Shared Value #1 – The Lectionary
While I have attended just about every kind of church there is in my lifetime, I have most appreciated the liturgy of the Anglican church. I highly recommend following its lectionary, for in a few minutes one can enjoy readings from the psalms, the old testament, the new testament, and the gospel. It was created hundreds of years ago to enable the “common man” to read the entire bible in 2 -3 years. If you recall, prior to the Anglican church the bible wasn’t available to be read by the average person! The ESV app provides it in both written and a narrated format so you can listen on your mobile device, which at times is very convenient.
The Anglicans also give us a formal period to prepare for the coming of Easter called Lent. 40 days where we can remember Christ’s suffering and our own need of a Savior. In a world devoid of honesty and genuine looks in the mirror, many of us might find it hard to contemplate our inadequacy. Thankfully, we are forgiven. Lent helps us to not forget our need to be forgiven.
Shared Value #2 – Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
For less than the entire cost of the printed volume, from now thru the end of April, you can download our Apps which provide you the narrated book, the written work, and a host of other features enabling you to share thoughts with friends as well as dig in to the relevant scriptures and hymns he utilizes in his fabulous exegesis. Please let us know in the review section of the app store what you think!
Greetings fellow MLJ fans – I hope you are well and staying in the word. Recently I met with Harrison Powell, the founder of WithGod and I want to encourage you to consider adding his app to your phone. As much as Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ Studies in the Sermon on the Mount have meant to me, I realize that it is overwhelming to most people in terms of depth, content and mostly time commitment. Its really clear after hearing Harrison describe his interviews with over 800 Christians and how they spend their time feeding their spiritual selves.
I am really glad to see this talented young man approach our Walk in this new way. I think it will be enormously helpful to many of us who are constantly facing distractions from our faith, most often through our smartphones! Take a look at WithGod.com and ask yourself who can really benefit from this app – I think you will agree, we all can.
Bryant Wright again brought a powerful sermon Sunday at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Atlanta. I was glad to hear him mention Dr. Lloyd-Jones work on the Sermon on the Mount mentioning the following passage about pain.
“The world, it is obvious, has fallen into this primary and fundamental error, an error which one could illustrate in many different ways. Think of a man who is suffering from some painful disease. Generally the one desire of such a patient is to be relieved of his pain, and one can understand that very well. No one likes suffering pain. The one idea of this patient, therefore, is to do anything which will relieve him of it. Yes; but if the doctor who is attending this patient is also only concerned about relieving this man’s pain he is a very bad doctor. His primary duty is to discover the cause of the pain and to treat that. Pain is a wonderful symptom which is provided by nature to call attention to disease, and the ultimate treatment for pain is to treat the disease, not the pain. So if a doctor merely treats the pain without discovering the cause of the pain, he is not only acting contrary to nature, he is doing something that is extremely dangerous to the life of the patient. The patient may be out of pain, and seems to be well; but the cause of the trouble is still there. Now that is the folly of which the world is guilty. It says, ‘I want to get rid of my pain, so I will run to the pictures, or drink, or do anything to help me forget my pain.’ But the question is, What is the cause of the pain and the unhappiness and the wretchedness? They are not happy who hunger and thirst after happiness and blessedness. No. ‘Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.’ This is equally true, however, of many within the Church.
There are large numbers of people in the Christian Church who seem to spend the whole of their life seeking something which they can never find, seeking for some kind of happiness and blessedness. They go round from meeting to meeting, and convention to convention, always hoping they are going to get this wonderful thing, this experience that is going to fill them with joy, and flood them with some ecstasy. They see that other people have had it, but they themselves do not seem to get it. So they seek it and covet it, always hungering and thirsting; but they never get it.”
You can hear more online from Bryant at Right From the Heart.org.
The most famous prayer in the history of the world has enormous meaning when understood through the strength and spiritual acuity of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Here in a brief 90 minutes, is everything you need to know about the Lord’s Prayer.
Here are some notable quotes from the app:
‘The Lord’s Prayer’ is a perfect synopsis of our Lord’s instruction on how to pray, and what to pray for.
…there is nothing more exalted, and more elevating, than this wonderful prayer which the Lord Jesus Christ taught His people. Let us also remember that He taught it, not that they might just repeat it mechanically for the rest of their lives, but rather that they should say to themselves, ‘Now there are certain things I must always remember when I pray…’
I suggest that if you can say from your heart, whatever your condition, ‘My Father’, in a sense your prayer is already answered. It is just this realization of our relationship to God that we so sadly lack.
The app will be available on all the major platforms for $2.99.
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We recommend Rev. Murray’s work regularly – you can order this book at: http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/item_detail_index.php?5353
||Book Title: Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
|Author : Iain H. Murray
|Page Count : 496
This book is a re-cast, condensed and, in parts, re-written version of the author’s two volumes D. Martyn Lloyd- Jones: The First Forty Years (I982) and The Fight of Faith (I990). Since those dates, the life of Dr Lloyd-Jones has been the subject of comment and assessment in many publications and these have been taken into account. The main purpose of this further biography, however, is to put Dr Lloyd-Jones’ life before another generation in more accessible form. The big story is all here.
When Lloyd-Jones left medicine, he intended only to be an evangelist in a mission hall in South Wales. No one was more surprised than he in being called to a ministry which would eventually affect churches across the world. How this happened is here explained, but the theme is the person described by F. F. Bruce: ‘a thoroughly humble man. He was a man of prayer, a powerful evangelist, an expository preacher of rare quality, in the fullest sense a servant of the Word of God.’
Behind that theme a greater one emerges. In ML- J’s own words: ‘My whole life experiences are proof of the sovereignty of God and his direct interference in the lives of men. I cannot help believing what I believe. I would be a madman to believe anything else-the guiding hand of God! It is an astonishment to me. ‘