Hymn Focus: "Weary of Earth, and Laden with My Sin"

In 1866 Samuel J. Stone penned a hymn that he later described as the one most dear to him. Samuel was born in 1839 and during his 61 years of life wrote some 57 hymns. The most famous being "The Church's One Foundation". His poems, such as The Knight of Intercession and Lays of Iona... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Does God Desire All to Be Saved – #4

Part 1 – IntroductionPart 2 – Piper’s AimPart 3 - Two Wills How extensive is the sovereign will of God? This is the chapter title of chapter 3 in John Piper's small book. The author asserts, Behind the complex relationship of the two wills in God is the foundational biblical premise that God is sovereign... Continue Reading →

How to Pray for One Another – Wisdom & Knowledge (2/4)

Part 1 - http://www.martinwickens.com/2019/07/how-to-pray-for-one-another-thankfulness-1-4/ A few weeks ago I began a series looking at how we can pray for one another. In the first part I focused on the blessing we have in our brothers and sisters in Christ and that we ought to constantly thank the Lord for them. In this post, we will... Continue Reading →

Contentment – the Antidote to the Poison of Comparison

In Psalm 73 the writer wrestles with the injustice he witnessed in the world. Three verses from this song will enable us to join the psalmist on his journey from comparison to contentment. 1. Comparison "...I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked."Psalm 73:3 In Proverbs and throughout the... Continue Reading →

“Enough!” – Dealing with Discouragement and Depression

In recent months I have studied and preached on the life of Elijah. Most weeks I reference James' description of him as a man of like passions. He faced the same highs and lows that do, he knew strength and weakness, joy and sadness, victory and defeat, peace and discouragement, and perhaps even depression. At... Continue Reading →

God to the Rescue

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31 In Psalm 107 we witness God rescuing sinners from themselves. Many times in other psalms the author describes God delivering him from his enemies, but here we see God saving the... Continue Reading →

Gentleness

When I think of Elijah my mind usually jumps straight to his confrontation with the prophets of Baal on top of Mount Carmel. There the prophet of God stood alone against 450 sworn enemies! As they attempted to call down fire from heaven by the power of their false god, Baal, they danced, chanted, and... Continue Reading →

That Which is, Has Been

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you...Rudyard Kipling, "If" Does it seem like the world is going crazy? In 1895 Rudyard Kipling penned one of his most famous pieces, "If". Every line of that poem is gold. But the opening two lines struck me... Continue Reading →

Now is the Time to Get Ready for Church (Before Sunday)

Sunday mornings might be the worst time to get ready for church. Not just for preachers who need to have prepared a sermon, but for anyone. Now, if someone gets up Sunday morning and decides out of the blue to go to church then wonderful, get up and go. But if you have the opportunity... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Does God Desire All to Be Saved – #3

Part 1 - IntroductionPart 2 - Piper's Aim In the 2nd chapter of Piper's booklet, he sets out to give examples of God's two wills. His goal is to prove that God has one will that desires all to be saved, but a second will that acts to only save some. We must keep in... Continue Reading →

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