It is hardly God’s great purpose to make you feel like you’re something special.
Pastor, give yourself to sound doctrine and make much of it from now on. If you cannot do this, resign.
Perhaps nothing outside of a change in your job has so much potential to turn the family schedule upside down. Is it possible your family's sports-centric life is evidence of upside down worship?
The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible
It's just this simple: a church is a good church only if it pursues what its Head desires.
In valuing Christ we devalue all else for this object of our love, the treasure.
You cannot love Christ as an attachment to life, either in an intentional part-time way or a part-hearted way.
Good churches should add “church starting” to the list of ingredients that define their health.
There are things you can do for your pastor that are like a drink of cool water on a dry, dusty day.
We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of evangelism is done by God.
When you hear of new appeals for tolerance of sinful behavior in the churches, remember that this is not a nascent problem, but the old Corinthian problem revived.
Christmas then is not the season to be jolly, as if the other seasons are the opposite.
Nothing can provide a better picture of the relationship between believers to Christ than marriage. It explains why loving submission and sacrificial authority is so important.
There is more to Christ than what happened in a three year span, as critical as that is for man’s salvation.
What happens when the young seminarian or college ministerial student takes his first churches in these areas? And what should the committed rural pastor think about his church’s future?
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians assumes their great diversity, which comes to us in the form of his use of pronouns.
Within me is the longing for beauty, and the repulsion of non-beauty. I am convinced that I have the normal longings of all of us. We are made for beauty.
When we perceive something of the Lord’s beauty, majesty, knowledge, or some other noble characteristic through what is said or sung or brought to the mind, our emotions are not to be either worked up by conscious effort or checked by deliberate willfulness. To do so would mean that we must take our gaze away from Him to ourselves.
The man I wanted to be was the man God prescribed, above all.
A cowboy church or a country music church may reach cowboys or country music lovers, but is this anything like what God intends to promote as the primary social implication of the cross? Does it depict real earth-side yearning for a future glorious church? We have diminished the meaning of the church by doing this.
How often have men and women entered “outer darkness” after pretending a life of faith in Christ?
Among the panoply of spiritual beings said to see into our world, none is more pervasive, interested, and involved than God himself.
Do you merely perform religious duties like a pharisee, or is your life the fruit of a changed heart?
They looked the stone over and marked it unusable, not valuable, replaceable and inadequate.
Experience-driven revival is more like a flash flood than a mighty river. Heightened experience certainly leaves its mark, some of which may be good wherever it meets orthodoxy, but a reformational revival is a life-giving river which has continuing positive effects.
I let the original intent of the passage sting me, move me, drive me to what I need to be.
True believers are held "in Christ," not by an armed guard. No, you are kept secure in Christ by the greatest power ever known - God Himself. And there has never been anyone able to snatch a person out of His hands.
An invitation to consider the reasonableness of male Christian leaders working with male assistants.
Let’s face it: being nominal is a breeze, but standing strong as a true believer can be very costly.
They don’t really want to listen to you. At least it appears to be so.
Better than all other possible “solutions,” following the Christ you sing about would be the best.
Though there are many things a particular church may not be able to do well, love is not one of them.
It has been revealed to God’s prophets already, they have written it for you, and that is enough.
The world is a barren wilderness without love. You really do need each other.
You are in Christ and fully in, or you are out and fully out.
We are nothing on our own. But in Christ, we are something beyond imagination.
The religious man often deceives himself in his repentance.
I received the umpteenth glossy card in the mail this week from yet another church opening a brand new “state-of-the-art” facility in our city.
There is a good reason the parable is that of the Sower and not the Soils. Christ's purposes will never be thwarted by the unbelief of the masses.
Your artful questions and interest make both sides of the conversation possible.
What should you look for in a church?
For some time most of these books have been of little use to me except to hold dust and to look good.
We should never think that just because God has blessed us, we are free to allow our heart to be turned from God.
The priority of the church should be seen in the things we do and say.
Although salvation is the work of God and not something that we can do for our child, there is hope.
Was your church meeting disappointing this week? Do you find that there seems to be little life in the church? Are there troubles stirring? Are there way too many parking lot conversations? What can you do as a member to make things better?
It is possible that your favorite leader could end up with nothing to show for years of labor! It is also possible that he could be rewarded beyond imagination.
Good conversation went fugitive with the invasion of electronic media. Yet you long for it, and so do those in your circle of acquaintances. Believers in Christ ought to be excellent at it. Even our non-believing friends ought to leave us saying, “That was the best conversation I’ve had for months.”
Believers haven’t always had Sundays free from work. Though our culture is changing in this regard, it still is largely expected that most of our members will be exempt from Sunday work to give attention to our worship. The earliest Christians did not have such a privilege.