Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December Padkos

Bible Reading Plans For 2015 – this list is from the Ligonier site. I like the look of the in depth one on Matthew. But they are all going to be good!


10 Questions to ask at New Year/Your Birthday – I like the idea of looking back…and then looking forward. “So let’s evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live this new year with biblical diligence, remembering that, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage” (Proverbs 21:5). But in all things let’s also remember our dependence on our King who said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).”


10 Reasons For Writing Letters   Oh yes yes and YES!


God’s ‘Small Still Voice’ Great article with significant insight.


Distractions Impairing Spiritual Growth

“There are plenty of things we can worry about or lust after today, aren't there? To fight this battle, I must constantly remind myself that this world is not my home. But I must also be faithful to pray for those who are so distracted by the world that they have missed the only One who will truly satisfy the longings of their hearts.”

“…dealing decisively with anything that pulls us away from what's supremely important—knowing Christ. I find the battle is ongoing as I strive to keep good things in their proper place, such as smart phones, Internet, entertainment, Facebook, Twitter, exercise, work, children and grandchildren, home repairs, meal preparation, laundry, being occupied with worldly affairs, and so on. Even things that are very good must not keep us from what is best for our souls.”

“We can be distracted by things we're sincerely doing to please Jesus. Good things.But Jesus doesn't want us to be doing for Him at the expense of being with Him.”

“Finally, God wants to teach us how to be at rest in the midst of the chaos and confusion of this world. That's what God is drilling down more deeply in me these days. Regardless of what distractions, pressures, trials, or sufferings are coming at me at any given moment, my heart will only be truly at rest when it's fixed on Christ. The more I put my trust in God's goodness and sovereign control over every circumstance of my life, the less unexpected or hard things can steal the peace or joy I have been given in Christ.”

Evil Spirits and Electricity Problems – Africa, what is the ‘real’ problem?


How Salvation Brings Freedom – Jen Wilkin. “Salvation from sin can be broken down into three categories: justification, sanctification and glorification. For the believer, our justification was, our sanctification is, and our glorification is to come. We were saved, we are being saved, we will be saved.”

Which Promises Are For Me? – Jen Wilkin. Good one! “Not many things are more comforting than a promise made and kept. And not many things are more hurtful than a promise broken. Knowing we worship a God who keeps his promises is a source of deep joy. But misapplied, this knowledge can also lead us to treasure-hunt Scripture for promises in problematic ways. How can we know which promises are for us? How can we lay claim to the promises of the Bible without overstepping their application?”


4 Seasons When You Will Face Temptation  John Owens/Tim Challis

A Dangerous Passion For Growth


How to Change Your Mind  A different Bible ‘Reading Plan’


The Lure of Self Promotion 

“This doesn’t mean we can never cultivate the unique talents and personalities that He has given us. It is certainly possible to use our gifts to glorify God (in fact, that is why He gave them to us in the first place!). But first, we must ask some critical questions: Am I doing this for His glory or for my own applause? When people see this part of my life, are they drawn closer to Jesus, or are they merely impressed with me?

If we are more concerned with what others think of us than what they think of Jesus, then we have not learned how to be a faithful “friend of the Bridegroom,” as John the Baptist was. If we are pursuing our dreams in order to get what we want out of life rather than to lead others to the Source of true life, we are missing a crucial part of Christianity.”


When Risking it All for God Means Staying Where You Are 

Well written and to the point.  “As I’m reading Scripture, I see countless stories of men and women whose biggest challenge is not stepping out to go and follow God but continuing to follow Him.”

Monday, December 1, 2014

November Padkos

Stop Preaching to Yourself, Do Something  

“Preaching the Gospel to ourselves is something of a novelty.  Perhaps the traditional notion would be remembering the Gospel, reminding ourselves of its truths.Either way, it is a good exercise.  It is a necessary effort.  But it is not and end in itself.Reminding ourselves of the greatness of Christ and his salvation is faith-building.  But it is not enough.The Gospel leads us to love God and love our neighbour, to keep the ten commandments.  That is the point of James.”


We Are Not Our Own – Piper talks beautifully of life and death. “What matters is that we have been bought with a price. We are not our own. We live and we die and we suffer for the glory of Christ, our Lord. And we never forget the truth that makes everything worth it: “The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).”

How Not to Use Greek in Bible Study


Truth Exchange – Peter Jones


10 Questions on Prayer –with Timothy Keller   and  20 Quotes from Tim’s book


The Wrath of God – 5 Truths


God’s Purpose For Our Lives


  When was the last time you enjoyed your money? – Tim Challis.  Especially this line : “When all you want to do with your money is seek indulgence, it will deliver ever-diminishing pleasures”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rules For Self Discovery

1. What we want most;
2. What we think about most;
3. How we use our money;
4. What we do with our leisure time;
5. The company we enjoy;
6. Who and what we admire;
7. What we laugh at.

A.W. Tozer

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Grant us purity of heart
and strength of purpose,
that no selfish passion
may hinder us from knowing Your will,
and no weakness
hinder us from doing it;
but that in Your light
we may see light,
and in Your service
find our perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

- Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (354-430)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Padkos

Pretty full month this time round! Lots of good stuff to share. Also remember to check out Christian Courses at RBC . They have many free courses available and regularly offer free graduate level/quality courses.


