Rev. Michael and Janna Riccardi

We enjoyed a good time of fellowship with Michael and Janna Riccardi and their family yesterday afternoon. Rev. Riccardi is a pastor at Grace Community Church who often preaches for Dr. MacArthur. He is a gifted, godly young man who also spoke at our last PRTS Conference. Presently, he is completing his PhD degree—hopefully by April. Pray that God will continue to use him greatly for His kingdom.

Grace Community Church

Yesterday morning I was privileged to preach for Dr. John MacArthur at Grace Community Church on “How Should We Live and Die?” to about 3500 attendees. My good friend Dr. Steve Lawson (see photo above) followed up my message from Philippians 1 by preaching an unforgettable sermon in the evening on persevering in running the Christian race from Philippians 3:11-14. Particularly moving for me were his three points about “forgetting what is behind” while pressing forward. He stressed that if we are in Christ we are to (1) forget our past sins because they are nailed to the cross, (2) forget our past sufferings, and (3) forget our past successes—and put all our energy into running for the high prize of our calling in Christ. It was a blessed day.

Puritan Conference Brainstorming Session

Today I’m teaching a class on Reformed Preaching for John MacArthur’s DMin students at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles for another 6 hours, and hope to preach for him tomorrow morning, D.V.

I spent some time over lunch with Owen Strachan (on my left), who is also teaching here at the moment. I also had a brainstorming session with Dr. MacArthur’s right-hand manager, Joey Mejia (on my right), about a premier, once-in-a-generation Puritan Conference that MacArthur’s team and our team at Reformation Heritage Books hope to put on at MacArthur’s church in the fall of 2022. God willing, we will bring a number of outstanding speakers who know the Puritans well together with 3000-4000 people for this once-in-a-generation conference on the Puritans. Registration will open this fall (2021).

Pray for God’s blessing on our planning please and that God will use this conference in a mighty way to grow His people in spiritual maturity and holiness, to save the lost, and to glorify His triune name.  

The Experiential Dimension of Reformed Preaching

Mary and I are in Los Angeles where I am teaching 62 of Dr. John MacArthur’s doctoral students (mostly ministers) at TMS for 16 hours on the experiential dimension of Reformed preaching (35 of the students are present and 27 are on-line). Your prayers for God’s blessing on this class will be appreciated more than you know.

Biblical Patriarchy

In this short video, I discuss the term “patriarchy”, and explain the difference between exercising biblical authority and falling into the quagmire of authoritarianism.

https://churchandfamilylife.com/resources/219391

Weekly Sermon Quote – January 3, 2021

A quotation from Dr. Beeke’s sermon, “Covet or Obey: Your Resolution for 2021” (Luke 12:12-21), preached last Lord’s Day.

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=123020234192630

“None Else: 31 Meditations on God’s Character and Attributes” in Russian

Today Evangelical Press released in Russian, “None Else: 31 Meditations on God’s Character and Attributes” by Brian Cosby and me.

Pray that God will bless this book to many Russian-speaking people.

It can be purchased here: https://epbook.by/

In 2020, 42 Million Babies were Murdered in their Mother’s Womb

In the midst of all the huge needs going on in our nation this week, let us not forget to continue to pray for the most dangerous place of all to live—in a mother’s womb. Pray that this needy world would stop murdering our unborn babies. Worldwide, less than 2 million have died from COVID-19, but in 2020, 42 million were murdered in their mother’s womb. O God, in wrath remember mercy. Grant us desperately needed worldwide repentance, reformation, and revival.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/m-babies-aborted-in-2020-surpassing-leading-causes-of-death.html

ABC de L’Histoire de L’Eglise

Today we received a first printing of “Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries” by Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Haykin, and me in French (“ABC de L’Histoire de L’Eglise”). I think this is only the second book I’ve worked on that has been translated into French. Pray that God would bless it and that the Reformed churches in France, though small in number, might be greatly multiplied and richly blessed in this decade.

The English version is available at RHB: http://bit.ly/BFChurchHistory101

Wishing You a Blessed New Year

I wish you all a blessed New Year in Immanuel, whose name is Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace (Is. 9:6).

I pray that your and my New Year’s resolution this year will be that we would, by the Spirit’s grace, trust in the triune God and lovingly obey Him, saying no to sin, cherishing His Son, denying ourselves and worldly trivia and iniquity, walking in the King’s highway of holiness, and being faithful to our Lord wherever He has placed us.

A friend just sent me this statement of Spurgeon which I pray that God will bless in all of our lives, but I especially am thinking of our Puritan Reformed Seminary alumni all over the world today in a few dozen countries.

Dear brother, wherever you are serving, may the Lord God bless you with this intimate sense of divine providence, and may you and I respond in faithfulness to our sending, empowering, and faithful Redeemer.