Our sermon text this morning is Matthew 21:28-46. Here is a prayer guide through this wonderful text that contains two parables of Jesus. Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage Record your prayer for God’s help. Father, it is a marvel that you transform the lives of broken people and grant them the privilege of … Continue reading Praying Scripture | Matthew 21:28–46
Loving Father, You sent Your Son to rescue us from a life of self-absorption. Yet we fall short of Your callto do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You. You asked for our hands that You might use them to serve others We gave them for a momentthen withdrew them for the work was … Continue reading Confessing Our Calculated Efforts at Serving King Jesus
This coming Sunday we celebrate an important event in redemptive history: The time when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to His followers who would live within them and empower them for service. We call it Pentecost. Here is a prayer to prepare your heart for worship: Almighty Father, we praise You for sending Your Holy … Continue reading A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday
This week, my daily Bible reading took me through Isaiah 30 which has much to say to those who wait with grieving and pain-filled hearts. You may be waiting for someone to love and cherish you... waiting for the privilege to bear children, waiting for healing for a terminal illness, waiting for a prodigal child … Continue reading For Those Who Are Waiting in a Time of Grief and Pain
Recently, my daily Bible reading led me through Numbers 27. In this chapter, a great leadership transition is taking place for the people of God. Moses prepares to pass the leadership baton to Joshua, but Moses knew how vital it was that his successor be a God-appointed man. Number 27:15-17 sets forth Moses’ prayer: Moses … Continue reading What Are Elders/Pastors to Do? – Numbers 27:15-17
A casual reading of the Bible proves that all humans are challenged with trusting God and the promises of his Word. The narrative of the wandering people of God in the wilderness recounted in the book of Numbers is Exhibit A for this tendency in the heart of man. I must admit that I too … Continue reading The Ever Truthful and Faithful God
Here is a lovely thought if you find yourself spiritual weak at the moment:Matthew 12:20 - "He won't break a bruised reed, he won't quench a smoking flax." What are we to understand by the bruised reed and smoking flax? The language of the prophet no doubt is figurative. What is it that these two … Continue reading Are you spiritually weak and vulnerable right now?
How many projects have I started and not finished! How many books have I started reading and not completed! How challenging it is for frail and fallible human beings to simply finish what they start. This is not so with our God.He always finishes what he starts. His work of salvation and conforming us into … Continue reading God Always Finishes What He Starts
What would happen if a true heaven-sent revival came to your church today. Below are a few outcomes that I have adapted and expounded upon from Iain Murray. If revival came to our church, it would... Energize worship - A spontaneous energizing of our body by the Holy Spirit to worship the living God. “In … Continue reading Revival: The Last Hope for the Church in Our Day
Our world seems to be descending more and more into moral chaos and confusion as moral relativism and secularism wreck havoc on people's lives. Rather than the church of Jesus stepping up to provide the gospel cure and model a better way forward, the church and many of her leaders seem to have been ensnared … Continue reading Is there any hope for the church?