Concierge for August 2017

Online Points of Interest

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During my days of hotel work, I often served as a concierge. Guests often asked for recommendations to local points of interest. These points might be things to do, attractions to see or places to eat.

Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online for guests to this blog. Here are some of my favorite places found in August of 2017.

Tabletalk Magazine

Ligonier Ministries announced that they have created this new site for Tabletalk Magazine. This is a great monthly periodical that has featured articles around a central theme. Plus every day of the month they have a Daily Study that is 1 page about a passage of Scripture. Each study ends with a Coram Deo (Living Before the Face of God) section that applies the study to your spiritual life. I cannot recommend a site more highly that I do for this one.

Do We Trust the Bible to Tell Us Truthfully What God Commands? by Albert Mohler

If you have not noticed the sexual revolution that is occurring in our culture, you have been asleep. Dr. Mohler provides a clear answer as to why Bible believing Christians cannot go along with this revolution.

Why not just join the revolution? This question seems obvious to many people who look at conservative Christians and honestly wonder why we cannot just change our views on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and the entire constellation of LGBT issues. We are constantly told that we must abandon the clear teachings of the Bible in order to get “on the right side of history.”

But, it’s not that we don’t understand the argument—we just cannot accept it.

The Secrets of Spurgeon’s Preaching by Lewis Drummond

This is a reprint of an article that first appeared in Christian History magazine in 1991. You may not be a preacher, but I assure you there is much for you in this biographical sketch of the preaching of Charles Spurgeon. I referenced the following paragraph from this article in a recent sermon that I preached.

When people would walk through the Metropolitan Tabernacle (as New Park Street Church became known), Spurgeon would take them to a basement prayer room where people were always on their knees interceding for the church. Then the pastor would declare, “Here is the powerhouse of this church.”

The Father of the English Bible by Joseph Carmichael

This article in Credo Magazine recounts the efforts of William Tyndale in bringing the Bible to English speaking folks in the early 16th century. Most of us have a Bible to read because of the tireless efforts of Tyndale. Read this short article to get a clearer picture of one for whom we should be thankful to God. His translating work cost him his physical life.

On March 6, 1536 he was strangled and burned at the stake. His final words were a prayer and petition, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.” Though unintended as an answer to Tyndale’s dying prayer, the very king that prosecuted Tyndale, Henry VIII, in 1538 decreed that a copy of the scriptures in an English translation be placed in every parish church in his domain.

I Don’t Love to Pray, But I Want To by William Boekestein

Even if you love to pray, this article will help you love it even more. But most of us can probably relate with the confession that is the title of the piece. You will learn from Jesus’ own teaching to his disciples on the subject of prayer.

In his prayer, Jesus models what godly prayer is like: prayer should be God-centered and kingdom-focused. It must include confession of sin and thanksgiving for his provision. Through prayer we must seek what we need for body and soul so that we can live as children of heaven in a fallen world.

Satan Has a Forked Tongue by Emma Scrivener

Some mistakenly think that Satan will leave us once we become a follower of Jesus. Sometimes he whispers in our ears. Other times he shouts in our faces.

Satan has a forked tongue. He speaks with two voices, not one. He’s the tempter and the accuser. He’s licentious and legalistic. He provokes us to shame and to pride. And just when you think you’ve resisted one, the other grabs you from behind.

But whatever the lie, Satan’s strategy is the same: to pull our focus away from Jesus. In temptation he’ll distract us from Christ’s beauty. When we sin, he’ll distract us from Christ’s mercy. His one goal is always to lead us away from Jesus.

Pray Like You Mean It from The Archives

5 years ago (August 2012) I posted this article based on Jesus’ instruction on prayer found in Matthew 6.

Your whole being is wrapped up in praying. Prayer is welling up from deep within us. Our hearts yearn to communicate with our Father. Our mind is diligently centered on him. Our lips utter cries of devotion. Our bodies rise and fall in unison with the workings of our soul.