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What makes life Life?

“Life is an excellency added to being.” –Thomas Goodwin If you could ask God for anything at all, what would it be? David asked God for a long life and the Lord answered his request:   O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults! 2 You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the…

The Power of Friendship, Part Two

“The best mirror is an old friend.” –George Herbert Amid increasing anxiety and approaching suffering, Jesus called his disciples by a new name, “friend.” (Luke 22:41-45; John 13:21; 15:12-15) The word signaled intimacy, sacrifice, and an understanding that the secret counsels of God would not be hidden from them. (Exodus 33:11; Job 29:4; John 15:15-16) The Puritans understood the power…

Psalm 20—From Deceiver to Believer

“Where reason cannot wade there faith may swim.” –Thomas Watson The psalmist leads the people in their invocation of a blessing on the king. The director of music and the people say: May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!    May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!2 May he send you help from the sanctuary    and give you support from Zion!3 May he remember all your…

Persistent Passionate Personal Prayer is not Perfunctory but Powerful

– Encouragement to pray through our church directory – Dear church family, Lately, we have been talking quite a bit about prayer. We have noted Tim Keller’s two broad categories of prayer: 1) communion-focused and 2) kingdom-centered prayer. We have reviewed a variety of definitions of prayer drawn from church history. Here is just one example: Prayer is a sincere,…

Prepared, Passionate, Prayer

Dear church family, I am doing a lot of reading on prayer. A lot. Mucho reading. That’s Spanish for, you guessed it, a lot of reading. I am reading recent books on prayer, like Tim Keller’s Prayer(2016). I am reading old books on prayer, like Thomas Goodwin’s The Return of Prayers(mid-1600s). I am reading Victorian books on prayer (too many to list).…