“What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13) We tend to […]Read More What Does The Lord Require Of You?
We all have principles that we live by. These principles guide our lives and determine how successful we become in life. Those who are not committed to sharpening their saw (Ecclesiastes 10:10) and becoming more effective in daily living, will only hinder and limit their potential contribution in this world. As a busy pastor with […]Read More Book Review – “Rules To Live By: 52 Principles for a Better Life”
The highest moral laws in the secular west today are toleration and non-judgmentalism. The very ideas of inclusion and exclusion in any context make people think of elitism, xenophobia, or racism. Still, church membership is an idea with deep biblical roots: •The garden of Eden had an inside and an outside (Gen. 2:8, 3:24). •Noah’s […]Read More Is Church Membership Biblical?
“Some pastors and preachers are lazy and no good. They do not pray; they do not read; they do not search the Scripture…..The call is: watch, study, attend to reading. In truth you cannot read too much in Scripture; and what you read you cannot read too carefully, and what you read carefully you cannot […]Read More Martin Luther on Pastoral Diligence
By James Montgomery Boice, who was pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church for over 30 years. Between 1963 and 1966, when I was studying at the University of Basel in Switzerland, my wife and I were invited to attend a Bible study group that met on Friday evenings. It was a small group at first, but […]Read More What Happens When the Bible is Studied Seriously and Applied to Daily Life?
Today I found myself reading in the longest chapter in the bible, Psalm 119. Check out the words of the Psalter right near the middle of the chapter: (verses 97-105) “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever […]Read More Loving the Law of God
Paul Miller has written a great book on this most important of subjects. There are a lot excellent books on the market that deal with prayer and “A Praying Life” can safely be placed in that category. In 32 short, easy to read chapters, Miller challenges his readers to a deeper, more meaningful prayer life. […]Read More Book Review – “A Praying Life” by Paul Miller
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! (4:8) Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. (4:11) Worthy are you to take the scroll and to […]Read More Prayers of John’s “Revelation” of Jesus Christ
Here are ten principles of success I have learned from working with and observing hundreds of couples: 1. Happiness is not the most important thing. Everyone wants to be happy, but happiness will come and go. Successful couples learn to intentionally do things that will bring happiness back when life pulls it away. 2. Couples […]Read More 10 Secrets to a Successful Marriage – by Mitch Temple
This was the introduction to a sermon Charles Spurgeon preached back in 1858. “THE CHURCH OF CHRIST is continually represented under the figure of an army; yet its Captain is the Prince of Peace; its object is the establishment of peace, and its soldiers are men of a peaceful disposition. The spirit of war is […]Read More “the church militant, the church armed, the church warring, the church conquering.”