It is safe to say that we are all tolerant of imperfection. We are surrounded by a bunch of sinners (Romans 3:23) who constantly break the law of God. The bible tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it” (Jeremiah 17:9). Now that you know this is […]Read More Marriage as an Instructor in the Grace of God
Lately, I have heard some people describe marriage as a 50-50 partnership. In order for a marriage to work, they say that each spouse must do their “half” of the work. When marriages function from a 60-40 ratio or even a 70-30 breakdown, the marriage suffers, or so they say. From the first time I […]Read More Is Marriage Simply a 50-50 Partnership?
How many Christians truly live with a sense of purpose and calling in their lives? Recently, I was listening to a sermon by John MacArthur about the prophet Jeremiah when he said something that really caught my attention: “Whoever doesn’t have a sense of being predestined by God to service will never lead a spiritual […]Read More Do we really live with a sense of Divine Mission?
This morning I met with my friend John Mccracken for breakfast. We enjoyed good food and fellowship but there was a greater purpose for this meeting – bible study. Today we worked through the second half of Romans 15 and were greatly blessed by the inspired words of Paul. What takes place in our weekly […]Read More Discipleship Through the Word of God
Most Christians are familiar with the Great Commission. Before leaving them, Jesus told His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to […]Read More The Challenge of Discipleship
The wrath of God was absorbed in Jesus Christ – completely, finally, decisively. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13). Christ bore our sins – every sin. “He himself bore our […]Read More What Happened at the Cross?
Last week I wrote an article where I argued (with the help of pastor John Piper) that receiving Christ involves receiving Him as supremely valuable and not simply on our own terms. In response to this article, a good friend of mine remarked that there are times when he struggles to make Christ (using my […]Read More How do we receive Christ as supremely valuable?
Yesterday I met with a group of pastors to discuss how we can be “relevant” as churches. There were a lot of ideas brought forth in our discussion and I don’t intend to regurgitate everything that was said. What I would like to do is share with you where I landed in this whole discussion. […]Read More What Makes a Church Relevant?
Few professing Christians would deny the fact that receiving Christ is necessary for salvation. In the gospel of John we read, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) This is a precious promise I will gladly proclaim for the […]Read More What does it mean to receive Christ?
This past Sunday at church, I passed out a one-year bible reading plan to our congregation. I encouraged them to consider reading through the Bible over the next 365 days. I know it can be challenging to maintain that kind of pace, but the benefits are enormous for those who follow through on it. There […]Read More The Bible in a Year