By Stephen Nichols, adapted from Welcome to the Story: Reading, Living, and Loving God’s Word ($4.99 this month only). (more…)
It’s unfortunate that some of our gifted Christian poets and songwriters have used Canaan, the Promised Land, as a type or picture of heaven because, while turning people’s eyes toward heaven is essential, heaven is not what the Promised Land stands for in the Christian life. [Read more…]
By Leland Ryken, excerpted from J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life.
The idea of calling or vocation is important to [J. I.] Packer.
It could hardly be otherwise for a latter-day Puritan, inasmuch as no subject occupied the Puritans more than the idea of vocation. Having written extensively on Puritan attitudes toward work myself, I will take the prerogative of summarizing what they said so voluminously about vocation: (1) God calls people to their tasks in the world; (2) the goals toward which work must be directed are the glory of God and service to humanity; (3) all honest work is a calling as pleasing to God as the work of a minister preaching in the pulpit; and (4) all work offered to God is a form of worship. [Read more…]
Do you have a hard time discerning God’s voice from your own? How do you know if a random thought is from the Spirit or your own mind? It’s something a lot of Christians wonder. [Read more…]
This month, pick up your free copy of A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles by I. Howard Marshall. [Read more…]