A Prayer of Preparation for Worship

Gracious Father, may all who come within the walls of your house of worship today experience a fresh encounter with You, the living God, so that deep gladness and profound joy overtake them and sorrow and sighing flee away. May all who come dwell in your presence beholding your beauty. For Your presence ultimately transforms … Continue reading A Prayer of Preparation for Worship

When Sin Looks Normal and Righteousness Seems Strange

When we abandon friendship with God to become a friend of the world, sin looks normal and righteousness seems strange (James 4:4). David Wells defines worldliness like this: “that system of values, in any given age, which has at its center our fallen human perspective, which displaces God and his truth from the world, and … Continue reading When Sin Looks Normal and Righteousness Seems Strange

The Great Hindrance to Friendship with God – Gleanings from James 4:1-10

I am preaching through a series entitled: 2:42 - Routine Investments in Redemptive Friendships. This coming Sunday we will address "The Great Hindrance to Friendship with God." Below are some gleanings and insights put together by our pastoral intern from Covenant Seminary, Nathan Lucy. They were very helpful to me personally and I commend them … Continue reading The Great Hindrance to Friendship with God – Gleanings from James 4:1-10

Spiritual Friendship and Spiritual Direction

I led a group of men in our church through a study on Spiritual Friendship this summer. We used as a companion guide to the Scriptures David Benner's book entitled Sacred Companions. He basically contends that every follower of Jesus needs two types of companions in their spiritual journey: Spiritual friends and a spiritual director. … Continue reading Spiritual Friendship and Spiritual Direction