Love that is true love is wrapped in objective truth.
We must have strong hermeneutical standards, but those hermeneutical standards are wrecked if we do not begin with all of Scripture being God-breathed.
The church flourishing in spite of persecution is not the stuff of American church culture; it's the stuff of the New Testatment and we should not be surprised by it.
The only thing I could do was to depend on the Biblical pattern of elder plurality
Here’s the rub: We don’t always want to love Jesus. Living in light of truth is hard and living comfortable lives according to our flesh is easy. It’s hard to put Christ first when He calls us to love Him more than anyone or anything. And yet He promises the most joy when we seek Him alone as our greatest treasure.
When the drive to achieve becomes the reason for existence in the life of a Christian, the ambition to which Scripture calls us is lost, but not unrecoverable.
I am nothing without Christ’s righteousness.
We need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners.
My heart sank. I made the call that no one, not even a pastor, likes to make.
Here we come to the place that we must recognize that it is Jesus who bore the sins of all who would believe and as our substitute, He not only paid for our sins, but has also become our righteousness.