Check out these newly released hymns from Mars Hill Seattle! (If you’re into that kind of thing).
Archive for February, 2012
by VinothChandar posted here
What is the best thing that you can do for you pastor? Compliment him on his “outstanding, almost Charles Spurgeon-like sermon”? Give money to the church? Give your time and skills to the church? Not heckle him? Admire him for his manly beard? While those are all wonderful things, they are not the best thing that you can do for you pastor.
The absolute, most important, best thing that you can do for your pastor is to pray for him. (more…)
Make it your daily prayer that you may have an increase of faith. According to your faith will be your peace. Cultivate that blessed root more, and sooner or later, by God’s blessing, you may hope to have the flower. You may not perhaps attain to full assurance at once: it is good sometimes to be kept waiting; we do not value things that we get without trouble. But though it tarry, wait for it. Seek on, and expect to find.
~ J.C. Ryle
If you came out for Vision Night last night, thank you. I get excited just thinking about the grace of God operating in our midst and how Trinity could contribute to the transformation of Myrtle Beach. However, there was one crucial element that I forgot to talk about last night. Proverbs chapter 16 states that “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD… Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.(Proverbs 16:1-3 ESV)” I really think we have a great plan for growing Trinity, and I think we might actually accomplish it. However, unless God is at work, the most crucial aspect, that of changing hearts for eternity, will never happen. Every revival in the history of the church has happened when Christians, recognizing that they could not do what only God can do, got down on their knees to pray (check this out for an example). Prayer is the humble confession that we believe in God, not ourselves. Unfortunately, prayer for the church has been lacking since I’ve been here at Trinity, and I must accept part of the blame for not prioritizing prayer over struggling in my own efforts. To that end, I would like to invite as many of you as are in Myrtle Beach to join me at Trinity on Thursday at noon for six weeks to kneel before the Lord and seek His grace. This meeting will be solely devoted to praying for the church. It will not be a liturgical service. It is not a “healing service” strictly speaking (although I expect that as we take prayer seriously we will see people healed). We will simply be meeting together to pray for the mission of the Church. Please join me and I look forward to seeing God do amazing things in our midst as we rely not on our efforts but His strength.
We sang this hymn Monday night at Trinity, enjoy.
Christian mothers, your child may be far away from the sheltering home, voyaging on the stormy sea, or dwelling in some distant climate beyond your voice. But he is still within the reach of the mightiest power a mother can wield – the power of prayer! And although you cannot throw around him your maternal arms to shield him from the evil of the world, you can invest him with your wrestling believing petitions, and secure on his behalf the Arm which encircles the globe, and is mighty to save. Oh that the Church of God may be filled with such praying mothers!
Octavius Winslow, “The Christian Family.”