There are forces afoot today that would cause you and me to doubt the veracity, authority, and sufficiency of the Bible as God’s Word. This phenomenon is not unique to our time. Recall the tactics of the ancient serpent in his temptation of Eve in Genesis 3: “Did God really say?...” Therefore, it behooves us … Continue reading Do You Believe the Bible is God’s Word?
Here is a tool to pray through the dangers, the burden, the root, and the cure for hypocrisy. It is a challenge we all face! https://app.box.com/s/im3x6koeuucwqyqqhqqhf6xxuqgy4n8l
"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens" (Psalm 68:19). How wonderful it is to know that our God is a burden-bearing God. What is the burden you are carrying today? By prayer, you can cast it upon the Lord who promises to sustain you (Psalm 55:22). Jesus invites … Continue reading A Burden-bearing God!
The poet Rudyard Kipling wrote the following words in 1897, as an admonition to the British Empire against pride: “The tumult and the shouting dies; the captains and the kings depart. Still stands thine ancient sacrifice, a humble and a contrite heart.” When Kipling spoke of a contrite heart as an “ancient sacrifice,” he was … Continue reading The Ancient Sacrifice – Humility
This coming Sunday our sermon will focus on "The Wedding Feast of the King" from Matthew 22:1-14. (Click the highlighted text to read the Scripture passage.) Here is a comment on the above passage from J.C. Ryle to prepare your heart to hear God's Word: "A certain man made a great banquet, and invited many." This is the … Continue reading The Wedding Feast of the King
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
A Pastoral Prayer for Fathers on Father's Day Here are a few things to pray for the men in your life who are fathers.
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