I run across a good bit of material that I think would be beneficial to others, but may not fit into the categories or goals of this site. This material shared in a quick blog post but don’t get added to the permanent pages of the site.

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For the past 5-6 years I have had the privilege of leading a men’s group that meets in our home. I love getting together with my brothers to encourage and pray for one another as we study God’s Word.  We cover a good bit of material and there is always great discussion and lots of really good questions. Sometimes it’s not until after our meeting that a helpful resource comes to mind.

Also, by God’s grace, I’m able to read, listen to, and explore lots of good content (books, audiobook, sermons, podcasts, articles, apps, etc.) throughout the week. I will be posting links to the ones that really stood out to me or seemed to be the most encouraging, interesting, or just plain fun!

Links & Resources

What Does It Mean for a Man to Lead His Family Spiritually? by John Piper (podcast episode)

I Am by Matt Chandler (sermon)

Joy is Not an Option by John Piper (article)

Creating Shade for Your Children, Part 3 by John MacArthur (sermon)

Creating Shade for Your Children, Part 4 by John MacArthur (sermon)

Is it OK to Expect Our Kids to Obey? by David & Kelli Pritchard (podcast episode)

Think It Not Strange: Fiery Trials and the Testimony of Christ by John Piper (sermon)

Panel Discussion from the Bethlehem 2016 Pastor’s Conference with John Piper, Leonce Crump II, Tim Keesee, and Jason Meyer (audio/video)

Interview with Gus Lee (Part 2) by David & Kelli Pritchard (podcast episode)

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung (book)

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life by The Guardian (article)

Metal for Facebook and Twitter (Android app)

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For the past 5-6 years I have had the privilege of leading a men’s group that meets in our home. I love getting together with my brothers to encourage and pray for one another as we study God’s Word.  We cover a good bit of material and there is always great discussion and lots of really good questions. Sometimes it’s not until after our meeting that a helpful resource comes to mind.

Also, by God’s grace, I’m able to read, listen to, and explore lots of good content (books, audiobook, sermons, podcasts, articles, apps, etc.) throughout the week. I will be posting links to the ones that really stood out to me or seemed to be the most encouraging, interesting, or just plain fun!

Links & Resources

Creating Shade for your Children Part 1 and Part 2 by John MacArthur. Two good sermons on godly parenting in today’s culture.

Why We Take a Stand on Gender Roles by Tim Keller, D. A. Carson, and John Piper of The Gospel Coalition (podcast episode).

Male and Female He Created Them by Tim Keller, Kathy Keller, Kathleen Nielson, John Piper, and D. A. Carson (audio/video). A panel discussion from The Gospel Coalition’s 2014 Women’s conference.

Read Scripture Series by The Bible Project. A fantastic set of videos that help your kids (and you) understand the overview of books of the Bible. My family just found these and everyone loves them!

How to Know the Will of God by John Piper (sermon).

Honest Talk About Marriage by Matt and Lauren Chandler with Collin Hansen (podcast episode).

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung (book).

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney (book).

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Tim Keller (book).

You Need A Budget by YNAB (website/app). Personal budgeting software to help you get your family’s finances in order.

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For the past 5-6 years I have had the privilege of leading a men’s group that meets in our home. I love getting together with my brothers to encourage and pray for one another as we study God’s Word.  We cover a good bit of material and there is always great discussion and lots of really good questions. Sometimes it’s not until afterwards that some helpful information comes to mind.

I thought a regular blog post would be the perfect way to provide them and others with resources pertinent to our discussion and their questions. Also, by God’s grace, I’m able to read, listen to, and explore lots of good content (books, audiobook, sermons, podcasts, articles, apps, etc.) throughout the week. I will be posting links to the ones that really stood out to me or seemed to be the most encouraging, interesting, or just plain fun!

Links & Resources

Do More Better by Tim Challies (book) | Paperback | Audible | Kindle | Audio CD |  This is a great little book on being more productive. But he covers more than just a few tips and trick on how to get things done. I love it because he starts with a biblical theology of why it is important for Christians to be good stewards of their time. It’s all about doing more of the right things. He then moves on to practically helping you understand and set good goals, and put systems in place that will help you achieve those goals. He gives great software recommendations and how to setup and use them.

What Does It Mean for a Man to Lead His Family Spiritually? by John Piper (podcast episode). This is a great, short answer with a few practical applications.

Marriage, Christ, and Covenant: One Flesh for the Glory of God by John Piper (sermon series). I haven’t listened to every sermon in the series yet, but I love and trust this faithful, older brother. This particular message, Marriage: Forgiving and Forbearing, was very helpful for Pam and me.

