Following the Example of Others

Yesterday I posted my 2022 reading plan, which consisted of sermons by and books about Charles Spurgeon and reading two volumes about the Puritans, from whom Spurgeon gleaned much. If you follow me on social media, you may wonder why I am so obsessed with Spurgeon or if I idolize the guy. I am quite... Continue Reading →

The Love of a Christian

Countless books have been written on love, and numerous seminars have been given on keeping devotion strong in a marriage. There are many different kinds of love; love between spouses, love for your friends, casual care about co-workers, and the general hope for the welfare of strangers. Some say care for strangers isn't technically love,... Continue Reading →

When it’s Difficult

Do you ever wake up, lay there and think I don't know what to pray? You know situations you need to pray about and people you need to pray for, but words aren't coming to mind? There are a few basics in our Christian walks like prayer, Bible reading, and Bible study; however, we can... Continue Reading →

The Christian’s Source of Strength

When we think of strength, our first thought may be someone who goes to the gym, or we may think of someone we know who has gone through a series of hard times and still holds on to their faith. In paul's second prayer for the church at Ephesus, he focuses on the Christian's source... Continue Reading →

The Calling of a Christian

The book of Ephesians is a treasure trove of doctrine and practicality that every Christian should read several times a year. In it, Paul prays two prayers for the church. The first deals with the calling of a Christian, and the second deals with our source of strength. In today's post, we will look at... Continue Reading →

Evidence of Election

Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians provides us with an evidentiary list of our salvation. So, if you have ever experienced that lingering question in the back of your mind, I wonder if I’m actually saved, this post will give you the indicators of the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10... Continue Reading →

Growth: The Life of a Christian

Last week we looked at Colossians 1:3-8 and came to a place of understanding how grace and truth coincide in the Christian life. Today we will look at how that grace and truth bring about growth in our lives. Colossians 1:9-14 ESV “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray... Continue Reading →

Understanding Grace in the Light of Truth

As I was reading Colossians a few weeks ago, his prayer for the church stuck out to me. I began to think of the other prayers recorded in his letters. In Colossians 1:18, Paul told the Colossians to share the letter with the Laodiceans and to read the letter written to them. The prayers for... Continue Reading →

The Narrow Path (Matthew 7:13-23)

The other day I saw a quote that said the part of the Bible we would like to ignore is the part we need the most. In Matthew chapter seven, we read the words judge not, that you be not judged. And that’s where most people stop. They don’t want to acknowledge that the rest... Continue Reading →

A Realization About My Approach to Scripture

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord... Continue Reading →

Just Passing Through

Last night, as I was lying in bed not thinking of anything in particular that I was aware of, these lines came to me; “My life is not my own and this world is not my home. Forsake things unknown there, we live for His glory alone here.” The thought made an impression on me, so... Continue Reading →

We Have (Not) Arrived

The motto of the Protestant Reformation was “Semper Reformanda,” reformed and always reforming. They didn’t say we had arrived. There is always a need to continue learning and growing. The change of yesterday leads to the change of today. The time of the Reformation taught men the necessity of the Scripture. Martin Luther saw a... Continue Reading →

Two kinds of Wisdom (James 3:13-18)

What do you do when you don't know what to do? Do you call a friend, do you pray, do you wing it? The answer may depend on the situation. Whatever you do, you want to make the right decision, you want to make a wise decision. How do you make a wise decision? That... Continue Reading →

Taming the Tongue (James 3:1-12)

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. We may have said this as kids, but we know it's not true; words do hurt. Ephesians 4:29 NIV "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their... Continue Reading →

Living for Eternity

The other day I was watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory. The guys had just bought a time machine from a movie. Penny saw it and told them they were pathetic and devoted too much time to toys and playing games. The only one bothered by it was Leonard, who proceeded to box... Continue Reading →

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