Concierge 15.07.31

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The Key to the Christian’s Joy

by R.C. Sproul

Sometimes we struggle to grasp the biblical view of joy because of the way it is defined and described in Western culture today. In particular, we often confuse joy with happiness.

What Gives God Pleasure

by Tim Challies

What makes you happy? What pleasures do you pursue? That might be one of the most important things about you. Where your pleasures are, there your heart will be. And let’s ask a related question: What makes God happy? What pleasures does God pursue? That might be one of the most important things about God.

Cultivating Contentment

by John MacArthur

For the Christian, personal contentment—being satisfied with what God has given us—is a vital aspect of personal holiness and integrity.

Contentment is fundamental to integrity because a man who is content is far less vulnerable to the worldly enticements and distractions that Satan throws at him.

Keys to Contentment:

  1. Realize God’s goodness and believe that as our Father, He will take care of us.
  2. Treasure the truth that God is omniscient.
  3. Consider what we deserve.
  4. Recognize His sovereign supremacy.
  5. Remind ourselves that worldly wealth and possessions are not the true riches.

Vengeance Is Mine

by Bruce Ware

Should the future suffering of the non-elect, particularly the future suffering of those who currently inflict suffering on the elect, play any part in a Christian’s comfort, or hope, or in his understanding of his own unjust sufferings?

God and Donald Trump

by Timothy George

Something seems to be missing from this dialogue. To be sure, Mr. Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business where, presumably, the curriculum is stronger on entrepreneurship than spirituality. He makes no pretentions of being a theologian. Fair enough. And yet, the call to confession and the need for forgiveness are so central to the entire Christian tradition, and particularly to the Reformed and Presbyterian versions of it, that it is hard to see how it could have made so little impression.

Looking Away From Abortion

by Ross Douthat

But the reluctance to look closely doesn’t change the truth of what there is to see. Those were dead human beings on Richard Selzer’s street 40 years ago, and these are dead human beings being discussed on video today: Human beings that the nice, idealistic medical personnel at Planned Parenthood have spent their careers crushing, evacuating, and carving up for parts.

A Book in his Hand, A Burden on his Back

by Derek Thomas

The featured sermon this week is  from the 2015 Regional Conference of Ligonier Ministries in San Francisco. Derek Thomas employs a picture from The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (use the link to get a free Kindle version of the book) to preach of the importance of the Bible in the life of a Christian as he makes his pilgrimage in the world.