Why Read Your Bible? Eight Reasons from J.C. Ryle

One of my favorite authors and pastors from a previous generation is John Charles Ryle. He was a pastor in Liverpool, England back in the 1800s. Here are a few excerpts from a book entitled Practical Religion that I am presently reading. This chapter is simply entitled "Bible Reading." There is hardly any discipline more … Continue reading Why Read Your Bible? Eight Reasons from J.C. Ryle

The Power of the Word of God in a Young Pastor’s Life

J.I. Packer, as a young pastor, found himself “marginalized, isolated and required to work on unfulfilling and flawed agendas, in a manner that made him think of the Israelites having to make bricks for Pharaoh.” He claims to have lived “like Moses in Midian, with frustration in [his] heart, wondering what God could possibly be … Continue reading The Power of the Word of God in a Young Pastor’s Life

What would it look like if the Word of the Lord prevailed mightily in your life?

One of the encouraging progress reports in the book of Acts reads like this: "So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily" (Acts 19:20). What happens when the Word of the Lord has a prevailing influence in our lives? Ask the Lord to search your heart as you reflect on the … Continue reading What would it look like if the Word of the Lord prevailed mightily in your life?