A Simple Prayer for Smiling at the Future

Here is a simple prayer to reflect upon and pray through as look upon 2022 and what the Lord might have for you in this new year: Lord God, King of the Universe and Ruler over the turning centuries, we lift up grateful hearts to You in this new year. We launch our boats on … Continue reading A Simple Prayer for Smiling at the Future

Why Read Your Bible? Eight Reasons from J.C. Ryle

One of my favorite authors and pastors from a previous generation is John Charles Ryle. He was a pastor in Liverpool, England back in the 1800s. Here are a few excerpts from a book entitled Practical Religion that I am presently reading. This chapter is simply entitled "Bible Reading." There is hardly any discipline more … Continue reading Why Read Your Bible? Eight Reasons from J.C. Ryle

Why Do We Take Time to Confess Our Sins in Corporate Worship?

Have you ever wondered why we regularly confess our sins to God during our worship services?The regular discipline of confession enables us to grasp more fully the beauty and wonder of grace as we are made continually aware of the depth of our need of God’s unmerited favor. Christopher Ash explains why we confess our … Continue reading Why Do We Take Time to Confess Our Sins in Corporate Worship?

Pursuing Peaceful Relationships

I. What does God value? God is a peace-loving God who values PEACEFUL RELATIONSHIPS. The wisdom sayings of Proverbs show us that God values peaceful relationships. God’s love for peace reflects the mutual love, respect, and communion that exists within the Holy Trinity. Hear this strong statement from the pen of Solomon: “The LORD hates … Continue reading Pursuing Peaceful Relationships

Caring for Your Soul in 2022

The Dangers You Face Three Primary Forms: You are in a constant, inescapable battle against spiritual degeneracy in the following three primary forms: Unbelief of God Word, unforgiveness of others, and unhumbled pride in what we are and have done. Rich in things, Poor in soul. “Luxury causes great care and produces great carelessness as … Continue reading Caring for Your Soul in 2022

A Presidential Address on the Bible

One hundred years ago, our President at the time, Woodrow Wilson, gave an important speech. The year was 1911. It was perhaps the last time a speech like this was ever given by an American president. It was a public address devoted completely to the Bible and its importance to our survival as a nation. … Continue reading A Presidential Address on the Bible

A Renewed Hunger for the Word of God

God has used the Book of Common Prayer and its wonderful collects (prayers of preparation) written mostly by Thomas Cranmer to enrich my own prayer life and walk with God. The prayer written for the Sunday closest to November 16 is my personal favorite: Blessed Lord, who has caused all Holy Scriptures to be written … Continue reading A Renewed Hunger for the Word of God

The Main Objective of Life

I came across an interesting quote this morning in my studies from James Montgomery Boice, in his book Foundations of the Christian Faith: Shortly after Harvard College was founded in 1636, the trustees of the school wrote, “Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well that the main end of his … Continue reading The Main Objective of Life

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself – One Life Transforming Result

Christians who are no longer sure that God loves and accepts them in Jesus, apart from their present spiritual achievements, are subconsciously radically insecure persons —much less secure than non-Christians, because they have too much light to rest easily under the constant bulletins they receive from their Christian environment about the righteousness they are supposed … Continue reading Preaching the Gospel to Yourself – One Life Transforming Result