Acts 2:42-47. A bunch of normal folks, like you and me, praying, eating, and worshiping together. It’s not much different than my church’s community groups that meet around the Dallas/Fort Worth area together. It’s a relief, a needed calm. And yet it isn’t calm at all . . .
How do we contend for the faith and guard the gospel without being argumentative, judgmental, or cantakerous?
However fascinating and powerful the Bible is there are some days when our heart is as cold as Yakutsk, Russia. When our hearts are this way, we find ourselves reading the Bible in order to check it off our “I really do love Jesus list.” As Christians, let alone as pastors, this is a daunting and dangerous place to be. Being cold towards the word of God can lead us…
There are lots of websites that exist for the church. This is what it means for us to be For The Church . . .
While pastors rest in the finished work of Christ, there is a healthy burden we should feel for leading the way for our congregation in obedience to the Word of God. They should be able to look at our lives and we should be able to say the words of Paul, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”
Most people tend to have foes and fans but very few people have friends. Too few people enjoy true relationships with other people.
Paul's instruction to his young protege in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 is a glorious reminder of the great burden and privilege of the call to preach the word.
Here's an older post of mine written during my former pastorate. I hope you will find it helpful… jcw
So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.—1 Thessalonians 2:8
Well, I'm starting this post at 4:57 P.M. ET. I don't know…
I took my first vocational ministry position the summer I graduated high school (1994), becoming the youth minister for Zion Chinese Baptist Church. (You read that right.) In the twenty years since, I've heard a lot of good words on ministry and ministry life, and while a lot has been good, a few choice bits of wisdom have stuck with me since I heard them and have proven truer and…
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."
- Luke 17:20-21
In Jesus' day, the Jewish world was fractured into factions, each of which sought to…
Acts 17 provides us one picture of how Paul evangelized the lost. In the city of Athens, we learn he went to the synagogue to engage the Jews on the Sabbath, and the rest of the week he went to the marketplace to engage the more secular minded in the city.
The marketplace was a huge open-air area in the middle of town where everyone gathered for business, arts, buying…
It's no mystery our culture doesn't think much of the institution of marriage, and that many of our cultural elites despise it.
Dr. Keith Ablow from the Fox News Medical A-Team thinks marriage is “a source of real suffering for the vast majority of married people.” He bases that off his own observations as a psychiatrist, where he sees the vast majority of marriages ending in divorce…
A glorious throne set on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.—Jeremiah 15:12
As overwhelming as our trials can be, as enveloping as the darkness appears, as deep as the floodwaters grow, we can find solace of heart in knowing our souls are safe in a place bigger, broader, deeper than any distress. Our place of safety is no refugee tent thrown together…
The LORD our God is Lord of Hosts.
He holds all time within his hand.
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
From all eternity will stand.
From deepest deep, before the start
God has declared the sweetest end
He's loved and purposed in his heart
The brokenness of man to mend.
Brother Jesus his siblings saves
And conquers sin…
What is the dumbest thing you have ever said? You probably don't want to repeat it. Since, I think it is edifying, I'll reset my moment. I was a new Christian and was talking to my wife one Sunday afternoon when I dropped this gem on her: “Christianity is so easy. I don't see what the big deal is.” But, I wasn't finished “I read my Bible, pray and talk…