Family Discipleship – Passing the Baton of Faith

The most perilous moment in a relay race centers on the exchange of the baton from one runner to the next. This fitting metaphor perfectly describes parenting our children. For a Christian parent, there is nothing more important than passing the baton of faith and teaching our children the praiseworthy works and powerful word of … Continue reading Family Discipleship – Passing the Baton of Faith

A Simple Prayer Learned from Grandmother Rose

I had the privilege of growing up in a town in eastern North Carolina sort of like Mayberry of Andy Griffith renown. My family lived in a big house on Main Street owned by my maternal grandmother. In fact, we not only lived in that house, we lived with her. Obviously, she had a huge … Continue reading A Simple Prayer Learned from Grandmother Rose

Give to the Winds Your Fears

In the seventeenth century Paul Gerhardt and his family had to flee Berlin because of his  convictions. As they fled, they stopped at an inn and tried to understand why God was allowing this to happen to them. Gerhardt's wife was especially concerned about what might lie ahead for their young children. Gerhardt read Psalm … Continue reading Give to the Winds Your Fears

Submitting to the God Who Turns Calamity into Blessing

It is easy to submit to God's will when everything is going well... when you are walking in sunshine and feeling good. But when you find yourself walking in the shadows, it is then that submission to God's will find its severest test. The Psalmist states, "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his … Continue reading Submitting to the God Who Turns Calamity into Blessing

Coram Deo – Devotional Guide through Acts 23

Coram Deo - Acts 23- Click on this hyperlink to the left for a pdf file of this devotional guide. Coram Deo is a Latin phrase which translated means "in the presence of God." To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in God’s presence, under God’s authority, and for God’s glory. Coram … Continue reading Coram Deo – Devotional Guide through Acts 23

Jeremiah 1 – We Are Known Before We Know

This Sunday at Trinity is World Missions Sunday. Dr. Paul Chinchen will preach from Jeremiah 1 on "We've a Story to Tell." Eugene Peterson offers some wise counsel in his book on Jeremiah. He writes: Before Jeremiah knew God, God knew Jeremiah: 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.' This turns everything … Continue reading Jeremiah 1 – We Are Known Before We Know

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