The Promise of His Presence – What difference should it make in our lives?

I was reading in my devotional time yesterday morning the last chapter of the Gospel of Matthew along with commentary from J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and came across these gems I felt compelled to share with you. "Finally, let us observe in these verses, the gracious promise with which Jesus closes His … Continue reading The Promise of His Presence – What difference should it make in our lives?

What the death of Christ accomplished – J.C. Ryle

That death discharged in full the mighty debt which sinners owe to God and threw open the door of life to every believer. That death satisfied the righteous claims of God's holy law, and enabled God to be just, and yet the justifier of the ungodly. That death was no mere example of self-sacrifice, but … Continue reading What the death of Christ accomplished – J.C. Ryle

MEN: How is God calling you to lead your family?

When a man senses a primary God-given responsibility for… the spiritual life of the family gathering the family for devotions, taking them to church, calling for prayer at meals, for the discipline and education of the children, the stewardship of money, the provision of food, the safety of the home, the healing of discord, he … Continue reading MEN: How is God calling you to lead your family?

The Silent Sufferings of the Judge of the Whole World

"What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said to him, "Let Him be crucified!" He who will one day judge the world allowed himself to be judged and condemned, though "he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth." (Isaiah 53:9.) He from whose lips Pilate … Continue reading The Silent Sufferings of the Judge of the Whole World

When You Come Together

The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11 teaches us what not to do and what to do "when we come together" (1 Corinthians 11:18,20). We are not to sow the seeds of division in the body of Christ. We are to celebrate regularly Communion... the Lord's Supper... the Eucharist in our local assembly of believers. … Continue reading When You Come Together

A Mercies Diary (aka a Thankful List)

In my studies this morning I came across a tool from which all of us could benefit. Not long ago, I was on a stroll in the neighborhood with one of my daughters and her baby. For some reason, I went on a tirade of complaining and negativity throughout the walk. Towards the end, she … Continue reading A Mercies Diary (aka a Thankful List)

For Those Experiencing Great Grief and Loss

How do followers of Jesus respond when we or those whom we love experience great grief and loss? We grieve and lament. It is important that we allow ourselves to grieve. Jesus wept before the tomb of his friend Lazarus. Isaiah called him the suffering servant of the Lord who was well-acquainted with grief. Our … Continue reading For Those Experiencing Great Grief and Loss

How Jesus Followers Face Injustice

The crescendo of voices crying out for justice in our land reminds me of Jesus' parable of the persistent widow against whom a great injustice had been committed and the unjust judge. Widows back in Jesus' day were very vulnerable and often taken advantage of. The Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge Jesus says, in … Continue reading How Jesus Followers Face Injustice

Prayers of Intercession – Psalm 95

Intercession is asking the Lord to meet the needs of others - your family, friends, co-workers, church, etc. May the worship of you, the living God, become the most important task of their daily lives and the activity around which they center their weekly lives. Grant them a renewed commitment to corporate worship and may … Continue reading Prayers of Intercession – Psalm 95