Studying God’s Word

Recently, I was asked how to get deeper into God’s Word.  The inquiry came after a service where I started a sermon series on Jonah.  The person was underwhelmed by the basic Sunday school storyline that had frequently been given and was made thirsty for God’s truth through a fuller look at this familiar narrative. The same feeling, no doubt, dwells within many believers.  Most … Continue reading Studying God’s Word

Protecting ministers from narcissism

C.S. Lewis calls pride the “great sin” and “the essential vice.”  Scripture teaches that through the “pride of life” (1 John 2:16) we can be tempted into sin.  There are even more passages show a disdain for hubris (excessive pride and self-confidence) and the need for humility.  There is a healthy level of narcissism that promotes self-care but left unattended, and it can develop it … Continue reading Protecting ministers from narcissism

Access to the Throne

Our testimony is that we have access to the throne of God.  Many believers have not taken advantage of this beautiful reality, though they should.  Several passages in Scripture share this fact. “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” – Eph. 2:18 “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” – Eph. 3:12 … Continue reading Access to the Throne

Is there not a cause?

One of the most loved narratives in the Bible is David and Goliath.  A truly inspirational piece of history about the physical underdog proving to be a spiritual giant.  One of the neglected parts of this section of Scripture is the conflicted interaction between David and his brothers. When David began to make an inquiry as to why nobody stood up to Goliath, David’s brother … Continue reading Is there not a cause?

Gymnastics: a lesson in spiritual development

I am sitting, waiting on my five-year old daughter in her gymnastics class. She loves and it brings her a lot of happiness. At times, the activity is beyond her skill. Sometimes, she is distracted.  There are also times when she forgets to do what she was taught.  Hold your horses, that sounds like belivers in spiritual development. 2 Peter 1:5-8 “And beside this, giving … Continue reading Gymnastics: a lesson in spiritual development