Hymnology: I’d Rather Have Jesus

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 10.23.47 PMOne of my favorite hymns from history past is “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” The words are incredibly powerful and what I greatly long for my life to exhibit.

This week one of my favorite music groups (Selah) released their new album – and its outstanding! And low and behold, guess what track number 9 is? Yep, you guessed it.

Take a look at these amazing words, and may they be the cry of your life today!

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6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Simulcasting the Bravehearted Man Conference Next Week!


At the end of next week (August 29-31, 2014), Ellerslie is hosting the annual Bravehearted Man Conference. Men from all over the nation will gather in Windsor, Colorado for a weekend of exhortation and encouragement. Eric Ludy, the president of Ellerslie Mission Society and the pastor at the Church at Ellerslie, will be giving seven sessions on what it looks like for God to build us as men and how that plays out in our marriages, families, churches, nation, and world.

Regardless of whether you have thought about attending, here are 6 reasons why you should consider signing up to watch the simulcast from the comfort of your home. And if you are a woman, I encourage you to read because number 5 is for you.

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7 Things I Learned While Preaching in Vermont


For the past couple weeks, I was in Vermont preaching at a family camp (one of my all-time favorite camps to be at!). As we celebrated the 116th anniversary of the camp’s existence, I reflected on a few of the things I learned while being there. While there were many memories and reflections, here are 7 things that first came to mind.


1. I Can Trust Jesus

Six hours before I flew to Vermont, I was in a meeting when a crazy rainstorm started. Within a few moments after it started, the street where our cars were parked began to fill with water and before we could move them, the water was above my license plate.

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Holiness & Righteousness (G. Campbell Morgan)

The old revivalist and preacher, G. Campbell Morgan, gives definition and clarity to two Christian buzzwords: holiness and righteousness. May your life be doused in both!


These two words, holiness and righteousness, mark two aspects of one condition. Holiness has to do with character; righteousness with conduct. They cannot possibly be separated from each other. They are as ‘intimately related as are root and fruit. There can be no fruit unless there be a root. If there be living root it must issue in fruit.

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Ravenhill’s Plea Against Unction-less Prayer

The great revivalist and preacher, Leonard Ravenhill, gives a short discourse on the tragedy of unction-less prayer. May we grow hot and passionate with soul-changing unction and fervor in our prayer lives.


The Cinderella of the Church today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy, neither is she enchanting with the tiara of psychology. She wears the homespuns of sincerity and humility and so is not afraid to kneel!

The offense of prayer is that it does not essentially tie in to mental efficiency. That is not to say that prayer is a partner to mental sloth. But in these days, efficiency and smartness are at a premium. Prayer is conditioned to one thing alone, and that is to spirituality. One does not need to be spiritual to preach, that is, to make and deliver sermons of homiletical perfection and exegetical exactitude. By a combination of memory, knowledge, ambition, personality, plus well-lined book shelves, self-confidence and a sense of having arrived – the pulpit is yours almost anywhere these days. Preaching of the type mentioned affects men; prayer affects God. Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity. The pulpit can be a shop window to display our talents; the closet speaks death to display.

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