secret to his ministerial impact could probably be found in a verse that was inscribed on his pulpit that he preached in for decades: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples” (Ps 105:1).