from Ligonier Ministries
“If the Word does not dwell with power in us,” wrote Puritan John Owen, “it will not pass with power from us” (The Works of John Owen, vol. 16, p. 76.). This godly minister personified this truth in his personal life and public ministry more than three centuries ago. For years he carried the message of Jesus Christ into the trenches of a culture as chaotic as our own while simultaneously dealing with the death of his wife and all eleven of his children. John Owen was no ivory tower theologian, but rather a zealous pastor who worked to the brink of exhaustion to further the work of the Reformers. He is remembered for shining gospel light into the spiritually dark arenas of politics and academia. And his love of Scripture was clearly and forcefully articulated from the variety of pulpits into which God called him.
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What does the Bible say about God’s leading? It says that if we acknowledge God in all our ways, He will direct our paths (Prov. 3:5–6). We are encouraged by Scripture to learn the will of God for our lives, and we do so by focusing our attention not on the decretive will of God but on the preceptive will of God. If you want to know God’s will for your life, the Bible tells you: “This is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3). So when people wonder whether to take a job in Cleveland or in San Francisco, or whether to marry Jane or Martha, they should study closely the preceptive will of God. They should study the law of God to learn the principles by which they are to live their lives from day to day.
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The one traffic light in Epps always looks good when we have been away from home! The glowing light can be seen from afar and it is a wonderful sight! It matters not if we have visited other countries or states or friends and relatives near by, that traffic light is a way of saying “welcome home”. Be it ever so humble there is no place like home! Home means good food from a wife who has done it for over 60 years—a nice recliner that is well worn from overuse—a couple of puppy dogs that greet us with waging tails, wet kisses and a forgiving spirit when chastised—and a nice bed that is never occupied until 9:00 P. M.
Now, we older Christians are nearing home! We think about Heaven a lot! When we get to that home we will see loved ones that have gone before us—old friends and family that we loved and enjoyed on earth—and most of all we will see the Lord Jesus Christ! We are getting near our “traffic light.” Romans 13:11, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”(KJV)
Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here