Love That Will Complete You   “God is completing us by producing in us more and more love fuelled by truths about him and his world. He is sharpening our minds and hearts around what is good, and that love — built on the iron beams of knowledge and discernment — prepares us for him, for a perfect, holy God. God makes us ready for that day by teaching us more of his truth and making us more loving toward others. God does the work. That’s why it’s a prayer (Philippians 1:9) and not only a command. Paul is asking God to do it in them, in us.”

4 Things Jesus Didn’t Die For 

Jesus didn’t die so we could achieve the American Dream, but so that we could inherit immeasurable riches in the presence of God for eternity.

Jesus didn’t die so we could create our own little social/political kingdoms in this age, but so that we would rejoice in the coming kingdom of the next.

Jesus didn’t die so we could keep on sinning but so that we would have the desire to stop sinning and glorify him in all we do.

Jesus didn’t die so we could amass a spiritual resumé of good works but so that we could rest in his righteousness as we obey out of love and humility.

Let My People Think Part 1 – Ravi Zacharias

Let My People Think Part 2 – Ravi Zacharias

Oprah quotes edited.

God’s Beauty for the Bored, Busy, and Depressed

If Only You Knew What I Know  - “Every church is a community of recovering sin-addicts, fellow sufferers who are longing for freedom. Freedom comes through principle taught and principle displayed. Who needs to hear you say, “Walk with me. Let’s learn to be like Christ…””

12 Step programmes work for addicts, what is lacking in the church?

Why Curious People Don’t Get Bored

Theological Impatience

Biblical Versus Systematic Theology

Monergism – 125 Free E-books

You Need The Power of The Holy Spirit

Making Sense of The Stories We Tell

What Jesus Didn’t Say

Sobering Up : Prerequisite to a Good Prayer Life  “Sobering up means that we see reality as it really is; that we recognize that time is short; that we give up any thoughts of trying to live or serve apart from the enablement that only God can offer.”


Look At The Book  Great new ‘Biblestudy Guide’ from John Piper and Desiring God.

Busy Is Blasphemy – Written from the perspective of a pastor, but applies to us all. (Remember that the time on earth is not the only time we have, we do not have to do absolutely everything during our lifetime here. There is all eternity still to live…)

Read those Genealogies!  I used to skip them until audio Bible listening took that option away from me. I’m so glad it did, I won’t skip them anymore. The article gives some clues as to why I now LIKE reading genealogies!

Encourage One Another

Put Feelings Back In Faith

Live More Simply

The Dignity of Our Deterioration

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Padkos–August 2014

Maybe I can group these by month…

Learn This Verse – John Piper.

A Closed Door.  Before finishing the penultimate paragraph, I suddenly saw another way to understand the verse. I pause to think it through, came back and saw the author came to the same understanding. Interesting, never have looked at this verse in this way.

Look! A Distraction!   Note what he says about deep thinking and deep relationships.

Our Deeds Are Not Filthy Rags

This one had some good points  Teach Believers What Happened to Them in Conversion

I may not be in seminary, but this applies to us all :  THREE DEATHS EVERY SEMINARIAN MUST FACE

This poem has always disgusted me. I much prefer the redeemed version! Invictus Redeemed

Lay Aside The Weight of Self-Indulgence

First Message  from the ‘Only Two Religions’ series by Peter Jones

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Breath taking links here. How great and how good is our God! May He ever be praised!

On Missionary outreaches – short term. Do and don’t do. Advice from one who knows both sides of the coin The Good Missionary

Freed From The Law – RC Sproul (Rom 7:1-6)

The War on the Word – this one should scare us all awake…

and the incredible ‘Why The God-Man” by Sinclair Ferguson


Success is Dangerous – This reminds me of the little skit  “Man Can Do It All By Himself” There is a very real danger in making things happen by ourselves, our effort, our abilities.

A reading list with a couple of titles that interest me :  What We’re Reading This Summer

And another : Fiction Titles

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Padkos–Food For The Road

I’m starting a new feature on the blog : every day I drop by several different places on the web, reading really good articles and I have so many bookmarks by now, that it is getting hard to find a specific link. So I decided to follow the example of some other bloggers (for me most notably Tim Challis with his  ‘A La Carte’) and collect those links on my own blog for –hopefully- easier reference in the future.


So here goes the first ‘Padkos’ (Padkos is Afrikaans and literally means ‘food for the road’ – a meal packed to be eaten while travelling.) In keeping with the feel of this blog- that of being on a journey as Christian is in ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ once he gets beyond the wicket gate- I thought it an appropriate title for ‘food’ I snack on along the way. Not to replace the ‘daily bread’ of the Scriptures, but in addition to it.

Grace Is Not A Thing

By Grace Alone: An Interview with Sinclair Ferguson

4 Principles of Prayer From Saint Augustine

Six Lies Grads Will Be Told


Links posted here are for my personal reference and include articles/discussions/information that I personally found useful or that I wanted to consider again/spent time on thinking though.