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
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?
We sorely underestimate many verses in the Bible. Proverbs 16:25 must sit near the top of the list. It reads: “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” The Bible magnifies this verse’s importance by quoting it again in Proverbs 14. … Continue ReadingA WAY SEEMS RIGHT
There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion. … Continue ReadingLOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH
I imagine most church members would find it hard to believe their pastors struggle with practicing spiritual disciplines. If any group of people should excel at personal Bible reading and memorization, prayer, worship, evangelism, fasting, and a number of other important Christian exercises, it should be the shepherds. And yet, surprisingly, many pastors do in fact struggle to consistently practice them. In certain seasons of ministry, good and important ministry needs tend to crowd out the everyday disciplines of Bible study and prayer. The struggle is real. … Continue ReadingSTRUGGLING WITH SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
Though we Christians might struggle to see and appreciate it, God is at work in us today–by every trial and every blessing–to transform us into a glorious image of Himself. Take heart in your trouble. When we don’t see it, He is still working for … Continue ReadingHE IS WORKING ON YOUR IMAGE