Leading Young Men
1. You have to care.
2. Invite them into your life.
3. Demonstrate your repentance.
4. Call them to a purpose, but not their purpose.
5. Expect a lot and don’t apologize for it.
6. Live in the light.
7. Don’t sugarcoat.
8. Be someone worth following.
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I have witnessed the confession of many people. People who have either been caught in untold sin or who finally can bear the weight no longer. Some confess because they are coerced. Some confess because grace compels them.
Each time I see a person driven to the darkest reaches of the darkness they have been hiding, each time a sinner is brought to their knees, and each time the horror of true confession happens I see the unsearchable riches of the Gospel of Christ and my soul turns somber.
I, too, have been brought thorough the sloth and slime of my sin and screamed my confession with tears. And, God, in his severe and crushing grace, forgave me as He will forgive all who repent.
Be appalled at sin, the brutal horror of the insides of men, but be awed even more by the unbounded love of the creator of men.
Dale Ralph Davis has some of the best “devotional” commentaries on the OT. Here are six of his best works–at a great price–for the next day or so, at Westminster Books. They are offering all six volumes for $40. They are written at a lay/pastoral level and would be a great blessing to anyone desiring to study the OT more in-depth with a view toward fulfillment in Christ and practical application to life.
These commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. Many of the authors of the commentaries are leading expositors of God’s Word on their speciality subjects. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.
Titles in this set:
About the Author:
Dale Ralph Davis and his wife live in rural Tennessee. Prior to that he was pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.
“Thus says the Lord: ‘To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.'”
There is a unique relational sacrifice that life-long singles are forced to make. They don’t have the privilege or responsibility of experiencing the profound joys and challenges of marriage, and they miss out on the celebration and intense sanctification that comes through child-bearing and child-rearing. Yet, the Lord God promises that their covenant-faithfulness in the midst of such sacrifice will be rewarded with an eternal legacy more enriching than the joys of marriage and children. It may seem hard to imagine something greater than those two realities, but the Lord rewards those who earnestly seek Him, no matter what their circumstances might be. Whatever our lot, may the Lord teach us to hope in His promises as we practice longsuffering and seek a spiritual legacy that has no end! Let us expend our lives wisely as the Lord gives opportunity according the gracious means that He has provided through Christ…
Let us rejoice in the Lord always, and seek to be faithful to His covenant in all things–whether marriage or singleness.
“…Remember that Jesus himself bound himself with a towel and got down on the floor and washed his disciples’ feet (the bridegroom serving the bride), but not for one minute did any of the apostles in that room doubt who the leader was in that moment. In other words, mutuality of submission and servanthood do not cancel out the reality of leadership and headship. Servanthood does not nullify leadership; it defines it. Jesus does not cease to be the Lion of Judah when he becomes the lamblike servant of the church.”
John Piper, This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence, 78.
“There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
“And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness…” (Romans 4:5)
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Psalm 32:1-2)
“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:10-12)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9)