Saturday Sampler: November 13 — November 19

Does “only God know the heart”? Or are there cases when we do too? Elizabeth Prata tackles these questions in The End Time, showing us several instances in which the Bible refutes the popular notion that Christians can’t judge the hearts of false teachers. She makes a convincing case. See if she convinces you.

On the Building Jerusalem blog, Stephen Kneale calls us to Win them with the Word instead of using pragmatic strategies to attract people to Christ. Having been in a church which tried gimmick after gimmick in their feeble attempts to grow the size of their congregation, I greatly appreciated everything in this post. Even though it primarily targets pastors, this post can apply to our personal evangelism. Jesus told us to make disciples, not mere converts.

Writing for The Majesty’s Men, Gabriel Hughes shares My Top 10 Favorite Worship Songs on the CCLI Top 100 (Part I) to refresh our appreciation of doctrinally sound music. He goes through each song explaining its background and demonstrating why he considers it great. His then shows us his favorite part.

Stephen Spinnenweber, in his article for Reformation 21, leads us into the Thanksgiving holiday by musing on The Christian’s Double Satisfaction. I’d never really thought about the joy I derive, not just from the many blessings in my life, but in knowing Who gave me those blessings. If you want to enrich your thanksgiving to the Lord, this article is what you need!

Continuing his series on worship music as a key factor in introducing Pentecostal sentiment into the Church at large, David De Bruyan gives a brief (and eye opening) history of Christian music. Strange Lyre: Early Beginnings of Pentecostal Worship appears on the G3 Blog, providing background information to explain how we got to today’s praise music. Keep on the lookout for future installments — I have a feeling we’re all going to learn a lot from this series.

I’ve written a lot about impending persecution that will come as we are faithful to the Gospel. R. Scott Clark of The Heidleblog writes How Did Christians Speak In Public? to put my assertions into historical context and demonstrate how Christians in earlier centuries spoke boldly in the face of opposition. It’s a lengthy and intellectually challenging read, but if I did it while fighting a headache, I have every confidence that you can do it.

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