Dr. Albert Mohler
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

15 things that you already know about God’s will for your life. (God’s prescriptive and desirous will)

That we were already born. It was God’s will that we were born into all the circumstances that we were born into…because it happened.
That we die…beause it will happen. Hebrews 9:27.
That you grow. Phil 1:6. He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Hebrews 10:14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
That you were made male or female. God is destinct and complimantary in his creation of humanity.
That you believe in Christ. It is a command. REPENT AND BELEIVE.
That you Follow Jesus Christ. We ought to be His disciples.
That you trust and obey the word of God. Obedience. “Trust and obey for the know other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to Trust and obey”
That you obey and respect all authorities. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1 Also respecting authorities in the church.
That you be married! The test if you have the gift of singleness is the question “can I serve God without bitterness, without lusting after flesh and sex.”
That you stay married and look to raise children, biological or adopted.
That you Invest your spiritual gifts and abilities to the glory of God.
That you be involved in Local Church.
That you Lead. All believers either by authority, office or example.
That you share the gospel in every situation and take advantage of opportunities.
That you do everything for the glory of God. Soli Deo Gloria!



New Book by Dr. Michael Fabarez

Have you ever either asked that question or wondered, how should I be praying for my Pastor? Certainly pastors have myriads of things that the body could be praying for. However, no prayer that you take before the throne room of grace has as far reaching and blessing potential than when you pray for the pastor’s time in the word and delivery of that word. Here is something from Pastor Fabarez that outlines specific ways to pray for the study, delivery and response to the word of God.

Interceding for the Sermon
“…pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word…” Col. 4:3

Pray for the Crafting of the Sermon

1. Pray that the message your pastor is preparing to preach would be an evident part of his own life.
2. Pray for the protection of your pastor’s sermon preparation time.
3. Pray that your pastor will be given grace and illumination to rightly divide God’s word.
4. Pray that the words your pastor chooses to frame the outline would be effective and powerful tools for the Holy Spirit to employ.
5. Pray that your pastor would have insight into the needs of the congregation as he prepares the sermon.

Pray for the Delivery of the Sermon

1. Pray that people will attend the preaching event.
2. Pray that the congregation will arrive in the right frame of mind.
3. Pray to God would guard against preaching distractions.
4. Pray for clarity and power in the pastor’s vocabulary.
5. Pray to God would give understanding to all who hear this week’s sermon.
6. Ask God for the most effective and fruitful sermon your pastor has ever preached.

Pray for the Response to the Sermon

1. Pray that all, including yourself, will put the sermon into practice.
2. Pray that the sermon will not be compartmentalized.
3. Pray that the application of the sermon would be contagious.
4. Pray that the sermon itself will be repeatedly delivered.

Praying for Sunday, You, Your Pastor, and the Next Sermon, Dr. Mike Fabarez

Gripped by Grace,

Parenting Seminars

July 23, 2009

Covenant Life church, the flagship church in the Sovereign Grace family of churches (CJ Mahaney and company), recently hosted various parenting seminars. I’m expecting them to be excellent. Here they are:

Parenting Ages Infant to 5 (by Brian Chesemore)

 Parenting Ages 6 to 10 (by Kenneth Maresco)

Overall Outline (PDF)

Additional Resources:

Parenting Ages 11 to 14 (by Greg Somerville)

Overall Outline (PDF)

Parenting Ages 15 to 18 (by Kenneth Maresco)

Overall Outline (PDF)

Parenting Ages 19 to 22 (by Bob Kauflin)

Overall Outline (PDF)

~ Donovan

HT: Justin Taylor

This year’s Resolved Conference will be streamed live for free!

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, June 12 
8pm – Session 1, Rick Holland

Saturday, June 13
11am – Session 2, Steve Lawson
5pm – Session 3, C.J. Mahaney
7pm – Session 4, Enfield Concert

Sunday, June 14
11am – Session 5, Steve Lawson
5pm – Session 6, John MacArthur
7pm – Session 7, John Piper

Monday, June 15
9am – Session 8, Rick Holland
11am – Session 9, John MacArthur
5pm – Session 10, C.J. Mahaney
7pm – Session 11, John Piper

For more about the speakers click here.

To access the live stream click here.

In case you haven’t seen this year’s promotional video, here it is again:

To see previous year’s trailers, click here.


Tim Challies: “Puritan Picks is a brand new service that is probably best described as a Christian Netflix. They offer lots of fantastic DVDs (movies, kids programs, conference sets, documentaries, etc, etc).”

This library includes some excellent titles! For example, they have teaching series such as Tedd Tripp’s “Shepherding a Child’s Heart“, conference sets like the Desiring God conference on “Suffering and the Sovereignty of God“, and movies like LutherAmazing Grace, and Chariots of Fire.


HT: Rod Gomez

This conference is mostly aimed at church leaders. I haven’t listened to any of the messages yet, but there are a number that should be very good:

  • John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad, Part 1
  • John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad, Part 2
  • Mark Driscoll, What Is the Church?
  • Mark Driscoll, Ministry Idolatry
  • Tyler Jones, The Resurgence of the Church
  • Bryan Chapell, Communicating the Gospel Through Preaching
  • Matt Chandler, Preaching the Gospel to the De-churched
  • Ed Stetzer, Keys to Understanding the Church and Kingdom
  • J. D. Greear, Planting is for Wimps: Revitalizing a Church around the Gospel
  • Chandler, Driscoll, Chapell, Q&A
  • Eric Mason, The Ultimate Shepherd
  • Danny Akin, Marks of a Healthy Community of Faith
  • Piper, Driscoll, Greear, and Stetzer, Q&A 
  • ~ Donovan

    HT: Justin Taylor

    NEXT Conference Audio

    May 27, 2009

    NEXT is the new name for the New Attitude conference, a conference affiliated with Sovereign Grace Ministries and aimed primarily at young adults. Most of the audio from this year’s conference is available free of charge on their website now, with more still to come. This year’s speakers include C.J. Mahaney, Joshua Harris, D.A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson, and Kevin DeYoung. Messages from previous conferences are also available. Access these messages here


    HT: Tim Challies

    Alistair Begg is a faithful expositor of God’s Word. His ministry, Truth for Life, has now made an archive of over 1,000 of his messages available for free! You can read about their decision to do so here. You can access the messages here.


    HT: Justin Taylor

    The Sovereign Grace Pastors’ Conference audio is on-line (and so is audio from previous years’ conferences, which I didn’t know was available). The messages are here.

    Also, I’ve updated the Together for the Gospel Audio post from a little while back now that audio from more of the break-out sessions is available. See that here.

    ~ Donovan

    Entrusted with the Gospel“, the 2009 Gospel Coalition conference, was last week. The conference had an incredible line-up of speakers.

    Justin Taylor:

    The audio and video from The Gospel Coalition conference are now available online for free. Most of them are expositions of 2 Timothy:

    The Audio from most of the worskshop sessions is also available:

    Three of the sessions had corrupt audio, and the files are being worked on. It may be some time, however, before they become available:

    • Michael Bullmore, “The Functional Centrality of the Gospel”
    • Tim Savage, “Power in Weakness: The Heart of Gospel Ministry”
    • Scotty Smith, “A Biblical Theology of Worship: On Preference and Other Matters”