“Worship is when the mind apprehends great truth about God, and the heart kicks in with deep feelings of brokenness or wonder and gladness and admiration and gratitude, and the mouth says something like, ‘Blessed be God! O blessed and praised and honored and glorified be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’”

John Piper

The birth of a child can be an exciting event in the life of family. My wife and I were blessed with five healthy children and have not experienced the pain of losing an infant at birth (though we did have one miscarriage).

Each of our children had a special component to their birth that made it unique from the others and treasured dearly by dad and mom. However, as special as the birth of our children was and is to us, they were just ordinary births and ordinary babies to the rest of the world. Other than friends and relatives, no one stood up and took notice of the births of our children. But during this time of the year we celebrate the birth of a child whose entry into this world had and still has infinite implications.

Let’s read about it. Continue reading

Written by Karen Holland

In His eyes, in His eyes,
You are so precious in His sight

In His eyes, in His eyes
So much love for His Bride.

In His eyes, in His eyes,
You are so precious in His sight

Held in His gaze, a beautiful jewel
The apple of His eye

Under His wings, you’ll abide
So precious in His sight, you are held
You are held
In His eyes.

Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matthew 13:10-11 (ESV)

The disciples asked a question that perhaps many people have asked down through the years. Or perhaps many have read this passage numerous times and have not stopped to consider why some people understood what Jesus preached and others did not. It is obvious from Jesus’ response, “. . . to them it has not be given,” that the ability to understand the secrets of the kingdom came from a source outside of the individual. Continue reading

“It is to be lamented that the term irresistible grace has ever been used, since it suggests the idea of a mechanical and coercive influence upon an unwilling subject, while, in truth, it is the transcendent act of the infinite Creator, making the creature spontaneously willing.”

A.A. Hodge

“Jesus did all that is included in the great word ‘save.’ He did not come to induce us to save ourselves, or to help us to save ourselves, or to enable us to save ourselves. He came to SAVE us. And it is, therefore, that His name was called Jesus—because He should save His people from their sins. . . . Nothing that we are and nothing that we can do enters in the slightest measure into the ground of our acceptance with God. Jesus did it all. And by doing it all He has become in the fullest and widest and deepest sense the word can bear—our Saviour. For this end did He come into the world—to SAVE sinners; and nothing short of the actual and complete SAVING of sinners will satisfy the account of His work given from His own lips and repeated from them by His apostles.”

B.B. Warfield