Gods Plan in Pain

  • April 10, 2011 | Chuck Bonadies | Hebrews 12:1-12

‘What is the meaning of it, Watson?’ said Holmes solemnly as he laid down the paper. ‘What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable. But what end? There is the great standing perennial problem to which human reason is far from an answer as ever.’ —Sherlock Holmes


Our Surprising Pardon

  • April 3, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Exodus 12:1-14; Revelation 12:1-12

We’re commanded to dramatize neither his birth nor his life, but only his death. It’s by his death he wishes to be remembered above all else. —John Stott


True Belief and True Repentance

  • March 27, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 10

Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet. —Thomas Watson


Double Trouble

  • March 20, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 9:6-16

People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. —D.A. Carson


Appalling Faithlessness

  • March 13, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 9:1-5

Of course God will forgive me; that’s his job. —Heinriche Heine


God Shows His Hand … Again

  • March 6, 2011 | Brad Baugham | Ezra 8:21-36

Many Christians have what we might call a “cultural holiness”. They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more or less holy. But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like himself. Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God. —Jerry Bridges


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

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