The Role of Men by Matt Chandler (sermon series).

A Beautiful Design by Matt Chandler (sermon series). An extremely helpful, comprehensive sermon series on men, women, why and how we are different, marriage, roles in the church, etc.

How Do I Know God’s Calling for My Life? AND Strategies for When Life Seems Aimless (podcast episodes) by John Piper. I know there are a lot of Piper’s resources here this time, but he seemed to be talking, on his daily podcast, about some of the questions/prayer requests that came up in Men’s Group.

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung (book) | Paperback | Kindle | Audible |

Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by J.D. Greear (book) | Hardcover | Kindle | Audible |

Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J.D.Greear (book) | Paperback | Kindle |

Pocket Casts is by far my favorite podcast app. I’ve tried a ton of them! This is one of those apps I use multiple times a day. It is well worth the few dollars you will have to pay up front.

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Dad The Theologian

Dads, you are the family theologian. It doesn’t matter if you wanted that role or not; it’s yours. It’s mine. We are constantly teaching our children; they are always learning from us. Parents play a huge role in shaping a child’s view of God. As the leaders of our homes it is our job to make sure we are informing and training them as accurately as possible.

Are we seeking to know God more deeply? Are we seeking to live a holy life? Are we seeking to understand Him and His creation, His grace, His gospel better? Fellow dads, are you learning so that you can better equip your children? Are you praying for them, that God would capture their hearts and set them on fire with a passion for Him and His Truth?

Do you have regular times during the week where you sit and formally teach your children about the God we serve and love? If not, for their sake and yours, I plead with you to start. It doesn’t have to be every night, but start teaching them, and by God’s grace be consistent.

One of the many things this will do is get your children in the habit of coming to you with spiritual or biblical questions, which is way better than having them run to their friends with life’s most important questions. Don’t be afraid of the questions. And don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.” If they have a question you can’t answer, call your pastor and set up a meeting with him. Then, take the your little inquisitor with you to the meeting as the pastor answers your question. This will also help them get in the habit of going to other godly spiritual authorities for answers and advice.

If you are having times of teaching and family worship I want to encourage you to stay at it. Wow, do I know it’s difficult at times–a lot of the time. Our young people today, who claim to be Christians, have such a thin, shaky foundation that any wind of false doctrine or cultural attack causes their faith to crumble. We can help our children by laying for them a good, thick, solid foundation of God’s Word, doctrine, prayer, and fellowship with the family of God.

Most importantly, as you work hard at teaching, training, and leading your family…rest in the gospel of Christ! It is easy to get overwhelmed, disappointed in yourself, and depressed because you see what a huge task this is, the weight of its importance, and your failure to do enough (or what you think is enough). As you do what God, in His Word, has commanded you to do, rest in His grace toward you in Jesus; rest in His sovereignty over your children (and all things); rest in His provision of power for you in the Holy Spirit!

A Few Helpful Resources

White Horse Inn podcast “Youth Ministry in Crisis”

“Family Driven Faith” – Voddie Baucham

“Big Truths for Young Hearts – Teaching & Learning the Greatness of God” – Bruce Ware – Doctrine for kids.

Grounded in the Gospel – J. I. Packer

“Old Story New: Ten Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God” (New Testament) – Marty Machowski

“The Jesus Storybook Bible” – Sally Lloyd-Jones

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Gospel Centered Advent Guide & Website

I love the holiday season! Every year I look forward to spending time with family and friends, and eating lots of delicious food that normally only shows up once a year. This is also a season in which our culture will try to lure our attention to focus only on material things and whatever the “Christmas spirit” is. My wife and I have thought about, prayed about, and wrestled through (for years), how to keep our and our children’s focus on Christ through this season. Celebrating Advent has been one very helpful way for us to do that.

We did it the traditional way for a few years, but it always felt a little weird to me that the guides we used would spend an entire month focusing only on Christ’s birth, never really delving into the reasons for His birth, nor the implications of His work. So, every year, I would search and research different Advent guides trying to find the one that best fit our family’s beliefs and needs.

A couple of years ago I found a guide that focused on the entire gospel story, which is exactly what I wanted. Since then I have modified it and added to it each year to fit my family’s needs and help our children understand that all of life is about Jesus-all of His life and work, not just His birth. What I ended up with is our Gospel Centered Advent Guide that my family uses every year. From year to year we may do some different activities, but our devotional format remains the same.

