Shelf Life: A Short Practicum on Poetry

When we think of reading poetry, one classification frequently overlooked is that of the wonderful hymns of the ages. There are hymns for meditation upon every state of the heart.  Hymns divide the seasons of the year, and they speak eloquently for us when we can’t find words of our...

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SF 26- What we’re reading

George and Karen Grant discuss the books they are currently reading.

Karen is reading: “A Year with Peter Drucker” (Harper), “Coming Clean” by Kimberly Rae Miller (Houghton Mifflin), “Learning Evangelism from Jesus” by Jerram Barrs (Crossway), “Patina...

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Shelf Life: Pilgrim’s Progress

The great Victorian preacher, Charles Spurgeon, read it more than a hundred times.  E.M. Bounds kept a copy by his bedside and read from it every night before retiring.  Stonewall Jackson kept a copy in his knapsack throughout his Southern campaigns.  Its enduring value was...

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SF 25- Walking your faith in a fallen world (Psalms of Lament)

podcast prayer Jun 13, 2019

For the past several episodes of the Standfast-cast, George and Karen Grant have discussed the effectual power of the Psalms for the Christian life.

In this ongoing discussion, they zero in on the “Psalms of Lament,” those remarkable Psalms where the aches and hurts of this fallen...

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The Work of the Pastor

baxter church reformation Jun 10, 2019

If Charles Haddon Spurgeon is justly known as the “Prince of Preachers,” then with equal justice Richard Baxter ought to be considered the “Prince of Pastors.”  According to J.I. Packer, Baxter was “incomparable” in his zeal and effectiveness as a shepherd...

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SF 24- Dealing with grief & disappointment with Psalms

podcast prayer Jun 06, 2019

Join George and Karen Grant’s discussion on this podcast episode about using the Psalms in times of grief and disappointment. Karen reminds us of the power of Psalm 23 and George picks up themes from Psalm 46 and 55.

In a sense, they assert, the Psalms can be a “toolbox” for...

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Word Play: Nostalgia

Do you remember when going out to dinner meant spreading a red and white checked tablecloth over a picnic table in the backyard? Remember when playing some music meant gathering the whole family on the front porch with mismatched instruments, everyone singing gleefully about “Power in the...

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SF 23- How to have morning devotions

podcast prayer May 30, 2019

On this episode, George and Karen Grant discuss the patterns habits they’ve developed for morning devotions. In particular, they discuss the way the Psalms can provide just exactly the right instruction, inspiration, and insight needed for almost any situation or circumstance.

Karen...

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In the World, But Not of It

Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abraham pitched his tent between the two.” My Utmost, January 6

It was nearly half a century ago that I began to make my way through the classic, My Utmost for His Highest. It was the very first daily devotional...

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SF 22- Yes, Christians get distressed and dismayed

George’s conversation with Caleb and Rebecca Faires focuses on their new publication, The Book of Comforts, published by Zondervan. A coffee table book filled with stories, Scripture, illustrations, photographs, and inspirations, the book navigates all the ways the Lord provides comfort to...

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