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The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. By Tim Challies This is an excellent book.  It speaks to the need today for Christians to be discerning.  The author defines discernment as “the skill of understanding and applying God’s Word with the purpose of separating truth from error and right from wrong.  It is a task in which we attempt to see things as God sees them.” He…

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin. By Kris Lundgaard If God has redeemed me from sin, and given me his Holy Spirit to sanctify me and give me strength against sin, why do I go on sinning?  Have you ever asked yourself that question?  Have you ever wondered why the very sin that you thought you had put to rest continues to rear its ugly head…

God in the Manger

God in the Manger. By John MacArthur With Christmas fast upon us, it is so easy to get lost in all the hype, all the commercialism, and all the presents, parties, and seasonal decorations.  Such distractions cause us to miss the enormous impact of the reality behind this season.  For that reason, we who are believers, need fresh reminders of the fact that Christmas is…

Ken

Preparing to Cross the Finish Line The following address was delivered to a local church men’s group in October 2015.  The speaker, Ken, was diagnosed with a brain tumor six months earlier in April 2015. In May, Ken traveled to the University of Michigan Hospital for a six hour surgical resection of a golf ball-size tumor from his left temporal lobe. In an effort to…

The God Who is There

The God Who is There. By D. A. Carson Have you ever wondered what the overall purpose of the Bible is?  Have you struggled to make sense of how the books fit together and contribute to that overall purpose?  Do you really know what the Bible is about?  Do you understand the story of God and how you fit into that?  If any of those questions relate to you, then I commend to…

The Gospel at Work

The Gospel at Work. By Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert What you do from 9 to 5 matters for the sake of the Gospel!  Unfortunately, that’s not how most people think about their jobs.  On the one hand, some employees are so committed to their vocations that it amounts to idolatry as they seek to find their satisfaction and fulfillment in them.  On the other hand, many…

How to Walk into Church

How to Walk into Church. By Tony Payne Think about those Sundays where we came into a morning worship service expecting to be served, hoping we won’t have to talk with anyone, hoping we get our favorite seat, or coming in late and rushed and stressed from an awful morning. Maybe we don’t always think to pray for the people we are about to fellowship with, or maybe our…

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation. By David W. Saxton Meditation in our Christian circles has gotten kind of a bad rap. The popular idea of meditation has been misshapen by mysticism, New Age, and Eastern religious notions. There is nothing more beneficial for understanding the truth and growing in sanctification than careful…

When a Nation Forgets God

When a Nation Forgets God. By Erwin Lutzer The things that concern Christians today: government finances, laws that go against biblical morality, revision of history by special interests, the attacks against families, authority, and common sense aren’t new.  These same factors lead to the establishment of National Socialism in Nazi Germany leading up to World War II.…

Trusting God

Trusting God. By Jerry Bridges Life is not easy.  The Christian life is not easy either.  And if we are honest, we have found ourselves in circumstances where we have asked questions like, “Why is God allowing this?” or “What have I done wrong?”  When unexpected situations arise that appear unjust, irrational, or even dreadful, we feel confused and frustrated.  Before…

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. By Tim Challies The church today is bombarded with a deluge of information on how to live the Christian life, how to do church, how to impact culture, and how to think about a variety of issues.  Numerous books and a multitude of resources are available online and in bookstores.  Have you ever wondered how to wade through all of…

Stop Loving the World

Stop Loving the World. By William Greenhill We read in 1 John 2:15, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.” But the world is urging Christians today to love all that it has to offer, to fix our thoughts on the philosophies of men, and to set our Bibles aside. Adoration of stuff, love of gifts more than the Giver, and respect for the opinions of men above the…

The Inerrant Word of God

Each week we want to share a word of encouragement and offer some resources from like-minded believers for your profit. These articles are available in print upon request. The Inerrant Word of God Last week, eight of us from MBC spent four days at the Shepherd’s Conference hosted by Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary.  Attending were over 4500 men from every…

The Law of Rewards

The Law of Rewards. By Randy Alcorn Being good stewards of our money and possessions is a crucial component of the Christian life.  But rarely do we consider how eternal rewards provide a motivation in relationship to stewardship and giving.  In his book, The Law of Rewards, Randy Alcorn establishes the biblical connection between how we use our money and the promises God…

Family Worship

Each week we want to share a word of encouragement and offer some resources from like-minded believers for your profit. These articles are available in print upon request. Regular Family Worship One of my favorite memories growing up was spending Sunday afternoons at my cousin’s house. We would almost always have roast beast with carrots and onions and potatoes. We would…

What Did You Expect?

How to Walk into Church. By Tedd Tripp It has been about a year since the MBC Marriage Conference and now might be a good time to take an inventory of your marriage.  Is it growing?  Are you more like Christ because of marriage to your spouse?  Perhaps a good refresher on the commitments necessary to a healthy marriage is in order.  Enter Paul Tripp’s book What Did You…

A Call to Spiritual Reformation

A Call to Spiritual Reformation. By D. A. Carson As we begin 2015, it is a good time to take a spiritual inventory and assess how we are doing in our walk with the Lord.  Of utmost importance is our need to know the Lord and increase in our understanding of and love for Him.  To that end, D. A. Carson’s book A Call to Spiritual Reformation serves to draw us back to the…