I wanted to find a helpful, creative way to share this resource with other people who are looking for a gospel centered approach to leading their family through the holiday season. Since building websites is a hobby of mine, I thought building a website/mobile app would be a fun way to share it. You can use the website from your home computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. I also have a link on the website for a PDF download if you want. As I say in the guide, it is only a guide (collection of suggestions). Please feel free to use it, change it, download it, or share it however you feel best fits your family. I enjoyed creating it, I pray you enjoy using it and that it is beneficial to your family’s spiritual growth as you focus on the Lord Jesus Christ, His birth, and works for us this season. God bless!

Gospel Centered Advent Website & Mobile App

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Training Them Well

As a parent of three younger children, I’m always wrestling with issues of how to instruct them in the faith, love them well, lead them faithfully by example, and so on. More than I want them to behave, do well in school, get a good job, live wisely, find a good spouse, or be a productive citizen (as important as these all are), I want them to know and love the God of the universe who loves them and gave Himself up for them. I know I cannot make them love Jesus or force them believe truth. My job is to faithfully teach them the truth of God’s Word, tell them of the beauty of His gospel, instruct them in holy living, etc., all the while praying that God, in His mercy, would do in their hearts what He alone can do.

I am always looking for resources and wise counsel to help me in this endeavor. One of the podcasts I listen to frequently has recently started a series on parenting, students, student ministry philosophy, kids in our culture, and more. It has been a very interesting series so far. I have benefitted from the broadcasts and the resources they provide along with the broadcasts on their website.

The weekly podcast is called the White Horse Inn and I have provided links to the episodes in this latest series below (listed oldest to most recent). For each episode you will find the 30 – 40 minute broadcast audio, articles from the host and guests, as well as additional links and resources. I hope you find it as helpful to your Christian parenting as I have.

Youth Ministry In Crisis

The State of Youth Ministry

Keeping Our Kids – Pt. 1

Keeping Our Kids – Pt.2

Sustainable Discipleship

Giving Up Gimmicks

Taking Every Thought Captive

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New Marriage & Parenting Resources Added

I really enjoy reading/listening to good advice that inspires and encourages me in my walk with Christ and as a husband and dad. Tim Challies is someone I read from time to time because I know I can trust his advice to be Bible centered and gospel focused. He is a pastor, blogger, author who has a firm grasp on God’s Word and good insight into our Western culture. Recently I found a few of his older articles that really convicted/encouraged me as a husband & father. I have added them to the “Articles & Links” section of the site and wanted to make you all aware of their addition. I believe you would benefit from browsing his website as well!

6 Deadly Enemies of Marriage – Tim Challies (Article)

6 Deadly Sex & the Mystery of Marriage – Tim Challies (Article)

The Picture Perfect Marriage – Tim Challies (Article Series)

18 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids – Tim Challies (Article)

The Porn Free Family – Tim Challies (Article)

Tim Challies | Blog | RSS | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Update 5/7/14: Last week we started the series and really got a lot to think about. I hope you all are studying and doing the review and homework that is in the study guide. In listening to Greg’s radio show podcast (Stand To Reason) the other day I heard him spend a long time answering a question from a listener who was asking about how and when to use the Tactics approach in every day life. I thought it would be a good segment for everyone to hear, especially as it pertains to the first two Columbo questions–the first of which we learned last week. So here is the audio from his radio show a few weeks ago. I pulled this segment (about 22 minutes) out of the three hour show. I only clipped out the callers before and after this one, as well as the commercial break in the middle of the call. I didn’t edit out any part of the call itself. I hope it’s helpful!

 

“Tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations? Want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions with family, friends, and coworkers? In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver’s seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and—most importantly—get people thinking about Jesus. Soon, your conversations will look more like diplomacy than D-Day. Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows you how to: – Initiate conversations effortlessly – Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively – Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking – Skillfully manage the details of dialogue – Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.”

Greg’s book, Tactics:A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, is what we will be going through in the next season of our Men’s Group meetings (which are open to the community) when we finish Romans in a few weeks. He has a 6 session DVD curriculum that will serve as the teaching/review portion of our meeting. You don’t have to buy the book to go through this with us, but I believe it will be beneficial for you to do so.

I have read or listened to the book 2 or 3 times in the past year and it has helped me in my conversations with people both inside and outside the Church. My wife has only listened to the first few chapters with me and she said just that little bit of exposure to this material has helped her tremendously (she’s even used some of the tactics on me in our discussions)!

