In Anxious Times…

Remember the birds and the lilies. Dr. Helmut Thielicke preached a course of sermons on the Sermon on the Mount in St Mark’s Church, Stuttgart, during the terrible years (1946–1948) which immediately followed World War II. He often alluded to the scream of the air-raid sirens, alerting people to yet more devastation and death from … Continue reading In Anxious Times…

Beginning a New Year Well

One of the best ways that you can begin your new year. I would encourage you to reflect upon and pray through this covenant that John Wesley wrote. Back in the olden days, the Methodists would have a service where the entire congregation would renew their vow to live faithfully for the Lord in the … Continue reading Beginning a New Year Well

The Legacy of Rose Vaught – My Great-Grandmother

by Elizabeth Cain Johnson, the great-granddaughter of Rose Vaught. This tribute was written back in 2005 when Elizabeth as in high school. My great-grandmother possessed energy, strength, and a keen recollection. Rose or Rosie, as everyone affectionately called her, lived a long life of 93 years, and died peacefully in her home in Bladenboro, North … Continue reading The Legacy of Rose Vaught – My Great-Grandmother

Praying Scripture | 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

At the beginning of 2023, I am beginning a sermon series on "What Matters Most." The first thing that matters most is that we possess true, saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the below passage, the possession of true, saving faith in Jesus not only transforms our ultimate destiny but also how … Continue reading Praying Scripture | 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

Praying Scripture | Revelation 22:6–21

Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage Record your prayer for God’s help. Father, your desire to reveal your will and plan to your servants is greater than our desire to know it. As we study your Word, grant us a growing capacity to trust and obey you in all things. For, you promise to … Continue reading Praying Scripture | Revelation 22:6–21

Praying Scripture | Revelation 21:1–8

Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage Holy Father, the pressure to compromise our allegiance to Jesus Christ is great. Galvanize us with fresh courage by opening our eyes to the wonderful ending of the story of human history and what awaits in the future. AMEN Adoration: Praise God for Who He Is What should … Continue reading Praying Scripture | Revelation 21:1–8

Singing Hallelujah During the Dark Nights | Revelation 19:1–10

Praying Scripture 1. Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your PassageRecord your prayer for God’s help. • We can sing the heavenly hallelujahs during the dark nights because the King is coming to judge sin and to marry sinners. Open the eyes of my heart to the ugliness and heinousness of sin as well as to … Continue reading Singing Hallelujah During the Dark Nights | Revelation 19:1–10

Praying Scripture | Revelation 12

1. Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage Record your prayer for God’s help. • Father, you sent your Son to earth on a mission: To seek and to save the lost. • Part of that mission was also to destroy the devil’s work: His work of deception, accusation, and destruction. • Because Jesus overcame … Continue reading Praying Scripture | Revelation 12

A Devotional Guide for Acts 8:26-40 – The Gathering at Gaza

This Sunday as we close out our missions festival by focusing on Acts 8:27-40, which recounts Philip sharing the gospel with an Ethiopian. This post simply contains the Scripture with a few devotional questions and thoughts for you to prepare to hear God's Word preached. Scripture: 26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, … Continue reading A Devotional Guide for Acts 8:26-40 – The Gathering at Gaza

Transforming the Fearful into the Faithful – A Prayer Guide for John 20:19-23

Praying Scripture | John 20:19–23 19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his … Continue reading Transforming the Fearful into the Faithful – A Prayer Guide for John 20:19-23