We often need reminders. Today I want to look at some foundational truths that should under gird our faith and spur us on in our walk. This is likely very familiar ground to us, but it’s something we need to preach to ourselves from time to time so we can remain steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, as Scripture says.
In spite of my own inconsistency, lack of discipline and oftentimes lack of a positive spiritual role model, God is faithful and has his hand on my little girl.
In part one of From vision to action, we covered the fact that we need a God-sized vision of seeing the potential impact of our lives for generations, and that we can impart not only the Gospel message but our very lives to those around us. Today, I would like to examine some practical aspects from 2 Timothy. Practical Steps – 2 Timothy It takes 21 days to form a new habit. Keep that in mind as you work toward the goal of catching God’s vision [...]
I have read that when WW II soldiers were interviewed years after the war, a common theme emerged that these soldiers were able to endure the brutality and hardship of war and continue to press on and fight because they felt they were involved in a cause much bigger than themselves. They viewed the aggression of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan as a real threat to freedom. We, too, are involved in a great cause much bigger than ourselves. It’s an epic war – not [...]
Romans is the thinking mans book. It is a well-reasoned, unbelievably profound treatment of the message of the Bible. If you get a handle on Romans, you’ve got a great start on the rest. R.C. Sproul writes that, “in Romans, we have the nearest thing to a systematic theology to be found anywhere in the New Testament. Undoubtedly, Romans is the Apostle Paul’s most comprehensive study of doctrine.” I realize that many books have been written on Romans by those more informed and much smarter [...]
The Apostle Paul penned much of the New Testament. For this reason, it's important to understand a little about the man. To that end, I compiled this brief survey of Paul. Paul was born in Tarsus in the region of Cilicia, which is near the southern coast of what is now Turkey. He most likely came from a well-to-do family, because he was born a Roman citizen (Acts 16:37, 38, 22:25-29), and his family would have had to owned land or otherwise possessed some wealth [...]
To say that our family situation was strained is an understatement. But God is faithful and saw us through. Then something unimaginable happened that has been in my thoughts ever since. Never so close I can't function, but never so far away that I don't shift into thinking about it.
One of the finest lyricists and musical talents, in my humble opinion. I learned to play this song back in '92 I suppose it was. It's meant a great deal to me over the years. I was jumping online to get the lyrics to another of his songs, "Mice and Men", because the current cultural and political environment reminded me of it, and I ran across this live version of "Old Clothes". Powerful. I'm not sure of the context but it would have been awesome [...]
One of the exercises I've used from time to time to get a better sense of what Scripture is saying, is to reword or rewrite the verses in my own words. I did this with Ephesians chapter one and it helped illumine the Scriptures. This is not a version, or even a paraphrase as much as it is an aid to help me gain better understanding. It's a good exercise, if you've never tried it. Ephesians 1 God is inherently worthy of praise. He, the father [...]
I can't remember where I found this and I don't have the reference, but it's interesting to note the legacy this man left behind. Jonathan and Sarah's Luminous Lineage Let's take a peek at the family of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards. You may remember Jonathan Edwards for his famous sermon, "Sinners in the hands of an angry God." Jonathan and Sarah had 11 children and were ardent in training their children for God. In 1900 A. E. Winship tracked down 1400 descendants of this family. [...]