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01 Oct

He Got It!

“Love is helping people toward the greatest beauty and the highest value and the deepest satisfaction and the most lasting joy and the biggest reward and the most wonderful friendship and the most overwhelming worship- love is helping people toward God. We do this by pointing to the greatness of God. And God does it by pointing to the greatness of God.” John Piper- Let the Nations be Glad, p. 28 “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love that we...

24 Sep

In Pursuit of God’s Glory and My Joy

At the center of all of life is The Glory of God. God created the heavens to “declare the glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1) He chose us before the creation through Jesus Christ, “to the praise of his glorious grace.” (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14) The focus of Jesus’ life was captured in one prayer: “Father, glorify your name. (John 12:28). As children of God, we have one mandate: “do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) And,...

17 Apr

Resistance Thinking

“What counts is what people want. People don’t know what they want. Experts know what they want. People are told what they want. People want what they are told.” -John Lucas “Whatever happens,  conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened...

17 Sep

For His Sake

“For the sake of your name forgive my iniquity, though it is great.” (Psalm 25:11) “It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.” John Piper  One thing I discovered while beating on Psalm 25 these past 8 months. David is convinced that God has bound himself to him in an unbreakable union. What happens to David somehow reflects upon the glory of God. God Cherishes His...

09 Jan

A Place to Stand and Win in 2020

“The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom; his tongue speaks what is just. The word of God is in his heart. His feet do not slip.” Psalm 37 Note: I wrote this in the fall of 2019 while on furlough in the US. Returning to the US is always a time of struggle and adjustment. In Malawi, things are much more simple. Attractions and distractions are minimal. Where we live there is no theater, no television, no malls and few restaurants. The...

31 Aug

IT WILL END VERY GOOD

How to Squeeze out of Psalm 37 all of its sweet flavor and spiritual nourishment. “The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect.”― Jim Elliot One of the most valuable Bible tools I have discovered in my 76 years upon this planet, is the deliberate saturating of my mind with one text over an extended period of time. I would have to say it...

10 May

Should Such a Man as I?

“Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God- the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let...

16 Dec

Christian Suicide: Divine Deliverance from Depression, Despair and Death

“The LORD is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:18-19) I am writing this article with a purpose of bringing hope to the living. Suicide is a terrible tragedy for all of those who are left behind. It is especially shocking and confusing when it involves a pastor of a church, who leaves behind a grieving wife, three small...

02 Feb

The Incredible Influence of a Hope in God Life

“Only in God is there an ultimate loyalty that does not breed injustice and cruelty, and a meaning from which nothing on heaven and earth can separate us.” Gilky Langdon “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, My Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5 In the epilogue of Tim Keller’s Book, Making Sense of God, he tells the story of a well-educated man by the name...

05 Dec

WE ARE A VILLAGE OF LIGHT

We Are a Village of Light Dedication Message by Dr. Gary Rieben November 5, 2017 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in...