It is critical that each Sunday morning we come prepared to worship God. Of course, Sunday morning is not the only time we worship God, but there is something special about corporate worship which is why our preparation is vital. Here are some practical suggestions I came across in a sermon John Piper preached almost […]Read More Preparing For Worship
One night before going to sleep, I was lying in bed and it hit me – this bed is really soft! After three years of sleeping on the same mattress, it finally dawned on me that our bed was soft. Call me a slow learner, but I think there are a lot of things we […]Read More Christian Contentment
Hard to believe, but our twin daughters Elizabeth and Anna are 1 year old today. It has been quite a year and more fun than Stephane and I ever could have imagined. All we can say is glory be to God for his faithfulness and the precious gift of children.Read More Happy Birthday Elizabeth and Anna!
O Lord, My every sense, member, faculty, affection, is a snare to me, I can scarce open my eyes but I envy those above me, or despise those below me. I covet honor and riches of the mighty, and am proud and unmerciful to the rags of others; If I behold beauty it is a […]Read More A Puritan Prayer of Self-Deprecation
This past Friday night, my father-in-law and I went to the Bratwurst festival in Bucyrus, Ohio. This festival is a big deal in our area and people come from all over the place to feast on bratwurst and other summer treats. Our strategy was simple – talk with as many people as possible, pass out […]Read More Is street evangelism a thing of the past?
Over the past several months, Stephane and I have visited Chicago, LA, and Toronto. These three mega-cities are impressive to say the least. What struck me about Chicago is the sheer number of super-tall buildings in the downtown district. Chicago has over 100 buildings that are at least 500 feet tall and it has 5 […]Read More The City….Whose Designer and Builder is God
One of the sayings we often use is, “that was random.” I have discovered that different people mean different things by that, but usually that statement carries with it the idea of chance or accident. I had a guest preacher come in last Sunday who asked the question, is anything really random? He asked this […]Read More Is Anything Really Random?
My wife and I love to visit other churches whenever we get the chance. Being the pastor of a church does not allow for that too often, but yesterday we attended the evening service at Parkside Church in the metro Cleveland area. Just to give you a little background info, the senior pastor of Parkside […]Read More A Visit to Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio
This past week I have been studying the Old Testament book of Jonah and it is a fascinating book to say the least. In it, God calls the prophet Jonah to go to the ancient city of Nineveh and to call the people to repent or perish. But instead of obeying God, Jonah heads in […]Read More Finding the Gospel in the book of Jonah
Water is essential to life. Every living thing needs water and humans are no different. This need is only amplified during hot weather. Spending time outside on a hot day intensifies our thirst for water and there is nothing like having our thirst quenched with some ice-cold water. In Psalm 63, David speaks of his […]Read More Desperate for God