1. Jesus Will Build His Church
    15 Nov, 2017
    Jesus Will Build His Church
    And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Matthew 16:18 As a pastor I receive emails about church growth all the time.   Here are a few examples of the titles of the church growth helps I've been sent over the past few days: "3 Secrets to Move Guests from Outsiders to Insiders" "Increasing the Millennial Attendance in Your Church 10 Times" "What Fast-Growing Churches Do Differently"  To be fair, emails
  2. Pressure and Anxiety in Ministry
    13 Nov, 2017
    Pressure and Anxiety in Ministry
    Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food,
  3. Judgment and Works
    08 Nov, 2017
    Judgment and Works
    For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.  2 Corinthians 5:10 A lot of ink has been spilt over this verse (and others like it), so I'll try to be as brief as I can. Read by itself, this verse may seem like it is saying that our salvation is based on our works.  It refers to the judgment seat of Christ and receiving what is due for what we have done whether good or evil. But if we
  4. Hating Sin
    07 Nov, 2017
    Hating Sin
    If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. Matthew 5:29-30 Jesus often said some difficult things.  The passage above is certainly in the top ten of his difficult sayings. When it comes to the interpretation of
  5. Declare His Glory
    01 Nov, 2017
    Declare His Glory
    Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! Psalm 96:3 I don’t know whether this account is true or not, but supposedly there was a lady who once criticized D. L. Moody for his methods of evangelism.  Moody is said to have replied, "I agree with you. I don’t like the way I do it either. Tell me, how do you do it?" The lady answered, "I don’t do it." So Moody responded, "Then I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." Whether such a
  6. Justified by Faith Alone in Christ Alone
    30 Oct, 2017
    Justified by Faith Alone in Christ Alone
    We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:15-16 I think it’s safe to say all of us want acceptance and approval.  I know I do. As one article I’ve read recently says, “Whether we choose to acknowledge