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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Surprise of Their Lives, given on April 16, 2017.   As two disciples gloomily walked the road to Emmaus three days after the crucifixion, they had no idea that they were in for the surprise of their lives. They w... Keep Reading

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Painful Yet Purposeful, given on February 26, 2017.   Suffering is a theme that is woven throughout the fabric of Peter’s letter to those under his pastoral care. They were in pain. They were poor, grieving, and ... Keep Reading

Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Why Preaching"

January 27, 2017 by: SGCL Staff

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Why Preaching?, given on January 22, 2017. In the first verse of 2 Timothy 4, Paul gives one of the most solemn charges in all Scripture: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and th... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A New Year's Expectation"

January 10, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“No man needs better company than the psalms; therein he may read and commune with friends human and divine; friends who know the heart of man towards God, and the heart of God towards man; friends who perfectly sympathize with us and our sorrows, friends who ne... Keep Reading

Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Mary's Song"

December 22, 2016 by: SGCL Staff

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Mary's Song, given on December 18, 2016.   It was a show-stopper. Right in the middle of the flurry of events in the Christmas narrative, Mary stops to sing. It’s a song of astonishment, praising God for the st... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

October 5, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, From Tears to Shouts of Joy, given on October 2, 2016. Day 1: Liberation and Laughter (verses 1-2) Quotes: “It is to be feared that the psalms are by no means so prized as in earlier ages of the Church.&rdq... Keep Reading

Eight Great Books About the Gospel

August 13, 2014 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The gospel cannot be preached and heard enough, for it cannot be grasped well enough,” wrote Martin Luther.* By God’s grace I have been a Christian for 42 years. I agree with Luther, "I still cannot hear the gospel enough. Each morning I seek to preach the gospel to myself by my study of Scripture and through the strategic reading of supplemental books about the cross. Here’s why: I awaken each day with a tendency to forget that which is most important: the gospel. Because I am prone to forget, I must create practices that will enable me to remember what I must not forget: the cross. So each day I seek to spend time in a location where I am not distracted, unhurriedly reading and meditating on Scripture and finding my way in Scripture to a hill called Calvary. I want to meditate each day on Christ and him crucified. Each day I need to remind myself of the gospel. I cannot live on yesterday’s recollection of the gospel. I need to review and rehearse the gospel each day or I will assume the gospel, forget the gospel, and prove vulnerable to all manner of temptation and sin. So here are some of the books I have read and re-read as a supplement to Scripture (providing insight into Scripture) that have been a means of grace to my soul. As I read these books I am reminded of the gospel, I experience fresh affection for the Savior, and am freshly amazed by grace.... Keep Reading

True Greatness in Sports

July 11, 2014 by: C.J. Mahaney

Over the past two weeks, I’ve watched a number of the World Cup games with family and friends. These have been fantastic games, and for a variety of reasons, I’ve been more engaged in this World Cup than ever before. In watching these games there have been frequent reference to players being "great" and making "great" plays. But is that the appropriate word for these players and what we watching? I don't think so. Please don't misunderstand. I'm not advocating we become the word police correcting those who use this word to describe a player or a play but I'm not ready to give away the terminology of greatness. Here's why. I think Scripture defines true greatness as humility and servanthood not athletic ability. I once wrote on this topic specifically to help parents teach their kids discernment about true greatness as biblically defined. I hope this excerpt serves us all��"parents and non-parents alike��"to be reminded that true greatness is not found primarily in athletic performance on the pitch, field, or court, but is on display wherever humility is found.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: A Beautiful Unusual Miracle

July 1, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from CJ's sermon this past Sunday on Mark 7:31-37.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Tell Them That Again]

April 21, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

In his sermon for Resurrection Sunday, CJ directed our gaze toward the Risen Lord with several superb quotes. Our church is so blessed to benefit from the wisdom of these Bible scholars.... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "Deflating the Puffed Up Church"

April 10, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on 1 Corinthians 4:6-13... Keep Reading

Consider discussing CJ's message from 1 Corinthians 4:6-13 with your family and other church members.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Deflating the Puffed Up Church]

April 7, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word!... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "A Gracious Warning"

April 4, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on Mark 6:1-6... Keep Reading

Reflections on South Africa

April 25, 2013 by: C.J. Mahaney

Bob and I are happy to be back in the States. Kevin DeYoung, who was also on our trip in South Africa, has recounted our time there well... Keep Reading