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?
Today, my devotional readings brought me to Psalm 23, a most beloved portion of God's Word. On Good Friday, we remember that a sword was awakened against the Chief Shepherd when Jesus was crucified on Calvary's cross (Zechariah 13:7) so that we might experience today and for eternity the intimate, shepherding care of our Lord. … Continue reading Praying through Psalm 23 on Good Friday
Almighty God, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, we are unworthy of Your pardoning grace. For we have not believed Your promises, nor trusted in You, our Living Lord. Through worldliness of spirit, we have not discerned Your presence with us. Through discouragements and disappointments, our hearts have not burned within … Continue reading Prayer of Confession of Sin – Luke 24:13-35
Here is what I call a "Simple Guide for Bible Study." It contains seven straightforward questions to get to the heart of a given passage of Scripture. The one below focuses on our sermon text for tomorrow (Matthew 21:1-17) which is the gospel narrative for Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem to be presented as the … Continue reading A Simple Guide for Bible Study | Matthew 21:1–17
Here are a few Scripture prayers based upon the Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. I would encourage you to reflect upon them, internalize them, and pray them for yourself, the people that you love, and especially your own church family. Holy Father, As we ride with our humble Lord into the fickle and rebellious city, … Continue reading Intercessory Prayers for Palm Sunday