God Shows His Hand

  • February 27, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 8

There is sometimes a tendency for Christians to fall into the trap of thinking that God is only at work in miracles and special events and to write off as ‘unspiritual’ such mundane procedures as, for example, committees. However, since for our salvation God chose to become man in the person of Christ, we may expect to find him at work just as much in the consecrated use of human means as in the bypassing of them. —H. G. M. Williamson


Grace to Be Courageous

  • February 20, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 7

There is a common, worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough—a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice—which costs nothing, and is worth nothing. —J. C. Ryle


Mission Accomplished

  • February 13, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 5-6

And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the LORD had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. —Ezra 6:22


Roadblocks to Restoration

  • February 6, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 4

The LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. —Jeremiah 20:11a


Worship Reloaded

  • January 30, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 3

All that the temple means … is fulfilled in Jesus Christ: the dwelling of God’s glory in the sanctuary; the provision of atoning sacrifice at the gate; the meeting of fellowship where the praises and prayers of Israel ascend from the holy feast; the flowing water of life that comes forth from the threshold of the house — all are realities in Christ. —Edmond Clowney


God Restores His People

  • January 23, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 1-2

If you … come to Christ, he will appear as a Lion, in his glorious power and dominion, to defend you. All those excellencies of his, in which he appears as a lion, shall be yours, and shall be employed for you in your defense, for your safety, and to promote your glory; he will be as a lion to fight against your enemies. He that touches you, or offends you, will provoke his wrath, as he that stirs up a lion. Unless your enemies can conquer this Lion, they shall not be able to destroy or hurt you. Unless they are stronger than he, they shall not be able to hinder your happiness. —Jonathan Edwards


Rich Giving

  • January 16, 2011 | Brad Baugham | 2 Corinthians 8-9

Now dear Christians, some of you pray night and day to be branches of the true Vine; you pray to be made all over in the image of Christ. If so, you must be like him in giving… . An old divine says well: “What would have become of us if Christ had been as saving of his blood as some men are of their money?” —Robert Murray McCheyne


An Enticement to Rich Praying

  • January 9, 2011 | Brad Baugham | John 15:1-16

When a man is once converted to God, his progress in holiness will be much in accordance with his own diligence in the use of God’s appointed means. And I assert confidently that the principal means by which most believers have become great in the church of Christ is the habit of diligent private prayer. —J.C. Ryle


Rich Reading

  • January 2, 2011 | Michael Gray | Colossians 3:16

The new life in Christ, just like all natural life, must be nourished and strengthened. This is possible only in communion with Christ in the Holy Spirit and through the word of Scripture. Enlightened by the Spirit, believers gain a new knowledge of faith. The gospel is the food of faith and must be known to be nourishment. Salvation that is not known and enjoyed is no salvation. God saves by causing himself to be known and enjoyed in Christ. —Herman Bavinck


God with Us

  • December 29, 2010 | Brad Baugham | Matthew 1:22-25

Yes,” said Queen Lucy. “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world!” —C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

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