Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 Respect God and the Government

Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 Respect God and the Government Helmuth von Moltke was drafted to work in counterintelligence for Nazi Germany, yet his Christian faith made him a resolute opponent of Adolf Hitler. Although he believed it would be wrong for him to use violent force against the Nazis, von Moltke used his high position to rescue many prisoners from certain death. Not surprisingly, eventually he was accused of treason, put on trial, and sentenced to die. In his final letter home… Read more

Thoughts on Patriotism and the American Church

No matter what nation one lives in, we need to remember that we still should trust God. Read more

5 Ways to Prove That I Love God’s Word

5 Ways to Prove That I Love God’s Word 3 July 2017 Year A Psalm 119:161-168 When is the last time you fell in love with God’s Word? I don’t mean whether you loved the new translation. I am not asking if you were impressed by the new commentary that came with the latest Bible that was promoted by the latest pastor guru you enjoy. I am not wondering whether you wanted to promote your denomination’s attempt at making the… Read more

7 Reasons a Nation Should Trust in God

A nation is only as good as the people who make up its population. So a nation that says it trusts in God, should be made up of people who trust in God. Read more

The Prayer of Jehoshaphat Against Bullies

The Prayer of Jehoshaphat Against Bullies 30 June 2017 Year A 2 Chronicles 20:5-12 You may have heard of the Prayer of Jabez. You may have even heard of the Prayer of Jesus. But have you heard of the Prayer of Jehoshaphat? The Prayer of Jehoshaphat is the prayer against bullies. In  2 Chronicles 20, the enemies of Israel have come together to destroy the people of Israel. The sheer number of military might surely scared King Jehoshaphat. He was… Read more

What Matters Is Faith Working Through Love

What Matters Is Faith Working Through Love 29 June 2017 Year A Galatians 5:2-6 Many Christians today, like the believers in Galatia, think that if they do good things that God will let them go to Heaven. However, Paul makes it clear that a person does not become a Christian and enter Heaven because of outward appearances. Outward appearances don’t benefit a Christian (Galatians 5:2). 3 WAYS PEOPLE TRY TO KEEP OUTWARD APPEARANCES 1. Keeping traditions for tradition’s sake Just… Read more

Vacation Bible School Time!

Vacation Bible School Time! Vacation Bible School Time! It’s that time again. As a pastor, I have seen Vacation Bible School (VBS) used effectively. VBS primarily attracts children. As a result, very few adults are reached through this evangelistic outreach. Yet, I still think VBS is useful and can be helpful to reach families. I wanted to share links from other Patheos writers about Vacation Bible School. Josh Daffern at New Wineskins has a different take on Vacation Bible School…. Read more

5 Indicators of National Moral Decline

National moral decline happens when God is neglected. Read more

Psalm 126:1-6 The Greatest Future Is Yet to Come

Psalm 126:1-6 The Greatest Future Is Yet to Come “Bringing in the Sheaves,” a hymn in the Baptist Hymnal was written by Knowles Shaw, is based on the last verse of Psalm 126. Mr. Shaw was born October 13, 1834. When Knowles was about twelve, his dying father gave him his cherished violin and told him to live for the Lord. The boy grew up to become a “singing evangelist” who led eleven thousand souls to Christ. His singing brought in… Read more

5 Times God Shows His Faithfulness

5 Times God Shows His Faithfulness 19 June 2017 Year A Psalm 105:7-45 Psalm 105 is a hymn of praise for the faithfulness of God to His people. The psalmist begins by describing “5 Ways to Show Appreciation to God for His Faithfulness.” Yet, the Psalm doesn’t end there. The psalmist continues to explain through five different examples why God can be trusted to be faithful. The psalmist looks back at the Israel and recounts how God has been faithful…. Read more

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