Eternal, Almighty, and most gracious God: heaven is your throne, and earth is your footstool; holy and reverend is your name; you are praised by the angels of heaven, and in the gathering of your church on earth. Despite our unworthiness, you have invited us through our mediator, Jesus Christ, to present ourselves and our […]Read More Prayer of Richard Baxter
According to J. Oswald Sanders, here are some ways to investigate your potential: – Have you ever broken a bad habit? To lead others, you must master your appetites. – Do you keep self-control when things go wrong? The leader who loses control under adversity forfeits respect and influence. A leader must be calm in […]Read More Do You Have Leadership Potential?
“From the time Jesus began His public ministry in his hometown of Nazareth, He was enormously controversial. The people from His own community literally tried to kill Him immediately after His first public message in the local synagogue. “All those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up […]Read More The Power of a few Ordinary Men
Lord God, eternal and almighty Father: We acknowledge before your holy majesty that we are poor sinners, conceived and born in guilt and in corruption, prone to do evil, unable of our own power to do good. Because of our sin, we endlessly violate your holy commandments. But, O Lord, with heartfelt sorrow we repent […]Read More Prayer of Confession – by John Calvin
Are we relying on the power of the gospel? If the gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16), why don’t our services and our evangelism focus more explicitly on the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sin’s? Likewise, if our churches are shrinking, […]Read More Questions For Churches and Church Leaders
“The spiritual disciplines are the God-given means we are to use in the Spirit filled-pursuit of Godliness. Godly people are disciplined people. It has always been so. Call to mind some heroes of church history – Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Bunyan, Susanna Wesley, George Whitefield, Lady Huntington, Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, […]Read More How God Changes Us
“Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison.” (Colossians 4:3) Every Christian is surrounded by non-Christians. Whether it is next-door neighbors, co-workers, relatives, or friends, there are people in your life who are not […]Read More Prayer and Evangelism
“Conversion is no mere human decision. It is a human decision. But oh, so much more! Repentant faith (or believing repentance) is based on an awesome miracle performed by the sovereign God. It is the breath of a new creature in Christ. Saving faith is no simple thing. It has many dimensions. “Believe on the […]Read More What Must I Do To Be Saved?
One the lessons that the Lord has taught me over the past few months came through spending time with my twin girls. As you might have guessed, the past 5 months have been a lot of work but also a ton of fun. Steph and I are often amazed at how much we laugh with […]Read More “Being” and “Doing”