Archive for March, 2008

There is a new biography of Cornelius Van Til out, published by Presbyterian & Reformed

It is titled: “Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist & Churchman” and there’s a good deal right now if you order from Westminister Bookstore


A free sample of the Preface and Introduction is available here


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Due to shortages in the supply of wheat, bad weather, as well as the increase in oil prices, food costs have increased, resulting in many countries poorest people losing ability to buy food.

Oil prices affect the cost of transporting, storing, and growing food. The article by MSNBC states that food will be affected for the next 10 years. After causing much alarm, the article has some good news, stating that United States and European farmers have already taken steps to increase production for next year.

The news reminds me to not only be thankful but to be mindful of the hungry:

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
(James 2:14-17)

The next time you eat, thank the merciful God for providing you today’s daily bread.

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Its time that funds to the Middle East get re-evaluated


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For all those who have been impacted by Dr. Greg Bahnsen’s teachings,

Covenant Media Foundation has re-released a new edition of “By This Standard”, hardcover edition.


It’s going for $16.95 right now

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Its been some weeks since the Shepherd’s conference now, I thought I share with you a Message that is available through Grace to You, that was really well done on Luke 21:1-4, in light of prosperity Gospel preachers today:


Or for those of you more fancy into DVDs,


John MacArthur’s preaching is courageously against the false Prosperity Word of Faith Preachers today…And the insight he draws from this verse hit me hard and blew my mind away…

I’ve been misinterpreting this verse for years…

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Many of the readers to this blog are involve with some form of ministry or another where teaching the Word of God is a fundamental role we carry out.

Here is something I read from Jay Adams that one should think about while preparing sermons and messages…

You must not exhort your congregation to do whatever the BIble requires of them as though they could fulfill those requirements on their own, but only as a consequence of the saving power of the cross and the indewelling , sanctifying power and presence of Christ in the person of the Holy Spirit.  All edificational preaching, to be Christian, must fully take into consideration GOd’s grace in salvation and in sanctification” (From “Preaching with Purpose: A Comprehensive Textbook on BIblical Preaching”, page 147)


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Seminars Information

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Time Session Title Teacher
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM A God-Entranced Vision
Infusing you music with a biblical theology of worship
Andy Snider
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Politically Incorrect?
How to shepherd your congregation in an election
Phil Johnson
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Preparation & the Powerful Pulpit
Consecrating your heart before you preach
Rick Holland
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Search & Rescue
An interactive forum on church discipline
Bill Shannon
GCC Elders
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Strong & Courageous
Why some leaders succeed when others fail
Rob Iverson
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM The Mission Field Next Door
Local church ministry in a cross-cultural context
Henry Tolopilo
Michael Mahoney
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Think Biblically
A philosophy of ministry built upon the text of scripture
Irv Busenitz

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Time Session Title Teacher
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Exegesis & the Powerful Pulpit
Studying the text with care and precision
Bill Barrick
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Faith of Our Fathers
Was the gospel of the early church what we believe today?
Nathan Busenitz
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Grace to Youth
An interactive forum on student ministry
Austin Duncan
Kelly Wright
Rick Holland
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
The changing sound of corporate worship
Bill Brandenstein
Clayton Erb
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Seeds of the Gospel
Cultivating a biblical children’s ministry
Kurt Gebhards
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM The Heart of the Matter
An interactive forum on biblical counseling
Bill Shannon
Jim Pile
John Street
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM The Pursuit of Happiness
Presenting the gospel to a world longing for satisfaction
Tom Patton

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Time Session Title Teacher
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Exposition & the Powerful Pulpit
Crafting the sermon from what has been studied
Tom Pennington
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM First Love
What would Jesus think of your church?
Dick Mayhue
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM God’s High Calling for Women
Addressing the role of women and biblical femininity
John Street
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Good Intentions, Bad Advice
The major pitfalls every biblical counselor must avoid
Bill Shannon
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Revitalizing your church’s passion for prayer
Andy Snider
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM The War of the World Views
Fighting for biblical truth in the realm of secular thought
Mark Tatlock
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM To Protect & Serve
An interactive forum on elder rule
GCC Elders
Rob Iverson

Friday, March 07, 2008

Time Session Title Teacher
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM A Clear and Present Gospel
Communicating the essentials of saving faith
Jesse Johnson
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM A Still Small Voice
How God leads His people in daily decision making
Jon Rourke
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Delivery & the Powerful Pulpit
Preaching the sermon with clarity and conviction
Alex Montoya
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Foreign Exchange
An interactive forum on world missions
GCC Elders
Kevin Edwards
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Meaning is Everything
Why effective preaching demands a proper hermeneutic
Keith Essex
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM The Dividing Line
Where we draw the line on biblical separation
Nathan Busenitz
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Waters That Divide
A biblical critique of infant baptism
Matt Waymeyer

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