For the Love of Bibles: The Pilgrim Study Bible

Pilgrim Study Bible

I love Bibles. As a family, we probably own fifty of them. I have never taken the time to actually count how many Bibles we have. Bibles come in all shapes and sizes and colors and versions. From the little Gideon’s pocket New Testament to the critically acclaimed ESV Study Bible that weighs in at over 4 lbs., you don’t have to search far in my office or at our house to find a copy of God’s Word.

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Hunger to Hear a Word of God from a Man of God

This account (circa 1740) of a farmer’s desire to hear the Word proclaimed in might by the popular evangelist George Whitefield causes my heart to well up with strong desire for our nation to again be touched with another spiritual great awakening:

Now it pleased God to send Mr. Whitefield into this land and my hearing of his preaching at Philadelphia, like one of the old apostles, and many thousands flocking after him to hear the gospel and great numbers converted to Christ, I felt the Spirit of God drawing me by conviction . . .

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He Autographs Our Hearts

One of the perks of growing up in the home of a journalist was my dad’s penchant for getting baseball autographs for me.

Personalized autographs from Cardinal greats Stan Musial and Lou Brock, home run king Hank Aaron (he’s still the home run king in my book), hits king Pete Rose and other All-Stars from the late 1970s and early 1980s adorned my wall as a kid. I was proud of those autographs.

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Are you ready to talk about Jesus?

“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” – 1 Peter 3.15

“In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, Christians are stuttering.” – Howard Hendricks

How prepared are you to talk to others about Jesus?  In our small groups at Harvest, we have started a DVD series from Way of the Master. I’ve seen the first two episodes and am very impressed. If you’d like to know more about becoming equipped to share your faith, check out the Way of the Master website.

Why Did You Choose to Follow Christ?

“I chose to follow Christ because it made sense to me.”

Several years ago I was engaged in conversation with a close friend about the mystery of salvation, specifically why some people choose to follow Christ and some walk away from Christ, saying no. The quote above is from my friend that day. He said that it just made good sense to him and so he accepted Christ as His Lord and Savior.

Is this why people come to faith in Christ?  Is this what the Bible teaches about why people come to saving faith in Christ?

I believe the answer is yes and no.

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Happy Birthday John! You’re Turning the Big Five-O-O.

John Calvin turns 500 on July 10th. He is one of the most influential, and controversial, theologians in history.  It is unfortunate that the average American probably doesn’t even know who he is. And the average Christian in America probably has heard his name in a rather derisive way. Controversy surrounds him because of the God’s Sovereignty/Free Will debate and his role (hotly debated) in the burning of the heretic Michael Servetus.

Even if you don’t agree completely with his theological system (I don’t completely agree), it is important to note that his life and ministry was devoted to the centrality and supremacy and majesty of the glory of God. A worthy goal indeed. If you have the time this week, I encourage you to take in this breathtaking biographical sketch of Calvin by John Piper to a gathering of pastors.

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