The last of the puritan writers Gary Wilkerson shares about, Stephen Charnock wrote a book called Discourses Upon the Existence and Attributes of God. Charnock dives into the character of God, even referencing some you may not hear about in churches today. This book has revolutionized Gary's worship and can do the same for you as well.
1/1000th of your day is 86 seconds.
If you invite God into even a fraction of your day, you could be transformed.
If you’re interested in quick encouragements, then you will enjoy our 86 Seconds videos. Each one is a mini-devotional from Gary Wilkerson as he points out simple but profound truths in scripture that can change the way we approach each day. These reminders of the Word’s power will help you live as salt and light to the world.
Start giving 86 seconds of undivided attention to Jesus today.
There are more Puritan writers Gary Wilkerson highly recommends for your reading: Brooks, Sibbes, Manton, and Owen. These authors share deep theological truths and the good things of God in their books, written hundreds of years ago, that are truths available to you today.
Gary highly recommends another book this week called The Attributes of God by A.W. Tozer. There truly is so much to know about God—more than we can imagine—and this book is a great resource for diving into the nature and essence of God.
Do you want your soul to be satisfied by knowing God? A wonderful book to read is called Knowing God by J.I. Packer. In this theological and intimate book, Packer takes us on a journey that cultivates a spiritual desire to know God and his word.
There was a time when David Wilkerson felt dry and considered leaving the ministry. His friend brought him a series of books by the Puritan writers and it refreshed David. God can use these books to take us to greater depths with Him.
There are many wonderful books out there but first and foremost we should be in the Word of God—it is the only source for life and godliness. Although books should not be our first read there are many great writers out there such as Owen, Spurgeon and Wesley, writers of old who share theological truths often left unsaid in todays pulpits and newer books. Gary starts a series on some of his favorite books and authors that can challenge and inspire growth in our faith walk.
Holiness smacks in the face of popular cultural trends and feel-good teachings. We'd much rather prefer what benefits us than surrendering to God's holy authority. Holiness drives you to your knees in death to self, choosing obedience to Christ rather than self-fulfillment. Which will you choose?
When was the last time you talked about holiness with your small group or heard it taught in church? It's not commonly discussed and yet, why not? Holiness is the power to live a victorious life. It should be your pursuit for all delight and joy in your life.
What might be a reason or obstacle to becoming more like God? Gary discusses one main reason—a low view of God. We're not talking about his fullness; knowing all his attributes. The more we know him, the more we love him. And knowing him begins with more time understanding who he is and spending time in his presence.
What is holiness? Some might attempt to describe it but at the heart, it's an experience. It's one thing to know God but an entirely different thing to experience him. Spend time with God and allow that experience to change you.