Scripture Reading Challenge (#12)

All of us can testify to the fact that there are good days and not so good days.  Joseph, for awhile, had such an experience of life’s merry-go-round that would break the strongest of souls.  Still, through it all he was faithful.  God blessed Joseph’s faithfulness more than he could imagine.  His blessings were soContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#12)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#10)

God can transform people.  We are about to see that take place in the life of Jacob.  After many years away from his family, Jacob is about to return home a changed man.  He now has a family and many possessions.  He fears, however, for his life and is willing to sacrifice all of itContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#10)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#9)

Trouble was in the house of Isaac.  God already told Isaac and his wife, Rebekah, that their twin sons would strive for dominance and that the older would serve the younger.  They, however, seemed to dismiss this word and went on their way.  A family that appeared to have so much promise ended up inContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#9)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#7)

How did the Old Testament people receive salvation?  Is Jesus Plan B?  These two questions are given solid answers in this chapter.  You may have heard someone say that the Old Testament was presented salvation by works and the New Testament by grace.  However, salvation is received in the Old Testament and New Testament theContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#7)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#5)

Learning another language can be hard. In our text today, however, we learn that humanity shared a common language. After an act of rebellion before God, we lost that gift. God has ways of reminding us that we are not in control, but that He is. Read Genesis 11:1-9 This passage unveils basic human needs.  TheseContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#5)”

Preach the Word

In 2011, the deacon of the church I pastor, Jack Roberts, received his eternal reward. He was a praying man, and he loved to pray for his pastor. Many times throughout a sermon, you could hear him praying for souls to be saved, believers to be strengthened, and for the sermon Holy Spirit to continueContinue reading “Preach the Word”

The Preacher’s Library

A common expression is that “leaders are readers.”  No outside reading satisfies the need for Scripture, but we must make an effort to read other valuable works.   The pastor does not escape this necessity.  Even the Apostle Paul had his own reading literature.  Second Timothy expresses Paul’s desire for it in a request, “The cloakContinue reading “The Preacher’s Library”

How to pray the week before camp 2017 and take action.

In the week before the Christian Baptist Camp Meeting, preparations are still being made, sermons are still developing, songs are being practiced, volunteers recruited, tasks assigned, numbers crunched, and reports written.  It is effortless to come into camp and think that everything picks up and continues from where we ended the previous year.  In reality,Continue reading “How to pray the week before camp 2017 and take action.”

A glorious and difficult task.

Our present society places before us the question, “why do we need ministers and preaching?”  This leads to frustration among many but what really puts pressure on ministers is the very impossible task of preaching.  Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,Continue reading “A glorious and difficult task.”

Seven Sign in John: 6 – A Blind Man Healed

The sixth miracle seems similar to the previous healing miracle we saw in chapter 5 where Jesus healed a paralyzed man for 38 years.  The movements of Jesus are the same: Jesus healed, disappears, and then reappears. John 9:1-7 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples askedContinue reading “Seven Sign in John: 6 – A Blind Man Healed”