Friday, February 24, 2017

Recommended Books on Spiritual Warfare

Sunday evening we finished our brief series on spiritual warfare. You can access both sermons at the bottom of this post. In light of that, I want to pass along a number of helpful resources on the subject that will allow you to explore the subject in more detail.


Did the Devil Make Me Do It? by Mike McKinley 

This short volume is part of the the "Questions Christians ask" book series published by The Good Book Company. Like the other books in this series, the author offers a simple and precise introduction to the subject at hand. This book is brief and helpfully summarizes the question of spiritual warfare. This volume is not long enough to answer every question you may have, but if you are new to the subject, I recommend you start here.


3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare by Clinton Arnold

The best book I have read on the subject of spiritual warfare is Clinton Arnold's work. It is part of the Three Crucial Questions series. Although its structure is centered around three questions: What is Spiritual Warfare?, Can a Christian Be Demon-Possessed?, Are We Called to Engage Territorial Spirits?, the book explores much more than this. Arnold offers a much more thorough exploration of spiritual warfare.


Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis 

Lewis is one of my favorite writers of the 20th century. In this work, the late apologists imagines a series of letters from senior demon Uncle Screwtape to his apprentice nephew Wormwood on how to tempt his Christian subject. In my opinion, Screwtape Letters is one of those books that every Christian should read and reread throughout their lives.


Discipled Warriors: Growing Healthy Churches That Are Equipped for Spiritual Warfare by Chuck Lawless 

I will admit up front that I have not sat down and read this book cover to cover. Not yet at least. But have interacted with Dr. Lawless personally (he taught at SBTS) and have followed much of his teachings on spiritual warfare. I suspect that he is one of the most influential voices on spiritual warfare among Baptists today. This is his primary work and was followed by the book Putting on the Armor: Equipped and Deployed for Spiritual Warfare.



For more:
February 5, 2017 | On Spiritual Warfare, Part 1
February 19, 2017 | On Spiritual Warfare, Part 2 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 19, 2017 | On Spiritual Warfare, Part 2

Here is the sermon from Sunday evening concluding our study of spiritual warfare. Part one can be accessed here.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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For more:
January 10, 2016 | Mark 1:1-15: Jesus is the Gospel, Stupid
January 17, 2016 | Mark 1:16-20: The Correlation Between Repentance and Obedience, or, If Jesus Jumped Off a Bridge Would You Follow?
January 17, 2016 | Malachi 3:13-4:6: Is it Vanity to Worship God?
January 24, 2016 | Mark 1:21-28 - This Means War!
January 31, 2016 | Mark 1:29-45: Rusted and Weathered
February 7, 2016 | Mark 2:1-12
February 14, 2016 | Mark 2:13-17: God Helps Those Who Cannot Help Themselves
February 21, 2016 | Mark 2:18-22
February 28, 2016 | Mark 2:23-28
March 6, 2016 | Mark 3:1-6 
March 13, 2016 | Mark 3:7-19 - How to Change the World
March 20, 2016 | Mark 3:20-35
January 1, 2017 | Mark 4:1-20: The Parable of the Soils, Part 1
January 1, 2017 | Mark 4:1-20: The Parable of the Soils, Part 2
January 15, 2-17 | Mark 4:21-25 - Hide It Under a Bushel?: The Beauty and Blessing of Taking the Gospel Seriously
January 15, 2017 | John 9
January 22, 2017 | Mark 4:26-34: The Kingdom of God is Coming. Wait For It Y'all
January 29, 2017 | Mark 4:35-41: We Have Nothing to Fear But God Himself
January 29, 2017 | Jonah: God Pursues 
February 5 2017 | Mark 5:1-20: What Can Wash Away My Stains?
February 5, 2017 | On Spiritual Warfare, Part 1
February 12, 2017 | Mark 5:21-43
February 19, 2017 | Mark 6:1-6: The Nazarene School of Rejection
February 19, 2017 | On Spiritual Warfare, Part 2 

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 19, 2017 | Mark 6:1-6: The Nazarene School of Rejection

Here is the sermon from Sunday morning taken from Mark 6:1-6.
Jesus went out from there and *came into His hometown; and His disciples *followed Him. When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief.
And He was going around the villages teaching.

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For more:
January 10, 2016 | Mark 1:1-15: Jesus is the Gospel, Stupid
January 17, 2016 | Mark 1:16-20: The Correlation Between Repentance and Obedience, or, If Jesus Jumped Off a Bridge Would You Follow?
January 17, 2016 | Malachi 3:13-4:6: Is it Vanity to Worship God?
January 24, 2016 | Mark 1:21-28 - This Means War!
January 31, 2016 | Mark 1:29-45: Rusted and Weathered
February 7, 2016 | Mark 2:1-12
February 14, 2016 | Mark 2:13-17: God Helps Those Who Cannot Help Themselves
February 21, 2016 | Mark 2:18-22
February 28, 2016 | Mark 2:23-28
March 6, 2016 | Mark 3:1-6 
March 13, 2016 | Mark 3:7-19 - How to Change the World
March 20, 2016 | Mark 3:20-35
January 1, 2017 | Mark 4:1-20: The Parable of the Soils, Part 1
January 1, 2017 | Mark 4:1-20: The Parable of the Soils, Part 2
January 15, 2-17 | Mark 4:21-25 - Hide It Under a Bushel?: The Beauty and Blessing of Taking the Gospel Seriously
January 15, 2017 | John 9
January 22, 2017 | Mark 4:26-34: The Kingdom of God is Coming. Wait For It Y'all
January 29, 2017 | Mark 4:35-41: We Have Nothing to Fear But God Himself
January 29, 2017 | Jonah: God Pursues 
February 5 2017 | Mark 5:1-20: What Can Wash Away My Stains?
February 5, 2017 | On Spiritual Warfare, Part 1
February 12, 2017 | Mark 5:21-43
February 19, 2017 | Mark 6:1-6: The Nazarene School of Rejection 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Recommend Reading on Marriage and Relationships

In case  you didn't know, today is Valentine's Day (hint hint fellas). Since today is the national day of love, I want to recommend a number of helpful resources on marriage and romantic relationships. The following is not an exhaustive list but is a good start. The main thing is to continue to work on your marriage.


When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey

This is, without a doubt, one of the best books on marriage and relationships I have read in recent years. The premise of the book is identified in the title: marriage is the uniting of two sinners. What lies at the root of every problem every couple faces is sin. Both sides are guilty of sin. The key to a lasting, healthy, and vibrant marriage, then, is the gospel. Harvey walks us through this unlike any other marriage book does. I strongly recommend this work.


His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage by Willard Harley

The premise of this book is simple. Men and women are different. The author walks the reader through the five needs of both the husband and wife and how each spouse should serve the other. In principle, it is gospel. If my focus is on meeting the needs of my spouse rather than being consumed with my spouse meeting mine, then our marriage will thrive. This is the model set forth by Paul in Ephesians 5.


The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy and Kathy Keller

Tim Keller is one of the best writers and thinkers of our day. Here he and his wife apply his wit and wisdom to marriage. Its worth investing in and includes a fuller treatment of what the Bible says about marriage.


Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs

Again the premise is simple. Men and women are different. At our core, each have one basic need. women need love and men need respect. The writer walks the reader through how each gender understand those terms and what role they play in marriage and how we can serve the other the right way. This is not my favorite book, but it remains popular and helpful for many couples.