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Friday, September 30, 2016
When it comes to those of us who know and love the Lord, what should be our driving ambition? What should be the top priority of our lives—the one thing that all our other goals, pursuits, and priorities fall in line under?
Thursday, September 29, 2016
When Jesus preached, He called people to enter the kingdom (Luke 13:24). Sometimes He urged people to be saved (John 5:34). And other time He spoke of inheriting eternal life (Mark 10:30). All three expressions point to the reality that occurs at conversion. When a person trusts Christ, that person is saved, inherits eternal life, and enters into the kingdom of God.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The world is on fire. In just the short time since we began this series on fixing our eyes on heaven, we’ve witnessed bombings, rioting, and violence across the country. That’s on top of a deeply contentious election cycle, amid daily reports of corruption and scandal. And all of it comes in a world living under the constant threat of more terrorist attacks or another financial collapse.
Monday, September 26, 2016
This fallen form we inhabit is frail and failing. And yet so much of our time and energy is invested in protecting and preserving our bodies. While we need to be good stewards of the health the Lord has given us, we must remember that the “buildings” we currently occupy were not built to last forever. An important part of cultivating a heavenly perspective is looking forward to the physical realities of heaven.
Friday, September 23, 2016
"The city is like one massive perfect diamond gem, flashing the reflection of God's glory in infinite light—the ultimate light show. All of eternity then becomes bathed in the radiating splendor of God." John MacArthur delivered that spectacular description of the New Jerusalem in 1995 during a sermon called “The Capital City of Heaven, Part 1.”
Thursday, September 22, 2016
It may sound paradoxical to say this, but heaven should be at the center of the Christian worldview. The term worldview is a name for the moral, philosophical, and spiritual framework through which we interpret the world and everything around us. Everyone has a worldview, whether consciously or not.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
While we consider how to cultivate a heavenly perspective and fix our hopes in eternity, we need to give some careful thought to what it means to “not love the world nor the things in the world.” In his sermon “The Love God Hates,” John MacArthur looks at the practical implications of not loving the world.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Now and then someone will protest that Christians are so concerned with heaven that they neglect earthly priorities—social justice, the needs of the poor and oppressed, health care for the disenfranchised and underprivileged, and so on. That charge ignores the fact that Christians have always led the way in matters of public welfare, the building of hospitals, emergency relief work, and other expressions of human compassion. Charity work always flourishes where the gospel is boldly proclaimed.
Friday, September 16, 2016
On Sunday, September 16, 2001, all of America was in mourning over the devastating terrorist attacks just five days prior. That day, exactly fifteen years ago, saw the campus of Grace Community Church inundated with crowds as people tried to make sense of it all. John MacArthur delivered a landmark sermon—“A Biblical Perspective on Death, Terrorism, and the Middle East”—that garnered an unprecedented response.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
When asked about the upcoming presidential election in a recent Q&A session, John MacArthur stated, rather matter of factly: “What happens in America, politically, has absolutely nothing to do with the kingdom of God.”
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
If you were granted sovereignty for a day, what changes would you impose on the world? Would you outlaw abortion? How about bringing an end to adultery, promiscuity, homosexuality, and other sexual sins? Would you focus your efforts on media issues, driving out the profanity, vulgarity, and immorality that dominate our entertainment? Or would you deal with social issues, stamping out crime, racism, and every other instance of injustice?
Monday, September 12, 2016
Do you know anyone who is not worried about the future? Maybe they’re afraid of contracting the Zika virus, or cancer, or any of the other diseases dominating headlines these days. Perhaps they’re bracing for another global financial crisis, or the next terrorist attack. Or maybe they’re just caught up in concerns over the coming election, and what it means for the future.
Friday, September 9, 2016
“An Uncompromising Life” is a call for the church to break its long pattern of capitulation and compromise, and submit to the authority of God’s Word. In it, John explains how a life of compromise cripples the believer’s ability to worship and serve the Lord, and that failing to separate from the world has devastating effects on the most fundamental areas of the Christian life.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Paul didn’t decide one day to stop being dissatisfied and wish his own contentment into existence. Nor was it merely a product of self-discipline and self-determination. The contentment he learned didn’t start with his ability to survive on very little, or the simplicity of his material desires. Paul’s contented outlook started with, and was empowered by, the ultimate sustenance and satisfaction he found in Christ.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Christians must not succumb to such a selfish lifestyle, and the other sinful attitudes it breeds. That’s why the apostle Paul points our focus away from ourselves.
Friday, September 2, 2016
While the spiritual significance of God’s Word is lost on the depraved mind, the world is not entirely ignorant of His truth. Some biblical concepts translate to the sinful mind, even if it can’t grasp their full meaning. The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) is one of those concepts that the world embraces in its ignorance.