I think this is an extremely helpful topic for us to look at and grow in our understanding and abilities in the area of apologetics and persuasive conversation. While most apologetics books I’ve read deal mostly with facts and evidence in proving Christianity (which are indispensable), this book deals with how to actually use that information in conversations that, lets be honest, tend to make us a little uncomfortable sometimes. Greg will guide us in what he calls the “Ambassador Model” of communicating the Gospel or any other biblical truth. He will show us how to use questions to steer the conversation while the other person does most of the work (talking, arguing for their point, or backtracking) in the conversation. He also helps us spot flaws in the other person’s thinking and how to point those out by simply asking questions.

I have listed a few relevant resource links below that would be worth a look. I’m looking forward to covering this with you guys! If you can’t make it to our Men’s Group meeting, let me commend this resource to you for study and personal growth in effective, gracious Gospel communication, as we remain in, but not of this culture.

Book: Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Website: STR.org Greg Koukl founded Stand To Reason about 20 years ago. From that ministry has come his weekly radio show, speaking ministry, and website that is packed full of biblical, cultural apologetics resources!

Greg’s Blog at STR

Greg’s bio

Podcast:  Website | iTunes  He does a weekly radio show that lasts 3 hours. He takes calls from all over the world with questions about the Bible, Christianity, religion, ethics, morality, etc. and answers them on the fly. This has been one of my favorite weekly podcasts!

Stand To Reason Apps:  iOS | Android

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Umm… Go That Way: Practical Advice On Decision Making

What should I do? What job should I take? Where should I serve? What is God’s will? How do I know for sure? Questions we have probably all asked ourselves or others. So, what’s the answer? How do we know/find God’s will?

Like so many other Christians, I desperately want my life and the decisions I make to please God. I want to serve Him in every area of my life, advancing His Kingdom. I want His will in my life. Couple this with a bit of sinful perfectionism, add a dash of the fear of man and you have the perfect storm of depression and anxiety… Or at least I do.

For years I have wrestled with decisions of direction and purpose. “What’s my calling?” I was burdened down with “trying to find God’s will for my life,” and being “led by the Spirit,” or “letting peace be my guide.” Don’t misunderstand me, the Holy Spirit does lead and direct us, I just think I was looking for some hyper-spiritual “confirmation” or goosebumps. The Spirit seems to use more natural means of guidance and direction more times than not (revealing Himself in His Word, providing wise counsel, situations changing, etc.).

Throughout my walk with Christ I have been helped in this area by a number of people, pastors, and authors. I want to share some advice that has helped me make decisions, having peace, not anxiety. This is still easier said than done for me, but I’m growing.

The three points below are ones that I heard just recently, but I think are very helpful in deciding what to do with your life. The statements are from a radio show called “Stand To Reason.” Its host, Greg Koukl, is a wise, godly defender of the Christian Faith and God’s Word. The broadcast episode aired on Nov. 26th, 2013. He is dealing mainly with ministry here, but the advice is good for lots of decisions we have to make. Here is a summary of some advice he was giving to a college graduate looking for direction.

Get Rid of the Hyper-Spiritual Static

  • Get rid of the conflicting thoughts, ideas, or “hints” for what God wants us to do. There are no clues. No hints. You take responsibility for deciding wisely.
  • He has left decision making up to us and provided us with the faculties, abilities, and tools we need to do it (Bible, prayer, counsel, experience, etc.).
  • We are not trying to find God’s will. We are trying to make a sound, biblical decision. We decide.
  • He’s not going to make our decision for us. The Bible doesn’t teach this, nor did the disciples practice it.

Be a Steward of Your Gift

  • Use what you have. Play your part well.
  • There are many different gifts (body parts), one Body!
  • Do what you can. Start there by making yourself available. Other Christians will give you feedback on what you are doing well.
  • Be a student of your craft! Grow in your gifts. Don’t remain stagnant in your natural abilities. How can you write, speak, teach, serve, witness, whatever, more effectively for the glory of God?
  • Get feedback. Get training. Read books. Learn.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

  • You can’t always make things happen.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity you have to serve where you currently are-whatever and wherever that may be.
  • “Those who are faithful over small things will be given much.”

Always remember: the gifts, talents, abilities, areas to serve, capacity to serve, etc. are all up to Him! We are to be faithful.

More Helpful Resources

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will” by Kevin Deyoung (book)

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work” by Tim Keller (book)

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life” by Os Guinness (book)

Spirituality On Your Mind” by Voddie Baucham (audio)

TheGospelAtWork.com (website)

The Center for Faith and Work (website)

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Website Updates

One of the benefits of being laid up on the couch for two weeks recovering from knee surgery is a lot of free time to do some of the things that I haven’t had time for lately. One of those things being lots of updates to my website. I enjoy building and maintaing websites as a hobby (and God has opened doors for employment in that area as well). And providing and passing along resources that have been beneficial in my spiritual life is a passion of mine. So, I spend a lot of time on this site writing, adding content, updating links, etc.

