Book Recommendations: Biographies

March 19, 2012

I want to use this blog to periodically recommend books that I think will be edifying to you. I thought it would be good to break up these suggestions into categories so the first category is biographies. I love biographies. They are interesting and you learn so much that can be applied to your life. I particularly enjoy biographies of Christians that have been used greatly by God, exemplifying great dedication to the cause of Christ. So, if you want to read more biographies and want a good place to start, here are some suggestions for you:

1) To the Golden Shore by Courtney Anderson

This book is one of my favorites. It tells the story of Adoniram Judson who was a missionary to Burma. God’s call on his life is compelling and his endurance in taking the Gospel to the Burmese is inspiring. He went through much hardship while seeing very little fruit and yet his legacy is still influencing Burma today. Keep an eye out for his letter to the father of NancyHasseltine asking for her hand in marriage. It’s gripping!

2) Walking from East to West: God in the Shadows by Ravi Zacharias

This autobiography is another one of my favorites. It’s a fascinating story of his upbringing in India and its an amazing story of the providence of God. Zacharias is one of the premier evangelists and apologists today in the body of Christ and this book will help you to see how God raised him up for this purpose. It’s a great book!

3) Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden

I have long been fascinated by Jonathan Edwards. He was a pastor/theologian in the 18th Century. He was one of the catalysts that God used for the first Great Awakening and he was one of the brightest minds that America has produced. This book tells the story of his life well, exploring the many factors that shaped him. The picture of Edwards that emerges is of a pastor that cared deeply for his people. He possessed a keen mind that he used to think deeply and write prolifically about the glorious God that he treasured above all else. This is a long book but rewarding for those that will take the time to read it.

That’s all for now. I will make some more book recommendations soon. Happy reading!

Blessings,

Pastor Wade

 

 

 


The Gospel Matters

March 7, 2012

Yesterday was a taxing day for me as a pastor. In the morning I preached a funeral for a dear lady in our church that passed away. She was a godly woman and our sadness was tempered by the knowledge that her faith has become sight. She is now with Jesus because she trusted Him as her Lord and Savior.

In the afternoon I had the sad privilege of being with a family that disconnected life support from their mother. I was there when this woman, who was a believer in Christ, breathed her last and stepped into heaven. There was of course great sadness but the family joined hands and prayed after she passed away, asking for strength and grateful for the knowledge that she was now with Jesus.

As I experienced these two situations, the thought kept occurring to me that the Gospel really does matter. When you are dealing with the immediacy of death and the prospect of eternity, it matters that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. It matters that Jesus rose from the dead, removing the sting of death. It matters that Jesus saves sinners that repent and place their faith in Him. It matters that Jesus offers eternal life.

Because the Gospel matters, the Gospel ministry of Longview Point matters. It matters that we preach, teach, pray, give, invite, serve, go, and plant. Paul had this same idea in mind when he wrote:

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:55-58

Let’s give ourselves to this ministry for the sake of the Gospel and glory of Christ!

Blessings,

Pastor Wade


What Right with the Church?

March 5, 2012

Check out this blog I wrote for the ONE8 church planting network. Our church works closely with ONE8 to plant churches in our area.

Blessings,

Wade