Restoration

We’ve had a wonderful time with our entire family in Florida for the last few days: our three children and their spouses and our seven grandchildren. What fun! So restful, enjoyable, and restorative—and I continue to feel well. God is amazingly good. I feel like David when he confessed, “Who am I and what is my house that thou hast brought us hitherto?”

Good News!

Good news! My heart reverted to a normal sinus rhythm last Friday evening, so I have had no atrial fibrillation between then and now, which I see as an answer to the prayers of many of you, and for which I am very grateful.

The doctors I have consulted have encouraged me to proceed to speak at the Twin Lakes Fellowship conference in Mississippi (about 180 conservative Presbyterian pastors are present, mostly PCA—see picture below), so Mary and I have been enjoying our time here in Florence, Mississippi. My assignment is to give three evening addresses on revival. On Monday evening, I spoke on “‘Understanding the Age of the Spirit and Revival.” Last night, I spoke on “Praying Earnestly and Enduring Steadily for the Revival of God’s Work.” Tonight I hope to close the conference with an address on “Rend the Heavens, Lord, and Our Hearts!”

I am enjoying my time with many brothers, including Ray Rhodes, pictured below, an RHB author who is working on a biographical book on the lives of a number of Puritan women who were known for their godliness. RHB book sales have been brisk at this conference, which is always a healthy sign. 

The Holy Spirit’s Impact on the Believer

How does the Holy Spirit impact the life of a believer?

In this video, I explain that the natural man is full of sin, but the work of the Holy Spirit helps to make us increasingly more Christ-like. The Holy Spirit also helps us to love the Word of God more and the ways of God.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).

https://churchandfamilylife.com/resources/24729

Quotables from Thomas Wilcox (1549-1608), a British Puritan:

“Praying will make thee leave sinning, or sinning will make thee leave praying.”

“What we are afraid to do before men, we should be afraid to think before God.”

“None feel more experience of God’s providence, than those that are most resolute in their obedience.”

“Happy is he that in his way to heaven, meets with a cheerful, and skillful guide and fellow-traveler, that carries cordials with him against all faintings of spirit.

Homeschooling Conference in Nashville, Tennessee

With the Queen in Nashville, Tennessee, speaking at a large homeschooling conference In a beautiful hotel — as well as selling books. I gave three addresses: one on family worship, one on planting godly convictions in your children, and one on teaching your children as prophets, priests, and kings. Flying home tomorrow. Please pray for God’s continued blessings on this conference.

Quotables from Vavasor Powell (1617-1670), a Welsh Puritan:

“Reading the scriptures helps meditation, meditation prayer, and prayer every good work.”

“Christ puts most of his oil in broken vessels; in broken hearts there is most grace and best kept.”

“Slothfulness is the cradle of sin and the Devil rocks it.”

“Sin’s best is before, but its worst is behind; and the sting and tail of it longer than itself.”

“Learn by lighter crosses to look and prepare for heavier.”

Weekly Sermon Quote – March 14, 2021

Flee Youthful Lusts

In this short video I explain that repentance can be compared to a soldier marching in one direction and then doing an abrupt about-face and marching in the opposite direction.

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22).

https://churchandfamilylife.com/resources/197694

Catch-up Time

Glad to spend some catch-up time with my dear Egyptian brother, Sherif, who is settling in again at our seminary to finish his PhD degree. Pray that God will abundantly bless his studies here and continue to use him mightily for the ingathering and upbuilding of His kingdom.

Trinity United Reformed Church in Caledonia

I had the privilege of preaching for the Trinity United Reformed Church in Caledonia for the first time this week on a theme that is both humbling and exalting: Jesus revealing Himself as the suffering Lamb and the almighty King at the same time in Gethsemane. As John Flavel put it, “The wrath of an infinite God against our sin beat Him, [the King-Lamb], down to the dust. He felt in His inner man the exquisite torments and inexpressible anguish of the wrath of God”—and all that for your and my sins, dear believer. What a humbling, stupendous, glorious gospel!