That being said, I’m always looking for ways that it can improve. I’m open to suggestions that anyone thinks will help this site better serve men (and women) for the glory of Christ. If you have any suggestions on content, layout, or anything else, please contact me and let me know. Also, I try to keep the site updated as much as possible, but with the internet in constant flux, that’s nearly impossible. So, if you run into any broken or dead links, please let me know so I can fix them as soon as possible for the following visitors. Thanks for dropping by. I enjoy doing the website. I pray you and others enjoy and benefit from using it!

Recent Updates

Have fun!

 

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The Gospel Project

This is a good interview between Matt Chandler (Gospel Project Advisory Counsel) and Trevin Wax (Gospel Project Managing Editor). The Gospel Project is a new curriculum put out by LifeWay that is a three year discipleship cycle that is broken into age groups for children, students, and adults.

This is very intriguing to me because it is designed to show the story of God’s redemption throughout the entire Bible. It shows that the Gospel includes and runs through all of Scripture, not just Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It is our responsibility as parents and church members to be sure that our children are learning the Gospel. They should be learning that the stories are there to point to Christ and show God’s love, not just for moral character building or entertainment.

Thanks to LifeWay and others for leading the way in this area.

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Gospel Centered Advent Guide

Advent Guide 2012

Just so you know right from the start, this is not a “traditional” Advent guide. This guide was created out of a desire to focus on the whole gospel at a time when we usually focus only on the birth of Christ. Celebrating His birth is a very good thing, but if we don’t understand why He came, then we are really just celebrating the birth of a cute little Jewish baby.

My family and I have done an Advent wreath for years and I’ve never found a guide that I was 100% comfortable with. So, this guide is my attempt to produce something for my family that we could use year after year. I pray that you and your family will be able to benefit from it as well. May God bless you as you lead your family in the worship of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

This guide has five weeks of material if you were to use it 3 – 5 nights a week. It incorporates the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones for the younger kids. It also has a list of suggested activities for your family through this season.

There are two versions. The content is the exact same. One is very visual and graphic-heavy. This one looks better, but is a larger file. The other one still looks good, but is text only. You can get either below.

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If anyone out there does decide to use this for your family this year I would love to hear your feedback on how you think it could improve for next year. I would also love to hear any suggestions on activities your family does for the Advent season that aren’t listed in the guide.

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Helpful Books on Marriage

*UPDATED* Below is a list of books on Christian marriage I have either read or gotten a strong referrals for from men I trust. They are taken from a larger list of “Recommended Reading” covering topics on marriage, parenting, manhood, doctrine/theology, and Christian living. Disclaimer: Just because I recommend a book for reading does not necessarily mean that I agree with every single premis or view the author takes up. My recommendation comes based on the fact that the helpful, Christ-centered views contained within the book outweigh any views I may personally disagree with.

Please feel free to leave a comment suggesting books on the topic of marriage that will help others grow in their relationship with Christ and their spouse. Please list the title, author, and a few brief thoughts on how the book has helped you in your marriage.

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The Power of the Preached Word

Romans 8:31-39 contains some of the most inspiring, beautiful, motivating promises in all of the New Testament. We are promised, if we are in Christ, that: God is for us, we have everything we need in Christ, no charges brought against us will stand, because God is our justifier, we cannot be condemned, Christ Himself is interceding for us, none of the trials mentioned (Rom 8:35-39) can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ!

We are not, however, promised that we will be kept from the trials, only that they will not ultimately defeat us. In Christ we have the ultimate victory – life eternal with Him! So many of us, myself included, spend most of our lives trying to avoid the trials mentioned instead of following Jesus whole-heartedly and depending on His strength and grace to get us through. Because we have the promises proclaimed by Paul, we can confidently and boldly abandon ourselves to the cause of Christ.

In his message to The Gathering, B. Taylor did an outstanding job communicating these truths to us. I encourage you to listen to his entire message “The Motivating Power of Our Future Hope of Glory.” He expands on the depth of the promises God gives us in the gospel and what it means for us, the Church. This has really made me examine my own life and repent of trying to shield myself and not trust Christ. My favorite part of the message is at the very end when he reminds us that, “There are zero commands in this passage.” To turn this into a “do” passage would be to confuse the meaning of the whole thing.

This is a phenomenal message simply because he stayed true to the gospel saturated Text! He realized that he did not have to give a big moralistic, motivational speech. Men preach the Word and it is the Spirit of God through the preached Word of God that motivates and changes lives!