Whether by Death or By Life"as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death." Philippians 1:20 This is the heart of the Christian. May God be glorified in the deaths of these dear saints as much as in life. May God be glorified in the church'...Keep Reading
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The facts are coming in fast: social media is harmful. It is not neutral as we first perceived (or experienced). Having heard much more in recents months than I could compile here, I wanted to pass this on to our church. Consider social media in your home carefully! ...
Does meditation lead to blessedness? ...
This blog includes a few mediations by Herman Bavinck on the creation of woman. Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) was professor of Theology at Free University in Amsterdam. His book "Wonderful Works of God" is a succinct, easy to read condensed version of his systematic theology. It reads devotionally and is a wonderful guide for meditation on God. ...
Their daily work is to get their hearts crucified to the world and the things of it, and the world to their hearts; that they may not have living affections to dying things. J. Owen...
Far too often we are ignorant of Satan’s schemes to destroy our lives and lead us toward death. Which means we are clueless as to what Satan is doing and how he does it. Do we think Satan is not active today? Do we think his demonic minions have just decided to sit back with their hands folded? Think again. Just because we don’t see demon possession every day like we d...Keep Reading
We will all face moments of crisis where we must decide if we should speak hard truths in love or simply keep our mouths shut. What might keep us from lovingly opening our mouths? ...Keep Reading
Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. Deuteronomy 10:19-21 It's Sunday morning. You're at church heading fo...Keep Reading
What is the connection that drew you to your church? Was it that there were other moms with kids? Other empty nesters? Other people of the same race? Maybe someone else there is from the same hometown and that connection made you feel at home. In Peter's denials we see that commonality doesn't produce faithful community. ...Keep Reading
There are good reasons to leave a church. But there are bad reasons too. If we are going to be faithful members and covenant keepers, we should be asking ourselves questions that reflect the nature and importance of membership....Keep Reading
We encounter all sorts of calamities and challenges. How can we make it through?...Keep Reading
It is a personal question. Why do you tithe and how much? In a five year study by Christianity Today's sister group, Church Law and Tax, it was discovered, "only 10-25 percent of the families in the church tithe, but they often provide 50 to 80 percent of the funding." Where do you fall in that statistic? A couple questions every church member should ask themselves is how...Keep Reading
Should we expect to pray our own personal Psalm 139 and have God give us a special revelation right then and there? Does God’s word (God’s revelation to us) lead us to expect that? Before we get too disillusioned or set unbiblical expectations about God speaking in prayer, we must ask ourselves if Psalm 119:97 describes us. We are no more eager to hear from God in pray...Keep Reading
Its a new year! What are you going to read? Start the year off by reading. Make a New Year's resolution or a wish upon a star. Whatever. Mark Twain is credited with saying, "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read." Resolve to read something. Make a resolution you can accomplish immediately: I'll read 50 or 100 pages on New Years day. I'll rea...Keep Reading