Receiving the Riches of Glory – 2 Corinthians 8:9

Dr. James Montgomery Boice, the late pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, captures the essence of Advent: “Jesus descended from the peak of glory to this lowly position in order that He might raise us from our lowly position to His glory.” The significance of the incarnation is not only that we know the … Continue reading Receiving the Riches of Glory – 2 Corinthians 8:9

The Normal Christian Life Involves Suffering

Though many in the evangelical church in America today will tell you differently, the normal Christian life involves suffering and afflictions. The apostles galvanized the first century disciples with this reality check: "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom" (Acts 14:22). When we are called to face this reality personally, let us not be … Continue reading The Normal Christian Life Involves Suffering

The Purpose of God-Sent Afflictions

To be thankful only for our comforts is to make an idol of this life. “God-sent afflictions,” says Maurice Roberts, “have a health-giving effect upon the soul” because they are the medicine used to purge the soul of self-centeredness and this world’s vanities. Pain, in other words, sharpens us, matures us, and gives us clear … Continue reading The Purpose of God-Sent Afflictions

Three Rich Cordials to Cheer Our Souls

Mark 13:9-13 - 9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested … Continue reading Three Rich Cordials to Cheer Our Souls

The Lord’s Mercy and The Black Horse of Affliction

In the Fellowship of the Ring, the ominous Nazgul ride into the peaceful Shire on huge black horses pursuing Frodo and the other hobbits looking for the ring of power. This graphic scene portrays what oftentimes happens in our lives: All is peaceful, happy, and simple. Then the black horse of affliction rides into our … Continue reading The Lord’s Mercy and The Black Horse of Affliction

How to pray for those who lead your church

The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 1 sets forth a number of directives for pastors... Pastors are called 1.    To work with God's people so that they find their joy in the Lord not in circumstances or any other thing. 2.    To pray, counsel, disciple, and preach so that God's people "stand firm in their … Continue reading How to pray for those who lead your church