Concierge 15.09.04

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Eight Reasons Why We Need the Puritans

by Jeff Robinson

  1. Because they were mature and we are not.
  2. Because they understood the deep sinfulness of the human heart.
  3. Because they knew their best life was later.
  4. Because they viewed the family as a little church.
  5. Because they saw all of life as being lived coram deo – before the face of God.
  6. Because they were highly decorated soldiers on the spiritual battlefield.
  7. Because they were skilled physicians of the soul.
  8. Because they understood contentment in Christ as the key to genuine happiness.

Your Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith

by Vaneetha Rendall

When my plans crumble and God takes me away from my dreams, I must trust in God’s infinite wisdom. When my cup of suffering seems too much to bear, I need to rest in his immeasurable love. When my life spins out of control, I need to remember God’s absolute sovereignty.

The Importance of What We Do in Secret

by Derek Thomas

Just how genuine is our relationship with the Lord Jesus? It is altogether possible to practice an outward display of piety—to “talk the talk”—without demonstrating any inner reality of godliness.

Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?

by R.C. Sproul

Consider this question: “Is it possible for an unregenerate person to have any true affection for Christ?” My answer is no; affection for Christ is a result of the Spirit’s work. That is what regeneration is all about; that is what the Spirit does in quickening. God the Holy Spirit changes the disposition of our souls and the inclination of our hearts. Before regeneration, we are cold, hostile, or indifferent (which is the worst kind of hostility) to the things of God, having no honest affection for Him, because we are in the flesh, and the flesh does not love the things of God. Love for God is kindled by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, who pours the love of God into our hearts.

A Note to Christian Men

by Matthew Holst

Their first reaction when an woman walks in is to look her up and down. A momentary evaluation which will decide whether she is worth a few more lingering looks and thoughts. Within a second or two they have decided whether to get back to work or to look again. A two second evaluation and it is done. Worth it. Not worth it.

Teaching Our Children the Raw Parts of Scripture

by Nick Batzig

Whether it is the record of Cain murdering his brother, the sexual sin of the men of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham’s sin with Hagar, Judah’s sin with his prostitute-pretending daughter-in-law, Simeon and Levi’s cruel treatment of the men of Shechem, the betrayal of Josephs’ brothers or the attempt of Potiphar’s wife to lure Joseph into her bed, you don’t have to move out of the first book of the Bible to come across what I like to call the “raw parts of Scripture.”

Why Football Is a Big Deal in Oklahoma

by Juliana Keeping

I am a product of the football fields of Oklahoma. In this article a non-football writer learns about the game that binds towns together. There is even a Grapes of Wrath reference that is well placed.

Taps in Tacoma

This week’s video is a feel good one that features a man in Tacoma, WA playing taps every evening at sunset on his trumpet. Watch how his neighbors respond.