Issue Number Twenty-Six

Don's Schedule

Please pray for these ministry opportunities in October and November.

  • Muldraugh Baptist Church
    Muldraugh, KY

  • Heritage Baptist Church
    Owensboro, KY

  • Reformation Day Conference
    Held at Reformed Bible Church (SBC)
    Clarendon, VT

  • 9 Marks of a Healthy Church Conference
    Cornerstone Baptist Church
    Roseville, MI

  • Grosse Point Baptist Church
    Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

  • Mount Hermon Ponderosa Lodge, Fall Men's Retreat
    Mount Hermon, CA

  • Sunnyvale First Baptist Church
    Sunnyvale, TX

More Bulletin Inserts on Prayer

Ask, and You Will Receive Something Good

Don't Always Pray the Same Prayer

Take a Prayer Walk

Reformation Day (October 31)
Take up Your Cross Daily and Follow Jesus

From the Article Archives

Following His Model
(a study of the Model Prayer)

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God's Providence
Provides for God's People

What Have You Done
With Your Birthright?

The Motive Needed
for Answered Prayer

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NUMBERS 6:22-27

Sneeze, and someone is likely to say, "Bless you!" In the days of Moses and his brother Aaron, to speak words of blessing to someone was no empty formality. In Numbers 6:22-27, God provided specific instructions for how the Old Testament priests were to pronounce the Lord's blessing on His people. This was all God's idea and initiative, and shows us how He loves to bless His people:

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

    The Lord bless you, and keep you;
    The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;
    The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.'
So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them" (Numbers 6:22-27).

God’s blessing came through a mediator (Moses) and a priest (Aaron). The wonderful terms of this blessing still come to God’s people, but today they are granted through Jesus Christ, God’s greatest Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). All the benefits described here—being blessed and kept by God, etc.—are given to all who seek them through Jesus.

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Prayer is Linked With the Effectiveness of the Gospel and the Church

From its earliest days, the church has always been at its best when its people have knelt together. It is very important for us to work in the church so it can prosper. It's imperative that we give so that the needs of the church can be met. But our work and our money can never do for the church what only the power of God can do. And the power of God never comes upon the church as it does when the church prays.

[Taken from page 168 of Don's book, Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church. Find out more about this book here.]

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Why I Am a Baptist

Editors Tom J. Nettles and Russell D. Moore

Why I am a Baptist

Contributors include Wayne Grudem, Carl F. H. Henry, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Roger Nicole, Paige Patterson, Donald S. Whitney et al.

In light of the current identity crisis facing Baptists today, editors Nettles and Moore offer a volume of testimonies from contemporary Baptists expounding on that very question—Why I Am a Baptist. Taking a more confessional approach than offered in earlier books, Why I Am a Baptist models a more doctrine-oriented approach, explaining Baptist life on the basis of historical tenets of the Christian faith worked out in practice.

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This Month's Book Recommendation

Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography

By Iain H. Murray

Iain Murray of Scotland is one of my favorite writers. His life of Jonathan Edwards ranks among my five best-loved books of all-time. Since this work appeared in 1987, other biographies of Edwards have been published, most notably George Marsden's (2003) and Philip Gura's (2005). While I recommend them as well—especially Marsden's—Iain Murray's life of Edwards still tops my list. Marsden provides more historical background and analysis, and enjoys the benefit of a great deal more research than was available when Murray wrote. But Murray understands Edwards' theology, piety, and ministry better than any other biographer. Whether you're a minister or layperson, you'll be encouraged by the burning blend of both spirit and truth in this book to love God more.

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Family News and Notes

It's leaf-turning time in Louisville. The maples in our front yard and along our road are growing from green to golden and red. In the past week, the air has cooled enough in the evening to sleep with the windows open. The call of the whippoorwills on summer nights are gone, replaced by the whisper of the wings of geese, honking low overhead on their fall migration. Yesterday, while on a prayer walk, the autumn colors and air prompted me to sing Pierpont's old hymn,

For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

I'm still amazed by the privilege of teaching at Southern Seminary. The Lord is at work on this campus. Come and visit Southern if you ever have the opportunity. I was deeply honored to speak in chapel on September 15. I preached from 1 Timothy 4:16 on "The Almost Inevitable Ruin of Every Minister . . . and How to Avoid It." You may hear or download this message from the seminary website at

Roman Ceiling

Caffy's big news is the grand opening of her new website, There you will find a gallery of more than two dozen photos of murals and ceilings she has painted in dining rooms, bedrooms, children's rooms, bathrooms and other places in various homes. The photo here is a sample. Thanks to Andy—and especially Janet—McClurg for their development of the website. Caffy is still enjoying her Thursday night class of seminary wives, too.

Laurelen continues her seventh grade classes two days per week, and studying at home the other three days. After about two years away from the piano, she has resumed lessons this fall, and seems to enjoy them more than ever.

I want to express profound gratitude to the Lord for His recent provision for us, and gratitude for those He used as His channels of provision. Ever since our move to Louisville, I have requested prayer in this newsletter about a major water problem. I didn't want to bore you with the details, but it was a costly, ongoing burden. To those of you who prayed for us, thank you so much! The Lord has answered, prompting some brothers in Christ from a church where I've been privileged to preach many times to supply the resolution to the problem. I wasn't even aware that they knew the specifics of our difficulty. Their generosity was the means of one of the most dramatic and memorable answers to prayer we've ever received. May the Lord greatly bless all those He used to pray and to provide.

Now, may I request your prayers again for the completion of the writing project I've been burdened with for a couple of years. Our move to Louisville caused a hiatus in the work, but now I need to return to it with great diligence, with the hope that I can finish in February. In addition, please pray for the completion of some materials on family worship that I hope to send to the printer within the next month.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
2 Timothy 4:22

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