The program will air this Saturday (09/03/2011) at 7:00 -9:00 PM (CST) on Chicago’s AM 1160. Scott Brown’s interview will be in the first hour (7:00 PM). People anywhere in the world can listen in by clicking the “Listen Here LIVE” link on the website when the show is airing.
In the clip, MacArthur talks about the sufficiency of the means of grace to reach all kinds of people, the multigenerational nature of the church, the importance of relationships in discipleship, and the danger of forming niches in the church. I think he makes some poignant remarks in this clip.
Kerby Anderson’s “Point of View” explains the root of the recent violence in England and other places. This is why we say that the breakdown of the family is one of the critical defining issues of our day. Here is the full text of this very profound commentary entitled Mobs and Civilization by Kerby Anderson. He writes:
Earlier this month when Christian Adams was watching England burn, he said “one cannot help but sense something has gone awry in the west. London, the cradle of our law, spins toward lawlessness.” He was struck, as many of us were, of the seeming inability of our western civilization to respond to the violence. (more…)
A recent article reported something that I hope is not true. It says, “the average woman spends five hours a day gossiping. Whether they are at home or at work, females natter for around 298 minutes daily. It is the equivalent of more than a third of their waking hours, researchers found.” As elders we have spoken on this subject a number of times. Listen to Dan Horn here, and Scott Brown here.
From Missionary Patriarch: The True Story of John G. Paton
Our home consisted of a “but” and a “ben” and a “mid room,” or chamber, called the “closet.” The one end was my mother’s domain, and served all the purposes of a dining-room and kitchen and parlour, besides containing two large wooden erections, called by our Scotch peasantry “box-beds”; not holes in the wall, as in cities, but grand, big, airy beds, adorned with many-coloured counterpanes, and hung with natty curtains, showing the skill of the mistress of the house. The other end was my father’s workshop, filled with five or six “stocking frames,” whirring with the constant action of five or six pairs of busy hands and feet, and producing right genuine hosiery for the merchants at Hawick and Dumfries. The “closet” was a very small apartment betwixt the other two, having room only for a bed, a little table, and a chair, with a diminutive window shedding diminutive light on the scene. This was the Sanctuary of that cottage home. Thither daily, and oftentimes a day, generally after each meal, we saw our father retire, and “shut to the door”; and we children got to understand by a sort of spiritual instinct (for the thing was too sacred to be talked about) that prayers were being poured out there for us, (more…)
“When I look at all the women in the world, I find none of whom I can boast as I boast with joyful conscience of my own. This one God himself gave to me, and I know that He and all the angels are pleased when I hold fast to her in love and fidelity.”
- Martin Luther concerning Katie, his wife
People in western India are now being offered a car if they would be sterilized. The BBC reports that Sitaram Sharma, the head doctor in the area, “is hopeful that the chance to win a car might be just enough to tempt at least 20,000 men and women to undergo sterilisation.” They are ” also offering motorcycles, televisions and food blenders.” When will the nations of the world learn that God is not mocked?
Now US insurance companies are forced to cover contraceptive methods. The Tennessean reported on this family life tragedy that, “Finally, one of the biggest barriers to effective family planning — access to affordable birth control — has come tumbling down for millions of American women.” This is simply another example of calling evil good and good evil. What happened? The report says, “Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided to follow the IOM recommendation and require all new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to cover the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods without charging co-pays or other out-of-pocket fees.” In America, we call the rejection of motherhood, the hatred of children and killing, “effective family planning.”
The US Department of Agriculture is reporting that, “one in seven Americans – 15 percent of the country – now need government-provided food stamps simply to survive, according to latest government figures…Nearly 46 million Americans receive food stamps out of a population of some 311 million people…”
There can be no personal transformation, no holy family life, no sanctified church life or any kind of life without the foundation of the gospel. In July 1886, Charles Spurgeon began his message with this statement,
The heart of the gospel is redemption, and the essence of redemption is the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ. They who preach this truth preach the gospel in whatever else they may be mistaken; but they who preach not the atonement, whatever else they declare, have missed the soul and substance of the divine message." He goes on to say, "I will speak upon THE GREAT DOCTRINE. The great doctrine, the greatest of all, is this, that God, seeing men to be lost by reason of their sin, hath taken that sin of theirs and laid it upon his only begotten Son, making him to be sin for us, even him who knew no sin; and that in consequence of this transference of sin he that believeth in Christ Jesus is made just and righteous, yea, is made to be the righteousness of God in Christ. Christ was made sin that sinners might be made righteousness. That is thedoctrine of the substitution of our Lord Jesus Christ on the behalf of guilty men.