Posted On November 26, 2016

Current Events

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies at age 90

“Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the bearded, cigar-smoking Communist revolutionary who infuriated the United States, inspired both loyalty and loathing from his countrymen and maintained an iron grip on Cuban politics for almost 50 years, died Friday at the age of 90.”

Top 7 Nations With Worst Record of Christian Persecution: Report

“A global charity that investigates the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities has issued a new report that reveals believers are facing a rising level of intolerance and such severe oppression, particularly under seven nations of concern, that “it can scarcely get worse.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

John Piper – Sin Will Never Make You Happy

“With all eternity hanging in the balance, we fight the fight of faith. Our chief enemy is the lie that says sin will make our future happier. Our chief weapon is the truth that says God will make our future happier. And faith is the victory that overcomes the lie, because faith is satisfied with God.”

Joy Hicks – A Faithful Wife

Wives – This is an excellent read.

R. C. Sproul – Do You Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

“In the final analysis, we want the approval of God—but the applause of men can be deafening, and it can cause us to turn our attention toward achieving everything else apart from what Christ set as the priority for His people: to be righteous. Being righteous is not all that complicated; it means doing what is right. We have to have a passion to do what is right.”

Nick Batzig – A Year-End Self-Examination

“As we give ourselves to a year-end self-evaluation, we do so longing to be conformed more and more to the image of Christ. We do so in order to do those things that are pleasing to our Father in Heaven and to be a blessing to His people; and, we do so knowing that God has given us a never failing treasury of grace and mercy in Christ to whom we must flee when we acknowledge our many failings and spiritual short-comings.”

Mike Leake – Should I Rejoice When My Enemy Falls, or Not?

“A heart which can full-on celebrate the fall, the losses, the stumbling, or the calamity upon even the most vile of sinner has likely missed the very essence of the gospel; namely, that I’m that vile sinner who just so happened to have been rescued by grace.”

Randy Alcorn – Parents: It’s Time to Wake Up About Pornography, Sexting, and Your Children

“This is a battle for our children, with their lives and futures at stake. May Christian parents answer the Lord’s call to protect their children, and train them in the joys of purity.”

Servants of Grace has kicked a new study on the book of 1 John. Please check out what was posted this past week:

Charlie Handren – Testing the Spirits

David Dunham – The Two Loves

Matthew Adams – Overcoming the World

Origins/Science:

Gary Bates – The False Gospel of Darwinism

“Modern discoveries only continue to challenge evolutionary theory (hence why it keeps being modified) while at the same time, validating Scripture. The Christian faith and its historical record (the Bible) has not been falsified, and neither has its founder, who is the source of all truth and life.”

Jim Owen – The Nature of the Neo-Darwinian Evangelicals’ Criticism of Young-Earth Creationists

“Those who embrace neo-Darwinism as the true history of origins and man’s early history are determined to capture and reinterpret Christianity in conformity with their neo-Darwinian beliefs—beliefs that deny any real history to the first eleven chapters of Genesis.”

Greg Hall – Do You Really Understand “Worldview”?

“By systematically training our children from a biblical starting point, we can instill in them the necessary components of a biblical worldview. We must also consider that none of these arguments matter if our children are not followers of Christ. Preaching the gospel to them and helping them understand the true nature of repentance and faith in Christ is a crucial starting point. As we teach them apologetics and help them learn how to study the Bible to feed their own souls, we will be fostering a faith that will withstand the attacks from the world.”

Oldies but Goodies

Thomas Watson – Blessed Are Those Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake (Matthew 5:10)

“While Christians are wading through the deep waters of persecution — they should fix the eyes of their faith on the land of promise. ‘Great is your reward in heaven!’ Those who bear the cross patiently — shall wear the crown triumphantly!”

J. C. Ryle – Christian Zeal

“Think of your Savior, and all His zeal for you. Think of Him in Gethsemane and on Calvary, shedding His blood for sinners. Think of His life and death — His sufferings and His doings. This He has done for you. What are you doing for Him? Oh, resolve that for the time to come you will spend and be spent for Christ! Awake! be zealous and repent!”

John Colquhoun – The Difference Between True and Counterfeit Repentance

“A man may abhor sin more for the shame which attends it than for the malignity and odiousness which are in it; and he may hate one sin because it is contrary to another which he loves dearly. The sincere penitent, on the contrary, hates all sin as sin, and abhors it chiefly for the evil that is in it.”

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