When Discouragement and Despair Knock at Your Door

“All progress in the Christian life depends upon a recapitulation (an act or instance of summarizing and restating the main points of something)  of the original terms of one’s acceptance with God” (John Stott, The Cross of Christ, p. 27). This delightful quote points us to an enduring remedy for all our ills, even that … Continue reading When Discouragement and Despair Knock at Your Door

Love Stoops to Conquer – Worship Reflections for John 13

The foot washing episode of John 13 serves as “a rebuke to the disciples’ ambitious strife, far more powerful than words could have spoken: Such a rebuke that never again do we see a hint of the old question, ‘Who should be greatest?’ It was Christ's answer to their unseemly conduct, and a lesson to … Continue reading Love Stoops to Conquer – Worship Reflections for John 13

Praying for Our Church Family from Acts 19

Vespers Guide for Acts 19 (Click here for PDF) - When the Word of the Lord Prevails During our Vesper service, we sing a hymn together, pray a Psalm, read a chapter of the book of Acts, share a devotional on the chapter, pray kingdom prayers using the chapter from Acts as our basis, and … Continue reading Praying for Our Church Family from Acts 19

How does God Guide? Reflections from Acts 16

Devotional Guide for Acts 16 - Click here for the devotional guide in its entirety. How does God guide? A.    How does God guide Timothy? The external call of trusted others in the body of Christ (16:1-5). B.    How does God guide Paul and his companions? What specific instructions and direction did the Apostle Paul … Continue reading How does God Guide? Reflections from Acts 16

Happy Are Those Who Are Poor in Spirit – A Few Reflections and A Prayer

The Sermon on the Mount describes what human life and human community looks like when they come under the gracious rule of King Jesus… Still today the indispensable condition of receiving the kingdom of God is to acknowledge our spiritual poverty… Thus, to be ‘poor in spirit’ is to acknowledge our spiritual poverty, indeed our … Continue reading Happy Are Those Who Are Poor in Spirit – A Few Reflections and A Prayer

What is your answer to the Tenebrae Question?

During our Good Friday service, we always conclude with what is called the Tenebrae hymn: "Were You There." Tenebrae is a Latin word that means 'shadows' or 'darkness.' It refers to a distinctive worship service that involves the gradual extinguishing of candles while reading the psalms and gospel narratives that explicitly set forth Jesus’ sufferings … Continue reading What is your answer to the Tenebrae Question?