April 6, 2018

The Power of True Christian Love Song of Solomon 8:6-7 If love is as strong as death, then in Christ, love is more powerful than death. “Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love’s flames are fiery flames — the fiercest of all. Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give… Read more

March 27, 2018

  Dr. Frank Page has resigned because of a “morally inappropriate” relationship. Dr. Page initially announced his retirement as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. Later, in the day, he announced his resignation. This resignation would be effective immediately. The explanation was for a “morally inappropriate” relationship. Dr. Page was President of the SBC from 2008-2009. He was also a steady helpful figure during the Conservative Resurgence. Page initially announced a retirement. He later clarified… Read more

March 21, 2018

Introduction In his book Hope for the Troubled Heart, Rev. Billy Graham wrote1: “True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. Make it a habit, and when the need arises you will be in practice.” A woman as in labor with her first baby and was experiencing much pain and anguish. That is natural for being in labor. The problem was that the pain wasn’t producing a delivery. The idea is that the… Read more

March 20, 2018

You remember The People’s Court, Night Court, Judge Judy. Law and Order. Shows that revealed how our system of justice and judgment work. That is what Jesus is describing here in the first two verses of Luke 17. WORLD SYSTEM OF JUDGMENT (LAW AND ORDER) (Luke 17:1-2) In the world’s system of judgment, we have what we call law and order. In that, I mean that if someone offends another, then there is a punishment for the crime. Here, Jesus gives… Read more

March 12, 2018

1. Pray (Luke 10:1-2) “After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others, and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:1–2, CSB) The reality is that there will always be more lost people than Christians who want to share the… Read more

March 8, 2018

1. Some oppose the Gospel because they are JEALOUS (Mark 6:14-16) “King Herod heard about it, because Jesus’s name had become well known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He’s Elijah.” Still others said, “He’s a prophet, like one of the prophets from long ago.” When Herod heard of it, he said, “John, the one I beheaded, has been raised!”” (Mark 6:14–16,… Read more

March 8, 2018

Revision as a Spiritual Discipline I have always believed that writing was a spiritual discipline. This book Living Revision, confirms my belief. Andrew has written a book that shows how writing can be a spiritual discipline. Andrew uses the language of faith to help writers. The writer doesn’t make the story. The story makes the writer. Therefore, the writer is a disciple of the story. The writer-disciple is encouraged to write as if it were a lifestyle or faith. Writing… Read more

February 27, 2018

Mastering Transitions by Ed Bratcher, Robert Kemper, and Douglas Scott is a comprehensive guide. The book shows what a minister should expect when they decide to move from one church to another, or one ministry to another. The book is divided into three parts. The first part of the book addresses “hearing the call.” Unique to Christianity is the idea that God calls a person to a ministry. This part of the book addresses how that happens. The three-step process… Read more

February 26, 2018

Introduction: Detox, Discern, Decide With Unfriend Yourself, Kyle Tennant has written a how-to guide for the Christian who wants to prevent social media from being a hindrance to one’s life and faith. The book is designed to be used as a tool to help someone go on a Facebook fast. Tennant hopes that the reader will gain a basic understanding of communication theory. He describes a three-step process during this Facebook fast. These steps include: detox, discern, and decide. First, Tennant… Read more

February 21, 2018

Dr. Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. (You can view his memorial site).He was an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Graham was an evangelist. He was well-admired by many people. During his lifetime, he influenced American Evangelicals and Evangelism. Below are five ways in which he influenced both movements. 1. He brought many organizations together to cooperate in evangelistic efforts Graham launched several ministries. He was the first full-time staff worker for Youth for Christ. In addition, he… Read more

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