From Dr. Richard Trucks of Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, here is a message based on James 1:26-27, titled “Is My Religion Pure and Undefiled Before God.” This is truly a question that each of us should indeed ask ourselves: is my religion pure and undefiled before God?
Something Different: “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” arr. by Seth Custer for piano, saxophone, and cello
Readers may recall that the hymn O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus is one of my favorites, and this is a lovely arrangement by Dr. Seth Custer. I am not sure I have ever heard a trio of these particular instruments, either!
Speaking at St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in the United Kingdom, Dr. Andrew Sach talks about the Resurrection’s implications for us, using Hebrews 7:1-28 as his text. As he points out, Jesus “is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
I wanted to mention the book The Lord’s Table by the Rev. Edward Bickersteth, which can be accessed in PDF at the link – or if you prefer, one can also access it via this Google Books link. Bickersteth was a priest in the Church of England who served as rector of Watton-at-Stone Church in Hertfordshire. He was a staunch evangelical who was actually commended by J.C. Ryle in some of his writings.
What I find interesting about this book is that Bickersteth basically took each part of the BCP’s Holy Communion and wrote a meditation about it – from the Lord’s Prayer to the Collects to the Gospels, all the way to the conclusion of the service. And the meditations are beautiful, in part because of the truly devout faith this man had, which is revealed in every word. If you want some meditations to help you get ready in heart for the worship service, this text is as edifying as anything I have ever come across. Here is a portion from his Introduction:
How it pleases God invisibly by His Spirit to work in us and nourish our souls with Christ’s body and blood, while we eat the bread and drink the wine, we know not. But our ignorance of the way in which God works, ought not for a moment to make us doubt the reality. We do not know the way in which He works in our hearts by His Spirit, when we are studying His holy Word or praying at the footstool of His throne. It is enough for us, that the grace given according to His promise is a blessed reality. So in the Lord’s Supper we believe, and the fact is realized in us. We do spiritually eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood; we do dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us. Our souls are strengthened and refreshed by the body and blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the bread and wine. His body and blood are verily and indeed taken by the faithful in the Lord’s Supper, as the apostle bears witness when he says, ‘The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ.’
And thus in the simple obedience of faith we proceed to obey our Master’s command, ‘This do in remembrance of Me.’ The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recorded, and the acts are rehearsed in our hearing and before our eyes. ‘This do in remembrance of Me, that is, all that was done then. Bless the bread, break it, distribute it, eat it. When I am no longer with you these acts will make memory grow into realization of My presence in your midst. If the soft music of those words could reach us now, disentangled from the theological discords of intervening ages, surely they would come to us with some such significance. To those who first heard them they certainly must have implied, not that a physical presence was about to be perpetuated, but rather that there was now something for them which would in after ages console them for a physical absence.’ So in like manner is the wine poured forth, telling of His blood shed for the remission of sins. But His bodily absence only makes His spiritual presence in our hearts more precious and real to faith; for now the Beloved has brought us to His banqueting-house, and His banner over us is Love.
If you like this, give The Lord’s Table a try.
Here is another great interview by Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution, this one being with Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska on the topic “Restoring the Constitution”. The notes say that “However serious the challenges that America is facing, Senator Sasse believes it is not too late to restore the Constitution and thus Congress.” I pray he is right.
From the Rev. Vaughan Roberts of St. Ebbe’s Church in the United Kingdom, here is a thoughtful audio message based on Revelation 8:6-9:21, titled “The Judgments of History” that you can hear below. This is the fifth in a series on “I Saw Heaven Open”, on some passages in Revelation, and this is a very good series of messages.
Sola Scriptura Ministries of Canada has made available some audio recordings of their conferences (which are very good, by the way). One that I would like to point out is their 2009 conference on “The Ascended King”. Featured are messages on “Who is Jesus? Hebrews 1:1-3”, “The Resurrection”, “The Ascension: Meaning and Significance”, “The Believer’s Union with Christ”, “Seated at the Right Hand of the Father” and “The Gift of the Spirit”. The speakers were Heinz Dschankilic, Dr. Bruce Ware, and Dr. Michael Haykin.
If these topics interest you, give “The Ascended King” a try.
Mark Steyn can be a rather eloquent speaker, and this video is an example of that. Note what he says about “the view from thirty thousand feet” and that “Liberty and mass migration have nothing to do with each other”.
Continuing with his series on the Book of Acts, here is another message from Phillip Jensen, titled “Who Judges Judges?”. It is based on Acts 25-26, where the Apostle Paul appears before Festus and Agrippa. As it happens, I could not find it in video, but here is an audio of the message.
If you like Dr. David Jeremiah, you will enjoy this interview of him on The Eric Metaxas Show. In this podcast, they are talking about Dr. Jeremiah’s latest book and its subject of the end times.