Yesterday, I quoted in my sermon a poem by William Cowper. Perhaps most famous for his hymn “God Moves in A Mysterious Way,” Cowper walked a dark and heavy road. His life was plagued by depression, thoughts and even attempt of suicide. But the grace … Continue ReadingSUCH PATIENCE IS IN LOVE
Tomorrow we begin our slow return to regular corporate worship at Paramount Church! I’m thankful for church members who have expressed in text, and email, and in person their support, understanding, love, and joyful cooperation during a challenging time for the church. They have honored, … Continue ReadingGRACE-FILLED CHURCH MEMBERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
What do I love about the Apostle Paul? I love his apparent calmness. When I look at Paul in the Scriptures, I see a man who promotes calm trust in a loving God who sovereignly orchestrates all affairs of men.Paul doesn’t seem unfeeling or apathetic … Continue ReadingNEEDED CALM
Reading a Puritan Paperback called The Way to True Peace and Rest has provoked me to think about some of the big obstacles to peace and rest. Early in my Christian life, the first definition I received of pride proved most helpful. To this day, I think about it regularly. It went like this: … Continue ReadingI’M SO VAIN
Social media, press media, and a myriad of irresponsible voices are complicating our efforts to make sense of life in the modern world. It’s wild out there and our discernment is running low. I loved this book when it released, and it’s worth opening again … Continue ReadingLOW ON DISCERNMENT
I shared a story about Andrew Murray in my sermon last Sunday. Sounds like I spoke too fast and prevented some people from putting it down in their notes. I better reproduce it here. The story puts South African pastor Andrew Murray laid up in … Continue ReadingADVICE TO A TROUBLED WOMAN
The COVID-19 pandemic brings a global occasion to move from thorn-tree living to fruit-tree living (Jeremiah 17:5-9). Because God ordains all things to magnify His glory and our joy in Him, God infuses even the dreaded Corona Virus with these purposes. As in every trial … Continue ReadingHOW IS YOUR PANDEMIC PROGRESS?