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An Excellent Challenge: ‘Pastors, Be Men of God’

Pastor John Piper from 1988 “Our people need a God-besotted man. Even if they criticize the fact that you are not available at the dinner on Saturday night because you must be with God, they need at least one man in their life who is radically and totally focused on God and the pursuit of … Continue reading

A Primary Purpose of Prayer

John Piper states in Desiring God that, “We see repeatedly in Scripture that prayer is a walkie-talkie for warfare, not a domestic intercom for increasing our conveniences.  The point of prayer is empower for mission:” (Ephesians 6:19, Colossians 4:3, Romans 15:30-31, II Thessalonians 3:1, Matthew 9:38) I still remember the first set of walkie-talkie’s I … Continue reading

Developing Tastes

A brief word must be said for the joy found in good friendship.  It’s our privilege to continue to serve alongside some very dear friends and the lessons we learn from our observance of them and their walk with the Lord are more numerous than we could share.  In this particular instance, the lesson came … Continue reading

‘What the preacher needs to give out is not what his people most like to hear, but what they most need, i.e. those aspects of truth they are least familiar with, or least exhibiting in their walk’ ~ A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God

Book Review: ‘Don’t Waste Your Sports’

I picked up a copy of C.J. Mahaney’s, ‘Don’t Waste Your Sports‘ this past weekend and was glad for the opportunity to finally read this short book.  C.J. Mahaney is the leader of Sovereign Grace Ministries and is an excellent speaker and author (his blog is linked on my homepage).  As one who is heavily … Continue reading


I’m immensely grateful to God for His goodness and graciousness to me.  I’m amazed at His continual blessing in my life!  With ease, I can look at the past few years and see the hand of God working in and through circumstances and there seems to be no end to the wonderful goodness He has … Continue reading

Desiring God

Okay, so crazily enough, I’ve never read John Piper’s: Desiring God.  It seems like it’s a staple for a lot of friends of mine, but I’ve just never had the opportunity or taken the time to read it.  However, I recently picked up a revised addition and this week sat down to begin the book.  … Continue reading

An Open Letter to North American Churches

Read the following on the Desiring God blog today…a good reminder that hits the nail on the head – this is what we’re working diligently to avoid at Grace Brethren in Simi Valley. Fletcher Matandika, pastor of New Westminster Chapel, recently wrote an open letter to churches in North America, published in Modern Reformation magazine.  … Continue reading

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“God is God. I dethrone Him in my heart if I demand that He act in ways that satisfy my idea of justice. It is the same spirit that taunted, ‘If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the Cross.’ There is unbelief, there is even rebellion, in the attitude that says, ‘God … Continue reading

‘Let Bartlett be Bartlett’  ~ Leo McGarry, The West Wing. (Symbolizes a decision to take the gloves off and be committed to doing what you believe is right regardless of the consequences.)

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