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.”
At the church in which I pastor, our vision statement reads, “The vision of Hope Church is to grow and develop followers of Jesus Christ who understand and live their calling as missionaries, spreading God’s love to the world.” A vision statement is more than just a few words strung together that get mentioned every […]Read More The Power of Vision
“the condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if he not be there, one of the first […]Read More “Call to Me”
– First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you. (Romans 1:8) – I give thanks to my God always for you. (1 Corinthians 1:4) – I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (Ephesians 1:16) – I thank my God in all my remembrance of […]Read More Cultivating a Thankful Spirit – The Apostle Paul’s Example and Teaching
To quote once again from John Piper, “not only do all the misuses of our sexuality serve to conceal or distort the true knowledge of God in Christ, but it also works powerfully the other way around: the true knowledge of God in Christ serves to prevent the misuses of our sexuality. So, on the […]Read More What does knowing Christ have to do with guarding and guiding our sexuality?
Yesterday I quoted from John Piper and his book Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. “Sexuality is designed by God as a way to know God in Christ more fully. Knowing God in Christ more fully is designed as a way of guarding and guiding our sexuality.” There are a lot of questions that might […]Read More How can sex be a means of knowing Christ more fully?