• 2019,  False Teachers

    Exposing False Teachers (No 2): T.D. Jakes

    Thomas Dexter Jakes or better known as T.D. Jakes is probably one of the most well-known pastors in the world. He has his own show, (T.D. Jakes Show), he has written numerous books and movie scripts. He has produced films and shows and has appeared on talk shows such as Oprah (who called him “America’s treasure). He has been recognized by Time Magazine as “One of the Nations most mesmerizing and influential preachers” and in 1996 founded the 30,000 member church called The Potter’s House. I tell you this so that you know, Jakes’ influence is far-reaching. He is not a ‘fringe’ pastor. He is a ‘mainstream’ pastor/teacher. In this…

  • 2019,  Chapter Plodding

    1689: 1.2. Of the Holy Scriptures: What Books are included in the Bible?

    2. The Holy Scriptures, or the Word of God written, consist of all the books of the Old and New Testaments. These are: THE OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. THE NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John,…

  • 2019,  Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (17): Living With the End in Mind

    17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die. Edwards aimed to live with the end in mind. He sought to meditate on his death bed (as morbid as that may sound) and ponder the life he will have hoped he’d lived once there. Based on the answer to that question he resolved to adjust his life accordingly. Any novice student of Edwards knows that he died young (due to a vaccination), but was extremely productive for the kingdom. The canon of his life demonstrates that he applied this resolution quite well. This particular resolution makes me think of the…

  • 2019,  Meditation Mondays

    Meditation Mondays: Our Just, Omniscient Redeemer

    Lamentations 3:58-60 58 O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul;You have redeemed my life.59 O Lord, You have seen [m]how I am wronged;Judge my case.60 You have seen all their vengeance,All their schemes against me. (Lamentations 3:58-60 NKJV) Meditation It is comforting to know that God is omniscient (all-knowing/seeing). There is nothing that happens in heaven, on earth, or under the earth that does not pass through the hands of our Sovereign God. He knows all and sees all because He ordains all and is using everything in life to conform us more into the image of Jesus. Jeremiah comforted himself by reminding himself that the Lord sees. It is comforting to know that…

  • 2019,  Weekly Round Up

    Weekly Roundup: March 14, 2019 (Insecurity; God’s Word; Letters to a Weary World)

    At Broad Oak Piety this Week: God Hears You, Dear Sufferer Speaking About Other’s Sins Revelation Has Ceased Because Scripture is Sufficient Anxiety, Depression, and Some Helps: Spiritual Disciplines Resources Elsewhere: Social Justice and the Gospel: Founders Panel This is an excellent 1-hour panel discussion by some trusted theologians and pastors on the current trends of the social justice movement. If you find yourself having lots of discussions about issues such as racism, homosexuality, abortion, etc. check this panel out. If you don’t, you should familiarize yourself with the current conversation taking place inside evangelicalism. The Sin of Insecurity by Jeremy Pierre Excellent short article by a former professor of…

  • 2019,  Depression/Anxiety

    Anxiety, Depression, and Some Helps (3) Spiritual Disciplines

    There can be different causes of anxiety and depression. Some of these causes are biological in nature, a result of the first Adam’s sin. Some of the causes are the result of personal sin or the sin of another. For others, it can be a mixture of all the above. Whether the cause is biological or spiritual, spiritual disciplines are needed. In this article, I’d like to recommend a few profitable spiritual exercises that are honoring to the Lord and will provide soul care to someone facing anxiety and depression. Spiritual Disciplines Prayer To pray is to acknowledge your dependency upon the Lord. To pray is to acknowledge your weakness…

  • 2019,  Chapter Plodding

    1689: 1.1. Of the Holy Scriptures: Revelation Has Ceased Because Scripture is Sufficient

    Today we begin to slowly wade through The Confession together. If you missed my introductory post, then what are you doing with your life? Go back. Below is paragraph one of chapter one of the confession: 1.1. Of the Holy Scriptures 1. The Holy Scriptures are the only sufficient, certain, and infallible standard of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.1  The light of nature and the works of creation and providence so clearly demonstrate the goodness, wisdom, and power of God that people are left without excuse; however, these demonstrations are not sufficient to give the knowledge of God and his will that is necessary for salvation.2 Therefore, the Lord was…

  • 2019,  Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (No. 16): Speaking About Other’s Sins

    16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good. There are two passages of Scripture that provide the guardrails for Edward’s 16th resolution. First is the 9th Commandment: 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (NKJV) Edwards resolved to guard his tongue. If we’re honest with ourselves this is easier said than done. Sin deceives us on this particular issue because it dresses this sin up as a virtue. We speak ill of others and call it ‘prayer requests’ at corporate gatherings. We speak ill of others in order to…

  • 2019,  Meditation,  Meditation Mondays

    Meditation Mondays: God Hears You, Dear Sufferer

    55 “I called on your name, O Lord,    from the depths of the pit;56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not close    your ear to my cry for help!’57 You came near when I called on you;    you said, ‘Do not fear!’ (Lamentations 3:55-57 ESV) Meditation Depths of the pit– that’s a good way to describe suffering. Depths of the pit is also a good way to define what judgment feels like. Jeremiah called on the name of the Lord from the pit. There is no place in heaven, on earth, or under the earth that escapes the presence of God. No matter how severe your suffering, the Lord is near and He hears your groaning and…

  • 2019,  Depression/Anxiety

    Confessions: Anxiety, Depression and Some Helps (2)

    A couple of weeks ago I began to share with you some resources that have encouraged me as I’ve wrestled with being melancholy. In that article, I included some helpful books and even charged you to read substantial passages of the Bible. I ended the article by saying I will share with you some of the musicians God has used to minister to me in downcast seasons in the next article. That article is here. If you know me, you know that I really enjoy music. I have played the piano since a young child and have enjoyed singing in my local church for as long as I can remember.…