The Power of the Preached Word

Have you ever wondered why the church devotes so much time to the reading and preaching of God’s Word? Like doubting Thomas, we all struggle with unbelief. The Apostle Paul reminds us of the antidote: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). In our natural condition, all of us … Continue reading The Power of the Preached Word

A Prayer of Preparation for Worship

Gracious Father, may all who come within the walls of your house of worship today experience a fresh encounter with You, the living God, so that deep gladness and profound joy overtake them and sorrow and sighing flee away. May all who come dwell in your presence beholding your beauty. For Your presence ultimately transforms … Continue reading A Prayer of Preparation for Worship

Is Your Heart Well-Ordered or Disordered?

All of us have to face our unruly, disordered spiritual hearts that are characterized by a host of disordered loves. A disordered heart loves the wrong things to a wrong degree in a wrong way with a wrong love. “What does it mean to have a well-ordered heart?” To have a well-ordered heart is to … Continue reading Is Your Heart Well-Ordered or Disordered?

A Simple Prayer for Parents

Part of the Scripture in today's reading in The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms is Psalm 102:28. "The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you.” Here is a simple prayer I wrote for parents and grandparents to internalize and use: … Continue reading A Simple Prayer for Parents

The Irresistible Magnetism of a Loving Church

Where true love flourishes, its magnetism is all but irresistible. As the late Bishop Stephen C. Neill has written, “Within the fellowship of those who are bound together by personal loyalty to Jesus Christ, the relationship of love reaches an intimacy and intensity unknown elsewhere. Friendship between the friends of Jesus of Nazareth is unlike … Continue reading The Irresistible Magnetism of a Loving Church

What specifically are we praying for when we say ‘Deliver Us from Evil?’

According to the Scriptures, there are seven evils from which we need deliverance: Disciples saw Jesus praying, and noticed the great difference between His prayers and theirs, so they requested to be taught how to pray. He alone can deliver us from evil. Said he to Moses: “I am come down to deliver them,” i.e., … Continue reading What specifically are we praying for when we say ‘Deliver Us from Evil?’

Struggling with Change at Church

Are you struggling with a change at your church? Maybe a change of leadership, a change in ministry direction, a change of a particular style, or a change in your ministry focus. Here is a good and encouraging word from a seasoned pastor, John Stott: “Change is painful to us all, especially when it affects … Continue reading Struggling with Change at Church

By Thy Mercy Deliver Us

According to the Lord’s Prayer, all evil has its origin in the Fall and consists of: profaning God's name, opposing God's kingdom, resisting God's will, failing to forgive and love deeply, and not resisting the temptations to evil. Deliver us from all of this, Good Lord! The seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer “are seven … Continue reading By Thy Mercy Deliver Us