Past vs Present

Years ago I read the story of a man who preached and taught on the book of Ephesians in a way that struck one of his listeners. Later, when the chance arose, the preacher was asked how he knew the book so well. The preacher explained that he had read the short epistle over, and... Continue Reading →

When Donut Day Turns into Donut Weekend

On Friday, June 7th, we participated in a noble event, National Donut Day. We didn't realize the day existed until the last minute, so we could only find some lesser quality donuts. The next morning, at the men's prayer breakfast, they supplied some top quality cinnamon rolls, which continued the donut theme. On Sunday, a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: “Does God Desire All to be Saved?” #1

Recently, I wrote an extensive and somewhat meandering review of Roger Olson’s book, “against Calvinism”. In the interest of fairness, I am going to write a review of a booklet by John Piper titled, “Does God Desire all to be Saved”. While it is significantly shorter, it deals with a single subject and so has... Continue Reading →

Quiet Time Helps – How Can I Understand the Bible?

In a previous post I shared a few thoughts concerning our quiet time, or devotions. But once you're regularly reading the Bible, it is important to make sure you really understand what you are reading. As with the previous article, this is just a primer and is designed as a starting place for children or... Continue Reading →

Daily Time with God

Whether you call it devotions, quiet time, or something else, Christians need to spend time with God each day. To help my own children and children in the church I put together a leaflet titled "Quiet Time Helps for Children". It goes through five sections: MotivationPreparationUnderstandingApplicationPrayer I want to share them here and maybe it... Continue Reading →

4 Reasons People Read the Bible

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.Psalm 119:103; Job 23:12 If you struggle to maintain a consistent habit of Bible reading and prayer,... Continue Reading →

Abortion – The Consistent Christian Position

For decades the question regarding the morality of abortion has been argued. The tide has almost consistently moved towards approving of abortion. To reach this point activists have utilized massive amounts of misinformation (lies I mean). It was seen as an act of desperation, a last resort, and something approached with sadness and sobriety. Now... Continue Reading →

Book Review: “Understanding and Loving a Person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

In 1980 the term PTSD was coined. Its symptoms had long been known, and different generations had identified it with different words. Previous generations referred to it as gross stress reaction, battle fatigue, and shell shock. I was born the same year as the acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and I've grown up in a... Continue Reading →

Astonished

22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like... Continue Reading →

Road Workers

As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight,... Continue Reading →

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