“Three Commendations” – Another COVID Era Devotion

Brothers and Sisters,

By way of a short “devotional” email today, I want to commend to you three encouragements:

The first are these wonderful words from Psalm 95:1-7a (ESV): Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise.  For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.  In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!  For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”

The second is an episode from the podcast, “Ask Pastor John,” which posted yesterday.  If you click here, you can listen to John Piper address the question, “Is the Calvinist-Arminian Debate Really Important?”  I highlight this episode because it relates to our sermon last Sunday generally, and to our discussion in Sunday School particularly.  Especially if you were part of the Sunday School conversation, let me encourage you to give this 15-minute episode a listen.

Finally, consider visiting and becoming familiar with The Gospel Coalition website.  This theological movement of believers from various denominational contexts is an important element of the church’s experience in America today.  You’ll find much through TGC that can edify your walk with Christ.  Incidentally, one of TGC’s two key founders, Don Carson, long stood near the center of theological education in the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) through his teaching role at Trinity University.

Praying you are enjoying your Tuesday in Jesus…

In Christ,

P.J.

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